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Submission Summary: 0 pending, 121 declined, 38 accepted (159 total, 23.90% accepted)

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Submission + - Accused British "Flash Crash" trader to be extradited to the US. (zerohedge.com)

whoever57 writes: Navinder Sarao has lost his appeal and is set to be extradited to the USA, where he faces charges with a possible maximum sentence of 380 years. He is accused of causing the "flash crash" in 2010, when the Dow Jones index dropped by 1000 points. He ran his trading from his bedroom in his parents' house and it is claimed that he made more than £30M (approximately $40M) in 5 years. His parents had no idea what he was doing, nor the scale of his income. He is accused of placing trades that he never intended to fill, so, to this naive person, it's hard to distinguish what he did from that of the large high-speed trading firms.

Submission + - Secton 230 of the CDA under threat. (mercurynews.com)

whoever57 writes: The CEO of Backpage was recently arrested for "pimping". It is likely that the charges will not stick because of section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA), under which publishers are protected from liability for the postings of their users. However, this could just be the first shot in the battle to weaken section 230. . This could endanger other sites, such as Craigslist, and ultimately, any site with user-written content.

Submission + - Man sues Yahoo for gender discrimination. (huffingtonpost.com)

whoever57 writes: Gregory Anderson was fired by Yahoo in November 2014. Now he has filed a lawsuit alleging that Yahoo discriminated against men. He alleges that the discrimination originated from Mayer, and ran through review, hiring and firing processes. The complaint states that one executive, Kathy Savitt, hired women almost exclusively to management positions in the Media division.
Mr. Anderson also alleges that Yahoo violated employment laws regarding mass layoffs.

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.

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