Concerns about the new technology were raised immediately, including from within the government. A 1984 report for the Greater London Council Police Committee warned that the system made every car a potential suspect and handed policy on mass surveillance to the police. “This possibility in a democracy is unacceptable,” it concluded.
if it had bumps that didn't really effect the charge distribution...
... and this is exactly where the headline implies it wrong. If you actually read beyond the headline (merely the slashdot summary is already enough), you'd notice that this is indeed about non-roundness that does affect charge distribution. Non-uniform charge distribution would result in a dipole moment, whose absent has been noticed.
Walk into some woods. Change clothes/reverse, put on or take off layers. Pop on a big hat. Walk out of the woods, make the call.
These cameras are well hidden. When the news of the arrest were announced, it was quite a surprise (... and some outrage...) that these existed at all. Probably the kids didn't bother with dressing up because they never suspected they could get caught that way. And if they had known, a well-placed blob of chewing gum would have achieved the same goal much more easily...
There is only one asshole here. No wait, there is the asshole from the story and you for thinking his repeated actions are okay.
You seem to do this quite often. If somebody is defending a given behaviour (or outraged at disproportionate punishment of such behaviour), you immediately leap to the conclusion that this person would indulge in such behaviour himself (or worse...). So now, who's the asshole here?
No normal person calls in a bomb threat to get out of a final that will at most just end being delayed.
Ok, so I was flippant when I said that "everybody" (and by implication, me) does it. Let me assure you that I never did such a thing, nor anybody that I know personally. However, it does happen often enough to be well known that some students do this (and in my town we did indeed have a case where a group of students did it, and they were caught by a phone camera hidden in the payphone booth).
That YOU were (and are) an idiot doesn't mean everyone is.
That you are a humourless prick (that can't spot a flippant remark) doesn't mean that everybody else is, either. And now shut up.
If he'd just called it in from a pay phone, they'd never have found him.
In Luxembourg, a couple of students at the European School did exactly that a few years ago. They were caught pretty quickly, because, you know, payphones have cameras... ("officially" to catch vandalism, but these cams sure did come in handy in this case as well). So, cops just walked with the pix from classroom to classroom until they found the perps.
You missed the part where he didn't want to take an exam.
He didn't want to take an exam that day (probably because he had started studying way too late). He wouldn't probably object taking it 1 week later (or whatever date it would have been postponed too).
If he hadn't confessed, he would have had to take it. So he really didn't have a choice.
Even that is no guarantee. Maybe the cops will "allow" him to take the exam from prison?
He called in a bomb threat to delay taking a final. This is a dude that has already shown that he has poor decision making skills.
Hey, that's what students do. Don't tell us that you never called in a bomb threat to avoid school or exams?
The difference was, in the old days, school personnel knew that this is a standard student prank, and acted accordingly (namely, not at all). Only today, in this post-911 world have people become so paranoid that they take obvious prank calls at face value...
That's one of the major reasons Tor users encourage others to use Tor too. Same with encryption.
Unfortunately, tor is so damn slow that it is virtually unusable for anything that doesn't absolutely have to be hidden.
Result: only people who have a very good reason to do so will use tor...
Or has it become faster in the recent years?
And if the police thinks you did it, and the case is important enough to search very, very hard, they will find the evidence.
... and don't forget "searching very very hard" is an euphemism for "fabricating"...
and then Microsoft will own our healthcare, as well as our desktops!
But then, won't the anti-trust commission object, because then Microsoft will effectively have a monopoly on viruses!
a recycler catering to cable thieves is potentially equipped
Equipped specifically to cater to thieves? I'd think such an outfit would not stay long in business. All police have to ask is "what is this piece of equipment for"? All this business lives by plausible deniability. The recycler doesn't want to know where those copper scraps are coming from, much less specifically buy equipment to handle them...
huge damage to somebody else for a moderate personal gain
Except that even compared to just their own damage/"investment" they don't come out ahead. Read grand-parent post:
Plus considering the amount of time it takes to steal the copper, they could have gotten a minimum wage job and made more money
So you really have to wonder, what exactly is driving those idiots...
And you'd have to put down a deposit to use one for shopping.
Which you do anyways...