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Submission + - Santa Clara County opts against buying Stingray due to excessive secrecy (

An anonymous reader writes: The Santa Clara County (California) Board of Supervisors voted in February to acquire a Stingray device for the sheriff's office. The subsequent negotiations with Harris Corp. required such a level of secrecy that the county announced that it will forego the $500,000 grant and not buy the device.

Submission + - New Political Party Runs Entirely on Your Feedback (

Andrew Warshaver writes: Fed up with the failures of the U.S. political system, two CMU grads are turning to technology to create a new party that runs entirely online, and entirely on your feedback. Their electorates will make decisions solely based on the principles of Liquid Democracy, a form of Representative Democracy for the Technology Age. If they succeed, no more calling & mailing your representatives, simply log on and vote (or delegate).

Comment Tech workers need to organize their own PAC (Score 1) 484

While I, like many other tech workers, have a natural affinity for libertarian thinking and a concomitant disdain for the political system, the reality of this throat cutting behavior by our selfish and short-sighted politicians needs to be countered within the defective framework of the political system if we are to have a fighting chance of protecting ourselves and other STEM workers from these greedy bottom-line, pin-striped pinheads that are calling for the gutting of our field.

As disgusting as it might be, we need our own Political Action Committee. Unless we can engage these baboons in Washington in an organized manner, they won't listen to us. They need to see PAC representatives from the STEM sector every day, demanding the lowering of the H1B cap and protection of the domestic tech workers.

Comment Absolute BS (Score 2, Insightful) 376

That's the first thing out of my mouth when I heard this story on TV this morning. I can't imagine Bush and Darth Cheney not shouting it from the rooftops if it had been found as they say. Even if they had to cover up Western involvement, those CW shells would have been trotted out before a full court press so the Bush admin could have their "I told you so!" moment.

Comment Bad move on their part (Score 1) 534

Now, I'm not a lawyer, but I could see that backfiring on them in a big way. If the MA SWAT teams are actually private agencies, then that could be used by a clever lawyer to damage their qualified immunity. If they're actually some sort of private contractors, then suing them would get a whole lot easier, since qualified immunity probably only applies to state and federal employees.

Comment Re:3Mbps?!?? (Score 1) 159

That's nothing. Back in 2004, I was working for a school district in Michigan and almost all of the K-12 buildings were on token ring. We were always just one lightning strike away from having a building offline for the rest of the school year. We used to surf ebay looking for old replacement parts to buy and keep, just in case. Of course, now I'm sure they've probably upgraded to 10 megabit ethernet hubs. :)

Submission + - Data Breach at Washington Court Spills 160k SSNs (

Gunkerty Jeb writes: Attackers using a vulnerability in Adobe’s ColdFusion app server were able to compromise servers belonging to the Washington State court system sometime in the last few months and walked off with data belonging to as many as a million residents of the state. The attackers had access to 160,000 Social Security numbers and the driver’s license numbers and names of a million people.

Submission + - State Department Demands Takedown of Printable Gun Schematics. (

moeinvt writes: In the latest episode of the 3D-printed gun saga, Forbes reports that the U.S. Department of State has demanded that the plans and blueprints for the 3D-printed gun components be immediately "removed from public access". In a letter sent to Cody Wilson, the feds claim that the plans must be reviewed and approved by the "Directorate of Defense Trade Controls" (DDTC) to ensure that making them publicly available does not violate the "International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)" rules. Full text of the letter published in the Forbes article.

Submission + - The story about Apple's iMessage frustrating law enforcement may be disinfo (

snobody writes: Recently, an article was posted on Slashdot about the claim that law enforcement made about being frustrated by their inability to decrypt messages using Apple's iMessage. However, this article on Techdirt suggests that the DEA may be spewing out disinformation. As the Techdirt article says, if you switch to a new iDevice, you still are able to access your old iMessages, suggesting that Apple has the key somewhere in the cloud. Thus, if law enforcement goes directly to Apple, they should be able to get the key.

Cui Bono? The article suggests that the fraudulent story is just an angle to create an excuse for new legislation making it even easier to spy on us through our devices.

Comment Re:Hire the unemployed (Score 5, Informative) 428

You mean, ways to find workers like or

These companies aren't hiring anyone that they would have to train unless they're just looking for an H1B worker. I work for a large multinational company in the U.S. and I have seen the job postings they put out. They're so full of precise specifics that the worker absolutely must have that an American engineer won't be able to fit the bill. Then they hire the H1B from the overseas office that they had in mind in the first place (and who fit the onerous job requirements exactly, strangely enough) and pay him less. It's a scam. What we need is a nice, well-funded PAC for IT workers and engineers that can lean on the lawmakers and tell Oracle and Micro$oft to get bent. The only way to get the lawmakers to listen to us is to bribe them with campaign contributions. It sucks, but that's the system we have in this country.

Oh, and this Project for a New American Economy reminds me a lot of the Project for a New American Century, which brought us the Iraq war.

Comment Kick Ass is pornography? (Score 1) 332

I just find it interesting that the movie they mentioned as the steganographic carrier, Kick Ass, is referred to as pornography. Granted, the female super hero in the movie, Hit Girl, is a 12-year old, so the movie had a pedophile (technically ephebophile) vibe to it, but I didn't see anyone getting f*cked in the movie. Shot, stabbed, and beaten up, but no sex.

Comment Re:Of course. (Score 1) 1174

They are trying to provoke the people to fight back. Look at the totality of what has happened since 9/11 and you see the dramatic escalation of the machinery of a police state that is just waiting for the right incident to throw the machine in to full action.
Then google Rex 84 and you will see that this is a process that has been in place for most of our adult lives. There are people installed at the intelligence and military communities who don't like our form of government and would like to change it to a dictatorship.
Keeping that in mind, when we hear about people like Mr. Abdulmutallab, who tried to bomb an airliner heading to Detroit in 2009 and whose failed bomb plot was the instigator of the installation of these dangerous x-ray scanners, and how passenger Kurt Haskell, a Detroit attorney, testified that Mr. Abdulmutallab was escorted on the plane by well-dressed government types who flashed badges at airline and customs officials in order to get him past security.
So, yes, the TSA is trying to provoke us. The terrorists with pepper spray that unleashed on UC Davis student protesters are trying to provoke us. The TSA VIPR program is trying to provoke us. They want this fight.

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