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+ - Supreme Court Grants Protections for Religious Freedom to Corporations->

Submitted by reifman
reifman (786887) writes "In case you missed it, the Supreme Court granted rights of religious freedom to for profit corporations yesterday in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. While the word corporation doesn't appear in the Constitution, SCOTUS has now granted corporations commerce and contracts clause protections, personhood, due process, protection from double jeopardy and unreasonable search and seizure and free speech rights. Almost all of these rights originate from the twisting of the Fourteenth Amendment's Equal Protection clause which was meant to provide rights for freed slaves."
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+ - Seattle Pays $47.5k to Improve Google Search Results of City Administrator->

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reifman (786887) writes "Seattle contracted $47,500 to improve the Google search results for the city’s highest paid administrator, Jorge Corrasco. Corrasco, already paid $245,000 annually for leading Seattle City Light, is under consideration for a nutty $120,000 raise. While the city has cut the contract short, here’s a pdf of the cached Huffington Post article, and other related posts. Seattle also has two deputy mayors each paid $170,000."
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+ - Amazon's Giant Domed Dog Park: A Chick Magnet for Brogrammers?->

Submitted by reifman
reifman (786887) writes "Puget Sound Business Journal's suggests the goal of the public dog park planned for Amazon's giant dome is aimed at helping lonely Amazon employees get dates. Scott Wyatt, chairman of design firm NBBJ, says 'the project's design is aimed at making employees more innovative by exposing them to people other than their co-workers.' — building a giant public bubble to get them out of the private bubble created by their massive Lake Union headquarters."
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+ - Amazon's proposed dog park: A chick magnet for lonely techies?->

Submitted by reifman
reifman (786887) writes "Puget Sound Business Journal's Tracey Spenser suggests the goal of the dog park planned for Amazon's giant public domes is aimed at helping lonely techies get a date. The architect says 'the project's design is aimed at making employees more innovative by exposing them to people other than their co-workers.' But Seattle may have reached peak-Amazon this week: The Stranger's cover mocked Amazon's ape-men brogrammers, who journalist Tricia Romano says are killing her sex life, local author Sherman Alexie appeared on the Colbert Report to urge a boycott against the company and CEO Jeff Bezos got called out for funding PACS but not voting in 23 elections."
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+ - YouTube Suspends Massive Archive of Information Security Conference Videos->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Adrian Crenshaw, also known as Irongreek, is a regular face at Information Security conferences. He records many talks, processes them, and puts them online for all to learn from. His YouTube channel is one of the the largest archives of Information Security knowledge out there. In many cases, it's the only record of the research and knowledge presented at the small to medium sized security conferences in the United States. Tonight, Google decided to suspend his YouTube channel with no reason given. Our industry is reeling from this loss of collective knowledge. We ask if this is the beginning of censorship against security content? We hope not and we hope that Google will repeal its decision and bring back Irongeek's channel."
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+ - AT&T Charges $750 for One Minute of International Data Roaming-> 1

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reifman (786887) writes "Last week, AT&T shut down my data service after I turned roaming on in Canada for one minute to check Google maps. I wasn't able to connect successfully but they reported my phone burned through 50 MB and that I owed more than $750. Google maps generally require 1.3 MB per cell. They adamantly refused to reactivate my U.S. data service unless I 'agreed' to purchase an international data roaming package to cover the usage. They eventually reversed the charges but it seems that the company's billing system had bundled my U.S. data usage prior to the border crossing with the one minute of international data roaming."
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+ - Amazon CEO Bezos Sends in Checks More Than He Sends in His Ballot->

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reifman (786887) writes "Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos made himself a well-known figure in the world of politics with his $250 million purchase of the Washington Post last year. According to King County elections records, the Amazon CEO has voted in 4 of 27 elections since Amazon became profitable, or about 15 percent (Washington State votes by mail not by drone). At the same time, he has consistently contributed to political action committees and candidates in every election for more than a decade. Seattle’s other technology titan, Bill Gates, votes with robot-like consistency, skipping only one between the years 2000 and 2011."
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+ - Geek Couple Surprises Audience with Actual Wedding at Ignite Seattle->

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reifman (786887) writes "Last night at Ignite Seattle, the fifteenth and final five minute presentation "A Geek's Guide to Wedding Planning" turned into a huge surprise for the audience as what began as a normal talk turned into a full blown wedding. Teresa Valdez Klein & Noah Iliinsky, who'd met at earlier Ignites decided to bring their A game and get married in their five minute timeslot. Props and best wishes to the bride & groom. If they give a talk on "A Geek's Guide to Pregnancy", I will definitely skip it."
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+ - You've got Male: Amazon's Growth Impacting Seattle Dating Scene->

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reifman (786887) writes "San Francisco's gender imbalance is so bad that a startup recently proposed flying women in from New York City for dates. But, if you’re a straight male thinking of moving to Seattle to work in technology, think again. Seattle’s gender ratio is even more imbalanced and it’s about to get much worse for men. Amazon is building out enough space to employ 5% of the city population and its workforce is 75 percent male. By the end of 2014, Seattle will have 130 single men for every 100 single women."
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+ - Too many dudes: Amazon's growth is ruining Seattle's dating scene->

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reifman (786887) writes "San Francisco's gender imbalance is so bad that a startup recently proposed flying women in from New York City for dates, but Seattle’s gender ratio is even more imbalanced. Amazon is building out enough space to employ 5% of the city population and its workforce is 75 percent male. By the end of 2014, Seattle will have 130 single men for every 100 single women."
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+ - Norwegian Skydiver Almost Gets Hit by Falling Meteor and Captures it on Film->

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reifman (786887) writes "From the apparently not April Fools department: Anders Helstrup went skydiving nearly two years ago near Hedmark, Norway and while he didn’t realize it at the time, when he reviewed the footage taken by two cameras fixed to his helmet during the dive, he saw a rock plummet past him. He took it to experts and they realized he had captured a meteorite falling during its dark flight — when it has been slowed by atmospheric braking, and has cooled and is no longer luminous."
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+ - Amazon's Outsourced Customer Service Making Fraud Easy->

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reifman (786887) writes "Amazon's outsourced, semi-automated customer service makes it easy for unscrupulous buyers to prey on its marketplace sellers. Buyers just need to 1) request a return and then 2) file a claim alleging that the item was different than described. While Amazon says it retains emails between buyer and sellers 'to help arbitrate disputes and preserve trust and safety', it ignores the content of most email exchanges as it sends automated emails to sellers instructing them to issue refunds and threatening to withdraw the funds from their account. File this under 'our investigation team does not work according to case numbers.'"
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+ - The Missing Manual to Securing Your Mac for Potential Theft->

Submitted by reifman
reifman (786887) writes "Recently my house was robbed and two Macs taken. Over the past week, I've learned a few things that I hadn't been aware of. Apple has a few helpful features that aren't enabled by default in OS X: primarily setting a firmware password and hard drive encryption. Here are a few simple steps you can take now to minimize the damage from theft of your Macs and to increase the likelihood they might return to you."
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+ - DIY Private Email Server in the Cloud->

Submitted by reifman
reifman (786887) writes "In a follow up to this 2011 Ask Slashdot post on self-hosted Gmail alternatives and recent NSA wiretapping revelations, I wrote this guided tutorial for running your own email server in the cloud. The emergence of iRedMail and Roundcube are great offerings but end to end encrypted privacy remains an afterthought. Self-hosting remains quite complex for even average techies; combining out of country mail services with GPG may be the best approach for most folks, at least until more sophisticated encryption-based services emerge. The Indiegogo-funded Mailpile client may also interest people."
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