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Vladimir Putin signs internet-censorship bills
Publishing “unreliable socially significant information” can lead to big fines.
censorship  authoritarianism 
1 hour ago
Telstra blocks access to 4chan, 8chan, LiveLeak in Australia
Telstra and other internet service providers have made the extraordinary decision to block access to 4chan ...
censorship  ISP 
2 hours ago
Erdogan shows NZ attack video at rallies
New Zealand says airing footage of the mosque attacks at Turkish rallies endangers its citizens.
authoritarianism  mesopotamia  religion 
3 hours ago
Trump Has Retweeted at Least Four White Nationalist Accounts That Were Later Suspended
Trump says it’s “ridiculous” to connect him to the New Zealand attack, but his embrace of white-nationalist extremists has happened in plain sight.
trumpPropaganda  racism 
3 hours ago
California Becomes 20th State to Introduce Right to Repair This Year
California just introduced Right to Repair legislation, making it the 20th state to propose legislation in 2019 and the second year in a row Right to Repair has been considered in California.
localizedGovernment  intellectualProperty  informationOwnership  corporateIndemnity  corporateConsolidation  win 
3 hours ago
Luna 2
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23 hours ago
Applying machine learning to March Madness. Check out my first repo here and my associated blog post . I've tried to make this repository extensible enough so…
A quick history of why Asians wear surgical masks in public
This item has been corrected. On the 7 train that connects Manhattan to the bustling ethnic enclave of Flushing, Queens, it’s becoming more and more common to…
Introducing the OpenJS Foundation: The Next Phase of JavaScript Ecosystem Growth
Node.js Foundation Mar 12 After six months of careful consideration and an immense amount of community feedback and collaboration, the Node.js Foundation and…
Scientists Create a Material That Can Block Sound, But Not Air or Light
By combining math with 3D printing, researchers from Boston University have created a new material that seemingly defies logic: light and air have no trouble passing through it — but sound cannot.
A Federal Civil Rights Office Wants to Limit Access to Emotional-Support Animals That Can Help With Depression
The Department of Housing and Urban Development is moving forward with a proposal that could limit people’s right to live with so-called emotional-support…
CAs Reissue Over One Million Weak Certificates
CAs Reissue Over One Million Weak Certificates

Turns out that the software a bunch of CAs used to generate public-key certificates was flawed: they created…
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Happy St. Patrick's Day, hacks and hackers. Hacks/Hackers London has a…
Emerging land use practices rapidly increase soil organic matter
Agricultural practices can degrade soil conditions through the loss of organic matter, a situation that will be exacerbated with growing populations. Here, the authors show that converting cropland to management intensive grazing can rapidly improve soil quality and increase organic matter concentrations.
2 days ago
Republican Congressman Proposes Blockchain Technology In Government To Encourage Transparency
Republican Leader of U.S House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy has endorsed the use of blockchain technology in government to bolster the institution’s efficiency and transparency. McCarthy was addressing a select committee on March 12th when he made suggestions to modernize Congress. He cited the fact that blockchain technology is revolutionising security within the financial sector and that the US government should consider it in order to aid with the transformation of making legislative processes more transparent. McCarthy asked the committee: “Why would we wait around and why wouldn’t we institute blockchain on our own?” He added: “As technology continues to …
blockchain  governmentIgnorance 
2 days ago
Delaware moves to give its Electoral College votes to the popular vote winner
The Delaware House voted 24-17 to join an alliance of states that want to combine all their Electoral College votes and pledge them to presidential candidates who win the national
localizedGovernment  win 
2 days ago
We'll go after big tech if necessary because DC is doing nothing: Arizona attorney general
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said he and other state AGs are willing to go after tech giants who “dominate market share.”
notSiliconValley  popularUnrest 
2 days ago
U.S. federal court jury finds Apple infringed three Qualcomm patents
Mobile chipmaker Qualcomm has chalked up another small legal victory against Apple in another patent litigation suit. A jury in a U.S. federal court in San Diego found Friday that Apple owes Qualcomm about $31M for infringing three patents, per Reuters. As we reported earlier the San Diego patent s…
intellectualProperty  judicialStupidity  corporateCorruption 
2 days ago
Trump is cornered, with violence on his mind. We must be on red alert
As investigators close in, the president invokes the support of the military, police and vigilantes. This is a perilous moment
2 days ago
At least 13 civilians, including 9 children and a village's lone doctor, were killed in an American airstrike in Naser Khil in eastern Afghanistan
Two houses were struck, leaving nine children dead, a tribal elder said. The United States said the target was a Taliban operations center.
mesopotamia  militaryIncompetence 
2 days ago
Dormant viruses activate during spaceflight, putting future deep-space missions in jeopardy - Herpes viruses reactivate in more than half of crew aboard Space Shuttle and International Space Station missions, according to new NASA research, which could pr
Herpes viruses reactivate in more than half of crew aboard Space Shuttle and International Space Station missions, according to NASA research published in Frontiers in Microbiology. While only a small proportion develop symptoms, virus reactivation rates increase with spaceflight duration and could present a significant health risk on missions to Mars and beyond.
2 days ago
NY AG: President Trump Must Personally Pay $8.4 Million to Settle Lawsuit Against Trump Foundation
President Donald Trump used his personal charity to benefit his 2016 presidential campaign in violation of the law and is now subject to massive fines, according to New York Attorney General Letitia James.
2 days ago
Washington Senate passes bill that would keep Trump off 2020 ballot unless he releases tax returns
Washington’s state Senate passed a bill this week that would drop President Trump from the state’s 2020 presidential ballot until he releases his tax returns.
localizedGovernment  win  corruptedPolitics 
2 days ago
Types are moving to the right
Roman Elizarov Mar 16 If you take a look at statically-typed programming languages that are still popular today but were designed in the previous century,…
2 days ago
The Secret to Becoming an Annoyingly Productive Early Morning Person | Nick Wignall
3 reasons why a boring evening routine is essential to becoming a productive morning person. I’ve been accused on several occasions of being “one of those…
2 days ago
Syrian Human Rights Lawyers Use Precedent Set in Rohingya Case to Try to Bring Government Officials Before the International Criminal Court
Syrian activists and lawyers are testing the bounds of international law, making two new attempts to bring the government of Bashar al-Assad before the…
3 days ago
Cruz Fined $35K by FEC for Keeping Voters in the Dark About Over $1 Million in Loans
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) fined Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) $35,000 for failing to adequately disclose loans he had obtained for his 2012 Senate bid.
3 days ago
Trump just called immigration an 'invasion.' So did the New Zealand shooter.
President Trump and a New Zealand shooter have picked some eerily similar words.
On Friday morning in Christchurch, New Zealand, attacks by at least one shooter at two mosques left 49 people dead. The alleged gunman, who has been arrested, was found to have a manifesto where he declared “we are experiencing an invasion on a level never seen before in history,” per The Kansas City Star. The purported shooter specifically decried the “millions of people pouring across our borders.”
Hours later, a shockingly similar phrase came from the president. Trump, after vetoing a bill that would’ve blocked his national emergency declaration to access border wall funding, briefly condemned the shooting before pivoting back to border talk. There are “crimes of all kinds coming through our southern border,” Trump said, adding that “people hate the word ‘invasion,’ but that’s what it is.” Shortly after Trump calls the attack in New Zealand, where shooter called his victims “invaders,” a “horrible thing,” he goes on to talk ab
trumpPropaganda  immigration  cultureWars  racism 
3 days ago
r/4chan - /pol/ member commits mass shooting in New Zealand causing 4chan and other sites to be nationally blocked
level 1 Alimentas 624 points · 1 day ago Worth noting that he's a /pol/ poster from 8chan, not 4chan. level 2 RedditFortuneAdvisor Original Poster 242 points ·…
3 days ago
The Intercept Shuts Down Access to Snowden Trove
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast/Getty Images First Look Media announced Wednesday that it was shutting down access to whistleblower Edward…
3 days ago
Hemant Mohapatra @ MohapatraHemant So @lyft is paying $8m/mo to @AWS -- almost $100m/yr! Each ride costs $.14 in AWS rent. I keep hearing they could build their…
3 days ago
I Was Cited in a Court Decision
I Was Cited in a Court Decision

An article I co-wrote -- my first law journal article -- was cited by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court -- the state…
3 days ago
An early look at Android Q
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4 days ago
When "Zoë" !== "Zoë". Or why you need to normalize Unicode strings | With Blue Ink
Sooner or later, this hits every developer: This is not another one of JavaScript’s oddities , and I could have shown you the very same result with code in…
4 days ago
Supporting old browsers without hurting everyone
Supporting old browsers without hurting everyone (2019-03-06) Supporting old browsers doesn’t necessarily mean sending loads of JS to everyone. Tags: bundling…
4 days ago
The Definitive Guide to Web Scraping with NodeJs & Puppeteer
So you’ve probably heard of Web Scraping and what you can do with it, and you’re probably here because you want some more info on it. Web Scraping is basically…
4 days ago
Addressing Spotify’s Claims
Josh Rosenstock Apple (408) 862-1142 Adam Howorth Apple +44-2071-841202 Apple Media Helpline (408)…
4 days ago
Space Age hand tools in the Maker Age
tl;dr How I 3D printed a Volkswagen hand tool from a 1960 blueprint, realizing a half-century-old vision of locally-made equipment. I recently got inspired by a…
4 days ago
Free Shipping — Real Life
Image: From the series Animal Farm (2014) by Chou Ching-Hui. Inkjet Print. © Chou Ching-Hui, courtesy Chini Gallery, Taipei. We are increasingly surrounded by…
4 days ago
147-8: Mass. House Overwhelmingly Votes To Ban Conversion Therapy For Minors
The legislation prevents state-licensed therapists from attempting to change a minor’s sexual orientation or gender identity.
sexism  win  governmentIncompetence 
4 days ago
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