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Submission + - Skylake users given 18 months to upgrade to Windows 10 (arstechnica.com)

bricko writes: You WILL be made to upgrade

Going forward, the company says that using the latest generation processors will always require the latest generation operating system.
And next generation processors, including Intel's Kaby Lake, won't be supported in old Windows.

Cutting off support for old software when releasing new hardware is rarely popular, even though this legacy support has a substantial cost for hardware companies, with Moorhead suggesting that as much as a third of hardware company resources were spent on this. With Microsoft making the decision, it shifts the blame from any individual hardware, allowing the hardware companies to reap the savings, while Microsoft shoulders the blame.

Submission + - Twitter Sued For Giving Voice To Islamic State (reuters.com)

An anonymous reader writes: An American woman named Tamara Fields has sued Twitter in U.S. federal court, saying the social network gave the Islamic State a voice to spread its propaganda. Fields's husband died on November 9, when the terrorist organization attacked a police training center in Amman, Jordan. The complaint alleges, "Without Twitter, the explosive growth of ISIS over the last few years into the most-feared terrorist group in the world would not have been possible." At the end of 2015, Twitter stepped up its efforts (or at least its official policies) to block such content from its site. But the company has been under fire for months from citizens and law enforcement over the activity of various terrorist groups on its platform. Fields's attorneys hope that her husband's death will give her proper standing to challenge Twitter in court.

Submission + - Help is on the Way in the War Against Noisy Leaf Blowers 1

HughPickens.com writes: Perry Stein writes in the Washington Post that the fight against noisy leaf blowers is gaining momentum, in part, because residents are framing it as a public health issue. Two-stroke engine leaf blowers mix fuel with oil and don’t undergo a complete combustion, emitting a number of toxins, like carbon monoxide and nitrous oxide, which their operators inevitably inhale. Municipalities throughout the country have moved to ban them. “You find two-stroke engines in poorer countries because they’re cheap,” says James Fallows citing a 2004 National Institutes of Health study showing that two-stroke engines on two- and three-wheeled vehicles in Delhi, India, account for a significant amount of air pollution. “You don’t find them in richer countries because they’re so dirty and polluting.” In Washington DC leaf blowers can’t exceed 70 decibels as measured from 50 feet away. (A normal conversation is typically about 60 decibels.) Haskell Small, a composer and concert pianist who is helping to lead the leaf-blower battle in Wesley Heights, describes the sound as “piercing.” “When I try to compose or write a letter, there is no way for me to listen to my inner voice, and the leaf blower blanks out all the harmonic combinations."

But help is on the way. A new generation of leaf blowers is more environmentally friendly as the emergence of battery-powered leaf blowers takes us closer to the Holy Grail of equipment that is both (1) powerful and (2) quiet. Fallows supports the notion of a kind of trade-in program, where loud, old leaf blowers are exchanged for the less offensive kind. Ted Rueter, founder of Noise Free America, facilitated one such scheme. In the heat of his front lawn dispute with his neighbor, he offered a solution. “If you agree to use them, I will buy you two new leaf blowers,” Rueter told his neighbor. "The offer was accepted and the noise level in his front yard was restored to a peaceful level," says Lawrence Richards. "When it comes to the balancing act of protecting landscaping jobs while reducing noise and emissions, it helps that someone was willing to pay for progress."

Submission + - Wikipedia Is Suing the NSA to Preserve Its Users' Anonymity (vice.com)

sarahnaomi writes: The nonprofit that runs Wikipedia says it and the American Civil Liberties Union are suing the NSA and the US Department of Justice over mass surveillance, which they say limits Wikipedia users’ ability to remain anonymous on the site.

Besides the ACLU, Wikimedia has signed on eight other civil liberties groups, including Amnesty International USA, Human Rights Watch, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, to help fight its case, which will be filed today in Maryland District Court.

In a New York Times op-ed, Wikimedia founder Jimmy Wales wrote that the suit is primarily aimed at protecting the anonymity of volunteer Wikipedia editors, who, he says, edit articles about politically dangerous or contentious issues, such as civil liberties in China and gay rights in Uganda.

Submission + - The Milky Way May be 50 Percent Bigger Than Thought (discovery.com) 1

astroengine writes: A ring-like filament of stars wrapping around the Milky Way may actually belong to the galaxy itself, rippling above and below the relatively flat galactic plane. If so, that would expand the size of the known galaxy by 50 percent and raise intriguing questions about what caused the waves of stars. Scientists used data collected by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey to reanalyze the brightness and distance of stars at the edge of the galaxy. They found that the fringe of the disk is puckered into ridges and grooves of stars, like corrugated cardboard. “It looks to me like maybe these patterns are following the spiral structure of the Milky Way, so they may be related,” astronomer Heidi Newberg, with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, told Discovery News.

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