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Malaysia Blocking Websites Based On Political Content

Slashdot - 4 hours 52 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: A few days ago Slashdot carried a piece of news from Malaysia whereby [news] websites based in Malaysia must be registered. Now comes the news that Malaysia is actively blocking websites which carry political opinion contrary to those of the ruling elite. Granted, Malaysia is no US of A nor Europe, but the world must understand that Malaysia is the only country in the world where racial apartheid laws are still being actively practiced — and have received endorsement from the ruling elite which has controlled Malaysia for the past 58 years. (Wikipedia lists some other candidates for modern-day apartheid in its entry on Contemporary segregation.)

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Verizon customers with two-year contracts can keep and renew them, and still get phone subsidies (Karl Bode/DSLreports)

TechMeme - 5 hours 3 min ago

Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Verizon customers with two-year contracts can keep and renew them, and still get phone subsidies  —  Verizon's New ‘Simplified’ No-Contract Prices Confuse Everyone  —  Verizon is reminding users that while the company recently announced that it was killing devices subsidies and long-term contracts …

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Do We Need More Emojis?

Slashdot - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 11:09pm
mikejuk writes to note that the Unicode Consortium has accepted 38 new emoji characters as candidates for Unicode 9.0, including characters depicting bacon and a duck."Why could we possibly need a duck? Many of the new characters are the 'other half' of gender-matched pairs, so the Dancer emoji (which is usually rendered as Apple's salsa dancing woman) gets a Man Dancing emoji, who frankly looks like a cross between John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever and your dad at the wedding disco. ... Other additions include carrot, cucumber, and avocado, and bacon. ... The list of additions is rounded off with new animal emojis. Some are the 'missing' zodiac symbols (lion and crab). Others are as baffling as ever – is there *really* a demand for a mallard duck? Sorry: it's in fact a drake!

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New images of the BlackBerry Venice slider leak, showing 18MP OIS rear camera, microSD and SIM card slots on top (Bla1ze/CrackBerry.com)

TechMeme - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 10:20pm

Bla1ze / CrackBerry.com:
New images of the BlackBerry Venice slider leak, showing 18MP OIS rear camera, microSD and SIM card slots on top  —  BlackBerry ‘Venice’ slider spotted once again in new images [UPDATED]  —  While the rumors surrounding the BlackBerry ‘Venice’ slider continue to swirl …

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New Horizons' New Target: Kuiper Belt Ice Chunk 2014 MU69

Slashdot - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 7:43pm
Vox reports on the next target destination for NASA's New Horizons probe, an ice chunk in the Kuiper Belt designated 2014 MU69. The plan is not yet final; like any space mission, complications are bound to come up. But if this selection sticks, New Horizons should reach 2014 MU69 in 2019. (Re/Code has the story, too.)

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MIAOW Open Source GPU Debuts At Hot Chips

Slashdot - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 6:40pm
alexvoica writes: The first general-purpose graphics processor (GPGPU) now available as open-source RTL was unveiled at the Hot Chips event. Although the GPGPU is in an early and relatively crude stage, it is another piece of an emerging open-source hardware platform, said Karu Sankaralingam, an associate professor of computer science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Sankaralingam led the team that designed the Many-core Integrated Accelerator of Wisconsin (MIAOW). A 12-person team developed the MIAOW core in 36 months. Their goal was simply to create a functional GPGPU without setting any specific area, frequency, power or performance goals. The resulting GPGPU uses just 95 instructions and 32 compute units in its current design. It only supports single-precision operations. Students are now adding a graphics pipeline to the design, a job expected to take about six months.

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Steve Jobs actively disdained Washington DC, but Tim Cook's Apple has reengaged in politics, especially on issues like privacy (Tony Romm/Politico)

TechMeme - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 6:35pm

Tony Romm / Politico:
Steve Jobs actively disdained Washington DC, but Tim Cook's Apple has reengaged in politics, especially on issues like privacy  —  Apple Takes Washington  —  Steve Jobs famously disdained D.C. Tim Cook's quietly taking it on.  —  As Apple chief Tim Cook quietly slipped out of a public meeting …

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Cliff Bleszinski's Boss Key Productions Unveils <em>LawBreakers</em> Game Trailer

Slashdot - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 5:48pm
MojoKid writes: Boss Key Productions has posted its first trailer of LawBreakers (formerly Project Bluestreak), a futuristic game title that's set to release on multiple platforms in 2016. The trailer shows off some of the characters and classes that you'll have access to on both sides of the law — yes, you'll have to decide whether you're fighting for the law or the lawbreakers. The game's setting is Earth, though not as you know it now. This is a future version of Earth where gravity is busted. The government, in its infinite wisdom, screwed up some testing on the moon and managed to split its surface, an event that came to be known as "The Shattering." Gears of War creator Cliff Bleszinski is one of the co-founders of Boss Key Productions, the other of which is Arjan Brussee, the main coder behind Jazz Jackrabbit games and a co-founder Guerrilla Games.

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Abusing Symbolic Links Like It's 1999

Slashdot - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 4:42pm
An anonymous reader writes with this snippet from James Forshaw's recent post at Google's Project Zero, which begins For the past couple of years I've been researching Windows elevation of privilege attacks. This might be escaping sandboxing or gaining system privileges. One of the techniques I've used multiple times is abusing the symbolic link facilities of the Windows operating system to redirect privileged code to create files or registry keys to escape the restrictive execution context. Symbolic links in themselves are not vulnerabilities, instead they're useful primitives for exploiting different classes of vulnerabilities such as resource planting or time-of-check time-of-use. Click through that link to see examples of this abuse in action, but also information about how the underlying risks have been (or can be) mitigated.

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Germany Wants Facebook To Obey Its Rules About Holocaust Denial

Slashdot - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 3:24pm
Bruce66423 writes: In a classic example of the conflict of cultures bought about by the internet, Germany is trying to get Facebook to obey its rules about banning holocaust denial posts. From the linked Jerusalem Post article: [Justice Minister Heiko] Maas, who has accused Facebook of doing too little to thwart racist and hate posts on its social media platform, said that Germany has zero tolerance for such expression and expects the US-based company to be more vigilant. "One thing is clear: if Facebook wants to do business in Germany, then it must abide by German laws," Maas told Reuters. "It doesn't matter that we, because of historical reasons, have a stricter interpretation of freedom of speech than the United States does." "Holocaust denial and inciting racial hatred are crimes in Germany and it doesn't matter if they're posted on Facebook or uttered out in the public on the market square," he added. ... "There's no scope for misplaced tolerance towards internet users who spread racist propaganda. That's especially the case in light of our German history."

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Kristian von Bengston's New Goal: The Moon

Slashdot - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 2:25pm
Kristian von Bengtson, co-founder of DIY manned space program Copenhagen Suborbitals (which he left in 2014) writes with this pithy plug for his newest venture: "This year, we (a great crew) have been preparing for the next adventure with a mission plan going public Oct 1. Go sign up and join the project at moonspike.com." (You may want to check out our video inteview with von Bengston; he's a person who gets things done.)

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The View From 2015: Integrated Space Plan's 100-Year Plan

Slashdot - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 1:27pm
garyebickford writes: Wired Magazine has posted an article about the new 2015 version of the Integrated Space Plan, updated 14 years after the last version and descended directly from the original 1989 version. The original one was printed in the thousands, distributed by Rockwell, and appeared on walls throughout the space industry. One even hung behind the NASA administrator's desk. The new one is prettier, great for dorm room walls and classrooms, and Integrated Space Analytics, the company behind it, promises to expand their website into an up-to-date, live interactive tool. This is a great new beginning after over 30 years.

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Ask Slashdot: Best Data Provider When Traveling In the US?

Slashdot - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 12:35pm
An anonymous reader writes: I am visiting USA 3-4 times a year and I need a data service. I also need to keep my cell phone number, so swapping the SIM card in my phone is not an option. I have bought those 19.95$ phones in Best-Buy to get a local number, but those were voice only. So I have been thinking about getting a MiFi hotspot. I have been looking at pre-paid plans from Verizon(only 700 LTE band for their pre-paid hotspot), AT&T, T-Mobile etc. perhaps to put in a MiFi hotspot or buy a hotspot from a provider, but have no idea which one to use, their reputation, real life coverage etc. It is clear that all data plans in the USA are really expensive, I get 100GB monthly traffic with my Scandinavian provider for the same price as 6-8 GB monthly in the US, which I guess could be a problem with our Apple phones as they do not recognize a metered WiFi hotspot. But that is another issue. I travel all over but most of the time outside the big cities -- and my experience from roaming with my own phone and the cheap local phone so far tells me that coverage fluctuates wildly depending on the operator.

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Systemd Absorbs "su" Command Functionality

Slashdot - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 11:29am
jones_supa writes: With a pull request systemd now supports a su command functional and can create privileged sessions that are fully isolated from the original session. The su command is seen as bad because what it is supposed to do is ambiguous. On one hand it's supposed to open a new session and change a number of execution context parameters, and on the other it's supposed to inherit a lot concepts from the originating session. Lennart Poettering's long story short: "`su` is really a broken concept. It will given you kind of a shell, and it's fine to use it for that, but it's not a full login, and shouldn't be mistaken for one." The replacement command provided by systemd is machinectl shell.

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HTC cofounder Peter Chou joins Hong Kong visual effects studio in VR push (Michael de Waal-Montgomery/VentureBeat)

TechMeme - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 10:55am

Michael de Waal-Montgomery / VentureBeat:
HTC cofounder Peter Chou joins Hong Kong visual effects studio in VR push  —  The cofounder and former chief executive of struggling Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC has joined Hong Kong-based visual effects studio Digital Domain Holdings, according to an exchanges filing Friday.

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GNOME To Start Using Codenames

Slashdot - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 10:27am
prisoninmate writes: A discussion between GNOME developers and users during the annual GUADEC conference lead to potential code names for the desktop environment, starting with the upcoming September release, GNOME 3.18, which might be dubbed Gothenburg. They decided to codename the September releases after the city where the GUADEC conference took place, as explained above, and the March releases after the city where the GNOME.Asia Summit will take place.

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In Hawaii, a 6-Person Crew Begins a Year-Long Mars Isolation Experiment

Slashdot - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 9:34am
The BBC reports that six volunteers have begun a planned year-long stint "without fresh air, fresh food or privacy" in a NASA simulation of what life might be like for a group of Mars colonists. The volunteers are to spend the next 12 months in the dome (11 meters in diameter, 6 meters high), except for space-suited out-of-dome excursions, where they will eat space-style meals, sleep on tiny cots, and keep up a science schedule. The current mission is the fourth (and longest yet) from the Hawai'i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation; you can read more about this mission's crew here.

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Here Is Your WIRED Star Wars Challenge for Day 118

Wired - Top Stories - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 9:00am

Who'll you choose to be in Anakin Skywalker's robes?

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A Courtroom Victory For Microsoft In Cellphone-Related Patent Suit

Slashdot - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 8:33am
Mark Wilson writes: Microsoft has been cleared of patent infringement by the US International Trade Commission. The case dates back to 2007 when InterDigital Inc claimed Microsoft infringed its patents, and there were calls for a ban on the import of handsets. InterDigital Inc has been battling in court for eight years, initially trying to claim royalties on phones made by Nokia, now transferred to Microsoft. As well as blocking the call for an import ban, the ITC stated that Microsoft did not infringe patents relating to the way mobiles make calls. In short Microsoft is in the clear and InterDigital's rights have not been violated.

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