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Submission + - SPAM: Blogging about Trump is dangerous

Okian Warrior writes: Scott Adams (of Dilbert fame) has been blogging about Trump's persuasion for several months now. He has this to say about the experience:
"I was getting a lot of direct and indirect death threats for writing about Trump’s powers of persuasion, and I made all of that go away by endorsing Clinton. People don’t care why I am on their side. They only care that I am. "
"You might have found it funny that I endorsed Clinton for my personal safety. But it was only funny by coincidence. I did it for personal safety, and apparently it is working. Where I live, in California, it is not safe to be seen as supportive of anything Trump says or does. So I fixed that."
"Again, I’m completely serious about the safety issue. Writing about Trump ended my speaking career, and has already reduced my income by about 40%, as far as I can tell. But I’m in less physical danger than I was."

Seems like this is a good case for anonymity on the net.

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Submission + - It's a federal crime to visit a website after being told not to vis (washingtonpost.com)

Okian Warrior writes: he U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has handed down a very important decision on the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Facebook v. Vachani which decision is quite troubling. Its reasoning appears to be very broad — it says that if you tell people not to visit your website, and they do it anyway knowing you disapprove, they’re committing a federal crime of accessing your computer without authorization.

Submission + - Delivery robots come to the UK (starship.xyz)

Okian Warrior writes: Starship Technologies is building fleets of small delivery robots to manage the "last mile" for small deliveries.

“Our vision revolves around three zeroes – zero cost, zero waiting time and zero environmental impact. We want to do to local deliveries what Skype did to telecommunications.” said Ahti Heinla, a Skype co-founder and CEO at Starship Technologies.

Capable of carrying the equivalent of two grocery bags, the robots can complete local deliveries within 5-30 minutes from a local hub or retail outlet, for 10-15 times less than the cost of current last-mile delivery alternatives. Customers can choose from a selection of short, precise delivery slots – meaning goods arrive at a time that suits them. During delivery, shoppers can track the robot’s location in real time through a mobile app and on arrival only the app holder is able to unlock the cargo. Integrated navigation and obstacle avoidance software enables the robots to drive autonomously, but they are also overseen by human operators who can step in to ensure safety as needed.

Submission + - Wikileaks: Brazil's acting president used to be US intel informant (thefreethoughtproject.com) 2

Okian Warrior writes: WikiLeaks has exposed acting President Michel Temer as having been an intelligence informant for the United States. Temer, who has served as Brazil’s vice president since 2011, took power Thursday after Brazil’s parliament suspended [then president] Rousseff pending the results of impeachment proceedings. The cables — marked “sensitive but unclassified” — contained summaries of conversations Temer, a Brazilian federal lawmaker at the time, had with the U.S. intelligence officials.

Submission + - Tracking Caucusgoers by their Cell Phones (schneier.com)

Okian Warrior writes: Dstillery gets information from people's phones via ad networks. When you open an app or look at a browser page, there's a very fast auction that happens where different advertisers bid to get to show you an ad. Your phone sends them information about you, including, in many cases, an identifying code (that they've built a profile around) and your location information, down to your latitude and longitude.

On the night of the Iowa caucus, Dstillery flagged auctions on phones in latitudes and longitudes near caucus locations, some 16,000 devices. It then looked up the characteristics associated with those IDs to make observations about the kind of people that went to Republican caucus locations versus Democrat caucus locations. It drilled down farther by looking at which candidate won at a particular caucus location.

Submission + - Trump proposes health care reform (cnn.com)

Okian Warrior writes: Donald Trump on Wednesday laid out for the first time how he will reform U.S. health care system after repeatedly pledging to "repeal and replace Obamacare with something much better."

The seven-point plan calls for repealing Obamacare, breaking down state barriers that prevent the sale of health insurance across state lines and making individuals' health insurance premium payments fully tax deductible.

Submission + - Build Your Own Sensor Skin (wiley.com)

Okian Warrior writes: An article from Hackaday describes a fascinating paper that’s a tour de force of getting a lot done with nothing. Common household items, like Post-It notes, kitchen sponges, tissue paper, and tin foil, are used to form the basis of what they call “paper skin”. Fabrication techniques – scissors and tape – are ridiculously simple and accessible to anyone who made it through kindergarten.

Submission + - Free state project reaches goal of 20,000 signups. (freestateproject.org)

Okian Warrior writes: As a followup to our recent story,
at 11AM Tuesday, Free State Project president Carla Gericke announced the FSP had reached its goal of recruiting 20,000 participants.
The 20,000 mark is significant, because it ‘triggers the move’ – the mass migration of the Free State Project participants who have all agreed to move to New Hampshire within the next five years. So far, almost 2,000 have already relocated to the state.

Submission + - Paypal settles class action suit out of court (accountholdsettlement.com)

Okian Warrior writes: I just got E-mailed this link, which documents PayPal's out-of-court settlement for putting a "hold" on peoples' accounts all those years and not giving back the money. Anyone with a Paypal account since 2006 who had a hold put on their account is eligible for up to $440 in compensatory damages (section 8). As part of the settlement, Paypal additionally agrees to a raft of transparency changes to their hold and account suspension notification procedure (section 7).

Submission + - Free state project 93% towards goal (freestateproject.org)

Okian Warrior writes: Long term readers may recall the Free State Project, a plan go gather 20,000 liberty-minded participants and move to a low-populated state, as covered here on Slashdotat the beginning and then ten years later.

The project reached 90% of its 20,000 member goal last year with accelerated growth in recent months, and is on track to trigger the move to New Hampshire before year's end (and possibly by the end of next month).

Submission + - 47 year old television signals bouncing back to Earth (rimmell.com) 2

Okian Warrior writes: While searching deep space for extra-terrestrial signals, scientists at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico have stumbled across signals broadcast from Earth nearly half a century ago.

[Dr. Venn]: "I realised the signal was in the VHF Band and slap bang in the middle of 41-68 MHz. It was obviously old terrestrial television broadcasts, but they seemed to be originating from deep space." After boosting and digital enhancement the resulting video signals are remarkably clear.

"They are signals that left the Earth about 50 years ago and have bounced off an object or more likely a field of objects some 25 light years away".

Submission + - Snakebite antidote is running out (mirror.co.uk)

Okian Warrior writes: The most effective snakebite treatment in the world is set to expire next year and there is no comparable replacement yet ready, experts have warned.

Fav-Afrique, the best-known antidote for 10 different snakebites common in Africa, is in short supply and the last remaining batches available will expire in June 2016.

Sanofi Pasteur, the company that manufactures the antidote, claims it has been priced out of the market and Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF), a charity raising concerns about the shortage, say that alternative treatments are not as effective.

Submission + - Dismaland opens in England (dismaland.co.uk)

Okian Warrior writes: Banksy has opened a theme park "Dismaland" in England. Prepared in secret, the pop-up exhibition in a disused lido is "a sinister twist on Disneyland". Banksy has described it as a "family theme park unsuitable for children." Some of the attractions include:

...sulky attendants with their Mickey Mouse ears replying monosyllabically to inquiries. The stuffed unicorn. The photo galleries where you stick your head through a hole and take a picture of yourself as a terrorist. The drive-your-own model boats full of desperate migrants.

The park is wildly popular, tickets are selling out.

Submission + - Requirements for obtaining a NY BitLicense (dinbits.com)

Okian Warrior writes: New York issued its final Bitcoin license rule after nearly two years of debate and feedback. August 8th, 2015 ended the 45 day grace period allotted for operations related to transactions involving any form of digital currency to operate without a license.

Among the requirements for getting a Bitcoin license: .) Non-refundable $5000 application fee .) 10 years of court records in every county you've ever lived. .) 15 years of work history .) Permission to contact every company you've ever worked for .) A surety bond, whose value will be announced later .) background checks by licensed PI firms, including fingerprints .) background checks for everyone in your family

The onerous requirements are causing some bitcoin companies to leave New York entirely.

Submission + - H-1Bs Don't Replace U.S. Workers (niskanencenter.org)

Okian Warrior writes: [Ask Slashdot] In response to Donald Trump's allegations that H1B visas drive Americans out of jobs, The Huffington Post points to this study which refutes that claim.

From the study: "But the data show that over the last decade, as businesses have requested more H-1Bs, they also expanded jobs for Americans."

This seems to fly in the face of reason, consensus opinion, and numerous anecdotal reports.

Is this report accurate? Have we been concerned over nothing these past few years?

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