Tesla Suspension Breakage: It’s Not The Crime, It’s The Coverup – Slashdot

You find a fault in a Tesla. You ask for repairs. Tesla comes back offering 50% of the repair price, but only if you promise to not tell anyone about the problem you found! This offer, to repair a defective part in exchange for a non-disclosure agreement, is unheard of in the auto industry. More Read more about Tesla Suspension Breakage: It’s Not The Crime, It’s The Coverup – Slashdot[…]

Microsoft removes the X to close the Windows 10 update after they decided the closing X meant yes, do it now

Recently, Microsoft’s policy had been to throw up a dialogue box asking you whether you wanted to install Windows 10. If you clicked the red “X” to close the box – the tried-and-tested way to make dialogue boxes vanish without agreeing to do anything – Microsoft began taking that as permission for the upgrade to Read more about Microsoft removes the X to close the Windows 10 update after they decided the closing X meant yes, do it now[…]

Linksys WRT routers won’t block open source firmware despite FCC rules

Linksys has been collaborating with chipmaker Marvell and the makers of OpenWrt to make sure its latest WRT routers can comply with the new rules without blocking open source firmware, company officials told Ars. Linksys’s effort stands in contrast with TP-Link, which said it would entirely prevent loading of open source firmware on its routers Read more about Linksys WRT routers won’t block open source firmware despite FCC rules[…]

The Trouble With the TPP, Day 50: The Case Against Ratifying the Trans Pacific Partnership – Michael Geist

Nearly two-and-a-half months ago, I started a daily examination of the Trans Pacific Partnership focused on the intellectual property and digital policy issues raised by the agreement. My initial plan for the Trouble with the TPP series was to write for one month leading up to the planned signing in New Zealand on February 4th. Read more about The Trouble With the TPP, Day 50: The Case Against Ratifying the Trans Pacific Partnership – Michael Geist[…]

Oxford Prof calulates how long it would take for large-scale conspiracies to reveal themselves

Dr Grimes initially created an equation to express the probability of a conspiracy being either deliberately uncovered by a whistle-blower or inadvertently revealed by a bungler. This factors in the number of conspirators, the length of time, and even the effects of conspirators dying, whether of old age or more nefarious means, for those conspiracies Read more about Oxford Prof calulates how long it would take for large-scale conspiracies to reveal themselves[…]

Lenovo, still spying on all PCs

Following up Lenovo’s blunders regarding the Superfish malware and altered BIOS, Michael Horowitz at ComputerWorld reports that a refurbished ThinkPad he bought includes Lenovo spyware under the guise of “Customer Feedback”. After some digging around, he found the following in a support document: “Lenovo says here that all ThinkPad, ThinkCentre and ThinkStation PCs, running Windows Read more about Lenovo, still spying on all PCs[…]

381 Wikipedia editors ban hammered for extorting article subjects to pay “protection money”

Wikipedia is no stranger to scandals, but a quiet update on its administrators’ announcement board reveals a big problem. The site’s CheckUser team recently banned 381 editors’ accounts for “undisclosed paid advocacy.” In other words, these Wikipedians were secretly shilling for brands and even resorting to extortion. The scam is relatively straightforward. Using sockpuppet accounts, Read more about 381 Wikipedia editors ban hammered for extorting article subjects to pay “protection money”[…]

Massive 36 volume collection of KGB information given to the UK released to public

From 1972 onwards, until his retirement in 1984, he took extensive manuscript notes of many of the papers passing through his hands. Following his retirement he organised this material geographically and typed out systematic studies of KGB operations in different parts of the world in 10 volumes. He and his family and his archive were Read more about Massive 36 volume collection of KGB information given to the UK released to public[…]

Predicting Successful Memes using Network and Community Structure [on Twitter]

Lilian Weng, Filippo Menczer, Yong-Yeol Ahn from Cornell University have created a model that can take a small amount of tweets and tell 2 months in advance whether the tweets will go viral and become a meme or not. This is a network based model, that takes into account: connectivity: number of early adopters, size Read more about Predicting Successful Memes using Network and Community Structure [on Twitter][…]

Police will have ‘backdoor’ access to health records despite opt-out, says MP

The database that will store the entire nation’s health records has a series of "backdoors" that will allow police and government bodies to access people’s medical data. David Davis MP, a former shadow home secretary, told the Guardian he has established that police will be able to access the health records of patients when investigating Read more about Police will have ‘backdoor’ access to health records despite opt-out, says MP[…]

Patent strike on Google by evil empire

Nortel went bankrupt in 2009. In 2011, it held an auction for its massive patent portfolio. The winners of the auction were Apple, Microsoft, Sony, RIM, and others, who bought the patents for $4.5 billion as a consortium named Rockstar Bidco.  http://m.slashdot.org/story/193739 Great. They want to stop Google from being a search engine. Patents are really good for Read more about Patent strike on Google by evil empire[…]

Call yourself a ‘hacker’, lose your 4th Amendment right against seizures

The court has struggled over the issue of allowing the copying of the hard drive. This is a serious invasion of privacy and is certainly not a standard remedy… The tipping point for the court comes from evidence that the defendants – in their own words – are hackers. By labeling themselves this way, they Read more about Call yourself a ‘hacker’, lose your 4th Amendment right against seizures[…]

U.S. Terrorism Agency Granted Unprecedented Access to Citizens’ Files

Counterterrorism officials wanted to create a government dragnet, sweeping up millions of records about U.S. citizens—even people suspected of no crime. Not everyone was on board. “This is a sea change in the way that the government interacts with the general public,” Mary Ellen Callahan, chief privacy officer of the Department of Homeland Security, argued Read more about U.S. Terrorism Agency Granted Unprecedented Access to Citizens’ Files[…]

Piracy and Movie Revenues: Box office sales went down after they closed MegaUpload

Exogenous variation comes from the unexpected shutdown of the popular file hosting platform Megaupload.com on January 19, 2012. The estimation strategy is based on a quasi difference-in-differences approach. We compare box office revenues before and after the shutdown to a matched control group of movies unaffected by the shutdown. We find that the shutdown had Read more about Piracy and Movie Revenues: Box office sales went down after they closed MegaUpload[…]

Megaupload framed by FBI claims Kim Dotcom

Evidence has emerged showing the Department of Homeland Security served a search warrant on Mr Dotcom’s file-sharing company Megaupload in 2010 which he claims forced it to preserve pirated movies found in an unrelated piracy investigation. The 39 files were identified during an investigation into the NinjaVideo website, which had used Megaupload’s cloud storage to Read more about Megaupload framed by FBI claims Kim Dotcom[…]

The Biggest New Spying Program You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

The National Counterterrorism Center is now allowed to buy and keep large databases of information on their own nationals, even though they are not suspected of anything. Not only that, but they can share their information with anyone they want. To top it off, they have no practical form of oversight at all. The Biggest Read more about The Biggest New Spying Program You’ve Probably Never Heard Of[…]

UK proposes to allow Google to digitise all copywriten works with no renumeration

Granted, copyright is a fussy subject which stifles innovation and freedom, but copyright holders are entitled to at least /some/ protection, at least for some time! The UK government is considering a proposal to allow anyone to digitise anything and use the data for commercial purposes unless the creator of the content ‘opts out’ from Read more about UK proposes to allow Google to digitise all copywriten works with no renumeration[…]