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Comment Re:publicly available, but... (Score 1) 847

Then look at it this way... how could she have gotten permission to do what she was doing? Could she have gone to a judge and said "I believe there is corruption or misconduct in this police force. I would like permission to follow them around and monitor them for any wrong doing."

This is basically what the police do when they want to stalk a private citizen. They get a warrant from a judge to stalk people.

Now, it appears she may have taken it a bit too far. But if there were a proper mechanism in place for the public to report on the actions of public officials (police, judges, senators, etc) it would make our government a lot more transparent, and possibly lower the instances of corruption and abuse of power.

Comment Re:They wouldn't have arrested her (Score 2, Interesting) 847

Kind of like Richard Armitage exposing an undercover agent? I believe her identity was classified information. Revealing classified information is against the law.

Oh wait, nothing happened to him for revealing classified information...

I guess it depends on who you are when you reveal the identity of an undercover agent.

Comment Re:Nothing (Score 2, Insightful) 247

Things like that are covered under Presidential Emergency powers. Just like making weather reports classified and making the U.S. Coast Guard a part of the U.S. Navy.

"It is with great reluctance that I have agreed to this calling. I love democracy. I love the Republic. The powers you give me I will lay down when this crisis has be abated!" - Emperor Palpatine

Comment Re:Three words: (Score 1) 780

From the Navy textbook:

(c) Applications Software. Ensure that procedures are in place for routine backup of programs and documentation after any change or update. In addition to the working copy, it is recommended that three backup copies of all software be made to support a Contingency Plan. One backup copy is maintained at the working site. A second on-site copy is stored in a fireproof container in an area away from the normal processing area. A third backup copy is stored at an off-site location. It is recommended that a rotational backup system be used to ensure that no magnetically recorded file remains in a stored status for more than six months. Comparisons of files should be made prior to rotation. Verify any discrepancies to assist in preventing the introduction of viruses into backup copies.

(d) Data files. Data files required to support recovery operations (master files or data bases) must be maintained similarly to applications software. Implement procedures to ensure data files are backed up after each update. Maintained files in a manner which facilitates easy restoration of the system at the backup site.

http://www.cs.nps.navy.mil/curricula/tracks/security/AISGuide/navch09.txt

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Biotech

Submission + - New research into orgone energy (foxnews.com)

scooter.higher writes: Three Panel Soul references an article about harnessing the power of orgasmic energy.

"Physician-scientist Wilhelm Reich, best known for his claims of a cosmic life force associated with sexual orgasm, died in federal prison, and the government burned tons of his books and other publications and destroyed his equipment.

But half a century later, a small number of scientists and other believers are working to advance the European-born psychiatrist's work on what he called 'orgone energy' — a theory largely forgotten in the scientific mainstream."

Scientists and doctors from the U.S. and Europe gathered this summer for a conference that explored the prospects of seeking FDA approval for clinical trials of orgone accumulator blankets to treat burn victims.

Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Rough iPhone 1.1.1 jailbreak developed (macnn.com)

scooter.higher writes: iPhone/iTouch Dev members, who have been working steadily for weeks, say they have discovered a way to "jailbreak" iPhone 1.1.1 (i.e., to enable file-level access to the OS on the device). The developers are quick to note however that the jailbreak is nowhere near ready for official release, rendering many applications inoperable until they are recompiled and disabling the iTunes Store without "major hacking."

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