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Submission + - Artist Prince Dies at 57 (nydailynews.com)

astrodoom writes: The much-beloved musical genius passed away today, surprising many. No immediate details were available as to the cause of death. The artist had been hospitalized last week with what was reported as the flu, but had appeared at a party on Saturday, quieting the speculation on his health.

Submission + - Mozilla co-founder's ad-blocking Brave browser will pay you bitcoin to see ads (pcworld.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Brave, a new privacy and speed focused web browser for Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android, backed by Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich, will pay its users in bitcoin to watch ads. From a PCWorld article, "Under this plan, advertisers pay for a certain number of impressions, and Brave aggregates those payments into one sum. Websites that participate in the scheme get 55 percent of the money, weighted by how many impressions are served on their sites. Brave then divvies up the remaining bitcoin between itself, its ad-matching partner, and the users, each getting a 15 percent share. For both users and publishers, Brave deposits the money into individual bitcoin wallets, and both parties must verify their identity to claim the funds. This requires an email and phone number for users, and more stringent identification steps for publishers. Users who don’t verify will automatically donate their share of the funds back to the sites they visit most."

Submission + - MPAA opposes proposed Minnesota revenge porn law, says it limits speech (arstechnica.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Hollywood's lobbying arm, the Motion Picture Association of America, is opposing a proposed Minnesota revenge porn law on grounds that it could overly restrict speech. This is the same MPAA that fiercely supported the Stop Online Piracy Act of 2012. Known as SOPA, many claimed that legislation would also curtail free speech because SOPA could lead to the removal of domains that host infringing material. In a letter to Minnesota lawmakers, the MPAA said HF 27411 "could limit the distribution of a wide array of mainstream, Constitutionally protected material, including items of legitimate news, commentary, and historical interest. These items are part of news, public affairs, entertainment or sports programming, and are distributed in motion pictures, television programs, audiovisual works of all kinds, via the Internet and other media." The group added that "images of Holocaust victims, or prisoners at Abu Ghraib, or the Pulitzer-Prize winning photograph entitled 'Napalm Girl'—which shows a young girl running screaming from her village, naked, following a Napalm attack—could be prohibited under the terms of this legislation."

Submission + - How to Hack an Election (bloomberg.com)

transporter_ii writes: For eight years, Sepúlveda, now 31, says he traveled the continent rigging major political campaigns. With a budget of $600,000, the Peña Nieto job was by far his most complex. He led a team of hackers that stole campaign strategies, manipulated social media to create false waves of enthusiasm and derision, and installed spyware in opposition offices, all to help Peña Nieto, a right-of-center candidate, eke out a victory. ... Money was no problem. At one point, Sepúlveda spent $50,000 on high-end Russian software that made quick work of tapping Apple, BlackBerry, and Android phones. He also splurged on the very best fake Twitter profiles; they’d been maintained for at least a year, giving them a patina of believability.

Comment Re:So which sensors? (Score 2) 153

Only sensors required to determine which wheels are moving are wheel speed. Any ABS equipped car needs those for at least 3, and usually 4 wheels so that ABS works properly. Does not require conspiracy to put in extra hardware.

If he'd bothered to speculate, he probably would have realized he was wrong. Day appears to be good at summarizing physics, but cars are more complicated than they appear at first glance.

Comment Re:Eagerly awaited (Score 2) 324

Android has had a "set fake location for testing" feature for a long time. Even my mostly locked down Virgin Mobile phone has that allowed.

"Settings -> developer options -> Allow Mock Locations"

If you don't have developer options, you may be able to get them turned on from "Settings -> About Phone" by clicking the Build Number, at least 7 times.

Then install one of several location setting tools from Google Play. Set location wherever you want.

Other permissions are harder to fake, but location results are pretty easy to change.

Comment Re:Update Fatigue (Score 1) 246

I just restart firefox once in a while, and it updates then. Never seen Firefox hollerin' anything about updates. I've got it set to auto update though. Perhaps if you chose an option other than "Check for updates, but let me choose whether to install them" it'd be quiet. It's in Tools->options->advanced->updates.

If you're talking about the Flash plug-in update, that's a problem you can blame on Adobe for releasing something more insecure than IE. Talk about something that goes through more versions than Firefox.... that'd probably be it.

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