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Submission + - Police violently drag man from United plane after reportedly overbooked flight (

Mr.Intel writes: On Sunday, a United Airlines passenger was pulled from his plane seat and dragged off the aircraft — because the airline had overbooked the flight. Several passengers captured the scene and the disturbing footage appears to show that the man was left bleeding from the mouth after his face was smashed against an arm rest during the scuffle. Security are seen wrenching the man from his seat and then dragging him down the aisle and off the plane.

United Airlines gave us this response:

“Flight 3411 from Chicago to Louisville was overbooked. After our team looked for volunteers, one customer refused to leave the aircraft voluntarily and law enforcement was asked to come to the gate. We apologize for the overbook situation.”

Submission + - Symantec says CIA hacking tools were used in 40 'Longhorn' cyberattacks (

Mark Wilson writes: The CIA's range of hacking tools revealed as part of WikiLeaks' Vault 7 series of leaks have been used to conduct 40 cyberattacks in 16 countries, says Symantec. The security firm alleges that a group known as Longhorn has been using tools that appear to be the very same ones used by the CIA.

While it would be obvious to jump to the conclusion that the CIA was itself responsible for the attacks — and that Longhorn is just a branch of the CIA — Symantec opts for a rather more conservative evaluation of things: "there can be little doubt that Longhorn's activities and the Vault 7 documents are the work of the same group."

In a post on the Symantec Security Response blog, the company provides what it says is the first evidence that the Vault 7 tools have actually been used in cyberattacks or cyberespionage.

Submission + - The Incentives For Software Firms To Take Security Seriously Are Too Weak (

dryriver writes: The Economist reports: "The software industry has for decades disclaimed liability for the harm when its products go wrong. Such an approach has its benefits. Silicon Valley’s fruitful 'go fast and break things' style of innovation is possible only if firms have relatively free rein to put out new products while they still need perfecting. But this point will soon be moot. As computers spread to products covered by established liability arrangements, such as cars or domestic goods, the industry’s disclaimers will increasingly butt up against existing laws. Firms should recognise that, if the courts do not force the liability issue, public opinion will. Many computer-security experts draw comparisons to the American car industry in the 1960s, which had ignored safety for decades. In 1965 Ralph Nader published 'Unsafe at Any Speed', a bestselling book that exposed and excoriated the industry’s lax attitude. The following year the government came down hard with rules on seat belts, headrests and the like. Now imagine the clamour for legislation after the first child fatality involving self-driving cars. Fortunately, the small but growing market in cyber-security insurance offers a way to protect consumers while preserving the computing industry’s ability to innovate. A firm whose products do not work properly, or are repeatedly hacked, will find its premiums rising, prodding it to solve the problem. A firm that takes reasonable steps to make things safe, but which is compromised nevertheless, will have recourse to an insurance payout that will stop it from going bankrupt."

Comment Re:Can't use (Score 1) 200

In Canada, Uber is a Canadian corporation, registered in Canada, paying Canadian taxes, and employing Canadians. That Canadian corporation has a relationship with Uber in the US, but that does not mean it doesn't pay taxes or employ people in Canada.

Comment It's interstate and foreign commerce (Score 1) 292

The federal government can control interstate and foreign commerce, and can supersede state and local laws to do so. This 'commerce clause' has been stretched to cover some pretty dubious cases, but if Internet access isn't legitimately a part of interstate and foreign commerce, I don't know what is.

Comment Re:'Developed a Clear Preference' For Trump (Score 1) 734

That's simply not true. By appealing to 'the majority of voters', you are automatically choosing a method of counting. As the USA is a federal democracy, counting votes state-by-state, as is done for Congress and the Presidency, has much to recommend it.

Comment Re:'Developed a Clear Preference' For Trump (Score 5, Insightful) 734

Counted one way, the US people favored Trump. Counted another way, the US people favored Clinton. Almost without exception, political observers now profess a clear preference for the vote-counting method that would have worked best for their favored candidate: Clinton supporters have discovered a new passion for using the aggregate popular vote, while Trump supporters see great virtue in the Electoral College. Politics as usual.

Comment "Corporate Greed"? Give me a break. (Score 1) 327

If the Epi-Pen fiasco is due to "corporate greed", then why doesn't every drug carry a $500/dose price tag? Are the corporations that make those other drugs any less greedy? No, the prices of other drugs are held down by competition. Epi-pen prices are through the roof due to lack of competition, and that lack of competition is due to FDA arrogance and incompetence.

Comment The Whole problem is FDA arrogance (Score 1, Insightful) 327

The Epipen fiasco would have been completely avoided if the FDA didn't have the position that it alone, among all regulatory agencies, is qualified to evaluate generic drugs and devices. The sensible thing, which is not being done because the FDA is protecting its turf, is to recognize generic drug approvals from other advanced countries such as the European countries and Canada. The Epipen has a de-facto monopoly due to FDA foot-dragging. The FDA, ad nauseam, trots out the Thalidomide tragedy to prove that everyone else in the world is incompetent, but the world has changed since 1957, and people can and have learned from their mistakes. Now it's the FDA that's incompetent, introducing needless delays in approving drugs that have already been fully vetted elsewhere.

Comment "autopilot" != "autonomous" (Score 1) 623

Anyone who has actually flown with a real autopilot knows that it does not relieve the pilot of responsibility for the safe operation of the vehicle. An autopilot takes over a set of routine operations, but the pilot must still be ready to take over if needed. "Autopilot" != "Autonomous". Tesla makes this very clear.

Comment Re:Not quite (Score 1) 837

This is the modern version of Pascal's Wager. Just as with the original, the modern version fails because it underestimates the downside of accepting the wager. Radical restrictions on the use of fossil fuels would push the world into recession, and foreclose any possibility that the truly poor, in their billions, will have any hope of approaching the comfortable lives we take for granted in the developed world. Fossil fuels have impacted human life in an immeasurably positive way, and removing them would be painful for the developed world, but catastrophic for the "developing" world (which would be developing no more due to the lack of reliable, plentiful, affordable energy).

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