Outcry as Instagram tries horizontal scrolling

Found on BBC News on Thursday, 27 December 2018
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The change meant moving through a feed had to be done by swiping horizontally rather than vertically.

Almost as soon as the change was made, users took to Twitter to complain and demand the return of the familiar up-and-down scrolling method.

A free service that shovels all data from its users to Facebook causes a massive backlash over scrolling. It would be funny if it wouldn't be so sad to see the stupidity of the users.

Fighting on Twitter? In the UK, You Could Be Arrested for That.

Found on The Stranger on Thursday, 27 December 2018
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Parliament is considering reforming the GRA so that all that is required for a legal gender change is self-declaration. If you say you’re a woman, a man, or nonbinary, that’s what you are.

While reforming the law is largely, but not entirely, supported by trans people and their allies, supporters have faced fierce resistance from a number of feminists who are concerned that predatory males will use self-id to gain access to female-only spaces.

The police didn’t tell Linehan which specific tweets Harrop complained about, but shortly before the police visited Linehan’s house, Harrop had appeared in a televised debate with Posie Parker, a feminist writer who is opposed to changing the GRA.

After Linehan saw the debate, he posted a link to the video, tweeting, “Have a look at this again and ask yourself why Parker is banned from various platforms, while Harrop isn’t. Could it be anything to do with...male privilege? Could it have anything to do with men deciding what women are and are not allowed to say?” The next day, the police dropped in at his house.

Sounds like the UK is one step before facecrime and thoughtcrime with all this diversity madness. Now we're at the point where feminists are getting afraid of diversity females after the LGBTQ community reached some of their goals. Please lean back and let that sink in for a moment.

German town keeps Christmas tradition after privacy law nearly scrapped it

Found on CNN on Wednesday, 26 December 2018
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In previous years up to 4,000 wishes to Father Christmas were placed on a tree at a Christmas market in the southern town of Roth.

That legislation states that parents of minors have to provide consent to the use of their kids' data. Organizations that fail to comply face big financial penalties.

It created a wish list, which included a parental consent disclaimer, which can be printed from their website and put in the wishing box at the Christmas market, which opens on Thursday.

Yes, it is stupid, but at the same time it can be helpful too. Luckily in this case, the solution was rather simple.

Hot tub hack reveals washed-up security protection

Found on BBC News on Tuesday, 25 December 2018
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Thousands of hot tubs can be hacked and controlled remotely because of a hole in their online security, BBC Click has revealed.

Balboa Water Group (BWG), which runs the affected system, has now pledged to introduce a more robust security system for owners and said the problem would be fixed by the end of February.

It said it was working with more than 1,000 owners in the UK and others globally to set up a system of individual usernames and passwords to secure the online controls.

It said it had previously opted not to do so because it had wanted to "allow for simple and easy use and activation" by homeowners.

You can't say BWG made an empty promise. Access to it sure is "simple and easy". It won't take too long before being an offline device will be a feature helping sales.

Domain Registrar Can be Held Liable for Pirate Site, Court Rules

Found on Torrentfreak on Monday, 24 December 2018
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The Higher Regional Court of Saarbrücken has confirmed that domain registrars can be held liable for the infringements of pirate sites. Even a single link can require a registrar to take a domain offline.

Lawyer Mirko Brüß notes that, in this case, the court clarified that registrars not only have to take a domain offline, they should also prevent it from being transferred to another company.

Please, everybody, post links to copyrighted material at Facebook.

Kansas trying to unload $10 million in computer equipment

Found on AP News on Sunday, 23 December 2018
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The state still owes $2 million on the equipment, which it bought in 2016 as part of a failed plan to develop a centralized storage system, call Kansas GovCloud, for computer information. That idea was canceled by state IT officials who said it was too expensive. Instead, the state contracts with an outside company to store data on remote servers.

“We keep changing our IT philosophy as a state. Knee-jerk reactions. We need an overall picture to understand the direction the state needs to go,” she said.

What a fine example of wasted taxpayer money, mixed with incompetence. To make it worse, in the end they just shoved it onto "the cloud" (read: someone else's server which they do not have any control over).

FCC fines Swarm $900,000 for unauthorized satellite launch

Found on Reuters on Saturday, 22 December 2018
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Swarm Technologies Inc will pay a $900,000 fine for launching and operating four small experimental communications satellites that risked “satellite collisions” and threatened “critical commercial and government satellite operations,” the Federal Communications Commission said on Thursday.

FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly said the size of the penalty “is probably not significant enough to deter future behavior, but the negative press coverage is likely to prevent this company and others from attempting to do this again.”

Maybe there should be more bad press about who caused all the existing junk floating around in space. Whereever humans go, the junk gets there first.

Debian's Anti-Harassment Team Is Removing A Package Over Its Name

Found on Phoronix on Friday, 21 December 2018
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When digging further, the package raised to the Debian Anti-Harassment Team was "Weboob." Weboob is short for "Web Outside of Browsers" as it's an open-source collection of software to script and automate the parsing/scraping/gathering-via-API of web data so that it can be consumed by different modules/applications.

A few months back though the issue was raised over the name/project having sexual references and that goes against the Debian Diversity Statement and values.

The Debian Anti-Harassment Team ruled that Weboob is against the Debian Code of Conduct in needing to be respectful.

This stupid crap of these first world problems is getting so ridiculous. What's next? Are "man pages" sexist? Will the word "packages" be removed from everywhere? No more unzipping? With idiotic acts that look like nothing more than an embarrassing attempt to justify their existance, that team is just stepping closer to be considered useless. It makes you wonder who really is childish here.

Apple yanks iPhone from sale in Germany – and maybe China soon, too – amid Qualcomm spat

Found on The Register on Thursday, 20 December 2018
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The iGiant acknowledged that its flagship product had been taken off the shelves in all its stores in Germany, although it will still be available through third parties.

Qualcomm claims that as soon as it posts bonds "which will be completed within a few days" the injunction in Germany will be effective and "immediately enforceable."

Sometimes, lawsuits can be pretty good.

Facebook Allowed Netflix, Spotify, And A Bank To Read And Delete Users’ Private Messages

Found on Buzzfeed News on Wednesday, 19 December 2018
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Facebook gave more than 150 companies, including Microsoft, Netflix, Spotify, Amazon, and Yahoo, unprecedented access to users’ personal data, according to a New York Times report published Tuesday.

Facebook allowed Microsoft’s search engine Bing to see the names of nearly all users’ friends without their consent, and allowed Spotify, Netflix, and the Royal Bank of Canada to read, write, and delete users’ private messages, and see participants on a thread.

It also allowed Amazon to get users’ names and contact information through their friends, let Apple access users’ Facebook contacts and calendars even if users had disabled data sharing, and let Yahoo view streams of friends’ posts “as recently as this summer,” despite publicly claiming it had stopped sharing such information a year ago, the report said.

Once again, Zucky will put on a sad face and say sorry; and change nothing, because the sheep are still sheep who do nothing.