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The tyranny of the algorithm yet again... - http://b2fxxx.blogspot.com/2016/05/the-tyranny-of-algorithm-yet-again.html this is just the start...
I was reminded yet again, over the weekend, how easy it is to get branded persona non grata in the age of the judgmental algorithm. A search for "Isis Close" via any popular search engine throws up a significant collection of...
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Eaglesoft has family swatted over FTP download, responsible disclosure and blog articles. Bad laws, criminal company.
http://www.dailydot.com/politics/justin-shafer-fbi-raid/
Justin Shafer reported a flaw in a company's system. Then the FBI came knocking.
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It really does look bigger lately.
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I need to buy a telescope!  :-(
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BOOM. Dutchies! "All European scientific articles to be freely accessible by 2020" Cc @glynmoody http://english.eu2016.nl/latest/news/2016/05/27/all-european-scientific-articles-to-be-freely-accessible-by-2020
All scientific articles in Europe must be freely accessible as of 2020. EU member states want to achieve optimal reuse of research data. They are also looking into a European visa for foreign start-up founders.
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Ironic that it's the Dutch to take down Elsevier.
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This morning we published a video interview with Jeff Hoogland, the founder and lead developer of Bodhi Linux. What better time, we figured, than to take a look at the distro’s latest and greatest, which was just released last weekend. Bodhi Linux was the…
This morning we published a video interview with Jeff Hoogland, the founder and lead developer of Bodhi Linux. What better time, we figured, than to take a look at the distro’s latest and greatest, which was just released last weekend.
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So worth sharing. Bookmark the IP address for the next time you run into a paywall. http://31.184.194.81/ Also check out the good librarian's opinion of how nasty these paywalls are,

Librarians are in a nasty spot. Sometimes I wonder if we can even call ourselves librarians anymore. We feel we are virtually required to provide access to whatever researchers in our local community ask for while restricting access from anyone outside that narrowly-defined community of users. Instead of curators, we're personal shoppers who moonlight as border guards. This isn’t working out well for anyone. Unaffiliated researchers have to find illegal work-arounds, and faculty who actually have access through libraries are turning to the black market for articles because it seems more efficient than contacting their personal shopper, particularly when the library itself doesn't figure in their work flow. In the meantime, all that money we spend on big bundles of articles (or on purchasing access to articles one at a time when we can't afford the bundle anymore) is just a really high annual rent. We can't preserve what we don't own, and we don't curate because our function is to get what is asked for.

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20160316/10375733922/as-predicted-elseviers-attempt-to-silence-sci-hub-has-increased-public-awareness-massively.shtml
We've been covering the saga of Sci-Hub for a while now. It's the search engine for academic papers that includes a few tricks to access more paywalled academic papers for free, using the academic logins that have been shared with the site...
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Once upon a time, +Kristina Killgrove, people built public libraries where anyone could find journals and books without charge. It was considered a great act of philanthropy to build them and even monopolists like Carnegie thought it was a good idea for people to have access to information.

Now we see a disgusting new breed of monopolists who want to burn all of the world's libraries and completely control the world's culture and knowledge. They want control of people by compartmentalization and the ability to ruin. They want this control so badly that they don't care about what kind of inefficiency or poverty it creates. What maters to them is their relative status as your master.
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Security researcher revealing "secure" advertising claim by DigiExam as Utterly False threatened with copyright monopoly lawsuit over disclosure. New article.

So it's happened again - a security researcher showing a marketing claim to be atrociously false has been threatened with a copyright monopoly lawsuit to take down the posted proof. The company DigiExam claims that their examination software is "cheat proof", which it can't be by definition when it's running on somebody's own computer: these are DRM fantasies. Security researcher Hannes Aspåker developed a proof of concept to show the claim is false and posted it, and was promptly hit with a threat of copyright monopoly infringement lawsuit from DigiExam to take down the proof: DigiExam is deliberately creating chilling effects on free speech in order to protect its false marketing.

[evidence of takedown threat in article, complete with deconstruction to show how utterly baseless it is from every conceivable angle]

The Internet doesn't take kindly to baseless takedown threats in order to save one's own face - in particular not copyright monopoly threats against security disclosures. This shit should be criminal. This action from DigiExam was far more harmful than the security bulletin in the first place, and they deserve to know what the Internet thinks of their shit. This kind of behavior, to throw around force and legal threats to deliberately create chilling effects against researchers who reveal your marketing claims as bullshit, is one of the least acceptable things conceivable to free speech.

http://falkvinge.net/2016/05/25/security-researcher-revealing-secure-advertising-as-false-threatened-with-copyright-monopoly-lawsuit/
Rick is the founder of the first Pirate Party and is a political evangelist, traveling around Europe and the world to talk and write about ideas of a sensible information policy. He has a tech entrepreneur background and loves whisky.
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I have no fear of invoking Godwin when calling this Gestapo tactics. Look it up.
Prosecutors allegedly say he exceeded authorization in viewing unsecured FTP server.
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Looks More Like Delay than Progress If they are talking about "access" and "intellectual property" instead of ownership and sharing, they are doing it wrong. "Access" is nice but it needs to be free, so that I can build an library to research and share as I see fit. Universities and librarians would be happy to host and curate articles but can't the way publishers have things locked down. Like us, they can hardly find what's there, much less guide the public to the right information. All I can see here is delays.

It reminds me of the "proactive" legislation sponsored by tobacco companies back in the 1970s to delay smoking bans. They derailed smoking bans with completely ineffective "smoking areas" in public spaces. Decades later, smoking bans were finally won and heart attack admissions dropped by 60%. "Intellectual property" is a similar confusion and laws that mention it will have similar results.
 
BOOM. Dutchies! "All European scientific articles to be freely accessible by 2020" Cc @glynmoody http://english.eu2016.nl/latest/news/2016/05/27/all-european-scientific-articles-to-be-freely-accessible-by-2020
All scientific articles in Europe must be freely accessible as of 2020. EU member states want to achieve optimal reuse of research data. They are also looking into a European visa for foreign start-up founders.
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UK Banks and GCHQ Apply Windows Voodoo to Users One of the world's biggest cracking organization is going to tell bank users about "security best practices" and punish those who don't comply. They plan to "scan" for browser and AV being used, which basically assumes Windows and means they will be enforcing worst practices. Most UK banks still use Windows themselves. People with supposedly old browsers and OS will be blocked from their banks and won't be reimbursed if they are robbed. The banks will also have the power to have ISPs kick users off the internet. It's as if Edward Snowden never happened and people think it's OK for banks and spy agencies to have yet more power over their computers.

My university, LSU, did a similar thing. Windows systems were forced to surrender control to IT by joining the campus domain. "Security" for them was being forced to upgrade as Microsoft saw fit. Security for other OS, like GNU/Linux, was a merciless probing that could be interpreted as a denial of service attack. This caused obvious problems for people with a clue or expensive lab equipment.

A program that really provided security could be operated by ISPs, but it won't because it would simply kick off all the Windows users. Thanks to Snowden, we know for sure that Microsoft cooperated with the NSA and GCHQ to make their operating system insecure to help spies. They both spied on users and made botnets out of their computers. ISPs that did not cooperate were hacked. This is why five eyes "security" programs tell people to run Windows and it's why banks and businesses are regularly ripped off.
New law may absolve banks from paying for the customer's mistakes, especially if they're using antiquated software
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The Great Electric Bus Takeover Has Begun

The bottom-line benefit of electric transit has already convinced Philadelphia’s SEPTA managers, among others, to take the electric bus plunge. With an average turnover of about 12 years, the potential is there for the entire US bus transit fleet to ditch diesel and compressed natural gas in favor of electricity.

Fuel costs alone add up because of the amount of mileage that transit buses put in. Proterra estimates a fuel savings of $250,000 to $365,000 compared to hybrid, CNG, and diesel buses.

Access to renewable energy sweetens the pot even more by insulating transit systems against fuel price shocks, and the relatively simple design of Proterra’s bus can save tens of thousands in lifetime maintenance costs — an important consideration when you’re dealing with vehicles that are on the road all day, every day.

See http://cleantechnica.com/2016/05/17/great-electric-bus-takeover-begins-proterra-launches-new-battery/
The US electric bus company Proterra has been making a series of rapid-fire moves into the EV transit marketplace, and it looks like you can file the latest development under Y for
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Yes, it's easy to use and it's hard to imagine doing things without SSH. Microsoft's "power shell" won't be a replacement for a well configured Unix of the sort that every modern gnu/linux is. I like the long list of real world examples the author gives. I would never turn off encryption because it does not make things that much faster and because no network should be trusted.
If you’ve been hanging around the Linux ecosystem for any length of time, you’ve most likely heard about SSH. For those who may not already know, SSH is a secure shell that allows you to log into any computer, anywhere in the world, that is running an SSH server. You might think that it’s just+ Read More
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