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Submission + - Surveillance Drones over U.S. get OK by Congress (washingtontimes.com)

suraj.sun writes: Look! Up in the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? It’s a drone, and it’s watching you. That’s what privacy advocates fear from a bill Congress passed this week to make it easier for the government to fly unmanned spy planes in U.S. airspace.

The FAA Reauthorization Act, which President Obama is expected to sign, also orders the Federal Aviation Administration to develop regulations for the testing and licensing of commercial drones by 2015.

Privacy advocates say the measure will lead to widespread use of drones for electronic surveillance by police agencies across the country and eventually by private companies as well.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/feb/7/coming-to-a-sky-near-you/

Comment Re:Crickets (Score 1) 328

I used it exclusively. For me it was the best place to find torrents that where properly categorized with many seeders and, most importantly, ratings and comments so that you could be confident in the files you were downloading. It was an aggregator of other sites so it had an extensive database. I had been using it since it's inception in 2005. I'll miss it dearly.

Comment Re:CS is part of IT (Score 1) 520

Is that really what you think IT guys do? The equivalent of fixing your car? What an arrogant statement. Like anything else, there is a spectrum of skills and job types within what you refer to as "IT," just as in any other discipline. Is the new help desk employee that resets user passwords the same role as the architect who designs redundant data centers for high availability or disaster recovery? Similarly, is the web developer who edits Wordpress themes the same as the C programmer writing drivers?

Not all programmers are high and mighty, genius computer scientists. Not all IT workers are Windows monkeys.

Comment Re:The way it should be (Score 4, Insightful) 183

One could argue that this is abusing the domain name system's original intent. To continue your example, why does Ford need taurus.com, fusion.com, mustang.com, etc? They should be using subdomains: taurus.ford.com. mustang.ford.com. The make and model are both instantly more recognizable, as is the Ford brand in general.

The Internet would be a better place if the marketing people would focus on marketing problems and let the technology people implement solutions.

Security

Submission + - New HIPAA modifications under the ARRA (barkingseal.com)

bwhaley writes: "The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, signed in to law by Bill Clinton in 1996, has shaped the security requirements for organizations that handle individual health information over the past 13 years. The ARRA "Stimulus" bill introduces serious changes and additions to the original legislation. In particular, the ARRA comes with new data breach notification requirements, additional auditing and disclosure rules, and the full wrath of the HIPAA Privacy and Security rules for business associates. Full coverage of the ARRA's effect on HIPAA here."

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