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Comment Re: Finally, the gloves will come off! (Score 1) 1054

The First Amendment only applies to the government, not private entities.

I scrolled waaaay to far down to finally see this.

And on a side note, just like the "story" yesterday, this is another "news" item about what Trump might do. In other words, he hasn't done anything wrong yet.

Bullshit story, slow newsday. How this got to the front page goes beyond me.

Comment Re: offshoring (Score 1) 400

Valid options are to offshore

If they could easily offshore, why would they take the time and effort to bring foreign workers to the U.S.? Bringing someone in means hiring immigration attorneys, government fees (those H1-B visas don't come cheap), pay local wages (which are still higher than rupees, especially in Silicon Valley) and wait months for the entire process to take place.

On top of that, I've seen companies undo their offshoring because they found out that working with Bangalore and Chennai can be difficult. Sure, standalone projects can be done remote without much effort, but it's difficult to integrate working across continents, language barriers, timezones and rupees.

or cancel projects.

If they project could be cancelled without business impact, it never served a valid business reason and should have been cancelled anyway.

Submission + - UK Government Confirm Move to Force ISPs into Blocking "Adult" Sites (ispreview.co.uk) 2

Jigsy writes: As expected the Government has officially announced that Mobile and fixed line broadband providers in the United Kingdom will soon be forced into the mandatory blocking of all “adult” websites; specifically those that fail to offer an adequate method of age-verification for their visitors.

At present all of the biggest fixed line broadband ISPs and Mobile operators have already adopted a voluntary approach to blocking adult sites (Parental Controls), which gives new and existing subscribers a choice about whether or not to enable such censorship on their connection. But even the toughest of these systems will still provide account owners with the option to disable such blocks, yet this flexibility may soon be removed.

Under the new approach the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) will be given powers to make Internet Service Providers (ISP) restrict access to pornographic sites that fail to put “tough age verification measures” in place to protect children.

Apparently the requirement to block such “rogue sites” would apply to all websites in the United Kingdom and overseas. Where websites originate in the EU the process will be “compatible with country of origin rules“, which is interesting because some EU states are a lot less puritanical than the UK has recently become.

Submission + - Trump Names Two Opponents of Net Neutrality To Oversee FCC Transition Team (gizmodo.com)

An anonymous reader writes: President-elect Donald Trump has appointed two new advisers to his transition team that will oversee his FCC and telecommunications policy agenda. Both of the new advisers are staunch opponents of net neutrality regulations. Jeff Eisenach, one of the two newly appointed advisers, is an economist who has previously worked as a consultant for Verizon and its trade association. In September 2014, Eisenach testified before a Senate Judiciary Committee and said, “Net neutrality would not improve consumer welfare or protect the public interest.” He has also worked for the conservative think-tank American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and in a blog post wrote, “Net neutrality is crony capitalism pure and simple.” Mark Jamison, the other newly appointed adviser, also has a long history of battling against net neutrality oversight. Jamison formerly worked on Sprint’s lobbying team and now leads the University of Florida’s Public Utility Research Center. Both Eisenach and Jamison are considered leading adversaries of net neutrality who worked hard to prevent the rules from being passed last year. For the uninitiated, the rules passed last year prevent companies internet providers from discriminating against any online content or services. For example, without net neutrality rules, internet providers like Comcast and Verizon could charge internet subscribers more for using sites like Netflix. The FCC’s net neutrality rules would protect consumers from paying exorbitant fees for internet use.

Submission + - U.S. sets plan to build two exascale supercomputers (computerworld.com)

dcblogs writes: The U.S believes it will be ready to seek vendor proposals to build two exascale supercomputers — costing roughly $200 to $300 million each — by 2019. The two systems will be built at the same time and be ready for use by 2023, although it's possible one of the systems could be ready a year earlier, according to U.S. Department of Energy officials. The U.S. will award the exascale contracts to vendors with two different architectures. But the scientists and vendors developing exascale systems do not yet know whether President-Elect Donald Trump's administration will change directions. The incoming administration is a wild card. Supercomputing wasn't a topic during the campaign, and Trump's dismissal of climate change as a hoax, in particular, has researchers nervous that science funding may suffer. At the annual supercomputing conference SC16 last week in Salt Lake City, a panel of government scientists outlined the exascale strategy developed by President Barack Obama's administration. When the session was opened to questions, the first two were about Trump. One attendee quipped that "pointed-head geeks are not going to be well appreciated."

Submission + - SPAM: FTC: Homeopathy 'treatments' must be labelled to say they do not work

schwit1 writes: There is a huge market in the US for homeopathic remedies. In 2007 alone, it was estimated Americans spent more than $3bn on a controversial system of alternative medicine created in 1796 by Samuel Hahnemann, and which has long been dismissed by mainstream science.

Now, the US government is requiring that producers of such items ensure that if they want to claim they are effective treatments, then they need to make available the proof. Otherwise, they will need to point out that there is "no scientific evidence that the product works".

Now if we could get the same for the supplement industry ...

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Submission + - Cybersecurity CEO Gets Fired After Threatening To Kill Trump On Facebook (mashable.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A San Diego CEO was fired after saying on Facebook that he would get a "sniper rifle" and "kill the president-elect." Matt Harrigan, CEO of the cybersecurity firm PacketSled, posted the comments on his personal Facebook page, but they ended up on Reddit where Trump supporters found the comments and mobilized to contact law enforcement. "I'm going to kill the president. Elect," Harrigan wrote. "Bring it Secret Service." PacketSled said in a statement that it had accepted Harrigan's resignation. "The PacketSled Board of Directors accepted the resignation of President and CEO Matthew Harrigan, effective immediately," the company said. "We want to be very clear, PacketSled does not condone the comments made by Mr. Harrigan, which do not reflect the views or opinions of the company, its employees, investors or partners." In a previous statement, the company said it reported the information to the Secret Service and placed Harrigan on administrative leave.

Submission + - Linux Crypto Utility Vulnerability Puts Systems at Risk (threatpost.com)

msm1267 writes: A vulnerability in cryptsetup, a utility used to set up encrypted filesystems on Linux distributions, could allow an attacker to retrieve a root rescue shell on some systems. From there, an attacker could have the ability to copy, modify, or destroy a hard disk, or use the network to exfiltrate data.

Cryptsetup, a utility used to setup disk encryption based on the dm-crypt kernel module, is usually deployed in Debian and Ubuntu. Researchers warned late last week that if anyone uses the tool to encrypt system partitions for the operating systems, they’re likely vulnerable.

Two researchers, Hector Marco of the University of the West of Scotland and Ismael Ripoll, of the Polytechnic University of Valencia, in Spain, disclosed the vulnerability on Friday at DeepSec, a security conference held at the Imperial Riding School Renaissance Vienna Hotel in Austria.

According to a post published to the Full Disclosure mailing list, the vulnerability (CVE-2016-4484) affects packages 2.1 and earlier. Systems that use Dracut, an infrastructure commonly deployed on Fedora in lieu of initramfs – a simple RAM file system directory, are also vulnerable, according to the researchers. The pair say additional Linux distributions outside of Debian and Ubuntu may be vulnerable, they just haven’t tested them yet.

Submission + - EPIC Sues FBI Over Biometric Database

Trailrunner7 writes: A major privacy group has filed a lawsuit against the FBI to force the bureau to release all relevant documents about its plan to share a huge amount of biometric information with the Department of Defense.

The lawsuit filed by EPIC (Electronic Privacy Information Center) concerns the FBI’s Next Generation Identification system, which comprises fingerprint, iris scan, and facial recognition data, and the bureau has been using it for several years.

EPIC’s lawsuit asks that the FBI be forced to release records about the plan to share NGI data with the Department of Defense under the Freedom of Information Act. EPIC filed a FOIA request about the plan last year and though the FBI said it has located 35 pages of records that are responsive to the request, it hasn’t released any of those records.

Comment Re:And how is this not a legitimate point? (Score 1) 243

But it doesn't really work that way, and if you applied even an iota of critical thinking, you'd realize why it can't.

It can most certainly work that way. If States indeed choose to count absentee ballots when they can only make a difference in the outcome, that would make some economical sense.

Did you vote on Tuesday?

I did not. I'll have to wait until next time, after naturalization.

Comment Re:And how is this not a legitimate point? (Score 1) 243

The absentee ballots may not be counted right away if they can't possibly affect the election results. However, the final certified totals do include all absentee ballots. See http://help.vote.org/article/8...

You, good sir, are hereby awarded the most helpful comment of the day on slashdot award.

Comment And how is this not a legitimate point? (Score 1) 243

From the summary:

which argues that Clinton might win the number of votes "counted" but will not win the number of votes "cast" because of ignored Republican absentee ballots.

If it really works that way (and I could not find information to prove or disprove that theory), they might have a point.

And suspicion is reinforced by their (The Verge) obvious attempt to discredit the messenger by noting (Michael also believes that Trump has been singled out by God to be president of the United States). And that attempt to ridicule is totally unnecessary.

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