Please create an account to participate in the Slashdot moderation system


Forgot your password?
Trust the World's Fastest VPN with Your Internet Security & Freedom - A Lifetime Subscription of PureVPN at 88% off. Also, Slashdot's Facebook page has a chat bot now. Message it for stories and more. ×

Submission + - Slashdot creates beta site users express theirs dislike ( 4

who_stole_my_kidneys writes: Slashdot started redirecting users in February to its newly revamped webpage and received a huge backlash from users. The majority of comments dislike the new site while some do offer solutions to make it better. The question is will Slashdot force the unwanted change on its users that clearly do not want change?

Submission + - Slashdot beta sucks 9

An anonymous reader writes: Maybe some of the slashdot team should start listening to its users, most of which hate the new user interface. Thanks for ruining something that wasn't broken.

Submission + - Withhold Passwords From Your Employer, Go to Jail? (

ericgoldman writes: Terry Childs was a network engineer in San Francisco, and he was the only employee with passwords to the network. After he was fired, he withheld the passwords from his former employer, preventing his employer from controlling its own network. Recently, a California appeals court upheld his conviction for violating California's computer crime law, including a 4 year jail sentence and $1.5 million of restitution. The ruling provides a good cautionary tale for anyone who thinks they can gain leverage over their employer or increase job security by controlling key passwords.

Submission + - How a Market-driven Society is Unable to Fix the Climate ( 3

Lasrick writes: This is an excellent, thoughtful piece by Ted Trainer on how the very core to a market-oriented, consumer society is unable to tackle the problem of climate change. The numbers here are pretty staggering. Here's an excerpt: 'These kinds of figures show that major global problems cannot be solved unless the wealthiest countries face up to enormous reductions in per-capita resource use. However, these countries are obsessed with raising levels of production and consumption as fast as possible, and without any upper limit. The supreme, never-questioned goal is continuous economic growth. But for the world’s population to achieve Australian living standards by 2050, given an annual economic growth rate of 3 percent, total world production and consumption would have to be more than 30 times as great in 2050 as they are now.'

Submission + - Silencing Dissent: Twitter keeps suspending account critical of Obamacare (

cold fjord writes: The new insurance mandates in the Affordable Care Act are resulting in the cancellation of millions of insurance policies due to changes in the law and regulations, forcing people to get new policies, often at a higher price. That obviously has the potential to ruffle some feathers. And how do people protest these days? Twitter is one popular forum. Unfortunately it appears there is a problem with that. The Daily Caller reports that, "Twitter has repeatedly suspended an account critical of the Affordable Care Act. The account, @mycancellation, was just getting started when Twitter suspended it—twice—before reinstating the account late Saturday night. The purpose of @mycancellation or was to allow some of the millions of Americans who are losing their health insurance to post pictures of themselves with their cancellation letters. ... Late Saturday night Heather Higgins, CEO and president of the Independent Women’s Voice, announced on Facebook that the account was suspended again. ... Kohn managed to get the account reinstated. “Tonight shortly before 11:30pm ET the handle was canceled again,” Coley told TheDC. “We are looking into the issue now to see whether Twitter can give us a reason.”" — This is reminiscent of a previous protest. — More at Hot Air.

Submission + - The NYPD Is FOIA-Proof (

Daniel_Stuckey writes: Reporters Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman, who shared a Pulitzer last year as part of the Associated Press team covering the NYPD’s surveillance activity, have summed it up perfectly: The NYPD doesn't answer document requests.

“For the most part, they don’t respond,” Apuzzo told the Huffington Post. "Even the NSA responds.”

It's not just reporters who've noticed. New York City Public Advocate and mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio gave the police department a failing grade in an April report based on its dismal response rate to Freedom of Information requests. By de Blasio’s analysis, nearly a third of requests submitted to NYPD go unanswered.

Submission + - Quantum cryptography demonstrated, using relativity theory (

umundane writes:

A breakthrough in quantum cryptography demonstrates that information can be encrypted and then decrypted with complete security using the combined power of quantum theory and relativity — allowing the sender to dictate the unveiling of coded information without any possibility of intrusion or manipulation.

The article is light on details, but says quantum theory and relativity theory work together to allow "bit commitment". Anyone understand this well enough to share insight in layman's terms?

Comment Re:Progressive Disclosure (Score 2) 417

Other than Clapper who outright lied to Congress before any of the Snowden Files were made public, what are you talking about?

Clapper was a great start -- not in response to the leaks, but certainly a good example of an official lie followed by convincing evidence to the contrary.

Then there was Obama on June 17: "What I can say unequivocally is that if you are a U.S. person, the NSA cannot listen to your telephone calls, and the NSA cannot target your emails and have not." (

This was countered by leaked FISA secret court documents on June 20: "...orders which allow the NSA to make use of information "inadvertently" collected from domestic US communications without a warrant" (

And on June 25, the NSA deleted the FISA fact sheet after being called out by Wyden and Udall. That is, the fact sheet lied, Wyden and and Udall said so, and the NSA pulled it, more or less confirming that it contained lies. (

Comment Progressive Disclosure (Score 5, Interesting) 417

The leaks seem to be coming out in a clever order, starting with the most credible. An obvious benefit of this is that each lends credence to the next. Perhaps less obviously, each time the government passes up an opportunity to come clean, it makes the lies more obvious. We might have already known (or guessed) all this stuff, but now we have government officials on record lying about the extent of surveillance, over and over, just before backtracking to defend it.

Comment Re:Duck duck go away NSA (Score 5, Informative) 224

So I've switched to Duck Duck go, because the EFF said it was ok (and I'll change again when a better non-US alternative comes along), is an anonymizing front-end for Google search, based in the Netherlands.
Details here: is an independent search engine, apparently by the same company in the Netherlands.

I started using yesterday. So far so good, although I'm not used to seeing ads in my search results.

Slashdot Top Deals

The reward of a thing well done is to have done it. -- Emerson