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Comment: It doesn't affect existing phones. (Score 1) 1235

by WerewolfOfVulcan (#26614475) Attached to: New Law Will Require Camera Phones To "Click"

The law only governs the manufacture of phones. It provides no guidance or penalty for possession of an 'unapproved' phone. If Bush were still in office, I would expect to see a division of the Department of Homeland Security created to monitor cell phone pictures, but...

Besides, if a bill is passed that says all cars manufactured after 2010 have to get at least 100 mpg, that doesn't mean that every other car has to leave the road. Eventually all of the older cars will stop working and only the high mileage cars will be left. Similarly, when all of the 'predatory' phones meet their demise, only the 'safe' phones will be left.

The real question is, why the hell is Congress wasting time with this tripe? Is this supposed to fix the economy?

United States

+ - Forensics Expert says Al-Qaeda Images Altered

Submitted by WerewolfOfVulcan
WerewolfOfVulcan (320426) writes "Wired reports that researcher Neal Krawetz revealed some veeeeeery interesting things about the Al-Qaeda images that our government loves to show off.

From the article: "Krawetz was also able to determine that the writing on the banner behind al-Zawahiri's head was added to the image afterward. In the second picture above showing the results of the error level analysis, the light clusters on the image indicate areas of the image that were added or changed. The subtitles and logos in the upper right and lower left corners (IntelCenter is an organization that monitors terrorist activity and As-Sahab is the video production branch of al Qaeda) were all added at the same time, while the banner writing was added at a different time, likely around the same time that al-Zawahiri was added, Krawetz says." Why would Al-Qaeda add an IntelCenter logo to their video? Why would IntelCenter add an Al-Qaeda logo? Methinks we have bigger fish to fry than Gonzo and his fired attorneys... }:-) The article contains links to Krawetz's presentation and the source code he used to analyze the photos."
Windows

+ - Vista Deactivated by Installing / Running Programs

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growse
growse writes "It seems that even the most every day tasks can cause Vista to deactivate itself and require reactivation. Ed Bott has written about his experiences with such issues and includes a screenshot gallery of what the user experiences when Vista decides to deactivate itself. Microsoft has a support document about the issues here.

Is this an indication of more anti-piracy screwups to come? It seems that we're past the point of anti-piracy measures being only inconvenient for pirates, so now that legitimate users are being affected will they start to look for other OS options?"
Censorship

+ - Operation Falcon and the Encroaching Police State

Submitted by Deltronica
Deltronica (1063232) writes "According to Information Clearinghouse, the police state feared by many is being carried out right under our noses. From TFA: "The Bush administration has carried out three massive sweeps in the last two years, rolling up more than 30,000 minor crooks and criminals, without as much as a whimper of protest from the public. Operation Falcon is the clearest indication yet that the Bush administration is fine-tuning its shock-troops so it can roll up tens of thousands of people at a moment's notice and toss them into the newly-built Halliburton detention centers. This should be a red flag for anyone who cares at all about human rights, civil liberties, or simply saving his own skin. " The full article can be found here."

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