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Chinese Company Buys Hummer from GM

Chinese Company Buys Hummer from GM

The workers can keep their jobs until 2011 ??? After that? What has GM done with Government money (taxpayer's money)? Selling out for $150m. Even though Twitter is valued several times more, the company is refusing to sell itself out. GM should have kept the company and those jobs for the American people.... but that's not how global capitalism [...]

USA is stuck in the past with credit card technology, much to the detriment of Americans traveling abroad

USA is stuck in the past with credit card technology, much to the detriment of Americans traveling abroad

This always sounds like something out of Mad Libs: "USA is stuck in the past with ( noun ), much to the detriment of Americans ( verb ) ( noun )_. The couple’s cards, which rely on magnetic-stripe technology for transactions, lacked an embedded microprocessor chip, which stores and processes data and is now commonly used in Europe. Such [...]

New York City to Establish Surveillance Network in Midtown

New York City to Establish Surveillance Network in Midtown

We're only going to see more and more of this. Ugh. The plan devised to protect downtown Manhattan, known as the Lower Manhattan Security Initiative, was introduced by Mr. Kelly in 2005. That raised concern among civil liberties groups, which have called for more public discussion as the police peer, with greater intensity, at more corners of the [...]

Man evicted from house for resisting warrantless inspections

Man evicted from house for resisting warrantless inspections

I feel sorry for the guy, but I would appreciate it if my municipality would put me on notice if they have these polices, I wouldn't want to live in that jurisdiction. Sadly, though, it's the Fed's policies, so that jurisdiction is the USA. Ugh. Borough Ordinance No. 1188 of Lansdowne, Penn., requires all rental properties – including the [...]

Using Twitter to defy the Government in Iran: Good. Using Twitter to defy the Government in Pittsburgh: Bad

Using Twitter to defy the Government in Iran: Good. Using Twitter to defy the Government in Pittsburgh: Bad

On Thursday, F.B.I. agents descended on a house in Jackson Heights, Queens, and spent 16 hours searching it. The most likely reason for the raid: a man who lived there had helped coordinate communications among protesters at the Group of 20 summit in Pittsburgh. The man, Elliot Madison, 41, a social worker who has described himself as an [...]

G20 2009 Police Attack Students at University of Pittsburgh

Bank of America demands thumbprint from man with no arms

Bank of America demands thumbprint from man with no arms

The Bank of America in Tampa, Florida has a no-exceptions policy requiring a thumbprint when cashing a check. And they do mean no exceptions: the bank refused to cash a check for a man with no arms because he couldn't provide a fingerprint. "They looked at my prosthetic hands and the teller said, 'Well, obviously you can't give us a thumbprint'," [...]

Really Microsoft?

WTF? If i get invited to a Windows 7 launch party, I'm finding new friends...

Netflix is about to commit a privacy Valdez with its customers’ viewing data

Netflix is about to commit a privacy Valdez with its customers’ viewing data

How about Netflix's insane new plan to release millions of customers' personal information -- ZIP code, gender, year of birth -- as a sequel to its Netflix Challenge. Latanya Sweeney's famous study on de-anonymizing data has shown that date (not just year) of birth, gender and ZIP are sufficient to personally identify 87% of Americans. In other [...]

Obama supports extending Patriot Act provisions

Obama supports extending Patriot Act provisions

While you were all talking about Obama's calling Kanye West a "jackass," he was talking about extending The Patriot Act.... The Obama administration supports extending three key provisions of the Patriot Act that are due to expire at the end of the year, the Justice Department told Congress in a letter made public Tuesday. Lawmakers and civil [...]

Linux botnet discovery worry

Linux botnet discovery worry

Bad guys have created a botnet of Linux Web servers. In a way, that's even more frightening than regular botnets of compromised Windows PCs. Bloggers ask if this is the end for Linux's claim to be more secure than Windows; or is it just a load of old hokum? Your humble blogwatcher selected these bloggy morsels for your enjoyment. Not to mention [...]

Comcast sucks: Versus on DIRECTV

Comcast sucks: Versus on DIRECTV

I hate them for what they did to TechTV. They destroyed it just to get their G4 crap on DirecTV. Now this... On-air message says Versus is not available. Why? Our contract with Comcast expired August 31 and we were unable to reach agreement on a renewal. Comcast was not only demanding renewal terms that did not reflect market value for the [...]

Microsoft miseducates Best Buy on Linux

Microsoft miseducates Best Buy on Linux

Just when it seemed like Microsoft was content to bag on Google and Apple, screenshots of anti-Linux training materials hit the Internet a few days ago. If these are fakes, someone certainly spent a lot of time making them look and sound a lot like previous Microsoft training materials. According to the anonymous source, Microsoft has been [...]

What Does DHS Know About You?

What Does DHS Know About You?

Here's a real copy of an American citizen’s DHS Travel Record retrieved from the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol’s Automated Targeting System (ATS). This was obtained through a FOIA/Privacy Act request and sent in by an anonymous reader. The document reveals that the DHS is storing the reader’s: Credit card number and expiration [...]

Child-safety software sells your kids’ IM conversations to market-research companies

Child-safety software sells your kids’ IM conversations to market-research companies

You know that "child-safety" software that monitors your kids' every click and sends it to some spyware creep whose main profit-center is running national firewalls for totalitarian states who use the same service to figure out whom to hood, kidnap and torture? Turns out that these same sleazeballs also monitor your kids' IM sessions and sell [...]

Massachusetts Representative (who raised local alcohol tax) caught during New Hampshire booze run

Massachusetts Representative (who raised local alcohol tax) caught during New Hampshire booze run

A Westport lawmaker who voted to hike the state sales and alcohol taxes was spotted brazenly piling booze in his car - adorned with his State House license plate - in the parking lot of a tax-free New Hampshire liquor store, the Herald has learned. Michael J. Rodrigues’ blue Ford Crown Victoria, emblazoned with his “House 29” [...]

DHS photography guidelines

DHS photography guidelines

As part of a back-and-forth regarding the harassment of photographers at U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters in Washington, I've gotten my hands on the Homeland Security Department's official guidelines for photography of federal buildings. They're lame, to say the least, but I'm pretty sure they haven't been widely shared before [...]

The File Menu

The File Menu

The File menu has been around since the dawn of user interfaces. But do you know what? It has overstayed its welcome. The File menu has been abused in far too many applications. A File menu should deal with files. That’s it. Open a file, save a file, print a file, quit editing the file. Some, no.. most applications have been using the File [...]

London bus with 16 CCTV cameras inside

London bus with 16 CCTV cameras inside

It's Bank Holiday today, in the UK, so this morning we took the kid to the zoo in Regent's Park on the 205 bus. The bus we got was quite a new one, and right by the driver was a screen showing the feed from the sixteen CCTV cameras on this one bus. How much of that footage to they actually archive? For how long? And how much of it do they lose [...]

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