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Government

+ - MI Republicans Creates "Financial Martial Law"->

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ZosX writes "Republican Michigan governor Rick Snyder, along with the state's Republican house and senate, have passed a controversial bill that allows the governor to dissolve the elected governments of Michigan's towns and cities, replacing them with unaccountable "emergency financial managers" who can eliminate services, merge or eliminate school boards, and lay off or renegotiate unionized public employees without recourse."
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+ - Court OKs Warrantless Cell-Site Tracking->

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ZosX writes "From the article: "A federal appeals court said Tuesday the government may obtain cell-site information mobile phone carriers retain on their customers without a probable cause warrant under the Fourth Amendment. The decision (.pdf) by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, however, was not an outright Obama administration victory. Lower courts, the three-judge panel wrote, could demand the government show probable cause — the warrant standard — before requiring carriers to release such data to the feds. The opinion, however, leaves the privacy issue in a legal limbo of sorts. The standard by which the government can access such records — which can be used in criminal prosecutions — is left to the whims of district court judges. Historical cell-site location information, which carriers usually retain for about 18 months, identifies the cell tower to which the customer was connected at the beginning of a call and at the end of the call.""
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Iphone

+ - Apple Just Says Yes to iPhone Game for Smokers->

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ZosX writes "Brian X. Chen from Wired.com writes "Apple on Monday approved Puff Puff Pass, a $2 game whose objective is to pass a cigarette or pipe around and puff it as many times as you can within a set duration. So much for taking the high road, Apple."

"The game allows you to choose between smoking a cigarette, a cigar and a pipe. Then, you select the number of people you’d like to light up with (up to five), the amount of time, and a place to smoke (outdoors or indoors). And you’re ready to get right on puffing."

Really? No porn but drug themed games are ok? Anyone want to take bets on how long this game takes to get yanked?"

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+ - What punishment fits this computer crime?

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ZosX (517789) writes "A acquaintance freely admitted that he was using brute force and dictionary attacks to take over yahoo and myspace accounts amongst others as well as causing DDOS and DOS for people with mailbombs and other lame script kiddie attacks. All from his home connection. Seeing as how his computer knowledge is so limited, I decided to investigate into where he read "hacking for dummies" on the web. After googling "how to hack yahoo" it seems there are 15,000 hits and a whole slew of youtube videos, so it seems that yahoo's security must be like a complete sieve at least according to google. If I call the cops he'll go to prison for at least 4-5 years with his record, that is if they even take interest in the case. People have gotten less than that for much worse offenses. He's not attacking corporations, just clueless people who use yaoo. I don't know where his house is (city, yes), but I'm pretty sure I could find out with some searching on google earth given the rough description of the property. This kind of stupid crime really angers me because his actions are that of a completely senseless virtual violence. He was clearly proud of his "savvy" and seemed to derive a sickening amount of pleasure from screwing over someone's myspace account. He doesn't live close, but if I found his address I doubt that I could do much with it from here. I guess I'm asking what would you do slashdot?"

+ - Firefox Prompts to Disable Microsoft .NET Addon

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ZosX writes "Around 11:45 PM (Eastern time for those that care), I was prompted by Firefox that it had disabled the addons that Microsoft includes with .NET. Specifically the .NET Framework Assistant and the Windows Presentation Foundation. Citing that the "following addons have been known to cause stability or security issues with Firefox." Thanks mozilla team for hitting the kill switch and hopefully this will get Microsoft to release a patch sooner for the millions of poor souls that are too unfortunate to be aware of faster, more secure alternatives to their precious Internet Explorer. (Is it possible to troll for IE apologists on slashdot?)"

+ - Anarchist Arrested After Tweeting out the Fuzz

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ZosX writes "Elliot Madison had been found using a police scanner and Twitter to help numerous protesters avoid police during the Group of 20 summit and has now been charged with hindering apprehension or prosecution, criminal use of a communication facility, and possession of instruments of crime. Madison was found in a hotel room by Pennsylvania State Police on September 24, armed with police scanners and computers so that he could disperse critical information to protesters. According to the FBI, Madison was "directing others, specifically protesters of the G-20 summit, in order to avoid apprehension after a lawful order to disperse." The Irish Times also had a story about Madison's plight."
United States

+ - Explosives Identified in WTC Dust

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ZosX writes "The Open Chemical Physics Journal has published a paper with the following abstract: "We have discovered distinctive red/gray chips in all the samples we have studied of the dust produced by the destruction of the World Trade Center. Examination of four of these samples, collected from separate sites, is reported in this paper. These red/gray chips show marked similarities in all four samples. One sample was collected by a Manhattan resident about ten minutes after the collapse of the second WTC Tower, two the next day, and a fourth about a week later. The properties of these chips were analyzed using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy (XEDS), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The red material contains grains approximately 100 nm across which are largely iron oxide, while aluminum is contained in tiny plate-like structures. Separation of components using methyl ethyl ketone demonstrated that elemental aluminum is present. The iron oxide and aluminum are intimately mixed in the red material. When ignited in a DSC device the chips exhibit large but narrow exotherms occurring at approximately 430 C, far below the normal ignition temperature for conventional thermite. Numerous iron-rich spheres are clearly observed in the residue following the ignition of these peculiar red/gray chips. The red portion of these chips is found to be an unreacted thermitic material and highly energetic." Interesting, no?"
Windows

+ - Windows 7's UAC is a broken mess; mend it or end i->

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ZosX writes "ars technica has an interesting opinion piece about a recent security flaw that was found in the UAC that elevates privileges without prompting the user. The author's veridict: Fix UAC or ditch it all together. From the article: "The decisions Microsoft has made not only make Windows 7's Admin Approval mode less secure than Vista's, they also undermine the entire purpose of the UAC system."...."There's no point in retaining Admin Approval mode as it currently stands, and it should be scrapped completely.""
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