Florida inmate says prison sold him $569 of music, then took it away | Ars Technica
Prisons sold $100 and $200 music players, and sold music at $1.70 per song. Then after a few years they found a new vendor and told prisoners at best they could send their music library on CD to someone outside the prison.
law  via:reddit  prison  drm 
7 hours ago
The Latest In Trademark Abuse Is Registering Marks To Obtain Ownership Of Instagram Accounts | Techdirt
People are now filing frivolous trademarks in order to take over popular or valuable Instagram accounts.
law  ip-law  trademark  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
16 hours ago
Supreme Court says constitutional protection against excessive fines applies to state actions - The Washington Post
Timbs v. Indiana - Unanimous SCOTUS says 8th amendment prohibits states (as well as feds) from imposing excessive fines.
law  forfeiture  via:reddit 
Fatal Houston PD Drug Raid Apparently Predicated On Drugs A Cop Had Stashed In His Car | Techdirt
Apparently the police made up a claim about drugs from an "informant" who apparently doesn't exist, then burst in and murdered the residents of the house, who were shooting them with guns later shown not to exist.
police  policeabuse  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
New Allegations Against Zak Smith Spotlight Rampant Harassment In The RPG Industry - The Fandomentals
There may be ample evidence that he is an unpleasant person, but I don't support holding lynchings without some sort of judicial review.
ethics  D&D  lynching  via:googlenow 
LucasFilm Tells Darth Vader that Return of the Jedi Hasn't Made a Profit!? – /Film
Return of the Jedi (one of the most successful films of all time -- one of the 15 highest grossing if you adjust for inflation -- has not yet officially made a profit so it isn't paying residuals to its actors.
via:Techdirt  finance  law 
2 days ago
Programming Interview Questions Are Too Hard and Too Short - Triplebyte Blog
Actual study (no results shown here) says use easier questions to balance the false positives and false negatives.
hiring  softwaredevelopment  via:slashdot 
2 days ago
Why a Grape Turns Into a Fireball in a Microwave | WIRED
A sliced grape (or two grapes side by side) can focus microwaves enough to generate a plasma and a big explosion when put in a microwave oven.
science  physics  via:HackerNews 
3 days ago
CISA issued its first Emergency Directive
Someone is using DNS hijacking to make probes or outright attacks against US government systems. The recently-formed US government agency has now issued instructions to protect against DNS hijacking.
security  via:HackerNews 
4 days ago
Google, Apple Called Out For Hosting Saudi Government App That Allows Men To Track Their Spouses' Movements | Techdirt
Interesting point. The Saudi government has sponsored building an app to allow men to track and control where the women they own are allowed to travel (yeah, that's overstating it). Why should app stores host this?
sexism  law  appstore  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
8 days ago
Equifax mystery: Where is the data?
The Equifax data (full credit bureau data on half the population of the US) never turned up anywhere and hasn't (obviously) been used. The guess is that it was a government actor.
security  via:slashdot 
8 days ago
Pumping Breast Milk Changes Its Microbiome
It's not well understood yet, but apparently this was a serious and meaningful study.
breastfeeding  via:GoogleNews 
8 days ago
Forced into arbitration, 12,500 drivers claim Uber won’t pay fees to launch cases | Reuters
Uber squashed a class action lawsuit because of their mandatory arbitration clause. Uber refused the litigants' offer to arbitrate 9 cases then mediate an overall agreement. Now Uber is actually arbitrating 6 of 12,500 cases... and just doing nothing for the rest!
law  arbitration  via:reddit 
9 days ago
‘Sleeping with the boss’ rumor is sex discrimination: 4th Circuit | Reuters
One US appeals court determines that taking workplace action against a woman because of rumors she was sleeping with the boss is illegal sex discrimination.
law  sexism  via:reddit 
9 days ago
Jsonnet - The Data Templating Language
A programming language specifically designed for building JSON templates.
languages  languagedesign  programming  template 
10 days ago
Quick D: Ambiguous Cylinder - YouTube
An optical illusion that is incredibly striking and is done with actual physical objects, but only works from one angle.
opticalillusion  via:reddit 
10 days ago
Who Regulates My Bank?
Helpful page to find Bank regulators.
banking  useful  via:reddit 
11 days ago
Google wrongly terminated our new business via our Google Play Developer Account
Google's App Store killed my company because of an unappealable "association" with some other individual and a complete inability to communicate with them.
appstore  google  customerservice  via:HackerNews 
11 days ago
RFC 7231 - Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP/1.1): Semantics and Content
Instead of telling people that certain HTTP methods are supposed to be idempotent, I should give out this link to the spec definitions of "safe" and "idempotent" which are clearly specified and explained.
standards  web  http  REST  reference  via:HackerNews 
11 days ago
Alabama Executes Muslim After Justices Rule He Doesn't Need Imam By His Side : NPR
I find this profoundly wrong. The state arguably is establishing a religion (only a Christian minister is allowed). The case is denied because it is presented too late, filed a mere 5 days after his request for an Imam was denied.
law  ethics  via:reddit  npr 
12 days ago
Reflecting on My Failure to Build a Billion-Dollar Company
His company had VC but it didn't grow as explosively as they needed it to. Instead he laid off the workforce and grew it slowly. Maybe wealth shouldn't be the only measure of success.
startup  via:HackerNews 
13 days ago
Juul's strategy for success: target children, steadily ramp up nicotine levels / Boing Boing
Companies selling nicotine delivery systems have become really, really exploitative.
via:boingboing  evil  drugs 
13 days ago
Kleptocracy Is on the Rise in America - The Atlantic
US banking KYC laws exempt real estate transactions. In fact, the US banking system is now the world's best for hiding stolen money abroad. And US ethical standards are falling.
TheAtlantic  via:reddit  banking  corruption 
13 days ago
Fumbles, or "What do a scarecrow, a janitor, and a kung fu Kraken have to do with eachother?" - Pathfinder_RPG
A classic essay on game design -- this one proposes to simple tests that any RPG fumble system ought to pass (and many don't).
gamedesign  via:reddit  D&D  pathfinder 
14 days ago
The Rise of the Robot Reporter - The New York Times
The headline is exciting (and 1/3 of Bloomberg News articles are assisted). But the truth behind the article is that the AI can collect data (and shines in areas where the hard part is collecting the data). It doesn't excel at writing.
journalism  ai  nytimes  via:HackerNews 
16 days ago
German Roads Are Smarter Than Yours | Immodest proposal | OZY
Yeah, this is how I have always driven. Merge late, allow others to merge late.
cars  via:HackerNews 
16 days ago
Court: Qualified Immunity Protects District Attorney Who Lied To State Legislators About A Wrongfully-Convicted Man | Techdirt
The prosecutor lied outright to legislators for no reason other than to harm someone who had been unjustly imprisoned by his office. He is found immune to a defamation lawsuit because the exact same case had never come up in court (within that particular circuit).
policeimmunity  law  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
17 days ago
The Linux Backdoor Attempt of 2003
Someone attempted to put a backdoor into the Linux kernel through subtly malicious C code. They were caught and it didn't work.
security  bug  hacking  opensource  via:reddit 
17 days ago
Iraqi Has Returned To U.S. After ICE Deported Him Against Court Orders : NPR
The court ordered this group not be deported. ICE did so anyway, then lost him. The court ordered them to find him and bring him back, but they couldn't. The ACLU did find him and bring him back.
immigration  politics  ACLU  npr  via:reddit 
17 days ago
Ten Rules for a Better Conference Name Badge
Seems actually well-thought-out: how to design badges for a conference.
design  via:HackerNews 
17 days ago
This is the current menu at Burger King in Sweden, who are trolling the shit out of McDonalds after they lost the European trademark to "Big Mac" to the far smaller Irish burger chain "Supermac". - funny
McDonald's trademarked (in Europe) "BigMac" as a name for a product AND a location. They tried to force a competitor to change their name based on the location trademark. But they don't actually use that (lied in application), so they lost the case and lost the WHOLE trademark. Sadly, UNTRUE: https://www.reddit.com/r/bestof/comments/amsc4y/upizzadeliverator_explains_how_mcdonalds_recently/efp4w0q
law  ip-law  via:reddit  trademark 
17 days ago
Blackmailers use false copyright claims to shut down victims' Youtube accounts, offer to lift them in exchange for Bitcoin / Boing Boing
This is what happens when Google provides no meaningful due process for their copyright violation reporting: blackmailers can threaten to destroy your account (and can do so successfully through submitting false claims).
law  philosophyOfLaw  google  via:boingboing 
19 days ago
What It Was Like Being Criticized by Feynman
He had Feynman as an undergraduate teacher and advisor; later he invented quasicrystals. He learned that Feynman called things "impossible" when they violated all existing assumptions and called people including himself "stupid" whenever they made a plain error.
Feynman  via:HackerNews  science  ScientificMethod 
19 days ago
A.I. May Have Written This Article. But Is That Such a Bad Thing?
An air has written some 800 articles in the Washington Post.
ai  journalism 
20 days ago
How Many .com Domain Names Are Unused? - Singapore Data Company Pte Ltd
Analysis (beginning of 2019) of what the issued .com domain names are doing. 1/3 have websites, the rest are ads, for sale, not working, or various other junk.
internet  dns  via:HackerNews 
20 days ago
Appeals Court Says A Person Driving A Registered Vehicle On A Public Road Is Not 'Reasonably Suspicious' | Techdirt
A particular road goes around a border patrol checkpoint. This border patrol agent felt that meant he could stop everyone who turned onto that road. (In the past he stopped 20-30 cars doing so and 10% had illegal immigrants in them.) Court says no, this is not reasonable suspicion.
4thAmmendment  law  techdirt  via:Techdirt  police 
20 days ago
Apple revokes Facebook’s developer certificate over data-snooping app—Google could be next | Ars Technica
Facebook was using Apple's certificate for distributing beta copies to internal company users in order to distribute (to end customers) an app that spied on them. Apple cut off their cert for misuse. Google may have used their cert similarly, but they immediately apologized and ceased the usage. Tightly controlled appstore - can it protect your privacy?
appstore  apple  facebook  google  privacy  security  ios 
21 days ago
IBM Knowledge Center - How FEPI fits into your system
An API for green-screen scraping (at least that's what I'd call it) by IBM.
programming  api 
21 days ago
Scooter Lessons: Success, but a Stark Double Standard — Strong Towns
Portland is applying strict assessment of the impact of scooters. What if they applied the same standards to cars? Isolated demands for rigor.
philosophy  cars  via:SlateStarCodex 
21 days ago
The man on my patio. - LetsNotMeet
She befriends the near home invader who so terrorized her as a child.
via:reddit  story  mental_illness  upliftingnews 
21 days ago
How My High School Destroyed An Immigrant Kid's Life Because He Drew The School's Mascot | Techdirt
He wrote down the number 504 and sketched the school mascot. That's the evidence needed to deport him for gang activity.
kidsrights  overprosecution  via:Techdirt  techdirt 
22 days ago
DBMS Musings: It’s Time to Move on from Two Phase Commit
This author proposes to keep ACID but get rid of two phase commit. The secret is to make systems that are not allowed to fail.
database  via:HackerNews  concurrency  parallelprogramming 
23 days ago
Speaking Black Dialect in Courtrooms Can Have Striking Consequences - The New York Times
Court reporters (required to be at least 95% accurate) were about 40% accurate when transcribing black English.
law  ethics  race  racism  language  nytimes  via:reddit 
23 days ago
How Hacker News stays interesting
"HN moderators buried my post. It was wise curation, not censorship."
socialcomputing  HackerNews  censorship  freespeech  via:HackerNews 
25 days ago
Philly cops still abandon drivers on side of the road, in violation of 'Live Stop' policy - On top of Philly news
More abuses by Philly cops, this time leaving a father and two young kids abandoned by the roadside under code blue conditions in order to seize their car for a late registration renewal.
local  police  policeabuse  forfeiture  via:rachel 
26 days ago
How Period-Tracking Apps Are Monetizing Women's Extremely Personal Data - Bloomberg
All the period-tracking apps are trying to monetize the data except for "Clue".
privacy  apps  health 
26 days ago
When targets and metrics are bad for business
Nice illustrated tale of why metrics can be dangerous if used to evaluate people or relied on too heavily.
softwaredevelopment  via:LissaModesitt 
29 days ago
Civil Asset Forfeiture Suffers a Defeat - The Future of Freedom Foundation
Judge: cities in New Mexico can no longer conduct forfeiture of assets from those not convinced of a crime in defiance of the state law ending forfeiture.
forfeiture  law  via:reddit 
29 days ago
The Death of the Stick Shift (Blame Safety) | New York Personal Injury Law Blog
New cars have some computer-aided safety features that you can't get with a stick-shift.
4 weeks ago
Undercover St. Louis cop says colleagues beat him 'like Rodney King'; describes attack as 'free for all' | Law and order | stltoday.com
He was beaten severely for being in a crowd. Officers who beat him say it would have been just fine to do if it hadn't turned out that he was actually an undercover police officer.
police  policeabuse  policeimmunity  via:reddit 
4 weeks ago
DNS flag day
A coordinated attempt to stop accommodating some badly-behaving DNS implementations.
dns  internet  personal_net  via:slashdot 
4 weeks ago
The Pavlov Strategy - LessWrong 2.0
A different simple strategy that does well in TitForTat tournaments.
philosophy  TitForTat  math 
4 weeks ago
One Way To Deal With Cops Who Lie? Blacklist Them, Some DAs Say - law
I say DAs should not maintain a blacklist of lying officers, they should prosecute perjury.
law  policeimmunity  mypostings  via:reddit 
4 weeks ago
Twins get some 'mystifying' results when they put 5 ancestry DNA kits to the test | CBC News
A simple test with identical twins shows that the ancestry information that genetic testing services provide, is pretty much entirely bullshit.
science  genetics  via:HackerNews 
4 weeks ago
Opinions guided by tribalism
This post content a house series of grafs showing evidence that opinions, especially those of Republicans, change rapidly based on what is politically popular.
DonaldTrump  philosophy  politics  via:reddit 
5 weeks ago
The antisocial laptop
An interesting bug - it was in the hardware of his laptop (insufficient electrical isolation of various components).
bug  hardware  via:HackerNews 
5 weeks ago
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