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Submission + - Face recognition aides in catching international fugitive (fbi.gov)

Jdogatl writes: Here is a story about a newly assigned FBI agent re-issuing a new wanted poster from a cold case 14 years ago to try and generate tips in New Mexico gets a tip from an agent in the Diplomatic Security Service who was messing around with face recognition software and got a hit in Nepal.
I feel like the American governement is having a Captain America moment. When our powers combine...

Submission + - ATT throttling free public news streaming video?

Jdogatl writes: Hello /. community,

I recently moved to the US for work from the Netherlands though still follow the Dutch news (www.nos.nl) and local forum based video posting site (www.dumpert.nl). However, I have had terrible buffering issues that i attributed to being in a far away land but today, when working on my VPN, performance jumped up. I tested in speednet without VPN (1.) and with VPN (2.) with only a jump in the ping. Then I wget'd the flash video file after getting the address from firefox plugin, 'Flash and Video download' for a 38MB video on www.dumpert.nl. Download average without VPN 92 K/s, with VPN 168 K/s.

I have read about the contraversy surrounding the throttling of Netflix or other for profit sites and hate to be honest but companies making money think other companies making more money should pay them, whatever. Companies will be companies. My impression was that AT&T's argument to throttle bandwidth heavy sites, like Netflix, as these single sites using large amounts of bandwidth for free while making money (But www.MLB.com isn't throttled!).

But what about non-profit (www.dumpert.nl) or public services (www.nos.nl) that do not use large amounts of bandwidth? Do American companies simply assume that it will only affect a limited number of immigrants? Or is it more sinister in that it is acceptable if it is a small under-represented group, which may be applicable to US citizens then.

As an immigrant I do not expect to be treated fairly but this was the first I had read about it. I would be interested in hearing from other immigrants in the US and the differences in downloading streaming media. I cannot imagine it is only sites in the Netherlands.

1.) without vpn: http://www.speedtest.net/resul...
2.) with vpn: http://www.speedtest.net/resul...

Submission + - Private company leads to arrests of three hackers ten years after attack 2

Jdogatl writes: I was intruiged by a bit of news that reports that 10 years after a digital attack, a forensic investigation company, Digital Investigation, lead to the arrest of three hackers (actually two hackers hired by a third party). They were asked in 2013 to investigate an attack on a lawfirm 9 years after the initial attack. The investigating company says that someone hacked and leaked a DDoS commercial service's userdatabase and was able to eventually track down the hackers because one of them logged did not login through a VPN once. Oops.

The company lays out the details of their investigation and though it is in Dutch it was interesting that the conclusion was largely due to "someone" leaking the information about the hacker. It raises a couple of questions, if you were a security company and obviously not going to get anywhere would you hack a company's user database (regardless of the legality of the service provided) and say that it was leaked by "some" hacker to avoid being charged yourself? Also, is it not a bit odd that the information that brought down the hackers was still retained 9 years after the attacks? Or that being stupid once, 10 years ago, can still bring you down. Should there not be a push for statute of limitations on cyber crime?

Sorry, the link is in Dutch.

Submission + - DDoS as legal online protest (www.nu.nl)

Jdogatl writes: Dutch political party D66 wants to include DDoS attacks in certain situations as an accepted, legal way to protest by including it in new rules and regulations surrounding online protesting. Article is in Dutch, sorry.

Comment Landline, shandline (Score 1) 435

I only have a landline for my DSL internet. I got a $5 monthly cost for the line and then the cost of the DSL. The prices on the landline to call are pretty steep so I never attached a phone. The only problem is when the phone company or internet company keep trying to call you but get disconnected signals. Hehe, it would have been funny except they owed me money...

Comment Re:Merit (Score 1) 417

Shouldnt it be considered a public service in this day and age? Isn't the government there to make our lives better by investing in projects that are to large and inefficient to do privately for the better good of the society? I do not see why the government cannot take steps where private companies are not willing to because of costs while creating such large disparities. /.?

Comment American Fashion (Score 1) 884

Not trying to troll but I think it is not just phone's or technology. Americans are less fashion oriented in my experience (I am an american). This does not suprise me. I find the iphone nice but also a bit lacking.

Comment Re:Age of Consent (Score 2, Funny) 285

Should I get myself checked? I used to have something with this other OS once and I came away with multiple viruses, I never felt so dirty or betrayed as when she popped up, "You are infected, get checked now!!!" with flashing lights and everything.
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Submission + - EuroDocsis 3.0: 120 Mbit cable for the public

Jdogatl writes: Last week UPC in The Netherkands announced that they are going to have a new subscription implementing EuroDOCSIS 3.0. Sources suggest the 60/8 Mbit will be 10 eur cheaper than the fastest connection now, in the end roughly 50 euros with a fair use policy, no limit up or down. This will compete directly with new fiber optic networks being set up around the country. http://www.lightreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=163867&site=cdn

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