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Submission + - Capital One Fraud Detection Shuts Down Cards Inappropriately (

reifman writes: On Sunday, Capital One declined a $280 travel reservation I charged at India-based and immediately shut off my card for all transactions until I contacted them by phone. It wasn’t the first time that CapitalOne had shut off my card after a single suspect transaction. But, I’d actually purchased from using my CapitalOne card on two prior occasions. It was an example of very poor fraud detection and led me on a tour of their pathetic customer service. The banks want to cut their losses regardless of how it impacts their customers.

Submission + - Personal Data of 15M T-Mobile Credit Applicants Hacked (

reifman writes: T-Mobile said today that the data of about 15 million credit applicants was stolen from credit reporting agency Experian. Applicants who had their credit checked for T-Mobile phone plans and financing between Sept. 1, 2013 through Sept. 16, 2015 may have had their sensitive personal data revealed in the hack. While data like Social Security numbers and ID numbers were encrypted, Experian said that the encryption may have been broken. T-Mobile is offering customers two years of identity theft protection through ... Experian ... If you're willing to give your e-mail, social security number and security questions to the company yet again in your identity theft protection application.

Submission + - Aerial Photos of Amazon's Epic Biospheres (

reifman writes: I spent Saturday taking panoramas and photos of Seattle's massive array of construction cranes. GeekWire just hired pilots to shoot images of Amazon's coming biodomes from the sky: 'The ornate spheres will sit in the shadow the Space Needle and will almost certainly become some of the city’s most recognizable structures. The largest of the three spheres will sit 95 feet tall and 130 feet in diameter. That’s about the equivalent of an eight-story building.' The first floor and neighboring dog park will allow local women a place to meet busy Amazon men.

Submission + - Tech overkill destroyed the loveliest city on the West Coast (

reifman writes: I've been trying to explain to Seattle residents how Amazon's rapid growth is driving out artists and homogenizing the culture but have not been able to anywhere near as well as Adrian Weckler describes the death of San Francisco by tech firms: 'Gone are many artists, artisans and tradespeople. Instead, the lofts, townhouses and studios are being populated with content curators, engineers and infrastructure architects. They're young, they're rich and they're dull as dishwater. The city that once identified with The Grateful Dead now hums along to Hootie and the Blowfish.'

Submission + - Amazon Men Facing Gridlock in Company Restrooms (

reifman writes: Washington State's been investigating complaints by Amazon men about long waits for the restroom in company offices. Public records requests revealed floors with 150 men and as few as four toilets. Amazon refuses to release diversity numbers for its Seattle workforce but soon most of these will be able to walk to their nearby apartment units for bathroom breaks.

Submission + - AdBlock Plus defends ad blocking, applauds Peace, and backs Crystal for iOS (

Mark Wilson writes: That a company behind an ad-blocking tool should defend ad-blocking should hardly come as a surprise, but that is precisely what has happened. Ad blockers have been much talked about since Apple opened up support for them in iOS 9. The now infamous Peace shot to the top of the download charts before it was pulled by its creator.

Now AdBlock Plus has come out in support of Marco Arment who developed something of a guilty conscience after his ad blocking creation proved so popular. Ben Williams from AdBlock Plus says "I really applaud this guy", going on to suggest that whitelisting and the Acceptable Ads feature of AdBlock Plus epitomize the "more nuanced, complex approach" Arment called for.

Submission + - Amazon's Diversity Problem: Too Many Men, Not Enough Toilets (

reifman writes: Washington State's investigating ongoing complaints by Amazon men about overcrowded restrooms: 'if you were a female worker on the 9th floor of Amazon's Varzea building in 2013, you would have been surrounded by 60 men, and just two other women. That meant there was one female worker for every women's bathroom stall, compared to about 15 men to every fixture up one floor, 100 men and 13 women. Up one more 77 men and nine women. ' One female employee complained on Twitter of always having to turn the light on in the bathroom. Amazon continues to refuse to release gender, race and income statistics for its Seattle workforce.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: How do I recover from doxxing?

An anonymous reader writes: I've been doxxed on a popular forum, by one of the moderators no less. The forum owner doesn't care, the hosting company doesn't care. I'm getting bombarded by email and social media, even via GitHub. How does a person recover from this? I don't want to create a whole new identity or shut down all my web sites, social media etc. Can't really change my real name either, at least not without an incredible amount of hassle. The police don't care, and since the forum owner is on the other side of the world it's unlikely there could be any legal consequences, and even if they were they would probably only draw more attention to me. I've tried to clean up Google's search results about me. How do I fix this? What does a fix even look like?

Submission + - Engaging Newbies in Email Encryption and Network Privacy (

reifman writes: All six parts of my series introducing beginners to PGP encryption and network privacy are now freely available. I hope it's useful for Slashdot readers to share with their less-technical acquaintances. There's an introduction to PGP, a guide to email encryption on the desktop, smartphone and in the browser, an introduction to the emerging key sharing and authentication startup,, and an intro to VPNs. There's a lot more work for us to do in the ease of use of communications privacy but this helps people get started more with what's available today.

Submission + - White House Responds to Petition to Pardon Edward Snowden

protest_boy writes: The White House has issued a response to the two-year old petition to pardon Edward Snowden for any crimes that may have been committed in revealing secret NSA programs.

"If he [Snowden] felt his actions were consistent with civil disobedience, then he should do what those who have taken issue with their own government do: Challenge it, speak out, engage in a constructive act of protest, and — importantly — accept the consequences of his actions. He should come home to the United States, and be judged by a jury of his peers — not hide behind the cover of an authoritarian regime. Right now, he's running away from the consequences of his actions."

Submission + - "Flee the Jungle" Launch Promotes Amazon Shopping Alternatives (

reifman writes: Flee the Jungle launched yesterday to begin raising discussion and pressuring Amazon about its harmful impacts on its hometown, labor and women. It encourages consumers to end their Prime memberships and switch to competitors ( claims to be targeting Amazon's market share specifically.) International residents can request a copy of Flee the Jungle to launch in their countries.

Submission + - Amazon Misled the Associated Press About Seattle's Housing Problems (

reifman writes: Recently, Amazon PR told the Associated Press (AP) that it had 'given the city [of Seattle] tens of millions of dollars for affordable housing' for a story syndicated by more than 300 news sites including The New York Times, The Washington Post and many others around the world. It turns out their claim isn't quite accurate. The fees weren't donated nor were they in "the tens of millions." Furthermore, there have been recent protests outside the company's headquarters for its harms to affordable housing and a friend of mine working in the space told me, 'No one in the affordable housing world sees [Amazon] as anything other than a driver of increased costs.' The company also made claims that it 'paid for a new street car' and donated to 100 charities — statements somewhat overstated for effect. For example, it did buy one of four street cars but only paid for 1/10th of the four car system. It's actually rare that Amazon's PR team responds to reporters at all. The only time I've heard from them was for a Slashdot post on unlaunching their Civic Apps contest, they lied to me. Reporter Paul Constant once wrote he, '...suspect[s] that the Amazon PR phone line is connected to an answering machine in an abandoned warehouse in Belize.'

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