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Submission + - Who's behind mysterious flights over US cities? FBI->

kaizendojo writes: The FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the country carrying video and, at times, cellphone surveillance technology — all hidden behind fictitious companies that are fronts for the government, The Associated Press has learned.

The planes' surveillance equipment is generally used without a judge's approval, and the FBI said the flights are used for specific, ongoing investigations. In a recent 30-day period, the agency flew above more than 30 cities in 11 states across the country, an AP review found.

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Comment Re:not the real question (Score 1) 200 200

Can you point out your source for saying this? I haven't seen a single article that mentions anything other than live flights. He was asked by the FBI to create a simulator to test security but that isn't where he claimed he got into the seat box from the OES to avionics. If I misesd something, I like to be able to be informed. If I didn't, then it would appear that your assertion is incorrect. I'm just looking for facts, not saying you're wrong.

Comment Three words that should strike fear in your heart (Score 1) 85 85

Bitcoins and Wall Street. There's been enough stories about scams and losses with Bitcoin - disappearing exchanges, vaporized money. Now we're going to pair amateur scammers with professional dirtbags. No fucking thanks. (Flame all you want, but I'll save them to remind you later when I turn out to be right.)

Comment Don't believe everything on the internet (Score 2) 302 302

Kids need to know the difference between verifiable reference material and crap. Just because more people agree with one view on a forum or comments section doesn't neceesarliy make it a fact. Foxnews.com is a perfect example of this. So is MSNBC.com Just because it's on wikipedia doesn't mean it's true. Learn critical thinking and be able to know what questions to ask and where to go to find out. Kids know how to use the hardware - they need to engage the wetwear.

Comment Re:Controversial because? (Score 5, Interesting) 284 284

It's controversial because it takes away time from teaching anything but the test, associated implementation and support costs are enormous and the only ones truly benefitting from this are the test manufacturers like Pearson... who also make the books for studying and the certifications for the teachers and even the GED certs so they have you one way or the other. Full disclosure; I am an independant consultant who works in IT a few days a week for a major school district and I am seeing this from the inside. If you'd like another perspective, I suggest going to YouTube and searching on John Olver's take. Funny, but at the same time chilling.

Comment Re:danger vs taste (Score 1) 630 630

So you're saying that the Double Big Mac Combo itself is fine, healthy and calorie/fat free? Because if you aren't then your reply isn't "Nope", it's "Yes you're correct and these things (that you are describing like insulin and gut bacteria) make it worse.... etc."

Neither of them are healthy and I haven't seen the inside of a McDonalds in years.

6.023 x 10 to the 23rd power alligator pears = Avocado's number

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