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Submission + - 9th grader detained after police mistake clock for fake bomb (dallasnews.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed, a freshman at MacArthur High School in Irving, was taken in handcuffs to juvenile detention by police for creating clock. Police say they may charge him with making a hoax bomb though they acknowledge he told everyone who would listen that it’s a clock.

Submission + - New definition of extremist: 'Anybody who challenges the established order' (rt.com)

An anonymous reader writes: I think this all fits in with what’s been happening here in Britain because the government has got this new so-called ‘counter extremism initiative.’ They want to bring in a bill and their definition of ‘extremism’ is deliberately designed to bring in people who challenge the established order. Of course it’s not just simply about terrorists; it’s about anybody who criticizes the capitalist system, anybody who poses any kind of challenge, and anybody who wants to protest against the existing very unfair economic system that we’ve got in Britain. This is worrying, this is dangerous.

Submission + - How Industry Lobbyists Basically Wrote The TPP (techdirt.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Watch has a full writeup showing how industry lobbyists influenced the TPP agreement, to the point that one is even openly celebrating that the USTR version copied his own text word for word.

“Hi Barbara – John sent through a link to the P4 agreement. I have taken a quick look at the rules of origin. Someone owes USTR a royalty payment – these are our rules. They will need some tweaking but will likely not need major surgery. This is a very pleasant surprise. I will study more closely over the weekend.”

Submission + - Australian Bureau of Meteorology accused of Criminally Adjusted Global Warming (breitbart.com)

marcgvky writes: The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has been caught red-handed manipulating temperature data to show "global warming" where none actually exists.

At Amberley, Queensland, for example, the data at a weather station showing 1 degree Celsius cooling per century was "homogenized" (adjusted) by the Bureau so that it instead showed a 2.5 degrees warming per century.

Submission + - Hate, Mapped (vice.com)

Daniel_Stuckey writes: In a lot of ways, the Geography of Hate affirms what we already know: Americans are fucking racist. Homophobic and ableist, too.

But while that may not come as any great surprise, the map reveals a startling bigotry coursing beneath our preconceived notions of just where in the US hate is harbored most. Americans, it turns out, fall racist and homophobic and ableist, and are apparently vocal enough about it to spout off bigotry on social media, in no real discernible pattern, though it's often where we least expect bigotry that we find it rearing its ugly head.

The visualization comes way of Humboldt State University's Dr. Monica Stephens and the Floating Sheep--the same group that made a map of post-election Twitter hate speech. It comprises 150,000 geo-coded hate tweets flagged between June 2012 and April 2013 for including the word "chink," "gook," "nigger," "wetback," "spick," "cripple," "dyke," "fag," "homo," or "queer". At first blush it's awfully depressing, a real day ruiner, or worse. Click around and most slurs--not all, but most--see the intercontinental US pocked by deep reds, the research team's translation for "most hate." Jesus Christ. Is it 2013? It can't be 2013.

Submission + - Congressman introduce bill to ban minting of trillion-dollar coin (politico.com)

Dainsanefh writes: Lawmakers are still positioning themselves for a debt ceiling fight in a few months, but one Republican congressman wants to snuff out a particular idea immediately: the U.S. Treasury minting $1 trillion platinum coins to avert a debt ceiling showdown.

Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) has introduced a bill to specifically ban President Barack Obama from minting the coins.

The trillion-dollar coin has been previously discussed on Slashdot:


Submission + - Rand Paul has a quick fix for TSA: Pull the plug (politico.com)

suraj.sun writes: Rand Paul has a reform plan for the Transportation Security Administration: Scrap the whole thing. A personal message from Paul (R-Ky.) came atop emails this week from the Campaign for Liberty Vice President Matt Hawes, asking for readers to sign a petition in support of Paul’s “End the TSA” bill. A Paul spokeswoman said that legislation is being finalized next week.

Every inch of our person has become fair game for government thugs posing as ‘security’ as we travel around the country. Senator Rand Paul has a plan to do away with the TSA for good, but he needs our help,” reads the petition, which also asks signers to “chip in a contribution to help C4L mobilize liberty activists across America to turn the heat up on Congress and end the TSA's abuse of our rights.”

“The American people shouldn’t be subjected to harassment, groping, and other public humiliation simply to board an airplane. As you may have heard, I have some personal experience with this, and I’ve vowed to lead the charge to fight back,” Paul wrote at the top of a C4L fundraising pitch, according to blogs that received the email. “Campaign for Liberty is leading the fight to pressure Congress to act now and restore our liberty. It’s time to END the TSA and get the government’s hands back to only stealing our wallets instead of groping toddlers and grandmothers.”

Submission + - Turning a cell phone into a microscope (google.com)

stupendou writes: MICROSCOPES are invaluable tools to identify blood and other cells when screening for diseases like anemia, tuberculosis and malaria. But they are also bulky and expensive.

Now an engineer, using software that he developed and about $10 worth of off-the-shelf hardware, has adapted cellphones to substitute for microscopes.

Submission + - SPAM: What I thought of Faith like Potatoes

glitterfaith writes: I watched a man on the screen who was trying to keep his family and lifestyle of being a farmer together, he did what a lot of farmers in Australia and particularly the area I grew up in are doing now, shifting farming locations to survive and have a future for their families. Angus Buchan went from a house to a caravan and felt like his whole world was falling apart, his loving wife followed him and was determined to make a home out of whatever situation they now faced. The hardest thing for Angus was that he was learning that he was not in control of the situation he was in, but he was determined to try and control it. Anger, frustration and the feeling of approaching failure turned Angus from a loving husband and father into a man his own wife no longer recognized. When Angus turned to God and this was not what Angus himself was any where near wanting to do, his whole life changed and so did his belief about the life circumstances he was facing. Angus began to inspire everyone he touched and the movie show his journey of how God made him into the man he is today and also how God used him.
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Submission + - The not-so-open-source: ExtJS charging for patches (extjs.com)

Vandre writes: There is another controversy brewing among the ExtJS community. Ext LLC, who last year abruptly changed their licensing terms to GPL/Commercial in a minor release has recently decided to screw-up its license holders again. As of Ext 3.0 only customers that purchase both a commercial license AND support ($$) can obtain the latest bug fixes. Customers who only bought a commercial license have to wait for the next public release to get patches + new bugs, err.. I mean 'features'... perpetuating a never-ending cycle.

Is it acceptable for companies to charge for bug fixes?


Submission + - Model in Photoshopped Ad Fired for Being Too Large

Pickens writes: "A former Ralph Lauren model whose image in a roundly criticized advertisement was digitally slenderized says that the apparel maker did not renew her contract because she was too large. "They fired me because they said I was overweight and I couldn't fit in their clothes anymore," says 23-year-old Filippa Hamilton, who worked for the company since she was 15. The photo's emaciated depiction of her, with hips about as narrow as her head, could make young women "think that it's normal to look like that — and it's not," the 5-foot-10, 120-pound model told NBC's "Today" show. The company acknowledged in a statement that the image of Hamilton that appeared last week had been digitally altered but meanwhile another suspicious Ralph Lauren ad has appeared on the web site Photoshop Disasters."

Submission + - NSW Police: Don't use Windows for internet banking (itnews.com.au)

The Mad Hatterz writes: Detective Inspector Bruce van der Graaf from the Computer Crime Investigation Unit told the hearing that he uses two rules to protect himself from cybercriminals when banking online.

The first rule, he said, was to never click on hyperlinks to the banking site and the second was to avoid Microsoft Windows.


Submission + - User Agent Switcher keeps Ubuntu usable at College (buntfu.com)

buntfu writes: "To me this inconsistency is a true sign that computer discrimination and software profiling not only exists but should be a very big concern for all of us. There is no other reason that the Pearson system works with a Linux operating system sporting Firefox except for their Microsoft based computer course which they claim doesn't work with anything but Microsoft which is actually untrue."

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