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Submission Summary: 0 pending, 120 declined, 36 accepted (156 total, 23.08% accepted)

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Submission + - The 2016 Ig Nobel prizes are here. VW wins the prize for chemistry! (improbable.com)

whoever57 writes: The 2016 Ig Nobel prizes were awarded yesterday, Thursday, September 22. Notable amongst the winners was VolksWagen, who won the Chemistry prize for "solving the problem of excessive automobile pollution emissions by automatically, electromechanically producing fewer emissions whenever the cars are being tested." No one from VW attended the ceremony to collect the prize. Other notable winners included a team who won the Peace Prize for their groundbreaking work analyzing the detection of "Pseudo-Profound Bullshit."

Submission + - 6 states declare emergency. Media almost silent. (cleantechnica.com)

whoever57 writes: The Colonial Pipeline spill has caused 6 states to declare a state of emergency. Gas prices on the east coast are likely to spike. Yet, most puzzling is how this vast emergency and its likely effect on cost of living has gone unnoticed by mainstream media outlets. The pipeline is owned by Koch Industries: is this why the media is silent?

Submission + - Microsoft to only offer updates in bundles for Windows 7, 8.1 and Server (computerworld.com)

whoever57 writes: Starting in October, Windows 7, 8.1 and Windows Server (up to 2012 R22) users will receive updates in the form of cumulative updates. It will no longer be possible to select from a list of security-related updates: instead, users will be presented with an all or nothing option.
The only option will be a choice between all updates (security and non-security updates) or security updates only.

Submission + - The ISDS chickens come home to roost. (reuters.com)

whoever57 writes: TransCanada Corp (the company behind the rejected Keystone XL pipeline) has initiated arbitration proceedings under the NAFTA treaty against the USA, demanding $15B in damages. Negotiations have been taking place since January but have not resulted in an agreement. Now TransCanada has formally filed for arbitration under NAFTA.

TransCanada is also in court, seeking to reverse the decision to reject the pipeline.

Submission + - Major security action caused by exercise blunder (telegraph.co.uk)

whoever57 writes: A UK Premier League football match (Manchester United vs. Bournmouth) was called off, 76,000 people were evacuated from the stadium and a "controlled explosion" carried out because of a "suspicious device". What was the device? A fake bomb that had been left behind by a security exercise. The exercise involved an external company and sniffer dogs.
This incident also raises the question of how the pre-game security sweep did not find the device.

Submission + - Someone needs to tell these judges about archive.org (telegraph.co.uk) 1

whoever57 writes: In the UK, a celebrity couple were able to convince the Appeals Court to grant an injunction about the fact that the couple took part in a threesome. The injunction only covers England and Wales, so a Scottish newspaper named the couple. Obviously, the injunction doesn't extend outside the rest of the UK, so the couple have been named in US publications. The UK newspapers have take the issue to the UK's Supreme Court, where one judge made the incredible remark: "Hard copy newspapers in some respect may be regarded as causing less harm than the internet which is, subject to deletions, technically permanent." Someone needs to show this judge the Wayback Machine, and explain how deleting information off the Internet is not possible. They should also show the judge how history is preserved on Wikipedia.

Submission + - Ad technology company claims ad blockers are "breaking the Internet" (telegraph.co.uk)

whoever57 writes: London, UK based ad technology company Oriel has published a claim that ad blockers break web applications in ways other than merely not displaying ads. They show examples such as airline sites that will not allow check-in because of the effects of an ad blocker. The original report is here. The CEO of Oriel is quoted saying that he discovered this accidentally when attempting to check into a flight, which raises the question: why would the CEO of an ad technology company use an ad blocker?

Submission + - Man accused of being responsible for "Flash Crash" may be extradited to the USA (nytimes.com)

whoever57 writes: District Judge Quentin Purdy has ordered that Navinder Singh Sarao should be extradited to the USA. This is not the last step for Mr. Sarao, as the extradition must next be reviewed by the Home Secretary. Mr. Sarao is accused of causing the "Flash Crash" of 2010 in which the Dow Jones index dropped 600 points in minutes. He faces 22 criminal charges, for "spoofing" (entering and withdrawing orders to manipulate the market). As the submitter, it's not clear to me how this man did anything different from the high-speed and algorithmic traders do every day.

Submission + - A California jury finds copyright infringement in an interface (deepchip.com)

whoever57 writes: A California jury in one of the cases between Synopsys and Atoptech found copyright infringement in Atoptech's use of the "Primetime commands". These companies compete in the field of EDA ("Electronic Design Automation") software: software that is used by semiconductor companies to design ICs.

The Primetime commands are merely an interface. Atoptech has their own implementation of the functionality that these commands demand. This can be seen as similar to the Oracle Vs Google lawsuit, in which an appeals court has found that providing a similar interface (via header files) can constitute copyright infringement. Naturally, there will be appeals in this case.

Submission + - Is Linux Mint a crude hack of Debian-based distros? (infoworld.com)

whoever57 writes: Infoworld has a an article about a discussion at LWN.net which talks about the recent compromise of the Linux mint isos and how Mint is really a security nightmare and a hack. One poster refers to the fact that Linux mint names packaes such that the names collide with existing Debian packages, the fact that Mint pulls binary packages directly from Ubuntu repositories and the the Mint developers also include packages that may infringe on copyright (typically closed-source products that allow downloads, but not redistribution). There is some praise for the work that the Mint developers have done with Cinnamon and Mate, but no mention that Mint is one if the few distros that offers an option that does not use systemd.

Submission + - Yelp employee posts open letter about cost of living and low wages, gets fired. (modernreaders.com)

whoever57 writes: Talia Jane was employed by Yelp in San Francisco. After posting in an open letter to Yelp's CEO, Jeremy Stoppelman, that her after-tax income of $8.15 was insufficient to provide basic necessities, like heating, food, etc. she discovered that she had been fired. How did she discover? Her work email stopped working. Even her boss did not know what had happened. Stoppelman denies having a hand in her firing, making the vague claim that “(There are) two sides to every HR story ...". I guess, he didn't personally turn off her email, perhaps he did not even take the decision to fire her, but, as the person who ultimately sets the culture and policies of the company, his claim to not be directly responsible is unconvincing.

Submission + - Former Yahoo employee challenges the legality of Yahoo's ranking system. (nytimes.com)

whoever57 writes: A former employee of Yahoo is challenging Yahoo's performance review and termination process. The ranking system was introduced to by Ms. Mayer on the recommendation of management consultants McKinsey & Co.. Gregory Anderson, an editor who oversaw Yahoo’s autos, homes, shopping, small business and travel sites in Sunnyvale, Calif. is claiming that the ranking and termination process was flawed to the extent that the terminations were not based on performance and hence constitute mass layoffs, which require notice periods under both California and Federal law. He is also alleging gender discrimination, under which women were given preferential treatment over men in the hiring, promotions and layoff processes.

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