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Julian Assange’s 3.5 Year Detainment in Embassy Ruled Unlawful

Wired - Top Stories - 4 hours 10 min ago

A UN body has determined that UK and Swedish authorities have unlawfully detained the WikiLeaks founder in the Ecuadorean embassy, where he has been living in asylum since 2012 to avoid arrest.

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Free State Project Reaches Goal of 20,000 Signups

Slashdot - 5 hours 29 min ago
Okian Warrior writes: As a followup to our recent story, at 11AM Tuesday, Free State Project president Carla Gericke announced the FSP had reached its goal of recruiting 20,000 participants. The 20,000 mark is significant, because it 'triggers the move' – the mass migration of the Free State Project participants who have all agreed to move to New Hampshire within the next five years. So far, almost 2,000 have already relocated to the state.

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Nintendo's Quality of Life sleep tracking device, planned for release in March, shelved indefinitely (Chris Kohler/Wired)

TechMeme - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 11:25pm

Chris Kohler / Wired:
Nintendo's Quality of Life sleep tracking device, planned for release in March, shelved indefinitely  —  Nintendo Puts Its Sleep-Tracking Gizmo on Hold Indefinitely  —  Nintendo will sleep on its so-called “quality of life” health tracking device, it said this week.

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Porsche Builds Photovoltaic Pylon, Offsetting Luddite Position On Self-Drive

Slashdot - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 11:06pm
An anonymous reader writes: Porsche has just completed an impressive 25-meter high photovoltaic pylon. The construction, lonely in its current position and strongly resembling the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey, comprises 7,776 solar cells and is capable of generating up to 30,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year. From 2017 it will power the elite car manufacturer's new Berlin-Adlershof Porsche center. Porsche is keen to show a progressive stance on its new range of electric vehicles, considering that it has no intention of joining the movement towards self-driving.

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Visa opens up its global payments network to developers with launch of Visa Developer (Rob Lewis/Techvibes Global News)

TechMeme - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 10:10pm

Rob Lewis / Techvibes Global News:
Visa opens up its global payments network to developers with launch of Visa Developer  —  Visa Opens its Global Network with Launch of Visa Developer  —  Today in San Francisco Visa announced the launch of Visa Developer, a milestone that transforms the world's largest retail payments network …

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Everything You Need To Know About the Big New Data-Privacy Bill In Congress

Slashdot - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 8:18pm
erier2003 writes with this excerpt from The Daily Dot: The United States and the European Union have agreed to a transatlantic data-sharing arrangement to protect U.S. companies' overseas activities and European citizens' privacy, but another initiative—one that's still working its way through Congress—could be just important to U.S.–E.U. relations and transnational privacy rights. The Judicial Redress Act is considered essential to a broader agreement between the U.S. and Europe over the sharing of data in criminal and terrorism investigations. The negotiations over the newly announced E.U.–U.S. Privacy Shield may have received more attention, but the concerns at the heart of this bill are no less important.

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Epic's Unreal Editor now allows game developers to create environments through a VR headset (Adi Robertson/The Verge)

TechMeme - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 7:40pm

Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Epic's Unreal Editor now allows game developers to create environments through a VR headset  —  The Unreal Engine now lets you build games inside virtual reality  —  Epic's Unreal Engine has supported making virtual reality games for some time.  Now, it supports making games in virtual reality too.

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Python 3 Is Coming To Scrapy

Slashdot - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 7:40pm
New submitter Valdir Stumm Junior writes: Scrapy with beta Python 3 support is finally here! Released through Scrapy 1.1.0rc1, this is the result of several months of hard work on the part of the Scrapy community and Scrapinghub engineers. This is a huge milestone for all you Scrapy users (and those who haven't used Scrapy due to the lack of Python 3). Scrapy veterans and new adopters will soon be able to move their entire stack to Python 3 once the release becomes stable. Keep in mind that since this a release candidate, it is not ready to be used in production.

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Samsung's AdBlock Fast Removed From the Play Store

Slashdot - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 6:59pm
New submitter Alexander Maxham writes with the news reported at Android Headlines that Samsung's ad-blocking Android app called AdBlock Fast "was apparently ousted from the Play Store for violating section 4.4 of the Developer Distribution Agreement, stating that an app cannot disrupt or interfere with devices, networks or other parties' apps and services. (Also noted by Engadget.)

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DNA Makes Lifeless Materials Shapeshift

Slashdot - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 6:40pm
sciencehabit writes: Researchers have engineered tiny gold particles that can assemble into a variety of crystalline structures simply by adding a bit of DNA to the solution that surrounds them. Down the road, such reprogrammable particles could be used to make materials that reshape themselves in response to light, or to create novel catalysts that reshape themselves as reactions proceed.

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Twitter Beefs Are Now Front Page News in The Boston Globe

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 6:20pm

In an amazing feat of technological prowess, The Boston Globe has embedded tweets on the front page of its newspaper. Well, not exactly.

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Researchers Uncover the Genetic Roots Behind Rare Vibration Allergy

Slashdot - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 6:18pm
derekmead writes: A team of National Health Institute researchers has for the first time uncovered the genetic roots of one of the strangest allergies: vibrations. The vibration allergy, which is just as it sounds, may be quite rare, but understanding it more completely may yield important insights into the fundamental malfunctioning of immune cells in the presence of allergens. The group's findings are published in the New England Journal of Medicine. In addition to being uncommon, the vibration allergy is not very dangerous. In most cases, the allergic response is limited to hives—the pale, prickly rash most often associated with allergic and autoimmune reactions. Other less-common symptoms include headaches, blurry vision, fatigue, and flushing. The triggering vibrations are everyday things: jogging, jackhammering, riding a motorcycle, towel drying. Symptoms appear within a few minutes of exposure and are gone usually within an hour.

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General Catalyst Raises $845 Million Venture Fund (Eric Newcomer/Bloomberg Business)

TechMeme - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 5:50pm

Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg Business:
General Catalyst Raises $845 Million Venture Fund  —  Firm announces eighth fund, bringing total to $3.75 billion  —  General Catalyst has invested in Airbnb, Stripe, Snapchat  —  General Catalyst Partners, a backer of technology startups such as Snapchat Inc. and Stripe Inc. …

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Firefox 44 Deletes Fine-Grained Cookie Management

Slashdot - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 5:39pm
ewhac writes: Among its other desirable features, Firefox included a feature allowing very fine-grained cookie management. When enabled, every time a Web site asked to set a cookie, Firefox would raise a dialog containing information about the cookie requested, which you could then approve or deny. An "exception" list also allowed you to mark selected domains as "Always allow" or "Always deny", so that the dialog would not appear for frequently-visited sites. It was an excellent way to maintain close, custom control over which sites could set cookies, and which specific cookies they could set. It also helped easily identify poorly-coded sites that unnecessarily requested cookies for every single asset, or which would hit the browser with a "cookie storm" — hundreds of concurrent cookie requests. Mozilla quietly deleted this feature from Firefox 44, with no functional equivalent put in its place. Further, users who had enabled the "Ask before accept" feature have had that preference silently changed to, "Accept normally." The proffered excuse for the removal was that the feature was unmaintained, and that its users were, "probably crashing multiple times a day as a result" (although no evidence was presented to support this assertion). Mozilla's apparent position is that users wishing fine-grained cookie control should be using a third-party add-on instead, and that an "Ask before accept" option was, "not really nice to use on today's Web."

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Don't Hate Perky Morning People: It Might Be Their DNA's Fault.

Slashdot - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 5:22pm
New submitter Striek writes: Aggregated genome data from 23andme.com was analyzed and published in Nature magazine, and now further evidence has been added to the belief that being a morning person or a night owl is wired in our DNA. It's not the first time such research has been published, either. So those of us who work late into the night and prefer to rise at noon, much to the chagrin of our partners, can point to our DNA as the reason, not our lazy habits.

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Marley Natural’s Elegant Pot Gear Is for Smokers Who Say ‘Whoa Sir,’ Not ‘Whoa Dude’

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 5:01pm

Marley Natural's accessories look more like Chemex pour-over coffee equipment than the swirled glass tie-dyed pipes you’d normally find in a head shop.

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Marco Rubio Wants To Permanently Extend NSA Mass Surveillance

Slashdot - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 5:00pm
SonicSpike writes: Marco Rubio wants Congress to permanently extend the authorities governing several of the National Security Agency's controversial spying programs, including its mass surveillance of domestic phone records. The Florida Republican and 2016 presidential hopeful penned an op-ed on Tuesday condemning President Obama's counterterrorism policies and warning that the U.S. has not learned the "fundamental lessons of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001." Rubio called on Congress to permanently reauthorize core provisions of the post-9/11 USA Patriot Act, which are due to sunset on June 1 of this year and provide the intelligence community with much of its surveillance power. "This year, a new Republican majority in both houses of Congress will have to extend current authorities under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and I urge my colleagues to consider a permanent extension of the counterterrorism tools our intelligence community relies on to keep the American people safe," Rubio wrote in a Fox News op-ed.

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