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+ - TSA's new security checks: absolute joke or absolute necessity? 1

Submitted by Amanda Parker
Amanda Parker (3946253) writes "In July the US warned of a terrorism risk which led countries, such as France and the UK, to step up their security screening for flights to the US. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson directed the TSA to implement enhanced security measures. In his statement on 6 July, Johnson warned that passengers could also be asked to "power up some devices, including cell phones" and stated that "powerless devices will not be permitted on board the aircraft". In light of the US Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) recent tightening of airport security to include stricter screening of electronic devices, is the TSA right to be cautious or have its actions caused unnecessary hassle for passengers?"

Comment: Re:Not a solution (Score 1) 127

by canesfan (#48387057) Attached to: Senate May Vote On NSA Reform As Soon As Next Week
My take on the post was not the intent to justify spying but rather was a comment made to a previous post which stated, "Spying on foreigners or International spying was not addressed." It reads as a question as to whether or not a bill would need to address "foreign" spying as it should be obvious this is part of the mandate of a national spy agency. Personal convictions aside I disagree that Mass Surveillance is the topic of discussion rather that Congress would act soon on a reform bill is what the article references.

Comment: Re:Not a solution (Score 1) 127

by canesfan (#48386989) Attached to: Senate May Vote On NSA Reform As Soon As Next Week
Whoa! How did we get from gathering intelligence A.K.A spying to Genocide? I always found it ironic Moderates and liberals [Not placing you in either category BTW] always seem to be the least moderate and liberal in any discussion. They certainly will not be moderate in their liberal policies and very rarely are they too liberal unless you want to apply the term "liberal" to their interpretation of your post.

Comment: Re:domestic security? (Score 5, Insightful) 364

by canesfan (#42492447) Attached to: TSA 'Secured' Metrodome During Recent Football Game

Ok, I get that, and I also get that none of this is about security, but merely about control and power. What I don't get is why the security theater / homeland security smoke screen is so effective, but that's probably just me and owed to the fact that I've been taught history. History tells us where all of this will lead. As we now by now: Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

As for why the "security theater / homeland security smoke screen is so effective"? Stop and think and honestly try and take stock of how many people you currently know personally who could be objectively called independent thinkers who are not afraid to live what they proclaim they believe. I am in my 40's and I can say this is not the America I grew up in. Very few people have the courage to live by the set of principles which made America a great Country to begin with.

Comment: Re:So what? (Score 1) 1046

by canesfan (#39550551) Attached to: Forensic Experts Say Screams Were Not Zimmerman's
Maybe I completely missed this but I have not heard or read where the Florida State Attorney or anyone claiming to represent them even mention the "Stand Your Ground" Law as a basis for not charging Zimmerman. The first mention I have heard of this law being the measure of whether Zimmerman should or should not be charged was on CNN. Can anyone tell me if they have seen an interview or press conference where the Florida State Attorney's Office or their representative have said that that the "Stand Your Ground" law was used to measure whether the deadly force use was justified?

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 114

by canesfan (#36735100) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: An Open Handheld Terminal For Retail Stores?
Very well put. I used to work in support for a Restaurant POS company back in the mid 90's and the POS systems were sold as a complete package from the touchscreen terminals to the MS Windows workstation that was used to manage the app to change menus, set prices, update sales tax. The credit card black box ran DR-DOS and you connected via modem using PC-Anywhere to clear the credit card batches and sort out the other problems with credit cards. By and large the people who own and run a business for profit could care less what the system ran. Kind of like the vast majority of people could care less about the technology used in there car engines. As long as it was reliable and reasonably economical. Running any kind of business is hectic enough without having a come to Jesus moment about free and open source software.

Comment: Re:IOW (Score 1) 329

by canesfan (#35827320) Attached to: RIM Co-CEO Cries 'No Fair' On Security Question
Not having studied Law I cannot decide whether your claim about basis for lawsuits is accurate. I do remember having spoke to several lawyers very casually in my lifetime and was told by all that the only thing needed as a basis for bringing a lawsuit in the U.S. is the possibility of making money. You can sue someone for wearing Green socks. You may not win but if you have the money to file you can. So aside from the obvious need for tort reform in the United States I have no idea how much weight was given to concerns about lawsuits. I mean who would have sued them? The Libyans who could then not buy or more likely buy but not use a Blackberry device? Where would they file suit Canada? I mean do you suppose that a people who are oppressed to the point of not even having the ability to buy a given cell phone could freely travel and file class action suits against foreign companies in their home countries. As I would assume such a lawsuit would not find much support in Libya given that they would have imposed the ban.

Comment: Re:Your take is jejune (Score 2) 329

by canesfan (#35827200) Attached to: RIM Co-CEO Cries 'No Fair' On Security Question
I could not disagree with you as to how RIM handled giving access to foreign Governments to users e-mail. The Arab country I believe it was Jordan accounts for how much of RIM's business? I would bet not even 8-10%. Even if it were more. What was at stake is the fact that people choose RIM for business becuase of the security and privacy capabiliites built into the platform. You claim that not giving in to the demands of a Middle Eastern Government in order to save your business in that country was like slashing your wrists. I would say totally negating one of the fundamental features of your product would then be like cutting off your head.

Comment: Re:TSA guards not at fault here (Score 2, Interesting) 559

by canesfan (#34137976) Attached to: EPIC Files Lawsuit To Suspend Airport Body Scanner Use
How many "Guards" have you met, known, dealt with? Most are just twisted enough or suck at lying to the point they fail the psychological or poly or background check for any Law Enforcement position. The pay is McDonalds grade, the job is boring, most of your co-workers have sub standard personal hygien and as a bonus the public pisses on you every chance they get. When you fail to present them the opportunity they create one for themselves. Another words only a sick twisted sociopath with an authoritarian complex works in the Guard industry. Want to guess what I do for a living? Muah Ha Ha Ha Ha!!!!

Comment: Re:Is it just me... (Score 1) 182

by canesfan (#34012022) Attached to: New Video of Apple's Enormous iDataCenter
No it is not just you. I may show my age a bit with this reply but I remember when a company in America had to earn a customers business and follow up with good service to sell their products or services succesfully here in our great country. I remember a time when any employee who proposed that the organization start asking for your phone number, e-mail (didn't exist), home address, how many kids you had etc. would be laughed out of a job. Posting our family photos or private thoughts for public consumption was such an extreme concept that no one bothered to discuss it. Today if you dare question a cashier as to why they need your e-mail, home address, date of birth and phone number to buy a gallon of milk you are looked at as suspect. Anyway... I will not store my data or my employers data (Unix admin) in "The Cloud". Remember if the service is free then you are not the customer but rather the product.

Vax Vobiscum