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Biotech

+ - BackScatter machines really safe?->

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ameline
ameline writes "A number of respected scientists (expert in relevant fields of study) call into question the safety of the new back-scatter screening machines. Their concerns are well outlined in their letter to the Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, Dr John P. Holdren. The areas they specifically highlight are the uneven absorbtion of radiation from these machines, and the potential for mechanical or other failures to deliver even more concentrated doses than were intended. Given the cumulative nature of the risk presented by exposure to ionizing radiation, is it really wise to acquiesce to these new security requirements?

Their letter and attached memo can be found at the NPR site: http://www.npr.org/assets/news/2010/05/17/concern.pdf
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Privacy

+ - Powered down cellphones used as bugs by the FBI

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ameline
ameline writes ""The FBI appears to have begun using a novel form of electronic surveillance in criminal investigations: remotely activating a mobile phone's microphone and using it to eavesdrop on nearby conversations."

Apparently they can download software to your phone that will keep it transmitting when you have turned it off. The only defense is to disconnect the battery. Welcome to 1984....

Story original is at; http://news.com.com/FBI+taps+cell+phone+mic+as+eav esdropping+tool/2100-1029_3-6140191.html"

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