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Submission + - SPAM: Kids killed by carmaker's pennyshaving, again 1

LeadSongDog writes: Cars today have thermometers, sound systems, microphones, power windows, alarms and computers galore. For a few lines of added code they could detect children or pets left in closed cars and prevent them from baking there. Will the SAE step up to the plate, before the hacktivists?
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Comment Re:Firefox better? (Score 1) 119

Gordon Bell of DEC had a sign in his office, "Better is the enemy of Good".

Sure he did. It meant that to sell a VAX architecture, the PDP-11 architecture could not be sustained. Anyhow, despite the beauty of those machines, DEC got sucked into Compaq, and thence into HP. Crap reigns supreme.

Submission + - SPAM: Comparing Cities' IOT Privacy Policies

LeadSongDog writes: From our "YRO may vary" department, academic Glynis Startz' post "Systematizing Privacy and Governance of Data and the Internet of Things" examines how different cities are addressing the tradeoffs around their privacy policies, encryption, and retention as monitoring becomes ubiquitous.
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Submission + - Stopping Trolls Is Now Life and Death for Twitter (

mirandakatz writes: It's been exactly three years since Twitter first promised to solve its harassment problem. In those three years, the company has made countless such promises, introducing dozens of new "fixes" and even going so far as to ban notorious troll Milo Yiannopoulos last month. But still, abuse on Twitter continues, and stopping it is now critical to the platform's future success, Backchannel's Jessi Hempel argues.

Comment Re:The problem is easy to fix (Score 1) 236

Look, this is simple. We just need government workers to show up and actually work. Yeah, crazy talk, I know.

Rachel from Cardholder Services advertises on Craigslist in Orlando. How difficult is it to just use their services (I know they're calling people at the FTC) and track them down? Use existing laws to put them out of business. There are plenty of options for those willing to do the minimal amount of work.

To be slightly more precise, we need legislators to get their heads out of each others butts and do their job. The current bunch are almost entirely occupied with infighting. Fire them all, just to be sure.

Comment Re:Would love to see something done (Score 0) 236

Several calls a week? I'm envious. I get a minimum of several a day. You know, murder is a crime because you rob someone of the remaining time they might have had on this planet. Robo callers steal the equivalent of lifetimes every single day and our useless FTC seems utterly incapable of doing a damned thing about it.

What does the FTC regulate again? Oh,... yeah... TRADE. Not theft, not murder, not communications, and definitely not Mumbai sweatshops.

Submission + - Car thieves use laptop and malware to steal more than 30 Jeeps (

altnuc writes: Two thieves in Houston steal more than 30 Jeeps by using a laptop and a stolen database. The thieves simply look up the vehicles VIN number in a stolen database, reprogram a generic key fob, start the car, and drive away.

Chrysler has confirmed that more than 100 of their vehicles have been stolen in the Houston area since November.

Chrysler/Jeep owners should always make sure their vehicles are locked!

Submission + - Older Workers Adapt To New Technology Just Fine, Survey Finds (

itwbennett writes: Those older workers in your office, you know, the one ones you think can't handle dealing with new technology? Turns out, they struggle less with technology than their millennial colleagues. A survey by London-based market research firm Ipsos Mori, sponsored by Dropbox, found that older workers are less likely to find using technology in the workplace stressful and experience less trouble working with multiple devices than the younger cohort. The reason for this might lie in all the clunky old technologies older workers have had to master over the decades. Digital Natives don't know how good they've got it.
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Journal Journal: Secret Files of the Inquisition 2

After 700 years, the files of the Inquisition are being released, and like with the German Holocaust during WWII, they turn out to be a treasure trove for historians, since one of the primary functions of the Inquisition was to introduce better record keeping and rule of evidence to the judicial system.

Submission + - Juno lead Scott Bolton talks up the tech of NASA's Jup (

tgswanson18 writes: The Juno probe has just made its long-awaited rendezvous with Jupiter, kicking off 20 months of unprecedented planetary science. We cornered the mission's principal investigator, Scott Bolton, during a briefing at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory — and he was more than happy to talk about all the cool new gadgets packed into the craft. Read More

Submission + - Windows 10 Anniversary Update Borks Dual-Boot Partitions (

An anonymous reader writes: It seems that the latest version of Microsoft’s OS has attention issues. Not content with forcing itself on users who didn’t want it, it may be taking even more drastic steps of hosing other operating systems entirely!

A handful of reports surfacing on social media suggest, anecdotally, that the Windows 10 anniversary may interfere with, affect and even delete other partitions on the same disk.

Submission + - Canada Wants To Keep Federal Data Within National Borders

An anonymous reader writes: Canada has released its latest federal cloud adoption strategy, now available for public comment, which includes policy concerning the storing of sensitive government information on Canadian citizens within national borders. The newly-published proposals require that only data which the government has categorised as ‘unclassified’, or harmless to national and personal security, will be allowed outside of the country. This information will still be subject to strict encryption rules. The new strategy, which has been in development over the last year, stipulates that all personal data stored by the government on Canadian citizens, such as social insurance numbers and critical federal information, must be stored in Canada-based data centers in order to retain ‘sovereign control’.

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