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+ - PayPal Sues Google over Google Wallet->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "PayPal is suing Google and two former employees who now work there (Osama Bedier and Stephanie Tilenius), alleging trade secrets were stolen related to mobile payments aka Google Wallet."
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Comment: Live from Arizona (Score 4, Informative) 332

by arizwebfoot (#31943858) Attached to: After DNA Misuse, Researchers Banished From Havasupai Reservation

I live not too far from the Havasupai reservation and I have to tell you that these Indians are not playing with a full deck.

For example, they try to license the air space over the reservation, regardless of the fact that the FAA has told them many times that only the FAA may do that.

They (the Havasupai's) bend the laws to their own will and then when someone tries to go after them, they hide on their reservation where you can't serve them with any notices and even if you did, they would ignore them.

Comment: Protection (Score 3, Insightful) 511

by arizwebfoot (#31866528) Attached to: What Can Be Done About Security of Debit Cards?

I have a separate account with debit card that stays zero. When I know I'm going to pay a bill online or use for some other purchase, I move just however much I need into that account to cover the purchases or debits. In this way, if some one gets ahold of the number, there isn't a lot they can do with it.

Also I don't have overdraft protection on that specific account so that again, if someone gets my number(s), there isn't much they can do about it. Sure I may get nailed for a hundred bucks - if they catch it at the right time - otherwise, they just don't get my money.

+ - 2010 US Census Error Counting

Submitted by arizwebfoot
arizwebfoot (1228544) writes "I live in a Condo in Flagstaff, Arizona which is both a college town (Northern Arizona University — current enrollment about 25,000 and a resort town (big ski hill). Total population is roughly 60,000 (estimated as of course the 2010 census numbers are not out yet). Within the past decade, approximately 10 percent of rental units were converted into Condos. Roughly 33 percent of all housing units are apartments and roughly another 20 percent are condos (privately owned). My physical address is condo B9 for building B condo 9. Not be be confused, but there are 40 units in my condo complex, units 1 — 40. The first eight are in building A,the next in B and so on for five buildings. Depending on who is doing what mailing, my address is either B9, unit 9, apt 9, or just 9. Some databases don't allow for any designator except apt. So I've gotten a census form for B9, apt 9, and 9. In big bold letter on the front of the Envelope it says "YOUR RESPONSE IS REQUIRED BY LAW". Now I know I've already submitted a form, however there will be many people who will resubmit with the alternate addresses.

In Flagstaff alone, if we assume that of the 53 percent of units, 10 percent respond another two times and if my math is right, then we probably will see an additional increase in population by somewhere in the 24 percentile range. Even if my math is wrong, we will see a significant increase in population that isn't warranted. Now multiply that by the current estimated US population of 308 million (www.census.gov/) and we could have around 60 million extra bodies that don't exist.

One more problem I've uncounted is that I have a post office box. If I didn't receive mail at my condo, how would I get counted? Would this become a person to person count? What if you couldn't reach my home because it's too remote, gated, or in some other way inaccessible?

I wonder if there are "other" confusions that the Census Bureau has not taken into account. Input is strongly encouraged."

+ - PayPal discovers Freedom is risky->

Submitted by grimwell
grimwell (141031) writes "Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2010 04:03:37 -0800 to: cryptome[at]earthlink.net subject: Update to Your Account, PP-910-103-553 From: Dear John Young, We have reviewed your PayPal Account, and due to the excessive risk involved, we would like to begin parting ways in a manner that is least disruptive to your business."
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Open Source

Delicious Details of Open Source Court Victory 202

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the tooting-his-horn dept.
jammag writes "Open source advocate Bruce Perens tells the inside story of the recently concluded Jacobsen v. Katzer court case, in which an open source developer was awarded $100,000. Perens, an expert witness in the case, details the blow by blow, including how developers need to make sure they're using the correct open source license for legal protection. The actual court ruling is almost like some kind of Hollywood movie ending for Open Source, with the judge unequivocally siding with the underfunded open source developer."

Comment: Me thinks (Score 2, Insightful) 403

by arizwebfoot (#29506821) Attached to: US Wants UK Hacker To Pay To Fix Holes He Exposed

"Isn't the McKinnon case more like charging him to buy the lock that had been missing when he walked in?"

More like they want him to pay for a lock that wasn't there because he was the first one to tell them that the lock wasn't there.

Or even more obvious, somebody forgot to put in a front door and now the store wants him to pay for a new door because he was the first one to tell the store that they had no door.

Comment: Distance Racers (Score 2, Informative) 1091

by arizwebfoot (#29158329) Attached to: How To Prove Someone Is Female?

I watched the women's 1500m race today and saw not one woman who wasn't flat chested or nearly so.

I believe (from Mary Decker Slayne) that this is typical of women who train hard and as this young lass is just now 18 it would make sense that her hormonal changes were or are going to happen latter.

Is it possible that software is not like anything else, that it is meant to be discarded: that the whole point is to always see it as a soap bubble?