By timothy from Slashdot's truth-as-defense department
An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from the BBC: "A woman who complained about an unpaid £146 invoice is facing a libel battle that could cost her more than £100,000. Lesley Kemp, 55, took to Twitter claiming that a company based in the Middle East had failed to pay her promptly for transcription work. Now the firm is suing Mrs Kemp, of Milton Keynes, for defamation, claiming up to £50,000 in damages and a further £70,000 in costs. The company, Resolution Productions, based in Qatar, has yet to comment."Read Replies (0)
By timothy from Slashdot's for-your-own-protection-forever-and-ever-amen department
Should Boston have been put in a state of lockdown on Friday as police chased down Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
? Pragmatic Bruce Schneier writes on his blog: "I generally give the police a lot of tactical leeway in times like this. The very armed and very dangerous suspects warranted extraordinary treatment. They were perfectly capable of killing again, taking hostages, planting more bombs -- and we didn't know the extent of the plot or the group. That's why I didn't object to the massive police dragnet, the city-wide lock down, and so on."
Schneier links to some passionate counterarguments, though. It doesn't escape the originator of a recurring movie plot terrorism contest
that the Boston events of yesterday were just "the sort of thing that pretty much only happens in the movies."Read Replies (0)
By timothy from Slashdot's you-kids-get-off-my-lawn department
Florida today reports that cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov on Friday became the oldest person to have completed a spacewalk
. From the article: "Working outside the Russian side of the international outpost, Vinogradov and cosmonaut Roman Romanenko put in six hours and 38 minutes of high-flying maintenance work. They set up a plasma physics experiment and retrieved a package that exposed advanced spacecraft materials to the deleterious space environment. They also replaced a reflector that is part of an autonomous rendezvous and docking system that will guide a robotic European space freighter to the station in early June."
NASASpaceFlight.com has more details on the spacewalk
, as well as the note that Vinogradov edges out "Story Musgrave, who was 58 when he flew the Hubble SM-1 mission in 1993."Read Replies (0)
By timothy from Slashdot's estrangeder-and-estrangeder department
darthcamaro writes "The JBoss Application Server is now more. Just like Red Hat killed Red Hat Linux in 2003 to make way for Fedora, the same is now happening with JBoss and the new WildFly project. 'There was of course the application server, there are a number of JBoss commercial products, there was the community site, etc., so when you asked someone "What is JBoss?" the answer was varied," Jason Andersen, director, product line management, at Red Hat, explained. "What we wanted to do was cement the idea that JBoss is a portfolio of middleware products and not just the application server.'"Read Replies (0)
By Soulskill from Slashdot's call-it-a-new-approach department
An anonymous reader writes with news that Yahoo will be ending their email service in China on August 13th
. A support post
on the Yahoo China site tells users how to migrate their account to a different email service called Aliyun. If they do so, their data can be migrated and they will continue to receive emails to their Yahoo address
until the end of 2014. From the article:"The US Internet giant Yahoo! has come under criticism in the past over its business in China, with executives apologising in 2007 for providing evidence that Chinese authorities used to convict government critics. The company said it was legally obliged to divulge information about its users to the Chinese government but that it was unaware it would be used to convict dissidents. The end of the service will affect millions of users, the paper quoted Alibaba public relations official Zhang Jianhua as saying, though he did not have a total figure."Read Replies (0)
By Soulskill from Slashdot's but-i-didn't-give-her-my-data department
New submitter LeadSongDog writes with news that Apple has provided information on how long it holds onto voice search data used by its digital assistant software Siri. Speaking to Wired, an Apple representative said the data is kept for two years after the initial query
."Here’s what happens. Whenever you speak into Apple’s voice activated personal digital assistant, it ships it off to Apple’s data farm for analysis. Apple generates a random numbers to represent the user and it associates the voice files with that number. This number — not your Apple user ID or email address — represents you as far as Siri’s back-end voice analysis system is concerned. Once the voice recording is six months old, Apple “disassociates” your user number from the clip, deleting the number from the voice file. But it keeps these disassociated files for up to 18 more months for testing and product improvement purposes."
for retaining such intrusive data for longer than is absolutely necessary to provide the service."Read Replies (0)