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Submission + - SPAM: POLL: Would you commit voting fraud for the Greater Good?

mi writes: If a truly detestable person seemed likely to win, would you consider voting fraud?
  • Yes, I would — she is a crook and a liar and can not be allowed to win!
  • Yes, I would — he is a Fascist, a sexist, and a racist and can not be allowed to win!
  • No, I would not — vote-integrity is what separates us from savages and authoritarian regimes.
  • No, I would not — but only for fear of getting caught.
  • CowboyNeal already hacked the electronic voting system ensuring my candidate's victory.

Submission + - SPAM: UK judge calls for an "online court" without lawyers

mi writes: A senior judge has called for the establishment of an online court that does not have lawyers and can deal with claims of up to £25,000.

The proposal is the centrepiece of a package of reforms to the civil justice system, drawn up by Lord Justice Briggs, a Court of Appeal judge.

Just how exactly will this court ensure no one is, in fact, a trained professional on the Internet, where no one knows, who you really are, is not explained.

We discussed the idea last year. Apparently, it is still alive.

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Submission + - SPAM: How Obama sold us the Iran deal

mi writes: Maybe, it is not just Vladimir Putin, who uses an army of online trolls to push his agenda. The New York Times piece — already dissected by Weekly Standard — details, among other things, that, as the officials were officially concluding, what has already been agreed upon with the Iranians, a "war room" in Washington dealt with reporters and lawmakers, selling the deal to the American public:

In the spring of last year, legions of arms-control experts began popping up at think tanks and on social media, and then became key sources for hundreds of often-clueless reporters. “We created an echo chamber,” he [Ben Rhodes, the main seller of the deal -mi] admitted, when asked to explain the onslaught of freshly minted experts cheerleading for the deal. “They were saying things that validated what we had given them to say.”

Of course, Slashdot-readers — the supposedly sophisticated lot of nerds — didn't escape the government-architected brainwashing either...
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Submission + - SPAM: British town makes "mysoginy" a crime 1

mi writes: Nottinghamshire Police has officially recognized "misogyny" as a hate crime. Examples of the prohibited actions are:
  • unwanted or uninvited sexual advances
  • physical or verbal assault
  • unwanted or uninvited physical or verbal contact or engagement
  • use of mobile phones to send unwanted or uninvited messages
  • taking photographs without consent.

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Submission + - USGS closes a lab after years of fraud (acs.org)

mi writes: Alleged misconduct and data manipulation at a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) laboratory may have affected thousands of environmental quality measurements processed between 2008 and 2014, according to the Interior Department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG).

“Some data were manipulated both to correct for calibration failures and to improve results of standard reference materials and unknowns” and raw data were not retained, USGS says.

Submission + - Racism wins -- universities allowed to consider applicants' race (washingtonpost.com)

mi writes: The Supreme Court on Thursday said University of Texas admission officials may consider the race of student applicants in a limited way to build a diverse student body: "the benefits of diversity at the nation’s colleges and universities are worth the intrusion on the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection that generally forbids the government from making decisions based on racial classifications."

What other Constitutional guarantees can be suspended for the Greater Good?

Submission + - British "Robot Wars" enthusiast tried to kill Trump (telegraph.co.uk)

mi writes: Though the news of the assassination attempt itself was reported a few days back, the new details make it more Slashdot-appropriate: the alleged assassin is a) highly intelligent; b) a fan of the "Robot Wars" television programme (sic); and c) hails from a town named Dorking.

According to his own confession, he planned the assassination for a year and, days before going for a policeman's gun to shoot the presidential contender with it, took shooting lessons in Las Vegas.

Will President Trump pardon him?

Submission + - Chinese company beats Amazon to implementing delivery by drones (mirror.co.uk)

mi writes: Remember the plans Amazon announced to use drones for some of the deliveries? We discussed them here in some detail, but the first flight is not planned until 2017 — or even 2018. According to Scientific American, there are both technical and regulatory hurdles still to overcome.

Meanwhile, Chinese "e-commerce giant" Jingdong have started using two drones for regular deliveries in a rural area. The article cites one happy villager saying, he can get a network router delivered in half a day now...

The company plans rapid expansion of drone-deliveries as well as doubling the drones' load-carrying capacity to 30 kg

Submission + - Hacker shows off financial records swiped from the DNC (thesmokinggun.com)

mi writes: Though the Democratic National Committee contends that no financial, donor, or personal information was stolen during the breach of its computer networks, that claim is belied by an assortment of internal party documents provided to TSG by “Guccifer 2.0,” the vandal who has claimed credit for the hacking.

The man would not confirm, whether he was working for Russia — as was claimed earlier by a security firm hired by the DNC. As for his motivation, well: "“Fuck all the illuminati and rich clans which try to rule the governments.”

Submission + - First new American nuclear reactor in 20 years goes online (washingtonpost.com)

mi writes: By summer’s end, authorities expect the new reactor at this complex along the Chickamauga Reservoir, a dammed section of the Tennessee River extending northward from Chattanooga, to steadily generate enough electricity to power 650,000 homes. Although the opening of a new nuclear facility used to draw protesters and angry rhetoric, the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Watts Bar reactor has been mostly welcomed by local residents — and even some advocates concerned about climate change.

Submission + - Russia hacks DNC, "steals" anti-Trump research (washingtonpost.com)

mi writes: Russian government hackers penetrated the computer network of the Democratic National Committee and gained access to the entire database of opposition research on GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, according to committee officials and security experts who responded to the breach.

The intruders so thoroughly compromised the DNC’s system they also were able to read all e-mail and chat traffic, said DNC officials and the security experts.

Submission + - California Democrats urging prosecutors to ignore the First Amendment (dailycaller.com)

mi writes: The First Amendment protects pornography and even some threats of violence. But it does not — according to nineteen California lawmakers — protect expressing doubts about Climate Change. Urging the state's Attorney General to prosecute oil companies for "lying about the truth [sic] of climate change", they write:

“The First Amendment protects freedom of speech, but it does not protect companies from defrauding the American people or improperly disclosing information to their shareholders"

The accusations concern the companies' funding of groups opposed to federal energy regulations and skeptical of man-made warming.

Submission + - DEA wants access to medical records — without warrant (thedailybeast.com)

mi writes: Unlike in cases of commerically-held data, where the Third Party doctrine allows police warrantless access, prescription drug monitoring databases are maintained by state-governments.

The difference is lost to the Obama Administration, which argues that "since the records have already been submitted to a third party (a state's PDMP) that patients no longer enjoy an expectation of privacy."

The DEA has claimed for years that under federal law it has the authority to access the states' prescription drug databases using only an “administrative subpoena.” These are unilaterally issued orders that do not require a showing of probable cause before a court, like what’s required to obtain a warrant.

Some states — like Oregon — fight it, some — like Wisconsin — do not.

The federal government is eager to see all these databases linked. The Department of Justice has developed a software platform to facilitate sharing among all state PDMPs. So far 32 states already share their PDMP data through a National Association of Boards of Pharmacy program.

The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), which passed Congress in March, calls for expanding sharing of PDMDBs.

Submission + - "Flying car" updates (bloomberg.com)

mi writes: Over at Bloomberg there is a nice collection of the current state of "flying cars". The article begins with details of Zee.Aero — a start-up personally funded by Larry Page (of Google). It then goes through other companies aiming to turn the concept from the seemingly-perpetual vaporware into reality — listing the ETAs to market, projected prices, and other details for each.

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