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Comment Re:Probably, but watch out for the Audit. (Score 1) 157

Let's be realistic. Fake boarding passes aren't a threat to the TSA. The only purpose to the TSA of checking your boarding pass before entering the security checkpoint is to keep from unnecessarily screening people who aren't flying. It keeps your mother from cluttering up the naked-scanner for everyone else who's flying if she just wants to kiss you before you fly away. If someone prints a fake boarding pass to get past the TSA, they still won't be able to get on the flight. They're going to be able to buy a Maxim at Hudson News and an 8 hour old sandwich and nothing more. And even if they are able to board the flight, they won't have a seat assigned so they run the risk of being caught by a flight attendant before takeoff and getting arrested. No, someone who poses a real terror threat won't present a fake boarding pass to the TSA because that could blow their whole plot if they get caught with it before takeoff. I find it hilarious when suddenly everyone on Slashdot becomes a security expert.

Submission + - Apple Upholds Sexist Termination ( 2

archmcd writes: Is Apple a progressive new-technology company, or are they entrenched in the same discrimination practices that plague many Fortune 500 companies of old? An otherwise successful Apple Genius relates the story of her termination, appeal and subsequent affirmation of her failure to be a member of the correct gender. From the article:

In the end, I was fired from a supposedly liberal, pro-employee, open-minded corporation because an all-male team couldn'(TM)t deal with an intelligent, outspoken woman working with them. I was fired by a supervisor who was going out of his way to find reason to fire me, and who was investigated by HR for that very behavior. I was fired for being unwilling and unable to continue to tolerate hostile, antagonistic behavior from my coworkers.

Have other Slashdot readers experienced similar problems from progressive new-technology corporations?


Submission + - 68% of iPhone Apps Collect Unique Device ID (

An anonymous reader writes: It looks like iPhone users are not immune to the types of data leaks recently discovered on the Android platform. Researchers looked at the top free applications available from the App Store and discovered that "68% of these applications were transmitting UDIDs to servers under the application vendor’s control each time the application is launched." The iPhone's Unique Device ID, or UDID, cannot be changed, nor can it's transmission be disabled by the user. The full paper is here.

Submission + - Duke Nukem: Forever To Appear At Mana Bar (

An anonymous reader writes: On October 16th, Duke Nukem: Forever will make an appearance at the Mana Bar in Brisbane, Australia. From the article:
"We all know co-founder Yug has a little black box full of pictures of developers on their drunken adventures at the bar for future leverage and blackmail. But more likely this is the last stop of Pitchford's tour after travelling Europe, ending with Brisbane's EB vendor show, to show that, yes, this game does indeed exist."

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Submission + - SugarCRM Users Required to Pay for Key Features (

storagedude writes: SugarCRM continues its trend of making users of its open source customer relationship management (CRM) software pay for enterprise editions if they want user-friendly features, many of which are critical for serious business users. Want easy-to-use developer tools and user interfaces? That'll cost you. Want native mobile apps for your iPhone or Blackberry? Ka-ching. Sales forecasting and reporting? Open your wallets. Makes you wonder if there's anything useful in the community edition.

Submission + - Amazon building its own Android App Market? (

Thinkcloud writes: Speculation abounds that Amazon is planning their own storefront for selling Android apps, one in which they, not the developers, will set the price and decide which apps to feature (and which apps to exclude from the store all together). It's a shrewd move and smart strategy for Amazon, though its impact on app sellers is less certain.

Submission + - Wii 2 to use Marvell Quad-Core ARM Processor? (

Blacklaw writes: Comments made by Marvell's Jack Kang at the Mobilize 2010 conference suggest that his company's latest quad-core chips may form the heart of the next-generation Wii 2.
Describing the new chip as being too "power-hungry" for use in mobile devices, Kang commented at the Mobilize 2010 conference that it would be finding its way into a next-generation games console in the near future instead — and logic suggests that console will be the successor to Nintendo's Wii.

Comment Re:Bad summary (Score 2, Informative) 446

Paper clips happen to be magnetic, and are a great tool for illustrating magnetism not only between a steel object and a magnet, but between a magnetized piece of steel and another piece of steel (two paper clips). I am at a loss as my science kit when I was little came with sharp nails instead of paper clips. I thought paper clips were a progression in safety.

Comment Re:My solution (Score 1) 709

That's absurd. You'd be doing more to restrict people caught texting while driving than those that have been convicted of DUI or other more significant infractions. Plus, every douchebag with a chip on his shoulder would call the number and report the person whether they were texting or not, just because they didn't feel the person had their signal light on far enough in advance of changing lanes. Those calls would have to go somewhere, and chances are there'd be thousands of offenders with those stickers on their vehicles, so now you're talking about building a new government dispatch center to manage these reports, plus dispatching on them to investigate. That's assuming you wouldn't have these calls burdening existing 911/emergency dispatch centers (please tell me you wouldn't). Police departments would be too busy responding to "OMG SHE/HE'S TEXT MESSAGING AGAIN!" that they wouldn't be able to respond to nuisance false burglar alarms and other useless things that distract them from fighting crime. And granted it would be "easy to prove" someone was texting, but not without subpoenaing their cell phone records, which means now we would have to burden the justice system as well. I hope you're not a politician.

Comment Re:Accelerometers in phones? (Score 1) 709

Imbecile. What happens if you're in an accident and you need emergency services? What about the passengers of the vehicle? What about future mobile technology such as intelligent communication between vehicles for accident avoidance, etc.? I say leave it as is, let all the morons that continue to text and drive recklessly die in horrible car crashes and accept it as a much needed thinning of the herd. There's too much damn traffic anyway.

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