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Technology

Submission + - Instrument Free Driving: Toyota FT- EV II (greencarreports.com)

adeelarshad82 writes: The new version has no steering wheel or pedals, replacing them with instruments, displays, and controls that position the car as another node within the world's always-on digital information network. The FT-EV II is designed to collaborate with information services that go well beyond today's GPS navigation offerings and infotainment systems. The car might, for example, recommend music, movies, and other content based on what it knows about the preferences of the driver and passengers. It remains connected to the Internet whenever it is switched on, and connects to its users' home networks to download data on its operations.

Submission + - Dell takes government incentives then closes plant (wral.com)

SpudB0y writes: After accepting around $300M in tax breaks and other incentives to create jobs, Dell has closed its North Carolina plant sending 905 workers home after only five years. "The North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law, led by former Supreme Court Justice Bob Orr, challenged the incentives package, but state courts ruled in favor of the deal and the state Supreme Court last year refused to hear an appeal in the case."
Privacy

Submission + - What Does DHS Know About You? (philosecurity.org)

Sherri Davidoff writes: "Here's a real copy of an American citizen's DHS Travel Record retrieved from the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol's Automated Targeting System (ATS). This was obtained through a FOIA/Privacy Act request... The document reveals that the DHS is storing the reader's:
  • Credit card number and expiration
  • IP address used to make web travel reservations
  • Hotel information and itinerary
  • Full airline itinerary, including flight numbers and seat numbers
  • Phone numbers, incl. business, home & cell
  • Every frequent flyer and hotel number associated with the subject, even ones not used for the specific reservation
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Privacy

Post-Suicide Account Cracking? 812

An anonymous reader writes "A good friend of mine had her younger brother apparently commit suicide last week. He was a young, promising CS major who was close to being accepted into a very prestigious school. He was very into Linux as well as PHP/MySQL coding. He left absolutely nothing behind for the family as far as a death note or explanation, and there is some possibility that this was all somehow a tragic accident. The family is in a situation where proof of accidental death would change how this was viewed in terms of paying for parts of the funeral. More importantly, some members of the family are hoping to find something, anything, that might explain why this all went down. Since I'm the most computer-skilled person the family knows, they have asked me if I could help them try to find some information. My possible approaches are: his Linux laptop, his university, Gmail And Hotmail email accounts, and a second MySpace profile that apparently has been tagged as private. How ethical would it be to, say, try to crack his root password in a situation like this? I wouldn't attempt to crack a man's account for his wife because she thinks he is cheating on her, as his life is his own business. In death, would you have the same respect for a person's private thoughts? Secondly, If I contacted places like Google, MSN, the university, and MySpace, what are the odds that they would give me access to any of his accounts? I have links to obituaries and such to prove that he is indeed gone. Would it be a matter of not giving it to me (maybe only to the family), or is this something that they would not do at all? Any opinions on if I should do this and if so, how I should go about it?"

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