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Submission + - Dear FCC : Please don't kill my PC! (dearfcc.org)

An anonymous reader writes: This past year the FCC passed a set of rules that require manufacturers to thwart end-users from violating rules intended to keep the airwaves usable by all. Unfortunately the rules are such that they will do nothing to stop violators who have the knowledge and intent to bypass them and are already having massive collateral damage on non-violating users. Many people in the OpenWRT and LibreCMC communities are already seeing these locks in newer stock firmware images.

What we would like people to keep in mind is that these rules are not explicit to routers and will hamper other devices as well. Can't install your favourite distribution on a new computer? These rules may be to blame.

The EFF, FSF, Purple Foundation, OpenWRT, ThinkPenguin, Qualcomm, and others have been working diligently to stop this, but we need your help. This is your last chance to send in comments for a set of proposed rules that will make the situation even worse than it already is. For accurate information (there have been many factually inaccurate and misleading stories/quotes) check out the following blog post: http://prpl.works/2015/09/21/y... and send your comments into the FCC via the EFF's new DearFCC.org site: https://www.dearfcc.org/. Also see http://www.savewifi.org/.

This is your last chance to stop this. The comment period ends October 9th!

Additional thoughts: Canada and Europe are also passing a similar set of rules. This fight won't be over any time soon. However we won't win unless we can overcome and win the first battle: stopping the proposed rules in the USA.

Comment Re:Oh, that's ironic (Score 3, Informative) 578

The second hit is a piece in the Wall Street Journal.

The piece mentions nothing of immigrants, Muslims, or anyone else filing a petition or calling for a ban.
It does mention that Christian Conservatives want to exclude all immigrants from festivities and Bavaria in general.

Having read ALL the first 20 links, it appears that the petition to ban Oktoberfest was submitted by the same Christian Conservatives and that all names and signatures were fraudulent. But I guess since these fraudsters aren't brown, we can now pretend the petition never happened.

Submission + - The $9 Computer is Shipping Today! (makezine.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The $9 CHIP computer is shipping. According to Dave Rauchwerk, CEO of Next Thing Co., single units will go out to early backers in 5 to 9 days; additional orders will arrive in December. But if you backed the project at the Kernel Hacker Backer level on Kickstarter, you will receive two CHIP computers — the second by mid-October.

Submission + - Malware Takes Screenshots Of The Infected Player's Virtual Poker Hand

An anonymous reader writes: Malicious spyware is targeting users of Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars online games, ESET researchers have revealed. The spyware, named Odlanor, takes screenshots of the infected player’s virtual poker hand and their player ID, the screenshots are then sent to the attacker who joins the victim’s virtual table by searching for the particular player ID. Thus, the attacker has the unfair advantage of being able to see the victim’s hand.

AT&T Offers $250k Reward To Find the California Fiber-Optic Ripper 145

An anonymous reader writes: AT&T have offered a $250,000 reward to anyone providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of what appears to be a serial disruptor of fiber-optic connections in California. The latest incident has taken place in Livermore in the San Francisco Bay Area, where an individual thought by the FBI to possess expert knowledge and specialist tools severed a critical AT&T cable, gaining access to the enclosure via a manhole. The attack precedes 11 previous ones in California in the preceding twelve months.

Comment Persecuting that which is not understood (Score 5, Insightful) 956

Salem Witch Trials, Mass Murder of Scientists, Islamophobia, 2007 Boston Bomb Scare, and now this.

The teacher confiscated the "bomb" which sat in their drawer until the end of class when it was taken to administration. If the teacher truly believed that the device could have even remotely been a bomb, they would not have touched it, would have evacuated the school, and would have called bomb squad. The teacher, the administration, and the police are complicit in perpetuating a fraud - a fraud against a child.

Even in the case that the clock resembled a "movie bomb" or was purposely contracted to do so, the child did nothing wrong as long as he didn't hint at it being a bomb or use it to threaten anyone. There are plenty of clocks on the market that resemble a bomb. Yes, it may have been a lark. Yes, it may have been a protest to create awareness. No, it wasn't malicious. No, it wasn't threatening. And no, it obviously wasn't convincing.

I seriously hope that he follows in his father's footsteps and keeps challenging the status quo.


Linux 4.3 Bringing Stable Intel Skylake Support, Reworked NVIDIA Driver 93

An anonymous reader writes: Mr. Torvalds has released Linux 4.3-rc1 this weekend. He characterized the release as "not particularly small — pretty average in size, in fact. Everything looks fairly normal, in fact, with about 70% of the changes being drivers, 10% architecture updates, and the remaining 20% are spread out." There are a number of new user-facing features including stabilized Intel "Skylake" processor support, initial AMD R9 Fury graphics support, SMP scheduler optimizations, file-system fixes, a reworked open-source NVIDIA driver, and many Linux hardware driver updates.

Submission + - Windows VS Linux Software 1

An anonymous reader writes: With all the recent brouhaha about Windows 10 privacy violations and forced updates, I'm one of those that wants to thank Microsoft very gently, while taking it by the hand, and slamming the door behind it for good. Fortunately for me, I don't use any special software that is tied to Windows, except games, of course. One program I would really miss though is Total Commander file manager, which is basically my interface to the whole OS. So, I know there are Linux alternatives, but which one is the best? Also, I currently use PaleMoon fork of Firefox as my main browser, but there doesn't seem to be a Linux variant. What other software would you want to transplant to Linux, if any?

Submission + - Could a computer that runs perpetually solve global warming by cooling the air?

An anonymous reader writes: Daniel Sheehan Shows us a Perpetual Computer and he's a PhD in california questioning whether we really know as much about the second law as we think. Would Shannon's information theory need to be revised? Could we have cooler computers that required no batteries or AC wall outlet plugs ? Would the whole lithium battery industry be virtually useless since all things would just suck the energy from molecular speed of air...

It's basically a perpetual motion machine potentially violating the second law, solving the global warming problem. However this is not a crackpot proposing the device, it's a respected physicist from San Diego.

Submission + - Easy to exploit critical BIND DoS bug affects all DNS (theregister.co.uk)

mask.of.sanity writes: Attackers now have the ability to disrupt large swathes of the web through a remote denial of service vulnerability found in the most widely used software for DNS servers. The BIND bug (CVE-2015-5477) patched overnight affects all DNS servers running the software, and can be attacked with ease. Attackers can send a crafted DNS query packet to trigger a REQUIRE assertion failure, causing BIND to exit.

Comment Re:Good point, but Uber is a bad example (Score 1) 432

Uber is exposing a problem with how city agencies work. Dwight Waldo published a book called "The Administrative State" in 1948 that describes how this happens at the Federal level. But at the local level the legislature (town/city council) delegates making laws to the Taxi and Limousine commissions in these municipalities. These commissions, quite naturally, will tend make rules that keep out the competition. By creating rules that say things like Uber cannot stop for hails, they ensure medallion prices stay high. These rules are really laws that should be debated and enacted by the legislature with public input, not the taxi commission. The taxi commission has a conflict of interest.
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing the Right Open Source License 171

NicknamesAreStupid writes: I need to choose an open source license. I am developing an open source iOS application that use a significant number of other open source projects which, in turn, use a number of different open source licenses such as MPL/GPL, MIT, and BSD. I am also using sample code from Apple's developer site, which has their own terms of use. The code dependencies are such that my code would not be of much use without theirs. If this project is used, then it would be nice to pick a license that best fits in with this mashup. I am interested in maintaining the freedom of my code but do not want to create a catch-22 or make life hard for people who need to use this project for personal use or profit. My inclination is to use MIT's, as I have done so before. I asked an IP lawyer about this matter, and she replied (pro bono), "it probably doesn't matter." Of course, that advice was worth every penny. Moving away from legal issues and looking at this from a social perspective, which license would appeal most and offend least? I thought about no license but was warned (pro bono), "If you do not, then someone else may." Any suggestions?

Submission + - BBC reveals links censored by Google's Right To Be Forgotten (betanews.com)

Mark Wilson writes: Google's Right To Be Forgotten gives people the chance to request the removal of search results linking to pages that contain information they believe to be "inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant". Google says it rejects more requests than it complies with, but there is still concern that the company is not providing enough detail about what it is doing. There have been calls for greater transparency from the company about the censorship that is taking place.

The BBC has published a list of all of the stories from its own site that have been removed from Google search results. The corporation announced that it wanted to be clear with people about which links has been deleted and plans to update the list each month. It already extends to nearly 200 entries and the BBC explains that while the stories may no longer be shown by Google, they are still available uncensored on the BBC site.

Writing on the BBC Internet blog, Neil McIntosh says that the list was important to maintain the integrity of the BBC's online archives.

The opossum is a very sophisticated animal. It doesn't even get up until 5 or 6 PM.