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+ - Colorado sued by neighboring states over legal pot->

Submitted by SternisheFan
SternisheFan (2529412) writes "The attorneys general of Nebraska and Oklahoma sued Colorado in the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday, arguing state-legalized marijuana from Colorado is improperly spilling across state lines.

The suit invokes the federal government's right to regulate both drugs and interstate commerce, and says Colorado's decision to legalize marijuana has been "particularly burdensome" to police agencies on the other side of the state line.

In June, USA TODAY highlighted the flow of marijuana from Colorado into small towns across Nebraska: felony drug arrests in Chappell, Neb., just 7 miles north of the Colorado border have skyrocketed 400% in three years.

"In passing and enforcing Amendment 64, the state of Colorado has created a dangerous gap in the federal drug control system enacted by the United States Congress. Marijuana flows from this gap into neighboring states, undermining plaintiff states' own marijuana bans, draining their treasuries, and placing stress on their criminal justice systems," says the lawsuit. "The Constitution and the federal anti-drug laws do not permit the development of a patchwork of state and local pro-drug policies and licensed distribution schemes throughout the country which conflict with federal laws.""

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Comment: Re:Texas theater running "TA" (Score 1) 118

by SternisheFan (#48629583) Attached to: "Team America" Gets Post-Hack Yanking At Alamo Drafthouse, Too

Did you read the headline?

"Team America" Gets Post-Hack Yanking At Alamo Drafthouse, Too

And from your link:

Update: On Thursday, multiple theaters, including the Alamo Drafthouse in Dallas/Fort Worth, stated that screenings of Team America have been canceled.

I would guess not. (posted from a phone on a work break) I thought Texas was supposed to be a state that had balls. Guess not.

Comment: Re:Texas theater running "TA" (Score 1) 118

by SternisheFan (#48629495) Attached to: "Team America" Gets Post-Hack Yanking At Alamo Drafthouse, Too
Related news from The Telegraph (I know...)

Sony hack: Obama considers 'proportional response' against North Korea

The White House calls the hacking of the Sony studio a "serious national security matter," while Hollywood stars compare cancellation of The Interview to Neville Chamberlain's'appeasement of Adolf Hitler and a second film called Pyongyang is also pulled.

Comment: Re:Who cares (Score 1) 72

by SternisheFan (#48629035) Attached to: Did Alcatraz Escapees Survive? Computer Program Says They Might Have

1. Mythbusters (and others) have already tested this in real life (not a computer program) and said they could have survived. 2. They could have survived, but they didn't survive. Unless they lived out the rest of their lives in isolation; we would have heard something from them.

No bodies were ever found, which is evidence of them making it to land. Life on Alcatraz is something you'd avoid going back to at all costs, including learning to live a low key, law abiding life.

+ - Creative, pragmatic freedom when it comes to music?

Submitted by blogologue
blogologue (681423) writes "I've been playing around with music for the last couple of years, mostly playing the guitar & singing, editing the tracks in Audacity. A while ago I made a short cover of the song Summer (by Calvin Harris) and put it out on SoundCloud. 2 days ago I got a notice from SoundCloud that they had removed the song, and after some discussion it was clear that they wouldn't restore the track so I could alter it, neither would they give the the contact information to the anti-piracy agency that had requested it pulled down so I could ask them what was going on. The track was about 80 seconds and what you can could call a low quality recording, when it comes to the quality of the audio. For now I've put the song up on MixCloud: — is it acceptable that music companies act in this way, or should one be able to participate in the "cultural dialogue" without having copyright goons come in and make things difficult?"

+ - Coolpad's backdoor installs apps and tracks customers without their knowledge->

Submitted by SternisheFan
SternisheFan (2529412) writes "(from ComputerWorld)

Chinese smartphone maker Coolpad has built an extensive "backdoor" into its Android devices that can track users, serve them unwanted advertisements and install unauthorized apps, a U.S. security firm alleged today.

In a research paper released today, Palo Alto Networks detailed its investigation of the backdoor, which it dubbed "CoolReaper."

"Coolpad has built a backdoor that goes beyond the usual data collection," said Ryan Olson, director of intelligence at Palo Alto's Unit 42. "This is way beyond what one malicious insider could have done."

Coolpad, which sells smartphones under several brand names — including Halo, also called Danzen — is one of China's largest ODMs (original device manufacturers). According to IDC, it ranked fifth in China in the third quarter, with 8.4% of the market, and has expanded sales outside of the People's Republic of China (PRC) and Taiwan to Southeast Asia, the U.S. and Western Europe.

Tipped off by a string of complaints from Coolpad smartphone users in China and Taiwan — who griped about seeing advertisements pop up and apps suddenly appear — Palo Alto dug into the ROM updates that Coolpad offered on its support site and found widespread evidence of CoolReaper.

Of the 77 ROMs that Palo Alto examined, 64 contained CoolReaper, including 41 hosted by Coolpad and signed with its own digital certificate.

Other evidence that Coolpad was the creator of the backdoor, said Olson, included the malware's command-and-control servers — which were registered to domains belonging to the Chinese company and used, in fact, for its public cloud — and an administrative console that other researchers had found last month because of a vulnerability in Coolpad's backend control system. The console confirmed CoolReaper's functionality.

CoolReaper has a host of components that allow Coolpad to download updates and apps to devices, start services and uninstall apps, dial phone numbers and send texts, and more — all without user knowledge, much less authorization.

So far, the backdoor has been used to serve up unsolicited ads and install apps without user approval, said Olson, who speculated that both were being done for financial reasons. Coolpad may be getting a per-app-install fee, for example."

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+ - NYC lawmaker wants to ban drones except for cops with warrants->

Submitted by SternisheFan
SternisheFan (2529412) writes "On Wednesday Councilman Dan Garodnick introduced a bill to the New York City council seeking to ban all use of drones except those operated by police officers who obtain warrants. A second, parallel bill introduced by councilman Paul Vallone would place more stringent restrictions on drone use but stop short of banning drones for hobbyists and companies altogether. Both bills have been passed to the city's committee on public safety.

An all-out ban on drones within the metropolis would be a quite wide-reaching step, especially as the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) seems poised to adopt more permissive rules, with respect to commercial interests in particular. Earlier this year, the FAA formally granted six Hollywood companies exemptions to drone ban rules. A couple of months later, the FAA granted similar exemptions for construction site monitoring and oil rig flare stack inspections.

Despite the FAA's tentative steps towards drone regulation, pilots of planes and helicopters have reported increased sightings of drones in their airspace, and several near-collisions. 12 incidents of dangerous encounters between drones and planes in the New York and Newark areas have been reported in recent months. In addition, in 2011, a man was fined $10,000 by the FAA for flying a remote-controlled plane recklessly through New York City. However, the National Transportation Safety Board struck down that fine. (ArsTechnica article....)"

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Comment: Re: First amendment? (Score 1) 249

by SternisheFan (#48605517) Attached to: Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents
Your post references many good points that the public at large was not aware of before. The people behind the revelations, the hackers, may always be anonymous. I do not pretend to have all the answers. My point related to what I would do morally if I had access to data that didn't belong to me. However, the question seems to be : If I was given personal/company data that showed a serious crime was comitted, am I responsible to report the alledged crime?

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