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Jun 17 20:24

ALIS through the looking glass: F-35 fighter jet's slurpware nearly made buyers pull out – report

The F-35 fighter jet project has been hit by yet another set of controversies including a kerfuffle over US data-slurping, flight control problems and its stealth coating melting at supersonic speeds.

Once described by The Register as the ultimate vendor lock-in project, the F-35 is sold by Lockheed Martin as a package: not only do you buy the jets and their associated spares and training packages, you also buy its Autonomous Logistics Information System (ALIS).

ALIS is a spares and training management package. It tracks the state of the aeroplanes themselves, interfaces with onboard diagnostic systems to check system and component health, and orders spare parts as and when needed. As you can imagine, having access to ALIS gives you an instant and incredibly detailed picture of whether an F-35 squadron is capable of flying and fighting – or not.

Naturally, some countries buying the F-35 aren't happy about this.

Jun 17 20:22

Stiff penalty: Prenda Law copyright troll gets 14 years of hard time for blue view 'n sue scam

It was a simple plan: obtain the rights to pornographic films, share copies of them online, then threaten to sue those downloading the skin flicks for copyright infringement unless they paid a $3,000 settlement fee.

Between 2011 and 2014, the scaper earned about $3m for two former Minnesota attorneys, Paul R. Hansmeier and John L. Steele, through front companies like Prenda Law.

It also earned rather lengthy lodging in prison. Hansmeier, 37, who admitted guilt in a plea deal last year, was on Friday this week sentenced to 14 years (168 months) behind bars for his role in the porn-trolling operation.

Hansmeier admitted to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud, and conspiracy to commit money laundering, and in so doing avoided 16 other charges.

Jun 17 20:18

Sad SACK: Linux PCs, servers, gadgets can be crashed by 'Ping of Death' network packets

It is possible to crash network-facing Linux servers, PCs, smartphones and tablets, and gadgets, or slow down their network connections, by sending them a series of maliciously crafted packets. It is also possible to hamper FreeBSD machines with the same attack.

Given that Linux powers an incredible amount of stuff these days, anything from network or internet-connected TVs, routers, thermostats, light switches, CCTV cameras, and robot vacuum cleaners, to servers, PCs, Android and ChromeOS devices, smart fridges, dialysis machines, car infotainment systems, tractors, construction equipment, and uranium centrifuges, and so on, can be potentially brought to a halt by miscreants if vulnerable.

Strangers can ping some data to your device over the internet or network, and potentially crash it, in other words. Not great, not terrible; it's a rather big annoyance that could disrupt netizens if script kiddies start firing off waves of exploits.

Jun 17 18:05

Teen Vogue blasted for ‘promoting sex work’ as ‘real work’ to young girls

Teen Vogue is facing backlash for “promoting prostitution” after publishing an article which advertises sex work as “real work” to its audience, which is made up mostly of girls between the ages of 12 and 18.

The article, headlined “Why Sex Work Is Real Work” was originally published in April, but has recevied renewed attention and criticism after the magazine decided to promote it again on Twitter this week.

Jun 17 17:59

Trump not in control of Iran policy, should perhaps fire Bolton – EU foreign policy chief’s adviser

US President Donald Trump does not appear to be in control of his own administration’s Iran policy and he should fire national security adviser John Bolton, special adviser to EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini told RT.

In an interview with RT’s Sophie Shevarnadze, Nathalie Tocci said Trump has “been led into a very different direction” than the one he might otherwise have gone in without input from Bolton.

Asked why she didn't trust Trump's claims that he does not want regime change in Iran, Tocci said Bolton clearly has a different position – and he seems to be the one writing the administration’s policy on Tehran.

Jun 17 17:37

Are You Ready For the Financial Reset?

Jun 17 17:10

Demographic suicide of Europe

Jun 17 16:42

US Supreme Court sides with Christian bakery that refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple - the second time its thrown out a discrimination case against a bakery in the past 12 months

The Supreme Court decided on Monday against a high-stakes, election-year case about the competing rights of gay and lesbian couples and merchants who refuse to provide services for same-sex weddings.

The justices handed the former owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa in the Portland, Oregon, area a small victory by throwing out a state court ruling against them and ordering judges to take a new look at their refusal to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple.