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  • Chef CEO says hell continue to work with ICE in spite of protests

    09/24/2019 3:23:13 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 14 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | 20 September 2019 | Ron Miller
    Yesterday, software development tool maker Chef found itself in the middle of a firestorm after a Tweet called them out for doing business with DHS/ICE. Eventually it led to an influential open-source developer removing a couple of key pieces of software from the project, bringing down some parts of Chefs commercial business.Chef intends to fulfill its contract with ICE, in spite of calls to cancel it. In a blog post published this morning, Chef CEO Barry Crist defended the decision. I do not believe that it is appropriate, practical, or within our mission to examine specific government projects with...
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Update

    08/13/2019 6:44:30 AM PDT · by econjack · 110 replies
    8/13/2019 | econjack
    Yesterday I decided to let Microsoft update my version of Windows 10. Big mistake. I had three games I really liked that I think originally came with Windows XP. I liked them well enough to move them from my old machines to my new one each time I upgraded my computer. After the update, I went to play a game of FreeCell, but it was gone from the desktop, as were Mahjong and Hearts. I looked in the directory where I installed then and they were gone. I started checking online and found that Microsoft removes any of its "free...
  • [Vanity] Get It Off!!!!

    08/06/2019 8:35:19 PM PDT · by TBP · 87 replies
    Me | Today | Moi
    Hi, everyone. My computer has something called Cortana on it, and it constantly pops up and insists on trying to "help" me. (Like the government.) Does anyone know how I can disable it?
  • The Roots of Boeings 737 Max Crisis: A Regulator Relaxes Its Oversight

    07/31/2019 7:43:15 PM PDT · by xxqqzz · 57 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 27, 2019 | Natalie Kitroeff, David Gelles and Jack Nicas
    SEATTLE In the days after the first crash of Boeings 737 Max, engineers at the Federal Aviation Administration came to a troubling realization: They didnt fully understand the automated system that helped send the plane into a nose-dive, killing everyone on board. Engineers at the agency scoured their files for information about the system designed to help avoid stalls. They didnt find much. Regulators had never independently assessed the risks of the dangerous software known as MCAS when they approved the plane in 2017. More than a dozen current and former employees at the F.A.A. and Boeing who spoke...
  • <April 22> Boeings 737 Max Debacle: The Result of a Dangerously Pro-Automation Design Philosophy?

    07/20/2019 5:35:42 AM PDT · by xxqqzz · 59 replies
    Naked Capitalism ^ | April 22, 2019 | Yves Smith
    The aftermath of two crashes of Boeing 737 Max jets shortly after takeoff has led to the global grounding of the airplane. Boeing has been forced to cut production, and even so, undelivered planes are piling up. Big buyers like Southwest American Airlines have been forced to cancel flights during their peak time of year as a result of taking their 737s off line. American lengthened its 737 grounding to June 5 and Southwest, to August 5 [Update: American sent a notice to American Aadvantage members that the grounding would last through August 19]. Even though Boeing is scrambling to...
  • Deepfake porn and the ethics of being able to watch whatever your imagination desires

    05/31/2019 6:20:47 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 39 replies ^ | Friday 31 May 2019 8:22 am | Jessica Lindsay
    Pornography online attracts millions of erotica-hungry people ready to see sex on-demand. You can simply ask your phone to show you anything you desire and there it is: any time, any place. With the advent of deepfake porn, the possibilities have expanded even further, with people who have never starred in adult films looking as though theyre doing sexual acts on camera. Experts have warned that these videos enable all sorts of bad things to happen, from paedophilia to fabricated revenge porn. What are deepfakes? Deepfakes are videos and images that use deep learning AI to forge something not actually...
  • Tech giant brings software to a gun fight

    05/30/2019 6:43:24 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 40 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 30, 2019 | Jay Greene
    SAN FRANCISCO On its website, touts retailer Camping World as a leading customer of its business software, highlighting its use of products to help sales staff move product. A Camping World executive is even quoted calling Salesforces software magic. But behind the scenes in recent weeks, the Silicon Valley tech giant has delivered a different message to gun-selling retailers such as Camping World: Stop selling military-style rifles, or stop using our software. The pressure Salesforce is exerting on those retailers barring them from using its technology to market products, manage customer service operations and fulfill orders ...
  • 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...