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Submission + - SPAM: IETF Stunning Announcement: Emergency Transition to IPv7 Is Necessary!

Lauren Weinstein writes: In answer to a question regarding the timing of this proposed transition, Seville noted that the IETF planned to follow the GOP’s healthcare leadership style. “We feel that IPv4 and IPv6 should be immediately repealed, and then we can come up with the IPv7 replacement later.” When asked if this might be disruptive to the communications of Internet users around the world, Mr. Seville chuckled “You’re catching on.”
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Submission + - The 67 dumbest moments in tech 2016 ( 2

harrymcc writes: Over at Fast Company, we rounded up the year's dumbest, silliest, and/or most embarrassing moments--covering ground from the year's big news (Trump's tweets, Yahoo's leaks) to the mememorably strange (Facebook accidentally telling users they were dead) to odd little items you might have missed when they happened (in September, a tech writer confidently declared that the Samsuing Galaxy Note 7 was definitely not going to be banned from air travel).

Submission + - Silicon Valley's Trump rebellion now has EFF calling for more encryption (

dcblogs writes: The Electronic Frontier Foundation is keenly worried that President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress will step up surveillance activities and pass laws that infringe on electronic rights. The EFF is advising the tech sector to use end-to-end encryption for every transaction by default and to scrub logs. "You cannot be made to surrender data you do not have," the EFF said. "It's very clear to us that he (President-elect Donald Trump) is no friend to civil liberties," sais Rainey Reitman, director of the EFF's activism team. It believes Trump and the new Congress will seek encryption backdoors. The tech community is wary, generally, of Trump. More than 1,000 people who work at tech firms have signed a pledge,, not to help the incoming administration create a database to target people because of race or religion or to facilitate mass deportations. In arguing for resistance, Neveragain is pointing to the importance of databases used in atrocities back to World War II. Commenting generally on the use of data collection by governments, Christopher Browning, a Holocaust researcher who wrote a number of books on the Holocaust, Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland said that in western Europe, especially The Netherlands, "registration is a key, endangering factor."

Submission + - Gender Segregation the Problem Not the Solution for STEM Diversity?

theodp writes: Much to her dismay, neuroscientist Lise Eliot reports that gender-segregated education is making a comeback largely based on mistaken notions. Beliefs that "boys and girls learn differently," Eliot explains, is not supported by brain and behavioral research. She adds, "[Girls-only] schools like GALS and GALA are often promoted as good at preparing girls for predominantly male STEM fields such as engineering and computer science. But there is no evidence for this. In fact, research finds that women who attend single-sex colleges or enroll in all-female science classes are not likelier to pursue and persist in STEM careers. That’s because the problem is not girls’ academic ability or even their confidence in STEM subjects. It’s the culture of gender segregation: Young women turn away from careers in engineering and computer science because they feel uncomfortable and unwelcome in overly male environments. On the flip side, it is also cultural separation that inhibits many men from entering careers like nursing and teaching. In other words, gender segregation is the problem, not the solution for getting more women to advance in STEM and for more men to enter the HEAL professions — health, education, administration and literacy."

Submission + - New Netflix UI Forgets Where You Were In a Video Intentionally (

An anonymous reader writes: Netflix opts all customers into its UI beta-testing program by default (though you can opt out at any time). One iteration the company is experimenting with at the moment features a number of innovations, including a revised and more informative playback environment, a 10-second 'wind-back' feature similar to functionality in Amazon Prime — and an intentional inability to remember where you paused playback, with one operative explaining ‘[This] UI makes you go back to the start of the show so this way in case you missed any part of the movie/show you can watch it again with no troubles.’

Submission + - It Took 33 Years For Someone to Find the Easter Egg in This Apple II Game

Jason Koebler writes: Gumball, a game released in 1983 for the Apple II and other early PCs, was never all that popular. For 33 years, it held a secret that was discovered this week by anonymous crackers who not only hacked their way through advanced copyright protection, but also became the first people to discover an Easter Egg hidden by the game’s creator, Robert A. Cook. Best of all? Cook congratulated them Friday for their work.

Submission + - ESA and Tim Peake to rent out room on ISS on AirBnB

RockDoctor writes: After their successful deployment of the inflatable broom cupboard on the International Space Station, the ESA and Tim Peake are planning to rent it out on AirBnB.

No comment on when the road there will be improved — it's unsurfaced (and un-foundationed) for the last 100+ km — but the parking for your vehicles could easily be described as "spacy". Driving up there — particularly in a convertible car — is literally breathtaking. You'll feel all the pressures lifting from you.

I'm writing like an advertising agent. I'd better commit sepukku with an IBM mechanical keyboard.

Submission + - SPAM: Bringing Brainfuck to the enterprise

flok writes: People have long waited for the Brainfuck language (an esoteric but turing complete language) to be available on the mainframe environment. This has finally been accomplished in the form of a Brainfuck interpreter written in COBOL and a Brainfuck-to-COBOL translator/compiler for maximum efficiency. The translator/compiler reaches optimal performance by optimizing the code during conversion.
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Submission + - Programming Languages We Love to Hate But Can't Live Without

snydeq writes: Tools masquerading as languages, maddening syntax, dusty code that won’t die — InfoWorld's PeterWayner discusses seven programming languages we love to hate even though we can't live without them. 'From Gödel and Turing, we’ve learned that logical mechanisms have edges where scary things occur. Sure, maybe it’s our own fault, we humans, for misusing or misprogramming. But if the programming languages force our brains into weird yoga poses, it’s hard not to blame them for our ills,' Wayner writes. 'And we often can’t do anything about it. The installed base may be too large for us to jettison the language that irks us. The boss may love a stack so much he can’t hear the screams coming from the cubicle farms. The cruel truth is that there may be no better options.' What languages have you shaking your fists at the console?

Submission + - Newspaper chain CEO is 'pleased' to announce IT plan, then fires tech staff (

dcblogs writes: The McClatchy Company, which operates a major chain of newspapers in the U.S., is moving IT work overseas. The number of affected jobs, based on employee estimates, range from 120 to 150. The chain owns about 30 newspapers, including The Sacramento Bee, where McClatchy is based; The Fresno Bee, The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., The State in Columbia, S.C. and the Miami Herald. In a letter sent to the chain’s IT employees in late March, McClatchy CEO Patrick Talamantes detailed all the improvements a contract with the outsourcing firm, India-based Wipro, will bring, but buries, well down in the letter what should have been in its lead paragraph: There will be cutbacks of U.S. staff. The letter received by McClatchy’s IT employees from Talamantes begins by telling them it is “pleased to unveil our new IT Transformational Program, a program designed to provide improved service to all technology users, accelerated development and delivery of technology solutions and products, variable demand-based technology resources and access to modern and cutting-edge skills and platforms.” Seven paragraphs down in the letter, he lowers the boom: "As we embark on the implementation phase, there will be a realignment of resources requiring a reduction in McClatchy technology staff." IT employees thought they were part of the solution to McClatchy's tech direction, not the problem. Said one IT employee: "This has taken us all by surprise. I'm not saying that we felt untouchable as they have been doing layoffs for the past 10 years, but being part of IT we felt that we had a big part in what happens" in the company. Employees are now training their replacements.

Submission + - Braindead staff at BurgerKing tricked into smashing windows - twice!

RockDoctor writes:

[A prank caller] tricked workers at a Minnesota Burger King into smashing the windows of the restaurant to keep it from exploding.

Which is pretty fucking funny — though it might cost the restaurant chain 10-30k$ and if anyone gets fired, it should be the manager who was caught by the prank and instructed his staff to start smashing the windows.

But it seems that there was another similar case "in Shawnee, Oklahoma, on Thursday night" ; and there are reports of other cases. So, Burger King's upper management should have been raising the alarm to their store-level management already. Or, perhaps, they might hire people with at least a trace of general science background.

This sounds more fun than pulling the wings off flies — and ethically is more defensible. Where is the printed Yellow Pages ...?

Hang on! When did Burger King get promoted from "sludge purveyor" to "restaurant." And how many restaurants are sueing them for defamation and reputational harm?

Submission + - Insults No Developer Wants To Hear

snydeq writes: Flame wars in the bug tracker might be exactly the right (harsh) feedback your code needs, writes Peter Wayner in his run-down of the insults no programmer wants to hear about their code or coding skills. 'The technology world is a bit different than the pretty, coiffed world of suits and salesdroids where everyone is polite, even when they hate your guts and think you’re an idiot. Suit-clad managers may smile and hide their real message by the way they say you’re doing "great, real great pal," but programmers often speak their minds, and when that mind has something unpleasant to say, look out, feelings.'

Submission + - Zuckerberg's PAC Blames Unemployment on Lack of H-1B Workers

theodp writes: The non-exempt FY2017 H-1B visa cap was reached Thursday, raising the ire of Mark Zuckerberg's PAC. "Our broken immigration system continues to hinder America's economic growth and job creation," said in a statement. Backed by a Who's Who of tech leaders from the likes of Facebook, Microsoft and Google, Zuckerberg unveiled his H-1B seeking PAC in a 2013 Washington Post op-ed, which the Post noted coincided with Facebook becoming legally "dependent" on H-1B visas. The PAC's narrative that there aren’t qualified Americans to fill tech jobs has also been echoed by Facebook, Microsoft, and Google-backed nonprofits and Girls Who Code, which helped lead a successful national push for K-12 CS for All. Like, the learn-to-code nonprofits emerged around the time that Microsoft President Brad Smith — a 'Major Supporter' of and a Board member of — discussed the idea of "producing a crisis" to galvanize action on Microsoft's National Talent Strategy, which calls for increasing the number of H-1B visas until U.S. children become CS-savvy. "We took this idea of connecting immigration to education last fall," Smith boasted in 2013. On its Supporters page, notes that CEO Hadi Partovi is a 'Major Contributor' and Girls Who Code CEO Reshma Saujani is a 'Co-Chair'. Earlier this week, a leader of the nonprofit Anita Borg Institute suggested the H-1B program may be having a negative impact on the participation of women and underrepresented minorities in the technical workforce.

Submission + - 'The Coding Man' to Open on Broadway with Bill Gates in Title Role

theodp writes: Drawing inspiration from the play The Music Man, in which "Professor" Harold Hill convinces naive parents he can teach their musically disinclined children to play instruments, Microsoft on Friday announced it is adapting's What Most Schools Don't Teach video into a Broadway musical starring Bill Gates called The Coding Man (Playbill), in which wealthy tech leaders and their companies convince naive parents — including the President of the United States — they can teach their Computer Science-disinclined children to code. In the play, Microsoft advances its U.S. Talent Strategy by bankrolling a learn-to-code nonprofit and partnering with the National Science Foundation, White House officials, and excited CS educators to make the lack of CS education 'an issue like climate change'. The play concludes with a big production number in which President Obama, Vice President Biden, and schoolkids are 'taught to code' at the White House by, Disney Princesses, and Microsoft Minecraft characters Steve and Alex. Insiders tell the NY Times that the production budget for 'The Coding Man' is $4.235 billion. Plans for a London production of The Coding Man starring Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt were also announced.

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