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Secret Service Agents Stake Out the Ugliest Corners of the Internet 169 169

HughPickens.com writes: Josephine Wolff reports at The Atlantic that Secret Service Internet Threat Desk is a group of agents tasked with identifying and assessing online threats to the president and his family. The first part of this mission — finding threats — is in many ways made easier by the Internet: all you have to do is search! Pulling up every tweet which uses the words "Obama" and "assassinate" takes mere seconds, and the Secret Service has tried to make it easier for people to draw threats to its attention by setting up its own Twitter handle, @secretservice, for users to report threatening messages to. The difficulty is trying to figure out which ones should be taken seriously.

The Secret Service categorizes all threats, online and offline alike, into one of three categories. Class 3 threats are considered the most serious, and require agents to interview the individual who issued the threat and any acquaintances to determine whether that person really has the capability to carry out the threat. Class 2 threats are considered to be serious but issued by people incapable of actually follow up on their intentions, either because they are in jail or located at a great distance from the president. And Class 1 threats are those that may seem serious at first, but are determined not to be. The overall number of threats directed at the first family that require investigation has stayed relatively steady at about 10 per day — except for the period when Obama was first elected, when the Secret Service had to follow up on roughly 50 threats per day. "That includes threats on Twitter," says Ronald Kessler, author of In the President's Secret Service. "It makes no difference to [the Secret Service] how a threat is communicated. They can't take that chance of assuming that because it's on Twitter it's less serious."
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NSA Releases Open Source Security Tool For Linux 105 105

Earthquake Retrofit writes: The NSA's systems integrity management platform — SIMP — was released to the code repository GitHub over the weekend. NSA said it released the tool to avoid duplication after US government departments and other groups tried to replicate the product in order to meet compliance requirements set by US Defence and intelligence bodies. "By releasing SIMP, the agency seeks to reduce duplication of effort and promote greater collaboration within the community: the wheel would not have to be reinvented for every organisation," the NSA said in a release.

Submission + - US Government detained Laura Poitras every time she flew ..-> 1 1

An anonymous reader writes: Since the 2006 release of “My Country, My Country,” Poitras has left and re-entered the U.S. roughly 40 times. Virtually every time during that six-year-period that she has returned to the U.S., her plane has been met by DHS agents who stand at the airplane door or tarmac and inspect the passports of every de-planing passenger until they find her (on the handful of occasions where they did not meet her at the plane, agents were called when she arrived at immigration).

Each time, they detain her, and then interrogate her at length about where she went and with whom she met or spoke. They have exhibited a particular interest in finding out for whom she works.

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Comment Re:Seems reasonable. (Score 1) 53 53

Funny how you don't complain about Google's in-app-purchase policies.

Developers offering products within another category [but Games] of app downloaded from Google Play must use Google Play In-app Billing as the method of payment, except:

where payment is solely for physical products; or
where payment is for digital content that may be consumed outside of the app itself (e.g., buying songs that can be played on other music players).

And yes, Google Play In-app Billing for digital products also is to be used for "Subscription services, such as streaming music".

So even if Google doesn't want a share of the profits (yet), they most certainly require apps on the Play Store to use their In App Purchase processing service. Something which you want to deny Apple.

Comment Re:Some precedent in the claimed wrongdoing (Score 1) 53 53

" If they aren't colluding with other companies"

Except they already are, so we can skip this clause. They are making contracts with their suppliers that fix the prices for other people who are not a party to the contract negotiations.

Which Spotify has done before Apple - you do agree that Apple should sue them.

Comment Re:can you imagine what would happen (Score 1) 92 92

That gives me an idea

If anyone sees an article about Steve Jobs coming back from the dead to lead Apple again, it's totally legit.

Knowing Wallstreet analysts, this will actually drive down AAPL. I can see Business Insider's headline: "Apple's need to bring back Steve Jobs from the dead proves they are doomed."

Not to mention that all the Steve-Jobs-would-never-do-this arguments from Apple critics would revert back to Steve-Jobs-and-his-usual-blunders.

Submission + - Reflection in Swift: Step-by-Step Tutorial->

Kasia Krn writes: With the introduction of Swift at WWDC one year ago, came something equally revolutionary for iOS and OS X developers – playgrounds. They’re a great tool for showcasing your work, by taking advantage of rich documentation and ready-to-play-with code snippets. This post explains how to use mirror reflection mechanism while programming with Swift's Result Views.
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Submission + - Hollow and Recyclable Plastic Roads Being Tested->

An anonymous reader writes: VolkerWessels a road construction company in the Netherlands is looking to build its first recycled plastic road. Yes, they are building a road made completely of 100% recycled plastic instead of the typical concrete or asphalt roads that are being built today. Why a plastic road? Well, it's made from 100% recycled plastic bottles, the plastic roads can be built in less than half the time of asphalt roads and they can also last nearly three times longer. Another great feature of the plastic road ways is the ability to house cables, pipes, and other useful infrastructure beneath the road in its hollow cavity.
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