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Comment Re:Ok, so what? (Score 1) 266

People who don't care about honesty and the free exchange of ideas false "report" sites they don't like as having malware, deceptive contents, whatever they can so that the automated filters in Google, anti-virus, etc.. prevent people from visiting them.

The practice not only (temporarily) blocks sites which shouldn't be blocked, but also gets people used to assuming a blocked site is much more likely to be a false positive and thus bypass the blocking. A great lose/lose scenario from these idiots.

Government

Homeland Security Border Agents Can Seize Your Phone (cnn.com) 314

Slashdot reader v3rgEz writes: A Wall Street Journal reporter has shared her experienced of having her phones forcefully taken at the border -- and how the Department of Homeland Security insists that your right to privacy does not exist when re-entering the United States. Indeed, she's not alone: Documents previously released under FOIA show that the DHS has a long-standing policy of warrantless (and even motiveless) seizures at the border, essentially removing any traveler's right to privacy.
"The female officer returned 30 minutes later and said I was free to go," according to the Journal's reporter, adding. "I have no idea why they wanted my phones..."
Crime

Feds Seize KickassTorrents Domains and Arrest Owner In Poland (arstechnica.com) 300

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Federal authorities announced on Wednesday the arrest of the alleged mastermind of KickassTorrents (KAT), the world's largest BitTorrent distribution site. As of this writing, the site is still up. Prosecutors have formally charged Artem Vaulin, 30, of Ukraine, with one count of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, and two counts of criminal copyright infringement. Like The Pirate Bay, KAT does not host individual infringing files but rather provides links to .torrent and .magnet files so that users can download unauthorized copies of TV shows, movies, and more from various BitTorrent users. According to a Department of Justice press release sent to Ars Technica, Vaulin was arrested on Wednesday in Poland. The DOJ will shortly seek his extradition to the United States. "Vaulin is charged with running today's most visited illegal file-sharing website, responsible for unlawfully distributing well over $1 billion of copyrighted materials," Assistant Attorney General Caldwell said in the statement. "In an effort to evade law enforcement, Vaulin allegedly relied on servers located in countries around the world and moved his domains due to repeated seizures and civil lawsuits. His arrest in Poland, however, demonstrates again that cybercriminals can run, but they cannot hide from justice." KickassTorrents added a dark web address last month to make it easier for users to bypass blockades installed by ISPs.

Comment Re:I want to like Donald. (Score 1) 268

Next you'll be trying to tell us people are actually individuals, not just Borg-like members of various collectives determined by their skin color or Party affiliation. You may have to report for re-education if you work in a government, media or academic setting.

On a related topic, basically for at least the next four years we're screwed in terms of having a decent President, so I finally decided to vote based on a longer view of things and try and get the best new Supreme Court justices. Those will have much longer lasting effect than what one President otherwise does.

Comment Re:"Little Progress" (Score 0) 200

Why would any employer want to do anything other than hire the best, most qualified employee for a given job?

In this specific case, because the individuals who run Facebook are racist and sexist. They believe what color your skin is, what your ethnically related genetic makeup is and/or what sex you are all matter more than your individual personal characteristics, skills, talents, intelligence, etc...

Comment Re:Translation (Score 4, Insightful) 360

Trump would be a disaster... ok, but that doesn't mean Hillary would be a disaster is any less true.

It's been interesting to see how much people rely on saying bad (and at least somewhat, although usually not totally) true things about the "other" candidate, but usually fail to make the case at all as to why "their" candidate is any better.

The candidates don't exist in a vacuum. Saying Candidate X is horribly Y doesn't actually compare them to their opponents and thus feels more like calling names than having a reasoned discussion.

I'd listen to more of this if it actually brought up something which wasn't already public knowledge, or tried to at least do some kind of comparison rather than just being a one-sided political attack.

Comment Re:or ... (Score 0) 311

Here's the police scanner audio of the incident.

Excerpt:

“I’m going to stop a car,” the officer says on the recording. “I’m going to check IDs. I have reason to pull it over.”
“The two occupants just look like people that were involved in a robbery,” the officer says. “The driver looks more like one of our suspects, just ‘cause of the wide set nose,” the officer continues.

Here's a photo of the gun in the video.

How many parts of the "story" have to be lies before you stop believing the person telling it and trying to make money off of it?

Comment Re:or ... (Score -1, Troll) 311

Or maybe armed robbery suspects (real reason for being pulled over, as per the police radio calls, not a broken taillight) shouldn't pull a gun (you can barely see it in the video, but it's there) on police during a stop?

There are many examples of poor judgement or outright criminality on the part of police. This incident isn't necessarily one of them. The GF streaming the video and her and other family members raising gofundme money have been flat out lying to cash in on the anti-police sentiment.

Movies

George Takei Opposes Gay Sulu In 'Star Trek Beyond' (hollywoodreporter.com) 354

HughPickens.com writes: Seth Abramovitch reports in the Hollywood Reporter that actor and LGBT activist George Takei says Paramount's plans to have Sulu's character in the upcoming 'Star Trek Beyond' the first LGBTQ lead character in Star Trek history is out of step with what creator Gene Roddenberry would have wanted. [Roddenberry] "was a strong supporter of LGBT equality," says Takei, now 79. "But he said he has been pushing the envelope and walking a very tight rope -- and if he pushed too hard, the show would not be on the air." Takei says he'd much prefer that Sulu stay straight. "I'm delighted that there's a gay character," says Takei. "Unfortunately, it's a twisting of Gene's creation, to which he put in so much thought. I think it's really unfortunate." The timeline logic of the new revelation is enough to befuddle even the most diehard of Trek enthusiasts, as the rebooted trilogy takes place before the action of the original series. In other words, assuming canon orthodoxy, this storyline suggest Sulu would have had to have first been gay and married, only to then go into the closet years later. Simon Pegg, who has co-written the latest Star Trek movie, as well as starring as Scotty, has responded to criticism by the actor George Takei at the film-makers' decision to make the character he used to play openly gay. "He's right, it is unfortunate, it's unfortunate that the screen version of the most inclusive, tolerant universe in science fiction hasn't featured an LGBT character until now. We could have introduced a new gay character, but he or she would have been primarily defined by their sexuality, seen as the 'gay character,' rather than simply for who they are, and isn't that tokenism?" says Pegg. "Our Trek is an alternate timeline with alternate details. Whatever magic ingredient determines our sexuality was different for Sulu in our timeline. I like this idea because it suggests that in a hypothetical multiverse, across an infinite matrix of alternate realities, we are all LGBT somewhere."

Submission + - Wikipedia Disappears True Identity of UVA Rape Hoaxer Jackie Coakley

cpaglee writes: After nearly driving an editor to contemplate suicide the Wikipedia editorial community continues to practice extreme censorship by disappearing all references to UVA Rape Hoaxer Jackie's last name even though it shows up in the top 3 search results of every major search engine. On July 3 anonymous Wikipedia editor Permstrump removed 2,098 characters from the A Rape on Campus Wikipedia article, in addition to destroying all records of previous edits. The original article as it appeared prior to the Wikipedia censorship is available on archive.org.

Comment Re:Remeber the name for the program (Score 1) 565

The Supreme Court has explicitly included non-firearms and there have been court cases over knife regulations related to it. Unless they're non-fighting knives (i.e. made only for cooking, like a paring knife), they're arms.

Do you just make up your "facts" out of thin air, without even a quick google search to confirm them?

Comment Re:Surge should fire their admin (Score 2) 565

From the update which is now at the bottom of the article:

Update: Digital Ocean sent a statement.
        "We received notice on behalf of a trademark holder that a customer of DigitalOcean was hosting infringing content on our network. DigitalOcean immediately notified our customer of the infringement, and the customer was given a five day period to resolve the issue. The infringing content was not removed within the specified period even though several notifications were issued. Per DigitalOcean’s terms of service, a final reminder was issued to our customer and, when no action was taken, access to the content was disabled. The infringing content was subsequently removed by the customer and all services were restored in less than two hours."

So their ISP gave them 5 days to respond and they ignored it.So they got cut off from their ISP, which got their attention and they removed the one site, after which the ISP immediately put them back online.

Sounds reasonable from the provider's perspective. The 38K sites were the fault of Surge for ignoring the notifications from their provider.

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