Parliament gets its knife out for veggie burgers

Found on Politico on Wednesday, 15 May 2019
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MEPs in the European Parliament's agriculture committee are now pushing to enshrine into law that only meat products can use words such as "steak," "sausage," "escalope," "burger" and "hamburger."

Needless to say, environmentalists and vegetarian food providers see an outright assault on increasingly popular plant-based foods.

If you need to give your food a meat-connected name, then you are not really supporting the idea behind it. As long as you need to lie to yourself (or worse, your customers), you might as well drop the farce and eat real meat. However, if you see a vegan life as an enjoyable alternative, you do not need to stay tied to what you want to leave behind.

Deputies Destroy House, Lives To Recover $50 Of Marijuana And A Single, Unbottled Pill

Found on Techdirt on Wednesday, 01 May 2019
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The total haul in contraband from the drug raid was less than $50-worth of marijuana. In addition, an officer claimed he found a loose pill containing a controlled substance.

The Almonds were directed to open the safes. Inside the safes, the members of the drug task force claim to have found ONE LUNESTA PILL outside of the bottle in which it had been prescribed.

Using that one pill, the department charged the couple with felony drug possession, on top of the misdemeanor marijuana charge.

Everything that was in the safes disappeared into the Department's hands. So did a bunch of other stuff around the house, along with the cash Greg Almond had in his wallet. The warrant inventory contains far less then the Almonds claim the deputies took. The full list includes the firearms from the safes, $8,000 in cash, wedding rings, medications, antique guitars, a coin collection… pretty much anything the officers felt might have resale value.

"Land of the free". Sounds more like organized crime.

Federal Agent: Using A Taped Box To Send Stuff Overnight Via FedEx Is Suspicious Behavior

Found on Techdirt on Thursday, 25 April 2019
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The filing lets us know what the government finds suspicious in terms of packaging and sending stuff around the country: everything. If you like using FedEx and their new boxes, but apply a bit too much tape, you might be a drug dealer.

Somehow, seizing cash is supposed to cripple drug cartels. Seeing as civil forfeiture has experienced no serious income dips over the past 30 years, it's safe to say this process is doing nothing but enriching government agencies who prefer cash to preventing crime.

Everything is suspicious for the government. Especially if the voters are involved.

Facebook fights to “shield Zuckerberg” from punishment in US privacy probe

Found on Ars Technica on Sunday, 21 April 2019
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Federal Trade Commission officials are discussing whether to hold Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg personally accountable for Facebook's privacy failures, according to reports by The Washington Post and NBC News. Facebook has been trying to protect Zuckerberg from that possibility in negotiations with the FTC, the Post wrote.

The FTC reached a settlement with Facebook in 2011 over charges that it deceived users by failing to keep privacy promises. During the lead-up to that settlement, the FTC "considered, then backed down, from putting Zuckerberg directly under order," the Post wrote. "Had it done so, Zuckerberg could have faced fines for future privacy violations."

Just lock him up already; everybody knows that Zuckerberg never ever really wanted to protect the privacy of anybody as long as it brings in money. Well, except for his own.

We agree with EU, nods Britain at the Council of Ministers. We heartily approve of the, er, Copyright Directive

Found on The Register on Monday, 15 April 2019
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The UK, the Republic of Ireland, France and Germany were among the 19 nations that today gave the thumbs-up to the EU's Copyright Directive, meaning it should get pushed through the day after tomorrow.

Article 13 – now numbered as 17 – means that tech firms (there are exceptions for researchers and other entities) will have to get licences from rights-holders to be able to host content.

Leave it to bribed politicians to make the worst possible decisions; and some of those who voted for the directive previously said that they are against it.

Julian Assange faces US extradition after arrest at Ecuadorian embassy

Found on The Guardian on Friday, 12 April 2019
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Assange, an Australian citizen, will receive consular assistance on Friday but won’t be given any “special treatment”, the country’s prime minister, Scott Morrison, said. The country’s foreign affairs minister, Marise Payne, said officials had been advised that Britain would not agree to extradition if an individual would face the death penalty.

Later on Thursday, he was found guilty of failing to surrender to the court and faces up to 12 months in a British prison.

Hopefully journalists all over the world will keep an eye on what happens next.

Mark Zuckerberg asks governments to help control internet content

Found on BBC News on Sunday, 31 March 2019
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Mark Zuckerberg says regulators and governments should play a more active role in controlling internet content.

"Lawmakers often tell me we have too much power over speech, and frankly I agree," Mr Zuckerberg writes, adding that Facebook was "creating an independent body so people can appeal our decisions" about what is posted and what is taken down.

"I believe Facebook has a responsibility to help address these issues, and I'm looking forward to discussing them with lawmakers around the world," Mr Zuckerberg says.

That's such an obvious move. Facebook is facing regulations and politicians think about splitting it apart. In Australia, it could face 10 percent of the company’s annual domestic turnover if violating planned laws. So Zuckerberg tries to kick the ball back to governments in an attempt to pull them into his boat so that taxmoney works for him.

JavaScript infinite alert prank lands 13-year-old Japanese girl in hot water

Found on Ars Technica on Saturday, 09 March 2019
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The malicious code in question? An infinite loop that popped up an alert message, immediately showing a new message each time you click OK.

The code itself is extraordinarily simple; it's literally nothing more than an infinite loop and an alert box that prints a kaomoji and a short message that translates as "It's no use closing it so many times."

This is just ridiculous and police should not waste its time with things like that.

How NOT To Remove Reviews − a Story about Fake Notarized Letters

Found on Pissed Consumer on Thursday, 28 February 2019
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Everything was going well. Every once in a while, people would post a review or a comment here and there about Luxsport Motor Group. From time to time we received notarized letters from the posters who wanted to remove their reviews posted by mistake. Nothing suspicious. Until fraud was discovered.

There is fraud and falsification going on somewhere in here. Maybe notary’s signature is a fake? Maybe the company, Luxsport Motor Group, is hiding something? Maybe these notarized letters are fabricated altogether?

Looks like this has turned into a huge PR disaster.

Windstream, ISP with 1 million customers, files for bankruptcy

Found on Ars Technica on Tuesday, 26 February 2019
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Windstream's losing court battle was against hedge fund Aurelius Capital Management, "which had argued a two-year-old spinoff of the company's fiber-optic cable network violated the covenants on one of its bonds," which prohibited "sale-leaseback transactions," The Wall Street Journal wrote today.

Despite choosing not to appeal, CEO Thomas said that "Windstream strongly disagrees" with the court decision, and accused Aurelius of "engag[ing] in predatory market manipulation to advance its own financial position."

Have there ever been positive news that involve hedge funds?