Jul 092020
 

GRAND RAPIDS, MI—Desperately attempting to free himself from a lingering sense of paranoia, local man Adreese Fowler admitted Wednesday that he just couldn’t seem to shake the creeping sensation that someone other than the government, his employer, and advertisers was watching him. “I keep getting this eerie feeling…Read more…

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Jul 052020
 

Back in May we reported on work being done for a readfile() system call to read small files more efficiently. Greg Kroah-Hartman has now volleyed those patches for review on the kernel mailing list for this improvement for reading small to medium file sizes on Linux systems…

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Jul 042020
 

Rep. Liz Cheney, daughter of Dick, is trying to prolong her father’s endless war in Afghanistan. You would think that every Democrat would be united in opposing such a policy, right? Well, you would be wrong. A paratrooper watches as an aircraft flies overhead while dropping supplies in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, on November 9, 2007. US Army / Spc. Micah E. Clare It’s not every day that you wake up in your blue state and…

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Jul 042020
 

If you spent your youth watching James Bond or similar movies on rainy Saturday afternoons, then you may be familiar with a microdot as a top-secret piece of spy equipment, usually revealed as having been found attached to a seemingly innocuous possession of one of the bad guy’s henchmen, which when blown up on the screen delivers the cryptic yet vital clue to the location of the Evil Lair. Not something you give much thought…

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Jul 042020
 

Like many of us, [John Whittington] was saddened with the news that John Horton Conway passed away a little earlier this year, and in honor of his work, he added the Game of Life to a flip-dot display that he has been working on. The physicality of an electromechanical display seems particularly fitting for cellular automata. Like what you see? If you’re curious about what makes it all tick, the display shown is an Alfa-Zeta…

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Jul 042020
 

I’ve seen a lot of people — including those who are supporting the publishers’ legal attack on the Internet Archive — insist that they “support libraries,” but that the Internet Archive’s Open Library and National Emergency Library are “not libraries.” First off, they’re wrong. But, more importantly, it’s good to see actual librarians now coming out in support of the Internet Archive as well. The Association of Research Libraries has put out a statement asking…

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Jul 042020
 

The day before a committee debate and vote on the EARN IT Act, the bill’s sponsors replaced their bill with an amended version. Here’s their new idea: instead of giving a 19-person federal commission, dominated by law enforcement, the power to regulate the Internet, the bill now effectively gives that power to state legislatures.  And instead of requiring that Internet websites and platforms comply with the commission’s “best practices” in order to keep their vital…

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Jul 042020
 

This week, two major library organizations affirmed their commitment to the longstanding and widespread library practice of digitizing physical books they own and lending out secured digital versions. The practice, controlled digital lending (CDL), is the digital equivalent of traditional library lending.  The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) joined hundreds of individual libraries and supporters in signing a public position statement in support of controlled digital…

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Jul 042020
 

Matt Saincome knows that compared to many of the startup acquisitions that we write about on TechCrunch, selling a website for a little over $1 million (mostly cash, with a little stock) isn’t a huge deal. “But in the world of punk comedy media? Whoo boy!” he said. Saincome is happy to poke fun at himself — he is the co-founder and CEO of a satirical punk news website, after all — but he also…

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Jul 042020
 

These days, reading the monthly jobs report can feel like opening a time capsule. According to the data for June, which was released today, the recovery from the COVID-19 recession was still chugging along as of the middle of last month, when the two surveys that form the backbone of the report were conducted. The unemployment rate fell from 13.3 percent in May to 11.1 percent in June, and 4.8 million more people were employed…

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Jul 042020
 

In the House of Representatives, militarist Democrats and militarist Republicans are working together to keep the war in Afghanistan going. 16 Democrats in the senate helped defeat an amendment to repeal the authorization for use of military force. The amendment would also have withdrawn US troops from Afghanistan, but I think repealing the authorization is even bigger. Compared with past attempts, having 40 senators vote for this is a lot of progress. In a few…

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Jul 042020
 

Should the police be able to force Google to turn over identifying information on every phone within a certain geographic area—potentially hundreds or thousands of devices—just because a crime occurred there? We don’t think so. As we argued in an amicus brief filed recently in People v. Dawes, a case in San Francisco Superior Court, this is a general search and violates the Fourth Amendment. The court is scheduled to hear the defendant’s motion to…

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Jul 012020
 

Today, in an unprecedented decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the state of Montana must provide funding for religious education as part of its school voucher tax credit program — despite the fact that the Montana Constitution forbids government aid for religious education and activities. The court’s opinion in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue marks an alarming sea change in the law and calls into question the continued validity of similar provisions in dozens…

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Jul 012020
 

Or was target practice for a Death Star? Astronomers are on the hunt for a rare gigantic star located 75 million light years away that seems to have disappeared after nearly 20 years of observations.…

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Jun 152020
 

griffincandey:So, the bar I work at opened back up last night, and I gotta say, y’all: Just fucking don’t go to restaurants right now. Just don’t do it.I understand that people want to support restaurants that they love, but there’s a level of nonchalance here that really betrays how poorly America is dealing with this pandemic.America has a considerably higher rate of COVID cases and fatalities in relation to our population than most other countries.…

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Jun 152020
 

In the previous post I briefly mentioned ongoing work about adding interactive train station and airport maps to KDE Itinerary. Here are some more details on what this is about. Goals Some of the public transport backend services actually provide links to images or PDF files with a map for all stops or stations involved in a journey, showing those would be fairly straightforward and would even give us the official maps of the corresponding…

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Jun 152020
 

On June 12, the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, issued a 13-page opinion in Level the Playing Field v Federal Election Commission, 19-5117. The decision says the Commission’s policy of limiting the general election debates to candidates who are at 15% at the polls in September does not violate any federal campaign laws. The ruling says, “American politics has, for most of American history, been organized around two parties.” The ruling says the 15%…

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Jun 152020
 

Language matters – though replacing ‘blacklist’ with ‘blocklist’ is a pain when you’re listing blocks, apparently GitHub will drop the term “master” as the default branch name from its hosted repositories in response to protests about ingrained racism.…

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