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An anonymous reader writes "Wired reports, "Beneath its slick interface and crystal clear GPS-enabled vision of the world, Google Maps roils with local rivalries, score-settling, and deception. Maps are dotted with thousands of spam business listings for nonexistent locksmiths and plumbers. Legitimate businesses sometimes see their listings hijacked by competitors or cloned into a duplicate with a different phone number or website. In January, someone bulk-modified the Google Maps presence of thousands of hotels around the country, changing the website URLs to a commercial third-party booking site ... Small businesses are the usual targets. .... These attacks happen because Google Maps is, at its heart, a massive crowdsourcing project, a shared conception of the world that skilled practitioners can bend and reshape in small ways using tools like Google’s Mapmaker or Google Places for Business. .... Google has gotten much better at policing malicious edits, to the point where they’re rare today. ... The system has loopholes though, and troves of money-hungry spammers looking for weaknesses. In February, an SEO consultant-turned-whistleblower named Bryan Seely demonstrated the risk dramatically when he set up doppelganger Google Maps listings for the offices of the FBI and Secret Service. Seely channeled the incoming phone calls through to the real agencies while recording them. The stunt got a lot of attention. The Secret Service told Seely he was “a hero” for showing them the vulnerability.""
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+ - Stunning New Assange Revelation - Plans Modeling Debut At London Fashion Show-> 1

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An anonymous reader writes "The Independent reports, "Julian Assange could now be turning to modeling ... The Australian WikiLeaks founder will reportedly model for Vivienne Westwood’s son, Ben Westwood, at a fashion show ... Assange – who will be joined by six models during his catwalk outing – has also inspired some of the clothes. Westwood told the Daily Mail his collection was influenced by costumes worn by Clint Eastwood’s western films and also Assange’s combat-beret look. The show’s soundtrack will come by way of music from The Good, The Bad And The Ugly. “I’ve designed something for him along those lines and will be getting him to wear it,” Ben added. “I’ve got another garment with a Julian Assange print.” The British Fashion Council was "unable to shed light on the story"...." — IBTimes adds, "George Clooney and his lawyer wife to be Amal Alamuddin, ... are reportedly going to be guests as Assange struts his stuff for the cameras, ""
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Comment: Re:Good luck with that ... (Score 0) 189

by cold fjord (#47348107) Attached to: Eric Schmidt and Entourage Pay a Call On Cuba

So Cubans are oppressed but Americans deserve to be punished?

Maybe this will help - armed robbery is a crime in both countries and you will go to prison. Only in Cuba would you go to prison for advocating democratic reform of the government. Cubans are in jail for both armed robbery and advocating democratic reform of government. Only Americans committing armed robbery would be in jail, advocating reform of government isn't a crime. Political oppression is a regular fact of life in Cuba. People go to jail for criticizing the government, making Castro jokes, wanting to practice their religious faith, or simply desiring to leave the country. Is that making sense to you?

Your line about blacks in Cuba is nonsensical.

Comment: Re:So will he go to jail upon return to the US? (Score 1) 189

by cold fjord (#47347997) Attached to: Eric Schmidt and Entourage Pay a Call On Cuba

I took one of these person-to-person trips to Cuba two years ago and it was pretty awesome. It's nice to travel somewhere that hasn't been ruined by American interests yet (no Starbucks, no McDonald's, etc.) It wasn't that difficult, you can find tours through chambers of commerce or other travel groups.

The restrictions are not extremely enforceable, but know that the Cuban government is looking after you, too. Don't make an ass of yourself while there. In any case, roving around the country in an air conditioned tour bus was quite desirable,

Some different views on that.

A Graduate of my ‘Commie’ High School Goes to Cuba and Sees Paradise, or How One’s Education Can Warp You for Life
The Lost World, Part I

Comment: Re:I live in Canada (Score -1, Redundant) 189

by cold fjord (#47347981) Attached to: Eric Schmidt and Entourage Pay a Call On Cuba

At this point, it has very little to do with communism. Florida is a big primary state and a big electoral state. Florida has a lot of Cuban-americans who would prefer we invade the island. They have traditionally fiercely opposed lifting the

No, it is still pretty much about the oppressive communist state of Cuba. There won't be any US invasion of Cuba, the US pledged to not do that as part of settling the Cuban missile crisis.

Looking Back on the Cuban Missile Crisis, 50 Years Later

the Soviets removed the missiles already deployed in Cuba, and Soviet ships under sail with missile cargoes returned to Soviet ports. In return, the United States agreed to remove a squadron of already obsolete medium-range Jupiter missiles based in Turkey as long as that part of the deal was kept secret. In addition, the United States publicly pledged it would not invade Cuba.

Activists in Cuba support the continuation of the embargo.

The Time to Help Cuba’s Brave Dissidents Is Now: Why the Embargo Must Not be Lifted

Comment: Re:I live in Canada (Score 0) 189

by cold fjord (#47347921) Attached to: Eric Schmidt and Entourage Pay a Call On Cuba

It took the Russians nearly 75 years to throw off communism, and the rest of Eastern Europe about 46 years. Cuba might have a few more years to go, but it will eventually happen.

Oh who am I kidding, thanks to you sucking up to the government's dick when it comes to surveillance ..., Castro ... probably knows the identity of every single dissident on his island, and thanks to the US's welcoming arms, pretty much everyone who didn't like it there has already left, so there's not that many to keep track of.

That makes no sense at all..... which is probably why you don't seem to object to Cuba's communist oppression - no sense.

Comment: Re:So will he go to jail upon return to the US? (Score 2, Insightful) 189

by cold fjord (#47347895) Attached to: Eric Schmidt and Entourage Pay a Call On Cuba

You are missing the other half of it. The cubans that stayed, hate the cubans in Florida as much as the cubans in Florida hate the cubans that stayed.

Many of the Cubans in Cuba want to join the Cubans in Florida, thousands of them try every year. The Cubans in Florida don't hate the Cubans in Cuba, they are opposed to the communist government that is oppressing their friends and family back in Cuba.

The easiest way out for Cuba is to turn away from Communism. It is one of the last hold-outs on the planet in inflicting that failed system on its people. Activists in Cuba support the continuance of the embargo.

The Time to Help Cuba’s Brave Dissidents Is Now: Why the Embargo Must Not be Lifted

Another brave group of Cuban opponents of the regime has actually taped a television interview filmed illegally in Havana. “Young Cuban democracy leader Antonio Rodiles,” an American support group called Capitol Hill Cubans has reported, “has just released the latest episode of his civil society project Estado de Sats (filmed within Cuba), where he discusses the importance U.S. sanctions policy with two of Cuba’s most renowned opposition activists and former political prisoners, Guillermo Fariñas and Jose Daniel Ferrer.”

The argument they present is aimed directly at those on the left in the United States, some of whom think they are helping democracy in Cuba by calling for an end to the embargo. In strong and clear language, the two dissidents say the following:

If at this time, the [economic] need of the Cuban government is satisfied through financial credits and the lifting of the embargo, repression would increase, it would allow for a continuation of the Castro’s society, totalitarianism would strengthen its hold and philosophically, it would just be immoral If you did an opinion poll among Cuban opposition activists, the majority would be in favor of not lifting the embargo.

Next, they nail the claim that travel without restrictions by citizens of our country to Cuba would help spread freedom. The men respond:

In a cost-benefit analysis, travel to Cuba by Americans would be of greatest benefit to the Castro regime, while the Cuban people would be the least to benefit. With all of the controls and the totalitarian system of the government, it would be perfectly able to control such travel.

We know this, as I reported a few months ago, about how a group of Americans taking the usual state-controlled Potemkin village tour came back raving about how wonderful and free Cuba is, and how Cuban socialism works.

Finally, the two former prisoners made this point about lifting the embargo:

To lift the embargo at this time would be very prejudicial to us. The government prioritizes all of the institutions that guarantee its hold on power. The regime’s political police and its jailers receive a much higher salary and privileges than a doctor or engineer, or than any other worker that benefits society. We’ve all seen municipalities with no fuel for an ambulance, yet with 10, 15, 20, 50 cars full of fuel ready to go repress peaceful human rights activists.

Comment: Re:I live in Canada (Score -1, Troll) 189

by cold fjord (#47347777) Attached to: Eric Schmidt and Entourage Pay a Call On Cuba

Anyway, I'm confused...

You've got that right. You've either very confused, or you've gone for the hat trick - race baiting and clueless. Fabulous. But hey, it's only sex with children, right? You ok with that bro?

Don't you think that the Cuban government could act to reduce child sex tourism without resorting to even more political oppression?

Comment: Re:Good luck with that ... (Score -1, Offtopic) 189

by cold fjord (#47347773) Attached to: Eric Schmidt and Entourage Pay a Call On Cuba

"Being black in a black neighborhood" isn't a chargeable offense. Unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon or drugs is.

You shouldn't ignore that there are differences in the rate of offenses. You can see that in murder stats.

Murder by Numbers

In over 52% of the murders in the US in 2011 in which the race of the murderer was known, the murderer was black. Over half of the victims of murder were also black. But blacks are only 13.6% of the population. Put all that together, and the murder rate in the US for non-blacks was more like 2.6 per 100,000 in 2011.

As Peter Baldwin put it in his book, The Narcissism of Minor Differences, "Take out the black underclass from the statistics, and even American murder rates fall to European levels."

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