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Slashback tonight brings some corrections, clarifications, and updates to previous Slashdot stories, including a possible iBill framejob, the first steps towards defying the Real ID act, Peter Quinn continues his support for Open Source, Judge flunks lawsuit against spammers, WinXP on a Mac, round 2, Juniper drops message board suit, Vint Cerf answers questions on TLDs, PriceRitePhoto gets relisted, and RIM goes on the offensive for patent reform -- Read on for details.

iBill stolen info a framejob? An anonymous reader writes "The database of stolen credit card information recently discussed on Slashdot appears not to have come from iBill after all. From the article: 'Secure Science's Lance James backed away from his conclusion that iBill, which processes most of its transactions on behalf of adult services, was the source of the leak. He says pornography transaction databases may be considered especially desirable to spammers, and that a criminal may have deliberately mislabeled a database taken from another source.'"

First steps towards defying the Real ID act. An anonymous reader writes "With House Bill 1582, The New Hampshire House of Representatives has taken the first steps towards defying the Federal Government on the infamous Real ID act, which last year passed 100-0. This bill does not express disagreement with the Real ID act, it prohibits the state DMV from amending licensing procedures altogether, and it passed 270-84. Several impassioned testimonies were given at the House, and even those against the bill expressed displeasure with the Real ID act. It now moves on to the 24-member state Senate. The afternoon's proceedings can be viewed or listened to via the NH General Court website under the afternoon of March 8th."

Peter Quinn continues his support of Open Source. Stony Stevenson writes "Computerworld Australia reports that former Massachusetts state government CIO, Peter Quinn is fronting the battle for OpenSource. He believes the cost of government is not sustainable in its present form and any technology leader who is not supporting and implementing open standards should resign and get out of the business. From the article: 'Even though the personal toll from state government experience was huge, Quinn said he would not be silenced. "I will remain very vocal and prominent regarding open standards, open source, especially Open Document Format and all aspects of accessibility for the disabled community," he said.'"

Judge flunks lawsuit against spammers. Hawkeye writes "A federal court in California has just created a huge legal loophole for companies who hire sleazy spammers. Kennedy-Western, an unaccredited university (aka diploma mill) has been absolved for outsourcing its email advertising to 'proxy-abusing, header-forging, hash-busting spammers,' according to the story at Spam Kings. The court ruled that Kennedy-Western didn't violate the CAN-SPAM Act because the plaintiff, a small California ISP named Hypertouch, 'failed to provide any evidence that KWU had actual knowledge or consciously avoided knowledge of a current or future violation of the CAN-SPAM Act by anyone who sent the e-mails at issue.' Perhaps not surprisingly, KWU enlisted as an expert witness Jason Rines, an email marketer who once worked with the notorious Sanford Wallace and who has been listed on the Spamhaus Block List."

WinXP on a Mac, round 2. fan777 writes "Slashdot recently posted a story regarding blurry Flickr photos on what may be the first WinXP installation on a Mac. To those who claimed heavy photochopping, narf2006 has finally released a blurry video (Complete with Mirror || Torrent)."

Juniper drops message board suit. It seems that Juniper Networks has finally come to their senses and dropped the suit against several unidentified LightReading message board users. From the article: "What is still unknown is whether or not Juniper ever uncovered the identities of "Does 1-10." The company's complaint cited several messages that got the company riled up, and most those messages allege that Juniper is bribing lawyers and spying on its employees."

Vint Cerf answers TLD questions. netzer writes "CircleID is running responses they have received from Vint Cerf on the questions submitted to him from the community with regards to top level domains."

PriceRitePhoto gets relisted. Thomas Hawk has an interesting blog entry in which he details how PriceRitePhoto, the online retailer who gained so much recent infamy, has been relisted on Yahoo! shopping after only a three month penance. From the article: "What was interesting to me at the time when the PriceRitePhoto story was going on was that PriceRitePhoto had supposedly been delisted a year earlier from comparison shopping site PriceGrabber. What I never could get is how after being delisted on PriceGrabber that PriceRitePhoto ended back on there a year later to try and rip me off. Of course that first delisting didn't get the visibility that mine did, but not to worry, not only is PriceRitePhoto back in business at Yahoo! Shopping, they are back in business on PriceGrabber as well. This after being delisted there at least twice that I know of."

RIM goes on the offensive for patent reform. flanman writes to tell us it seems that RIM has decided to continue the patent reform fight even after giving up their recent court battle. RIM is running full page ads in a number of US newspapers urging lawmakers to change the way patents are issues and managed. RIM also has more details on the Blackberry site.

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  • by endtwist (862499) on Wednesday March 15, 2006 @08:03PM (#14929048)
    Normally I would say that PriceRitePhoto was relisted for a simple reason: money...except that in this case, I can't see where _anyone_ would profit from them being relisted. Am I wrong here? Does Yahoo! or PriceGrabber somehow make money from them being relisted? (bribes?)
    • by Anonymous Coward
      In all likelihood, it was not bribes -- money directed at an individual -- but "marketing payments" -- money directed at a company, which resulted in PriceRitePhoto being relisted.

      In the meantime, let's all make sure that both Yahoo! and PriceGrabber know how we feel about the re-listing.
    • by slashkitty (21637) on Wednesday March 15, 2006 @08:34PM (#14929252) Homepage
      You pay for placement in those places... so yeah, they would. What isn't said is that PriceRitePhoto changed their name to Barclayphoto. You can see their ebay username change here [ebay.com]
      • "that PriceRitePhoto changed their name to Barclayphoto" I am glad you included a link, you mis-quoted that name. They are using barclaysphoto - with an "s". I know the person that uses barclayphoto, and that person is much more reputable than the priceritephoto guys.
    • by vivek7006 (585218) on Wednesday March 15, 2006 @08:43PM (#14929306) Homepage
      I think they will be booted soom.

      Here is teh update from his blog

      Update #2: Just received an email from Joe Lazarus from Yahoo! Shopping: "Hi Thomas, We appreciate our users alerting us to potential issues. In this particular case, the merchant was investigated by our Customer Care team and was found to be in violation of Yahoo!'s Terms of Service. All listings from this merchant will cease to appear on Yahoo! Shopping within the next 24 hours."
    • Turnover in these departments tends to be pretty high. It wouldn't be unusual that whoever approved the relisting has no idea about what happened previously (unless they were alerted, which it appears they now have been).

      I suppose one could say they ought to have a blacklist to check or some such, but who knows how the actual department functions or what the internal policies are.

  • by OlivierB (709839) on Wednesday March 15, 2006 @08:08PM (#14929092)
    For those who don't want to sell their souls to Quicktime heres the Video [youtube.com]
    • by radicalskeptic (644346) <tritone@@@gmail...com> on Wednesday March 15, 2006 @08:28PM (#14929210)
      Many people are wondering if the video is real or not. The obvious problem is that it could be a video from a Windows PC running on a Mac in full-screen, but there are a few problems with that theory. For example, I think at one point the resolution of the screen changes, complete with all the visual craziness that causes. What kind of video capture software would catch a screen resolution change like that?

      People also noticed that the Windows boot screen changed. Instead of being a black background with a Windows logo and a little pulsating bar at the bottom (reminds me of the Knight Rider car), it is just the Windows logo on a greyish background. Maybe a result of the EFI hacking?

      The other way it could be faked is if the screen isn't actually connected to the iMac at all. There could be a PC somewhere directly connected to the screen somehow. Personally, I think that would take a lot of hacking by itself, probably more effort than the average hoaxster is willing to commit.
      • by OlivierB (709839) on Wednesday March 15, 2006 @08:34PM (#14929251)
        I was sceptic as well but if you watch carefully he actually turns on the Mac from sleep mode at one point (see teh white Led on the front). I cannot imagine that any computer could wake up and *instantly* playback full screen video. I just doesn't work like that.
        For all I can tell this is real unless he managed to hook up the iMac's screen directly to a behind the scenes PC. Even then I would have doubts.
        The little windows logo that replaces teh Mac at bootup tells me that this guy did his homework and was able to modify the EFI for it to load some custom bootloader
        • Let's not forget how much insanely harder it would be to fake a video that's all jittery and everywhere like this than had the camera been on a tripod (which is probably why it wasn't). It's one thing to crop video to the same size/shape/whatever and overwrite the same place every single frame, it's quite another to deal with it for a few thousand frames where none have the video in the same place. Of course it still doesn't dual-boot by the looks of it - the original goal of the project and to my underst
          • How hard would it be to record a video of this demo done on a PC before hand, and then rig up your iMac to display it fullscreen? Surely mplayer or VLC will build on OSX even if quicktime isn't discreet enough about the process.

            One thing I might point out is that during the login / welcome to windows thing, the screen doesn't take up the whole screen. Its been some time since I last reinstalled windows, is this normal?
            • Could very well be, it depends on the screen and resolution settings. Knowing that the 20" Apple displays are the same as the Dells, I know they feature a 1:1 scaling option, which will blackbar around the entire window to keep from stretching pixels (I'd bet that this is more dependant on the firmware of the display than the panel itself, and I'm not even sure that's a 20" iMac, but it's a realistic option). However I'd expect the desktop to behave the same way until the resolution's been changed. Unles
        • Right when the XP final setup screen appears, the screen resolution changes such that the apparent image is smaller than the full LCD. However, if you look carefully in the video, you can see the mouse pointer go off into the black region of the LCD...how is this possible!?!? Not to mention, the parent did mention that the machine came out of sleep mode, it was not a complete boot of the machine, this could still all be within Virtual PC or something along the same lines. Oh yeah, and why on earth would
        • The little windows logo that replaces teh Mac at bootup tells me that this guy did his homework and was able to modify the EFI for it to load some custom bootloader

          My initial reaction to seeing that is that what's happening is they've hacked BootX (which is responsible for displaying the apple logo) to emulate BIOS. I don't know if that's possible, but it seems like a viable approach.
        • by TCQuad (537187)
          I was sceptic as well but if you watch carefully he actually turns on the Mac from sleep mode at one point (see teh white Led on the front).

          What happened to the LED on the front? It shut off once Windows was installed; is this normal? Does it do this when you run Linux on a Mac?
          • The LED turns on when the computer first boots, but turns off once the OS is running (not sure exactly which point in the boot process, though). When the computer is put to sleep, the pulses on and off (analogous to the computer "snoring," except visually). At least, this is how it works on my iMac running Mac OS; I haven't tried Linux (or Windows, obviously) on it yet.

            After watching the video, it looks as though the light coming on after the reboot looks normal, but I didn't notice him ever putting the c
      • Agreed. (Score:5, Informative)

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 15, 2006 @08:46PM (#14929323)
        I found a really good summary [hishamrana.com] of what could be the technique behind making this happen.. The chances are he is using the BOCHS hack for implementing a video bios. In the process of booting, windows does NOT take control until its kernal is fully loaded which is where the first screen flicker comes in. The *ONLY* way he could have done this way to connect the LCD of the Mac directly to a PC behind the scenes. However, even then, if you look at the model # of the hard drive, its the same one you find in the first intel imacs shipped. My conclusion is that it would take far too much work to make this a hoax so it must be real. I'm pretty sure this guy is using the Bochs technique.
        • Bocks route seems to be the most obvious -- people have been using it to boot Windows on LinuxBIOS for years.
        • But the hard drive can easily be moved to another computer.

          Also, I tried figuring out what the system properties dialog said, but the only thing I could make out was "Con***** Intel*** CPU". Way to go with a blurry, badly interlaced, highly compressed video.

  • RIM's poor decision (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Internet Ronin (919897) <internet.ronin@g ... BSDcom minus bsd> on Wednesday March 15, 2006 @08:11PM (#14929099)
    Look, I'll agree the patent system needs a major overhaul, in fact, most people well versed in patent law feel the same way. RIM did not lose this case because of bad patent law. They lost the case because they made really bad decisions. Their two major arguments (that the Intel processor in the BB was the mobile device, not the BB itself; that RIM's Canadian servers weren't subject to US patent law) were BLATANTLY contradicted by US Patent law precedent and by the U.S.C. (US Code of Law). Not only that, their courtroom and executive behavior was asinine. They infuriated the Judge (District court Judge James Spencer), may have been lying in their testimony (about procedure MANDATED by US federal law!), and filed the SAME motion FOUR TIMES (it was beat 4 times, by the same argument; James Spencer began to wonder if there was something wrong with his hearing). RIM had an easy win, but lack of technical expertise in their legal decisions (lawyers usually know the LAW, not technology) and simple good corporate behavior, and NTP would likely have been sent packing. I also theorize that a critical argument could be made regarding obviousness, but it would require examining the fundamental precedent that NTP used, and judging its usefulness. Alas, that is another topic for another day (and hopefully a scholarly publication for myself, but I digress...). Patent Law would have protected RIM, if they hadn't shot themselves in the foot. Patent law was not the problem here.
  • WinXP on Mac (Score:1, Interesting)

    by isecore (132059)
    I sure would like to know how that was accomplished. Even though the video is interesting it doesn't really tell the tale.

    For all we know it could just be a full-screen movie of a Windows XP install/boot that's running. I want some information on how he got XP to talk EFI.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 15, 2006 @08:13PM (#14929114)

    If you don't stop your whiny attitude, we are gonna send somebody to your house to beat you up.

    Sincerely,

    PriceRitePhoto

  • Damage control (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward
    For a sake of all the fanboys who are about the flood this article as well, I will make the mandatory cross-platform statement:

    Q - Why would you want to run Windows XP on mac?

    A - Dell was fresh out of quad core computers with three PCI-express slots and the ability to add 8 GIGABYTES of ram. Shucks.
    • “Q - Why would you want to run Windows XP on mac?

      A - Dell was fresh out of quad core computers with three PCI-express slots and the ability to add 8 GIGABYTES of ram. Shucks.”

      Still doesn't explain why you'd want to run Windows XP on the thing, though. I don't know about you, but I'd rather a fully modern operating system with up-to-date hardware support, no major memory-support limitations, and not to mention security such as Mac OS X, or even better Linux, or maybe even OpenBSD if I was trul

    • A - Dell was fresh out of quad core computers

      Apple's fresh outta those, too, though likely not for that much longer (August for the PowerMac replacement?).
    • Umm..
      You can do 2 dual core xeons, and 16gb of ram on an X64 precision 670.

      it's $11,902

      can't help with the three pci-express slots tho....
  • patent reform\ (Score:3, Insightful)

    by bwthomas (796211) <bwthomas@ g m a i l.com> on Wednesday March 15, 2006 @08:16PM (#14929131)
    I know that everyone always says, "oh, every big company is pro-patent", &c. &c., but i have to say that it's nice to see that a company that's been burned by shaky patents (RIM) has decided to pursue / support the effort towards patent reform. I hope that they are able to do something good.
  • by dellsworth (776177) on Wednesday March 15, 2006 @08:28PM (#14929218)
    Since the story didn't link to the blog, here it is: http://thomashawk.com/2006/03/yahoo-shoppers-bewar e-priceritephoto.html [thomashawk.com]
  • Looks like state nullifciation isn't dead yet! Good job NH.
    • Re:Real ID (Score:5, Interesting)

      by syukton (256348) on Wednesday March 15, 2006 @08:46PM (#14929322)
      New Hampshire's state motto is "Live Free or Die."

      New Hampshire is also home to the Free State Project [freestateproject.org]:
      The Free State Project is an agreement among 20,000 pro-liberty activists to move to New Hampshire, where they will exert the fullest practical effort toward the creation of a society in which the maximum role of government is the protection of life, liberty, and property. The success of the Project would likely entail reductions in taxation and regulation, reforms at all levels of government to expand individual rights and free markets, and a restoration of constitutional federalism, demonstrating the benefits of liberty to the rest of the nation and the world.
      I haven't joined the project, but I do admire its proponents.
      • Re:Real ID (Score:3, Informative)

        by sadomikeyism (677964)
        The original article needs to be corrected. In fact, the NH House did express disagreement with the REAL ID Act, they stated in the bill they voted for that they found the Act "is contrary and repugnant to Articles 1 through 10 of the New Hampshire constitution as well as Amendments 4 though 10 of the Constitution for the United States of America."

        Imagine that: legislators who can still read a constitution... and agree with parts of it that don't just expand their own authority.

        Signed: A Free State Projec

        • You're right, when I submitted that (if its not too hard to believe, yes I submitted it) I should have noted that NOT ONLY does it express disapproval, but forbids participation.
      • I not only joined the Free State Project, I moved my family to New Hampshire from California last year. I now run the Blogsite http://freestateblogs.net/ [freestateblogs.net] ; on there you can see a video of Representative Neal Kurk's awesome speech before the State House: http://freestateblogs.net/node/306 [freestateblogs.net]
        • What's the availability of tech jobs in NH like? Also, what are the housing prices like in the more suburban areas? Also, are the Free Staters all concentrated in a certain locale, or are they spread all over the state? I am interested in joining the project, but I have never lived outside my home state of Washington before and moving to an area I don't know much about intimidates me.
          • I can answer this. I used to be a partner in a Seattle based business from 91-96, and a lifelong resident of NH, so I'm familiar with both locales. I'd say housing costs have not escalated quite as much as the Seattle area, and both were pretty par in the mid 90's. Depending on what part of the state you are in, you can find a 2000-2500 sq ft home for anywhere from $130k up to $350k. The southeast area near the seacoast has most of the high price real estate and most of the high tech. The northern tip of th
          • As for tech jobs in NH, Oracle Corp (where I work) has amajor development center in Nashua, NH -- I got myself transferred there from Socialist California. Check jobs.oracle.com And of course, check the FSP NH Info page for jobs, housing, etc http://www.freestateproject.org/nhinfo/ [freestateproject.org]
    • For once the feds realized that something is a state matter and beyond their control. However, the feds can regulate themselves, such as specifying what federal offices will accept as valid identification. The law basically says they won't accept any state identification that doesn't comply with some basic rules, such as being in the country legally (something so sensible that it's not done in all states).

      States are free not to comply, but they might get some gripes from the people trying to collect their w
  • which last year passed 100-0...

    Damn! So much for Mr. Feingold [watchblog.com]...Thought we had a winner for a second.
  • by JoeShmoe (90109) <askjoeshmoe@hotmail.com> on Wednesday March 15, 2006 @09:30PM (#14929532)
    If you look at the textmode setup screen, you can see there's a 256MB USB key present (244MB storage device). Later after the GUI is booted, you can see under Disk Drives there's a Generic USB storage disk.

    I'm willing to bet that what's happening here it that he's managed to copy the NT bootloader onto the USB drive and then boot to it. Booting to USB devices is, I believe, something that Apple supports. I know it's supported by every current BIOS so why should the next generation EFI have fewer features? Maybe if you plug in a bootable USB device, the EFI will boot it instead of the MBR on the primary disk drive...or more likely there's a hotkey to boot to USB devices like how holding "C" I think forces a boot to CD-ROM.

    Anyway, the sneaky part is that booting to CD-ROM or USB kicks in all sorts of helpful things. Booting to most CD-ROMs (El Torito spec) creates a fake "A:" drive with the contents of the bootsector binary file. Ironically, you can't acccess the CD-ROM itself unless that bootsector loads a CD-ROM driver. Booting to USB drives, I would guess, creates Int 13 or 80h or whatver it's called...basically BIOS-compatible addressing for drives. This is how funky SCSI or RAID controllers can create drives that you can see in DOS, which has no idea how to access a 32-bit PCI device.

    So my theory is that the Mac creates a C: drive and loads the NT installer kernal, at which point the installer loads the right driver to see the IDE drivers (or perhaps he loads the appropriate textmode driver for the actual disk controller). Once the kernal can see the drive, it can put the pointer in the BOOT.INI and format and partition it. Then, the USB drive becomes the boot drive (has BOOT.INI, NTLDR, etc) and the internal IDE drive becomes the system drive (\WINDOWS directory, pagefile, etc).

    There are people who know how to boot the NT kernal from USB keys and even read-only media like CD-ROMs. I wonder if anyone has tried using a WinXP embedded bootable CD on an Intel Mac (like BartPE or the official Microsoft recovery one. It's a clever idea, and I wouldn't be surprised if this is the magic step. As a bonus, using the BIOS emulation provided by USB burning would probably bypass all of the trusted computing components since they are not DOS compatible.

    Still, talk about making a sow's ear out of a silk purse!

    -JoeShmoe
    .
    • by Anonymous Coward
      Actually, I think it is more along the lines of this:

      EFI looks for a bootloader on certain types of filesystems. On the Intel Mac, HFS+ and FAT32 are supported, nothing else. So what you do is you write your own EFI bootloader which loads a CSM to get BIOS compatibility, and loads the NT kernel and so on. You can also patch the in-RAM copy of EFI with your bootloader to know how to load El Torito CDs to do the install as well.

      Once you have a functional CSM and a bootloader that knows how to load the NT kern
    • If it was as simple as booting off a usb drive, it would be done already. Long ago. The problem is that windows needs a BIOS. It's looking in the BIOS region for video support and other things that simply aren't there. Apple doesn't have one with the iMac, so booting off the drive can't "create an int 80h" and expect regular BIOS things to happen.

      The most plausible trick I've seen thus far is writing a new bootloader that copies one of the open source BIOSes (who would have thought they'd be useful!?) into
    • IIRC, Intel-based Apples don't support El Torito, and they definitely don't support all the assorted legacy BIOS calls you need to run the standard Windows bootloader (hence why it's so difficult).
  • by Anonymous Coward

    I know you can't be ultra-knowledgable about everything, but I would have thought that Vint Cert would know better than to talk about topics he's ignorant of.

    A more serious problem has been that JAVA programmers for web pages often don't know that there are more than seven gTLDs and that many of them have more than three letters. That leads to rejection of email addresses and other entries into web forms that make reference to domain names. We need some educational outreach to fix that.

    How about an e

  • Ebay userid history (Score:2, Informative)

    by Exstatica (769958) *
    I think this probably proves it most of all http://contact.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ReturnUse rIdHistory&requested=barclaysphoto [ebay.com] yay for id changes!
  • by aiken_d (127097) <brooks.tangentry@com> on Wednesday March 15, 2006 @10:09PM (#14929723) Homepage
    With regards to the CAN-SPAM issue, sure, spam is bad and spammers are evil. But does anyone really want a court system where there's no requirement to prove that the defendent was aware of the illegal activities of their subcontractors? Just saying they "should have been" is emotionally rewarding, but I for one am glad that the judge here is insisting on proof.

    -b
    • I just talked to Joe about this.

      The judge ignored the California spam law in this case, which provides almost strict liability. The "expert" for Kennedy Western said that the headers could have been forged by Hypertouch and Joe's family members. Even though the people that that KW hired said that they probably was not.

      What you talking about "knowing" requirment creates the Sargent Schultz Defense. And they don't want to know anything since they profit from the spam. Now, if KW, displayed verified "affiliate
  • Is OpenSource a brand name?

    Although the ComputerWorld article mentions open source too, Peter Quinn's main battle is (was?) over open standards - a very different topic. Microsoft likes to confuse them so they can say that Massachusetts is excluding them. That's not true - they are free to implement the open standard (Open Document) in their closed source.

    Please don't confuse the two.
  • I successfully figured out how to install Windows on my imac. It is quite ingenious really.
    1. Prepare a windows machine that will run VMWare
    2. Run Remote Desktop Connection and launch vmware
    3. Run VMWare at full screen with the top bar off
    4. Install. With the virtualization of VMWare it will be near realtime
    5. Catch blurry inconclusive video of the system and hardware manager.

    I forget if you sleep your system if the RDC comes back with it but why didnt he simply use VNC or some other remote system.

    BTW did yo

  • by syukton (256348) on Wednesday March 15, 2006 @11:41PM (#14930142)
    "With House Bill 1582, The New Hampshire House of Representatives has taken the first steps towards defying the Federal Government on the infamous Real ID act, which last year passed 100-0. This bill does not express disagreement with the Real ID act, it prohibits the state DMV from amending licensing procedures altogether, and it passed 270-84. Several impassioned testimonies were given at the House, and even those against the bill expressed displeasure with the Real ID act. It now moves on to the 24-member state Senate. The afternoon's proceedings can be viewed or listened to via the NH General Court website under the afternoon of March 8th."
    Could you have mentioned that the empassioned debate takes place during the last thirty fucking minutes FOUR AND A HALF HOUR session? I sat through the first three hours of the session of the house before deciding to try skipping ahead. For anyone else that wants to hear the debate, it begins near 4:08:40 with the statement, "My intention is that this will be the last bill of the day."
  • I say thumbs up to the State of New Hampshire for refusing to go along with the Real ID Act of 2005. Unfortunately, NH is a small state that the Federal Gov't can easily ignore their citizens. If one of the heavily populated states such as California, New York, Texas decide not to go along and are defiant towards the Federal Gov't like NH, the house made from the deck of cards known as the Real ID Act will come tumbling down.

    One of the most onerous provisions of the Real ID Act is requiring states to ele
    • He acted like the Democrats
      Excuse me? Seems the RePugs are the brats these days - for many years now. When was the last time our Dictator held an honest and open town hall? Boy I could go on and on but it is getting late.
    • From the Blues Brothers:

      Jake: Goddamned.
      Elwood: Man, I haven't been pulled over in six months. I bet those cops have got SCMODS.
      Jake: SCMODS?
      Elwood: State County Municipal Offender Data System.

      (The cops do have SCMODS, Elwood has a record:

      BLUES, ELWOOD
      ILLINOIS LICENSE : B263-1655-2187
      CURRENTLY UNDER SUSPENSION
      WARRANTS OUTSTANDING : PARKG. 116
      MOVING VIOLATIONS : 56
      ARREST DRIVER ... IMPOUND VEHICLE

      Officer Daniel returns to the car)

      Officer Daniel: Elwood, we show your license currently under suspension. Step o

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