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Comment: Re:No, thank you. (Score 1) 865

by tomlouie (#46927865) Attached to: Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

> I want to start my car, leave it running, lock it and run into a building for a couple of minutes. I can take my RF key out of the car, but with the car running it won't let me lock the door.

Try this, it should work:
1. with engine running, step out of car with keys in hand.
2. close door, and lock it from outside with physical key.

Comment: Re:Fill your head with crap (Score 5, Insightful) 163

by tomlouie (#46748879) Attached to: The Best Parking Apps You've Never Heard Of and Why You Haven't

> I think the more important issue is the general inefficiency in the marketplace for apps (as well as ideas and intellectual property in general).

Bennett, you just summarized your 2,000+ word textwall into a single 24 word sentence. Was that so hard? Seriously, a single summary sentence at the start of your submissions would be greatly appreciated.

+ - TSA missed Boston bomber because his name was misspelled in a database-> 3

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the primary conspirator in the Boston Marathon bombing that killed three people, slipped through airport security because his name was misspelled in a database, according to a new Congressional report.

The Russian intelligence agency warned US authorities twice that Tsarnaev was a radical Islamist and potentially dangerous. As a result, Tsarnaev was entered into two US government databases: the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment and the Treasury Enforcement Communications System (TECS), an interagency border inspection database.

A special note was added to TECS in October of 2011 requiring a mandatory search and detention of Tsarnaev if he left the country. "Detain isolated and immediately call the lookout duty officer," the note reportedly said. "Call is mandatory whether or not the officer believes there is an exact match."

"Detain isolated and immediately call the lookout duty officer."

Unfortunately, Tsarnaev's name was not an exact match: it was misspelled by one letter. Whoever entered it in the database spelled it as "Tsarnayev." When Tsarnaev flew to Russia in January of 2012 on his way to terrorist training, the system was alerted but the mandatory detention was not triggered. Because officers did not realize Tsarnaev was a high-priority target, he was allowed to travel without questioning."

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