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Submission + - Malaysian Police: VX nerve gas killed N Korea leader's brother in airport attack (

An anonymous reader writes: Malaysian police have announced their finding that Kim Jong Nam, half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jon Un, was killed by assassins using VX nerve gas in an attack in the busy Kuala Lumpur airport. Malaysian authorities plan to decontaminate the airport and other sites visited by the attackers. Police are holding the two female attackers, one of whom was affected by the chemical agent, as well as two other men. They are seeking seven more North Koreans connected to the case. VX is the most toxic of the nerve gasses and the UN has declared it a weapon of mass destruction. The manufacture and stockpiling of more than 100 grams of VX per year is prohibited by the Chemical Weapons Convention of 1993. It has no commercial uses. The Malaysian police are trying to discover if it was smuggled into their country, or manufactured there. The Malaysian government has recalled its ambassador to North Korea for consultation. North Korea is blaming the death of Kim Jong Nam on Malaysia. North Korea is believed to have major stockpiles of chemical weapons, and is alleged to conduct experiments on prisoners and social undesirables.

Submission + - Swedish prosecutor says Assange interview set for November 14 (

An anonymous reader writes: Swedish prosecutors have announced that Julian Assange of WikiLeaks fame will be interviewed in Ecuador's London embassy on November 14th. A Swedish prosecutor and police investigator will be present while an Ecuadorian prosecutor asks questions on their behalf. The questions relate to rape allegations from 2010. Under Swedish law and normal procedure the case cannot continue until the suspect is interviewed after which filing charges is possible. A number of countries in Europe use a similar system.

Submission + - Clinton Had Uncleared Filipino Maid Print Emails, Handle Sensitive Documents ( 13

An anonymous reader writes: The New York Post reveals that Hillary Clinton routinely had her emails forwarded so her immigrant Filipino maid who lacked a security clearance could print her emails from an iMac in Clinton's home, including ones that contained classified information. The maid also had access to the SCIF (sensitive compartmented information facility) built at Clinton's home so she could "securely" receive Top Secret information such as the presidential daily brief she received at times. The maid was expected to retrieve faxed information from the SCIF for Secretary Clinton. It appears that the maid was never interviewed by the FBI, nor was the computer seized or searched. One is left wondering, "Was email that hard to print in 2009?" Will the reinvigorated FBI investigation cover untrodden ground like this, or just serve as another white wash?

Submission + - LinkedIn deletes my Trump news page. When I complain they delete ALL my pages (

sparkydevil writes: For the past six months I've been building up followers for my company on LinkedIn by providing daily news about famous entrepreneurs, like Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg etc. Yesterday I noticed my Donald Trump page had been removed. When I complained, LinkedIn removed ALL my news pages, deleting almost 20,000 followers and hundreds of hours of work. The whole thing smacks of censorship and the dickish behaviour of their staff has been appalling. How can they expect anyone to provide content for their sites when they are going to be treated poorly? I've reached out to Jeff Weiner but no response yet.

Submission + - SPAM: Hillary Clinton's paid trolls

mi writes: Taking a page from the book of Vladimir Putin, whom her campaign would like to be seen as backing her opponent, Hillary Clinton is relying on paid "trolls" to respond to negative news about her.

The SuperPAC "Correct the Record", which is affiliated with her campaign, acknowledged in an April press release that it was spending $1 million on project “Breaking Barriers” to pay people to respond to negative information about Clinton on social media sites like Facebook, Reddit, Instagram and Twitter. That amount has since increased to over $6 million. The trolls create a false impression that Clinton has more support than she really does, because one supporter will frequently create multiple anonymous accounts.

I for one sure am glad, Slashdot is not on the above list — and that all Hillary supporters we see here are genuine and sincere.

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Submission + - Feds ask local police to scan license plates of cars parked at gun shows (

SonicSpike writes: Federal agents have persuaded police officers to scan license plates to gather information about gun-show customers, government emails show, raising questions about how officials monitor constitutionally protected activity.

Emails reviewed by The Wall Street Journal show agents with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency crafted a plan in 2010 to use license-plate readers—devices that record the plate numbers of all passing cars—at gun shows in Southern California, including one in Del Mar, not far from the Mexican border.

Agents then compared that information to cars that crossed the border, hoping to find gun smugglers, according to the documents and interviews with law-enforcement officials with knowledge of the operation.

The investigative tactic concerns privacy and guns-rights advocates, who call it an invasion of privacy. The law-enforcement officials say it is an important and legal tool for pursuing dangerous, hard-to-track illegal activity.

There is no indication the gun-show surveillance led to any arrests or investigative leads, but the officials didn’t rule out that such surveillance may have happened elsewhere. The agency has no written policy on its use of license-plate readers and could engage in similar surveillance in the future, they said.

Jay Stanley, a lawyer at the American Civil Liberties Union, said the gun-show surveillance “highlights the problem with mass collection of data.” He said law enforcement can take two entirely legal activities, like buying guns and crossing the border, “and because those two activities in concert fit somebody’s idea of a crime, a person becomes inherently suspicious.”

John Chigos, CEO of PlateSmart Technologies, Inc., which sells license-plate-reader systems, said the devices help protect the public but he called it “an abuse of the technology’’ to target gun-show shoppers.

Submission + - British Parliament To Vote On Retaining Trident Nuclear Deterrent (

An anonymous reader writes: Reuters reports, "Lawmakers will vote on Monday on whether to renew Britain's nuclear deterrent, a key decision for Western security policy ... Parliament ... is likely to approve renewing the Scottish-based nuclear-armed Trident submarines over the opposition of the Scottish National Party and many lawmakers from the Labour Party. Political divisions about whether to replace the Trident submarines, agreed in principle by parliament in 2007, have raised questions about Britain's standing as a world power, amplified by a vote to leave the European Union." — More on Britain's nuclear deterrent at BBC

Submission + - The Remarkable Convergence Between the German and Russian Governments on Snowden (

An anonymous reader writes: The German and Russian governments are at odds on many things these days, including many questions in the East, but there appears to be one thing that is uniting them: Edward Snowden. This unexpected development unfolded over a period of months based on the expressed views of senior officials in both governments. The senior government officials in question include Gerhard Schindler, and Hans-Georg Maaßen, in Germany, and Frants Klintsevich in Russia. Gerhard Schindler spoke as the head of the BND, Germany’s foreign intelligence service. Hans-Georg Maaßen, spoke as head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency, the Verfassungsschutz. Frants Klintsevich spoke as deputy chair of the defense and security committee in Russia’s legislature. In recent interviews the heads of Germany’s two intelligence agencies have both stated that they believe that Snowden was acting on behalf of Russia, trying to drive a wedge between Europe and the US by means of strategic document leaks, and that Snowden is not who he claims to be. (Could BREXIT be fallout from that or his many leaks about GCHQ?) Russian Senator Frants Klintsevich told US National Public Radio that, “Snowden did share intelligence. This is what security services do ... If there's a possibility to get information, they will get it." A Russian official with the means to know states Snowden has assisted them, and German officials believe it. A rare case of European harmony courtesy of Edward Snowden ... and perhaps one of the greatest false flag operations of all time?

Submission + - Mozilla Is Building Context Graph, A 'Recommender System For The Web'

An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla today unveiled a new project called the Context Graph. In short, the company is looking to build “a better forward button” that helps you understand a topic, find alternative solutions to a problem, and in general allow browsers to offer useful information without demanding input. Context Graph is a “recommender system for the web” that is supposed to help the company develop an understanding of browser activity at scale. By tapping into what and how people are browsing, Mozilla hopes to unlock “the next generation of web discovery on the internet.”

Submission + - UK proposes mandatory age verification for commercial porn sites

Neil_Brown writes: The UK published draft legislation yesterday, which would require commercial porn sites and apps to implement age verification. Sites which failed to do so could face fines of up to £250,000 or 5% of annual turnover. Their URLs could also be given to ISPs and payment processing providers, to consider voluntary blocking / service suspension, although no mandatory blocking regime is planned currently.

The Society for Computers and Law has published my initial analysis.

Submission + - Yahoo Uses Social Science Techniques To Make Data Center Syslogs Meaningful (

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers from Yahoo and Duke University have collaborated to create a Quasi-Experimental Design (QED) system which exploits inference techniques more commonly used in social sciences in order to penetrate the proprietary and opaque nature of data center syslogs and create a new analysis system. The framework, called Log-prophet, was run on 7 months' worth of output — millions of messages a day — at one of Yahoo's data centers, and managed to create meaningful event analyses despite the fact the verbose and imprecise nature of syslogs, which are intended to help troubleshoot individual network errors related to one specific device, rather than participate in system-wide analysis protocols.

Submission + - FBI: Clinton approved CIA drone assassinations though unsecured personal server (

gluesniffer writes: An explosive new report reveals just what it is that the FBI is looking to: emails in which then-Secretary of State Clinton approved CIA drone assassinations in Pakistan with her cellphone. From 2011 on, the State Department had a secret arrangement with the CIA, giving it a degree of say over whether or not a drone killing would take place. Under Sec. Clinton, State Department officials approved almost every single proposed CIA drone assassination. The emails that are at the heart of the FBI’s criminal investigation are 2011 and 2012 messages between U.S. diplomats in Pakistan and their State Department superiors in D.C., in which the officials approved drone strikes. Clinton’s aides forwarded some of these emails to her personal email account, on a private server in her home in suburban New York.

Submission + - State department: Clinton failed to comply with the department policies (

Trachman writes: The inspector general, in a long awaited review obtained Wednesday by The Washington Post in advance of its publication, found that Clinton’s use of private email for public business was “not an appropriate method” of preserving documents and that her practices failed to comply with department policies meant to ensure that federal record laws are followed.

We need to assume, that popularity of HRC will only go up, right?

Submission + - The Assault on Science (

TheLastV8 writes: Robert Zubrin, president of Mars Society has penned an extremely articulate article excoriating climate change proponents that want to prosecute scientists for their anti-catastrophic beliefs. He methodically destroys all their arguments, leaving nothing open to imagination.

From the article:

"Recently, the attorneys general of a number of states have launched an effort to use the RICO anti–organized-crime statute to prosecute opponents of climate-change alarmism. This is nothing less than an all-out attack on science."

"To attempt to prevail in a scientific dispute through the use of force is equivalent to the use of a gun to prevail in a courtroom, or, for that matter, of rape to prevail in courtship. It is nothing less than a criminal rejection of a basic principle of our civilization."

"No valid scientific theory has ever required the use of police powers to prevail. No Ptolemaist was ever burned at the stake by Copernicans, nor did the relativity theorists ever find the need to round up the hard-core Newtonians or Etherite dead-enders. Even such counterintuitive theories as quantum mechanics and the Big Bang have done just fine without the assistance of Gestapo raids directed against their detractors. In the courtroom of science, if you have the facts on your side, you don’t need a gun — and juries would be well advised to distrust the case of those parties who choose to use weapons to silence adversarial witnesses."

The aricle is long and worth reading carefully, every single word is measured in platinum, as we step into the future.

Submission + - AMA Journal: Going To Church May Result In 33% Chance of Living Longer (

An anonymous reader writes: The Washington Post reports, "A new study, released Monday in a journal published by the American Medical Association, says that those who attend church services more often actually have a better chance of staying alive in the long run. Over a 20-year span, the study surveyed a group of more than 76,000 female nurses, most of whom were Catholic and Protestant. At the end of 20 years, more than 13,000 of them had died. The women who went to religious services more than once a week, it turned out, were 33 percent less likely to be in that group who died, compared to those who never attended services. ... The effect of religious attendance, they found, was stronger than that of any other form of participation in a social group like a book club or a volunteer organization. “We were a bit surprised, initially, by the magnitude of the findings,” VanderWeele said. ... One of the team’s most striking findings was on breast cancer. Women who attended services were no more or less likely to contract breast cancer. But those who attended services were substantially less likely to die of it."

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