Monthly Archives: November 2015

Rikers Inmates Learn How To Code Without Internet Access

An anonymous reader sends the story of another prison where inmates are learning the basics of programming, despite having no access to the vast educational resources on the internet. Instructors from Columbia University have held a lengthy class at New

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New Campaign Features Internet Trolls On Roadside Billboards

An anonymous reader writes: A campaign taking shape in Brazil seeks to fight online harassment in an unusual way: by posting the abusive comments on real billboards. “The group collects comments from Facebook or Twitter and uses geolocation tools to

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Companies Want To Insert Ads Into Unicode

AmiMoJo writes: Food company Nestle has started a petition to get a KitKat emoji into the Unicode standard. They aren’t alone, Taco Bell wants a taco emoji added, and Durex suggested adding a condom. While the latter two are at

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It’s Getting Harder To Reside Anonymously In a Modern City

dkatana writes: In a panel on ‘Privacy in the Smart City’ during this month’s Smart City World Congress, Dr. Carmela Troncoso, a researcher from Spain, argued that data anonymization itself is almost impossible without using advanced cryptography. Our every transaction

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How Technology Is Increasing the Number of Jobs We Have

An anonymous reader writes: An article at The Guardian takes a look at the way in which we hold jobs as technology as changes. Its central thesis is this: “My father had one job in his life, I’ve had six

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BlackBerry Exits Pakistan Amid User Privacy Concerns

An anonymous reader writes: BlackBerry has announced that it will pull its operations in Pakistan from today, quoting a recent government notice which read that the company would not be permitted to continue its services in the country after December

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MST3K Kickstarter Poised To Break Kickstarter Record

New submitter the_Bionic_lemming writes: Recently Joel Hodgson, the creator of Mystery Science 3000 — which had a successful run of over 197 shows — has after 15 years launched a kickstarter to relaunch the series. In just over two weeks

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Diamond Nanothreads Could Support Space Elevator

Taco Cowboy writes with news that Penn State researchers have discovered a way to produce ultra-thin diamond nanothreads that could be ideal for a space elevator. According to the report at Space.com, The team, led by chemistry professor John Badding,

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VW Officials Knew Since Last Year of Misleading Fuel Economy Claims

It’s not just CO2 levels that Volkswagen manipulated; according to a wire story, Volkswagen officials knew at least a year ago that some of the company’s officially-reported fuel-efficiency claims were overstated. From the linked article: Volkswagen’s top executives knew a

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Israel Meets With Google and YouTube To Discuss Censoring Videos

An anonymous reader writes: Various sources report Israel’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Tzipi Hotovely meeting with representatives of Google and YouTube to discuss censoring Palestinian videos believed to incite violence. Original aricle (in Hebrew) from Maariv The open question

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