McGruber writes: Travel writer Christopher Elliott touches down with the news (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/christopher-elliott/the-tsa-wants-to-be-every_b_2393332.html ) that the US Transportation Security Agency (TSA) (http://www.facebook.com/pages/TSA-Watch/125283290818367) was spotted standing around (https://twitter.com/i/#!/nathanmhansen/media/slideshow?url=http%3A%2F%2Fyfrog.com%2Fodjd2ybj) outside the recent American football (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_football) match between the National Football League (http://www.nfl.com/) teams the Minnesota Vikings (http://www.vikings.com/) and the Green Bay Packers (http://www.packers.com/).
According to Mr. Elliott, the "TSA goes to NFL games and political conventions and all kinds of places that have little or nothing to do with air travel. It even has a special division called VIPR — an unfortunate acronym for Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response team — that conducts these searches."
McGruber writes: The big buzz for travelers today is the story (http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/atlanta-airport-closed-by-toothbrush/nTmqK/) of how a scary toothbrush prompted the closure of Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport: "Airport officials told Channel 2 Action News that an electric toothbrush began vibrating inside a bag checked onto an AirTran flight, causing workers to alert airport officials to the strange noise." The terminal and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) subway were both temporary closed "out of an abundance of caution".
ATL has been the world's busiest airport by passenger traffic since 1998, and by number of landings and take-offs since 2005.[
McGruber writes: The LA Times has the news that the National Rifle Association (NRA) has appointed "former Arkansas Rep. Asa Hutchinson to lead an effort to develop a cutting-edge model school security plan and a program to train volunteers who would be dispatched to campuses around the country." This plan is — seriously! — the NRA's response to the Newton, Connecticut shooting that killed 20 children (http://news.slashdot.org/story/12/12/14/1849252/27-reported-killed-in-connecticut-elementary-school-shooting).
And to think some people think violent video games (http://games.slashdot.org/story/12/12/19/1812238/school-shooting-prompts-legislation-to-study-violent-video-games) are the problem...
McGruber writes: ""Dell's has lowered the price of its 'Project Sputnik' laptop (http://news.slashdot.org/story/12/05/09/1431204/dell-designing-developer-oriented-laptop). The XPS 13 Developer Edition comes with Ubuntu 12.04 pre-installed. It originally listed as $1,549, but after complaints that it was more than the Windows 7 version, the price has dropped to $1,449 — a $50 discount on the Microsoft edition (http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/378430/dells-ubuntu-ultrabook-goes-on-sale-in-the-us)"
McGruber writes: The Washington Post reports (http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/washington-post-reportedly-considering-adding-a-paywall-in-2013/2012/12/06/0630b2f4-3ff4-11e2-ae43-cf491b837f7b_story.html) that the Washington Post (http://www.washingtonpost.com) and local newspapers owned by Warren Buffet, are all planning to follow the New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com) and install metered paywalls.
McGruber writes: The Associated Press (http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/justice-dept-sues-ebay-for-allegedly-agreeing-with-intuit-not-to-hire-each-others-employees/2012/11/16/4352fa4e-303a-11e2-af17-67abba0676e2_story.html) is reporting that the US Justice Department is suing eBay for allegedly agreeing with Intuit not to hire each other’s employees.
According to the article, "eBay’s agreement with Intuit hurt employees by lowering the salaries and benefits they might have received and deprived them of better job opportunities at the other company,” said acting Assistant Attorney General Joseph Wayland, who is in charge of the Justice Department’s antitrust division. The division “has consistently taken the position that these kinds of agreements are per se (on their face) unlawful under antitrust laws.”
McGruber writes: Federal agents arrested Paul Ceglia (http://www.forbes.com/sites/nathanvardi/2012/10/26/feds-charge-paul-ceglia-of-trying-to-bilk-facebook-and-mark-zuckerberg/) this morning. Ceglias has been charged with attempting to defraud Zuckerberg and Facebook in a multi-billion dollar scheme.
Ceglia's bogus lawsuit, in which he claimed to have once been promised a 50% stake in Facebook, has been the topic of several past slashdot stories (http://yro.slashdot.org/story/12/01/11/2248211/paul-ceglia-fined-5000-in-facebook-case) and (http://yro.slashdot.org/story/11/08/07/2041200/facebook-we-have-proof-ceglias-contract-is-fake) and (http://yro.slashdot.org/story/11/07/03/1229257/man-claiming-half-of-facebook-suffers-setbacks) and (http://yro.slashdot.org/story/11/04/12/2210203/ceglia-sues-for-50-facebook-old-emails-as-evidence) and (http://yro.slashdot.org/story/10/07/21/2218257/facebook-wants-ownership-case-thrown-out)
McGruber writes: In the continuing (http://yro.slashdot.org/story/10/02/21/2010213/PA-School-Defends-Web-Cam-Spying-As-Security-Measure-Denies-Misuse) saga (http://yro.slashdot.org/story/10/03/13/0537200/PA-Laptop-Spying-Inspires-FSF-Crowdsourcing-Effort?art_pos=2) of the Lower Merion School District (http://yro.slashdot.org/story/10/04/16/1550254/Lower-Merion-School-District-Update?art_pos=1), the Associated Press is now reporting (http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_LAPTOPS_SPYING_ON_STUDENTS) that the District itself commissioned a report which --surprise, surprise — says there is no evidence of spying on students through their district-issued laptops.
Commissioning this study and accompanying press release allowed the Lower Merion School District to control how the story was reported around the world, such as in the southeast US (http://www.ajc.com/news/nation-world/report-no-spying-in-516408.html), in the northwest (http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2011771557_apuslaptopsspyingonstudents.html), on the broadcast television news (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/05/03/ap/national/main6457636.shtml?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CBSNewsTravelGuru+%28Travel+Guru%3A+CBSNews.com%29),in the United Kingdom (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/feedarticle/9059968) and even in the blogosphere (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20100503/us-laptops-spying-on-students/).