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Submission + - iRobot Announces Paperback Sized Military Robot (wired.com)

knothead99 writes: Introducing the iRobot Ember.

"iRobot has built over 2,000 machines for the military. Most of 'em are 50 pounds plus, and more than three feet long. But, lately, the company has been working on an itty-bitty version of its Packbot reconnaissance machine — one that weighs less than a pound, and is about the size of a paperback book."

Video included of the robot in action.

Security

Submission + - Virus Hits FBI and US Marshals (therunningtally.com)

Drivintin writes: "Looks like CNET has a story of the FBI, and US Marshals Service being hit with an unknown virus. The FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service were forced to shut down parts of their computer networks after a mystery virus struck the law-enforcement agencies Thursday, according to an Associated Press report. A spokesperson for the U.S. Marshals Service confirmed that it had disconnected from Justice Department computers as a precaution after being hit with the virus, while an FBI spokesperson would only say that it was experiencing similar issues."
Privacy

Submission + - FCC's Warrantless Household Searches Alarm Experts

mikesd81 writes: "Wired.com reports that you may not know it, but if you have a wireless router, a cordless phone, remote car-door opener, baby monitor or cellphone in your house, the FCC claims the right to enter your home without a warrant at any time of the day or night in order to inspect it. FCC spokesman David Fiske says "Anything using RF energy — we have the right to inspect it to make sure it is not causing interference." The FCC claims it derives its warrantless search power from the Communications Act of 1934, though the constitutionality of the claim has gone untested in the courts. "It is a major stretch beyond case law to assert that authority with respect to a private home, which is at the heart of the Fourth Amendment's protection against unreasonable search and seizure," says Electronic Frontier Foundation lawyer Lee Tien. "When it is a private home and when you are talking about an over-powered Wi-Fi antenna — the idea they could just go in is honestly quite bizarre.""
Idle

Submission + - Smile! Urine candid camera!

Anon E. Muss writes: Just because you can put a camera somewhere, doesn't mean you should. Apparently, the Department of Homeland Security Theater doesn't grasp this concept. They've installed video cameras in urinals at Houston's Hobby Airport. At least they weren't sneaky about it — they posted a notice saying "Automatic infrared flush sensors also provide video monitoring for security purposes." (Insert bad joke about bashful bladder syndrome here)
The Internet

Submission + - SPAM: Malware knocks out U.S. Marshals Service network

coondoggie writes: "Malware Wednesday crippled Windows-based computer systems at the U.S. Marshals Service, which hunts federal fugitives and operates the country's witness protection program, knocking the agency's network offline. The agency's press office confirmed it was having network problems and that its e-mail system was down this morning, but it was unclear if the outage extended across the entire network. The press office said a statement would be issued today, but has yet to be released. [spam URL stripped]"
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Government

Submission + - White House Calls for Ideas on Transparency (fas.org)

An anonymous reader writes: Quoting the source: "The White House today solicited public recommendations for greater openness in government.

"Members of the public are invited to participate in the process of developing recommendations [by] offering comments, ideas, and proposals about possible initiatives and about how to increase openness and transparency in government," according to a notice published in the Federal Register today."

Government

Submission + - Sunlight Labs offers $25,000 for Data.gov apps (avelinomaestas.com)

Andurin writes: "With the launch of Data.gov, Sunlight Labs is offering $25,000 in prize money for developers who create apps that use newly-released federal government data. Data.gov is paving the way for citizens to become more engaged with their government, by providing for the first-time a clearinghouse of federal data in developer-friendly formats. The Apps for America 2 contest aims to find the best applications that rely on Data.gov, whether it be a client application, an iPhone app, or data visualization. Also, the first, second and third prize winners will receive airfare and hotel placement for a trip to Washington DC. While in Washington, DC, they'll attend an awards ceremony at the Gov2.0 Summit by O'Reilly Media and TechWeb."
Communications

Submission + - U.S Federal Government Launches Data.gov (elasticvapor.com)

Elastic Vapor writes: "I'm happy to announce that the U.S. Federal Government earlier today launched the new Data.Gov website. The primary goal of Data.Gov is to improve access to Federal data and expand creative use of those data beyond the walls of government by encouraging innovative ideas (e.g., web applications). Data.gov strives to make government more transparent and is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government. The openness derived from Data.gov will strengthen the Nation's democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government."
Mozilla

Submission + - Mozilla Jetpack: API for standards-based add-ons

revealingheart writes: Mozilla Labs have released a prototype extension called Jetpack: An API for allowing you to write Firefox add-ons using existing web technologies technologies to enhance the browser (e.g. HTML, CSS and Javascript), with the goal of allowing anyone who can build a Web site to participate in making the Web a better place to work, communicate and play. Example add-ons are included on the Jetpack website.

While currently only a prototype, this could lead to a simpler and easier to develop add-on system, which all browsers could potentially implement.

Comment no, wrong (Score 1) 426

Granting religions tax-exempt status is making a law respecting the establishment of religion, because it differentiates between tax liabilities, based solely upon whether the entity is a religion or not. It singles out religion as being a special class, and that is a facial violation of the establishment clause.

Comment Denial is not a riveir in Africa (Score 1) 2

At issue isn't Ted 'faggard' Haggard's sexual preferences, but instead his antinomianism; the hypocrisy between what the preacherman speaks and the preacher's man_dates. The Party of The Public Potty Peepers just don't get it. There is no inherent wrong in the gayness of thought or deed, but if someone propositions me across a stall wall in a public restroom, they have egregiously violated my privacy, and the only way they're going to get lucky is if this does not also cause a serious breech of the public peace. On a bad day I might be compelled to query forcibly: just what the fuck gave them the idea that a toilet was some sort of social networking node. I can get all the twittering tweets my heart desires on the net.

Aanother thing that these covert assclowns refuse to recognize, is that Jesus himself was OK with two guys playing stable the pony in the back forty corral, and two girls supping on give and take furburgers. He clearly stated that these were not causes for or against salvation:

Luke 17

32 Remember Lot's wife.

33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.

34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.

35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

How much more scriptural proof does one need?

Comment Re:looks like a scam to me (Score 1) 15

welcome. this one was pretty easy. I'm thinking Rob Gray is likely a von NotHaus patsy, and doesn't even realise it. He's calling it currency, that makes it a federal violation. He's using the net, and probably phone lines, which immediately doubles up to interstate wire fraud. Calling it a bank is likely another felony. Canadian server ain't going to save him, and may in fact be an enhancement. This doesn't even begin to reach into messing around with other people's securities without a license. Yet, just a skimming search points directly at him from all directions. The guy is a fool, probably believes the crap about the laws being unconstitutional. He didn't come up with this scheme all by his lonesome.

Comment looks like a scam to me (Score 1) 15

The Free Lakota Bank website promises to safeguard other people's precious metals for a fee.

When you bank with Lakota, you can expect us to safeguard your property with our lives. We will defend it from theft by looting or force. We will charge you a fee for this service.

Yet, nowhere on the website of Free Lakota Bank is there any mention of their physical location. There is also no mention of a third-party entity serving in the capacity of auditor or providing any verification of their claims.

Within the claims made by the Lakota Bank, there is the implied assertion they they will not use your deposits to secure any financial instruments, nor will they use it for loans. They have a separate, "General Investment Fund", for these purposes. Since they claim they are only securing your deposits, they charge a service fee of: 0.005%/mo OR 0.06%/yr. That is a nonsensically low fee in return for the service promised. This is a very typical part of a scam. You receive something at much less than its true value. Where do they get their end?

The Lakota Bank does not claim they have been licensed by any entity. They state that: "we issue, circulate and accept for deposit only AOCS-Approved silver and gold currencies" and they imply some sort of affiliation when stating that there are no fees assessed for: "unlimited transfers to accounts at any other AOCS bank". There can also be found on the website an image that says: "AOCS Approved". On the Lakota Bank website's Currency Promotion page can be found:

As the Free Lakota Bank does not sell silver, we invite you instead to access our Currency either through the network of AOCS Approved Currency Officers or by participating in a FreeMarketMetals.com Bulk Order. A Bulk Order purchase may be delivered to you or directly to your account at our Bank. A Bulk Order is by far the fastest and easiest way to fund your Free Lakota Bank account.

Odd that the Lakota Bank claims that they issue AOCS-Approved silver and gold currencies on one page, but then say that they do no sell silver on another.

AOCS stands for The American Open Currency Standard, and lists as contact: Rob Gray; National Currency Director; (888) 538-9990. The other place to acquire minted metal that the Lakota Bank will accept in deposit is Free Market Metals.

freelakotabank.com, opencurrency.com and freemarketmetals.com all resolve to the same IP: 205.178.145.65. It's a Network Solutions shared server, physically located in Toronto, Canada, with over 270,000 other domains hosted on it. All three domains are registerd by Network Solutions. freelakotabank.com and opencurrency.com are both registered to Rob Gray with a contact email server of networksolutionsprivateregistration.com. freemarketmetals.com is registered to an entity: "The Revolution". It's Administrative contact is rgray@revolution.gs, and address given is 7004 Bishop Road #3316, Plano, TX. It turns out that revolution.gs is also registered by Network Solutions, but to "The Revolution", and contact email server is networksolutionsprivateregistration.com.

It looks like Lakota Bank, and the two entities that it accepts metal deposits from, all point to the same Rob Gray, of Plano, TX. Can you say, "lack of transparency?" The AOCS website also lists Rob Gray as the Currency Officer from Texas, as well as being their National Currency Director.

Presently, the AOCS offers a 1oz .999 fine silver coin with a face value of $50. Presently the price of silver on the open market is $10.81/oz, effectively a $49 mark-up over the value of the metal. This is beginning to emit the foul odor of a Bernard von NotHaus scam. If you do not remember, von NotHaus was indicted as head of Liberty Dollar, and many people said the indictment was because they were about to circulate Ron Paul coins. He was marketing a 4- level pyramid scheme that greatly inflated the value of 1oz silver coins when sold to the end retail buyer.

Now if any of you think von NotHaus was or the AOCS is legit, I'm more than willing to to undersell them. For this day only, I will exchange with you 1oz of .999 fine silver for the spectacular discounted price of $30, payable only in Federal Reserve fiat currency. However, my penchant for honesty requires me to inform you would be an idiot to enter into this bargain, and that currently, it is possible to pick up 20 1oz .999 fine silver coins at Free Market Metals for the unbelievably low cost of daily spot market price + $5.25/oz, making it the cheapest of the rip-offs, at a little less than a 50% mark-up over the spot price. It should also be noted that these two suppliers of 1oz minted silver pieces will only accept payment in Federal Reserve fiat currency.

The AOCS gives props to Bernard von NotHaus on their website. Also worth noting is that Rob Gray is listed as a Liberty Dollar Dallas Regional Currency Officer, using the same phone number as is listed as the contact number for the domain, revolution.gs. Gray is also a member of The Austin Libertarian Meet-up Group (picture), and this does seem to be a mite bit redundant, but he also is a supporter of Ron Paul.

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