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Comment: Re:Ummm... (Score 1) 150

by BigSlowTarget (#46790237) Attached to: Investors Value Yahoo's Core Business At Less Than $0
Except of course that individual current owners of Yahoo would see that the investors would get a 25% return and figure other people would sell at market and they could hang on to their shares for a while to get a chunk of the 25%. The investors would effectively have to pay a portion of the premium. They would also have to deal with the risk that they put the whole deal together and then someone jumps in and buys out Yahoo for a tiny bit more or that Yahoo directors tank the value through poison pills or other actions in response to their attempt.

+ - Element 14 holding orders based on government watch lists->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The article speaks for itself but basically the suggestion is there are watch lists and holds issued regarding the purchase of simple electronic components thanks to US provided name lists. It reads pretty crazy but David L Jones has been around a while. Is he getting played here or have others had the same experience?"
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Comment: You are on the right track just not quite there (Score 4, Interesting) 478

by BigSlowTarget (#46277825) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Anti-Camera Device For Use In a Small Bus?
You've tried ultra bright IR but you really need flickering ultra-bright IR strobing at different rates and levels. A solid IR just sets things up for a better photo. Providing the camera didn't have an IR filter and did photograph IR a flickering IR would cause differing light needs within the exposure window which the camera would be unlikely to adapt to. If you are able to link the timing of the flickering in with your own cameras you'd be able to shut it off momentarily (electronically) and grab the photo.

Comment: Re:Remote control? (Score 1) 439

by BigSlowTarget (#45736027) Attached to: US Spying Costs Boeing Military Jet Deal With Brazil
Not necessarily. The same could be said for the power of experience, leadership, morale, training or logistical support. The US military is neither Jedi nor Sith but they are pretty well led, trained and supported. Having the biggest guns does nothing to help you when you pull the trigger and it goes 'click' because you're out of bullets, didn't maintain it or forgot to flip the safety.

Comment: Re:UK Official Secrets Act (Score 1) 397

In the US the laws are so screwed up, reworded, artistically intepreted, overlaid with regulation and in some cases even secret that you probably can't even figure out if your employer is breaking the law without seeing a lawyer and even then it's going to be argued over long after you are broke, homeless and unemployable. We need a dramatic reworking of the ridiculously complex legal system that is supporting a sort of fear and confusion based collection of legal priests and the political patrons that can deploy them en masse to crush their opponents. Unless a common person can understand the laws they aren't likely to be able to completely follow them. Unfortunately change is not something likely to happen.

+ - NSA probed fewer than 300 phone numbers in 2012 - broke plots in 20 nations->

Submitted by cold fjord
cold fjord (826450) writes "Yet more details about the controversy engulfing the NSA. From CNET : "Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, explained how the program worked without violating individuals' civil rights. "We take the business records by a court order, and it's just phone numbers — no names, no addresses — put it in a lock box," Rogers told CBS News' "Face The Nation." "And if they get a foreign terrorist overseas that's dialing in to the United Sates, they take that phone number... they plug it into this big pile, if you will, of just phone numbers — it's like a phonebook without any names and any addresses with it — to see if there's a connection, a foreign terrorist connection to the United States." "When a number comes out of that lock box, it's just a phone number — no names, no addresses," he said. "If they think that's relevant to their counterterrorism investigation, they give that to the FBI. Then upon the FBI has to go out and meet all the legal standards to even get whose phone number that is." " From the AP: " ... programs run by the National Security Agency thwarted potential terrorist plots in the U.S. and more than 20 other countries — and that gathered data is destroyed every five years. Last year, fewer than 300 phone numbers were checked against the database of millions of U.S. phone records ... the intelligence officials said in arguing that the programs are far less sweeping than their detractors allege.... both NSA programs are reviewed every 90 days by the secret court authorized by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Under the program, the records, showing things like time and length of call, can only be examined for suspected connections to terrorism, they said. The ... program helped the NSA stop a 2009 al-Qaida plot to blow up New York City subways. ""
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