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Submission + - Freakonomics Q&A With Bruce Schneier 1

Samrobb writes: In grand /. tradition, the Freakonomics blog solicited reader questions for a Q&A session with Bruce Schneier. Mr. Schneier has responded, and "...his answers are extraordinarily interesting, providing mandatory reading for anyone who uses a computer. He also plainly thinks like an economist: search below for "crime pays" to see his sober assessment of why it's better to earn a living as a security expert than as a computer criminal."
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - "LIberty Dollar" office raided (

vallor writes: Folks led by Von NotHaus were selling "Liberty Dollars" (since 1998), which were $20 silver pieces, it appears — FBI raided them this morning. There is apparently some legal history, including a letter from a mint telling the Liberty Dollar folks that their coinage was illegal.

Here's the thing, though — the company also has/had paper notes, which were backed by gold and silver in their vaults. And _all_ _that_ was confiscated in the raid, too. This raises my eyebrows: the raid was conducted by the FBI (DOJ), _not_ the Secret Service (Department of Treasury)...

There is an email from NotHaus circulating, in which he proclaims: "We have nothing but the will to push forward and overcome this massive assault on our liberty and our right to have real money as defined by the US Constitution."

You can read the guy's email at:



Submission + - Is Google more dangerous than Microsoft

pcause writes: An article in CIO Insight asks the question: "Is Google more dangerous than Microsoft". Google says that they aren't evil, but Microsoft, Enron and a long list of others have said that too.

What does Google need to do to make you think that "do no evil" is just a marketing slogan as opposed to an ethic?
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - long necks, small heads, bug eyes, large foreheads

nibbles2004 writes: "Producers of the new Star Trek movie are to hold an open casting session for people with "unique" features to appear as extras in the film. The studio said it was interested in people with unique characteristics like "Producers of the new Star Trek movie are to hold an open casting session for people with "unique" features to appear as extras in the film. The studio said it was interested in people with unique characteristics like "long necks, small heads, bug eyes, large foreheads and oversized ears". "."

Submission + - The Pirate Bay sails to trial in january ( 3

An anonymous reader writes: After a year and a half after the raid on The Pirate Bay, an action that doubled the number of visitiors, the preliminary work is done and come january the five men behind the site will go to trial for "aiding copyright infringement".
According to the anti-piracy agency it is a relief for everyone involved, them and TPB, to finaly be able to have the case tried in court.
One of the guys behind TBP says that he think the charge is strange considering that they never had any illigeal copies on the site, only links to other peoples machines.

Story in swedish only this far.


Submission + - British army tests invisible invisble tank

SK writes: "The Ministry of Defense has unveiled a new technology that can make tanks invisible. They carried out secret trials recently and have stated that the invisible tank would be ready for service by 2012.The technology involves using cameras and projectors to beam images of the surrounding landscape onto a tank. As a result, anyone looking in the direction of the vehicle only sees what is beyond it and not the tank itself."

Submission + - The Last Supper By Lionardo Da Vinci Goes Online (

Tech.Luver writes: "Milan, Italy — 27 October 2007 — Today, for the very first time, The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, the most famous, most discussed and most controversial work of art of all time, declared a World Heritage work of art and registered at the UNESCO worldwide sites, can be seen by all, in all its details, on the website: haltadefinizione. The online visualisation system of the highest definition photograph ever in the world (16 billion pixels) will in fact let viewers enlarge and observe any portion of the painting, giving them a clear view of sections down to as little as one millimetre square. ( )"

Submission + - NY Times Fooled by Syria Attack Photoshopping? 1

Toad-san writes: Remember the NY Times photos of the supposed Syrian nuclear plant site the Israelis were supposed to have bombed? Article here: Well, our boys at AGW (a Warbirds forum) discussed, investigated, and wondered. And one of the boys did a great overlay, comparing the two (pre-strike and post-strike) images. And guess what? Yep .. same image, apparently photoshopped. Gotta love it. Discussion thread is here (hope it doesn't get slashdotted): And the animated overlay graphic is here: — /lesson-gif.gif Now to see how humble the NY Times becomes, when some bleedin' amateurs outdo the serious analysts. Toad-san (who's looked at a few aerial and satellite photos in his time)
The Courts

Submission + - Cop's RADAR vs Driver's GPS - which is right? ( 5

martyb writes: ars technica has a story up about a driver who claims his speeding ticket should be thrown out because his GPS proves the police officer's radar was wrong. (AP version of the story here.) The accused 17-year-old, Shaun Malone, has an ace up his sleeve: his step-dad is retired deputy Roger Rude. Rude encouraged Shaun to fight the ticket after the log he downloaded using software provided by the GPS unit's Colorado-based supplier showed Shaun was going the speed limit within 100 feet of where a Petaluma officer clocked him speeding.

"Radar is a pretty good tool, but it's not an infallible tool," said Rude, who spent 31 years in law enforcement. "With the GPS tracker, there is no doubt about it. There is no human interference."
Petaluma police Lt. John Edwards said he could not discuss Shaun's case but disputed Rude's contention that GPS is more accurate than a speed gun.

"GPS works on satellite signals, so you have a delay of some type," Edwards said. "Is it a couple-second delay? A 30-second delay? Because in that time people can speed up, slow down."
Which would YOU believe? Any suggestions on what Shaun could do to help defend himself?

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