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Submission + - SPAM: NASA cannot confiscate an Apollo 11 artifact that was sold by mistake

schwit1 writes: A federal judge has ruled that NASA has no right to confiscate an Apollo 11 lunar rock sample bag that had been purchased legally, even though the sale itself had been in error.

Judge J. Thomas Marten ruled in the U.S. District Court for Kansas that Nancy Carlson of Inverness, Illinois, obtained the title to the historic artifact as "a good faith purchaser, in a sale conducted according to law." The government had petitioned the court to reverse the sale and return the lunar sample bag to NASA. "She is entitled to possession of the bag," Marten wrote in his order.

This court case will hopefully give some legal standing to the private owners of other artifacts or lunar samples that NASA had given away and then demanded their return, decades later.
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Microsoft Shares Hit All-Time High As Company Strengthens Its Cloud Grip ( 43

Marco della Cava, reporting for USA Today: Microsoft shares surged 5% in early trading Friday, and passed a high set in 1999, helped by enthusiasm for progress in its cloud business. The stock was at up at $60.11, breezing past the $58.72 mark set in December 1999. Friday's rally follows Microsoft's latest quarterly report, out late Thursday, that beat analyst expectations for adjusted sales and profit and showcased a doubling of growth in its Azure cloud business, while reflecting continued strain from consumers' pivot away from PCs and traditional software purchases.Microsoft reported its Q1 2017 earnings yesterday, noting a revenue of $20.5 billion, which was higher than Wall Street's expectations. Company's Intellgent Cloud revenue was up 8 percent, whereas Azure revenue observed 116 percent growth year-on-year.

Comment Re:wow, completely clueless... (Score 2) 612

Not to mention his unprofessional millennial speak "Very VIP, really VERY VIP". 1st rule of being a professional, you don't talk about your shit, especially when you're up to no good. He's a dumbass from the ground up.

Either that, or it wasn't him, but someone who wanted it to look like him...

Comment Re:and then block porn / 3rd party candidates / fr (Score 1) 194

And the reason for the Lib Dem destruction is in propping up a coalition government that nobody liked. The electorate punished them and not the larger partner of the coalition. Strange.

Not really that strange. As far as I can tell, they got delayed punishment for going into a coalition with the Conservatives in the first place, rather than aligning with Labour as most Lib Dem voters would have expected. The fury at that cannot be understated; I believe their membership dropped considerably immediately after that fateful decision. Their rout at the following general election was only to be expected. Clegg destroyed that party.

Comment Re: Aren't transactions like this tracked? (Score 1) 189

That may be true when you pay with your card in a shop, but a credit card also allows initiating a payment using only the card number, the expiry date and three numbers on the back. No such thing is possible with a debit card.

Errrr... I regularly use one of my debit cards to pay one particular utility bill across the internet, using only the card number, the expiry date, and the three numbers on the back. (And no, I'm not thrilled with that, however it's more-or-less necessary for reasons too tedious to go into.) However, it also sometimes asks for some letters from my Verified by Visa password but by no means always. Mind you, my credit cards also have Verified by Visa (or the Mastercard equivalent) passwords, so again, no different.

UK debit cards can also be used to make telephone purchases where no Verified by Visa password was, or indeed could be, taken, using just your card number, expiry date and three numbers on the back.

Therefore, from where I'm sitting, UK debit cards are just as (in)secure as UK credit cards.

From previous discussions I've seen on Slashdot, it does seem that the way debit cards operate in the USA is somewhat different to over here.

Comment Re: Aren't transactions like this tracked? (Score 1) 189

Debit cards are a million times safer than credit cards.

Interesting that parent was downmodded, even though it is more or less true. Credit cards use an inherently unsafe system secured only by the knowledge of a few numbers, whereas debit card transactions (EFTPOS) always require authorisation by the bank, entry of a PIN code that is verified remotely and nowadays almost always use a chip on the card (EMV). Moreover, a credit card charge is limited only by the maximum credit the card was issued for, while a debit card transaction is limited by the account balance.

Maybe where you're from, but here in the UK both my credit cards (along with both my debit cards) have chip and PIN which are verified online. It's standard here; there's no difference between the two.

Furthermore, under UK consumer credit law, if you buy something that's worth more than £100 using a credit card (even if you only pay 1p of that amount on the credit card), the credit card company becomes jointly liable with the supplier if something goes wrong; this can be invaluable if, for example, you buy flights or a new kitchen from a company that subsequently goes bust. (See here for examples.) UK debit cards DO NOT have this legal protection. Also, in the case of a fradulent transaction, I'd far rather it was taken from my credit card (where I can pay off the minimum and argue the fraud later), then clearing out my main bank account via my debit card. These reasons may be why the grandparent was modded down.

Comment Re:CGNAT (Score 1) 369

You can still throttle the spammers by limiting the frequency of posts based on IP address

Yeah, if you want lots of both type I and type II errors. In IPv4, a throttle will cause collateral damage for people behind the same carrier-grade NAT, such as students living on campus in the same dorm complex or residents of a country that doesn't have quite as many allocated IP addresses as the United States.

Hah, tell me about it! Sometime around 2004 or so, Slashdot managed to ban just about every broadband user in Swansea, the second-largest city in Wales, population 200k-500k (depending on how wide an area you count). Why? Because back then the major broadband supplier, NTL (now Virgin Media) ran everyone through a set of caching proxy servers that didn't preserve the original user's IP address. Obviously somebody in Swansea had been trolling/attacking Slashdot, and as a result the latter just put all the Swansea proxy server IPs onto their banned list, cutting off an entire British city.

Hilariously, when I emailed Slashdot support to explain the issue, I got a reply that seemed to think that "city of half-a-million people" actually meant "a few dozen people in an office", because the guy seemed to not understand the issue at all, and told me that until I, me personally, managed to find the troll and get him to stop hitting their servers, then the IP range would remain banned. And this from a major tech site. You had to laugh, or else you'd cry...

Anyway, I forwarded both mine and his emails to NTL (cc'd to Slashdot with a note to say that perhaps they might like to work together on the problem) and eventually, well over six months down the line, it got sorted by someone, somehow, I don't know the details.

In the meantime I got round the issue myself by manually sticking the address for another city's NTL proxy server into my internet connection setup (Bristol, if I remember correctly; not sure why I didn't use Cardiff, possibly too congested).

Comment Re:Thanks to (Score 1) 369

You missed the modern Plain Old Text mode then?

Plain Old Text: Same as "HTML Formatted", except that <BR> is automatically inserted for newlines, and other whitespace is converted to non-breaking spaces in a more-or-less intelligent way.

The old HTML-only thing where you had to keep chucking <p>s and <br>s in hasn't been required, nor I believe is the default any more, for years.

We also have a Preview function now, so you can check if your paragraphs have been mangled or not.

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