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+ - GM Recalls Cadillacs in China->

Submitted by Ted_Margaris_Chicago
Ted_Margaris_Chicago (3852719) writes "General Motors Co. (GM) recalled more than 100,000 Cadillac SRX sport utility vehicles in China — the automaker’s largest market — over a faulty rear suspension component that could pose a safety risk.

Shanghai GM, one of the company’s joint ventures in China, will call back and fix 107,016 SUVs that were made from July 2009 to last month because of loose toe adjusters, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, or AQSIQ, said on its website."

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+ - Government employees and politicians gets special status from TSA->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "Government employees and politicians get preferential treatment from the Transportation Security Administration simply for being government employees and politicians.

Meanwhile, everyone else is stuck in an “aviation security caste system” based on dozens of watchlists compiled by the TSA, FBI and other law enforcement agencies, along with a secret formula the TSA believes can sort passengers based on hypothetical analyses and conjecture.

That’s the conclusion drawn by Hugh Handeyside, a staff attorney for the ACLU, who reviewed a recent audit of the TSA, every traveler’s favorite government pseudo-police force.

The TSA doesn’t really have a handle on how many people end up boarding airplanes despite being on the so-called “no fly list.” The TSA uses literally dozens of different lists provided by federal law enforcement agencies to determine which travelers should be singled out for extra screening or should not be allowed to fly, no matter how much screening they receive.

But the keen legal minds at the ACLU caught another serious problem — keeping all those separate lists — and “blacklisting” some people while “whitelisting” others — is probably unconstitutional and is “stretching the concept of watchlisting to the breaking point.”

“Not only has the Transportation Security Administration expanded its use of blacklists for security screening to identify passengers who may be “unknown threats,” but it also has compiled vast whitelists of individuals — including members of Congress, federal judges, and millions of Department of Defense personnel — who are automatically eligible for expedited screening at airports,” Handeyside wrote. “These changes have made a broken watchlisting system even more arbitrary, unfair, and discriminatory.”"

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Comment: Re:Spoilers (Score 1) 131

by Forgefather (#47913767) Attached to: The FCC Net Neutrality Comment Deadline Has Arrived: What Now?

The point of net nuetrality isn't about what speeds are sent to your home it's about the relative speeds of the web content that you browse. You pay for 100Mbps and yes that connection is capped at that speed, but without net nuetrality the individual sites that you visit could be throttled to well below the speed that you ALREADY PAID FOR. That is the key. You have paid to access all sites at a certain speed as determined by your plan, but the ISPs have decided that in order for you to recieve the speed that you paid for those websites must also pay.

Comment: Re:Jungles, but I'm too scared (Score 1) 246

by Forgefather (#47654089) Attached to: I'd most like to (personally) explore:

Death can come for you anywhere.

My family had a trip planned to India a few week after the New Delhi shootings, and we went anyway because just a few weeks before that a woman we knew had been shot to death in her own home by a pair of teenagers. We figured it was better to die not being afraid to live.

Comment: Re:eSports aren't like regular Sports (Score 1) 146

by Forgefather (#47654057) Attached to: The ESports Athletes Who Tried To Switch Games

The allure of eSports (gah) is that you too, with a little practice, could be the next great star. It's a fantasy for most people without 10,000 hours to play Starcraft at a competitive level, but it's the same fantasy that has 5-10,000 people attending the WSOP every year to become the next Moneymaker.

Combine this with the prize structure for most events and you add the feeling that with a little skill you too could win the lottery. Honestly, one of the main strengths of eSports over conventional sports is the low barrier of entry due to the sport not being closed off by large franchises not looking to split an audience.

Comment: Re:eSports aren't like regular Sports (Score 1) 146

by Forgefather (#47633097) Attached to: The ESports Athletes Who Tried To Switch Games
Just this. Modern sporting teams rely on stars to draw in viewers, and create a relationship between the fans and the players, not just the fans and the brand. People who don't go to see the Lakers may go to see "superman" in action, and this is same with eSports. Without a standout career, it's harder to create emotional investment in the team, and it's much harder to cheer for a player that has played for a year, and will be gone in 2. It's one of the reasons why people in the west find Asian teams less compelling. The language barrier and lack of familiarity with the players prevents the team from creating the marketable narrative that we see in traditional sporting events.

+ - Google Mystery Barge Sold For Scrap->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The barge, sitting in Portland's harbor, was originally intended as a showroom for Glass and other gadgets has been sold and will be dismantled and sold for scrap.

Given Glass' perception problem of only being a toy for the tech 1%, it seems Google is getting away from promoting it in private, invite only events on the mystery boats."

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