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+ - Facebook Introduces Remote Logout Feature->

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Ellie K
Ellie K writes "In an effort to improve overall security options for its users, Facebook has launched a new feature that enables users to log-out remotely from a computer (or computers) other than their own. After enabling the feature, users will be able to see where their account is logged-on beyond their main computer – including the host device and its geographic location. Simply clicking the 'End Activity' button alongside any or all listed devices will instantly perform a log-out at that location.

“View your recent account activity,” advises Facebook. “If you notice an unfamiliar device or location, click 'end activity'.”"

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Comment: Re:That is the point. (Score 1) 285

by n00btastic (#32647904) Attached to: DHS Wants To Monitor the Web For Terrorists
Forgive me, but I do not see any points at which we are necessarily in disagreement. To quote the Wizard's 10th rule: "Willfully turning aside from the truth is treason to one's self."

I think you were mostly upset about my use of the term 'propaganda.' There may be negative stigma behind this word, but it is not necessarily implied. Google says propaganda is simply "information that is spread for the purpose of promoting some cause."

It is all relative. Freedom fighter, or terrorist, it is all based on the observer. If you want to argue about something you should bring it beyond semantics.

Comment: That is the point. (Score 3, Interesting) 285

by n00btastic (#32631476) Attached to: DHS Wants To Monitor the Web For Terrorists
Free speech sometimes encourages behaviour against the institution.

When I entered high school the internet exposed me to anti-Christian propaganda. This led me to think about my belief system in a more analytical way. I am sure there are some people in Utah who would like to have removed my access to all dissenting religious thought for the same reason.

People who want to limit your access to information are trying to control how you think and how you act. People should do what they feel is right, and most importantly their actions should be the result of a well informed thought process.

Surely Nadal's actions were not efficient. He did not change anything, but he made his choice. Now he's dead. But you can hardly say he was a child who was indoctrinated by some internet posting.

Flame me if you will.
Transportation

+ - GPS Log Analysis Uncovers New York City Taxi Scam

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Hugh Pickens
Hugh Pickens writes "The NY Times reports that New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commission is using GPS data collected in every cab to review millions of trips in New York City over the past 26 months and has discovered a huge number in which out-of-city rates, twice the rate charged for rides in the five boroughs, were improperly charged. The drivers’ scheme, the commission says, involved 1.8 million rides and cost passengers an average of $4 to $5 extra per trip when drivers flipped switches on their meters that kicked in the higher rates, costing New York City riders a total of $8.3 million. Cab drivers are supposed to charge the higher rate only when they cross the border between New York City and Nassau or Westchester. “We have not seen anything quite this pervasive,” said Matthew W. Daus, the taxi and limousine commissioner. “It’s very disturbing.” The taxi industry vigorously challenged the city’s findings, saying it was unimaginable that such a pervasive problem could be the result of deliberate fraud. The commission says that 75% out of the city’s 48,000 drivers had applied the higher rate at least once. Several cabbies defended themselves and their colleagues and said it was easy to accidentally activate the higher rate because of the way the meters were designed and expressed dismay at the city’s findings, which they said threatened to tarnish the image of their industry. “We are ashamed,” says cabbie Bagicha Singh. “People will look at us as a thief.” Officials hope to roll out a short-term fix in two or three weeks in which an alert will appear on the backseat monitor when a cabbie activates the out-of-town rate."

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