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+ - The NSA Is Being Sued for Keeping Keith Alexander's Financial History Secret->

Submitted by Daniel_Stuckey
Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "Now the NSA has yet another dilemma on its hands: Investigative journalist Jason Leopold is suing the agency for denying him the release of financial disclosure statements attributable to its former director. According to a report by Bloomberg , prospective clients of Alexander's, namely large banks, will be billed $1 million a month for his cyber-consulting services. Recode.net quipped that for an extra million, Alexander would show them the back door (state-installed spyware mechanisms) that the NSA put in consumer routers."
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Government

Amazon Botches Sales Tax, Overcharges NJ 179

Posted by timothy
from the insult-to-injury dept.
Hodejo1 writes "On July 1 Amazon started to charge sales tax to NJ residents, which is 7% in the state. But something was not right when I attempted to buy a book for my daughter. Just as I was about to finalize the order I noticed the charges were way off. The book cost $8.09. The tax I was to be levied was $0.85. That's a 10.5% tax rate! Why am I being charged 10.5%? It turns out that Amazon is also charging me tax on the $3.99 cost of shipping and handling. That's a problem, because New Jersey does not tax shipping and handling as I confirmed on the state's web site. I then checked a purchase I made from Amazon on October 7th of this year. Guess what? I was taxed on the $13.50 shipping and handling charge for that order. Now it is very possible — probable most likely — that this is nothing more than a coding error on Amazon's site. But it's a whopper! Just consider the hundreds-of-millions of dollars in sales Amazon makes in New Jersey each year. These extra dimes add up very quickly. Has Amazon been overcharging NJ residents' sales tax since July? If so, why haven't they picked it up by now?"

+ - Lavabit Briefly Allowing Users To Recover Their Data->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "Former users of the Lavabit encrypted email service that was shut down in August have 72 hours (starting yesterday at 7 p.m. U.S. Central Time) to change their passwords and start recovering their data. 'Following the 72 hour period, Thursday, October 17th, the website will then allow users to access email archives and their personal account data so that it may be preserved by the user,' said Lavabit's founder and owner Ladar Levison."
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Microsoft

+ - Astroturfing on Slashdot?->

Submitted by walterbyrd
walterbyrd (182728) writes "There's something about late spring that seems to bring the corporate asstroturf out of the woodwork (oops, I made a "Freudian typo" there!). College graduation is coming up after all, with all those fresh new students hitting the market and becoming truly adult consumers for the first time. Gotta get ready for them. Today's front page of Slashdot brings us not one, not two, but three examples."
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+ - Former TSA Administrator Speaks->

Submitted by phantomfive
phantomfive (622387) writes "Former TSA head Kip Hawley talks about the TSA: "it's simply no longer the case that killing a few people on board a plane could lead to a hijacking. Never again will a terrorist be able to breach the cockpit simply with a box cutter or a knife. The cockpit doors have been reinforced, and passengers, flight crews and air marshals would intervene.

I wanted to reduce the amount of time that officers spent searching for low-risk objects, but politics intervened at every turn. Lighters were untouchable, having been banned by an act of Congress. And despite the radically reduced risk that knives and box cutters presented in the post-9/11 world, allowing them back on board was considered too emotionally charged for the American public."

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NASA

+ - NASA Releases High Definition Image Of Earth From ->

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klchoward
klchoward writes "Working for NOAA I have been really pleased to see the weather data from the new Suomi NPP satellite coming into our computer models already but have been blown away by it's capability to take stunning high definition images of our planet. See the article at Huffington Post or go straight to the image at NASA's website."
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Censorship

+ - Legality Of ACTA In U.S. Questioned In Petition->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Techdirt reports that a petition on the US Government's We the People website raises the question of whether ACTA is enforcable as an executive agreement — which allows the President to sign the agreement without getting approval — when it covers intellectual property, which is the mandate of Congress, and would require a vote before it becomes a treaty.

Slashdot has previously covered Senator Wyden questioning the constitutionality of ACTA before its signing last year; while the EU is said to be signing ACTA into force from today."

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