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Submission + - MuckRock and LilSis launch campaign to track how police monitor social media (muckrock.com)

v3rgEz writes: Wondering if the last thing you shared on Facebook might get you on a watch list? Find yourself thinking twice before retweeting? You're not alone, and you might have good reasons: Increasingly, local police departments are tracking social media usage and monitoring individuals based on what they say, the pictures they post, and even the pages they like. FOIA site MuckRock and influence tracker LilSis have teamed up to launch a new project that helps uncover which police departments are monitoring social media, what their policies are, and more. Check out the project here, and if you're interested file a request of your own.

Submission + - Huge ATM Scam in Japan Nets $12.7 Million

AppleHoshi writes: The BBC is reporting that convenience store ATMs in Japan were used to withdraw 12.7 million dollars during the course of two to three hours on a recent Sunday morning. According to the Japan Times' coverage of the thefts, the withdrawals were made across Japan in a total of 14,000 transactions, using credit cards created from data leaked from a South African bank. Police believe that around one-hundred individuals were involved in the heist.

Comment Re:The open-source Telegram had them long ago (Score 1) 166

I have Telegram on various devices, and chats are always synced on all of them.

Did you sign up with the same phone number you used on the first device? This works very well on non-phones (laptops, tablets), too: a confirmation message containing a code is sent to your primary phone number. Once you insert that code on the device to be installed, all your chats on that device will be in sync with the chats on your "first" device.

Comment Re:Thanks For Nothing (Score 1) 147

Just how much energy has been wasted mining bitcoins over the years.

Probably less than one billionth of the amount of energy that's been used to view porn on the internet over the same period of time.

One of those two activities has eventually brought satisfaction to individuals. The other one has kept the hand-lotion-and-kleenex industry thriving for decades.

Comment Re:Crypto wars go way back (Score 1) 68

I remember the time when US Export Regulations prevented PGP to be exported legally. In order to lawfully bring PGP to other countries, the source code was printed in books which were then exported, scanned and OCRed. Interested parties could follow the progress on a website (# of pages scanned/OCRed/proofread). This went on until 1999, at which point export controls on cryptographic software were lifted.

There's actually an informative page about this which sports the same yellowish background I seem to remember from the nineties.

Comment Re:SubjectIsSubject (Score 2) 78

I have set up a few of these (Raspberry Pi 2 Model B with the camera module), and they work quite well and reliable.

You may want to install mjpg-streamer, which can be used to stream JPEG files over an IP-based network. That alone will already allow you to watch the camera's images as a stream over the local network. Make sure you limit access either by using mjpg-streamer's settings or by setting up a firewall/iptables.

You can then install motionEye, which is a web-based frontend for motion. There you can set up a number of IP cameras and define when and where you want the streams to be recorded. For example record camera1 between 22h and 06h, record camera2 whenever motion is detected, 24/7.

You can connect one camera module to each Raspberry, and a motionEye setup can - depending on the hardware it is installed on - support multiple cameras.

To the GP: It's true, the cost is slightly higher than going with a cheap IP cam, but the hardware can be used for other services, too. The video stream stays local (unless you open up your router or connect via VPN), and you are not depending on a 3rd party, which may or may not be available next year. The setup is straightforward and doesn't take much time.

I wouldn't use this solution in a professional environment, but it is more than enough to keep an eye on my garage, should the bastard who stole my bike ever decide to give it a second try.

Comment Depends on the sector (Score 2) 127

I've been working as a contractor in industrial automation for the past 15 years; not in Silicon Valley, though. Purely based on personal experience by working daily on the production floor of a manufacturing plant (machines are developed, constructed and implemented in situ), I'd say that few people have been replaced by the technology that we create. Some people have retired and have not been replaced, some people have been let go, some job descriptions have changed - but most of the people are still there. Actually, technology has allowed the company to expand into new markets, and whole new departments and jobs have been created.

In this specific case, hardware and software is developed in-house, employees (and contractors!) that are willing to learn are nurtured and given opportunities to grow. No in-house gym or similar perks, just solid jobs, an open mind and a certain level of trust that people know how to do their jobs and don't need to be micromanaged. I thinks that's a good recipe. Of course a lot depends on the sector the company is working in.

Comment Re:New rule (Score 4, Informative) 161

that won't work and france knows it, they just want your data regardless. ordinary french citizens might still buy their phones and services in france and willingly cough-up their info[...]

This has been the rule in Italy for many years: want a SIM card, show your passport or ID card, a photocopy of which will be kept with the registration information. All owners of previously bought SIM cards had to provide the required information to their providers or their cards were deactivated. Citizens have not "coughed-up their info willingly", they were forced to do so.

Unfortunately, organized crime, crooks and the shadier parts of society (including some politicians) don't have to play by these rules. They simply submit(ted) somebody else's ID, either with or without their knowledge.

Comment Re:Guy is a moron (Score 1) 318

From TFA:

The family is now suing Florida Power and Light for allegedly failing to put up any warning.

If this is true, then speculation should be allowed whether finding himself in this situation was the plan from the beginning.

- Go diving in front of a power pant after mooring to the warning buoy, "check[ing] out three large shadows beneath the waves that looked like buildings".
- Get "sucked" into a pipe after avoiding any safety measures.
- Sue the plant.

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