The value of duck sex research versus a sceptical US Congress | Ars Technica UK


Some of the things scientists do seem absurd, which creates political ammunition.

Source: The value of duck sex research versus a sceptical US Congress | Ars Technica UK

Apple Says Nebraska Will Become A ‘Mecca For Hackers’ If Right To Repair Bill Passes | Techdirt

[T]he prospect of a Cupertino-based megacorporation losing business to local repair shops isn’t a very sympathetic argument at the Nebraska statehouse. And so Apple has tried a slew of other tactics, according to state Sen. Lydia Brasch, who was recently visited by Steve Kester, an Apple state government affairs specialist.”Apple said we would be the only state that would pass this, and that we would become the mecca for bad actors,” Brasch, who is sponsoring the bill, told me in a phone call. “They said that doing this would make it very easy for hackers to relocate to Nebraska.”

Source: Apple Says Nebraska Will Become A ‘Mecca For Hackers’ If Right To Repair Bill Passes | Techdirt

Judge Splits $750 Piracy Penalty Between BitTorrent Peers – TorrentFreak

A District Court judge in Seattle has taken a novel approach in a series of default judgments targeting alleged BitTorrent pirates. Since the defendants are accused of sharing files in the same swarm, they should also share the penalty among each other, the judge argues. According to the order, these cases are not intended to provide a windfall to filmmakers.

Source: Judge Splits $750 Piracy Penalty Between BitTorrent Peers – TorrentFreak

Her Father Championed Jewish Refugees. She Finances the Anti-Muslim Refugee Movement.


Facing a nation gripped by fear and bigotry and unwilling to welcome large numbers of Jewish refugees fleeing violence in Europe, the late William Rosenwald, heir to the founder of Sears, Roebuck & Company department store fortune, poured his money and energy into welcoming them, founding the National Refugee Service in 1939.Today his daughter Nina is a driving force behind another campaign: keeping Muslims fleeing violence in the Middle East from entering the Western world.Rosenwald is the founder, president, and primary benefactor of the Gatestone Institute, one of the loudest groups agitating against Muslim migration.

Source: Her Father Championed Jewish Refugees. She Finances the Anti-Muslim Refugee Movement.

Trump Made Calls To Air Force General About The F-35 With Boeing CEO Secretly Listening In


Hey, you remember that time when you were 14 and you called up your crush with your best friend secretly listening in so that after they could tell you what to say? President Donald Trump did just that, except with the Air Force General in charge of the F-35 program and the fucking CEO of Boeing in the room listening.

Source: Trump Made Calls To Air Force General About The F-35 With Boeing CEO Secretly Listening In

Apple Wants To Stop You Fixing Your iPhone And iPad: Source Says It Will Testify Against ‘Right To Repair’ Legislation | Techdirt

an Apple representative, staffer, or lobbyist will testify against the bill at a hearing in Lincoln on March 9. AT&T will also argue against the bill, the source said. The source told me that at least one of the companies plans to say that consumers who repair their own phones could cause lithium batteries to catch fire.

Source: Apple Wants To Stop You Fixing Your iPhone And iPad: Source Says It Will Testify Against ‘Right To Repair’ Legislation | Techdirt

New PayPal T&Cs prevents sellers trash-talking PayPal • The Register


PayPal’s released a new batch of User Agreements that includes a new “non-discouragement clause for sellers” that prevents them from talking down the service, plus price hikes a-plenty.The new new clause reads as follows:
“In representations to your customers or in public communications, you agree not to mischaracterize PayPal as a payment method. At all of your points of sale (in whatever form), you agree not to try to dissuade or inhibit your customers from using PayPal; and, if you enable your customers to pay you with PayPal, you agree to treat PayPal’s payment mark at least at par with other payment methods offered.”

Source: New PayPal T&Cs prevents sellers trash-talking PayPal • The Register

Sen. Joni Ernst Puts Planned Parenthood — and Access to Birth Control — on the Chopping Block


Stripping Planned Parenthood of federal funding could seriously damage the networks of providers that offer women’s health services, leaving thousands of women without access to preventive care.

Source: Sen. Joni Ernst Puts Planned Parenthood — and Access to Birth Control — on the Chopping Block