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Parents Could Be Sued By Their Kids For Posting Pictures of Them On Facebook

Slashdot - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 16:40
Next time you share pictures of your children on Facebook, you will want to take their permission before doing that. French authorities have warned parents in France of fines of up to $50,000 and a year in prison for publishing intimate photos of their children on social media without permission. From a Guardian report: It's a development that could give pause for thought for many parents used to sharing details of their children's lives across social media. A 2015 study by internet company Nominet found parents in the UK post nearly 200 photos of their under fives online every year, meaning a child will feature in around 1,000 online photos before their fifth birthday. [...] "In a few years, children could easily take their parents to court for publishing photos of them when they were younger," Eric Delcroix, an expert on internet law and ethics, told Le Figaro. "Children at certain stages do not wish to be photographed or still less for those photos to be made public," he added.It may seem like an absurd law to many, but think about the potential consequences of putting a kid's picture on social media. Among others, we've seen plenty of pictures becoming meme on the web.

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Microsoft: Windows 10 Will Remain Free For People With Accessibility Needs

Slashdot - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 16:00
Reader Mark Wilson writes: The free ride is coming to an end. Windows 10 was always going to be free for the first year after release, and this year is up on 29 July. There are, of course, still ways to get your hands on Windows 10 for free beyond this date. One way is to buy a new PC with Windows 10 installed, although not many people would regard this as a free upgrade. But Microsoft has also confirmed that people with accessibility needs will still be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free after the deadline. Writing on its Accessibility Blog, Microsoft points out that the 29 July cut-off point does not apply to people with accessibility needs.From Microsoft's blog post: As you may have heard, the free Windows 10 upgrade offer for customers running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 is set to end on July 29, but we want to clarify that that deadline will not apply to customers who use assistive technologies. We are continuing to deliver on our previously-shared vision for accessibility for Windows 10 and we are committed to ensuring that users of assistive technologies have the opportunity to upgrade to Windows 10 for free as we do so.

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Combat Lasers To Be Added To US Fighter Jets

Slashdot - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 14:30
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NextBigFuture: The US Air Force plans to arm its fleet of drones and fighter jets with high-tech laser weapons.... Ground testing of a laser weapon called the High Energy Laser, or HEL, was slated to take place last year at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, service officials said... The Air Force plans to begin firing laser weapons from larger platforms such as C-17s and C-130s until the technological miniaturization efforts can configure the weapon to fire from fighter jets such as an F-15, F-16 or F-35. Instead of flying with six or seven missiles on an aircraft, a directed energy weapons system could fire thousands of shots using a single gallon of jet fuel.

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Swiss City of Zug Will Accept Bitcoin For Public Service Payments

Slashdot - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 13:30
Slashdot reader Mickeycaskill writes: The Swiss city of Zug, famed for its financial sector and low tax rates, will accept Bitcoin as payment for public services up the value of 200 Swiss Francs.The city council hopes the use of digital currencies will help stimulate the local fintech sector and promote the region as a financial hub. If the trial is successful, the value of transactions could be increased and other towns in the canton will join in. "We want to express our openness to new technologies," said Mayor Dolfi Muller. "We will invite FinTech companies in Zug to meet with the City Council to exchange ideas. Our goal is to provide the best environment for their development."

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That 70's Paper Mill

The Daily WTF - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 12:30

The late Seventies was a lucrative time for Finnish-based Kirkniemi Paperi, a paper production powerhouse. Puoval had a great opportunity to cash in on the profits by helping to integrate a completely automated, computer-based production system. His degree in electronic engineering was finally going to pay off.

Thanks to the invention of the Intel 8085 microprocessor, it became possible to turn trees in to paper quicker than ever. Puoval had a mandate from Kirkniemi ownership to spare no expense with getting the system up and running since their biggest competitor implemented a similar system the year before. But if they had a bumpy rollout, it would be incredibly damaging to both the company and Puoval's livelihood.

The system would have to control paper machines more than a hundred meters long, capable of moving paper through them at 80 kiliometers per hour (which would make for one wicked paper cut). While they were literally well-oiled machines, a small problem with any part of the production would bring things to a halt due to everything being interconnected. When paper-making stops, moneymaking stops and the bosses get angry.

Despite the risk, Puoval was up to the task. He drooled over the hardware he was allowed to bring in to be the brains of the operation. He got to set up a whole army of blazing-fast 6 Mhz Intel 8085's, cages full of in-house built Eurocard logic boards, analog and digital sensors, kilobytes of tight machine code, the whole works. As a fail-safe, Puoval even set up a battery backup system, and line conditioning to prevent a power surge from frying his masterpiece.

It was a long and difficult setup process, but Puoval's brainchild sparked to life and, amazingly, worked as intended right away. The output of the paper mill increased 40% and Puoval's bank account increased 100%. For over a year, it hummed along flawlessly cranking out gloriously large rolls of paper. But then, this feel-good story got beat to a pulp.

Late one night around 11 PM, Puoval's phone rang. On the other end was the panicked 2nd shift manager of the mill. "Puoval! Are you still awake? GOOD! We need you in here ASAP! THE SYSTEM IS DOWN!"

"What do you mean it's down?" Puoval asked back through growing sleepiness.

"Well, the machines were running just fine, then out of nowhere, they just shut off and ground to a halt. Paper went flying off the rolls all over the place. It's like a gang of mummies exploded in here!"

"Ok, I'll get dressed and be in as soon as I can," Puoval sighed, unsure what to expect upon his arrival.

While the 2nd shift line technicians cleaned up the paper disaster, Puoval headed for his control system. He half expected to see it charred and smoking, but everything looked fine. He ran some system diagnostics and nothing looked out of the ordinary other than the sudden cutoff in the logs when everything stopped. He began the lengthy startup process of the system and machines and the mill was back in action.

When the bosses caught wind of the unexplained failure in the morning, Puoval was put on notice that it could not happen again. "Understood. I'm going to give everything a thorough inspection today, and stay late to make sure nothing weird is happening during 2nd shift," he assured the powers-that-be.

Midnight rolled around and everything was still humming along. Puoval decided to head home but made it clear to the manager to call him immediately if even the slightest thing went wrong. Fortunately nothing went wrong that night. Or the next night. Puoval was ready to chalk it up to a one-time freak occurrence. But the 3rd night his phone rang around 11 PM again. "PUOVAL! WE NEED YOU NOW!"

Puoval came in to find the same situation as three nights before. He got everything running again but in the morning the bosses demanded he work both 1st and 2nd shift every day until he had an answer. Two late nights came to pass without a hitch. But when the dreaded 3rd night arrived, he was on high alert. The clock ticked towards 11 PM and he began to sweat. Nothing could go wrong though, as he was watching his beloved system like a hawk.

Just as he was sure nothing would go wrong this day, an innocent-looking cleaning lady strolled up pushing a large commercial vacuum cleaner. He watched her ignore the multiple signs around the cage of his computers that said "DO NOT USE THESE OUTLETS, EVER!" and begin to plug in her vacuum. Puoval sprang at her, shouting to stop.

Not expecting his rapid advance, she had a look of dread come across her face. "But I need to clean?"

"Absolutely not! Not right here! You will bring this whole plant to its knees!" Puoval warned. Upon further explanation, the cleaning lady's behemoth vacuum was a new addition to the fleet. The smaller, economical one didn't draw enough juice to take Puoval's system down. Once this beast was plugged in to the forbidden outlet, which happened to be past the line conditioners, everything came crashing down. At least Puoval found his explanation, albeit a ridiculous one, so that he may retire from 2nd shift. [Advertisement] Manage IT infrastructure as code across all environments with Puppet. Puppet Enterprise now offers more control and insight, with role-based access control, activity logging and all-new Puppet Apps. Start your free trial today!

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