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Secret Gov't Documents Will be Declassified 12/31 301

mozzwald writes "This New Year's Eve, at midnight on the dot, hundreds of millions of pages of U.S. government secrets will be revealed. Or at least they'll no longer be official secrets — it may actually take months or more for the National Archives and Records Administration to make those pages available for public consumption."

Submission + - Computer Program Cuts Risk of Crashes and Exploits

Pooua writes: "Emery Berger, of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, has developed a computer program that he claims greatly reduces the risk of application crashes and common hacker exploits by separating programs far apart from each other in RAM. Berger's program, called DieHard, is available at no charge for non-commercial use.

Spacewar: New Computer Program Prevents Crashes And Hacker Attacks"
The Courts

Submission + - EFF, ACLU, et al file suit for re-vote in Sarasota

An anonymous reader writes: Voters from Sarasota County announced today that they are filing suit in state court in Tallahassee asking for a re-vote in Florida's 13th congressional district. On Monday, the Florida Elections Canvassing Commission certified Vern Buchanan as the winner of the Congressional District 13 race by 363 votes, despite the fact that electronic ballots cast by more than 18,000 people in Sarasota County showed no vote for either candidate in a high profile congressional race. This is an undervote rate of more than 16%, compared to an undervote rate of 2.5% in the paper absentee ballots and 1% in the U.S. Senate race on the same electronic ballot.

Submission + - Health Insurance for the Self-Employed Revisited

SharkJumper writes: "Looks like this question has been asked before, but might be due for an update. I'm a self-employed programmer who is about to become a father. Previously, my family's insurance has come through my wife's employer, but she is eagerly looking forward to being a stay-at-home mom. We must look for that elusive low-cost insurance in order to enable her to do this. Losing her insurance is not a huge loss as, due to failed negotiations, the hospital in our city (3rd largest city in the state), along with most of the doctors that refer to it, is dumping the network (largest in the state) that our insurance uses. On the individual coverage plan front, my research shows story after story of deception, fraud, and general run-around or obfuscation by most of the major players and nearly all the minors. With all of the bad experiences out there, I've yet to see a good review of an insurance company. What does the Slashdot crowd use and recommend? Company and plan-type? PPO? HMO? HDHP + HSA (High Deductible Health Plan + Health Savings Account)?"

Submission + - Microsoft makes claim on Linux code

mattaw writes: From OUTLAW.COM, "Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has said that every user of the open source Linux system could owe his company money for using its intellectual property. The statement will confirm the worst fears of the open source community." Seems that SCO's backer is willing to take over the fight itself (if you believe that). I am not certain about the backing, but I am certain MS will take advantage of it.

Jailtime For Leeching Wireless? 587

jginspace writes "A 17-year-old from Singapore is is facing three years' jailtime for accessing his neighbor's wireless network. His neighbor complained and now the unfortunate Tan Jia Luo is facing charges under the computer misuse act and is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday."

Submission + - Officials question the 9-11 report, should I?

An anonymous reader writes: I've been hearing some rumors that much of the 9-11 Commission Report doesn't makes sense, and between the recent article Bush Signs Bill Enabling Martial Law and knowing my history, I figured I should start trying to make sense of what's going on. Many of the arguments are persuasive, yet, I'm no scientist, engineer, or even an ethicist, so I have a lot more questions than I could find the answers to. I'd like slashdot's input.
  • Does the 9-11 Commission Report make sense?
  • Are all the 'senior U.S. military officers, intelligence services veterans, and government officials' who have been quoted as seriously questioning the report just off-the-deep-end and I'm better off ignoring them?
  1. Baer, Robert — Case Officer, CIA
  2. Berg, Philip — Deputy Attorney General, State of Pennsylvania
  3. Bowman, Col. Robert — Director of Advanced Space Programs Development under Ford and Carter
  4. Burks, Fred — State Department Interpreter for Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton
  5. Butler, Lt. Col. Stephen — Former Vice Chancellor Defense Language Institute
  6. Christison, William — Director of the CIA's Office of Regional and Political Analysis
  7. Cleland, Senator Max — Member of the 9/11 Commission. Former U.S. Senator from Georgia
  8. Cole, John — Intelligence Operations Specialist, FBI
  9. Conrad, David Mark — Agent in Charge, Internal Affairs, U.S. Customs
  10. Costello, Edward — Special Agent, Counterterrorism, FBI
  11. Dayton, Senator Mark — Senate Armed Services Committee
  12. Dew, Rosemary — Supervisory Special Agent, Counterterrorism & Counterintelligence, FBI
  13. Dzakovic, Bogdan — Counter-terrorism expert, FAA
  14. Edmonds, Sibel — Language Translation Specialist, FBI
  15. Ehmke, Horst — Former Minister of Justice (West Germany)
  16. Ellsberg, Daniel — Former Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense
  17. Elson, Steve — Special Agent, FAA
  18. Fitts, Catherine Austin — Assistant Secretary of Housing under George H.W. Bush
  19. Forbes, David — Aviation, Logistics and Govt. Security Analyst
  20. Freeh, Louis — Director of the FBI 1993-2001
  21. Goodman, Melvin — Division Chief and Senior Analyst of Soviet Affairs, CIA
  22. Goulder, Morton — Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter
  23. Graf, Mark — Security Supervisor, Department of Energy
  24. Graham, Gilbert — Special Agent, Counterintelligence, FBI
  25. Heikal, Mohamed Hassanein — Foreign Minister, Egypt
  26. Hellyer, Paul — Minister of National Defense and Deputy Prime Minister, Canada
  27. Honegger, Barbara — White House Policy Analyst Under Ronald Reagan
  28. Ivashov, Gen. Leonid — Chief of Staff of the Russian Armed Forces
  29. Kleiman, Diane — Special Agent, U.S. Customs
  30. Kwiatkowski, Lt. Col. Karen — Political-Military Affairs Officer, Office of the Secretary of Defense
  31. Lannoye, Paul – Former Member of European Parliament
  32. Larkin, Lynne — Operation Officer, CIA
  33. Loftus, John — Former Federal Prosecutor
  34. MacMichael, David — Senior Estimates Officer, CIA
  35. McGovern, Raymond — Chairman, National Intelligence Estimates, CIA
  36. Meacher, Michael — Undersecretary for Industry, Minister for the Environment, UK
  37. Nelson, Col. George — U.S. Air Force aircraft crash investigator
  38. Newman, Major John — Former Executive Assistant to the Director of the NSA
  39. Pahle, Theodore J. — Senior Intelligence Officer, Defense Intelligence Agency
  40. Peck, Edward — Deputy Director of the White House Task Force on Terrorism under Ronald Reagan
  41. Ray, Col. Ronald — Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under Ronald Reagan
  42. Reynolds, Morgan — Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Labor under George W. Bush
  43. Ritter, Maj. Scott — Marine Corps Intelligence Officer and Chief UN Weapons Inspector in Iraq
  44. Roberts, Paul Craig — Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury under Ronald Reagan
  45. Rokke, Maj. Douglas — Director U.S. Army Depleted Uranium Project
  46. Sarshar, Behrooz — Language Translation Specialist, FBI
  47. Shaffer, Lt. Col. Anthony — Former Chief of the Army’s Controlled HUMINT Program
  48. Shayler, David — Counter-Terrorism Officer, MI5 (UK)
  49. Steele, Robert David — U.S. Marine Corps Intelligence Officer and CIA Case Officer
  50. Stubblebine, Maj. Gen. Albert — Commanding General, U.S. Army Intelligence
  51. Sullivan, Brian — Special Agent and Risk Management Specialist, FAA
  52. Tortorich, Larry — US Naval Officer and Dept. of Homeland Security
  53. Turner, Jane — Special Agent, FBI
  54. Vincent, John — Special Agent, Counterterrorism, FBI
  55. von Buelow, Andreas — State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Defense, West Germany
  56. Weldon, Rep. Curt — Vice Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee
  57. Whitehurst, Dr. Fred — Supervisory Special Agent, Forensic Examiner, FBI
  58. Wittenberg, Capt. Russ — Air Force fighter pilot and commercial airline pilot
  59. Wright, Col. Ann — U.S. Army and Former Diplomat
  60. Zeigler, Capt. Gregory — Former U.S. Army Intelligence Officer
  61. Zipoli, Matthew — Special Response Team Officer, Department of Energy

If they aren't all nuts... are there any times it's okay for a government to attack it's own people for a greater good?

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