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Submission + - Privately Owned Armored Trucks Raise Eyebrows After Dallas Attack

HughPickens.com writes: Manny Fernandez writes in the NYT that the scores of military and police-style vans, trucks and cars offered for sale on Craigslist and eBay have raised concerns for some law enforcement officials particularly after the Dallas attack on a police headquarters but officials say the vehicles appear to be legal for the most part, so there is little they can do. Jeff Funicello, for example, is selling his black 1975 GMC armored truck on Craigslist. The body is armored, and the windows are bulletproof. It has sliding portholes to point rifles from and a sprinkler system inside. Long ago, it transported money, and it was once the target of a shootout in the 1980s. Of course, people have been driving reinforced cars long before the Dallas attack on a police headquarters. But the celebrities and executives who install bulletproof windows and other types of armor on their vehicles often do not want it noticed. Celebrity clients generally demand that the exteriors of their luxury armored vehicles look normal so they blend in. However those who buy and sell armored vans want people to look. And the popularity of apocalyptic movies and television shows has put a new twist and added a macabre cachet to such vehicles “This is America,” says Funicello. “I should be able to have a howitzer or a bazooka if I want one. If I wanted to buy a fire truck, I could.”

Comment Re:Bendable displays (Score 1) 231

I think you're overstating what the saftey glass does. I does not prevent the glass from breaking. All it does is prevent the broken glass from being scattering all over the place. So Objects, most certainly, can pass through the safety glass, it just won't cause the broken glass from falling all over you.

Submission + - Facebook-Killer Start-up Raises $100,000 (thinq.co.uk)

Stoobalou writes: A group of programming students from New York have raised more than $100,000 to create an alternative to Facebook.

The creators of the open-source project, called Diaspora, raised the sum from donations using fundraising platform Kickstarter. But their plans have now begun to attract the attention of the venture capitalist world.

Privacy

Submission + - "Delete Facebook account" is trending on Google (sophos.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Could growing concerns in privacy and safety issues on Facebook be resonating with a growing portion of the social networking site's userbase?

The latest data from Google Trends would suggest it is, as "Delete Facebook account" is currently the ninth hottest search in the USA. This is believed to be the first time that the phrase has ever appeared high enough in Google search terms to make an appearance in their trends chart.

Security researchers at Sophos comment that in light of this, "Facebook's bosses might be wise to rethink some of their policies, and make their users' privacy and safety online their prime responsibility."

The firm is also running an online poll asking users if they privacy concerns will make them quit Facebook.

United States

State Senator Caught Looking At Porn On Senate Floor 574

Everyone knows how boring a debate on a controversial abortion bill can get on the Senate floor. So it's no wonder that Florida State Sen. Mike Bennett took the time to look at a little porn and a video of a dog running out of the water and shaking itself off. From the article: "Ironically, as Bennett is viewing the material, you can hear a Senator Dan Gelber's voice in the background debating a controversial abortion bill. 'I'm against this bill,' said Gelber, 'because it disrespects too many women in the state of Florida.' Bennett defended his actions, telling Sunshine State News it was an email sent to him by a woman 'who happens to be a former court administrator.'"
Government

California's Santa Clara County Bans Happy Meal Toys 756

WrongSizeGlass writes "The L.A. Times is reporting that Santa Clara County officials have voted to ban toys and other promotions that restaurants offer with high-calorie children's meals. 'This ordinance prevents restaurants from preying on children's love of toys' to sell high-calorie, unhealthful food, said Supervisor Ken Yeager, who sponsored the measure. 'This ordinance breaks the link between unhealthy food and prizes.' Supervisor Donald Gage, who voted against the measure, said, 'If you can't control a 3-year-old child for a toy, God save you when they get to be teenagers.' The vote was 3 - 2 in favor of the ban."

Comment Re:Who gave Network Solutions a badge? (Score 1) 176

Legal Lock does nothing but prevent changes to the domain name. It doesn't disable the domain in any way. In other words, you can't change the domains name servers, you can't add or remove services on the domain, can't renew the domain, the domain cannot be deleted. It's essentially static. However, it does nothing with the content of the domain.

The Courts

FTC Shuts Down Calif. ISP For Botnets, Child Porn 224

An anonymous reader writes "The Federal Trade Commission has convinced a federal judge to pull the plug on a 3FN.net, a.k.a. 'Pricewert LLC,' a Northern California based hosting provider. The FTC alleges that 3FN/Pricewert was directly involved in setting up spam-spewing botnets, among other illegal activities, the Washington Post's Security Fix Blog writes. From the story: 'Pricewert hosts very little legitimate content and vast quantities of illegal, malicious, and harmful content, including child pornography, botnet command and control servers, spyware, viruses, trojans, phishing related sites, illegal online pharmacies, investment and other Web-based scams, and pornography featuring violence, bestiality, and incest.' The story quotes a former Justice Dept. expert saying the FTC action may be a smoke screen for a larger criminal investigation by the federal government in 3FN's activities."
Announcements

Submission + - SPAM: Microsoft tool to validate open standards 1

Oldspeak writes: "Geman research institute Fraunhofer Fokus and Microsoft on Monday announced plans to build an online tool that will help organisations validate their documents against internationally recognised document-format standards.

The tool is intended to be a step towards delivering on the promise of the ISO/IEC 29500 and ECMA-376 standards, both of which are based on Microsoft's Open Office XML (OOXML) document format, Microsoft said. .. with different vendors implementing the standard in different ways, organisations need a way to make sure the documents they create are fully standards-compliant, Fraunhofer and Microsoft said"

I don't follow the logic, what kind of 'standard' is it that allows for implementing in 'different ways' and why would one of the suppliers of such a standard need a tool to validate it's own 'open' document standard? I do recall someone stating that more than one standard was a good thing, but I hadn't realized that even the individual standards, came in different varieties.

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Government

Submission + - First Internet Election Takes Place in Hawaii

Hugh Pickens writes: "The Washington Post reports that voting has ended in what is being touted as the nation's first all-digital election and city officials say it has been a success after some 7.300 voters in Honolulu's neighborhood council election were able to pick winners entirely online or via telephone. Although only 6.3 percent of eligible voters cast ballots, city officials say the experiment appears to have generated few problems and it even saved the financially strapped city around $100,000. "It is kind of the wave of the future," said Bryan Mick, a community relations specialist with the city Neighborhood Commission, "so we're kind of glad in a way that we got to be the ones who initiated it." Before the first day of balloting, voters living in 22 neighborhood board districts with contested races received a passcode that, along with the last four digits of their Social Security number, gave them access to an election Web site created by Everyone Counts. Voting also was conducted by phone, with results electronically fed into the same computer system that collected the Web votes. Lori Steele, head of Everyone Counts, the San Diego-based firm chosen by the commission to run the election, said the computer codes in her firm's system are available for auditing, and that each completed ballot is heavily encrypted and more secure than that used in Internet banking. Web voting, which produces no paper record, cannot be used in city council or state elections because state law bars voting systems that do not include a vote verification process. "The technology side, it works," said Joan Manke, executive secretary of the commission. "So my sense is because it's a change, it's something totally new, it takes time. I think, for people to buy into it, to want to actually try it.""

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