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Comment: Bad move on their part (Score 1) 534

Now, I'm not a lawyer, but I could see that backfiring on them in a big way. If the MA SWAT teams are actually private agencies, then that could be used by a clever lawyer to damage their qualified immunity. If they're actually some sort of private contractors, then suing them would get a whole lot easier, since qualified immunity probably only applies to state and federal employees.

Comment: Re:3Mbps?!?? (Score 1) 159

by snobody (#45745721) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Managing Device-Upgrade Bandwidth Use?
That's nothing. Back in 2004, I was working for a school district in Michigan and almost all of the K-12 buildings were on token ring. We were always just one lightning strike away from having a building offline for the rest of the school year. We used to surf ebay looking for old replacement parts to buy and keep, just in case. Of course, now I'm sure they've probably upgraded to 10 megabit ethernet hubs. :)

+ - Data Breach at Washington Court Spills 160k SSNs->

Submitted by Gunkerty Jeb
Gunkerty Jeb (1950964) writes "Attackers using a vulnerability in Adobe’s ColdFusion app server were able to compromise servers belonging to the Washington State court system sometime in the last few months and walked off with data belonging to as many as a million residents of the state. The attackers had access to 160,000 Social Security numbers and the driver’s license numbers and names of a million people."
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+ - State Department Demands Takedown of Printable Gun Schematics.->

Submitted by moeinvt
moeinvt (851793) writes "In the latest episode of the 3D-printed gun saga, Forbes reports that the U.S. Department of State has demanded that the plans and blueprints for the 3D-printed gun components be immediately "removed from public access". In a letter sent to Cody Wilson, the feds claim that the plans must be reviewed and approved by the "Directorate of Defense Trade Controls" (DDTC) to ensure that making them publicly available does not violate the "International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)" rules. Full text of the letter published in the Forbes article."
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+ - The story about Apple's iMessage frustrating law enforcement may be disinfo->

Submitted by snobody
snobody (990539) writes "Recently, an article was posted on Slashdot about the claim that law enforcement made about being frustrated by their inability to decrypt messages using Apple's iMessage. However, this article on Techdirt suggests that the DEA may be spewing out disinformation. As the Techdirt article says, if you switch to a new iDevice, you still are able to access your old iMessages, suggesting that Apple has the key somewhere in the cloud. Thus, if law enforcement goes directly to Apple, they should be able to get the key.

Cui Bono? The article suggests that the fraudulent story is just an angle to create an excuse for new legislation making it even easier to spy on us through our devices."

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Comment: Re:Hire the unemployed (Score 5, Informative) 428

by snobody (#40294147) Attached to: 2013 H-1B Visa Supply Nearly Exhausted
You mean, ways to find workers like Monster.com or Dice.com?

These companies aren't hiring anyone that they would have to train unless they're just looking for an H1B worker. I work for a large multinational company in the U.S. and I have seen the job postings they put out. They're so full of precise specifics that the worker absolutely must have that an American engineer won't be able to fit the bill. Then they hire the H1B from the overseas office that they had in mind in the first place (and who fit the onerous job requirements exactly, strangely enough) and pay him less. It's a scam. What we need is a nice, well-funded PAC for IT workers and engineers that can lean on the lawmakers and tell Oracle and Micro$oft to get bent. The only way to get the lawmakers to listen to us is to bribe them with campaign contributions. It sucks, but that's the system we have in this country.

Oh, and this Project for a New American Economy reminds me a lot of the Project for a New American Century, which brought us the Iraq war.

Comment: Kick Ass is pornography? (Score 1) 332

by snobody (#39867347) Attached to: German Authorities Find Al Qaeda Plans Disguised In Porn
I just find it interesting that the movie they mentioned as the steganographic carrier, Kick Ass, is referred to as pornography. Granted, the female super hero in the movie, Hit Girl, is a 12-year old, so the movie had a pedophile (technically ephebophile) vibe to it, but I didn't see anyone getting f*cked in the movie. Shot, stabbed, and beaten up, but no sex.

Comment: Re:Of course. (Score 1) 1174

by snobody (#39808415) Attached to: TSA Defends Pat Down of 4-Year-Old Girl
They are trying to provoke the people to fight back. Look at the totality of what has happened since 9/11 and you see the dramatic escalation of the machinery of a police state that is just waiting for the right incident to throw the machine in to full action.
Then google Rex 84 and you will see that this is a process that has been in place for most of our adult lives. There are people installed at the intelligence and military communities who don't like our form of government and would like to change it to a dictatorship.
Keeping that in mind, when we hear about people like Mr. Abdulmutallab, who tried to bomb an airliner heading to Detroit in 2009 and whose failed bomb plot was the instigator of the installation of these dangerous x-ray scanners, and how passenger Kurt Haskell, a Detroit attorney, testified that Mr. Abdulmutallab was escorted on the plane by well-dressed government types who flashed badges at airline and customs officials in order to get him past security.
So, yes, the TSA is trying to provoke us. The terrorists with pepper spray that unleashed on UC Davis student protesters are trying to provoke us. The TSA VIPR program is trying to provoke us. They want this fight.
China

+ - China Erases New Internet Rumors, Shuts Down Sites->

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itwbennett writes "Chinese officials said Thursday that http://www.itworld.com/internet/267566/china-scrubs-online-rumors-internet-shuts-down-sites">210,000 online posts and 42 websites have been taken down since mid-March in a government crackdown on rumors. In addition, 6 people were detained for allegedly fabricating rumors saying that military vehicles were in Beijing and that the city was in trouble."
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+ - Study: Macho Men likely to become Right-Wingers Politically->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A study by Griffith University in Australia has concluded that men who could be described as "Macho" — physically fit and possessed of a muscular upper body — are likely to become right-wing conservatives in terms of political alignment. The study found that upper body strength influences various "mental mechanisms" used in decision making, and attributes this influence to evolutionary "survival mechanisms" that kept hunter-gatherers alive and fed thousands of years ago. In the study, men with great upper body strength were more likely to become angry quickly, more likely to solve "problem situations" with aggression, more likely to feel "entitled" to various things, and — surprise surprise — far more likely to support agressive military action to solve problems like Iraq, Afghanistan, than the average person. The study concluded that "Macho" men were more likely to believe in the ‘utility of political aggression’ to solve conflict, than ordinary men. In the case of America, "Macho" males were found to be far more likely to back right-wing conservative Republican party doctrines, than to support left-wing liberal Democratic Party doctrines."
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Comment: Re:Well then are better then text book in some way (Score 1) 223

by snobody (#39570585) Attached to: Do Tablets Help Children Learn?
They're not blaming autism on the vaccines, because they'd get slapped with lawsuits for threatening pharmaceutical company profits, although that's probably what's causing the epidemic. I worked for a school district as a computer programmer, and I had to write a program to determine whether or not a child had the right mix of vaccines based on State of Michigan data. I was stunned that children had to receive so many vaccines at such a young age.

One way to make your old car run better is to look up the price of a new model.

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