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Russia Issues Travel Warning To Its Citizens About United States and Extradition 369

mendax writes "The New York Times reports that the Russian government is warning its citizens to not travel to countries that have an extradition treaty with the United States, noting that 'detentions of Russian citizens in various countries, at the request of American law enforcement, have become more frequent.' The article reports the Russian foreign ministry as saying,'Experience shows that the judicial proceedings against those who were in fact kidnapped and taken to the U.S. are of a biased character, based on shaky evidence, and clearly tilted toward conviction.'"

Comment Re:Them names. (Score 4, Informative) 41

They all have different family names.

Thomas Chien: family name is "Chien"

Wu Chien-Hung: family name is "Wu"

Justin Huang: family name is "Huang"

Mou Hsin Huang: family name is "Mou"

In Chinese, the family name is traditionally given first. Chinese who live in or frequently visit Western countries, or who often deal with Western visitors, often adopt Western given names for the convenience of people who don't speak Chinese. In such cases, they place the family name last, like most Westerners do, since this is what most Westerners expect. (My fiancée does this. And no, I'm not giving you either version of her name. :P)

Example: The famous Hong Kong actor Chan Gong-sang is better is known to English speakers as Jackie Chan. His family name is Chan.

Not sure what happens when Jackie visits Hungary, though. ;)

Comment Re:What is the problem? (Score 1) 89

You're either misinformed or just making stuff up.

A habit is a behaviour or activity you engage in, but can exercise control over. An addiction is an activity over which you have lost control (IOW you can't stop yourself from doing it, even if you know full well that it will lead to an undesirable result).

Ingestion of a substance can be either a habit or an addiction, but is not a distinguishing factor between the two--for example, heroin is known to be chemically addictive (i.e., physiologically addictive), but cannabis is generally held not to be (although cannabis can be and often proves to be psychologically addictive).

This is why you'll find entries for both "chemical addiction" and "behavioural addiction" on Wikipedia, as well as other sources.

Comment Re:Terms of Use (Score 2) 216

Makes me wish I still worked in radio. Back then, I had a clause in my contract stating that I could not allow my name, voice, or likeness to be used for promotion of any product, service, or organisation without the station's prior approval. Now *that* would be interesting to see FB's legal department deal with.

I'm sure there are lots of folks with FB pages who have similar, existing contractual agreements.

Cue the lawsuits in 3... 2... 1...

*places bag of popcorn in m-wave*

Submission + - Facebook ID fraud case on the rise (

thorgimov writes: The Yomiuri Shimbun
The Avanti Group (Sept. 02 2013) — Identity fraud on the popular social networking site Facebook has been surging recently, with fraudsters hijacking accounts or masquerading as real friends or acquaintances. Some victims have had their personal information stolen after approving fake friend requests from acquaintances.
Familiar name
“These are some pictures taken by my friend. If you don’t mind, please vote for them.”
A 48-year-old male company employee from Chiba city, the capital of Chiba Prefecture, received this Facebook message in June from a female company employee in Kashiwa, also in the prefecture.
As she was an acquaintance from more than 10 years ago, he did not think twice before clicking on the URL. The link took him to another site with several photos of scenery.
When he tried to vote for one of them, he was asked to enter his cell phone number.
Thinking this to be strange, he contacted the woman, who said she had not sent any such message.
She logged into her Facebook profile and checked with her friends on the matter, only to find her account had been used by an unknown person.
Similar messages had been sent to about 60 of her Facebook friends.
The woman had been using the same password on several different websites. “My password must have been stolen from some of the sites and used maliciously,” she said.
“My account may have been hijacked. I’m terribly sorry for causing my friends trouble.”
Antiviral software company Trend Micro Inc. said it had confirmed five cases in which Facebook users were tricked into visiting websites using a similar technique and actually entered their cell phone numbers.

Comment Re:hey for security do this (Score 4, Interesting) 555

I've travelled all over the world and the following is the complete list of border security issues I've endured over the last 10 years:

1. Brisbane, Australia, 2003: They made me throw out a brick of cheese I'd purchased in New Zealand. They told me that, had it been in the original unopened factory packaging, they'd have let it through.

2. Penang, Malaysia, 2006: They had me open up my laptop and start it. The guard then picked it up, held it up high to look at the bottom, then lost his grip and dropped it. It bounced off the conveyor, and landed on, then cartwheeled down the flight of steps immediately behind the conveyor all the way down to the next floor. The guard looked absolutely horrified and practically fell down the steps himself going after it and bringing it back up to me, apologising profusely all the while, then waited while I made sure it still worked. I'm posting with that laptop now, BTW, which I still keep around for reading stuff online when I'm too lazy to get the good one out of my bag.

3. Beijing, China, 2010: Got read the riot act for having "smuggled" a cigarette lighter with me on a flight from Frankfurt. I told them, truthfully, that they saw it at the security checkpoint in Frankfurt and did not offer to take it away from me. The border guard in question accused me of lying. I responded, "Please go give them a call and ask them if they take away cigarette lighters from outbound passengers on international flights, because I am pretty sure they will tell you that they don't. I'll be happy to wait while you check." He came back about 5 minutes later and said, "You can go." He kept the lighter, though.

4. Newark International, USA, 2011: Had a half-metre ethernet cable confiscated as a potential weapon. Me: "Weapon? Huh?" Bitchy old TSA lady: "You could strangle somebody with that thing." Me: "That would have never occurred to me in a million years, until you suggested it just now. Well done." She started to say something after that, but her 2 colleagues both started chuckling, and she gave me a look that could have curdled vinegar. After about 10 seconds, one of the others said, "Maddy's having one of her good days--On your way, son", and off I went.

Submission + - Universal Jobmatch: A Scammers Paradise (

An anonymous reader writes: The Government’s new job vacancies website, Universal Jobmatch, is riddled with outright scams, data harvesting operations, spoof job vacancies and dodgy business opportunities. The recently launched website is the latest crazy scheme from Iain Duncan Smith to snoop on the ‘job seeking activity’ of benefit claimants.

Submission + - Facebook, Twitter, Google opening URLs in your email (

qubezz writes: You have emailed someone a confidential email with a URL that gives them secure access to your site — well guess what, your email provider is logging into it also. Several email and messaging platforms are reading message contents and following web links in the messages.

Security firm High-Tech Bridge set up a dedicated server to see which of the services picked up and used a unique URL they added to emails sent through various services. During the 10 days of the experiment, only six services out of the 50 took the bait, but they included four of the biggest and most used social networks: Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Formspring.

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