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  • Boeing had been working prior to crash on extensive software changes to Max cockpit flightcontrol.

    03/12/2019 2:26:04 PM PDT · by MaggieMay · 28 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 12,2019
    Boeing making a more extensive software change to the flight-control system in the 737 MAX pior to Ethiopian tragedy than industry officials initially anticipated.
  • Don't learn to code. Do we really need more Software Developers and Software Engineers?

    02/21/2019 8:06:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/21/2019 | By Sam Younnokis
    Enough with "learn to code."Asthis articlepoints out, that's terrible advice.Coding isn't beanbag, and if you don't have a problem-solving mindset, you won't be good at it.It's like telling people to buy power tools and become home-renovators.Having a tool doesn't inform you about when and how to apply it. What's the problem we are trying to solve here?Is it to meet a need for more coders or to provide a way for unemployed people to earn a good wage?I expect that it is the latter, so let's ask: do we need more software developers and software engineers?We already have many...
  • The "Do Not Track" Setting Doesn't Stop You from Being Tracked

    02/21/2019 5:27:02 AM PST · by vannrox · 36 replies
    spreadprivacy ^ | 5feb19 | Editorial staff
    Most browsers have a "Do Not Track" (DNT) setting that sends "a special signal to websites, analytics companies, ad networks, plug in providers, and other web services you encounter while browsing, to stop tracking your activity." Sounds good, right? Sadly, it’s not effective. That's because this Do Not Track setting is only a voluntary signal sent to websites, which websites don’t have to respect 😧.Nevertheless, a hefty portion of users across many browsers use the Do Not Track setting. While DNT is disabled by default in most major web browsers, in a survey we conducted of 503 U.S. adults in...
  • Arizona Bill Provides a Preview of Digital Tyranny

    01/31/2019 6:24:13 AM PST · by vannrox · 10 replies
    Liberty Nation ^ | 30JAN19 | By: Jeff Charles
    It is always instructive to find out what governments are up to when the populace is distracted. It is also disturbing to see how the state will attempt to sneak seemingly benign dollops of tyranny into its governance like a shrewd mother slipping vegetables into the childrens dinner. After all, how are diligent citizens supposed to keep an eye on their leaders when the establishment medias theater and pageantry constantly distract them? government software that would block pornographic content. As the American public fixated on Black Hebrew Israelite racists, an alleged Native American valor thief, and a smiling teenager...
  • Bad math: Software error tweaks grades in North Carolina schools

    01/18/2019 5:05:20 PM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    ABC 11 ^ | 1/18/19
    RALEIGH -- A software error caused public school students around North Carolina to receive incorrect end-of-term grades this school year, state education officials said. The Department of Public Instruction said it has been advising districts about the problem with PowerSchool software since December, after many schools sent home first-quarter report cards. The error could have affected as many as 109 school districts and 59 charter schools in the state, but it's not clear exactly how many students were impacted. **SNIP** The department initially thought the rounding problem was limited to grades ending in certain decimal points, but Elliot said state...
  • Sherry Knowles Scrutinizes an Activist Supreme Court and its Unconstitutional Approach (Truncated)

    01/17/2019 9:04:42 AM PST · by Jagermonster · 8 replies
    IP Watchdog ^ | January 16, 2019 | Gene Quinn
    Full title: "Sherry Knowles Scrutinizes an Activist Supreme Court and its Unconstitutional Approach to Patent Eligibility" The Supreme Court has brazenly admitted it is not following Congress statutory instructions on patent eligibility in several cases. And it has carried out virtually none of the required statutory construction. It is judicial activism in the extreme.Sherry Knowles is one of the best known patent attorneys you will find. She is a former Vice President and Chief Patent Counsel for GlaxoSmithKline, where she led the charge on behalf of the industry to fight back the claims and continuations rules package the United States...
  • No More Google (A list of all kinds of alternatives to Google / NSA services)

    12/07/2018 7:44:04 PM PST · by vannrox · 31 replies
    No More Google ^ | 8DEC18 | editorial staff
    No More Google Privacy-friendly alternatives to Google that don't track you Like this? ❤️ Tweet me a thank you at 👉 @levelsio or vote for this on Product Hunt Add alternative Google Chrome ⟶ 8080 pts👍 Firefox     2384 pts👍 Brave     2310 pts👍 Vivaldi     2245 pts👍 Safari     1254 pts👍 Opera     737 pts👍 Ungoogled Chromium Google Search ⟶ 6182 pts👍 Duck Duck Go     1315 pts👍 Qwant     1241 pts👍 Startpage     789 pts👍 SearX Google Chrome Passwords ⟶ 2452 pts👍 KeePass     2269 pts👍 1Password  ...
  • Leave Gmail in 10 steps

    12/07/2018 7:37:54 PM PST · by vannrox · 33 replies
    Adrien Di Pasquale ^ | 2DEC18 | Adrien Di Pasquale
    In exchange for free mails, would you let your postman open your letters, read them, and insert ads related to their contents? This is a common analogy for Gmail’s model. The privacy implications of using Gmail actually go much farther than that, because Gmail is not only your postman (with Gmail), it also owns your car ( your web browser), your address book (with Search), your TV (with YouTube), it’s a great land owner (with AdSense)… And there are many reasons not to trust Google, especially with your privacy. Migrating away from any email service, like changing addresses in...
  • Tumblr will purge most NSFW content under new guidelines

    12/04/2018 3:28:31 AM PST · by vannrox · 35 replies
    GoGame ^ | 4DEC18 | Editorial Staff
    Tumblr will ban adult content from the platform starting Dec. 17, the company announced. This change will also get rid of Tumblrs Safe Mode, the search filter designed to purge NSFW content from a query. Explicit written content, such as erotica, is still permitted as well. Tumblr will instead be focused on creating the most welcoming environment possible for our community. Tumblr has allowed NSFW content on its platform since the site launched in 2007. Earlier this year, under new management Tumblr will purge most NSFW content under new guidelines.
  • How A Mysterious Tech Billionaire Created Two FortunesAnd A Global Software Sweatshop

    11/19/2018 10:13:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 19, 2018 | Nathan Vardi
    From an office suite on the 26th floor of the iconic Frost Bank Tower in Austin, Texas, a little-known recruiting firm called Crossover is searching the globe for software engineers. Crossover is looking for anyone who can commit to a 40- or 50-hour workweek, but it has no interest in full-time employees. It wants contract workers who are willing to toil from their homes or even in local cafes. The best people in the world arent in your Zip code, says Andy Tryba, chief executive of Crossover, in a promotional YouTube video. Which, Tryba emphasizes, also means you dont have...
  • Dying laptop legal migration to new laptop,

    11/11/2018 5:18:37 PM PST · by steveo · 74 replies
    11/11/2018 | steveo
    I have a perplexion. I need to move my lovely Windows 7 to a new laptop running the evil Windows 10. There are all sort of solutions claiming to be the easiest quickest fastus (sic) way to migrate to the new machine. I could rack my brain and make a large partition on the new machine and load a bootable system image, Leaving space for maybe a linux dist for the other. Who has done similar and what software did you use?
  • (software) activating/using Corel "Education version" software (NOT "Home and Student")

    10/27/2018 3:25:58 PM PDT · by NewJerseyJoe · 15 replies
    self | 10/27/18 | NewJerseyJoe
    Has anyone purchased an "Education version" of Corel Draw Graphics Suite? (Not the "Home and Student" version, which is a separate product.) I'm trying to find out if activating and using it is as simple as having a valid .EDU email address, or if there are more steps involved. I looked in various FAQs on the Corel site, but I couldn't find this question explicitly answered. Kind of a longshot asking here, but I know FReepers are knowledgeable about a wide spectrum of things. Thanks.
  • Former NSA software developer sentenced for keeping classified materials

    09/26/2018 5:59:58 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 9/25/18 | Andrew Blake
    Nghia Hoang Pho, a former software developer for the U.S. National Security Agency, was sentenced Tuesday in connection with removing classified material from NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland. Pho was ordered to spend 5.5 years behind bars during a hearing held in Baltimore federal court, capping off a curious case that raised questions about possible ties existing between the former NSA employee and leaks of the agencys highly capable hacking tools. A naturalized immigrant from Vietnam, Pho was hired by the NSA in 2006 and employed through 2015 as a developer for its Tailored Access Operations (TAO) division, a...
  • We Dont Need Tyrannical Big TechHere Are Some Alternatives

    09/22/2018 5:42:00 AM PDT · by vannrox · 17 replies
    Tsarism ^ | 21SEP18 | editorial staff
    Each day brings new revelations about big-tech and their tyrannical actions and monopolistic practices. It’s time those in the crosshairs of this illegal behavior look for alternatives. At the end of the day, the truth is, you don’t need to send your money, advertising eyeballs, or support to these corrupt, anti-American companies. Here are some alternatives.Google Search – Google tracks everything you do. There is no reason to give this power to someone else. Your privacy matters. Delete Chrome and change your browser to Mozilla Firefox. Change the default search engine on your device to Duck Duck Go. They don’t...
  • Assange, Infowars, & The Constitution

    08/07/2018 4:32:55 PM PDT · by vannrox · 7 replies
    The Automatic Earth ^ | 8-8-18 | Raul Ilargi Meijer
    Authored by Raul Ilargi Meijer via The Automatic Earth blog, This morning I woke up, looked around me, and saw a world sinking into a quagmire of voluntary censorship, a world willing to let someone far away choose what it can and cannot see of itself, and about itself. A world that no longer appears to recognize, or care, that this goes directly against its founding principles of liberty, freedom of speech, freedom of the press. I can think of many reasons why someone would want to ban Infowars and Alex Jones, and I dont even know them other...
  • Facial Recognition Is Accurate, if Youre a White Guy

    02/10/2018 8:38:58 PM PST · by Theoria · 59 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 09 Feb 2018 | Steve Lohr
    Facial recognition technology is improving by leaps and bounds. Some commercial software can now tell the gender of a person in a photograph. When the person in the photo is a white man, the software is right 99 percent of the time. But the darker the skin, the more errors arise up to nearly 35 percent for images of darker skinned women, according to a new study that breaks fresh ground by measuring how the technology works on people of different races and gender. These disparate results, calculated by Joy Buolamwini, a researcher at the M.I.T. Media Lab, show...
  • How to protect your PC against the major Meltdown CPU security flaw

    01/04/2018 6:45:29 AM PST · by Red Badger · 64 replies ^ | Jan 4, 2018, 8:12am EST | By Tom Warren
    Only Intel machines are affected by Meltdown Details have emerged on two major processor security flaws this week, and the industry is scrambling to issue fixes and secure machines for customers. Dubbed Meltdown and Spectre, the flaws affect nearly every device made in the past 20 years. The Meltdown flaw only affects Intel processors, and researchers have already released proof of concept code that could lead to attacks using Meltdown. The vulnerabilities allow an attacker to compromise the privileged memory of a processor by exploiting the way processes run in parallel. They also allow an attacker to use JavaScript code...
  • China-owned Opera touts big comeback [browser war]

    11/08/2017 9:23:10 AM PST · by snarkpup · 14 replies
    The Register ^ | 8 Nov 2017 at 12:02 | Andrew Orlowski
    Opera released an overhaul of its browser today, and claims to have grown its market share substantially in the year since it was acquired by a Chinese private equity company a year ago. ... Golden Brick capital completed the acquisition a year ago. Its website explains: "The Group is focused on investments in China, Russia and other countries and regions of 'One belt, One Road' area to maximize return for investors and meanwhile dedicate to the national strategy and economic development."
  • Software company expands in Guilford County (North Carolina: 80 jobs averaging $57,829 a year)

    10/13/2017 12:14:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    The News & Observer ^ | October 12, 2017 | Max Diamond
    Superion, a software company that provides service for non-profits and state governments, is expanding operations and adding jobs at its site in Guilford County. Over the next three years Superion plans to create 80 full-time jobs, at an average annual salary of $57,829, in High Point. The Guilford County average is $45,602. The company will also invest $3.6 million at the site. Currently, Superion has 170 employees in High Point. The new jobs will be in software development and customer support. Among Superions customers are law enforcement dispatch operations. The companys Freedom is a phone app that gives police call...
  • Software: New coding language Fetlang's syntax designed to read like 'poorly written erotica'

    10/10/2017 8:21:27 PM PDT · by dayglored · 13 replies
    The Register ^ | Oct 9, 2017 | Richard Chirgwin
    FR NOTE: This is a factual but humorous article about a not-terribly-serious GitHub software programming project. If you fancy whipping up a bondage loop under a BSDM licence this is the language you've been gagging for. Developers: bored with bracketing? Got a dose of escaping ennui? Why not write bad erotica instead?That's the brilliant/sick objective of a project called "Fetlang" that recently emerged on GitHub thanks to a chap called Dagan, aka Property404.As the repo's readme explains:Fetlang is a statically typed, procedural, esoteric programming language and reference implementation. It is designed such that source code looks like poorly written fetish...