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+ - Groupon refuses to pay security expert who found serious XSS site bugs->

Submitted by Mark Wilson
Mark Wilson writes: Bounty programs benefit everyone. Companies like Microsoft get help from security experts, customers gain improved security, and those who discover and report vulnerabilities reap the rewards financially. Or at least that's how things are supposed to work.

Having reported a series of security problems to discount and deal site Groupon, security researcher Brute Logic from XSSposed.org was expecting a pay-out — but the site refuses to stump up the cash. In all, Brute Logic reported more than 30 security issues with Groupon's site, but the company cites its Responsible Disclosure policy as the reason for not handing over the cash.

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+ - New Privacy Concerns About U.S. Program That Can Track Snail Mail->

Submitted by Lashdots
Lashdots writes: A lawyers’ group has called for greater oversight of a government program that gives state and federal law enforcement officials access to metadata from private communications for criminal investigations and national security purposes. But it's not digital: this warrantless surveillance is conducted on regular mail. "The mail cover has been in use, in some form, since the 1800s," Chief Postal Inspector Guy J. Cottrell told Congress in November. The program targets a range of criminal activity including fraud, pornography, and terrorism, but, he said, "today, the most common use of this tool is related to investigations to rid the mail of illegal drugs and illegal drug proceeds." Recent revelations that the U.S. Postal Service photographs the front and back of all mail sent through the U.S., ostensibly for sorting purposes, has, Fast Company reports, brought new scrutiny—and new legal responses—to this obscure program.
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+ - Security Companies Accused Of Exaggerating Iran's Cyberthreats Against The U.S.->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: A widely-read report accusing Iran of hundreds of thousands of cyberattacks against the U.S. is being criticized as hugely inaccurate as well as motivated by marketing and politics, according to a new whitepaper and critics around the security industry. The original report, solicited by a conservative think tank and published by Norse in the lead up to the RSA Security Conference, hit the front page of the New York Times by calling handshakes and network scans "sophisticated cyberattacks."
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+ - The most important Earth Day lessons from the Universe

Submitted by StartsWithABang
StartsWithABang writes: We’ve come an incredible distance in exploring the Universe. In the span of just a single human lifetime, we’ve gone from speculations about what other worlds in our Solar System might be like, the possibility of planets around other stars and wondering how many galaxies might be in our observable Universe to actual answers about all three of these profound questions. But as far as we’ve come, Earth is still the only planet we know of with life on it, and the only one even capable of habituating us as our home. An inspiring plea from those who've left Earth as to why we should take care of it.

+ - Chinese scientists claim to have genetically modified human embryos->

Submitted by Annanag
Annanag writes: There were rumours — but now it's been confirmed. Chinese scientists have attempted the ethically questionable feat of genetically modifying human embryos. The scientists try to head off ethical concerns by using 'non-viable' embryos, which cannot result in a live birth, obtained from local fertility clinics. The study is a landmark — but also a cautionary tale.
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+ - Bill to Require Vaccination of Children Advances in California->

Submitted by mpicpp
mpicpp writes: A bill that would require nearly all children in California to be vaccinated by eliminating “personal belief” exemptions advanced through the State Legislature on Wednesday, though it still has several hurdles to clear. If approved, California would become one of only three states that require all parents to vaccinate their children as a condition of going to school, unless there is a medical reason not to do so.

Under the bill, introduced after a measles outbreak that began at Disneyland, parents who refuse vaccines for philosophical or religious reasons would have to educate their children at home. The legislation prompted a roiling debate in Sacramento, and last week hundreds of people protested at the Capitol, arguing that it infringed on their rights and that it would unfairly shut their children out of schools.

Last Wednesday, the legislation stalled in the Senate Education Committee as lawmakers said they were concerned that too many students would be forced into home schooling. This Wednesday, however, the bill passed that committee after its authors tweaked it, adding amendments that would expand the definition of home schooling to allow multiple families to join together to teach their children or participate in independent study programs run by public school systems.

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Comment: Meanwhile US fugitive bankers in Switzerland (Score 4, Insightful) 306

by WillAffleckUW (#49524451) Attached to: Futures Trader Arrested For Causing 2010 'Flash Crash'

Easily tracked and easily identified US "fugitive" bankers who caused the crash and have Interpol warrants for their arrest are living high and mighty in Switzerland meanwhile.

(sources: Bloomberg, WSJ, and Marketwatch)

So can we actually believe this "person responsible" is not just a sacrificial lamb who will end up pardoned anyway, without doing any actual jail time?

Just saying.

Comment: To be frank, lobbyists donate corp taxes (Score 1) 163

Sorry, this is all due to SCOTUS and the simple cold hard fact that corporate lobbyists donate more to campaigns than corporations pay taxes.

Period.

Corporations aren't People.

They're your Rulers.

And you're their Serfs.

Strike that ... Serfs had rights. You don't.

Comment: Re:Why not? (Score 1) 670

Agricultural water supply isn't tiered in some respects. They have three basic supplies. One - well water - which takes it from the aquifer. Two - historical first right water - which takes it before the rest use it. Three -state water - which pays a subsidized rate for water (and why you see all those signs on I5 in Cali) - where it's going from 1/2 the cost to 80 pct the cost currently.

Non-ag water supply is fairly similar, except most people don't have wells and pay the commercial city rate. Some places use tiered, many don't.

But they don't have as large up-end surcharges like we in the water areas like Seattle do. We charge two arms and two legs and your hair for excessive use, they charge a left foot or maybe a leg for excessive use.

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