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New bill would give president emergency control of Internet

New bill would give president emergency control of Internet

Autos, banks, energy, medicine, the airwaves, the census, the internet, the paycheck of anyone trying to work for an honest living... There is nothing the Chicago thugocracy won't seize control of. Omnipotent government is the common thread here, and instead of fearing it like the Founders, people are sprinting toward it hoping for [...]

365Black: McDonald’s has a website for black people

365Black: McDonald’s has a website for black people

I just picture a black web dev sitting at his desk, looking at his assignment for an "ethnic" McDonald's site with a mix of mild offense and pitiful disbelief. He asks himself, "How offensive can I make this without using the phrase 'the negro community?'" Ugh. 365black.com

Scientists Show DNA Evidence Can Be Fabricated

Scientists Show DNA Evidence Can Be Fabricated

Scientists in Israel have demonstrated that it is possible to fabricate DNA evidence, undermining the credibility of what has been considered the gold standard of proof in criminal cases. The scientists fabricated blood and saliva samples containing DNA from a person other than the donor of the blood and saliva. They also showed that if they [...]

“I’m a Photographer Not a Terrorist” campaign for photographers’ rights

“I’m a Photographer Not a Terrorist” campaign for photographers’ rights

The Photographer Not a Terrorist campaign is a new British organization devoted to helping photographers whom the authorities have busted or harassed for being potential terrorists, kidnapping innocent photons with deadly light-sensors. They've got a "bust card" explaining your rights to you and the officers you interact with, as well as a [...]

PayPal adds fees without bothering to tell anyone

PayPal adds fees without bothering to tell anyone

When it comes my personal finances, I like to stay informed, so imagine my dismay when PayPal quietly tacked on fees for a service I'd previously enjoyed for free. As a writer, a significant chunk of my earnings come through PayPal. For all parties involved, it's faster and more convenient than sending a check. I hold a personal account, rather [...]

Dude pays $88 tow bill with 8800 pennies. Policed get involved when refused.

Paying a towing ticket is no big deal, but the unusual way one Tallahassee teen paid the ticket is grabbing him *lots* of attention on-line. 18-year-old Jordan Renken walked home last Thursday night (July 23rd) after his car was towed. The next day, he called his friends to bring their video cameras to capture him paying the fine. When he [...]

British fraud cop quits job, buys huge database of stolen identities, charges fees to people who want to know if their details are in the database

British fraud cop quits job, buys huge database of stolen identities, charges fees to people who want to know if their details are in the database

A former British fraud cop has assembled a database of 4,000,000 British identities, including credit card numbers and PINs, seemingly by buying data from hackers and phishers. Now he's selling access to the database to panicked members of the public who want to know if their identities have been stolen. Highly sensitive financial information, [...]

Network Solutions breach exposes nearly 600,000

Network Solutions breach exposes nearly 600,000

Network Solutions is investigating a breach on its servers that may have led to the theft of credit card data of 573,928 people who made purchases on Web sites hosted by the company. Networks Solutions notified 4,343 of its nearly 10,000 e-commerce merchant customers on Friday about the breach. It affects 573,928 cardholders whose name, [...]

Five “freedoms” you’d lose in health care reform

Five “freedoms” you’d lose in health care reform

Let's look at this... Freedom to choose what's in your plan I don't choose that now, my employer does. Sure, I can go to another employer, but with so many people out of work that's much easier said than done. Freedom to be rewarded for healthy living, or pay your real costs Once again, I don't have that now. If I'm healthy for 20 years and [...]

Riot police raid 30th barbecue because man used Facebook to invite his friends

Riot police raid 30th barbecue because man used Facebook to invite his friends

Looks like someone should start putting up fake all-night events at random addresses in that town... "Alright boys, there's obviously forty-six raves going on all over town tonight. GEAR UP!" Riot police raided a 30th birthday barbecue because they thought the organizer, who had invited his friends via Facebook, was staging a rave. Four [...]

“Anti-Sec” group hacks ImageShack and demands changes in security research

“Anti-Sec” group hacks ImageShack and demands changes in security research

ImageShack, one of the Web's largest image hosts, was attacked over the weekend by a group called "Anti-Sec," which is demanding changes to the security industry's practice of full disclosure of vulnerabilities. According to a report, the group replaced many of ImageShack's hosted images with its own manifesto, which states, in part: "The [...]

DUI Checkpoint stops zero DUIs

DUI Checkpoint stops zero DUIs

Read a decent article about a DUI checkpoint in Florida that found lots of other things to arrest people for and give them tickets for - but no DUIs. A DUI checkpoint over the holiday weekend resulted in 10 people being arrested and more than 100 drivers being issued traffic citations.The Florida Highway Patrol arranged for the checkpoint to be [...]

Wal-Mart’s Twitter Account Comes with a 3,379-word Terms of Use Agreement

Wal-Mart’s Twitter Account Comes with a 3,379-word Terms of Use Agreement

Only lawyers, EULA collectors and legal obsessives will find this funny, but it cracked me up: care to access the 140-character pearls of wisdom streaming forth from Wal-Mart's Twitter account? Well, first you have to agree to the 3,379-word Terms of Use agreement that comes with it. I know, I know, a lot of big corporate entities on social [...]

DUI Checkpoint Cop Fabricates Probable Cause

We are approaching a time in our country where people are detained and forced to take chemical tests because they refuse to answer police questions. This officer allegedly lied about smelling alcohol. Ugh.

Reverse-engineering SSNs from publicly available data

Reverse-engineering SSNs from publicly available data

Computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University have figured out how to predict Social Security numbers from publicly accessible birth data with frightening accuracy. The researchers analyzed a public information source known as the "Death Master File," which includes birth data and SSNs for people who have died. The scientists found that in [...]

The NEW Real ID: S.1261 – The PASS Act

New Linux patch could circumvent Microsoft FAT patents

New Linux patch could circumvent Microsoft FAT patents

Microsoft's recent lawsuit against TomTom, alleging infringement of file system patents, has left many questions unanswered about the legal implications of distributing open source implementations of Microsoft's FAT file system. A new Linux kernel patch that was published last week offers a workaround that might make it possible to continue [...]

How long before Microsoft sues pornstar Carmella Bing?

How long before Microsoft sues pornstar Carmella Bing?

I vaguely remember a number of lawsuits over the years of Microsoft vs "The Little Guy." One that I distinctly remember was Microsoft vs. MikeRoweSoft. It was a legal dispute between Microsoft and a Canadian high school student named Mike Rowe over the domain name MikeRoweSoft.com. The case received international press attention following [...]

Supreme Court: Student Strip Search Was Illegal

Supreme Court: Student Strip Search Was Illegal

SAFFORD, AZ - The Supreme Court says a school's strip search of an Arizona teenage girl accused of having prescription-strength ibuprofen was illegal. The court ruled on Thursday that school officials violated the law with their search of Savana Redding, who lives in Safford in rural eastern Arizona. Redding was a 13-year-old honor student [...]

Fear is eroding American rights

Fear is eroding American rights

The power of irrational fear in the US is extraordinary. It ranks up there with the Israel Lobby, the military/security complex, and the financial gangsters. Indeed, fear might be the most powerful force in America. Americans are at ease with their country’s aggression against Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan, which has resulted in a million [...]

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