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Comment 8 year old news, but sadly still relevant (Score 3, Interesting) 75

I found an 8 year-old article ( about this and how to disable it with a simple Google search. I'm still glad Slashdot posted about it today because I would never have realized it was a problem. How has this vulnerability existed for almost a decade without being rectified?

Comment Re:Call 911 next time... (Score 1) 153

In the vast majority of cases an ambulance is faster (and safer) getting to you than you are getting to the hospital and they can give you some treatment on the spot.

Source? A brief google search indicates that ambulance response times vary widely from place to place based on a variety of factors. I didn't find any recent sources specific to Springfield, MO. Twenty miles on a freeway is typically less than 20 minutes barring traffic. Do Springfield's ambulances typically respond faster than that? Was traffic a factor? How much would traffic impact the ambulance? How fast does the autopilot feature drive?

Comment Virginia already has this. (Score 1) 268

From VA individual tax return instructions:

Consumer's Use Tax: Did you purchase merchandise by Internet, telephone, or mail, or did you purchase any merchandise outside Virginia and pay no sales tax? If so, you may be required to pay Consumer's Use Tax. Be sure to report the applicable tax on Schedule ADJ.

The difference: this tax is paid yearly by the consumer rather than automatically collected by the vendor at point-of-sale.

Comment For those who didn't RTFA: (Score 1) 124

He's facing 2 charges:

1) Violating an identity theft law by "being in possession of the e-mails." With no evidence that he planned to misuse the information.

2) Violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse act via "unauthorized access to a computer". Even though the information was publicly available on AT&T's website (not behind any kind of protection, not even a password).

I almost hope he's convicted on the latter charge; the publicity that will generate may lead to sane revision of these laws.

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