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Comment: Re:Government penalizers doing... (Score 2) 188

by stormpunk (#42513921) Attached to: Loss of a Single Laptop Leads to $50k Fine Against Idaho Hospice

It took years before there were any fines. The BCBS fine of $1.5m was for 1m records. The only warning that says is that it is cheaper to ignore the regulations than do anything about it.
Also, if you're going to lose records then lose big and you get a discount. It cost the hospice over $100 per record and BCBS $1.50. There does appear to be something to the statement that larger agencies have less to worry about.

The Almighty Buck

+ - ATT to Cap DSL/U-Verse, Impose Overage Fees 1

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "AT&T will reportedly implement a 150GB monthly cap on landline DSL customers and a 250GB cap on subscribers to U-Verse high speed internet starting on May 2nd. AT&T will also charge overage fees of $10 for every additional 50GB of data. DSLReports says it has confirmation from AT&T that these rates are legitimate, and that letters will go out to customers starting March 18th. 'We are committed to providing a great experience for all of our Internet customers,' explained AT&T in a statement. 'Customers strongly believe that only those who use the most bandwidth should pay more than those who don't use as much. That's exactly what this does — and again, 98% of our customers will not be impacted by this.' You knew there'd be hell to pay after AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson's compensation slipped 6% to $27.3 million in 2010, didn't you?"
NASA

Remote Operated Aircraft Targets Hurricanes 56

Posted by timothy
from the auction-off-the-live-view-rights dept.
burnin1965 writes "Usually news articles about remote operated UAVs involve blowing people up. NASA's application takes a different path and uses the utility of the aircraft for scientific research that will benefit humanity. I haven't read much about NASA's Global Hawk lately, but they have been busy providing up-close access to the recent string of hurricanes."
Privacy

PA's Dept. of Homeland Security Shared Oil-Shale Protester Info With Companies 293

Posted by timothy
from the nothing-dirty-or-suspicious-here dept.
Western Pennsylvania's shale oil deposits have lately attracted interest not only from companies who have been extracting some of that oil, but from locals who object to what they perceive as sharp dealing by the companies involved, favorable treatment by the state government, and environmental degradation as a result of the extraction. Some of the most visible of those protesters, it turns out, have been tracked (including "Web traffic") by Pennsylvania's own Homeland Security department, and that information about them has been shared not only within the department, but with the oil companies themselves. Homeland Security director James Powers defended the information shared with the oil companies as part of a triweekly bulletin, saying "We want to continue providing this support to the Marcellus Shale Formation natural gas stakeholders while not feeding those groups fomenting dissent against those same companies."

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