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Adobe has issued a DMCA removal request for rtmpdump

Adobe has issued a DMCA removal request for rtmpdump

I've just found out today that the author of rtmpdump has received a DMCA removal request via Sourceforge for rtmpdump which was hosted by them. This is rather curious since Adobe publicly and officially announced earlier this year that they will be releasing the specification of the RTMP protocol on its public developers site. Get your copy [...]

Bugs and inaccurate readings found in breathalyzer source code

Bugs and inaccurate readings found in breathalyzer source code

After a long legal wrangle, some defendant-side attorneys have audited the source-code of Alcotest, the breathalyzer used in New Jersey DUI stops. Turns out it was programmed by muppets who don't know how to calculate an average and who throw out error messages by the dozen. Like voting-machine vendors, breathlyzer vendors go crazy when [...]

Blind man dragged off plane in Philadelphia and accused of faking

Blind man dragged off plane in Philadelphia and accused of faking

A blind man flying with his wife from Philadelphia to Belgium (where he works as a translator) was arrested and dragged off the plane when he stood up and demanded to know, after two hours, why they were sitting on the tarmac, with no drinks and no news. The arresting officers didn't let him grab his cane, but rather accused him of faking [...]

San Francisco Muni begins to enforce imaginary “no photos” policy

San Francisco Muni begins to enforce imaginary “no photos” policy

The blogger at What I'm Seeing is a prolific photographer of San Francisco's rapid transit system, and thus has fallen afoul of its imaginary no-photos policy, with a threatened arrest: Before I could get the 1st shot off, Fare Inspector #32 started marching towards me, hands in the air, yelling at me to "STOP TAKING PICTURES!!" So I put away [...]

If an airplane crashes on your land and nobody sees it… is it really your land to begin with?

If an airplane crashes on your land and nobody sees it… is it really your land to begin with?

What the hell do they need 2200 acres for? How big is the memorial going to be? Is anyone else annoyed that they're going to spend $58M on this project? Or am I just really cold-hearted and unsympathetic? The government will begin taking land from seven property owners so that the Flight 93 memorial can be built in time for the 10th anniversary [...]

Abusive Power and the Culture of Obedience

Abusive Power and the Culture of Obedience

"But rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law,' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual." - Thomas Jefferson, 1819 Ask anyone who has lived under a repressive [...]

FBI workers accused of spying on dressing room

FBI workers accused of spying on dressing room

"I can't even begin to put words around what I consider an unspeakable act, the misuse of surveillance by a branch of our government in a place we felt so secure," she said. "Never in a million years would we have thought something like this would happen. We're in shock." What do you think we've been bitching about for the past decade? Everyone [...]

Listen to PA Gov. Ed Rendell argue why “no one should own assault weapons”

Gun and ammunition sales have been spiking, partly due to fears President Obama will reinstate a federal ban on assault weapons, but the weapons aren't practical for home protection, a state governor said. "It’s nuts for ordinary citizens to go out and buy assault weapons," Gov. Ed Rendell, D-Pa., told CNBC. "Assault weapons are difficult to [...]

A word on url shorteners

A word on url shorteners

Delicious founder Joshua Schachter says that URL shorteners like TinyURL are a bad idea, because they make the web more fragile, dependent on the shortener services as central points of failure. They also assist spammers, undermine googlejuice, and expose users to security vulnerabilities. I agree... and I like Kottke's suggestion: "With respect [...]

British cops identify 200 schoolchildren as potential terrorists

British cops identify 200 schoolchildren as potential terrorists

200 children in the UK, some as young as 13, have had files opened on them by the British anti-terror cops as potential terrorists... even though they have committed no crimes. The children were reported to the anti-terror squad by their teachers on the basis of school work, journals and conversations that, in the teachers' view, indicated that [...]

Rahm Emanuel: “If you’re on that no-fly list, your access to the right to bear arms is canceled, because you’re not part of the American family. You don’t deserve that right.”

This video is from 2007. I certainly hope he has re-thought his position since then. Either way, it's still disappointing. Yeah... a secret list is going determine who has certain rights and who doesn't. I feel safer already. Ugh.

Microsoft’s webbrowser Internet Explorer 8 is out

Microsoft’s webbrowser Internet Explorer 8 is out

This is the worst marketing campaign of all time. I heard about this release from Wikipedia, quoting a suspicious TechARP article that changed the date more than once. Then this morning I read it from an article from an India tech site. Microsoft didn't give a release date for an update of the most popular browser out there (no accounting for [...]

Ron Paul Meets Sacha Baron Cohen

Ron Paul Meets Sacha Baron Cohen

Apparently Bob Barr isn’t the only American libertarian politician to fall victim to Sacha Baron Cohen’s unique brand of comedy: Presidential candidates will do almost anything for publicity. But Ron Paul’s appearance in Sacha Baron Cohen’s upcoming Bruno movie suggests he draws the line at making sex tapes with gay Austrian TV [...]

Police Chief: “I want them to be afraid every time they see the police that they might get arrested”

Police Chief: “I want them to be afraid every time they see the police that they might get arrested”

Ugh. I'd rather police to be afraid every time they see a citizen, that they might be videotaped... and held accountable for their actions. "People here are afraid of the police," said Terry Willis, vice president of the Homer branch of the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People. "They harass black people, they stop people for no [...]

Opting Out of Verizon’s New Data Sharing Policy

Opting Out of Verizon’s New Data Sharing Policy

When you sign up with Verizon, it sends out a tiny-print leaflet to customers informing them (under the vague title above) that they'll share subscribers' personal information unless you explicitly opt out. It does not provide instructions on how to do so without calling them, customers report that calling them is no help, and even when you log [...]

34% Of Americans Don’t Think It’s Possible To Live Without Government Help

34% Of Americans Don’t Think It’s Possible To Live Without Government Help

Any guesses as to which Presidential candidate got this demographic’s vote? George Lakoff, a professor at the University of California at Berkeley, recently stated that “the moral mission of government is simple: no one can earn a living in America or live an American life without protection and empowerment by the [...]

Upper-Lower-Income Taxpayers Look for Ways to Sidestep Obama Tax-Hike Plan

Upper-Lower-Income Taxpayers Look for Ways to Sidestep Obama Tax-Hike Plan

It’s not selfishness, really, it’s just a rational response to a confiscatory policy... President Barack Obama’s tax proposal which promises to increase taxes for those families with incomes of $250,000 or more — has some Americans brainstorming ways to decrease their pay, even if it’s just by a dollar. A 63-year-old attorney based [...]

Mexico Drug Cartel Map

Mexico Drug Cartel Map

Since my girlfriend has been in Mexico for the past two weeks, I have begun researching which Mexican drug cartel might be killing her soon. She claims that the US Media is "blowing the situation out of control." I'm not sure what to believe. (more…)

NYC East River Bridge Toll Plan Gaining Speed

NYC East River Bridge Toll Plan Gaining Speed

How the hell is the MTA always broke? Seriously... and where are they gonna setup toll booths on the Queensboro Bridge? Ugh... Can't wait to see this. With lawmakers looking to find some way to bail out the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, CBS 2 HD has learned a compromise plan to put tolls on the East River bridges is making headway in [...]

Your ISP is watching you

Your ISP is watching you

A man walks through a shopping precinct. Tiny cameras capture his every move. If he so much as turns his head to glimpse into a shop window, that action is recorded, next to a reference number that identifies him uniquely among the many shoppers around him. As he walks through the crowded mall, the advertising billboards subtly change to suit his [...]

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