Please create an account to participate in the Slashdot moderation system

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror
Crime

Submission + - Google Search Missed for 'Foolproof Suffocation' in Casey Anthony Case

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "The Orlando Sentinel reports that a google search was made for the term "foolproof suffocation" on the Anthony family's computer the day Casey Anthony's 2-year-old daughter Caylee was last seen alive by her family — a search that did not surface at Casey Anthony's trial for first degree murder. In the notorious 31 days which followed, Casey Anthony repeatedly lied about her and her daughter's whereabouts and at Anthony's trial, her defense attorney argued that her daughter drowned accidentally in the family's pool. Anthony was acquitted on all major charges in her daughter's death, including murder. Though computer searches were a key issue at Anthony's murder trial, the term "foolproof suffocation" never came up. "Our investigation reveals the person most likely at the computer was Casey Anthony," says investigative reporter Tony Pipitone. Lead sheriff's Investigator Yuri Melich sent prosecutors a spreadsheet that contained less than 2 percent of the computer’s Internet activity that day and included only Internet data from the computer’s Internet Explorer browser – one Casey Anthony apparently stopped using months earlier — and failed to list 1,247 entries recorded on the Mozilla Firefox browser that day — including the search for “foolproof suffocation.” Prosecutor Jeff Ashton said in a statement to WKMG that it's "a shame we didn't have it. (It would have) put the accidental death claim in serious question.""

Submission + - SPAM: USB Data Transfer Charging Cable for Apple iPhone 5

Stoere writes: "his Lightning To USB 2.0 cable connects your iPhone, iPad, or iPod with Lightning connector to your computer's USB port for syncing and charging or to the Apple USB Power Adapter for convenient charging from a wall outlet.

This accessory is compatible with the following:
accessory is compatible to iPhone 5, iPod touch 5th generation, iPod nano 7th generation, iPad 4th generation, iPad mini

Descriptions:

        100% brand new and high quality
        Data transfer cable,works really well with iPhone 5
        High speed
        Perfect mate with iPhone 5
        Color: White

Package Included:

        1 x USB Data Transfer Charging Cable for Apple iPhone 5"

Link to Original Source

Submission + - Fortuner SUV Terbaik (blogspot.com) 2

gunawancavalera writes: "Persaingan pasar mobil Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) di Indonesia semakin sengit dengan hadirnya Toyota Fortuner VNTurbo yang dilengkapi dengan fitur New Engine
2KD-FTV 2.5 Liter D-4D Common Rail with VN Turbo (VNT) and Intercooler. Variable Nozzle Vane Turbo (VNT) mampu memberikan tekanan udara yang lebih besar pada putaran mesin yang lebih rendah daripada Turbocharger biasa yang berukuran sama di tambah intercooler. Hasilnya, torsi menjadi lebih besar di putaran mesin rendah"

Submission + - UBS Germany questioned over alleged tax fraud (bpspainholdings.com)

zimmearry writes: "Swiss bank UBS’s German subsidiary is under investigation by local prosecutors for purportedly abetting tax fraud.

Bank employers allegedly helped investors to hide money pass revenue departments’ authorities by transferring it to Switzerland, says Peter Lintz.

Reported the investigation on November 8, 2012, Stuttgarter Nachrichten said illegal fund transfers reached well into 2012, money was being moved invisibly via an internal clearing account at UBS’s German branch into Switzerland. Source not specified by the paper.

Electronic data and other hundreds of thousands materials that were confiscated in UBS’s Frankfurt offices that were raided in May are currently being analyzed by Mannheim prosecutors.

The legal inquiries were intended for unknown representatives of UBS’s German division. Some of the bank’s customers are also among targets, added Lintz.

As a result Swiss banks have been subject to investigations into tax evasion in the United States and Europe, throwing Swiss banking secrecy, enshrined in the republic’s laws and traditions, into jeopardy.

Bank refuses to comment about the issue rather late Wednesday of the same year they emailed a statement trough a spokeswoman stating that the bank is already “cooperating with authorities” but denies to comment on ongoing legal procedures.

A number of French offices of UBS were searched as part of a probe into alleged aiding of tax evasion earlier this year. In some other issues involving UBS, they deny media reports telling wealthy Germans to move funds to Singapore and other money centers ahead of a Swiss tax deal due to come into force in January.

Since 2009, UBS has closely examined “framework conditions” for business with over 60 countries including Germany and taken steps to adjust or improve the rules wherever necessary, the spokeswoman said."

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Why are transatlantic audio/video streams garbage?

wbr1 writes: In a recent Slashdot posting, the following statement was made:

(Note: the sound quality on this translantic Skype call is poor. We suggest reading the transcript.)

This reminded me of a recent experience. I live on the east coast of the united states, and my mother lives in the UK not terribly far from London. WE chat online at least weekly, but for a special occasion, I wanted to video chat, or at least audio chat without spending $$ on either of our mobile phones, or other international calling options. We tried three different major options, Skype (free), Google talk, and Yahoo. Not one of the three could even sustain a decent audio only stream, let alone video. I wanted to do some troubleshooting, but my mom is not a geek, and I could not enlist her assistance on the other end. The question remains however, when both of us have 'broadband' connections of some sort, with more than enough bandwidth to support multiple video streams, and fast downloads of files from servers across the Atlantic, why can't what amounts to a small UDP audio stream make it through? The ISPs involved are Comcast and BT. Is it one of them? Someone in the middle depriortizing the packets? Is it Google/Yahoo/Skype. To me it seems unnecessary, so what can we do as geeks to get around, or better yet, push to have the problem solved?

Privacy

Submission + - Data breach: Passwords of Apple, Google and NASA employees, among many others (ieeelog.com)

radudragusin writes: A previously unreported breach, compromised the username and passwords of close to 100.000 engineers and scientists, members of IEEE. The data was leaked due to a misconfigured FTP server holding more than 100 GB of logs. Furthermore, the logs hold both usernames and passwords in plaintext.
A brief analysis of the logs shows the most common passwords, as well as the most popular browsers among scientists and engineers. As one might expect, passwords like '123456' or 'password' are among the most popular. Chrome is the most popular browser, followed closely by Firefox and Internet Explorer. There are also maps showing the location of the compromised users. Not surprisingly, regions strong in the fields of engineering and research seem to be home to most of the IEEE's members.

Government

Submission + - U.S. Customs Has Shared License Plate Data With Insurance Companies (forbes.com)

An anonymous reader writes: It may come as little surprise that every time you cross the border, cameras record your license plate number and feed it into a database of driver locations. More disturbing, perhaps, is the fact that the government seems to share that automobile surveillance data with an unexpected third party: insurance companies.
Privacy

Submission + - Meet Elvis: The robot that interrogates people traveling across the border (networkworld.com)

colinneagle writes: Even though it's been 35 years, some folks have a specific King of Rock-n-Roll in mind when they hear the name "Elvis." However you might have a case of the Jailhouse Rock blues if the new Elvis catches you in a lie. That's because this Elvis is AI; an android behind a touchscreen who questions people on behalf of U.S. Customs and Border (CBP) Protection to analyze potentially suspicious behavior and to predict threats. He's an Automated Virtual Agent for Truth Assessments in Real-Time (AVATAR) kiosk.

Tucson News reported that there are not enough CBP agents to handle all of the Trusted Traveler Program applications that require face-to-face interviews. It works by using sensors "to screen passengers for unusual physiological responses to questioning — which can indicate a subject is lying," according to CNN.

  It's not what you answer, but how you answer. Are you upset or fidgeting? CNN reported that it "uses three sensors to assess physiological responses: a microphone, which monitors vocal quality, pitch and frequency; an infrared camera, which looks at pupil dilation and where the eyes focus; and a high-definition camera recording facial expressions."

Comment Maybe in urban settings... (Score 1, Flamebait) 97

Ah, typical Euro-centric thinking where they think because you live in Paris, you can just usurp free wifi because it's there. Never mind that it's on shared cable modem bandwidth and that typically bandwidth in Europe is shit. The ISM band is so saturated that you could charge your phone just through induction because to live there you're living 3-5 stacked on top of each other (in the city). So when the lights go out, so does the Wi-Fi network. If you were relying on the mobile network instead of dedicated 2-way radios, then it usually means that the mobile network will overload instantly with people calling their friends asking "are the light out where you are?" And I don't like the idea of an Emergency "switch" of any kind backdooring my router. Cisco already does it with their 'Vault' devices and the idea that I would now have to rent my router that I paid full price for from the retailer makes me want to smash the device with a hammer. Don't try relying on it outside of the city tho... it goes from city one block to farm land just like that. And it would never work here because of the suburbs.
Government

Submission + - Opportunity Cost of Inaction: High-Speed Rail in the United States (apta.com)

McGruber writes: In July, the American Public Transportation Association (www.apta.com/) recently released an informative report "Opportunity Cost of Inaction: High-Speed Rail and High Performance Passenger Rail in the United States" (http://www.apta.com/resources/reportsandpublications/Documents/HPPR-Cost-of-Inaction.pdf).

The report addresses the initial investment and on-going cost of operation and maintenance of high-performance passenger rail in four of the U.S. Federal Railroad Administration-sanctioned regional networks — Northeast, Chicago Hub, California, and Northwest — over a 40-year period.

According to the report, the U.S. Census estimates the population will grow by more than 100 million people in the next 40 years. As the population grows, increased pressure will be placed on the nation’s already crumbling infrastructure. With a complementary high-speed rail service, this will help mitigate the cost of maintenance, replacement and the capacity expansion needs of airport runways, highways and roadways. In many cases expansion will be difficult because of the lack of land mass. I am sure this report will put to rest all the concerns raised during the previous slashdot story, California Going Ahead With Bullet Train (http://tech.slashdot.org/story/11/11/27/0245250/california-going-ahead-with-bullet-train)

Earth

Submission + - Curiosity's Latest High-Res Photo Looks Like Earth (wired.com)

bbianca127 writes: Curiosity sent a picture down to us, and it looks a lot like Earth. Actually, the picture's color quality has been changed — to human eyes, the landscape would look a lot more reddish. Still, it looks remarkably like the southwestern United States (bringing to mind the AD quote about how Lucille Bluth would rather be dead in California than alive in Arizona).

Slashdot Top Deals

Adding features does not necessarily increase functionality -- it just makes the manuals thicker.

Working...