Nov 302018
 

The election of Rep. Hakeem Jeffries as House Democratic Caucus chair on Wednesday represented a symbolic and substantive comeback for the wing of the party that had suffered a stunning defeat last June, when Rep. Joe Crowley was beaten by primary challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Jeffries, who represents a Brooklyn district next door to Crowley’s, bested Rep. Barbara Lee of California, who had the support of the insurgent movement that had ousted Crowley. A protege of…

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Nov 282018
 

At the start of this decade, US lawmakers drafted several controversial bills to make it easier for copyright holders to enforce their rights online. These proposals, including SOPA and PIPA, were met with fierce resistance from the public as well as major technology companies. They feared that the plans, which included pirate site-blocking measures, went too far. The public protests columnated in a massive Internet blackout. This had the desired effect, as the bills were…

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Nov 282018
 

Kevin Williamson writes an ode to the benefits of competition and capitalism, one of his themes being the changing fortunes of Apple and Microsoft over the last two decades. I’m mostly sympathetic, but in a hurry to decry “government intervention in and regulation of the part of our economy that is, at the moment, working best”, he forgets or neglects to mention the antitrust actions brought by the US government against Microsoft in the mid-to-late…

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Nov 272018
 

If you’re building a computer, your options are nearly limitless. You can get a motherboard with red LEDs, with blue LEDs, green LEDs, or if you’re feeling spendy, RGB LEDs. You can get custom-milled heat spreaders in any shape you want, as long as it’s angular and screams ‘gamer’. If you want a motherboard that doesn’t use x86 — either AMD or Intel — you’re kind of out of luck. Either it doesn’t exist, or it’s…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://hackaday.com/2018/11/26/a-sub-1000-non-x86-motherboard/

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Nov 272018
 

Amnesty International has announced a new protest campaign calling on Google to cancel its controversial plan to launch a censored search engine in China. The human rights group on Monday launched a petition against the search engine and said that on Tuesday, it will stage demonstrations outside Google offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, and Spain. Google’s plan for China would “irreparably damage internet users’ trust…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://theintercept.com/2018/11/26/google-dragonfly-project-china-amnesty-international/

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Nov 222018
 

The European Union is fumbling towards a final draft of the new “Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive,” including the controversial “Article 13,” which requires all but the smallest online platforms to set up crowdsourced databases of copyrighted works and censor anything a user posts that matches (or partially matches!) the contents of these databases. This is a system that’s ripe for abuse. Where more modest versions of these blacklist systems exist, artists find…

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Nov 202018
 

Now that the midterms are finally over, the battle against “Medicare for All” that has been quietly waged throughout the year is poised to take center stage. Internal strategy documents obtained by The Intercept and Documented reveal the strategy that private health care interests plan to use to influence Democratic Party messaging and stymie the momentum toward achieving universal health care coverage. At least 48 incoming freshman lawmakers campaigned on enacting “Medicare for All” or similar efforts to expand…

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Nov 202018
 

The time has finally come: I was served an eviction notice from my colo host, so I have moved my server and web sites over to AWS.Many of you have already begun composing a comment starting with, “Instead of Amazon, you know what you oughta do” and — thank you but no, please stop. It is done. I solicited your opinions on this a year ago, you had your chance.You can be helpful in the…

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Nov 182018
 

Regular readers know that I’m fascinated with how non-coders use Emacs and especially how (prose) writers leverage it to remove friction from the writing process. Phil Daniels over at The Copytist is a professional writer who’s working on a longish book of about 400 pages. His writing environment was centered on Microsoft Windows running Google Docs. It had, apparently, been working well for shorter projects but Google Docs just couldn’t handle the larger manuscript. Daniels…

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Nov 182018
 

The New New Anti-Semitism     Hiding Israel’s Crimes of State Behind False Claims of Victimization   I along with many others am being victimized these days. They are being labeled anti-Semites, and in some instances, self-hating Jews as well. This is a Zionist and Israeli effort to shut down our voices and punish our non-violent activism, with special venom directed at the BDS Campaign because it has become so effective in recent years. This…

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Nov 152018
 

3D models drawn in Blender work great in a computer animated virtual world but don’t always when brought into a slicer for 3D printing. Slicers require something which makes sense in the real world. And the real world is far less forgiving, as I’ve found out with my own projects which use 3D printed parts. Our [Brian Benchoff] already talked about making parts in Blender with his two-part series (here and here) so consider this…

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Nov 132018
 

Over the last few months, I’ve noticed extra calls coming in from local numbers, and if you live in the US, I suspect maybe you have too. These calls are either just dead air, or recordings that start with “Please don’t hang up.” Out of curiosity, I’ve called back on the number the call claims to be from. Each time, the message is that this number has been disconnected and is no longer in service.…

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Nov 132018
 

This summer, Nintendo made it totally clear that websites offering access to its retro-games and ROMs will not be tolerated. The Japanese game developer filed a complaint at a federal court in Arizona, accusing LoveROMS.com and LoveRETRO.co of massive copyright and trademark infringement. Faced with millions of dollars in potential damages, the operator of the sites, Jacob Mathias, swiftly took the platforms offline. The legal action also led to the shutdown several other ROM sites,…

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Nov 122018
 

2018 update.

  • Check if IP is in any spam blacklists from previous users
  • Verify the entire block hasn’t been blacklisted in any major countries by evil government censorship agencies
Nov 122018
 

At midnight on Election Day last Tuesday, vote tallies showed Republican candidates ahead in key races in Florida, Georgia, and Arizona. However, many votes remained to be counted in all three states. The stakes are high: two Senate seats (Florida and Arizona) and two governorships (Florida and Georgia), plus some lower offices. And as the count has proceeded, the Democratic candidate in each case has gained more votes than the Republican, narrowing the margin or —…

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Nov 122018
 

A few weeks ago we published an update about the forthcoming of our Librem 5 development kits when we ran into some issues which caused delays. Today we’re bringing you another update on the hardware fabrication process, as well as some pictures and a video. At the same time as the last update got posted, I was on my way to California, where we are fabricating our development kit and base boards (we are bringing…

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Nov 122018
 

Thousands of Google staff demand the company respect the rights of employees that make accusations of sexual harassment. I support this cause, but since the victims of this particular wrong are limited to Google’s workers, I think that Google’s injustices to its users (nonfree software, surveillance and tracking, soon perhaps censorship in China) are overridingly bigger wrongs. The “solutions” Google promotes for surveillance and tracking, which include “transparency” (“We tell you roughly how much we…

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Nov 112018
 

Brewers often joke that they spend more time cleaning than on any other aspect of the job. That isn’t quite true at Sapwood Cellars, but the cleaning aspect has been the biggest change from homebrewing. By comparison, wort production hasn’t been that difficult or different. Sure it took a few batches to acclimate to the efficiency and losses on our 10 bbl Forgeworks brewhouse (as with any new brewing system), made more challenging by an…

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Nov 112018
 

Academia certainly isn’t our prime focus here at TorrentFreak, but we have mentioned Elsevier repeatedly throughout the years. With a net income of roughly $3 billion and operating profits exceeding $1 billion, Elsevier is one of the largest academic publishers in the world. One that protects its business with vigor. The company has sued ‘pirate’ sites “Sci-Hub and “LibGen” for the unauthorized distribution of millions of scientific papers, for example. This resulted in a million…

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