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Comment Re:Attention whore (Score 1) 632

Who gets to define responsible? You, or someone with the same views as you I presume?

While I do not regularly read Wikileaks I pay attention to the big releases and I have not seen anything yet that would constituent a threat to our soldiers or citizens.

I have seen things that were being hidden under the National security blanket that would hurt our government politically but I encourage things that politically hurt governments, its good for the people if the government is politically weak, they cant do as much to us.

Comment Re:More too this story methinks (Score 1) 597

The person who was arrested wasn't the one who made the shot, nor did he look anything like him. The person who made the shot was not arrested.

The person who was arrested, was arrested for something that you can not be arrested for in that state (refusing to show ID) and nothing else. His attitude does not matter since it wasn't breaking any laws.

The police department then dragged on a case while refusing to release the tapes because of an active case, then after they dropped the case (after costing the person who was arrested but did nothing that is a crime or arrestable in the state of WA about $3800) refused to release the tapes, implying that they had been destroyed.

An internal review that viewed the tapes, backed the cops version of events even though the tapes clearly support the person who was arrested version of events.

But yea, lets change the focus away from obvious and provable police corruption to someones clearly legal but in your mind "bad" attitude.

Comment Re:Oh shut up (Score 1) 530

The problem is, he did only give the password to the only designated agent according the the policies of the owner of the equipment. His supervisor, the security person we not designated agents according to the only document that mattered. the cities policies. He followed policy and yet is still on trial, after being in jail on $5,000,000 bond for more than a year. He followed the rules and because that pissed some people off he has lost more than a year of his life and is facing more time lost. Maybe you would give your passwords out to anyone, if so I hope I never work with you or with any company you work for, but I am very careful with the passwords I have been entrusted with and only people that would get those passwords are designated in written company policy.

Submission + - Gizmodo Paid $5K For Next-Gen iPhone (

CWmike writes: Gizmodo, which posted photos on Monday of what it said was the next-generation iPhone, paid $5,000 for access to the smartphone, said Nick Denton, head of Gawker Media, which publishes the blog. 'Does Gizmodo pay for exclusives? Too right!' Denton tweeted. Just before 6:30 p.m. Eastern, Denton posted another tweet that reinforced his lost, not stolen- contention. "iPhone update. We think we've identified the sorry Apple engineer who left the next-gen phone at the bar," he wrote. Apple's attorneys have not contacted Gawker Media, Denton added. 'No official communication, no,' he said, leaving open the door to some other form of contact. Denton didn't express any concern about what steps, if any, Apple might take, and cited a January 2008 lawsuit by the Church of Scientology and actor Tom Cruise against Gawker for posting video clips of a 'private [Church of Scientology International] religious event.' Denton said on Monday when asked Gawker's plans if it was faced with legal threats from Apple: 'Formidable though Steve Jobs may be, the Church of Scientology has a more vicious reputation for litigation.'

Submission + - Amazon Fights for Privacy of Customer Records (

suraj.sun writes: filed a lawsuit on Monday to fend off a sweeping demand from North Carolina's tax collectors: detailed records including names and addresses of customers and information about exactly what they had purchased.

The lawsuit says the demand violates the privacy and First Amendment rights of Amazon's customers. North Carolina's Department of Revenue had ordered the online retailer to provide full details on nearly 50 million purchases made by state residents between 2003 and 2010.

Because Amazon has no offices or warehouses in North Carolina, it's not required to collect the customary 5.75 percent sales tax on shipments, although tax collectors have reminded residents that what's known as a use tax applies on anything "purchased or received" through the mail. The dispute arose out of what had otherwise been a routine sales and use tax audit of Amazon by North Carolina's tax agency.

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Submission + - Supreme Court Hears Texting Privacy Case (

Bryan Gividen writes: The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in City of Chino v. Quon today. As Slashdot reported, the case is about a policy officer from Ontario, California who used his government issued pager to receive sexually explicit messages. The department pulled the records of his messages and the employee sued for a violation of his civil rights. A copy of the transcript is available from the Supreme Court's website.

Submission + - The professor's wife and her amazon antics (

crimeandpunishment writes: What happens when an anonymous reviewer on Amazon is unmasked? When that reviewer....who wrote some pretty nasty things in book reviews....turns out to be the WIFE of an author and college turns into a pretty juicy scandal in the academic world.

Submission + - Escapist Website Mass Bans Users Who Mention Adblo ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: One user posted a thread on the forums complaining about an ad. Other users responded that they used adblock so never saw any ads. Down comes the banhammer wiping out several users that have post counts in the thousands and years of membership, just for mentioning the name of the hated extension.

There are no terms of use prohibiting adblock or listing blocking of ads as a bannable offense.

The thread was quickly locked and will probably be deleted.

Comment Re:Whistleblower (Score 1) 115

Whistle blower protections only apply when you report the misdeeds to the congressional oversight committee in charge of the organization in question, not when you leak classified information to the press. Not that I disagree with the leaking, just that the law is clear on who gets protected.

Jetman Attempts Intercontinental Flight 140

Last year we ran the story of Yves Rossy and his DIY jetwings. Yves spent $190,000 and countless hours building a set of jet-powered wings which he used to cross the English Channel. Rossy's next goal is to cross the Strait of Gibraltar, from Tangier in Morocco and Tarifa on the southwestern tip of Spain. From the article: "Using a four-cylinder jet pack and carbon fibre wings spanning over 8ft, he will jump out of a plane at 6,500 ft and cruise at 130 mph until he reaches the Spanish coast, when he will parachute to earth." Update 18:57 GMT: mytrip writes: "Yves Rossy took off from Tangiers but five minutes into an expected 15-minute flight he was obliged to ditch into the wind-swept waters."

Company Uses DMCA To Take Down Second-Hand Software 488

dreemteem writes "A judge Tuesday heard arguments in a dispute over software sales that could potentially have repercussions on the secondhand sale of virtually any copyrighted material. The suit was filed by Timothy Vernor, a seller on eBay, after Autodesk, citing the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, asked eBay to remove some of its software products that Vernor had listed for sale there, and later to ban him from the site. Vernor had not illegally copied the software but was selling legitimate CDs of the products secondhand. For that reason, he argued, he was not infringing Autodesk's copyright. Autodesk countered that because it licenses the software, rather than selling it outright, a licensee does not have the right to resell its products."

Automated News Crawling Evaporates $1.14B 546

cmd writes "The Wall Street Journal reports that Google News crawled an obscure reprint of an article from 2002 when United Airlines was on the brink of bankruptcy. United Airlines has since recovered but due to a missing dateline, Google News ran the story as today's news. The story was then picked up by other news aggregators and eventually headlined as a news flash on Bloomberg. This triggered automated trading programs to dump UAL, cratering the stock from $12 to $3 and evaporating 1.14 billion dollars (nearly United's total market cap today) in shareholder wealth. The stock recovered within the day to $10 and is now trading at $9.62, a market cap of $300M less than before Google ran the story." The article makes clear that Google's news bot only noticed the old story because it has been voted up in popularity on the site of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel newspaper. The original thought was that stock manipulation may have been behind the incident, but this suspicion seems to be fading.

Adam Savage Revises Claim of Lawyer-Bullying On RFID Show 301

Nick writes "A few weeks ago a video of a talk given by Adam Savage of the television show MythBusters spread across the internet (including a mention on Slashdot.) On the video, Savage stated that the show was unable to produce an episode about previously known RFID vulnerabilities due to a conference call to Texas Instruments that unexpectedly included several credit card companies' legal counsel. TI (via a spokesperson talking with stated that only one lawyer was on the call and that the majority of the people on the call were product managers from the Smart Card Alliance (SCA) invited by TI to speak. Then Savage (via a Discovery Communications statement) reaffirmed that he was not on the call himself and that the decision was not made by Discovery or their advertising sales department but rather MythBuster's production company, Beyond Productions."
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Robots Are Net's Future, Says Vint Cerf 118

Ned Nederlander writes "Vint Cerf talks the future of the Internet with Ed Cone: 'I expect to see much more interesting interactions, including the possibility of haptic interactions — touch. Not just touch screens, but the ability to remotely interact with things. Little robots, for example, that are instantiations of you, and are remotely operated, giving you what is called telepresence. It's a step well beyond the kind of video telepresence we are accustomed to seeing today.'"

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