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+ - It’s Tracking Your Every Move and You May No->

frnic writes: "German Telcom is tracking it's customers locations and saving the information: "In a six-month period — from Aug 31, 2009, to Feb. 28, 2010, Deutsche Telekom had recorded and saved his [German Green party politician, Malte Spitz,] longitude and latitude coordinates more than 35,000 times.""
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Comment: faster than intended? (Score 1, Offtopic) 807 807

This statement concerns me: "But its chairman, Josef Fendt, said later that the track was far faster than its designers ever intended it to be." How could designers NOT be aware of how fast a person would be flying down the track? Do they not have rudimentary knowledge of physics?

Comment: Re:Random today, but still random tomorrow? (Score 2, Informative) 395 395

What bothers me, is the quote:

At the end of the metastable state, the contents of the memory are purely random. The researchers' experiments with an array of flip-flop units show that for small arrays the extra layer makes the random number almost twenty times more 'random' than conventional methods

If it's "purely" random (as they put it), then how can you measure the difference between it and a "conventional" method? Wouldn't comparing a pseudo random source to "true" randomness be like comparing a finite number to infinity? In that you "know" it's more random, but it's impossible to quantify with a finite value (the twenty times qualifier)?

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Hard Drive With Clinton-Era Data Missing From Nat'l Archives 180 180

CWmike writes "An external hard drive that's believed to contain nearly 1TB of data from the Clinton Administration is missing from the US National Archives and Recording Administration (NARA). The drive includes more than 100,000 Social Security numbers and home addresses of people who visited or worked at the White House. Among those whose information is on the list is one of then-Vice President Al Gore's three daughters. The drive also contained details on the security procedures used by the Secret Service at the White House, as well as event logs, social gathering logs, political records and other information from the Clinton administration. Rep. Darrell Issa, (R-Calif.) said the Archives was in the process of converting information from the drive to a digital records system when it apparently disappeared. The hard drive was apparently removed from a secure storage area to a workplace where at least 100 'badge-holders' had access to it, Issa noted."

May Euell Gibbons eat your only copy of the manual!

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