MouseTheLuckyDog writes "Thank you Comcast and AT&T for making the US
31st in the world in download speeds. "
MouseTheLuckyDog writes "Forgive the blatent politicalness of the link. 
Reading this particular story caused s chill go down my spine,. and I think it will send chills down the spine. of many slashdot readers.
A Florida man was pulled over driving through Delaware last Christmas. He was asked where his gun is. This was outside the presence of his wife.He said he left it at home. His wife was asked and said she did not know. The cop told the man that he was lying and detained the family for a couple of hours.
Now comes the chilling part. How did the police know he owned a gun?
The simple answer is that they probably didn't know, what they knew was that he had a conceal carry weapons (CCW) permit in Florida. Florida does not give other states access to it's CCW database. So apparently Maryland is mining databases for CCW holders.
Of course another thought that will send a chill down spine. What other things are they mining for? What other states are mining databases?
A final aspect of this story. As you drive through Maryland, Maryland has automated license plate scanners. When your plate is scanned, MD's database is scanned for suspicious individuals.
So people watch out Maryland is watching you.
 Though that does not stop other slashdot members."
MouseTheLuckyDog writes "A crazy woman in North Dakota will be giving obese children notes for their parents instead of candy.
What kind of trick should the obese children play on her? My vote is getting together and burning ... well I may be a bit extreme.
PS: All the pendants out there will notice I used the apostrophe. Just to keep you guys happy."
MouseTheLuckyDog writes "In the latest on this thing called Obamacare. It turns out that not only did the Obama administration know people could not keep their insurance, they deliberately wrote regulations to cause cancellations"
MouseTheLuckyDog writes "The New York times is speculating that the new CEO of Microsoft could be Bill Gates
Now a lot of people have been saying that it was Ballmer's assumption to the CEO job that has led Microsoft's decline. I have always maintained that while Ballmer has not been the best of CEOs that the decline was not his fault and is more of a result of forces put into play at Microsoft a long, long time ago.
So what do you think would BG's return signal a reemergence of MS?"
MouseTheLuckyDog writes "WIth all the difficulties that Obamacare is encountering and causing, comes a new revelation, that some states are
outsourcing their IT work."
MouseTheLuckyDog writes "A couple of stories about drones patrolling Chicago "Safe Passage Zones". Make of it what you will.
MouseTheLuckyDog writes "What can I say: after creating the Adam West series and dragging the franchise way down. TPTB came back with Michael Keaton and Tim Burton, only to again drag the series down even worst then West. Somehow they made some very intelligent decisions using Christian Bale and Chris Nolan to resurect Batman.
Now they seem determined to drag it down by
casting Ben Affleck as the new Batman, in the Superman sequel. "
MouseTheLuckyDog writes "Seems the FAA isn't too happy with the citzens of Deer Falls, Co. who are debating having the city issue hunting licenses for drones."
MouseTheLuckyDog writes "KTVU is trying to erase it's error in the recent plane crash by filing DCMA requests"
MouseTheLuckyDog writes "In the interest of full disclosure, I think that George Zimmerman's story is a bit off but close to the truth. However, for the sake of this story let us assume that one of the various theories of how George Zimmerman committed murder is true. Would he have been convicted? No, because there was absolutely no proof, but there could have been proof.
If there were a camera at the location, it would have recorded the whole thing. and there would have been proof. It is too late to capture George Zimmerman, but not too late for the next guy. All we have to do is have cameras everywhere.
Now the question is are you willing to let a vigilante go free, or would you rather have camera's everywhere. The case was full of all sorts of ironies, but to me the biggest one is that many of the people that most wanted to see Zimmerman found guilty are the same people that do not want cameras everywhere, that oppose traffic cameras and are happy that there are establishments that forbid the wearing of google glasses.
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MouseTheLuckyDog writes "Today during the George Zimmerman trial, an ex-professor of George Zimmerman's was allowed to testify via Skype while on vacation. When setting it up the prosecution didn't have the sense to blank the destination account. The result according to the smoking gun was a flood of callers to the desination account resulting in the connection being terminafed and cross examination being done on a cell phone in the wirness box."
MouseTheLuckyDog writes "Ars is reporting a failed attempt by Microsoft to acquire Nokia.
Ars is also reported that talks are not likely to restartt. I see things a bit differently.
Given Nokia's position Elop's job is very much at risk. Should Elop be fired, the directors will be bringing in someone with a new plan. One which deemphasises the use of WP. This would be a disaster for MS already low market share in the phone arena.
Another aspect is that should Elop get fired, for the first time in history "Someone will have been fired for using Microsoft." A fact that could potentially reverberate very badly in other areas of MS.
For these two reasons, there is severe pressure on MS to acquire Nokia before Elop gets fired.
There is however another aspect to this deal. WIth Nokia's large portfolio, it is very likely that both Apple and Google will complain to antitrust authorities in the EU and the EU anitrust people have not been kind to MS."
MouseTheLuckyDog writes "Ars Tecfhnica reports that MS is bringing back the Start button. Only they are doing it as a button on a new mouse.
I really would like to comment on this but the massive stupidity is just so intense that I just can't think of anything to say."
MouseTheLuckyDog writes "Techradar reports that at some point Youtube could become a subscription site. Would you pay to access Youtube?"