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Submission + - TSA Agents Demand Passengers Surrender Their Drinks for Screening (dailytech.com)

lcam writes: Of course, these drinks all were presumably were sold by the airport vendors, as any drink-size liquid containers are supposed to be seized by the bag screeners at the security checkpoint — a policy that has been in place since 2006. So at first blush it's somewhat unclear exactly why the TSA agents felt it necessary to screen passengers' Starbucks and soft drinks.

God bless security! I wonder how long it will take for roadside checkpoints to make it into our realities. I bet we will all bow down to the idea once a car base IED makes the news.


Submission + - FCC rules that Verizon cannot charge for tethering (zdnet.com)

schleprock63 writes: "The FCC ruled today that Verizon cannot charge extra for users for 4G WiFi tethering. The FCC used the original agreement in the auction of the C block spectrum which said "licensees offering service on C Block spectrum 'shall not deny, limit, or restrict the ability of their customers to use the devices and applications of their choice on the licensee’s C Block network, subject to narrow exceptions". So Verizon cannot charge for tethering on 4G service, this begs the question of whether they can continue to charge for tethering on 3G or 1x?"

Submission + - Android Jelly Bean Code Reveals Multiple User Account Capabilities (paritynews.com) 1

hypnosec writes: Android has been a very successful mobile operating system and one can’t help but wonder if Google has had other thoughts like giving Android a facelift and turning it into a desktop operating system. Chrome hasn’t appealed to the masses and Google might just want to cash in on Android’s popularity. Phandroid got a tip late last night which actually puts Jelly Bean towards being a desktop operating system as it actually suffices one of the most basic requirements of such operating systems – support for multiple user accounts. The discovery has been made within the code of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean AOSP.

Making War On Light Pollution 437

Hugh Pickens writes "Almost thirty years ago I worked in the Middle East helping install a nationwide communications system and had the opportunity to be part of a team doing microwave link tests across Saudi Arabia's Empty Quarter. Something I've never forgotten were the astonishing nights I spent in the desert hundreds of miles from the nearest city where the absence of light made looking at the sky on a moonless night feel like you were floating in the middle of the galaxy. In Galileo's time, nighttime skies all over the world would have merited the darkest Bortle ranking, Class 1. Today, the sky above New York City is Class 9 and American suburban skies are typically Class 5, 6, or 7. The very darkest places in the continental United States today are almost never darker than Class 2, and are increasingly threatened. Read a story from the New Yorker on what we have lost to light pollution and how some cities are adopting outdoor lighting standards to save the darkness."

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