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+ - US cops make 'first ever' Bitcoin seizure following house raid->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "American cops have made their first ever seizure of Bitcoin after raiding the house of an alleged drug dealer. The Drug Enforcement Administration seized a haul of 11.02 Bitcoins (worth $814.22 at today's rates) from an address in South Carolina on April 12. They were in the possession of a man suspected of dealing drugs using the infamous Silk Road marketplace, accessible only as a hidden Tor service. The case came to light thanks to eagle-eyed Bitcoin advocates, who searched the police record of seizures."
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+ - Google is going Puritan on us->

Submitted by DougDot
DougDot (966387) writes "In three days, Google's Blogger will begin to delete scores of blogs that have existed since 1999 on Monday under its vague new anti-sex-ad policy purge.

On Wednesday night at around 7pm PST, all Blogger blogs marked as "adult" were sent an email from Google's Blogger team.

blogger sex purge
The email told users with "adult" blogs that after Sunday, June 30, 2013, all adult blogs will be deleted if they are found to be "displaying advertisements to adult websites" — while the current Content Policy does not define what constitutes "adult" content.

To say that Twitter ignited with outrage would be an understatement. Blogger users are panicked and mad as hell at Google."

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Comment: Re:Does your office door have the same key as home (Score 2) 377

by octothorpe99 (#43857127) Attached to: Why Everyone Gets It Wrong About BYOD

Do you ask them to rekey your office door and the building access to match the doors at home?
I thought not.. you carry one key for home, and one key for work.

If they wanted me to buy my own lock then I would

The point here is your employer cannot demand to control your property. You want to control something you pay for it.

Whether or not I will agree to carry a second phone is orthogonal. I might if my job required it but not if it was just for being able to work off hours. But again, that's beside the point.

Comment: Re:BYOD means I/T loses some control over it (Score 2) 377

by octothorpe99 (#43856335) Attached to: Why Everyone Gets It Wrong About BYOD

You shouldn't trust your own network to begin with. How do you make sure no-one plugs in whatever they want?

Managed switches.

No unauthorised devices get plugged in. Every device has to authenticate with the switch (so not simply MAC address blocking).

From the fine summary:

Because you own the device, you have certain rights to what is on the device and what you can do with the device.

Yeah right, feck off.

When you BYOD onto my network, we control it, we can wipe it, we can install and uninstall apps and if you dont agree to our terms, dont bother complaining that you cant BYOD. BYOD is not open slather, if you want to bring your own device, fine, we welcome that but you will be registering it with our MDM (Mobile Device Management) system before you're even so much as able to put mail on there, that means our policies get enforced on your device (and your administrative privileges for that device get taken away). Sorry, but this part isn't negotiable.

Well, if it was my choice to B[M]YOD, I'd let IT get admin privileges on my devices. But if its at the company's insistence, then hell no!
Here's the deal:
- I can do off-hours work if I get email on my phone.
- I won't carry a second phone for work
- I am willing to add my work email on my phone PROVIDED:
    -- I am not required to register my device for monitoring
    -- I and ONLY I have admin rights on my phone
    -- No remote monitoring of my phone allowed

I will, however, agree to follow policy like setting a passcode, time-out locking, enable find-my-phone and remote wipe (which I will control).

Security

Did the Spamhaus DDoS Really Slow Down Global Internet Access? 70

Posted by samzenpus
from the what's-to-blame dept.
CowboyRobot writes "Despite the headlines, the big denial of service attack may not have slowed the Internet after all. The argument against the original claim include the fact that reports of Internet users seeing slowdowns came not from service providers, but the DDoS mitigation service CloudFlare, which signed up Spamhaus as a customer last week. Also, multiple service providers and Internet watchers have now publicly stated that while the DDoS attacks against Spamhaus could theoretically have led to slowdowns, they've seen no evidence that this occurred for general Internet users. And while some users may have noticed a slowdown, the undersea cable cuts discovered by Egyptian sailors had more of an impact than the DDoS."
Power

Solar Impulse Airplane To Launch First Sun-Powered Flight Across America 89

Posted by samzenpus
from the guided-by-the-light dept.
First time accepted submitter markboyer writes "The Solar Impulse just landed at Moffett Field in Mountain View, California to announce a journey that will take it from San Francisco to New York without using a single drop of fuel. The 'Across America' tour will kick off this May when founders Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg take off from San Francisco. From there the plane will visit four cities across the states before landing in New York."
Media

Roku Finally Gets a 2D Menu System 80

Posted by samzenpus
from the new-look dept.
DeviceGuru writes "Many of us have griped for years about Roku's retro one-dimensional user interface. Finally, in conjunction with the release of the new Roku 3 model, the Linux-based media streaming player is getting a two-dimensional facelift, making it quicker and easier to access favorite channels and find new ones. Current Roku users, who will now begin suffering from UI-envy, will be glad to learn that Roku plans to push out a firmware update next month to many earlier models, including the Roku LT, Roku HD (model 2500R), Roku 2 HD, Roku 2 XD, Roku 2 XS, and Roku Streaming Stick. A short demo of the new 2D Roku menu system is available in this YouTube video."
Google

Google Releases Street View Images From Fukushima Ghost Town 63

Posted by samzenpus
from the new-fallout-map dept.
mdsolar writes in with news that Goolge has released Street View pictures from inside the zone that was evacuated after the Fukushima disaster. "Google Inc. (GOOG) today released images taken by its Street View service from the town of Namie, Japan, inside the zone that was evacuated after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in March 2011. Google, operator of the world's biggest Web search engine, entered Namie this month at the invitation of the town's mayor, Tamotsu Baba, and produced the 360-degree imagery for the Google Maps and Google Earth services, it said in an e-mailed statement. All of Namie's 21,000 residents were forced to flee after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant, about 8 kilometers (5 miles) from the town, causing the world's worst nuclear accident after Chernobyl. Baba asked Mountain View, California-based Google to map the town to create a permanent record of its state two years after the evacuation, he said in a Google blog post."

Comment: Re:Why ban in cars? (Score 1) 417

by octothorpe99 (#43194047) Attached to: If I could (or had to) ban texting in one place ...

Banning texting in cars makes no sense if the "texter" is not the "driver".

Maybe you'll like the following "insightful" comments:
Fire is hot.

Not if you compare it to something like the sun

Ice is cold.

Not on Neptune

Falling off the top of a tall building without a parachute (etc.) is a virtual guarantee of a lousy day.

Not on a planet with extremely low gravity. What? You don't think such planets have buildings?

Sex is fun! Well... good sex is anyway.

Well, you qualified this yourself.

Rap sounds like shit.

Agreed.

Taking a piss into an energized electrical socket is kinda like falling off the top of a tall building without a parachute.

I would never have known. Thanks!

Comment: Re:Why ban in cars? (Score 1) 417

by octothorpe99 (#43188173) Attached to: If I could (or had to) ban texting in one place ...

Banning texting in cars makes no sense if the "texter" is not the "driver".

And they need to clarify the situation where you are outside the car but leaning on it while you are texting.

to be fair, leaning on a car can hardly be called "in a car".. unless, of course, you're leaning on a toy car while riding in a car. In that case, I agree, texting should be allowed.

Comment: Re:Why ban in cars? (Score 1) 417

by octothorpe99 (#43187093) Attached to: If I could (or had to) ban texting in one place ...

Banning texting in cars makes no sense if the "texter" is not the "driver".

And that would be where you are wrong.
Pilots by career are the safest drivers on the road. There are many reasons for this.
One of the reasons is that they know that the person in the passenger seat is another set of eyes looking out for threats and not a texting or facebook update service.
2 sets of eyes looking out for morons and other hazards is safer than one set.
Unfortunately this is not explained in driver's ed.

Sweet.. We should make it illegal to drive without a co-passenger then. Solves the too-many-cars, waste-of-fuel, fossil-fuel-induced-climate-change problems too.. Driving by yourself? ARRESTED!

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