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+ - Technology and Kansas City drivers->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Kansas and Missouri have made texting while driving illegal, however it does not seem that this law is working. This article talks about reasons why. They give some great facts about new aps that may be able to help. Hoping that after reading this article people will become more mindful of what they are doing while driving."
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+ - German Data Protection Expert Warns Against Using iPhone5S Fingerprint Function->

Submitted by dryriver
dryriver (1010635) writes "Translated from Der Spiegel: Hamburg Data-Protection Specialist Johannes Caspar warns against using iPhone 5S's new Fingerprint ID function. "The biometric features of your body, like your fingerprints, cannot be erased or deleted. They stay with you until the end of your life and stay constant — they cannot be changed. One should thus avoid using biometric ID technologies for non-vital or casual everyday uses like turning on a smartphone. This is especially true if a biometric ID, like your fingerprint, is stored in a data file on the electronic device you are using." Caspar finds Apple's argument that "your fingerprint is only stored on the iPhone, never transmitted over the network" weak and misleading. "The average iPhone user is not capable of checking, on a technical level, what happens to his or her fingerprint once it is on the iPhone. He or she cannot tell with any certainty or ease what kind of private data applications downloaded onto the iPhone can or cannot access. The recent disclosure of spying programs like Prism makes it riskier than ever before to share important personal data with electronic devices." Caspar adds: "As a matter of principle, one should never hand over any biometric data when it isn't strictly needed. Handing over a non-changeable biometric feature like a fingerprint for no better reason than that it provides 'some convenience' in everyday use, is ill advised and foolish. One must always be extremely cautious where and for what reasons one hands over biometric features.""
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+ - Two Birmingham Men Are Arrested by UK's New Intellectual Property Crime Unit->

Submitted by cervesaebraciator
cervesaebraciator (2352888) writes "The Guardian reports that the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has arrested two men from Birmingham and have seized "suspected counterfeit DVD box sets worth around £40,000, including titles such as Game of Thrones, CSI and Vampire Diaries." The claim is that the men were buying foreign counterfeit copies and selling them online as genuine. London police commissioner Adriad Leppard offers commentary indicative of the thinking behind these efforts, saying, "Intellectual property crime is already costing our economy hundreds of millions of pounds a year and placing thousands of jobs under threat, and left unchecked and free to feed on new technology could destroy some of our most creative and productive industries." The article offers £51 billion per month as an estimate for the cost of illegal downloading to the music, film, and software industry, a figure they say will triple by 2015. To give a sense of scale here, according to IMF numbers the nominal 2012 GDP of the UK was roughly $2.4 trillion (or about £1.5 trillion at the current exchange rate). Following the estimates used here to justify the PIPCU, the total cost of piracy to the music, film, and software industry should be £1.836 trillion, i.e. larger than the British economy in 2012."
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+ - FISA Court Will Release More Opinions Because Of Snowden->

Submitted by cold fjord
cold fjord (826450) writes "Looks like more evidence against being a rubber stamp. The Washington Post reports, "Citing the former NSA contractor, a federal judge has ordered the government to declassify more reports from the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. In an opinion from the FISC itself, Judge F. Dennis Saylor on Friday told the White House to declassify all the legal opinions relating to Section 215 of the Patriot Act written after May 2011 that aren't already the subject of FOIA litigation. The court ruled (.pdf) that the White House must identify the opinions in question by Oct. 4. "The unauthorized disclosure of in June 2013 of a Section 215 order, and government statements in response to that disclosure, have engendered considerable public interest and debate about Section 215," wrote Saylor. "Publication of FISC opinions relating to this opinion would contribute to an informed debate." The ruling comes in response to a petition by the American Civil Liberties Union seeking greater government transparency. But because the ACLU already has a similar FOIA case pending in another court, Saylor wrote that the new FISC order can only cover documents that don't relate to that case.""
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Comment: Re:Newsflash (Score 1) 450

by GreyGroom (#39219175) Attached to: Linode Exploit Caused Theft of Thousands of Bitcoins
You are confusing money and currency. Money is worth only the value of trade material it is made out of. The stamps on the money are a statement of quality. Currency is the measure of the flow of money and is a higher level of abstraction. An example of a lower level of abstraction trade would be barter.

Comment: Re:Just shows how far HR is from people doing the (Score 1) 354

by GreyGroom (#34331200) Attached to: Seagate To Pay Former Worker $1.9M For Phantom Job
You just have to count overtime. A year is 40 hrs * 50 weeks = 2000 hours per year 20,000 hours spent and you have 10 years experience. If you believe that 50 to 60 productive hrs a week for 40 hrs pay for a poor review and a threat of loosing your job is OK and normal then you may want to check what is in your coolaid.

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