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Submission + - It's not you, Slashdot, it's me. 5

BuckB writes: When I was a young man, I read Slashdot in order to amaze my friends with useful facts. It was even my homepage for awhile. Sure, there was time when I cheated and went to cnet or wired. With Slashdot, I could count on high quality debate on controversial topics, even though I knew in my heart that most of the readers were Apple fans, while I am a closeted Microsofterian. Now the stories are mainly non-tech — no, that's the real reason — the stories are now mainly fake or click-bait or alarmist, and the discussions are completely uninformed, insulting, to the point of being indistinguishable from an MSNBC forum.

I'll still remember you fondly. And I'll check back now and then. You'll do fine without me, find more people who enjoy insulting contributions and upvoting rumors and gossip. But maybe, just maybe, you'll think back to when you were a leader and attracted the kinds of people like me.

Comment What did anyone expect? (Score 0) 432

How does treating 'problems' diagnosed with pseudoscience with acute medicine not sound like a recipe for disaster? Until they start from the ground up and build a framework based upon actual neurological phenomena, the whole thing is a house of cards propped up with FUD perpetuated to keep their fraudulent profession employed.

Submission + - Freeciv WebGL 3D beta-version released (

Andreas(R) writes: A beta of the 3D WebGL version of Freeciv has been released today. Freeciv is the classic open source strategy game, included in most Linux distributions and first released in 1996 by three danish students. Now the developers are working on bringing the game to the modern era with 3D WebGL graphics. The game will work on any device with a browser with HTML5 and WebGL support, and 3GB of RAM. It is a volunteer community development project and anyone is welcome to contribute to the project. Have fun and remember to sleep!

Submission + - SPAM: US Defense official: Chinese warship stole US underwater drone

schwit1 writes: (CNN)A US oceanographic vessel Thursday had its underwater drone stolen by a Chinese warship literally right in front of the eyes of the American crew, a US defense official told CNN Friday.

In the latest encounter in international waters in the South China Sea region, the USNS Bowditch was sailing about 100 miles off the port at Subic Bay when the incident occurred, according to the official.

Bowditch had stopped in the water to pick up two underwater drones. At that point a Chinese naval ship that had been shadowing the Bowditch put a small boat into the water. That small boat came up alongside and the Chinese crew took one of the drones.

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Submission + - Ho, Ho Ho! Linux Mint 18.1 'Serena' is here for Christmas! (

BrianFagioli writes: if you love Linux Mint and use it regularly, I have very good news — version 18.1 'Serena' is finally here. Yes, Santa Claus has delivered an early Christmas gift! There are two desktop environments from which to choose — Cinnamon and Mate. Regardless of which version you choose, please know that it is based on Ubuntu 16.04, which offers long term support (LTS). In other words, Linux Mint 18.1 will be supported until 2021.

Submission + - SPAM: An Insider from An American Intelligence Service Leaked the Podesta Emails to Wi

amitk1 writes: The former intelligence analyst, British Ambassador to Uzbekistan, and chancellor of the University of Dundee (Craig Murray) revealed earlier this week that the Podesta leak and the DNC leak were leaked by two different insiders, that both of the leakers were Americans with no ties to Russia, and that one was from the American intelligence services.
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Comment Re:Musk's shills in full force (Score 0) 244

He would be alright if he wasn't mass producing those horrible batteries and simply moving the pollution from the consumer to the manufacturer. If his business model involved renewable energy -> compressed hydrogen -> usable energy -> commercial application (drivetrains, home power etc) it wouldn't be a problem. But the guy has convinced people that what he is selling is the answer, it's not, it's half way there and he knows it. Therefore he's spewing bullshit whenever he opens his mouth.

Submission + - 37% of Detroit, Michigan, voting machines report more registered votes then cast

Mashiki writes: 37% of Detroit, MI., voting machines reporting more votes then cast after a recount. Detroit went heavily towards Hillary Clinton in the presidential election. Voting irregularities have spurred plans by Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson’s office Elections Director Chris Thomas to investigate state wide for other voting irregularities following the recount which was stopped. State officials are planning to investigate 20 Detroit precincts where voter boxes opened during the recount showed fewer ballots then counted by optical readers. In total nearly 60% of Detroit precincts had vastly different voter totals, with more votes cast then actual ballots in voter boxes. At this time there is no idea how many votes have been added to totals in Detroit.

Submission + - U.S. Senate Quietly Passes The "Countering Disinformation And Propaganda Act" (

lwmv writes: On December 8, 2016, the U.S. Senate passed the Countering Disinformation And Propaganda Act as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Report for fiscal year 2017. The bipartisan bill was written in March 2016 by U.S. Senators Republican Rob Portman and Democrat Chris Murphy, and designed to help American allies counter foreign government propaganda from Russia, China, and other nations. In the version of the bill incorporated into the 2017 NDAA, the U.S. Congress would ask the United States Secretary of State to collaborate with the United States Secretary of Defense and create a Global Engagement Center to monitor information warfare from foreign governments, and publicize the nature of ongoing foreign propaganda and disinformation operations against the U.S. and other countries. To support these efforts, the bill also creates a grant program for NGOs, think tanks, civil society and other experts outside government who are engaged in counter-propaganda related work.

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