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Submission + - EFF: DMCA Hinders Exposing More Software Cheats Like Volkswagen's

ideonexus writes: Automakers have argued that the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act makes it unlawful for researchers to review the code controlling their vehicles without the manufacturer's permission, making it extremely difficult to expose software cheats like the one Volkswagen used to fake emissions tests. Arguing that this obfuscation of code goes so far as to endanger lives at times, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is countering that, "When you entrust your health, safety, or privacy to a device, the law shouldn’t punish you for trying to understand how that device works and whether it is trustworthy."

Submission + - Carnegie Mellon Reeling After Uber Poaches Top Robotics Researchers (

ideonexus writes: In February, Carnegie Mellon and Uber announced a partnership to develop driverless-car technology. After raising $5 billion from investors, Uber used the money to poach 40 of the university's researchers and scientists, offering them bonuses of hundreds of thousands of dollars and doubling their salaries. This has left the world's top robotics research institution in a crisis.

Submission + - Men's Rights Activists Call for Boycott of "Mad Max: Fury Road"

ideonexus writes: Aaron Clarey, author of the blog Return of Kings and prominent figure in the Men's Rights Movement, is calling for a boycott of George Miller's new edition to the Mad Max franchise "Mad Max: Fury Road," calling the film a "Trojan Horse feminists and Hollywood leftists will use to (vainly) insist on the trope women are equal to men in all things..." and citing the fact that "Vagina Monologues" author Eve Ensler was brought in to coach the actresses on playing sex slaves who escape a warlord's possession. Critics have been applauding the film, which currently scores 98% on RottenTomatoes.

Submission + - China to Rate Citizens in 'Social Credit System' Using Online Behavioral Data (

ideonexus writes: A recently published translation of a document circulated through various levels of the Chinese government outlines a plan to establish a "Social Credit System" that will assign a rating to each citizen based on their criminal record, credit record, and--most interestingly--morality based at least in part on online behavioral data harvested from sites like "Alibaba, Baidu and Tencent." Observed behaviors, such as whether a citizen spends their money on diapers or video games, will be used to determine which citizens best exemplify the "socialist core values."

Submission + - Google Sues Mississippi Attorney General for Conspiring with Movie Industry

ideonexus writes: Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has called for a "time out" in his perpetual fight with Google in response to the company filing a lawsuit against him for conspiring with the movie industry to persecute the search giant. Leaked Sony Pictures Entertainment emails and documents obtained under FOIA requests this week have exposed how the Motion Picture Association of America was colluding with and lobbying state prosecutors to go after Google, even going so far as to "assigned a team of lawyers to prepare draft subpoenas and legal briefs for the attorneys general" to make it easier for them to persecute the company.

Submission + - Emma Watson Nude Photo Threat a Plot to Censor 4chan

ideonexus writes: After Emma Watson gave a speech on the need for feminism to the United Nations, 4chan users threatened to release nude photos of the "Harry Potter" star in retaliation, setting up the website with a countdown clock. Now it has been revealed that the site was an elaborate hoax intended publicize a movement to shut down 4chan.

Submission + - Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny in Gamer Culture ( 1

ideonexus writes: 2490 gamers, developers and journalists have signed an open letter supporting inclusion in the gaming community after indie game developer Zoe Quinn received backlash and harassment when her ex-boyfriend posted false accusations that she traded sex for favorable reviews of her game and feminist critic Anita Sarkeesian was driven from her home after receiving death and rape threats for her videos illustrating the way some mainstream games encourage the commodification of and violence against women. The harassment has prompted geek-dating advice columnist Harris O’Malley to declare the backlash the "Extinction Burst of Gaming Culture", the last reactionary gasp before the culture shifts to become more inclusionary.

Submission + - Climate Change Skeptic Group Must Pay Damages to UVA, Michael Mann (

ideonexus writes: In January of 2014, the American Traditions Institute (ATI) sought Climate Scientist Micheal Mann's emails from his time at the University of Virginia (UVA), a request that was denied in the courts. Now the Virginia Supreme court has upheld a lower court ruling that ATI must pay damages for filing a frivolous lawsuit.

Submission + - NRA Launches Pro-Lead Website

ideonexus writes: The National Rifle Association has launched a website defending the use of lead ammunition against scientists and environmental organizations who argue that lead bullets are poisoning the environment and tainting game meat with a known neurotoxin. The rise and fall of lead levels from gasoline and lead-based paint are strongly correlated to the rise and fall of crime rates in communities around the world.

Submission + - HPV Vaccine Reduces Cancer Virus in Girls by 56% Since 2006 (

ideonexus writes: Despite only one-third of girls receiving the treatment, the HPV Vaccine has reduced incidence of human papillomavirus in teenage girls by 56% since vaccinations were begun in 2006--possibly due to the herd immunity effect; however, without reaching 80% vaccination rates, which even Rwanda has done, doctors warn we are condemning 50,000 girls alive today to contract cervical cancer from the virus. Implementation of the HPV Vaccine has been a thorny issue in American politics, especially with social conservatives, most recently with South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley vetoing a bill that would provide free HPV Vaccines to 7th graders.

Submission + - 2012 Warmest Year on Record, 2nd Most Extreme (

ideonexus writes: "Apparently 2012 is the warmest year on record according to the NOAA, and 12 of the 13 warmest years on record have all occurred since the year 2000, and decades of temperature measurements go from warmest to coldest by 2000s, 90s, 80s, 70s, 60s, 50s, 40s, 30s, 20s, 10s, 1900s, etc, etc. It's almost as if there's some sort of pattern here. If only there were some theory backed up by nearly 14,000 peer-reviewed research papers, 18 consensus statements by scientific organizations, and two centuries of reproducible laboratory results that could explain this strange "warming" phenomenon."

Submission + - The Implications of Google Blocking Access to Anti-Islam Film ( 1

ideonexus writes: "While the decision has been a footnote in most news stories, the Washington Post is raising the question of what it means that Google can shutdown access to the anti-Islam film in countries where that film has sparked riots, something the American government cannot do thanks to our First Amendment. A popular meme in the Information Age is that the Internet spreads democracy by enabling citizens to organize and speak out, but we forget that much of that speech is now hosted by third-parties who are under no obligation to protect it."

Submission + - Pussy Riot Faces Sentencing Friday (

ideonexus writes: "Three members of the punk-rock band Pussy Riot will be sentenced Friday. The trio have spent five months in pretrial detention and face three to seven years in prison for 30 seconds of singing a "Punk Rock Prayer" in Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Saviour protesting Vladimir Putin's reelection. They chose to use their closing statements not to defend their actions, but to further register their protests against the state, its President, and the Russian Orthodox Church, which has called for divine retribution against the women. The trial has gained international attention and sparked a Free Pussy Riot movement."

Submission + - The Art of Elections Forecasting (

ideonexus writes: "Years ago Nate Silver of, a blog seeking to educate the public about elections forecasting, established his model as one of the most accurate in existence, rising from a fairly unknown statistician working in baseball to one of the most respected names in election forecasting. In this article he describes all the factors that go into his predictions. A fascinating overview of the process of modeling a chaotic system."

Submission + - NC Republicans Consider Outlawing Sealevel Rise Predictions ( 2

ideonexus writes: "Republicans in North Carolina are floating a bill that would force planners to only consider past historical data in predicting the sea-level rise (SLR) for the state as opposed to considering projections that take Global Warming into account. NC-20, the pro-development lobbying group representing twenty counties along the NC coast, is behind the effort and asserts that the one-meter prediction would prohibit development on too much land as opposed to SLR predictions of 3.9 to 15.6 inches."

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