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Submission + - Access to Wikipedia blocked in Turkey (turkeypurge.com)

stikves writes: It looks like another major Internet service is blocked in Turkey, hopefully for a short time. Wikipedia is the subject to a latest ban, and unfortunately more details are not available:

Access to Wikipedia has been blocked in Turkey as a result of “a provisional administrative order” imposed by the Turkish Telecommunications Authority (BTK).
The Internet Freedom watchdog, the Turkey Blocks said it has verified restrictions affecting the Wikipedia online encyclopedia in Turkey. “A block affecting all language editions of the website detected at 8:00AM local time Saturday 29 April,” the watchdog said on Saturday.
Turkey Blocks said an administrative blocking order is usually expected to precede a full court blocking order in coming days.
While the reason for the order was unknown early on Saturday, a statement on the BTK’s website said: “After technical analysis and legal consideration based on the Law Nr. 5651, ADMINISTRATION MEASURE has been taken for this website (wikipedia.org) according to Decision Nr. 490.05.01.2017.-182198 dated 29/04/2017 implemented by Information and Communication Technologies Authority.”

Comment C=64 (Score 1) 630

It was in 1984 using Commodore 64's fabulous BASIC. Then I got my hands on Simons' BASIC. The highlights of those days were:

1) I did a quiz program that drew a flag and asked what country it belonged to. I measured the dimensions of the flags from a 18-part encyclopedia with a ruler. I also created, with trial and error, subroutines to draw stars (eg. pentagon, 15-gon). The colours were approximations, of course.

2) I figured out how to create an equal temperament tuning, and created arrays of the relevant C=64 POKE addresses so I could enter notes like index,duration,index,duration in DATA and READ it in and so make three-voice tunes.

Afterwards I got acquainted with Amiga BASIC, AMOS, Pascal (only very little), Perl and Bash, and then VBA...

I'm not a professional programmer.

Submission + - How scientists can fight for science without losing trust (thebulletin.org)

Dan Drollette writes: The creator of the SkepticalScience website — himself a scientist —on the question of whether or not scientists should engage in the upcoming march on Washington: “Albert Einstein managed to engage in public advocacy while maintaining high levels of credibility."

Submission + - The FCC Is Leading Us Toward Catastrophe (backchannel.com)

mirandakatz writes: Trump's FCC Chair, Ajit Pai, is trusting cable companies and telecom giants to do the right thing—that is, protect consumers and ensure that everyone in the country gets world-class, open, nondiscriminatory internet access. That's bad news for anyone who wants accessible internet: It just won't happen. As Susan Crawford writes at Backchannel, "It’s a cataclysm for the country. A true, slow-moving disaster. It’s paradoxical, but everything we need to do as a nation depends on data transmission becoming something we never have to think about. It should just be there, when needed, as needed, for all of our businesses, students, policy changes—everything."

Submission + - Trump to Nation: You Can't Handle the White House Visitor Logs Truth (nytimes.com)

theodp writes: In the name of national security, the White House announced Friday that it would cut off public access to visitor logs revealing who is entering the White House complex and which officials they are meeting, which the NY Times explains effectively bars the public from knowing which activists, lobbyists, political donors and others are gaining access to the president and his aides on a daily basis. Hey, it's none of our goldarned business if Google and Microsoft are meeting behind closed White House doors to lobby for a rewrite of the nation's school funding laws that unleashes billions of dollars if it helps advance tech's National Talent Strategy, right?

Submission + - SPAM: The time of free smartphones is over, now its time for cheap phones

anderson00 writes: The two-year phone contract is almost dead, that’s for sure. Verizon, the #1 service provider in the US, said on Friday it would kill service contracts and the phone subsidies that came with them, winding down a decades-long pricing structure that tied consumers to their phone providers and determined how they paid for their smartphones. Sprint follows Big Red’s the steps as well.

Here’ some bad news. Verizon customers will no longer receive a free phone as long as they sign up a two-year contract, or pay $200 up front for the much-coveted iPhone 6, Galaxy S5 or Galaxy Note 5, which retails between $650 — $750. Beginning Aug. 13, Verizon customers will have to buy their phones outright or pay Verizon a monthly installment fee to rent the device. Though the latter plan can eventually cost a customer even more than $649 for the iPhone 6, it lets users trade up to newer versions. The plans will run month to month.

Sprint also plans to stop offering contract phone plans by the end of 2015, focusing instead on off-contract, monthly plans. New and existing customers using Sprint’s service will now pay full price up front for phones or lease the device, paying it month-by-month over the course of two years, which is the trick that the monthly plans tend to pull to make the phone more affordable, while still having some sort of long-term commitment even without the contract.

Sprint is the last of the major four carriers to start making major moves in this direction. T-Mobile first stopped selling contract plans two years ago, and Verizon joined right now; AT&T still sells contract phone plans, but they're harder to get than they used to be — you have to buy them through AT&T itself.

Removing the two-year restriction does provide for additional flexibility when upgrading smartphone. Anyone who wants the latest and greatest will be able to make the switch without the hassle, because they are not stuck with a plan that makes them miss a generation of new devices. But there is a downside, you will need to pay full retail price for the new device.
So while the sticker shock of paying the full price for a smartphone upfront might catch consumers off guard—and might lead to a temporary sales slump for manufacturers like Apple, Samsung or LG —it’s unlikely to make that much of a difference to a household’s bottom line. There will be noticeable market growth of cheap phones that deliver expectable hardware and software set up, such as: Nexus 5, OnePlus One or Moto G series.

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Submission + - Largest Theft Of Apple Accounts By Malware Reported (rundirectmagazine.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers from Palo Alto and Weiptech networks have found that more than 225,000 Apple accounts have been swiped by a malware from the ‘jailbroken’ phones.

A malware called KeyRider was distributed to the Apple iOS through the jailbreaking tool Cydia and the malware was successful in stealing the certificates, account details, purchase receipts and private keys of the Apple phone users.

Submission + - Wikipedia blocks 381 user accounts for "black hat" editing

jan_jes writes: Wikipedia have announced that they have blocked 381 user accounts for “black hat” editing after weeks of investigation. The reason to block is that the accounts were engaged in undisclosed paid advocacy—the practice of accepting or charging money to promote external interests on Wikipedia without revealing their affiliation, in violation of Wikimedia’s Terms of Use. Every day, volunteer editors make thousands of edits to Wikipedia: they add reliable sources, introduce new topics, expand articles, add images, cover breaking news, fix inaccuracies, and resolve conflicts of interest. In addition to blocking the 381 “sockpuppet” accounts—a term that refers to multiple accounts used in misleading or deceptive ways—the editors deleted 210 articles created by these accounts.

Submission + - Inside China's Homegrown 64-Core ARM Big Iron Chip (theplatform.net)

An anonymous reader writes: Phytium aspires to be a leading-edge processor and ASIC maker in the Chinese IT sector and specifically that it will be working on two classes of ARM-based processors: one aimed at scale-up machines and another one aimed at scale-out machines used in hyperscale and cloud computing. Zhang referred to the former as “mainframe servers” and the latter as “Internet servers,” which is terminology that probably sounds a bit funny to our ears because both are old-fashioned ways of describing scale up and scale out architectures. But you get the idea.

Submission + - Ad-blocker Crystal massively reduces bandwidth usage and page load times in iOS (betanews.com)

Mark Wilson writes: There's a lot to look forward to in iOS 9. We already know that the new version of Safari will include the option to block ads, but the browser is not going to be alone in clearing out unwanted ads. Crystal is an ad blocker for iOS 9 created "with the goal of making web browsing with the iPhone and iPad a great experience again".

It started life as a tool for testing iOS 9's own content blocker, but grew into a stand-alone project. Crystal is currently in closed public beta but its developer, Dean Murphy, has released some figures that show how effective it is. The results show that Crystal can speed up page load times by nearly four times and reduce bandwidth consumption by 53 percent. Impressive stuff, and the stats make for extremely interesting reading — particularly for those waiting for the launch of a new iPhone.

Submission + - NSA Finds New Snowden Emails (vice.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Vice News has been engaged in a FOIA lawsuit against the NSA to obtain "all of the emails Snowden said he sent to agency officials that "raised concerns" about NSA surveillance". As a result of that lawsuit Vice News reports, "Snowden said the emails he wrote about "indefensible [NSA] collection activities" were sent to the NSA's Signals Intelligence (SIGNIT) Directorate Office of Oversight and Compliance, as well as to the Office of General Counsel and the Office of the Comptroller. But the NSA said it could not locate those emails. The only email that came close to what Snowden described, according to the NSA, was one he sent to the Office of General Counsel in which the whistleblower asked a question about NSA legal authorities in training materials. The NSA declassified that email last year. Last week ... a government attorney revealed for the first time that it found three emails Snowden said he sent to the NSA's Oversight and Compliance office, one of the offices that would have handled his complaints. However, those emails did not raise any questions or concerns about NSA surveillance ... "They concerned him doing his job of providing tech support to them, not raising concerns about NSA programs," ..." One is left to puzzle over Snowden's ability to obtain so much but apparently not his emails.

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