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Thursday June 27, 2019. 04:50 PM
This month's #612strike uprising in Hong Kong achieved a provisional victory when the city's Beijing-friendly government shelved its plans to allow Hong Kongers to be extradited to the mainland to stand charges for political 'crimes' -- but the protests, which are the...
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A green light for election corruption. Partisan gerrymandering is A-OK, ruled the Supreme Court today. Or to interpret the ruling more charitably, the Supreme Court has decided that it's a matter for the states to decide. By a 5 to 4 vote, in a decision by Justice Roberts,...
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It pays to pay attention to details. Author credits on research papers reveal that employees of the Chinese technology firm Huawei have collaborated on AI and communications with China's military. Responding to the news story, Huawei says the research was not authorized by...
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Remember when all hell broke loose in Hawaii because someone accidentally issued an emergency alert for an emergency that didn't exist? That was a clerical error. What if someone did it on purpose to cause panic and fear, say on the day of the elections in 2020? Yes, it...
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Buried in that Los Angeles Magazine profile of Trump Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's idiot wife Louise Linton was a gem, newly highlighted in a New York Times piece today. From the Los Angeles Magazine piece: Do you travel with a ton of security these days? Only when my ...
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Looks like Facebook has decided that going on the offensive is better when it comes to government regulation. Speaking at the Aspen Ideas Fest in Colorado, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday said America's weak response to Russia's interference in the 2016 elections...
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The Coca-Cola your rotting your guts out with today isn't the Coca Cola that rotted out your great grandfather's guts. On their way from a recipe sorted out for individual use and one developed for mass consumption, things change. Nuances of flavor or texture may be lost or...
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Bob Shaw's 'Light of Other Days', nominated for a Hugo award in 1967, presented the concept of slow glass: a material that takes light days, months or even years to pass through. A pane set in front of a lake for a decade, for example, could then be sold to city-dwellers...
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In case it wasn't clear from the Google pedigree, Google Go has a ton of support in the coding world. Already, this new programming language is the fourth most active on Github, and developers who work with Go are the third-highest paid globally in the Stack Overflow...
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Working for a ride-sharing company like Uber or Lyft can be a tough gig that offers low pay, long hours that keep drivers on there road and away from the people they love and, at times, wheeling under dangerous working conditions. In some parts of the world, pissed off...
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Last December, 23-year old Ebony Johnson shot 27-year old Marshae Jones during an argument outside of a Dollar General store in Birmingham, Alabama. The gunshot wound to the stomach caused Jones to miscarry a 5-month pregnancy. Ebony Johnson was initially charged with...
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I just published the 300th installment of my podcast, which has been going since 2006 (!); I present a reading of my EFF Deeplinks essay Adversarial Interoperability: Reviving an Elegant Weapon From a More Civilized Age to Slay Today's Monopolies, where I introduce the idea...
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Wednesday June 26, 2019. 10:56 PM
It hasn't even been a full week since Riviera City, a town that fell victim to ransomware hackers, paid almost $600,000 in an attempt to regain control of vital city networks. Today, there's news that the government of yet another Florida town, Lake City, has voted to pay...
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Their paws were fast as lightning. Pew, pew, pew! This is EPIC! Still better than a Mayweather fight Really need to know the story behind this video capture, apparently shot from a small plane.
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Carla doesn't care much for fancy pens. She wants ones that are foolproof and cheap. That's why she likes the Bic Round Stic. I was in a generous mood, so I bought her a box of 60 Stics for $5.00 on Amazon.
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Not so fast, Boeing. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said today it has identified a possible new risk that Boeing will have to deal with on the 737 MAX jet series, before the grounded jet gets FAA permission to fly again. FAA told Reuters about the newly discovered ...
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Back in January, Amy Hawkins and Jeffrey Wasserstrom published a fascinating, nuanced look why Chinese state censors had banned the mention of Orwell's 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' on social media, but not the book itself. Now, the pair are back with a wider look at the way that ...
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The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol basically just admitted openly that it has all the supplies needed to take care of the children separated from their families at the border—-toothpaste, soap, beds to sleep on-- CBP just won't give any of the stuff to the detained kids....
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Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore isn't doing well in opinion polls, where he remains stuck in the teens. And that's just with Republicans! The poll from Cygnal shows Moore polling at 13 percent, placing him a distant third behind former Auburn football coach Tommy...
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When federal prosecutors drag corporations into court for business practices that hurt or even kill people, it's routine for corporate counsel to ask to have the evidence in the case sealed, and for prosecutors to agree, and for judges to rubberstamp the deal, meaning that...
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