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Court Sides With Prison Guards Who Forced Female Inmates To Expose Genitals During Training Exercise – Reason.com
Court says it is not an illegal search for guards to order women prisoners to strip naked then pull open their body cavities while men ogle them from the adjoining room, simply for the sake of a "training exercise". (A different jury found the guards innocent of inflicting cruel and unusual punishment.)
law  prison  4thAmmendment  via:reddit 
august 2019
Katy Perry Liable for $2.8m for Dark Horse Copy Right Infringement
A basic set of descending notes in a minor key is ruled to be a copyright violation. Hopefully the appeal will be successful.
law  ip-law  copyright  via:reddit 
august 2019
Clever Vanity License Plate Backfires On Man, Winds Up With Tons Of Tickets | Talk Radio 105.9 - KNRS
He put "null" as his license plate, and then got all the tickets for cars that couldn't be identified.
bug  bureaucracy  law  via:HackerNews 
august 2019
The worst sales promotion in history: Hoover's free flight fiasco
Don't offer a prize or rebate worth several times the gross sales price of your produce because people will utilize your offer and it will cost.
history  marketing  via:HackerNews 
august 2019
The Revolt of the Feminist Law Profs - The Chronicle of Higher Education
A lengthy and detailed article on the erosion of legal principals in the prosecution of sexual crimes and those who have argued against it
law  overprosecution  feminism  via:reddit 
august 2019
Unable to flip the bird | Baroque Potion
A strange confluence of laws: the artwork is illegal to sell, but the IRS insists it has substantial value.
law  taxes  personal_net 
august 2019
Black Hat: GDPR privacy law exploited to reveal personal data - BBC News
He tested and found that LOTS of companies gave away information on someone else when it was asked for via GDPR channels.
security  law  via:HackerNews 
august 2019
Banned behind bars: 20,000 books can't be read by Florida inmates
Some states, especially Florida, use unreasonable or baseless policies for banning books in prison.
prison  books  freespeech  law  via:reddit 
august 2019
Samsung pulls own ads after ditching headphone jack - Android Authority
Ads about headphone jacks (and other iPhone flaws) that Samsung pulled after their latest release has the same flaws.
hardware  mobile  via:reddit 
august 2019
The Costs of Reliability - LessWrong 2.0
Why are people more productive doing something for fun than doing the same thing as work? Because reliability has a cost. This is exploitable.
via:SlateStarCodex  productivity  startup  psychology 
august 2019
U.S. Economy: Personal Bad Behavior Isn't What Causes Poverty - Bloomberg
Bloomberg Opinion: "US conservatives say poverty is the fault of the poor for doing drugs, having kids out of wedlock, and not working hard. People in Japan do all these things, yet Japan has a high poverty rate."
economics  personal_net  via:reddit 
august 2019
Patent Application Names AI as Inventor
They decided to push the legal system. For obvious reasons, I'm sure that they will get a precedent that an AI cannot be an inventor. Also they'll get publicity.
law  ip-law  patent  ai  via:reddit 
august 2019
Cloudflare is Terminating Service for 8Chan
I keep being impressed by Cloudflare's policies. This is no exception.
cloudflare  ethics  freespeech  via:reddit 
august 2019
Libraries are fighting to preserve your right to borrow e-books (opinion) - CNN
Ebook publishers are trying to restrict how libraries can use ebooks even more strictly then the restrictions already in place.
law  copyright  library 
august 2019
We could fund the transition to green energy with 10-30% of the world's fossil fuel subsidy / Boing Boing
If we spent less than 1/3 of the world's fossil fuel subsidy as a green energy subsidy the green energy would be cheaper.
economics  environment  via:boingboing 
august 2019
Elsevier: "It's illegal to Sci-Hub." Also Elsevier: "We link to Sci-Hub all the time." / Boing Boing
Elsevier claims even linking to SciHub is illegal but they do it lots since both their researchers and their reviewers / editors are volunteers.
Elsevier  science_publishing  via:boingboing  law  copyright  Sci-Hub 
august 2019
Here's how the deficit performed under Republican and Democratic presidents, from Reagan to Trump | PolitiFact
"Reagan took the deficit from $70 billion to $175 billion. Bush 41 took it to $300 billion. Clinton got it to zero. Bush 43 took it from zero to $1.2 trillion. Obama halved it to $600 billion. Trump’s got it back to a trillion."
politics  economics 
august 2019
‘No One Will Hurt You,’ a SWAT Officer Promised an Hour After Houston Cops Killed a Couple Falsely Accused of Selling Heroin – Reason.com
I don't know how reliable the reporting is, but this seems to indict most of the police department in a cover-up, and a couple of officers in clear murder.
police  policeabuse 
july 2019
Safe Deposit Boxes Aren’t Safe - The New York Times
Safe deposit boxes are mostly unregulated and cases of loss caused by the bank abound.
banking  via:HackerNews  nytimes 
july 2019
Meet Alex, the Russian Casino Hacker Who Makes Millions Targeting Slot Machines | WIRED
Wired claims this man can reverse engineer the PRNGs in slot machines and make a profit. It's illegal in the US, but not everywhere.
hacking  via:HackerNews  random  math 
july 2019
Mathematician Solves Computer Science Conjecture in Two Pages | Quanta Magazine
For 30 years the brightest minds in computer science tried this easy-to-explain problem and failed. The proof is beautiful and incredibly short (1.5 pages written out carefully; abbreviated fits in a tweet).
math  computerscience  via:reddit 
july 2019
Court Determines That This Duck Doesn't Look Enough Like Another Duck To Be Infringing | Techdirt
Court: if it looks vaguely like a duck, it isn't a copyright violation of the other guy's duck. This is a good example to quote in certain contexts to illustrate a point about the scope of copyright.
law  ip-law  copyright 
july 2019
Do-nothing scripting: the key to gradual automation – Dan Slimmon
A good idea: build a script that prints out instructions for the manual steps of a task. Then it becomes easy to automate one step at a time.
via:HackerNews 
july 2019
Stompie: The Mandela Way T-34 Tank – London, England - Atlas Obscura
If you ever get upset at local government, just think of this -- perhaps the best revenge possible.
funny  via:reddit 
july 2019
The Village Where Every Cop Has Been Convicted of Domestic Violence — ProPublica
It could be worse... at least most places in the country don't have a police force that is entirely staffed with recently convicted criminals.
police  via:reddit  personal_net 
july 2019
If this type of dark matter existed, people would be dying of unexplained ‘gunshot’ wounds | Science | AAAS
We can rule out dark matter being made of particles that interact with normal matter and have about the same energy as a bullet from a 22. Because if it existed, it would be frequent enough to show up in death statistics.
science  physics  via:HackerNews  ScientificMethod 
july 2019
Lyme disease: is a solution on the way? | Science | The Guardian
Claim: Lyme disease vaccines were killed by anti-vax movement; cures not found as scientists refuse to believe the patient's symptoms are real. I'm somewhat skeptical.
via:rachel  medicine  TheGuardian 
july 2019
How are heavier-than-iron elements created?
In the "bounce" when a star collapses, forms a neutron star, and rebounds. Also when two neutron stars collide.
science  physics  via:reddit 
july 2019
The boy was dying. Zebrafish helped save his life - STAT
Quick research replicated the child's unique mutation in an animal model, allowing researchers to test numerous drugs and find one that was effective in time to save the child's life.
medicine  via:HackerNews  science 
july 2019
Excessive fines? Florida city hits homeowners with massive penalties
Cities are imposing absurd fines on homeowners. One case: $100,000 to someone whose home had bern taken over by the bank because the grass wasn't mowed short enough.
law  via:reddit 
july 2019
The First Complete Brain Wiring Diagram of Any Species Is Here
The physical structure of all 307 neurons in c-elegens (sp) has been mapped much better than it was before.
science  via:reddit 
july 2019
"Digital gangsters" Facebook are frantically trying to find out who leaked thousands of internal documents
Facebook isn't happy that some journalists got internal documents. They want to make a court help them find and stop the leak.
journalism  law  facebook  via:HackerNews 
july 2019
Latacora - The PGP Problem
Don't use PGP -- it was designed before the modern era in encryption and it's security sucks while it's usability is famously horrible.
cryptography  via:HackerNews  programming 
july 2019
King -Man +Woman = King ? - Netherlands eScience Center
The examples they give for how awesome word2vec is are mostly lies.
NaturalLanguageProcessing  ai  via:HackerNews 
july 2019
A new image format for the Web  |  WebP  |  Google Developers
Google's new image format. It's smaller than png or jpeg. It does lossless and lossy.
images  webdevelopment  webdesign  webdev 
july 2019
Zoom Zero Day: 4+ Million Webcams & maybe an RCE? Just get them to visit your website!
A serious security issue in zoom (on Mac it installs a web server locally which does things like launching the zoom client). Also a very clear example of responsible disclosure by a professional.
security  zoom  via:HackerNews 
july 2019
How I Made $8,000 per Month Podcasting, and Why You Probably Don’t Want To
He had a niche podcast. He found sponsors which was hard but lucrative. He found sponsors for other podcasts. Then he took a new job and quit selling ads. Podcasting was good for his career and his skills.
podcasting  marketing  via:HackerNews 
july 2019
Voting Machine Makers Claim The Names Of The Entities That Own Them Are Trade Secrets | Techdirt
If I had known this one day earlier I would have brought it up at the meeting of my county board deciding what voting machine manufacturer to use.
voting  secrecy 
july 2019
If Sapiens were a blog post | Neil Kakkar
A quick summary of the book Sapiens (which I'm currently reading for book club).
books  todo 
july 2019
New Approach Could Sink Floating Point Computation
There is ACTUALLY a credible alternative to IEEE 754 for floating point.
floatingpoint  programming  computerscience  via:HackerNews 
july 2019
Trump Once Railed Against Presidents Using Teleprompters — Now He’s Blaming One for His ‘Airports’ Gaffe - politics
An analysis of a particular error Trump made in a speech, and mapping that back to the fact that he is not a very proficient reader.
DonaldTrump  reading  teaching 
july 2019
The Damage Donald Trump has Done to the US Abroad
Everyone else is allying to avoid depending on us. Also we drove off all the qualified diplomats.
DonaldTrump  politics  via:reddit 
july 2019
'Things have changed': Pa. considers repealing outdated Sunday laws | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pennsylvania has lots of blue laws. The Republicans in the state legislature want to get rid of them.
law  local  via:reddit 
july 2019
The Coming Boeing Bailout?
A rant about how Boeing changed from an engineer-led company to one led by bean-counters.
business  via:HackerNews 
july 2019
A better zip bomb
Flaws in the design of the zip file format make it abuseable in interesting ways.
security  via:reddit 
july 2019
Trump's Reversal on the Census Citizenship Question - The Atlantic
Even a judge can't get the Trump administration to know what Trump's policy is.
DonaldTrump  law  via:reddit 
july 2019
New Law Forces Dozens on Tennessee’s Sex Offender Registry From Their Homes - The Appeal
The legislators admit their goal is to make life so impossible that they drive former sex offenders out of their borders. Or in this case, drive a man who was never tried but agreed to probation away from his daughter.
sexoffenders  via:reddit  law 
july 2019
One Program Written in Python, Go, and Rust – Nicolas Hahn
He compares a real (but simple) program in Python, Go, and Rust. Rust has more bare-metal speed. Python is more readable and faster to code (also it uses a library, but he considers that typical and thus fair).
languagedesign  programming  programminglanguages  golang  rust  python  via:HackerNews 
july 2019
Ethnic Tension And Meaningless Arguments | Slate Star Codex
A lot of argument is just an attempt to associate bad or good things with a concept. This isn't how philosophy says we decide things but it does seem to describe observed behavior.
ScottAlexander  philosophy  via:SlateStarCodex  SlateStarCodex 
june 2019
Everything Everywhere Is Securities Fraud - Bloomberg
Not informing the public about something bad is a securities crime, so doing anything bad is necessarily a securities crime. Even for a non-US company, if someone else sells things based on your stock price you are committing US securities fraud (so says SCOTUS by rejecting an appeal).
law  finance  via:HackerNews 
june 2019
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