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Submission + - SPAM: Prosecutorial Misconduct is Now a Felony in California 1

schwit1 writes: Along with signing a major asset forfeiture reform bill last week, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law making it a felony for prosecutors to intentionally withhold evidence.

Under the new law, prosecutors who alter or intentionally withhold evidence from defense counsels can face up to three years in prison. Previously, prosecutorial misconduct in California was only a misdemeanor. Courts were statutorily required to report misconduct to the state bar association, but advocates of the bill say the laws were rarely enforced.

"When a prosecutor intentionally withholds exculpatory evidence, an unknowing and innocent defendant can be convicted, sentenced, and incarcerated for a long time," California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, a group of criminal defense lawyers that supported the bill, told The Los Angeles Times. "These bad-acting prosecutors rarely, if ever, face any actually consequences for their actions."

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Submission + - Hacker-Proof Code Confirmed (quantamagazine.org)

An anonymous reader writes: In the summer of 2015 a team of hackers attempted to take control of an unmanned military helicopter known as Little Bird. The helicopter, which is similar to the piloted version long-favored for U.S. special operations missions, was stationed at a Boeing facility in Arizona. The hackers had a head start: At the time they began the operation, they already had access to one part of the drone’s computer system. From there, all they needed to do was hack into Little Bird’s onboard flight-control computer, and the drone was theirs.

When the project started, a “Red Team” of hackers could have taken over the helicopter almost as easily as it could break into your home Wi-Fi. But in the intervening months, engineers from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) had implemented a new kind of security mechanism — a software system that couldn’t be commandeered. Key parts of Little Bird’s computer system were unhackable with existing technology, its code as trustworthy as a mathematical proof. Even though the Red Team was given six weeks with the drone and more access to its computing network than genuine bad actors could ever expect to attain, they failed to crack Little Bird’s defenses.

“They were not able to break out and disrupt the operation in any way,” said Kathleen Fisher, a professor of computer science at Tufts University and the founding program manager of the High-Assurance Cyber Military Systems (HACMS) project. “That result made all of DARPA stand up and say, oh my goodness, we can actually use this technology in systems we care about.”...

Submission + - Why science fiction authors can't win

bowman9991 writes: Science fiction authors have long been outcasts from the literary world, critics using the worst examples of the genre as ammunition against it. Unfortunately though, at times even science fiction authors themselves can turn on their own kind: “Science fiction is rockets, chemicals and talking squids in outer space,” mocked Margaret Atwood, one of her many attempts to convince people that she is not a science fiction author, even though one of her most famous novels, A Handmaid’s Tale, is exactly that. Considered by the literary establishment, and frequently by non-SF award-giving institutions, to be trashy, pulpish, commercially driven lightweight gutter fiction, it’s no surprise that very few works of science fiction have won major literary awards. Kim Stanley Robinson, author of the award-winning (not “literary” awards obviously) Mars novels recently hit out at the literary establishment, accusing the Man Booker judges of “ignorance” in neglecting science fiction, which he declared was “the best British literature of our time”.

Comment Gopher Blue (Score 1) 225

Gopher Blue was the main one I used back then, even remember having to run a program to convert the 7bit ascii stream back to 8bit binary after receiving it from there! They had a large repository of AtariST utility programs! All part of running a Citadel BBS for the AtariST community in my area! I got access through our local university's dial-up system. Going from 300baud to 1200baud was a real treat back then!

Comment Re:if it doesnt work (Score 1) 464

I was very near sighted all my life, till I lens replacement surgery. Now I can drive without glasses, but have a bit of uncorrected astigmatism, so opted for tri-focals. With my tri-focals I have perfect vision at distance and have the middle lens for the monitor and the speedometer in the car, and the bottom lens makes reading a pleasure! Blended lenses are a compromise for those vanity won't let them admit to anyone they are over 40!!

Comment Re:This raises some questions (Score 1) 172

Had a PRS-505, now have a PRS-T1, never used the Sony store after the original registration. All my content is in epub, pdf, rtf, etc. all acquired from places like baenebooks.com kobo.com and my public library. Get Calibre to use as your ebook library software and it will manage your books on your computer and your Sony PRS-T3. The biggest advantage to the Sony Readers that no one mentions is the ability to sort by more than the title of the books, When you have 500+ books on the Reader, it is nice to be able to sort by series, (which the Sony calls Collections), author and date added as well as just the title.

Comment I've been seeing this a LOT on Facebook (Score 2) 18

I've been seeing this a LOT on Facebook. I myself am not stupid enough to log in to a site I am already logged into, but this has bitten a whole lot of my less savvy "friends"! Seems to be a regular Phishing feature where there is slightly risque picture and when you click to see full size they want you to prove you are over 13 by logging in ! Hah! Not happening!

Comment I remember him for GEM (Score 4, Interesting) 99

The GEM Graphic environment manager, would have been the world standard, well expect for the "Look and Feel" Lawsuit that Apple brought against it when it was released for the IBM PC and Clones. After the settlement it was so neutered as to be fairly useless! It was a dream to use in it's full implementation on the Atari 1040ST. Drag and drop and a windowed environment way before Microsoft got around to it!

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