Samrobb writes: In grand/. tradition, the Freakonomics blog solicited reader questions for a Q&A session with Bruce Schneier. Mr. Schneier has responded, and "...his answers are extraordinarily interesting, providing mandatory reading for anyone who uses a computer. He also plainly thinks like an economist: search below for "crime pays" to see his sober assessment of why it's better to earn a living as a security expert than as a computer criminal."
vallor writes: Folks led by Von NotHaus were selling "Liberty Dollars" (since 1998), which were $20 silver pieces, it appears — FBI raided them this morning. There is apparently some legal history, including a letter from a mint telling the Liberty Dollar folks that their coinage was illegal.
Here's the thing, though — the company also has/had paper notes, which were backed by gold and silver in their vaults. And _all_ _that_ was confiscated in the raid, too. This raises my eyebrows: the raid was conducted by the FBI (DOJ), _not_ the Secret Service (Department of Treasury)...
There is an email from NotHaus circulating, in which he proclaims: "We have nothing but the will to push forward and overcome this massive assault on our liberty and our right to have real money as defined by the US Constitution."
pcause writes: An article in CIO Insight asks the question: "Is Google more dangerous than Microsoft". Google says that they aren't evil, but Microsoft, Enron and a long list of others have said that too.
What does Google need to do to make you think that "do no evil" is just a marketing slogan as opposed to an ethic?
nibbles2004 writes: "Producers of the new Star Trek movie are to hold an open casting session for people with "unique" features to appear as extras in the film.
The studio said it was interested in people with unique characteristics like "Producers of the new Star Trek movie are to hold an open casting session for people with "unique" features to appear as extras in the film.
The studio said it was interested in people with unique characteristics like "long necks, small heads, bug eyes, large foreheads and oversized ears".
An anonymous reader writes: After a year and a half after the raid on The Pirate Bay, an action that doubled the number of visitiors, the preliminary work is done and come january the five men behind the site will go to trial for "aiding copyright infringement". According to the anti-piracy agency it is a relief for everyone involved, them and TPB, to finaly be able to have the case tried in court. One of the guys behind TBP says that he think the charge is strange considering that they never had any illigeal copies on the site, only links to other peoples machines.
SK writes: "The Ministry of Defense has unveiled a new technology that can make tanks invisible. They carried out secret trials recently and have stated that the invisible tank would be ready for service by 2012.The technology involves using cameras and projectors to beam images of the surrounding landscape onto a tank. As a result, anyone looking in the direction of the vehicle only sees what is beyond it and not the tank itself."
martyb writes: ars technica has a story up about a driver who claims his speeding ticket should be thrown out because his GPS proves the police officer's radar was wrong. (AP version of the story here.)
The accused 17-year-old, Shaun Malone, has an ace up his sleeve: his step-dad is retired deputy Roger Rude. Rude encouraged Shaun to fight the ticket after the log he downloaded using software provided by the GPS unit's Colorado-based supplier showed Shaun was going the speed limit within 100 feet of where a Petaluma officer clocked him speeding.
"Radar is a pretty good tool, but it's not an infallible tool," said Rude, who spent 31 years in law enforcement. "With the GPS tracker, there is no doubt about it. There is no human interference."
Petaluma police Lt. John Edwards said he could not discuss Shaun's case but disputed Rude's contention that GPS is more accurate than a speed gun.
"GPS works on satellite signals, so you have a delay of some type," Edwards said. "Is it a couple-second delay? A 30-second delay? Because in that time people can speed up, slow down."
LOLCode is an opensource language project with the broken syntax and ALL CAPS of the LOLCats phenomenon. The project is boasting of unproven Turing completeness, and recently added a.net compiler for Mono and the Microsoft CLR. In LOLCode, the familiar "hello world" is rendered