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Submission + - Google Engineer Spied On Teen Users (

bonch writes: Former Google employee David Barksdale accessed user accounts to spy on call logs, chat transcripts, contact lists. As a Site Reliability Engineer, Barksdale had access to the company's most sensitive information and even unblocked himself from a teen's buddy list. He met the minors through a Seattle technology group. Angry parents cut off contact with him and complained to Google, who quietly fired him.

YouTube Video Leads To Arrest For Speeding 39

JoshuaInNippon writes "A 42-year old man was arrested outside of Osaka, Japan in connection with a YouTube video of him going more than 130km/h (80mph) over the speed limit on his 1300cc motorcycle. The man reportedly borrowed his friend's camera and videotaped himself speeding at well over 180km/h in a 50km/h zone, illegally passing cars multiple times in the process. The man's friend then distributed the video online. Local police say they received an anonymous tip about the YouTube video and investigated. It then took them nearly half a year before making the arrest, but the motorcyclist, who apparently admitted guilt, is now likely facing both multiple fines and jail time. Japanese police say it is the first time they've used evidence from the internet to pursue such traffic violations. With a multitude of similar speed enthusiast home videos on YouTube and other sites, might more careless braggers start facing legal problems?"

Comment Re:That is gonna be hard (Score 2, Informative) 578

For the benefit of the poster, who doesn't seem the type to know what a servo track is:

A servo track is how the hard drive knows where the heads are over the disk. Older hardware could just read the angle of the arm, but with vast increases in density it became necessary to put position data on the platters themselves where more precision is possible.

Comment Re:Yawn (Score 3, Insightful) 149

Why is this modded 5 insightful? I can't believe how Slashdotters' comprehension skills seem to be lacking.

The point of the FA is not that Kingston doesn't make their own parts (that applies to every vendor), but that their authorized distributor delivered an irregular batch of cards that seemingly couldn't even handle being programmed with a ~50 MB firmware. These irregular cards just so happened to use the same controller chip as an obvious fake, which raised the question of how a seemingly reputable brand managed to unexpectedly supply such low-quality parts.

Comment Re:Falun Gong (Score 5, Informative) 300

That's how the Great Firewall tells you that something is "inappropriate." is located in China, and the GFW is applied to all Internet traffic passing in/out of China, not just consumer machines, so it's not Yahoo that's blocking that particular term but the government.

This will work with any Mainland Chinese site, for example:

Comment Re:Chumby homepage stinks, article OK (Score 1) 135

Mobile networks are actually pretty robust, and the standards and protocols are indeed open (GSM/UMTS, OMA).

Nevertheless, mobile phones are usually sold as locked black boxes because:
1. Government regulations require that equipment must not be able to use frequencies other than those they are licensed to;
2. The same regulations require that transmit power be limited to a safe level; and
3. Mobile carriers want to be able to enact anti-competitive measures (SIM locking) and/or screw consumers (disabling software features).

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