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Comment Not the only ones (Score 4, Insightful) 185

The business model has proven itself lucrative. Do you really think they're the only scammers in this global town? The shakedowns aren't limited to windows users; they use IRS and tax collection scams most often, but any possible billing is fair game to scammers. They prey on old people, immigrants, and minorities just because they are more vulnerable.

At least two other "organizations" are already running this fake microsoft scam. It's just another revenue stream to them.

Comment Re:What is the meat "eating"? (Score 1) 409

Nutritional yeast. Every amino acid, not just the essential ones. 50% protein actually. Liver is only 25%. Yeast also has B12; your claim that strict vegans need supplements is wrong. It's true that most plants haven't got much B12, but yeast isn't a plant, it's bacteria. No cholesterol, every B vitamin known, high in RNA and DNA (keep your control systems well fed and everything down the line benefits): Yeast is far better than any meat nutritionally.

It just tastes horrible.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Secure delete files at kernel level 3

ArturoBandini77 writes: I have a Raspberry Pi, and I save images of the SD-Card pretty often.
I sometimes "dd" the SD, in order to overwrite "dirty" sectors with zero, in order to reduce compressed image size.
Is there a way to set Linux kernel so that every "delete file" operation zeroes the file before deleting it? I might aliasi `rm` to `srm`, but that won't do it since -for example- `apt-get clean` does not invokes rm command -just to name one case.

Submission + - NSA's use of 'traffic shaping' allows unrestrained spying on Americans (zdnet.com)

schwit1 writes: A new analysis of documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden details a highly classified technique that allows the National Security Agency to "deliberately divert" US internet traffic, normally safeguarded by constitutional protections, overseas in order to conduct unrestrained data collection on Americans.

The new findings, published Thursday, follows a 2014 paper by researchers Axel Arnbak and Sharon Goldberg, published on sister-site CBS News, which theorized that the NSA, whose job it is to produce intelligence from overseas targets, was using a "traffic shaping" technique to route US internet data overseas so that it could be incidentally collected under the authority of a largely unknown executive order.

Submission + - Infosys faces racial discrimination lawsuit. (dallasnews.com)

Bartles writes: From the article:

""Infosys maintains roughly 200,000 employees working in the United States," Green's suit said. While less than 5 percent of the U. S. population is of the South Asian race and national origin, roughly 93 percent to 94 percent of Infosys's United States workforce "is of the South Asian national origin, (primarily Indian)."

"This disproportionately South Asian and Indian workforce, by race and national origin, is a result of Infosys's intentional employment discrimination against individuals who are not South Asian, including discrimination in the hiring, promotion, compensation and termination of individuals," the suit said. "

Submission + - SPAM: Tableau Drops 'Crowd Favorite' Data Viz Awards Because China Bans Twitter Voting

theodp writes: As part of the lead-up to its annual conference, Tableau Software ($4.8B market cap) holds a series of 'Iron Viz' data visualization contests. 'Big Prize' winners, named by a panel of judges, receive airfare to and accommodations at the conference, as well as a free admission pass. A $500 gift card was also awarded to 'Crowd Favorites', contestants whose data viz drew the most 'votes' (tagged Tweets) on Twitter. But no more. As it expanded Iron Viz eligibility to China, Tableau said it had to drop the popular vote from its worldwide contests because the Chinese government blocks Twitter. "As Chinese authors join the contest," the Tableau Public blog explained, "we have to say goodbye to the Twitter Crowd Favorite. Twitter is blocked in mainland China and it wouldn't be fair for our Chinese contestants." And the latest Iron Viz Contest FAQs confirm the change: "Q. I heard there won't be a Crowd Favorite prize, is that true? A. Absolutely true. China is among the new countries who can take part in the Iron Viz, and Twitter doesn't work in mainland China. The usual Twitter Popular Vote just didn't seem fair." So, is dropping its Twitter-based voting contests because of Internet censorship in China a bad precedent for Tableau to set?

Submission + - The Quirky Habits Of Certified Science Geniuses (bbc.com)

dryriver writes: The BBC writes: Celebrated inventor and physicist Nikola Tesla swore by toe exercises – every night, he’d repeatedly ‘squish’ his toes, 100 times for each foot, according to the author Marc J Seifer. While it’s not entirely clear exactly what that exercise involved, Tesla claimed it helped to stimulate his brain cells. The most prolific mathematician of the 20th Century, Paul Erdos, preferred a different kind of stimulant: amphetamine, which he used to fuel 20-hour number benders. When a friend bet him $500 that he couldn’t stop for a month, he won but complained “You’ve set mathematics back a month”. Newton, meanwhile, bragged about the benefits of celibacy. When he died in 1727, he had transformed our understanding of the natural world forever and left behind 10 million words of notes; he was also, by all accounts, still a virgin (Tesla was also celibate, though he later claimed he fell in love with a pigeon). It’s common knowledge that sleep is good for your brain – and Einstein took this advice more seriously than most. He reportedly slept for at least 10 hours per day – nearly one and a half times as much as the average American today (6.8 hours). But can you really slumber your way to a sharper mind? Many of the world’s most brilliant scientific minds were also fantastically weird. From Pythagoras’ outright ban on beans to Benjamin Franklin’s naked ‘air baths’, the path to greatness is paved with some truly peculiar habits.

Submission + - Breitbart misrepresents climate research from 58 scientific papers (climatefeedback.org)

dywolf writes: From Climatefeedback: In an article for Breitbart, author James Delingpole claims to provide 58 scientific papers published in 2017 that show global warming to be “a myth”. This claim is sourced entirely from a list on a blog called “No Tricks Zone”. Delingpole claims “comfort” in “know[ing] that ‘the science’ is on our side”, but he can only do so by fundamentally misrepresenting the scientists’ research.

Climate Feedback reached out to authors of the scientific studies in the list of 58 papers that Delingpole claims “corroborate, independently and rigorously” his view that “‘man-made global warming’ just isn’t a thing.”

So far, 29 scientists have responded to our request for comment, and all 29 have replied “No” to the question, “Do you agree with the Breitbart article that your study provides evidence against modern climate change caused by human activities?”

Said Nathan Steiger, Postdoctoral Fellow, Columbia University: "The blog post maliciously tampered with figures from my paper, removing lines from the figures. My paper is just not relevant to the arguments about global warming."

Submission + - 12 'Best Practices' IT Should Avoid At All Costs

snydeq writes: From telling everyone they're your customer to establishing a cloud strategy, Bob Lewis outlines 12 'industry best practices' that are sure to sink your company's chances of IT success. 'What makes IT organizations fail? Often, it’s the adoption of what’s described as “industry best practices” by people who ought to know better but don’t, probably because they’ve never had to do the job. From establishing internal customers to instituting charge-backs to insisting on ROI, a lot of this advice looks plausible when viewed from 50,000 feet or more. Scratch the surface, however, and you begin to find these surefire recipes for IT success are often formulas for failure.' What 'best practices' would you add?

Submission + - Website Plugin Tracks Congress's Browsing Habits 1

Jason Koebler writes: A new plugin created by a software engineer in North Carolina lets website administrators monitor when someone accesses their site from an IP address associated with the federal government. It was created to protest a law that made it easier for ISPs to sell your browsing history to advertisers.

The tool lets website administrators track whether members of Congress, the Senate, White House staff, or Federal Communications Commission staff are looking at their site, and uses technology similar to CongressEdits, an automated Twitter account that tweets whenever a Wikipedia page is edited from IP addresses associated with Congress.

Submission + - United States revives space-policy council after 24-year absence (nature.com)

cold fjord writes: Nature reports, "The United States will revive the long-dormant National Space Council, a group meant to coordinate space policy among government agencies and departments. ... First constituted in 1958, the space council — or some iteration of it — has been active sporadically, most recently between 1989 and 1993. Since then, space policy has been mainly run out of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and NASA" — Vice President Pence, who will chair the council added, "“President Trump recognizes America needs a coherent and cohesive approach,” ... The council “will make sure America never again loses our lead in space exploration, innovation and technology”."

Submission + - French Police Seize Two Tor Relays in WannaCry Investigation (bleepingcomputer.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Two days after the WannaCry ransomware outbreak wreaked havoc across the world, French police seized a server running two Tor relays belonging to French activist Aeris, who said the server was confiscated in connection to the WannaCry attacks. Aeris reported the incident on the Tor Project mailing list last month, on May 15, where he asked fellow operators to revoke trust in two of his relays, who were also Tor entry guard nodes, special servers trusted by Tor clients as the first hop when connecting to the Tor network.

The activist said police seized his server because a big French company — supposedly Renault — was infected with WannaCry two days earlier, on May 12. The company logged all outgoing traffic during the attacks and provided the data to police, who saw the WannaCry victims connecting to Tor relays (WannaCry hosts C&C domain on the Dark Web).

Because they had no other leads to follow, police seized Aeris' server, hoping they could find any clues. According to Aeris, tens of other Tor relays in France went down over the same weekend. The researcher confirmed that six of these were seized by police, while many others shut down voluntarily during that period by coincidence. There are incorrect reports that police seized 6 servers, but only one (running 2 Tor relays) has been confirmed as related to the WannaCry ransomware attack.

Submission + - Building a Prototype While Your Wife is in Labor is Sometimes a Good Idea (ieee.org)

Tekla Perry writes: 20 years ago today Philippe Kahn snapped a picture that was instantly shared to all his friends--the birth of photosharing, at the birth of his child. He quickly predicted that it would change the world, and that people would document crimes using cell phone cameras. (Really, he did, people heard him say that.) In honor of the moment, Kahn narrates a video reenactment, including a Santa Cruz traffic stop and soldering in the maternity room

Submission + - The universe isn't expanding after all. (sciencedaily.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers (https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/04/150411091607.htm) found there are two types of type Ia supernovas in the UV spectrum, one of which shows up more further away than the other type, leading them to say the universe isn't expanding as fast as thought. Other researchers (https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161021123238.htm) redid the original finding of the accelerating expansion of the universe, this time with 10 times the data, showing that the universe is not accelerating. Take the two findings together, is it even expanding at all? If it is, it's most probably not accelerating. Then there's another researcher (https://m.phys.org/news/2011-10-supernovae-universe-expansion-understood-dark.html) who provides a theoretical basis for dark energy and dark matter, saying it's all been a miscalculation,

"As Annila explains, when a ray of light travels from a distant star to an observerâ(TM)s telescope, it travels along the path that takes the least amount of time. This well-known physics principle is called Fermatâ(TM)s principle or the principle of least time. Importantly, the quickest path is not always the straight path. Deviations from a straight path occur when light propagates through media of varying energy densities, such as when light bends due to refraction as it travels through a glass prism.

The principle of least time is a specific form of the more generally stated principle of least action. According to this principle, light, like all forms of energy in motion, always travels on the path that maximizes its dispersal of energy. We see this concept when the light from a light bulb (or star) emanates outward in all available directions.

Mathematically, the principle of least action has two different forms. Physicists almost always use the form that involves the so-called Lagrangian integrand, but Annila explains that this form can only determine paths within stationary surroundings. Since the expanding universe is an evolving system, he suggests that the original but less popular form, which was produced by the French mathematician Maupertuis, can more accurately determine the path of light from the distant supernovae.

Using Maupertuisâ(TM) form of the principle of least action, Annila has calculated that the brightness of light from Type 1a supernovae after traveling many millions of light-years to Earth agrees well with observations of the known amount of energy in the universe, and doesnâ(TM)t require dark energy or any other additional driving force."

Btw, why does slashdot only allow us to submit one link per post?

Comment Re:forced arbitration for consumers.. (Score 1) 165

A little more focused: How about anyone who takes an oath of office, elected or appointed, has to renounce any party affiliation and reaffirm their commitment to representing their constituency and the country?
      Parties are for colleges, like the electoral college maybe. They are NOT supposed to be running the f*ing country. Right now these 'must be intelligent somehow to be where they are' people spend most of their time trying to tear down anything the 'other guys' do or even want to do. They need to sit together according to state, not who they like to party with.
      Make them work together; right now it's far more wasteful than just corruption could be doing.

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