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Submission + - Germanwings plane crash was no accident

hcs_$reboot writes: The Germanwings plane crash takes a scary turn. After a couple of days investigation, it appears that the co-pilot requested control of the aircraft about 20 minutes into the flight. The pilot then left the cockpit, leaving the co-pilot in full control of the plane. Then, the co-pilot manually and "intentionally" set the plane on the descent that drove it into the mountainside in the southern French Alps. Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, a 28-year-old German national, could be heard breathing throughout the plane’s descent and was alive at the point of impact, according to the prosecutor.

Submission + - Gunman Was On Run -- Shots Fired Near NSA (cnn.com)

An anonymous reader writes: U.S. Park Police reported hearing gunshots fired near the NSA headquarters on Tuesday. Hours after gunfire ringing, the FBI said a suspect has been arrested for a series of shootings in the Washington-Baltimore area. The agency believes the suspect is responsible for several shootings, including one on the Intercounty Connector in Maryland and one at Fort Meade, Maryland — where the NSA is located. No one was injured, but NSA found damage to a building near the highway that passes by its campus, a federal law enforcement official said. Investigators are looking into the other shootings that have happened in the past couple of weeks to see if there is a connection. Those shootings happened outside a mall, a theater and a Walmart. Someone also shot a landscaping truck.

Submission + - AMD Catalyst Is The Broken Wheel For Linux Gaming

An anonymous reader writes: Tests of the AMD Catalyst driver with the latest AAA Linux games/engines have shown what poor shape the proprietary Radeon driver currently is in for Linux gamers. Phoronix, which traditionally benchmarks with open-source OpenGL games and other long-standing tests, recently has taken specially interest in adapting some newer Steam-based titles for automated benchmarking. With last month's Linux release of Metro Last Light Redux and Metro 2033 Redux, NVIDIA's driver did great while AMD Catalyst was miserable. Catalyst 14.12 delivered extremely low performance and some major bottleneck with the Radeon R9 290 and other GPUs running slower than NVIDIA's midrange hardware. In Unreal Engine 4 Linux tests, the NVIDIA driver again was flawless but the same couldn't be said for AMD. Catalyst 14.12 wouldn't even run the Unreal Engine 4 demos on Linux with their latest generation hardware but only with the HD 6000 series. Tests last month also showed AMD's performance to be crippling for NVIDIA vs. AMD Civilization: Beyond Earth Linux benchmarks with the newest drivers.

Submission + - There Are Human Remains Orbiting The Earth (vice.com)

sarahnaomi writes: As New Horizons, the first spacecraft NASA’s sent to Pluto, begins its encounter with the dwarf planet today, it carries with it some special cargo: the cremated body of Clyde Tombaugh. Tombaugh, who died in 1997, discovered Pluto in 1930, so it’s fitting that NASA decided to included his remains on the first mission to the dwarf planet when it launched the probe back in 2006, with the blessing of his family.

Still, this space burial is unusual for NASA—and certainly for the rest of us—but it’s actually not all that unusual for the private space travel industry. In fact, the remains of dozens of men and women have been fired into space over the last 20 years, many of which are still orbiting us today, as I found out chatting with the man who sent them there.

Encryption

US/UK Will Stage 'Cyber-Attack War Games' As Pressure Against Encryption Mounts 77

An anonymous reader writes: British prime minister David Cameron is currently visiting Washington to discuss the future of cyber-security in Britain and North America. The leaders have announced that their respective intelligence agencies will mount ongoing cyber-attack "war games" starting this summer in an effort to strengthen the West's tarnished reputation following the Sony hacking scandal. Somewhat relatedly, a recently-leaked Edward Snowden document show the NSA giving dire warnings in 2009 of the threat posed by the lack of encrypted communications on the internet.
Crime

Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone 784

HughPickens.com writes The WaPo reports that Danielle and Alexander Meitiv in Montgomery County Maryland say they are being investigated for neglect after letting their 10-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter make a one-mile walk home from a Silver Spring park on Georgia Avenue on a Saturday afternoon. "We wouldn't have let them do it if we didn't think they were ready for it," says Danielle. The Meitivs say they believe in "free-range" parenting, a movement that has been a counterpoint to the hyper-vigilance of "helicopter" parenting, with the idea that children learn self-reliance by being allowed to progressively test limits, make choices and venture out in the world. "The world is actually even safer than when I was a child, and I just want to give them the same freedom and independence that I had — basically an old-fashioned childhood," says Danielle. "I think it's absolutely critical for their development — to learn responsibility, to experience the world, to gain confidence and competency."

On December 20, Alexander agreed to let the children walk from Woodside Park to their home, a mile south, in an area the family says the children know well. Police picked up the children near the Discovery building, the family said, after someone reported seeing them. Alexander said he had a tense time with police when officers returned his children, asked for his identification and told him about the dangers of the world. The more lasting issue has been with Montgomery County Child Protective Services which showed up a couple of hours later. Although Child Protective Services could not address this specific case they did point to Maryland law, which defines child neglect as failure to provide proper care and supervision of a child. "I think what CPS considered neglect, we felt was an essential part of growing up and maturing," says Alexander. "We feel we're being bullied into a point of view about child-rearing that we strongly disagree with."

Submission + - .NET SERVER CLOUD STACK HAS BEEN OPEN SOURCED (crbtech.in)

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft Company is dealing with reasoning and cellular growth and moving out a multi-dimensional software growth technique that includes open-sourcing, cross-platform support, and resources developments.

Submission + - Verizon wants to take over your device (imgur.com)

hkok writes: Verizon announced a new firmware to track users usage and they blatantly put in an agreement to force you to to accept or you don't upgrade your firmware. This applies to all existing phones out there but newer phone will probably get this preinstalled whether you like it or not.

1. Purpose of collection and use of personal information

We collect the following personal information in order to provide service tailored to your mobile phone software and demographic group, and record the frequency of access to compile statistical data to improve service quality.

2. Personal information that will be collected

[Required Information]

Unique device identifier number (IMEI or MEID, Wi-Fi Mac address, SN), model name, account code, access log, and current device software version.

[Optional Information]

PC specifications (OS information and hardware specifications) and IP information.

3. Retention and usage period of personal information

The information collected will be retained and used for two years or until you withdraw your agreement for us to withhold your information; upon which, any information will be promptly and securely deleted.

4. Your right to withhold disclosure of personal information, and details of any associated disadvantages

You may choose to withhold your agreement to provide the personal information described above. If you choose to withhold your agreement to provide the [Required Information], you will not be able to receive the service; if you choose to withhold your agreement to provide the [Optional Information], you will be able to receive the service, but you will not be able to receive services related to the PC or IP address.

Submission + - SPAM: Internet sales tax revived by Michigan lawmakers

Fisherson writes: The House on Tuesday is expected to prepare the legislation for a possible vote later this week. Similar bills are pending in the Senate after a committee approved them last week.

Retailers with stores in Michigan must collect the 6 percent sales tax when selling items online. But Internet-only stores like Amazon don't have to assess the sales tax unless they have a physical presence in the state.

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Submission + - Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting (reuters.com) 3

An anonymous reader writes: A grand jury in Missouri has decided there is no probable cause to charge police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. "A grand jury of nine whites and three blacks had been meeting weekly since Aug. 20 to consider evidence. At least nine votes would have been required to indict Wilson. The Justice Department is conducting an investigation into possible civil rights violations that could result in federal charges." Government officials and Brown's family are urging calm in Ferguson after the contentious protests that followed Brown's death.

Submission + - Senate Republicans are getting ready to declare war on patent trolls (vox.com) 2

XxtraLarGe writes: Regardless of party affiliation, I think this is probably one thing most of us on Slashdot can applaud:

Republicans are about to take control of the US Senate. And when they do, one of the big items on their agenda will be the fight against patent trolls.

In a Wednesday speech on the Senate floor, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) outlined a proposal to stop abusive patent lawsuits. "Patent trolls – which are often shell companies that do not make or sell anything – are crippling innovation and growth across all sectors of our economy," Hatch said.


Submission + - Virginia Court: LEOs can force you to provide fingerprint to unlock your phone (macrumors.com)

schwit1 writes: A Circuit Court judge in Virginia has ruled that fingerprints are not protected by the Fifth Amendment, a decision that has clear privacy implications for fingerprint-protected devices like newer iPhones and iPads.

According to Judge Steven C. Fucci, while a criminal defendant can't be compelled to hand over a passcode to police officers for the purpose of unlocking a cellular device, law enforcement officials can compel a defendant to give up a fingerprint.

The Fifth Amendment states that "no person shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself," which protects memorized information like passwords and passcodes, but it does not extend to fingerprints in the eyes of the law, as speculated by Wired last year.

Judge Steven C. Frucci ruled this week that giving police a fingerprint is akin to providing a DNA or handwriting sample or an actual key, which the law permits. A pass code, though, requires the defendant to divulge knowledge, which the law protects against, according to Frucci's written opinion.


Submission + - Journalists Route Around White House Press Office

Tailhook writes: Pool reports written by White House correspondents are distributed to news organizations via the White House Press Office. Reporters have alleged that the Obama White House exploits its role as distributor to `demand changes in pool reports' and has used this power to `steer coverage in a more favorable direction.' Now a group of 90 print journalists has begun privately distributing their work through Google Groups, independent of the Press Office. Their intent is to `create an independent pool-reporting system for print and online recipients.'

Submission + - Chemical weapons found in Iraq were covered up by the US

mr_mischief writes: Multiple sources report that the US found remnants of WMD programs, namely chemical weapons, in Iraq after all. Many US soldiers were injured by them, in fact.

Why the cover-up, when so many people were making it a point to say there were no WMD? Was it to keep morale up? Was it out of embarrassment that many of these weapons were developed with Western help? Was it because these were older weapons not actively being produced? Maybe it's because the US troops did not follow international protocols to secure and properly dispose of the weapons.

Well, whatever the reason, it's a bad thing. If there are any of these caches under ISIL control it could be a very bad thing.

Submission + - Ebola Test Is Positive in Second Texas Health Worker (nytimes.com)

mdsolar writes: The authorities in Texas reported on Wednesday that a second health care worker involved in the treatment of a patient who died of the Ebola virus had tested positive for the disease after developing a fever.

The worker, who was not identified by name, had been “among those who took care of Thomas Eric Duncan after he was diagnosed with Ebola,” a statement from the Texas Department of State Health Services said.

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