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+ - TSA body scanners to show less revealing images->

Submitted by tgtanman
tgtanman (728257) writes "The Washington Post reports that the TSA will begin installing new software on millimeter wave body scanners at 41 airports that will replace the controversial body images with generic images of the body. While the change is currently limited to millimeter wave scanners, similar upgrades for backscatter scanners is being developed, according to the TSA. The ACLU has applauded the changes but continues to note other concerns with the scanners."
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+ - MySpace lays off 47% of employees->

Submitted by tgtanman
tgtanman (728257) writes "CNN reports that Myspace has announced that they have laid off 500 employees, 47% of their total staff. From the article, "MySpace's management kept most of the site's developers but gutted nearly every other job role, according to a staffer who survived the cuts ... 'Today's tough but necessary changes were taken in order to provide the company with a clear path for sustained growth and profitability,' CEO Mike Jones said in a written statement.'These changes were purely driven by issues related to our legacy business, and in no way reflect the performance of the new product.' ""
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+ - MIT-organized team wins DARPA Network Challenge->

Submitted by tgtanman
tgtanman (728257) writes "A online team organized by MIT has won the DARPA Network Challenge by submitting the locations of 10 8-foot balloons moored at fixed locations across the US. The team organized by the MIT Media Lab (previously discussed on Slashdot) offered $2,000 to the first individual to report each balloon's location and smaller cash prizes to whoever referred them to the team)"
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Comment: What about trunked 800Mhz systems? (Score 1) 130

by tgtanman (#28551499) Attached to: US Sets Up Emergency Multi-Band Radio Project
Does anyone more familiar with the system or the DHS project know if there's any advantage to pushing this new system versus pushing a complete transition to a 800Mhz trunked frequency? It seems like many agencies are just now transitioning to the 800Mhz band to provide the same type of interoperability.

+ - Obama continues use of "state secrets privileg->

Submitted by tgtanman
tgtanman (728257) writes "CNN reports that "the Obama administration has informed a federal judge it will continue to invoke the "state secrets" privilege in a legal battle with an Islamic charity suspected of funding terrorism...The group, which has sued the government over alleged warrantless wiretapping, is demanding classified information about the program ... Attorney General Eric Holder has ordered a review to determine whether the government's use of the state secrets privilege can be sharply narrowed. The government brief, however, reveals the legal tool will continue to be used despite strong objections from civil liberties groups and their political allies.""
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+ - Lawyer asks RIAA to investigate Bush twins 1

Submitted by tanman
tanman (728257) writes "After reading an article in the Miami Herald that said "[President] Bush's twin daughters, gave him a CD they had made for him to listen to while exercising", a Florida lawyer calculated statutory damages of 1.8 million dollars and has sent a letter to the RIAA asking that they "display the same vigor in prosecuting this matter and protecting the rights of your rights-holders that it has displayed in enforcing those rights against other alleged violators." From the letter, "This is a serious violation of copyright. As you know, whichever of your member organizations that are right-holders for the copied musical works may be entitled to statutory damages of $150,000.00 per musical work copied.""

+ - Student Arrested for Making Video Game Map of Scho

Submitted by tanman
tanman (728257) writes "A Chinese student at the Houston-area Clements High School was arrested, sent to an "Alternative Education Center" and banned from graduation after school officials found he created a video game map of his school (Google mirror). School district police arrested the teen and searched his home where they confiscated a hammer as a "potential weapon". ' "They decided he was a terroristic threat," said one source close to the district's investigation. ' With an upcoming May 12 school board election, this issue has quickly become political, with school board members involved in the appeal accusing each other of pandering to the Chinese community in an attempt to gain votes."

Comment: Re:Hasn't Paypal done this for years? (Score 1) 212

by tgtanman (#17379880) Attached to: PayPal Launches Virtual Debit Card
Apparently, the difference between this and the old Virtual Debit Card is that the new one provides a CVV2 number (the security code on the back). I've been using the old system online for a while and I've never had a problem with websites needing a security code (I think entering 000 makes it work?)

With your bare hands?!?