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Comment Re:License Plate Bracket (Score 1) 521 521

The sensor alarm's the cops console in this case. They may or may not pull you over and issue a ticket for an equipment issue - generic or otherwise.
 
Your good passive defenses include:
  - Using a full plate cover which filters UV or is smoke-colored
  - Using a full plate cover with magic tape on the inside to change the IR appearance of the actual lettering of your plate.
  - Not washing your car.

Comment New York State already does this (Score 1) 521 521

The State of New York (atleast, out in the Western bit, where I live) already engages in this practice. A lot of the municipalities and law enforcement agencies here have taken advantage of state and federal money to equip cruisers with the Remington Plate Reader (read: http://www.elsag.com/detail.asp?i=17). The cars use the vehicles onboard AVL, combined with the results of the plate reader, and transmits the location of the cruiser with what plates its spotted back to the State Police.

Comment Sheesh... (Score 3, Funny) 110 110

Researcher Create Computer That Fits On Pen Tip

My team obviously went the wrong direction. We've just completed work on a breakthrough - a pen that's large enough to fit onto a computer - comfortably. We figured that computers were tired of just writing to disk, so we'd let them write on paper as well. The actual apparatus is so comically large, that, obviously, only a large-ish computer would want to use it.

Embarassing.

Comment Passwords (Score 5, Interesting) 438 438

What if my device is password protected? Can I be compelled to hand over the password? Because I won't.

If I cannot be compelled to hand over encryption keys for other forms of media, I'm not giving up a password to my mobile device, either.

At the same time, if they elect to seize and search my backpack, which is also locked, they have the option of breaking the lock to gain access to the contents. But is that legal? At that point, you're also destroying my property in the process.

Are these 'law enforcement officials' permitted to install software on devices in the course of conducting a 'search'?

Sticky.

Comment Re:mocking illiterate editors is too easy (Score 1) 165 165

You're entirely right, and that is an oversight on my part. I had originally mis-typed 'mutated' (mutaed?), and instead of spell-checking it to 'mutated', it went to 'muted'. I didn't realize until I saw it on the front page, and said 'Doh!'.

You got the idea, though.

Submission + - Twitter Suffers Web Interface Exploit->

HaloZero writes: "We're seeing lots of re-tweets on Twitter.com right now, all containing a fragment of JavaScript, which re-tweets itself when moused-over on the Twitter web interface. This could easily be muted into a more sinister attack, so it is recommended that you use a third party client application, or refrain from social media altogether until the problem is resolved."
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