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Submission + - The 69 Words GM Employees Can Never Say (

bizwriter writes: General Motors put together its take on a George Carlin list of words you can't say. Engineering employees were shown 69 words and phrases that were not to be used in emails, presentations, or memos. They include: defect, defective, safety, safety related, dangerous, bad, and critical. You know, words that the average person, in the context of the millions of cars that GM has recalled, might understand as indicative of underlying problems at the company. Oh, terribly sorry, "problem" was on the list as well.

Submission + - DHS Turns to Unpaid Interns for Nation's Cyber Security

theodp writes: A week after President Obama stressed the importance of computer science to America, the Department of Homeland Security put out a call for 100+ of the nations' best-and-brightest college students to work for nothing on the nation's cyber security. The unpaid internship program, DHS notes, is the realization of recommendations from the Homeland Security Advisory Council's Task Force on CyberSkills, which included execs from Facebook, Lockheed Martin, and Sony, and was advised by representatives from Cisco, JP Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Northrop Grumman, the NSF, and the NSA. "Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career?" reads the job posting for Secretary's Honors Program Cyber Student Volunteers (salary: $0.00-$0.00). "If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling." Student volunteers, DHS adds, will begin in spring 2014 and participate throughout the summer. Get your applications in by January 3, kids!

Submission + - You're still legally dead, judge tells Fostoria man (

An anonymous reader writes: In 1994, the court ruled that Miller was legally dead, eight years after he disappeared from his Arcadia rental home.

The same judge, Allan Davis, ruled Monday that Miller is still dead, in the eyes of the law. Miller's request for a reversal came well after the three-year legal limit for changing a death ruling, Davis said.

Judge Davis referred to Donald Miller's case as a "strange, strange situation."

"We've got the obvious here. A man sitting in the courtroom, he appears to be in good health," Davis said.
Miller made a decision to leave the state to avoid paying child support, Davis said.
But the three-year time limit on the death ruling is clear, Davis said.

"I don't know where that leaves you, but you're still deceased as far as the law is concerned," Davis said

Submission + - Drone hunters lining up and paying out in Colorado ( 1

coondoggie writes: What might have started out a whimsical protest against government surveillance tactics has morphed into a little more than that as a small town in Colorado has found itself overwhelmed with requests and cash for a unmanned aircraft hunting license that doesn't exist — yet.

Submission + - A Shot of Coffee That Gets You Drunk (

sciencehabit writes: Researchers have found a way to turn used coffee grounds into an alcoholic beverage. They heated the remnants in water at 163C for 45 minutes, separated out the liquid, and added sugar. Next, the team mixed in yeast cells, let the concoction ferment, and concentrated the sample to get a higher alcohol content. And voilà! Used coffee grounds produced a new alcoholic beverage with 40% ethanol, comparable to other hard liquor such as vodka and tequila. Taste testers described the drink as smelling like coffee and tasting bitter and pungent. Researchers noted that the taste could be improved with age and concluded that the quality was good enough for consumption. Don’t count on the caffeine to keep you awake, however; most of it disappears in the brewing process.

Submission + - Hurricane Sandy Baby Boom Kicks Off, East Coast Birth Rates Skyrocketing ( 1

Rebecka writes: Nine months after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the East Coast, east coast hospitals are now reporting a noticeable spike in birth rates. The storm, which left over eight million east coast residents without power, has resulted in an overwhelming increase in pregnancies this month.

According to NBC, hospitals are in dire need of extra medical professionals after the birth of over 4,700 east coast babies alone were born in recent weeks. Atlanticare Regional in N.J. reported a 25 percent increase in births in July and up to 15 deliveries a day, a jump from previous months maximum of eight deliveries per day. Fellow New Jersey-based medical facility, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, told the Asbury Park Press that they have witnessed a 35 percent birth rate jump. Jersey Shore University and Ocean Medical Centers in Neptune and Brick reported a smaller but noticeble increase with 20 percent birth rate spike.

Submission + - British Porn-Censoring MP Has Website Defaced With Porn

twoheadedboy writes: Claire Perry MP, who has been the main driver of the UK government's plans for default blocking of pornography, has had her website plastered in porn by hackers. But the story only just begins there. Notable blogger Guido Fawkes, otherwise known as Paul Staines, posted on the matter, only to later be accused of sponsoring the hacking himself. During some back and forth over Twitter, it appeared Perry was "confused", as she said Fawkes had posted a link to the defaced page, when he had only shown a screenshot of the site. Given the backlash against the government's plans to censor porn and its technical fallacies, the event could be particularly embarrassing for Perry. She is not commenting on the matter, whilst Staines has threatened to sue unless Perry offers a retraction of her claim he had anything to do with the hack.

Submission + - Man Indicted for Attempting to Blackmail Mitt Romney for $1 Million in Bitcoins (

OakDragon writes: A Franklin, Tennessee man has been indicted for his attempt to blackmail Mitt Romney. Michael Mancil Brown allegedly claimed his intent to release some of Romney's pre-2010 tax documents unless one million dollars was converted to Bitcoins and deposited into an account which he specified. Demand letters were sent to Republican and Democrat Party offices in Tennessee, and Pricewaterhouse Coopers (whom he claimed to have stolen the documents from). Pricewaterhouse Coopers denies that he ever obtained such documents. Brown was also attempting to "sell" the documents to others (presumably the Democrats or other interested parties) for the same amount. And yes, he was apparently well aware of the Dr. Evil reference.

Submission + - No humor zone: 33 things you should never say to a TSA agent ( 1

coondoggie writes: There is no humor in an airport. It's a fact. And while most travelers business or otherwise know that, there are a few out there who haven't gotten the message or perhaps the choose to ignore it. Either way the "People Say the Darndest Things" or "What Not to Say at an Airport" section has become one of the more popular destinations on the TSA Blog site.

Submission + - How that 'extra 9' could ward off a Zombie Apocalypse (

netbuzz writes: The questioner on Quora asks: “When is the difference between 99% accuracy and 99.9% accuracy very important?” And the most popular answer provided cites an example familiar to all of you: service level agreements. However, the most entertaining reply comes from a computer science and mathematics student at the University of Texas, Alex Suchman. Here’s his answer: “When it can stop a Zombie Apocalypse.”

Submission + - California Councilman Wants a Tax on Email ( 1

Edgewood_Dirk writes: In yet another story that highlights the lack of understanding of technology that plagues America's politicians, a California councilman is pushing for a "bit tax" on email. Berkeley City Councilman Gordon Wozniak is pushing for a tax on emails to raise federal revenue and possibly save the local post office in his district. Christ Edwards, an economist with the Cato Institute, disputes this idea, saying "The government doesn't need any more tax money. That's not the problem. The American government is spending more than ever."

Submission + - Advertising industry lashes out at Mozilla over 3rd-party cookie blocking. (

preflex writes: Unsurprisingly, Interactive Advertising Bureau president Randall Rothenburg is up in arms over Mozilla's decision to block third-party cookies in upcoming versions of Firefox and has issued the following statement:

"The Interactive Advertising Bureau strongly opposes the scheme by Mozilla to block third-party cookies by default in upcoming releases of its Firefox browser, and we vigorously encourage both the non-profit Mozilla Foundation and its for-profit subsidiary the Mozilla Corporation, which is reconfiguring the Firefox browser, to abandon this proposed change. This move will not put the interest of users first. Nor does it promote transparency or “move the web forward,” as Mozilla claims in its announcement. It will not advance Mozilla’s objective, as stated in its bylaws, of “promoting choice and innovation on the Internet,” but will, instead, impede both. If Mozilla follows through on its plan to block all third-party cookies, the disruption will disenfranchise every single internet user. All of us will lose the freedom to choose our own online experiences; we will lose the opportunity to monitor and protect our privacy; and we will lose the chance to benefit from independent sites like,, and because thousands of small businesses that make up the diversity of content and services online will be forced to close their doors. ..."

He even manges to sneak in a Think-of-the-children argument:

"It is also the third-party cookie that enables urgent messages like AMBER Alerts and weather emergencies to be delivered to relevant, localized audiences."


Submission + - Hacker Targets Clinton Confidant In New Attack (

helix2301 writes: "The hacker who has spent the past several months breaking into the e-mail accounts of family, friends, and political allies of the Bush family has crossed party lines and illegally accessed the AOL account of a former senior White House adviser to President Bill Clinton. The intrusion into Sidney Blumenthal’s e-mail account apparently occurred this week, days after the hacker--who uses the alias “Guccifer”--defaced Colin Powell’s Facebook page and breached the former Secretary of State’s AOL account."

Submission + - Apple's Phil Schiller sends tweet warning of Android malware (

An anonymous reader writes: Apple executive Phil Schiller today sent out a rare tweet that simply said "Be safe out there:" accompanied with a link to a recent study from F-Secure which singles out Google's Android platform as being particularly prone to malware.

The summary of the report reads in part:

"Android malware has been strengthening its position in the mobile threat scene. Every quarter, malware authors bring forth new threat families and variants to lure more victims and to update on the existing ones. In the fourth quarter alone, 96 new families and variants of Android threats were discovered, which almost doubles the number recorded in the previous quarter."


Submission + - The Pirate Bay's 'Move' To Korea Was A Prank (

judgecorp writes: "The Pirate Bay's announcement that it was moving to North Korea was a prank, making fun of gullible readers. Admitting the hoax, the site said "You can’t seriously cheer the “fact” that we moved our servers to bloody North Korea. Applauds to you who told us to f*** off. Always stay critical. Towards everyone!”""

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