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+ - Jeremy Hammond of LulzSec Pleads Guilty to Stratfor Attack->

Submitted by eldavojohn
eldavojohn (898314) writes "After facing thirty years to life imprisonment and pleading not guilty to charges last year, Jeremy Hammond has pleaded guilty to his alleged involvement in Anonymous' hacking of Stratfor. The self proclaimed hacktivist member of LulzSec who has compared himself to the late Aaron Swartz explained his reasoning in his plea: "Today I pleaded guilty to one count of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. This was a very difficult decision. I hope this statement will explain my reasoning. I believe in the power of the truth. In keeping with that, I do not want to hide what I did or to shy away from my actions. This non-cooperating plea agreement frees me to tell the world what I did and why, without exposing any tactics or information to the government and without jeopardizing the lives and well-being of other activists on and offline. During the past 15 months I have been relatively quiet about the specifics of my case as I worked with my lawyers to review the discovery and figure out the best legal strategy. There were numerous problems with the government’s case, including the credibility of FBI informant Hector Monsegur. However, because prosecutors stacked the charges with inflated damages figures, I was looking at a sentencing guideline range of over 30 years if I lost at trial. I have wonderful lawyers and an amazing community of people on the outside who support me. None of that changes the fact that I was likely to lose at trial. But, even if I was found not guilty at trial, the government claimed that there were eight other outstanding indictments against me from jurisdictions scattered throughout the country. If I had won this trial I would likely have been shipped across the country to face new but similar charges in a different district. The process might have repeated indefinitely. Ultimately I decided that the most practical route was to accept this plea with a maximum of a ten year sentence and immunity from prosecution in every federal court. Now that I have pleaded guilty it is a relief to be able to say that I did work with Anonymous to hack Stratfor, among other websites. Those others included military and police equipment suppliers, private intelligence and information security firms, and law enforcement agencies. I did this because I believe people have a right to know what governments and corporations are doing behind closed doors. I did what I believe is right.""
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Comment: Stupid yes, dangerous doubtful. (Score 1) 761

by Wally4u (#43284627) Attached to: Man Who Pointed Laser At Aircraft Gets 30-Month Sentence
I work with laser daily that have far greater power and focus than the average 5mW laser you can buy in a store. And this report just makes me sad. Sending a guy to jail for something stupid. The pilots could never have been blinded (permanently or even for a short while) with laser of these low power unfocused types. Its basically more dangerous to your retina to look into the sun. The IEC 60601-2-22 for example defines a way to calculate the NOHD http://www.laserpointersafety.com/safetyinfo/safetyinfo/calcs.html Basically this a method of calculating the chance of damage to the eye, based on distance, divergence of the beam, power and wavelength.
Example:EXAMPLE 1: In the U.S., lasers sold as pointers must be less than 5 mW. A typical divergence is 1 milliradian. What is the Nominal Ocular Hazard Distance? The 50/50 injury chance distance?
NOHD (Nominal Ocular Hazard Distance) in feet = (32.8 / 1) * (square root of (0.5 * 5)) = 32.8 * (square root of 2.5) = 32.8 * 1.58 = 51.9 feet ED50 distance in feet = 51.9 / 3.16 = 16.4 feet
Answer: The Nominal Ocular Hazard Distance of a 5 mW laser pointer with 1 mrad divergence is 51.9 feet. The ED50 distance means that if a person is 16.4 feet from the laser and is exposed under laboratory conditions (the laser and eye are fixed relative to each other), there is a 50/50 chance of causing a minimally detectable retinal lesion.
In short, unless the guy was sitting within 16 feet of the plane/helicopter, he has a 50% change of inducing ANY form of damage to the retina. On the other hand, could the laser pointer pose a distraction to the pilot and the pilot could make a fatal error. Sure, but a ringing cellphone might do the same.

Comment: FTA: (Score 2, Informative) 909

by Wally4u (#28872485) Attached to: Alan Cox Quits As Linux TTY Maintainer — "I've Had Enough"
> Quite frankly, I don't understand why I should even have to bring these > issues up. You should have tried to fix the problem immediately, without > arguing against fixing the kernel. Without blaming user space. Without > making idiotic excuses for bad kernel behavior. > > The fact is, breaking regular user applications is simply not acceptable. > Trying to blame kernel breakage on the app being "buggy" is not ok. And > arguing for almost a week against fixing it - that's just crazy. I've been working on fixing it. I have spent a huge amount of time working on the tty stuff trying to gradually get it sane without breaking anything and fixing security holes along the way as they came up. I spent the past two evenings working on the tty regressions. However I've had enough. If you think that problem is easy to fix you fix it. Have fun. I've zapped the tty merge queue so anyone with patches for the tty layer can send them to the new maintainer. --- MAINTAINERS~ 2009-07-23 15:36:41.000000000 +0100 +++ MAINTAINERS 2009-07-28 20:09:32.200685827 +0100 @@ -5815,10 +5815,7 @@ S: Maintained TTY LAYER -P: Alan Cox -M: alan@lxorguk.ukuu.org.uk -S: Maintained -T: stgit http://zeniv.linux.org.uk/~alan/ttydev/ +S: Unmaintained F: drivers/char/tty_* F: drivers/serial/serial_core.c F: include/linux/serial_core.h
Wireless Networking

+ - Apple the latest company to jump the gun on 802.11

Submitted by
PetManimal
PetManimal writes "Apple has just released the latest model of the Airport Extreme base station, which besides adding home storage networking capabilities, also pushes a wireless standard that's not even ratified: 802.11n. Although it's not the first "pre-n" wireless gear, the article says it does much better than the Linksys pre-n hardware in terms of setup and ease of use. As for whether the plethora of pre-n hardware on the market now is setting the stage for interoperability problems later on, eWeek reports that wireless vendors are already taking steps to make gear from different 802.11 manufacturers play nice, by releasing new router firmware and client drivers designed to improve interoperability among chip-set implementations, and implementing chip sets from multiple vendors. The draft 2.0 version of the 802.11n standard may be approved in the middle of this year, which could lead to final approval in late 2007."
User Journal

SPAM: Vanuatu cargo cult marks 50 years 2

Journal by Jeremiah Cornelius

Residents of the South Pacific island of Tanna worship an American "messiah" named John Frum who first appeared to them in the 1930s. According to a village elder quoted in a recent Smithsonian article, John promised to someday return and "he'll bring planeloads and shiploads of cargo to us from America if we pray to him. Radios, TVs, trucks, boats, watches, iceboxes, medicine, Coca-Cola and many other wonderful th

Announcements

+ - nanotechnology battery demo on youtube

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h00manist
h00manist writes "mPhase Technologies will post a video demonstration of its Smart Nanobattery on YouTube today, February 16th at 5 p.m. Eastern time. The video will explain the technology behind its breakthrough development of a "smart" battery based on nanotechnology. The video will illustrate in layman's terminology some fundamental concepts behind the company's smart nano battery. mPhase has proven it is possible to fabricate nanotech-based "smart" batteries, which can store reserve power for decades and generate electric current virtually on demand. The prototype battery is based on a discovery that liquid droplets of electrolyte will stay in a dormant state atop nanotextured surfaces until stimulated to flow, thereby triggering a reaction producing electricity. This effect can permit precise control and activation of the batteries when required."
Businesses

+ - "War on terror" forces firm to break EU la

Submitted by Turismo
Turismo (993090) writes "European legislators aren't happy that the US has subpoenaed European financial information for four and half years from SWIFT, the Belgian group that allows banking systems to interoperate. Because it mirrored all European data to a US backup, SWIFT became the target of Treasury department subpoenas in the "War on terror." SWIFT has gotten in plenty of hot water back home, where the European Parliament just passed a resolution asking the company to stop hosting its data in the US. "The resolution makes it clear that SWIFT is not off the hook simply because the company was complying with US law. The decision to store European data in America was a "purely commercial decision" on the part of SWIFT; to better comply with its obligations toward European data, the company was advised to stop mirroring European data to the US or to move the mirror somewhere outside of US jurisdiction." Will other multinationals start doing the same thing?"

Comment: Re:In Europe (Score 4, Informative) 103

by Wally4u (#17695926) Attached to: Deleting Personal Data from Private Institutions?
The dutch privacy act give room for this. http://home.planet.nl/~privacy1/wbp_en_rev.htm You can demand you personal data to be destroyed except when it has a specific purpose (ie bank records, police records etc). If they fail to do so, or sell the data without written consent they can be fined.

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