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Submission + - President Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning's Sentence 1

bbsguru writes: From NBC News:
President Obama has commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence officer, who is serving 35 years for giving classified information to Wikileaks.

The decision, made in the last days of his presidency, means that Manning can be freed May 17, seven years into her sentence.

More than 117,000 people signed a petition asking Obama to cut short the sentence. Fugitive leaker Edward Snowden said in a tweet that if Obama could only free one person, it should be Manning.

Submission + - Obama commutes Chelsea Manning sentence (bbc.com)

techtech writes: President Barack Obama has commuted Chelsea Manning's sentence for leaking documents to Wikileaks in 2010.
The 29-year-old transgender US Army private, born Bradley Manning, will be freed on 17 May instead of her scheduled 2045 release.
She was sentenced to 35 years in 2013 for her role in leaking diplomatic cables to the anti-secrecy group.
The leak was one of the largest breaches of classified material in US history.

Comment DEFCAD (Score 1) 404

I'm surprised that nobody's mentioned http://defcad.com/ yet. It's an "Open-Source Search Engine for 3D Printing.", and they've got quite a few firearms (with the intent of having the plans for everything else too), and they're immune or at least resistant to takedowns and such. The site is apparently not complete, needing funding for the search functionality or something like that, but they do have downloadable plans already. The video on the site explains it a bit better.

Bradley Manning Makes Statement 440

Bradley Manning, the 25-year-old U.S. Army soldier who allegedly leaked hundreds of thousands of internal memos about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, has been held by the government for two and a half years. On Thursday he pleaded guilty 10 of 22 charges brought against him, and now he has released an official statement. Here's an excerpt: "On 3 February 2010, I visited the WLO website on my computer and clicked on the submit documents link. Next I found the submit your information online link and elected to submit the SigActs via the onion router or TOR anonymizing network by special link. ... I attached a text file I drafted while preparing to provide the documents to the Washington Post. It provided rough guidelines saying ‘It’s already been sanitized of any source identifying information. You might need to sit on this information– perhaps 90 to 100 days to figure out how best to release such a large amount of data and to protect its source. This is possibly one of the more significant documents of our time removing the fog of war and revealing the true nature of twenty-first century asymmetric warfare. Have a good day. After sending this, I left the SD card in a camera case at my aunt’s house in the event I needed it again in the future. I returned from mid-tour leave on 11 February 2010. Although the information had not yet been publicly by the WLO, I felt this sense of relief by them having it. I felt I had accomplished something that allowed me to have a clear conscience based upon what I had seen and read about and knew were happening in both Iraq and Afghanistan everyday."

Submission + - Electric Velomobiles: almost as fast as cars, but 80 times more efficient (lowtechmagazine.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Both the velomobile and the electric bicycle increase the limited range of the cyclist — the former optimises aerodynamics and ergonomics, while the latter assists muscle power with an electric motor fuelled by a battery. The electric velomobile combines both approaches, and so maximises the range of the cyclist — so much so that it is able to replace most, if not all, automobile trips. A quarter of the existent wind turbines in the US would suffice to power as many electric velomobiles as there are Americans.

Comment Re:"Zero Knowledge" Services (Score 1) 531

Right now my only costs are from my internet connection. :) I also do have offline backups of course, but I like SpiderOak because it'll monitor for file changes and upload right away if you have it set for that. (uploading only the changed sections too, and it has versioning built in) It's great for text files and pictures and other things that I just want to backup automatically throughout my day. I don't want to have to hook up my external drive every time I edit a document or download a single song.

Comment Re:"Zero Knowledge" Services (Score 1) 531

I've used SpiderOak for about 10 months now, and it's the only cloud backup service that I trust won't be handing my data over to anyone. Everything encrypts client-side, and they (supposedly) have no way of accessing this data even if forced. It's basically online backup for those paranoid about privacy.

The client does need several improvements, but overall I'm quite pleased. The company offers extra free permanent storage to those who refer others, email with a special promotional code, or participate in online "tests". My favorite was their context for System Administrator Appreciation Day, where you had to fix a broken system and were rewarded with storage space. The contest is over, but the challenge is still up: https://sotss.spideroak.com/ (It was originally won if you managed to get the right program running, and it would ask for your username for the reward space. This doesn't seem to happen anymore.)

So far I've managed to get 29 GB of free space with them, which is permanent and accessible to even free users. So far, SpiderOak is the only cloud backup I've seen that has this "zero knowledge" service. If there are others, I'd love to hear about them.
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Submission + - Micron P320h PCI Express SSD Breaks 500K IOPs On A Single Card (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: "Most PCIe SSD cards on the market today, with the exception of products from Fusion-io, rely on SATA or SAS-based NAND controllers to interface on the backend of the device to the NAND array. PCIe cards from OCZ, Intel, LSI and others use controllers from LSI SandForce or the like. Fusion-io was the first company to introduce a native PCI Express to NAND Flash controller-processor, though Micron has also been cooking up their own native PCIe SSD technology as well. The Micron P320h is a PCI Express SSD that Micron partnered with IDT, a veteran semiconductor manufacturer that specializes in high speed serial switching and memory interface technology, to co-development the product. The Micron P320h is a half height, half length design that employs a 32 channel NAND Flash storage processor with a native PCI Express X8 interface. Performance-wise, the card shows considerable strength in high IO queue depths and in some tests exhibits performance in excess of 500K IOPs."

Comment Re:IT IS WIN + WIN !! (Score 1) 362

Even if killing civilians or even killing them all WORKS, how does that make it right? These are human beings we're talking about, not mindless robots or monsters. This isn't like a video game where you win if you completely destroy the opposing side. If you go around intentionally killing innocent civilians, that is an evil act according to most of the world. You might win the battle, but you end up becoming what you had opposed.

Sadly, some people just chant "USA! USA!" and think that we can do no wrong. They'd cheer even if we bombed and killed everyone in the country. With this sort of black and white thinking, they're just "bad guys" deserving of death. If you are one of the people who thinks this way, I doubt that I could convince you otherwise.

Comment Re:IT IS WIN + WIN !! (Score 1) 362

The only problem is that it does not reduce the number of "bad guys". If you bomb someone, their friends and family are going to be angry and take up arms against you. If you kill them too, THEIR friends and family will take up arms against you. You're literally creating enemies because they want revenge\justice. The better option is to stop killing them and withdraw our troops. They can't kill us if we aren't there. They'll still be angry and some may still take up arms against the US, but they'd have to come here to do that. This is what a military is meant to protect us from.

Imagine it this way: If a foreign country started using drones or occupying troops to kill people in the US that it considered to be dangerous, don't you think that we'd be angry? I would hope that Americans would be angry and fight back. How many of you would say "Oh well. They're killing our people, but it's none of my business."?

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