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+ - Pot grower's privacy challenged-> 1

Submitted by damaged_sectors
damaged_sectors (1690438) writes "A map marking what are supposed to be secret locations of 60 warehouses and other buildings where medical marijuana is grown in Boulder has accidentally been made public by the city. Officials say an "oversight" led them to publish the map on the city's Web site. Kathy Haddock, Boulder's senior assistant city attorney who advises the council on medical marijuana issues, said Thursday that the map "would" be removed from the city's Web site. No conspiracy here folks. In other news the council will decide at its Jan. 18 meeting whether Boulder should circumvent the open records act exemption for cultivation centers by requiring applicants for medical marijuana business licenses to waive their right to privacy. The council could force all growing centers to sign such a waiver as a condition of receiving a city-issued business license. While the risk this would make it easier for Federal authorities to raid grow-ops might not concern council members and others opposed to medical marijuana — I have to wonder what sort of mentality thinks exposing growers to the very real risk of armed robbery by criminals is justifiable."
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IT

+ - Disempowering the singular sysadmin 3

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Practically every computer system appears to be at the mercy of at least one individual who holds root or whatever other superuser identity can destroy (or subvert, etc.) that system. Each application on a system has the same weakness. However, making a system require multiple individuals for any root operation (think of the classic two-keys to launch a nuke) has shortcomings: simple operations sometimes require root, and would be enormously cumbersome if they needed a consensus of administrators to execute. There is the idea of a Distributed Administration Network, which is like a cluster of independently-administered servers, but this is a limited case for deployment of certain applications... and anyway it is still presumably vaporware. Are there more sweeping yet practical solutions out there for avoiding the weakness of a singular empowered superuser?"

Comment: Re:How does this work? (Score 1) 570

by Bl4ckJ3sus (#30150736) Attached to: US Government Using PS3s To Break Encryption
Without encryption, it can be done with http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/bootdisk.html/ which can be found on the ultimate boot CD as well. I've used it a few times to get into machines where users have forgotten their passwords. It will reset/eliminate the multi-attempt lockout. There's others out there as well that do the same thing.
Sony

+ - SPAM: Netflix Coming to Sony PS3

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "'Microsoft has always seemed rather enthusiastic when it comes to throwing around the word 'exclusive' and here is another case in point,' says blogger Peter Smith. Netflix and Sony have announced that Netflix streaming is coming to the Sony Playstation 3 as early as next month. Back in August when Microsoft was rolling out its new dashboard update, one of the features it was talking up was Netflix streaming, says Smith, and it said 'This exclusive partnership offers you the ability to instantly stream movies and TV episodes from Netflix to the television via Xbox 360. Xbox 360 will be the only game console to offer this movie-watching experience...' Apparently, in Microsoft parlance, 'exclusive partnership' means 'we launched it first' and not 'we inked a deal with Netflix preventing this feature from appearing on the competition's hardware.' All this is good news for PS3 owners who can now sign up to be notified of Netflix availability for their system."
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Comment: Re:I'm an emacs user! (Score 1) 939

by Mornedhel (#29620287) Attached to: The Most Useless Key On My Keyboard Is...

He's modded Funny, but he has a point.

Escape -- because Alt+* is often grabbed before it gets to Emacs, I have to use Escape for Meta (so, yeah, Emacs user here). Plus it closes dialogs.

Caps Lock -- because I don't run Windows and don't have to rely on Word's autocorrect to enter uppercase letters with accents. My locale requires uppercase letters to retain their accents. CapsLock+é gives me "É" while Shift+é would give me "2".

Windows Key -- what, you never use Super on any keybinding ?

Scroll Lock -- console, 'nuff said.

That key that opens the context menu -- it opens the main Sawfish menu for me.

F-Lock -- I don't know what that is. Function-lock, for laptops ? I wish mine had that. Can't get used to hjkl for moving around in NetHack.

Pause/Break -- Free custom keybinding, hooray !

One of the Media keys -- I don't have a lot of those. Home, Eject, Previous, Stop, Play/Pause, Next, and volume control are all used (though Stop is bound to "show me what is playing right now".

So I guess I'd say Pause is the *least useful* after all.

Government

+ - DFW Police Officer Gives Away Neighbor's Stuff 1

Submitted by akleos
akleos (666) writes "A police officer in the Dallas, TX suburb of Arlington, will face no charges for giving away his neighbor's property on Craigslist. The DA said that no law fit what the officer had allegedly done therefore no charges will be pressed. Is this a sign that state governments aren't up to speed with current events in the world of tech-law, or is this a case of preferential treatment? Here is the link to the article on the Dallas Morning News website: http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/090309dnmetcraigslist.3d3b570.html"

Comment: Re:And California is releasing the "non violent" (Score 1) 640

by Bl4ckJ3sus (#29179323) Attached to: Mexico Decriminalizes Small-Scale Drug Possession
Watched "The Union" this weekend. Very very enlightening. Highly recommended (no pun intended). They really do a great job of explaining the whole history of the drug laws in the US and Canada. They also bring up a lot of great points in regards to organized crime and why it's so prevalent. and It is available via netflix "view it now".

Comment: Re:Talk about your catch 22 (Score 1) 451

by Bl4ckJ3sus (#28860737) Attached to: Real-World Consequences of Social Networking Posts

"The problem with racial profiling isn't when the people are actually criminals, it's when they're not. It's unjust for innocent people to be subjected to extra scrutiny just because people like them are acting badly."

QFT.

This is one of the most simple, yet profound explanations of why profiling is a bad thing.

Now, if we can get the rest of our people to start acting right, maybe this profiling stuff will end....

The Courts

Fair Use Defense Dismissed In SONY V. Tenenbaum 517

Posted by kdawson
from the calvary-needed-no-questions-asked dept.
Several readers sent us updates from the Boston courtroom where, mere hours before the start of trial, a federal judge ruled out fair use as a defense. Wired writes that "the outcome is already shaping up to resemble the only other file sharing trial," in which the RIAA got a $1.92M judgement against Jammie Thomas-Rassert. The defendant, Joel Tenenbaum, has already essentially admitted to sharing music files, and the entire defense put together by Harvard Prof. Charles Nesson and his students turned on the question of fair use. The judge wrote that the proposed defense would be "so broad it would swallow the copyright protections that Congress has created." Jury selection is complete and opening arguments will begin tomorrow morning. Here is the Twitter feed organized by Prof. Nesson's law students.

Comment: Re:Moon (Score 1) 207

by Bl4ckJ3sus (#28846281) Attached to: District 9 Rises From the Ashes of Halo

I agree about Sunshine. However, If Danny Boyle hadn't turned it into a "slasher-flick in space" near the end it would have been much much better. The frequent camera flashes and other nonsense kind of messed it up for me. But overall it was a very good sci-fi film.

Moon was spectacular, (Sam Rockwell....well, rocks :-) and I really look forward to Duncans' next film.

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