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Submission + - Free Speech Under Attack as Facebook Plays Judge, Jury, Executioner (techomag.com)

NathanBachman writes: Freedom of speech is under attack, and the perpetrator is none other the king of social media, Facebook. In recent times, the company, now a popular face of online censorship, has been shamelessly blocking accounts, removing pages, and deleting posts that either failed to strike a chord with the moderation team, or were brutally honest to the extent of becoming intolerable for the people in position of power. Will Facebook get away with playing god and silencing millions of pro-Kashmir, pro-Kurdishs, and pro-freedom of speech voices around the globe?

Submission + - 2016 Hugo Award Winners Announced

Dave Knott writes: The recipients of the 2016 Hugo awards have been announced. Presented annually since 1955, the Hugos are (along with the Nebulas) one of science fiction's two most prestigious awards. They are voted on by members of the World Science Fiction Convention ("Worldcon"), the most recent of which, MidAmeriCon II was held this past weekend in Kansas City. Notable winners include:

Best Novel: The Fifth Season , by N.K. Jemisin
Best Novella: Binti , by Nnedi Okorafor
Best Novelette: "Folding Beijing", by Hao Jingfang, trans. Ken Liu
Best Short Story: "Cat Pictures Please", by Naomi Kritzer
Best Graphic Story: The Sandman: Overture , written by Neil Gaiman, art by J.H. Williams III
Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form: The Martian , screenplay by Drew Goddard, directed by Ridley Scott
Best Dramatic Presentation, ShortForm: Jessica Jones: "AKA Smile", written by Scott Reynolds, Melissa Rosenberg, and Jamie King, directed by Michael Rymer

As in the previous two years, the 2016 Hugos were subject to considerable controversy, as highly-politicized factions within science fiction fandom attempted to influence the awards via a concerted campaign that influenced the nomination process. Those actions once again proved unsuccessful, as the nominees put forth by these activists failed to win in any of the major awards categories.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Learning DB the right way -- books, tutorials, what?

An anonymous reader writes: I have deep experience programming in many languages, and I've some exposure to SQL through PostgreSQL. My math goes so far as trig and algebra, with a little statistics. So far, I've learned enough to be dangerous: mostly via other people's code, experimenting, the PostgreSQL docs, etc. I've been successful using the DB in various ways, but I know I am missing a great deal (and probably doing it wrong, at that.) When DB articles come up on slashdot, I don't recognize a good deal of the terminology. What is the best way for a technical person to learn SQL/DB work using PostgreSQL? Books? Tutorials? I should mention I don't have local access to a university or people with DB knowledge; have to do this on my own, so books or the Internet are pretty much my options.

Submission + - Plus Size Models Go Mainstream (beaduboir.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Heads were turning in UK fashion store H&M this week in the swimwear section. Not because of the latest stick thin models adorning the posters but because the billboards featured a plus size model instead. What caught the public attention most was the arrival of regular sized girl Jennie Runk in a major swimwear campaign without a fanfare of media attention, in contrast to the ever raging debate on size zero models at the London Fashion week.

Submission + - Samsung releases source code for NX300 and NX2000 mirrorless cameras (dpreview.com)

fyngyrz writes: There are already powerful third-party software mods for cameras such as magic lantern, but as far as I know, they're all reverse-engineering efforts, and have been somewhat hamstrung because of that. Samsung, in offering the source code to these two cameras, may have tapped a golden vein. I'm a Canon user, but upon learning this, I immediately began to consider Samsung as a 2nd camera.
Games

Submission + - Xbox 720 will not play old Xbox 360 games (redorbit.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A leading video game magazine is reporting that Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox 720 gaming console is not going to be compatible with your current Xbox games. Not only will the Xbox 720 outdate your older games from the Xbox 360 console, but an Internet connection will be required to play the forthcoming console as well. Also specs that have been reported by Edge concerning the new console are that it will feature an AMD 8-core x64 processor, with a D3D11.x 800MHz graphics solution and 8-gigabytes of RAM. And, supposedly, these aren’t rumors, but are “confirmed,” according to Edge’s source.
Network

Submission + - Network Solutions is now stealing from customers (networksolutions.com)

An anonymous reader writes: I got an email tonight with a charge I wasn't expecting: a domain renewal. I went to my network solutions account, and found that they had turned on "auto renew" without notice of any kind... and that there was no way provided to turn it off other than calling them. I called; they informed me that due to customer feedback, they were migrating all accounts to auto-renew. This is the direct equivalent of sticking a hand in someone's wallet without their permission — it can cause bounced checks and worse. If you are a network solutions customer, you need to check your account — and call them — before they cause you severe financial problems.
Crime

Submission + - FBI Denies It Held UDIDs Stolen By AntiSec (techweekeurope.co.uk)

judgecorp writes: "The FBI has denied the UDID codes released yesterday came from an agent's laptop, as claimed by the AntiSec hacker group. The FBI says it does not hold such data, and the attack never happened. However, the agent named by AntiSec is real, and some of the published UDID codes have been found to be genuine. So where did they come from?"
Censorship

Submission + - YouTube Flags Democrats' Convention Video on Copyright Grounds (wired.com)

thomst writes: Ryan Singel of Wired's Threat Level blog reports that the livestream of Michelle Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention was blocked by Youtube after a bogus claim of copyright infringement was lodged — almost undoubtedly by Youtube's own copyright bot, acting pre-emptively on behalf of its big-media advertising clients.

Submission + - EU Debates Installing A Black Box On Your Computer (activepolitic.com) 1

bs0d3 writes: EU MEP Tiziano Motti (Italy), wants everything you do online to be logged and saved, for the sake of the children. Like a black box installed on every computer. He proposes an early warning system of criminal activity, specifically whenever an image of sexually abused children is detected, an alarm, goes to the authorities to be able to see who uploaded it. Tiziano Motti was a politician who just over a year ago managed to get a majority of European Members of Parliament to support the proposal to expand the data storage directive to Google searches. The purpose was to protect children from pedophiles — the same excuse he is using now. His proposal involves a technology called Logbox. And just as with an aircraft's black box, Logbox is installed on computers, laptops, smartphones, and e-readers because yes, all that can be connected to the internet.

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