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Comment Tracking Politicians (Score 0) 761

The administration, which is attempting to overturn a lower court ruling that threw out a drug dealer’s conviction over the warrantless use of a tracker, argues that citizens have no expectation of privacy when it comes to their movements in public so officers don’t need to get a warrant to use such devices.

Good, I've always wondered where politicians go, what hotels they stay at, etc.

Submission + - Gizmodo author faces huge criticism over article ( 2

RichM writes: A Gizmodo post by Alyssa Bereznak humiliating a world champion "Magic: The Gathering" player, who has earned $300k from his hobby, has seen a large amount of criticism across the net; including on Twitter and even other Gawker sites.
The ethical concerns over this post are also quite clear.

The Streisand Effect demonstrated, yet again.

Submission + - Rural broadband cost $7 million per home (

dave562 writes: In an analysis of the effectiveness of the the 2009 stimulus program (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 or ARRA), one of the programs that was investigated was the project to bring broadband access to rural America. Some real interesting numbers popped out.

Quoting the article, "Eisenach and Caves looked at three areas that received stimulus funds, in the form of loans and direct grants, to expand broadband access in Southwestern Montana, Northwestern Kansas, and Northeastern Minnesota. The median household income in these areas is between $40,100 and $50,900. The median home prices are between $94,400 and $189,000.

So how much did it cost per unserved household to get them broadband access? A whopping $349,234, or many multiples of household income, and significantly more than the cost of a home itself."

The Media

Submission + - News Corp Under Fire for Hacking Dead Girl's Phone 1

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. came under pressure from UK Prime Minister David Cameron to respond to "really appalling" allegations that its News of the World tabloid hacked into the voicemail of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler and printed a story based on a voicemail left on Dowler's mobile phone on April 14, 2002, when she had been missing from her home in Surrey, southwest of London, for more than three weeks. According to a Guardian newspaper report, a private detective working for the tabloid gained access to Milly Dowler's phone messages after she was abducted in March 2002 and the detective, Glenn Mulcaire, is alleged to have deleted voicemail messages on Dowler's phone, giving her parents "false hope" she might still be alive and thereby complicating the police investigation. According to one source, when her friends and family discovered that her voicemail had been cleared, they concluded that this must have been done by Dowler herself and, therefore, that she must still be alive. "Doing something illegal, the phone hacking in the first place, was bad enough," says Charlie Beckett, director of the media institute Polis at the London School of Economics. "But if you're doing it and then interfering with the course of justice, that's a double crime." Labour's Chris Bryant says the News of the World was "not just a paper out of control, that's not just a paper believing it's above the law, it's a national newspaper playing God with a family's emotions.""

Submission + - Photographer booted off flight for taking picture (

An anonymous reader writes: A Miami photographer was escorted off a US Airways plane and deemed a “security risk” after she snapped a photo of an employee’s nametag at Philadelphia International Airport Friday.

Sandy DeWitt said the employee, whose name was Tonialla G., was being rude to several passengers in the boarding area of the flight to Miami.

So DeWitt snapped a photo of her nametag with her iPhone because she planned to complain about her in a letter to US Airways. But the photo didn’t come out because it was too dark.

However, once DeWitt was settled in her seat, preparing for take-off, Tonialla G. entered the plane and confronted her.

“She told me to delete the photo,” DeWitt said in an interview with Photography is Not a Crime Saturday morning.

DeWitt, who already had her phone turned off in preparation for take-off, turned the phone back on to show her that it didn’t come out, but deleted the photo anyway.

“I complied with her wishes but it’s not something I would normally do,” she said. “It just wasn’t usable.”

But Tonialla G. wouldn’t let the issue go. She then walked into the cockpit to inform the pilot that DeWitt was a “security risk.”

Next thing DeWitt knew, she was being escorted off the plane by two flight attendants. Her husband followed.

Submission + - FDA Admits Chickens Test Positive for Arsenic (

plastick writes: The FDA has now finally admitted that chicken meat sold in the USA contains arsenic, a cancer-causing toxic chemical that's fatal in high doses. But the real story is where this arsenic comes from: It's added to the chicken feed on purpose.

Even worse, the FDA says its own research shows that the arsenic added to the chicken feed ends up in the chicken meat where it is consumed by humans. So for the last sixty years, American consumers who eat conventional chicken have been swallowing arsenic, a known cancer-causing chemical.

Pfizer, the manufacturer of the chicken feed product known as Roxarsone has decided to pull the product off the shelves. Pfizeris the the very same company that makes vaccines.

Another disturbing fact you probably didn't know about hamburgers and conventional beef: Chicken litter (yes, chicken crap) containing arsenic is fed to cows in factory beef operations. So the arsenic that's pooped out by the chickens gets consumed and concentrated in the tissues of cows, which is then ground into hamburger to be consumed by the masses.


Submission + - Your old laptops are killing people in China (

HansonMB writes: No one should be surprised that the massive concentrations of heavy metals disturbed, via unsafe/crude disposal practices, in these overseas “recycling” centers have the capability of causing disease in their neighboring/host communities. A team of researchers have just published a study examining air conditions in Taizhou in Zhejiang province, China — an area that handles about 2-million tons of e-waste a year with the help of about 60,000 employees.

Indeed, the study found that, yep, the air in Taizhou has the capability of causing cancers and other problems. Basically, they took air samples from two locations around the city and exposed it to lung tissue. They looked at levels of Interleukin-8, a chemical marker of inflammation, damaging Reactive Oxygen Species, and expressions of the p53 gene, a marker that cells are being damaged. All three were significantly high.


Submission + - Contractor Exposes "Morlocks" at the Googleplex ( 1

Jeremiah Cornelius writes: Norman Andrew Wilson has an interesting observation and insight about the Eloi and Morlocks in the Googleplex: "A fourth class exists at Google that involves strictly data-entry labor... These workers are identifiable by their yellow badges, and they go by the team name ScanOps. They are not allowed any of the privileges ...ride the Google bikes, take the Google luxury limo shuttles home, eat free gourmet Google meals, attend Authors@Google talks, or set foot anywhere else on campus except for the building they work in. They also are not given any chance for social interaction with any other Google employees. Most Google employees don't know about the yellow badge class."

Submission + - France Outlaws Hashed Passwords ( 3

An anonymous reader writes: Storing passwords as hashes instead of plain text is now illegal in France, according to a draconian new data retention law. According to the BBC, "[t]he law obliges a range of e-commerce sites, video and music services and webmail providers to keep a host of data on customers. This includes users' full names, postal addresses, telephone numbers and passwords. The data must be handed over to the authorities if demanded." If the law survives a pending legal challenge by Google, Ebay and others, it may well keep some major services out of the country entirely.

Submission + - FBI wants you to solve encrypted notes from murder ( 3

coondoggie writes: "The FBI is seeking the public's help in breaking the encrypted code found in two notes discovered on the body of a murdered man in 1999.

The FBI says that officers in St. Louis, Missouri discovered the body of 41-year-old Ricky McCormick on June 30, 1999 in a field and the clues regarding the homicide were two encrypted notes found in the victim's pants pockets."


Submission + - Swedish scientists create "third arm" illusion (

paulraps writes: Neuroscientists working at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm have demonstrated how to fool the brain into thinking that the body has three arms. The scientists made volunteers believe that they had the extra appendage by stroking the subject's right hand and a prosthetic rubber hand with two small brushes, synchronizing the strokes as perfectly as possible. Threatening the prosthetic hand with a kitchen knife led to a real sweaty palm, proving that the brain accepted both right hands as part of the body image.

Submission + - Bing Is Cheating, Copying Google Search Results (

An anonymous reader writes: Google has run a sting operation that it says proves Bing has been watching what people search for on Google, the sites they select from Google’s results, then uses that information to improve Bing’s own search listings. Bing doesn’t deny this.

Submission + - Ford Building Cars That Talk to Other Cars W/ WiFi (

thecarchik writes: Ford's technology works over a dedicated short-range WiFi system on a secure channel allocated by the FCC. Ford says the system one-ups radar safety systems by allowing full 360-degree coverage even when there's no direct line of sight. Scenarios where this could benefit safety or traffic? Predicting collision courses with unseen vehicles, seeing sudden stops before they're visible, and spotting traffic pattern changes on a busy highway.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported in October that vehicle-to-vehicle warning systems could address nearly 80 percent of reported crashes not involving drunk drivers. As such, it could potentially save tens of thousands of lives per year.

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