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Submission + - DHS Wants to Monitor Web for Terrorists (foxnews.com) 1

clustro writes: Under the belief that terrorists are "increasingly" recruiting U.S. citizens, Department of Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano says that increased government monitoring of the internet is necessary to thwart terrorists. It is believed that Fort Hood shooter Major Nidal Hassan and attempted Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad were inspired by radical internet postings. Speaking at a meeting of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, Napolitano said, "We can significantly advance security without having a deleterious impact on individual rights in most instances. At the same time, there are situations where trade-offs are inevitable."

Submission + - Utah Attorney General Tweets Execution Order (bbc.co.uk)

Kilrah_il writes: In a new all-time record low for Internet use, Utah Attorney General, Mark Shurtlef, used Twitter to announce to the public his approval of the execution of convicted murderer Ronnie Lee Gardner. "I just gave the go ahead to Corrections Director to proceed with Gardner's execution. May God grant him the mercy he denied his victims," the attorney general wrote. The AG's 7,000 followers retweeted the message further on and soon many replied concerning the awfulness of tweeting the execution of a human being. "Another user, known only as Brenstrong, observed in a public reply that: 'death penalty bad enough. Firing squad! And there's an absurdity to a man's demise being announced over twitter...'"
Communications

Submission + - Component Video Preferred Over HDMI For Installers (cepro.com)

An anonymous reader writes: HDMI has had a lot of backlash, from its content protection schemes to the different versions and variations. So much so that most custom installers prefer using component video cabling instead of HDMI for everything, citing "that is works" among the reasons why. Will HDMI ever fulfill the promise it was sold on?
Idle

Saudi Arabia Bans Roses 3

Saudi Arabia's religious police are seeing red over red roses. The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice has ordered the removal from stores any items colored scarlet, which is widely seen as symbolizing love. It is not unusual for the Saudi vice squad to become stricter before Valentine's Day, which it sees as encouraging relations between men and women outside of wedlock. Saudi officials said they are studying the effects of other things that fuel lust, like being awake, the vibrations of a heavy truck driving close by and the cute cashier at the gas station.
Idle

Nigerian Spammers Up the Ante 7

It seems the Nigerian spammers have learned you can't always kill them with kindness. Now they just threaten to kill you. A woman in St. Louis received a mail that said, in part, "Am very sorry for you my friend, is a pity that this is how your life is going to end as soon as you don't comply. ... I don't have any business with you, my duty as I am mailing you now is just to KILL/ASSASINATE you and I have to do it as I have already been paid for that. Get back to me now if you are ready to pay some fees to spare your life, If you are not ready for my help, then I will carry on with my job straight-up."

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