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Comment Re:Due process matters more than Snowden (Score 1) 375

He has to serve trial before a sentencing would be delivered, but you are dead on suggesting that they set everything to a light sentence or even better offered him a light sentence as a plea deal. There's actually a lot of opportunity in that I think and also a lot of possible PR for whatever government would offer him such a deal.

I will call you out on one thing though:
> you don't get to break the law and escape punishment
1. It is entirely possible to believe someone has broken the law but at the same time find them not guilty.
2. (This is a technicality but) Snowden broke the law and is *currently* escaping punishment.

Submission + - Standardizing a penis and vagina emoji

An anonymous reader writes: Ever wanted a little penis icon on your emoji keyboard? Well, this project wants to add penis, vagina and breasts to the standard emoji set by petitioning to the Unicode Consortium. Previous projects like The Dumpling Emoji Project did just that. Seeing as to how Unicode already includes significantly more crude penis hieroglyphs and how the emojidex project designed their emoji mockups to be as internationally acceptable as possible, it's entirely possible a petition may be approved.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Is anyone concerned that Men Die 5 Years earlier than Women? (cnn.com) 1

BuckB writes: So many stories lately about Women's Equality Day, Breast Cancer, and even the best places to live (for women — answer, Hawaii). However, there really are no headlines, stories, or even articles about men's mortality rates. Do people not know, not care, or just accept it as a fact that men, for example, die seven years before women in the idolized Hawaii or ridiculed DC?

Submission + - SPAM: Standardizing a penis and vagina emoji

An anonymous reader writes: Ever wanted a little penis icon on your emoji keyboard? Well, this project wants to add penis, vagina and breasts to the standard emoji set by petitioning to the Unicode Consortium. Previous projects like The Dumpling Emoji Project did just that. Seeing as to how Unicode already includes significantly more crude penis hieroglyphs and how the emojidex project designed their emoji mockups to be as internationally acceptable as possible, it's not entirely unreasonable to think a petition may just be accepted.

Submission + - FBI: Hillary Clinton used BleachBit to wipe emails (neowin.net) 1

An anonymous reader writes: The open source disk cleaning application, BleachBit, got quite a decent ad pitch from the world of politics after it was revealed lawyers of the presidential hopeful, Hillary Clinton, used the software to wipe her email servers. Clinton is currently in hot water, being accused of using private servers for storing sensitive emails.

“She and her lawyers had those emails deleted. And they didn't just push the delete button; they had them deleted where even God can't read them. They were using something called BleachBit. You don't use BleachBit for yoga emails or bridesmaids emails. When you're using BleachBit, it is something you really do not want the world to see.”

Two of the main features that are listed on the BleachBit website include “Shred files to hide their contents and prevent data recovery”, and “Overwrite free disk space to hide previously deleted files”. These two features would make it pretty difficult for anyone trying to recover the deleted emails.

Submission + - Linux Kernel Development: How Fast It's Going And Who Is Doing It (helpnetsecurity.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The Linux Foundation analyzed the work done by over 13,500 developers over more than a decade, to provide insight into the Linux kernel development trends and methodologies used by thousands of different individuals collectively to create some of the most important software code on the planet. This year’s data covers work completed through Linux kernel 4.7, with an emphasis on releases 3.19 to 4.7. The rate of Linux development continues to increase, as does the number of developers and companies involved in the process.

Submission + - KickStarter project wants to standardize :penis: and :vagina: emoji

An anonymous reader writes: Ever wanted a little penis icon on your emoji keyboard? Well, this project wants to add penis, vagina and breasts to the standard emoji set by petitioning to the Unicode Consortium. Previous projects like The Dumpling Emoji Project did just that. Seeing as to how Unicode already includes significantly more crude penis hieroglyphs and how the emojidex project designed their emoji mockups to be as internationally acceptable as possible, a penis and vagina emoji could actually happen.

Submission + - Free Speech Under Attack as Facebook Plays Judge, Jury, Executioner (techomag.com)

NathanBachman writes: Freedom of speech is under attack, and the perpetrator is none other the king of social media, Facebook. In recent times, the company, now a popular face of online censorship, has been shamelessly blocking accounts, removing pages, and deleting posts that either failed to strike a chord with the moderation team, or were brutally honest to the extent of becoming intolerable for the people in position of power. Will Facebook get away with playing god and silencing millions of pro-Kashmir, pro-Kurdishs, and pro-freedom of speech voices around the globe?

Submission + - French government removed evidence of emissions cheating by Renault from report (ft.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: In the past year, there was a steady flow of evidence for various forms of trickery in automobile emissions controls, prompting, among others, the French government to investigate the behaviour of a number of popular cars certified to conform to Euro 5 and Euro 6 emission standards.

While the report concluded that some Renault models emitted many times more nitrogen oxides (NOx) on the road than during the official emissions test, it did not mention that a Renault Captur SUV was observed to perform a cleaning procedure on its lean NOx trap (LNT) five times in a row when the prescribed preparations for emissions testing where made, rendering it much more effective in the test than under normal conditions.

Three members of the enquiry commission told the Financial Times that the French state, which owns a 20% interest in Renault, decided that these findings should remain confidential. A spokesperson of the French environment ministry denies that facts where hidden on purpose. Meanwhile, the anti-fraud agency in France continues its investigations into Renault's emissions practices.

Renault has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, but it has agreed to voluntarily recall 15,000 cars to perform a software update that should reduce NOx emissions.

Submission + - KickStarter project wants to standardize :penis: and :vagina: emoji 1

An anonymous reader writes: This project is looking to petition the Unicode Consortium to add a penis, vagina and breasts emoji to the Unicode standard. If you've ever wanted send a little penis icon from the system standard keyboard on your phone then this is the crowd funding campaign for you.

Submission + - KickStarter project wants to standardize :penis: and :vagina: emoji

An anonymous reader writes: For anyone sick of using the eggplant emoji, there's a KickStarter project just for you. The objective is to raise enough money to join the Unicode Consortium and petition/push for a little penis, vagina, and breasts icon to be included on every emoji keyboard. There's even a stretch goal to add a :butt: emoji.

Submission + - Apple Acquires Machine Learning and AI Startup Turi (geekwire.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Machine learning and artificial intelligence startup Turi has been acquired by Apple in a deal characterized as a blockbuster exit for the Seattle-based company, formerly known as Dato and GraphLab, GeekWire has learned. The acquisition reflects a larger push by Apple into artificial intelligence and machine learning. It also promises to further increase the Cupertino, Calif.-based company’s presence in the Seattle region, where Apple has been building an engineering outpost for the past two years. Multiple sources with knowledge of the deal confirmed that Turi has been acquired. Sources close to the deal pegged the purchase price at around $200 million, marking a huge outcome for the original investors and early shareholders. Apple’s plans for Turi’s technology are not clear, but the company has been making a broad push into artificial intelligence through an expansion of its Siri personal assistant and related technologies. Turi lets developers build apps with machine learning and artificial intelligence capabilities that automatically scale and tune. Its products —which include the Turi Machine Learning Platform, GraphLab Create, Turi Distributed, and Turi Predictive Services — are largely designed to help large and small organizations make better sense of data. Use cases include recommendation engines, fraud detection, predicting customer churn, sentiment analysis, and customer segmentation.

Submission + - Man Says Tesla Autopilot Saved His Life By Driving Him To The Hospital (cnbc.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Last month a man sent an email to Elon Musk explaining how his Tesla Model S with Autopilot activated may have saved a pedestrian's life. Now, it appears Autopilot may have saved the life of a Tesla Model X driver. CNBC reports: "A Missouri man says his Tesla helped saved his life by driving him to the hospital during a life-threatening emergency. Joshua Neally is a lawyer and Tesla owner from Springfield, Missouri, who often uses the semi-autonomous driving system called Autopilot on his Tesla Model X. The system has come under fire after it was involved in a fatal Florida crash in May, but Neally told online magazine Slate that Autopilot drove him 20 miles down a freeway to a hospital, while Neally suffered a potentially fatal blood vessel blockage in his lung, known as a pulmonary embolism. The hospital was right off the freeway exit, and Neally was able to steer the car the last few meters and check himself into the emergency room, the report said."

Submission + - DJI Issues Software Update That Restricts Its Drones From Rio Olympics (pcmag.com)

An anonymous reader writes: DJI has issued a software update this week that prevents its unmanned aerial vehicles from flying over the Olympic venues. The temporary no-fly zones, which will be in place for throughout the games, include Rio de Janeiro, Sau Paulo, Brasilia, and several other Brazilian cities. The Brazilian military requested DJI to prohibit its drones from entering certain coordinates in the cities, and DJI complied. "DJI is proud to work with Brazilian authorities to put temporary no-fly zones in place during this important time, in order to increase safety and security at high-profile locations and reduce the likelihood of drone operators inadvertently entering sensitive areas," Manual Martinez, DJI Latin America corporate communications director, said in a statement. "The overwhelming majority of DJI customers want to operate safely and within the law," Martinez said. "And establishing clear no-fly zones helps reduce any potential for drone operations that could distract from the upcoming events."

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