Submission + - Call for Investigation of FCC Chairman Over Sinclair merger (yahoo.com)

burtosis writes: Two House Democrats are calling for the FCC’s inspector general to investigate Chairman Ajit Pai over the FCC’s moves to relax media ownership rules and whether they are timed to benefit Sinclair Broadcast Group’s proposed purchase of Tribune Media.
Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-N.J.), the ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, claim that Pai has refused to respond to queries about the timing of the actions, and whether he or his staff used personal email accounts or messaging services to communicate about Sinclair or with company officials.

Submission + - Direct Messages from Assange to Trump family show bias by Wikileaks (theatlantic.com)

whoever57 writes: Leaks of logs of chats between Julian Assange and the Trump campaign appear to show a partisan stance by Wikileaks. Gems such as this: “Hi Don if your father ‘loses’ we think it is much more interesting if he DOES NOT conceed [sic] and spends time CHALLENGING the media and other types of rigging that occurred—as he has implied that he might do.” show a clear preference for one candidate in the 2016 Presidential election. Assange also suggested that Trump propose to the Australian government that he should be appointed as Ambassador to the USA. The article goes on to suggest that the leaks show that Wikileaks was chosen by the Russian government to release the information that Russia had obtained through hacking.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot Which software/devices are unusable without live Internet access? (techdirt.com) 1

AlejandroTejadaC writes: Currently most commercial software and devices manufactures rely on an internet connection for registering or activating their software or devices and provide additional functionality to their products.

In an ideal world, this always works fine, but in our real world the buyer could lose access to internet for months — in emergency situations like the aftermath of Puerto Rico hurricanes — and their software and devices will refuse to work because they need a live internet connection.

Which manufacturers and software publishers are using their internet servers as replacements for hardware dongles?

I want to see a complete list of software and devices that become completely unusable without a live internet connection. Just remember the infamous case of the Razer Synapse.

Submission + - More Than 15,000 Scientists From 184 Countries Issue 'Warning To Humanity' (www.cbc.ca)

An anonymous reader writes: More than 15,000 scientists around the world have issued a global warning: there needs to be change in order to save Earth. It comes 25 years after the first notice in 1992 when a mere 1,500 scientists issued a similar warning. This new cautioning — which gained popularity on Twitter with #ScientistsWarningToHumanity — garnered more than 15,000 signatures. William Ripple of Oregon State University's College of Forestry, who started the campaign, said that he came across the 1992 warning last February, and noticed that this year happened to mark the 25th anniversary. Together with his graduate student, Christopher Wolf, he decided to revisit the concerns raised then, and collect global data for different variables to show trends over the past 25 years. Ripple found: A decline in freshwater availability; Unsustainable marine fisheries; Ocean dead zones; Forest losses; Dwindling biodiversity; Climate change; Population growth. There was one positive outcome, however: a rapid decline in ozone depletion. One of the potential solutions is to stabilize the population. If we reduce family size, consumption patterns don't rise as much. And that can be done by empowering girls and women, providing sexual education and education on family planning.

Submission + - Apple iPhone X's Face ID Unlocked Using 3D-Printed Mask (thehackernews.com)

parallel_prankster writes: Just a week after Apple released its brand new iPhone X on November 3, a team of hackers has claimed to successfully hack Apple's Face ID facial recognition technology with a mask that costs less than $150. Bkav researchers re-created the owner's face through a combination of 3D printed mask, makeup, and 2D images with some "special processing done on the cheeks and around the face, where there are large skin areas" and the nose is created from silicone. It should be noted that creating such a mask to unlock someone's iPhone is a time-consuming process and it is not possible to hack into a random person's iPhone.
However, if you prefer privacy and security over convenience, we highly recommend you to use a passcode instead of fingerprint or Face ID to unlock your phone.

Submission + - Google's Shortsighted & Bizarre New Restrictions on Accessibility Services (vortex.com) 1

Lauren Weinstein writes: My inbox has been filling today with questions regarding Google’s new warning to Android application developers that they will no longer be able to access Android accessibility service functions in their apps, unless they can demonstrate that those functions are specifically being used to help users with “disabilities” (a term not defined by Google in the warning).

Beyond the overall vagueness when it comes to what is meant by disabilities, this entire approach by Google seems utterly wrongheaded and misguided.

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