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Submission + - California Enacts Law Requiring IMDb to Remove Actor Ages on Request (

schwit1 writes: California Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed legislation that requires certain entertainment sites, such as IMDb, to remove – or not post in the first place – an actor’s age or birthday upon request.

The law, which becomes effective January 1, applies to database sites that allow paid subscribers to post resumes, headshots or other information for prospective employers. Only a paying subscriber can make a removal or non-publication request. Although the legislation may be most critical for actors, it applies to all entertainment job categories.

The purpose of the law is to prevent age discrimination. How soon will it get struck down for violating free speech?

Submission + - Obama used a pseudonym in emails with Clinton, FBI documents reveal (

schwit1 writes: President Barack Obama used a pseudonym in email communications with Hillary Clinton and others, according to FBI records made public Friday. The disclosure came as the FBI released its second batch of documents from its investigation into Clinton’s private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.

The 189 pages the bureau released includes interviews with some of Clinton’s closest aides, such as Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills; senior State Department officials; and even Marcel Lazar, better known as the Romanian hacker “Guccifer.”

In an April 5, 2016 interview with the FBI, Abedin was shown an email exchange between Clinton and Obama, but the longtime Clinton aide did not recognize the name of the sender.

"Once informed that the sender's name is believed to be pseudonym used by the president, Abedin exclaimed: 'How is this not classified?'" the report says. "Abedin then expressed her amazement at the president's use of a pseudonym and asked if she could have a copy of the email."

Submission + - Sad reality: It's cheaper to get hacked than build strong IT defenses (

schwit1 writes: A study by the RAND Corporation, published in the Journal of Cybersecurity, looked at the frequency and cost of IT security failures in US businesses and found that the cost of a break-in is much lower than thought – typically around $200,000 per case. With top-shelf security systems costing a lot more than that, not beefing up security looks in some ways like a smart business decision.

"I've spent my life in security and everyone expects firms to invest more and more," the report's author Sasha Romanosky told The Reg. "But maybe firms are making rational investments and we shouldn't begrudge firms for taking these actions. We all do the same thing, we minimize our costs."

Comment Is Trump violent? (Score 3, Informative) 838

he has eluded [sic] to the beating of ejected protesters as being acceptable several times on film

His opponents are all about violence. They openly advocate it. Trump's rally in Chicago had to be cancelled, because of the threats of violence. A US President better be ready to respond to violent threats with overwhelming violence of our own. The era of apologizing and paying off the little bullies is over.

Now, has Donald Trump used violence in personal matters? Evidently not...

Comment Rights not excercised are rights lost (Score 1) 237

It's probably not a good idea to use Tor anymore.

You should use Tor — and other systems intended to enhance privacy — just to keep it legal to use them. Rights not exercised are rights lost. This is also why you should be able to burn somebody's Holy Book every once in a while, refuse police' request to search your car, and carry (or, at least, own) a firearm.

"I haven't run an exit relay since."

Yep, that may very well have been the objective (even if secondary): let's go, guys, either we bust the porn-peddler this morning, or, at least, put the fear of God into these proxy-running hippies.

Comment Re:China has anti-satellite weapons (Score 1) 272

News just in - explosions send shit everywhere. Even on "the edge of the atmosphere".

Obviously, not even a nuclear blast on the Earth's surface would send anything into orbit. So, the deeper into the gravity well you get, the bigger explosions you can "afford" without creating any more space-junk.

And my "plan" did not involve very strong blast — just enough to break the contraption into several pieces. It and can be calculated so that any shrapnel would still end up burning in the air even if not right away. Besides, for all we know, their anti-satellite weapons may not be of the kinetic/exploding kind at all — simply drilling or sawing into a satellite would break it apart...

a lot of stuff goes up and stays up for a long time.

And now to my second point, which is that the Chinese may not care. Not to say, I don't — but we aren't talking about what we'd prefer...

Just letting it fall is better than a lot of other options

That may well be true. But neither of us advises Chinese government, who, for example, may have a secondary objective of showing off their orbital weapons again...

Submission + - Big warming, or no warming, depending on dataset

An anonymous reader writes: Depending on the dataset, the most up-to-date climate data now shows either no warming since 1993, no warming since 1996, or significant warming continuously since then.

On several different data sets, there has been no statistically significant warming for between 0 and 23 years. Cl stands for the confidence limits at the 95% level.

The details for several sets are below.

  • For UAH6.0: Since August 1993: Cl from -0.006 to 1.810. This is 23 years and 1 month.
  • For RSS: Since December 1993: Cl from -0.008 to 1.746. This is 22 years and 9 months.
  • For Hadsst3: Since December 1996: Cl from -0.022 to 2.162 This is 19 years and 9 months.
  • For Hadcrut4.4: The warming is statistically significant for all periods above three years.
  • For GISS: The warming is statistically significant for all periods above three years.

The quote above lists all the major climate datasets that everyone in the climate field uses. The order is rearranged from the original to put similar datasets together and thus make it easier to digest the information.

The first two datasets are from satellite data. The Hadcrut datasets both use historical ground and sea surface temperature records and are both produced by the Climate Research Unit headed by Phil Jones, who when other scientists asked him for his raw original data in order to check it admitted that he had lost it. Jones was also one of the scientists whose climategate emails revealed a desire to destroy the careers of any skeptics, prevent their work from being published, and an effort to conceal or change data that contradicted the theory of global warming. GISS is the Goddard Institute for Space Sciences, run for decades by global warming advocate James Hansen and now the source of today’s claims that every month of every year is the hottest ever recorded. GISS is also the NASA institute that has been adjusting past datasets to cool the past and warm the present, thus creating a significantly steeper rise in global temperature than is shown by the original raw data.

Of these datasets, three show no significant warming in the past two decades, while two show significant warming. Which is it? Your guess is as good as mine. The two datasets that show statistically significant warming have both come under question in the past few years because of questionable science practices, which makes their conclusions suspect.

Regardless, even if we accept all of these datasets as completely sincere and honestly obtained, they still are in conflict with each other. Under any reasonably scientific analysis, this tells us that the science here is definitely not settled, and that a lot more work needs to be done before anyone can hazard a guess as to what’s going on with the climate.

Comment If they are treated like Uber... (Score 1) 161

If such an invention, whatever it will be, that really cures all (or even merely most) illnesses, ever comes to fruition, why should it not be treated as Uber et al are treated today?

That is, why wouldn't Mark and Priscilla be asked pointed questions about doctors and nurses who — despite spending years and thousands of dollars on education and certification — will become obsolete? What of the hospitals and other health-care infrastructure, that is no longer necessary?

Will we be expected to sympathize with the struggling medical personnel beating up staff of whatever corporation/organization is set up to make the new method and burn their vehicles? Will we have "insightful" comments on Slashdot demanding "level playing field" between this hypothetical new method and the old ones?

Will the FDA meekly disband itself, or will they keep fighting for relevance (and their cushy jobs) the way cities' "Taxis and Limousine" commissions do today?

Comment Do ideas have value? (Score 2) 84

We've been at each other's throats over these topics over the years. I'm going to try it one more time without injuring anyone with a dialogue. Well, not really a dialogue, because my opponent shall be imaginary. But I don't expect too many people to disagree with him:

Are ideas — pure ideas — valuable? That is, if you've thought of something interesting, are you a richer person, than you were right before that?
Yes, they are valuable.
Who is the owner of that value?
Whoever thought of it!
What if multiple people have thought of the same thing?
Well, if it is so obvious, maybe, it really has no special value.
Indeed, so let's stick to the non-obvious ideas.
If multiple people think of the same non-obvious idea, I guess, it should belong to whichever one of them thought of it first.
How would we know, which one them did?
They will register their idea.
Ok, once the ownership of the idea is established, what can be done with it?
Something cool should be made based on it.
By who?
By the owner...
But he is an inventor — not necessarily an entrepreneur.
Ok, by the owner or whoever he sells/leases his idea to.
At what price?
At whatever they agree upon between themselves.
So, an idea can be sold — like more tangible property?
Can it then be resold, if the current owner no longer wants it?
Can it also be stolen then? Used by someone, who neither thought of it first nor purchased it from the inventor or an earlier buyer?
Ok, yes, it pains me to admit it, but the term "theft" is not as inappropriate here as I once thought...
Can the owner — be they the original inventor or someone who honestly purchased or inherited or otherwise legally obtained it — sue such a thief for damages?
Yes, Ok, he can. But I'll still spit on him and call him names — such as "patent troll"!

Comment Re:China has anti-satellite weapons (Score 1) 272

Since the effects of the earths gravity are a lot less that far out

They don't have to hit it now — but wait for it to get a lot closer in its spiral towards Earth during the 2017. Then hit it on the edge of the atmosphere.

I suggest you look up space junk for some ideas about how it's not just going to fall down quickly in a few harmless bits.

Why would the Chinese, who, obviously, are fine with their space-station falling to Earth uncontrollably and unpredictably, worry about a little bit more space-junk?

Submission + - SPAM: McDonalds Hires Foreign H-1Bs, Fires 70 American Accounting Staff

schwit1 writes: The H-1B outsourcing in the nation’s heartland showcases the growing corporate use of foreign H-1B workers to replace American white-collar professionals, and it comes after companies have used waves of legal and illegal migrants to slash blue-collar jobs and wages in Ohio and around the country.

Also, the 70 Ohio jobs that McDonalds outsourced to lower wage foreign graduates are not Silicon Valley technology and software jobs — they’re white-collar accounting jobs performed by graduates from mainstream business schools. That outsourcing of mainstream business jobs spotlights the growing movement of foreign workers into all corners of the nation’s white-collar professional economy.

White-collar outsourcing “is not just a Silicon Valley thing anymore, it is happening all over” the country, said Steve Camarota, head of research at the Center for Immigration Studies.

Nationwide, the foreign population of white-collar temporary workers, dubbed “guest-workers,” now exceeds 800,000, including roughly 650,000 H-1B workers on multi-year visas.

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