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Bradley Manning Pleads Guilty To 10 Charges 491

Posted by Soulskill
from the free-information-has-a-steep-price dept.
Entropy98 sends this quote from the LA Times: "Army Pfc. Bradley Edward Manning pleaded guilty Thursday to 10 charges that he illegally acquired and transferred highly classified U.S. government secrets, agreeing to serve [up to] 20 years in prison for causing a worldwide uproar when WikiLeaks published documents describing the inner workings of U.S. military and diplomatic efforts in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the globe. The 25-year-old soldier, however, pleaded not guilty to 12 more serious charges, including espionage for aiding the enemy, meaning that his criminal case will go forward at a general court-martial in June. If convicted at trial, he risks a sentence of life in prison at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan."

Comment: Re:Unexpected consequences of paywalls. (Score 1) 700

by tphb (#42876783) Attached to: Tesla Motors Battles the New York Times

He did charge the battery. To the point where the care said "Charging Complete"

It turns out, there's a special "extended range" mode that will put the battery at 100% instead of 90%. It reduces battery life.

Most normal people would consider "charging complete" to mean, you know, charging complete.

Comment: Why always have be "origin of live of earth?" (Score 1) 43

by tphb (#42195695) Attached to: James Cameron Spills the Details From His Deep Dive

Can't it just be "it was really neat down there and we found some awesome new bugs"? Does it always have to have implications for the origins of life on earth and other planets?" Stupid press release writers. Come'on - it's the frickin' Marriana Trench. You don't have to draw "deeper" implications.

Education

Ask Slashdot: How To Catch Photoshop Plagiarism? 284

Posted by timothy
from the when-google-images-isn't-enough dept.
First time accepted submitter jemenake writes "A friend of mine teaches electronic media (Photoshop, Premiere, etc.) at a local high-school. Right now, they're doing Photoshop, and each chapter in the book starts with an 'end result' file which shows what they're going to construct in that chapter, and then, given the basic graphical assets (background textures, photos, etc.), the students need to duplicate the same look in the final-result file. The problem, of course, is that some students just grab the final-result file and rename it and turn it in. Some are a little less brazen and they rename a few layers, maybe alter the colors on a few images, etc. So, it becomes time-consuming for her to open each file alongside the final-result file to see if it's 'too perfect.'" How to look for images closer than they should be to the original? Read on for more details.
Science

The Motivated Rejection of Science 771

Posted by Soulskill
from the brains-are-bad-at-accepting-their-environments dept.
Layzej writes "New research (PDF) to be published in a forthcoming issue of Psychological Science has found that those who subscribed to one or more conspiracy theories or who strongly supported a free market economy were more likely to reject the findings from climate science as well as other sciences. The researchers, led by UWA School of Psychology Professor Stephan Lewandowsky, found that free-market ideology was an overwhelmingly strong determinant of the rejection of climate science. It also predicted the rejection of the link between tobacco and lung cancer and between HIV and AIDS. Conspiratorial thinking was a lesser but still significant determinant of the rejection of all scientific propositions examined, from climate to lung cancer. Curiously, public response to the paper has provided a perfect real-life illustration of the very cognitive processes at the center of the research."

Comment: Ouch... (Score 2) 416

by tphb (#39080497) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Life After Software Development?

I'd offer advice, but you mentioned "I've just spent the majority of my adult life coding, with no other major skills to fall back on". That's your problem. If a developer is not continually growing skills outside of just cutting code, they only be cutting code until the day they grow obsolete. Which is usually pretty quick.

Have you learned an industry? Learned how to manage a project? Developers can move into product development consultant or general management. But if you have 20 years experience doing the same thing over and over again...good luck.

Space

+ - New Mars photos are straight-up gorgeous->

Submitted by derekmead
derekmead (2466858) writes "These photos from NASA’s High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera prove that space photos don’t have to just be evaluated on their technical and scientific value. They can also be beautiful.

The HiRISE camera is mounted on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), which took the lead snap inside an impact crater in the Noachis Terra region of southern Mars. As lovely as they are, the erosion patterns evidenced by the dunes help NASA scientists develop the sedimentary history of the region. The enhanced-color lead image clearly shows the wind-caused (sorry tin-hat folks) dunes with insane clarity: It covers an area about an entire kilometer across."

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Facebook

+ - Federal judges wary of Facebook, Twitter impact on->

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coondoggie
coondoggie writes "The impact of social media such as Twitter, Facebook and Google+ and others on federal juries is a concern that judges are frequently taking steps to curb. According to a study 94% of the 508 federal judges who responded said they have specifically barred jurors from any case-connected use of social media."
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Facebook

+ - Facebook Announces Two-Factor Authentication->

Submitted by Orome1
Orome1 (1901578) writes "Facebook will be rolling out the two-factor authentication option which, once turned on, will ask users to insert a code when they try to log into the social network from a new device. The news was announced by Facebook's director of engineering Arturo Bejar, along with the change that will make Facebook automatically switch the user's session back to HTTPS after he or she is done using an application that doesn't support it."
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