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Daily Deal: Pay What You Want Absolute Python Bundle

Pay what you want to for the Absolute Python Bundle. If you beat the average price, you get all 5 courses. You‘ll learn the basics of how to code with Python by exploring tuples, dictionaries, decision statements, and more. Other courses cover TensorFlow and Selenium WebDriver. With over 57 hours of content and hands-on exercises, you‘ll master Python in no time. Note: The Techdirt Deals Store is powered and curated by StackComm

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Even If The Russian Troll Factory Abused Our Openness Against Us, That Doesn‘t Mean We Should Close Up

Last week, we wrote about the Mueller indictment of 13 Russians and three Russian organizations for fraud in trying to sow discord among Americans and potentially influence the election by trolling them on social media. If you haven‘t read the indictment yet, I recommend doing so -- or at least reading Garrett Graff‘s impressive attempt at basically turning the indictment into one hell of a narrative story. The key point I raised in

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Germany‘s Speech Laws Continue To Be A Raging Dumpster Fire Of Censorial Stupidity

Germany‘s new law, targeting hate speech and other unpleasantness online, is off to a roaring start. Instead of cleaning up the internet for German consumption, the law has been instrumental in targeting innocuous posts by politicians and taking down satirical content. The law is a bludgeon with hefty fines attached. This has forced American tech companies to be proactive, targeting innocuous content and satire before the German government

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More Than Half Of U.S. States Now Pushing Their Own Net Neutrality Rules

Large ISP lobbyists, the FCC and agency head Ajit Pai are going to be rather busy for the foreseeable future. In the wake of the agency‘s extremely unpopular net neutrality repeal, consumer groups note that 26 states (27 including a new effort in Kansas) have now taken action to protect net neutrality themselves -- with more efforts on the way. The efforts range from attempts to pass state-level net neutrality rules banning anti-competitiv

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German Court Says Facebook‘s Real Names Policy Violates Users‘ Privacy

With more and more people attacking online trolls, one common refrain is that we should do away with anonymity online. There‘s this false belief that forcing everyone to use their "real name" online will somehow stop trolling and create better behavior. Of course, at the very same time, lots of people seem to be blaming online social media platforms for nefarious activity and trollish activity including "fake news." And Facebook is a prime

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France Says ‘No‘ To Company Hack-Backs Following Online Attacks -- But Wants To Keep The Option Open For Itself

Ten years ago, Techdirt was warning about the hype surrounding the concept of "cyberattacks", and after that "cyberwar", both of which were routinely presented in apocalyptic terms. As we now know, the real online battles are being fought much more subtly in the form of low-profile foreign organizations subverting nations in sophisticated ways. Unlike the predicted take-downs of an entire electricity grid, these kind of attacks by foreign states

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Court Sends Cop Back To Prison For Bogus ‘Contempt Of Cop‘ Arrest

It shouldn‘t take an appeals court to reach this conclusion, but that‘s the route taken most frequently by people challenging their convictions. Former sheriff‘s deputy Matthew Corder doesn‘t want to serve time after being convicted of depriving Derek Baize of his constitutional rights, and so we‘ve ended up at the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. (h/t Sixth Circuit Blog) This all stems from a "contempt of cop" inc

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Ubisoft Perma-Bans Creator Of Cool, Non-Cheating Tool For ‘The Division‘ Because It Was Made With Cheating Software

There are lots of ways companies can deal with those who cheat in online video games. We have seen developers and publishers sue those who cheat, we have seen national governments criminalize this kind of cheating, and we even got to see Rockstar‘s attempt to force cheaters to only play with other cheaters. While these sorts of efforts vary wildly, the common response from game publishers is to be entirely too ham-fisted in keeping cheater

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Techdirt Podcast Episode 155: Lies, Damned Lies & Audience Metrics

In 2016, mostly out of frustration, I wrote a post about how traffic is fake, audience numbers are garbage, and nobody knows how many people see anything. My feelings haven‘t changed much, and neither has the digital advertising ecosystem. And since regular podcast co-host Dennis Yang runs a digital metrics company, it only made sense for us to hash it out on an episode all about audience measurement and how it shapes online advertising

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Facebook ‘Security‘: A New VPN That‘s Spyware And Two-Factor Authentication That Spams You

Facebook‘s definition of protection isn‘t quite up to snuff. Last week, some Facebook users began seeing a new option in their settings simply labeled "Protect." Clicking on that link in the company‘s navigation bar will redirect Facebook users to the ‘Onavo Protect VPN Security‘ app‘s listing on the App Store. There, they‘re informed that "Onavo Protect helps keep you and your data safe when you browse

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Daily Deal: Qi Wireless Fast Charging Pad

Featuring premium design and fast charging parameters, the 11 Qi Wireless Fast Charging Pad will give your Qi-compatible phone a fast boost without needing to scramble around for a full wall charger. Aside from the convenience of wire-free charging, you‘ll spare your phone from the electric shock delivered by an outlet that can diminish the overall battery life of your phone. Equipped with built-in charging intelligence to prevent devices

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Wired‘s Big Cover Story On Facebook Gets Key Legal Point Totally Backwards, Demonstrating Why CDA 230 Is Actually Important

If you haven‘t read it yet, I highly recommend reading the latest Wired cover story by Nicholas Thompson and Fred Vogelstein, detailing the past two years at Facebook and how the company has struggled in coming to grips with the fact that their platform can be used by people to do great harm (such as sow discontent and influence elections). It‘s a good read that is deeply reported (by two excellent reporters), and has some great anec

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Nunes Demands Copies Of FISA Docs About Steele Dossier Warrants; Court Suggests Taking It Up With The FBI

Having already released the memo purportedly showing surveillance abuses committed by the FBI, the legislators behind the release are now getting around to asking for documents to back up the memo‘s assertions. Bob Goodlatte and Devin Nunes have both asked the FISA court for the paperwork they probably should have looked at before writing and releasing the memo. Nunes has asked for "transcripts of relevant FISC hearings" related to the F

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FCC Broadband Availability Data Derided As Inaccurate, ‘Shameful‘

We‘ve long-noted how the government doesn‘t do a very good job tracking broadband availability and pricing, in large part because incumbent ISPs like Comcast, Verizon and ATT don‘t want them to. ISPs (and the lawmakers paid to love them) whined incessantly about the last FCC‘s efforts to raise the standard definition of broadband, given it only highlighted the fact that two-thirds of Americans can‘t get "broadband"

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NSA Exploit Now Powering Cryptocurrency Mining Malware

You may have been asked if you‘d like to try your hand at mining cryptocurrency. You may have demurred, citing the shortage in graphics cards or perhaps wary you were being coaxed into an elaborate Ponzi scheme. So much for opting out. Thanks to the NSA, you may be involved in mining cryptocurrency, but you‘re likely not seeing any of the benefits. A computer security exploit developed by the US National Security Agency and leaked

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