Woman who crashed her Model S and broke her foot sues Tesla

Found on ArsTechnica on Thursday, 06 September 2018
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Attorneys for Heather Lommatzsch, the plaintiff, wrote on Tuesday that she "understood" that the car’s "safety features would ensure the vehicle would stop on its own in the event of an obstacle being present in the path of the Tesla Model S."

In the aftermath of the May 2018 accident, police in South Jordan, Utah, said in a statement that the woman told them that she "was looking at her phone prior to the collision" and that she reportedly "did not brake or take any action to avoid the collision."

She should be sued for being dangerously stupid. Seriously, people like that makes one hope that evolution really separates the wheat from the chaff.

Chap asks Facebook for data on his web activity, Facebook says no, now watchdog's on the case

Found on The Register on Friday, 24 August 2018
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Facebook's refusal to hand over the data it holds on users' web activity is to be probed by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner after a complaint from a UK-based academic.

Facebook slurps information about your device, the websites you visited, apps you used and ads you've seen via Facebook business tools and plug-ins, such as the Like button, on partner sites.

"Facebook simply does not have the infrastructure capacity to store log data in Hive in a form that is indexed by user in the way that it can for production data used for the main Facebook site," Zuck's minions said.

Then the solution is rather simple and easy: rm -rf hive

PETA roasts Impossible Burger for rat tests, suggests patties cause cancer

Found on Ars Technica on Sunday, 12 August 2018
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In a blistering blog post, PETA claimed the testing was “voluntary” and that Impossible Foods conducted the test after “disregarding advice from a PETA scientist who said that there’s no need to hurt and kill animals to test its burger.” To further scorch the burger’s name, PETA made the dubious suggestion that the burger could increase risks of cancer in consumers.

Researchers have indeed linked excessive iron (aka iron overloads) to risks of cancer. But it seems rather implausible to achieve such levels by simply eating an Impossible Burger, or a hundred. For one thing, healthy people typically don't accumulate excessive levels of iron.

PETA turned into nothing but a big failure over the years, and with ridiculous claims like this one, or the fight for selfie rights of animals, it won't get better. They should just rename themselves to PITA.

PayPal told customer her death breached its rules

Found on BBC News on Tuesday, 10 July 2018
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PayPal wrote to a woman who had died of cancer saying her death had breached its rules and that it might take legal action as a consequence.

It said that Mrs Durdle owed the company about £3,200 and went on to say: "You are in breach of condition 15.4(c) of your agreement with PayPal Credit as we have received notice that you are deceased... this breach is not capable of remedy."

Well how does she dare to die before paying every cent back to PayPal first? Honestly, it's better to stay away from that bank company and keep a safe distance.

Facial recognition trial in London results in zero arrests, Metropolitan Police confirm

Found on Independent on Saturday, 07 July 2018
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Scotland Yard had hailed the pilot in Stratford, which The Independent revealed to be one of several planned across London this year, as a method of identifying wanted violent criminals and cracking down on attacks.

Opponents argue that the software currently being used by British police forces is “staggeringly inaccurate” and has a chilling effect on society, while supporters see it as a powerful public protection tool with the ability to help track terrorists, wanted criminals and vulnerable people.

Let's not forgot that London is the most observed place, with cameras everywhere. If there are good chances for finding a needle in a haystack, it should be there.

YouTuber in row over copyright infringement of his own song

Found on BBC News on Friday, 06 July 2018
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Paul had been contacted by YouTube to advise him that one of his videos had been flagged for copyright infringement, but in his own words, "this was a little different".

The copyright he had apparently infringed upon was his own.

Paul had been accused of plagiarising his own music - and worse, all the money that video was earning would now be directed towards the person who copied his content.

At the heart of the controversy is YouTube's Content ID system - the automatic process which decides whether a video contains copyright infringement.

The entire copyright system is a total mess anyway and it needs a complete rewrite, but without the lobbying agenda of those industries who keep pushing for longer and longer copyright durations.

EU Explores Making GDPR Apply To EU Government Bodies... But With Much Lower Fines

Found on Techdirt on Tuesday, 12 June 2018
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The EU forced everyone else to comply by May of this year. But gave itself extra time -- time in which it is not complying with the rules and brushing it off as no big deal, while simultaneously telling everyone else that it's easy to comply.

Under the GDPR, companies can be fined 20 million euros or 4% of revenue, whichever is higher, meaning that any smaller company can be put out of business, but the plan for the EU itself is for fines to top out at €50,000 per mistake, with a cap of €500,000 per year.

Yet the politicians are wondering why more and more people dislike, or flat out hate, the EU and why nationalism is on the rise.

German court snubs ICANN's bid to compel registrar to slurp up data

Found on The Register on Thursday, 31 May 2018
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Global domain name system overlord ICANN’s latest attempt to deal with compliance with European data protection law has been dealt a blow after a German court rejected its request to force a registrar to keep gathering people’s information.

The court said that although it was clear that having more data makes identifying and contacting the people behind a domain more reliable, ICANN had not demonstrated that storing this other data was indispensable for its purposes.

That result was just too obvious.

Doctor slammed by med board for selling $5 homeopathic sound waves for Ebola

Found on Ars Technica on Saturday, 26 May 2018
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The California medical board is threatening to revoke the license of Dr. William Edwin Gray III for selling homeopathic sound files over the Internet that he claims—without evidence or reason—can cure a variety of ailments, including life-threatening infections such as Ebola, SARS, swine flu, malaria, typhoid, and cholera.

Gray claims that sound waves can carry “the energetic signal in homeopathic remedies” to treat patients. He claims to be able to collect that energy by placing vials of homeopathic remedies (like water) in electrified wire coils and recording any emitted sounds. With this method, he produced 263 “eRemedies,” which are 13-second recordings (conveniently available as either .wav or .MP3 files) said to sound like hissing.

That makes you wonder how he got his license in the first place. He does not appear to know much about medicine, or technology for that matter; otherwise he would know that encoding to MP3 actually makes subtle changes to the sound. Not that it would work with WAV anyway. It also makes you wonder what type of people fall for such an obvious scam.

Cash payment crackdown to counter tax evasion and black economy

Found on The Guardian on Friday, 11 May 2018
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The Turnbull government has turned its attention to the “black economy” in an attempt to raise billions of extra dollars and intends to limit cash payments for purchase goods and services to $10,000.

As part of the cash-in-hand crackdown the government will introduce an economy-wide cash payment limit of $10,000 to reduce money laundering and tax evasion, to apply from 1 July 2019.

That won't do anything to stop tax evasion or black economy. Tax evasion is done professionally on a much bigger scale (hello Apple, Amazon and Google) while black economy just works because of person-to-person payments. All it does is pave the way for the complete elimination of cash; and with cash gone, banks and governments get a much tighter grip on citizens.