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Comment Re:Wow... (Score 4, Informative) 232

I sympathise with them to a certain extent, but Mike Prebix has been caught on film making statements about how cool it was that he could use this software to observe students without them knowing.

Additionally there is plenty of evidence that IT staff did view the images as is shown in their emails. the report concludes that "there was no evidence of spying" but acknowledges that there would be no way to obtain evidence that spying was or wasn't happening. there were numerous incidents where the software was engaged, but for no known reason, and several times when it was engaged but there is no record of who made the request, or in some cases, of who actually turned it on.

it also doesn't lend credibility that they purged the entire LanRev TheftTracker database some months before this issue, destroying much of what would have been evidence in this case.

Comment Title 17 Chap 1 Section 5 (Score 1) 318

 105. Subject matter of copyright: United States Government works
Copyright protection under this title is not available for any work of the United States Government, but the United States Government is not precluded from receiving and holding copyrights transferred to it by assignment, bequest, or otherwise.

that says it all. Govt work is free as in beer.

Comment price is right, now how do I hand them a dollar (Score 3, Interesting) 268

My primary concern with low-cost services, is that of transactional security. I don't want to expose my CC to compromise over only 1$. Paypal is just as bad. if I subscribe to 100 1$ services per month, how much does that increase my exposure, vs one transaction for 100$? low cost webservices may be the answer to making money online, but I'm not here so a provider can make a buck.

Comment Re:Zeitgeist (Score 2, Informative) 354

do you think that everyone woke up late may 1941, and said, "Hey, Lets have a Holocaust!". the answer of course is No. small changes like this culminated in atrocity. seriously, search slashdot for "yro germany", and tell me you don't see a disturbing picture appearing over the last 2 years. probably not a sign of impending genocide, but that was only one aspect of the regime. everyone focuses on it (and rightly so), but it's not the only bad thing they did.

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