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Pimps Go Online to Lure Kids Into Prostitution

Pimps Go Online to Lure Kids Into Prostitution

She was a 16-year-old California girl looking for trouble on MySpace; he was a 22-year-old self-described pimp who liked the revealing photos she posted to her profile. Three weeks after they met on the social networking site, they were arrested together in real life outside a cheap motel in Sacramento, 50 miles from her home. She was turning [...]

Hidden government cameras in digital converter boxes? No.

Wired Magazine explores a strange and clever hoax... It's about the claim that DTV converter boxes contain a hidden camera and a microphone, to enable companies and the state to watch you in your homes. The buzz surrounds a brilliant YouTube video (seen below). (more…)

Recipe for Disaster: The Formula That Killed Wall Street

Recipe for Disaster: The Formula That Killed Wall Street

A snip from this month's WIRED cover story by Felix Salmon on a mathematical formula that played a critical role in the global economic collapse that's worsening still as I type this blog post. Snip: A year ago, it was hardly unthinkable that a math wizard like David X. Li might someday earn a Nobel Prize. After all, financial economists—even [...]

Forget your photo ID for your EasyJet flight? Just go print one up!

Forget your photo ID for your EasyJet flight? Just go print one up!

Don't worry if you show up for your domestic UK EasyJet flight without the mandatory photo ID the airline now requires; the helpful check-in clerks will direct you to the nearby train station where they'll make you up a free photo-card to go with a rail-pass, should you ever decide to buy one. Ah, security. "They suggested I go to the railway [...]

Suburban gold-selling “Tupperware parties”

Suburban gold-selling “Tupperware parties”

The LA Times reports on people who host Tupperware-style parties where cash strapped people bring their gold jewelry to a house and sell it to an assayer who rakes in a 35% vigorish. This must be an extension of the Cash4Gold folks... The party Geivet attended at the Aliso Viejo home of Mary-Margaret Fincher is a twist on the old suburban [...]

New bill proposes everyone keep Wifi logs for police

New bill proposes everyone keep Wifi logs for police

"Internet Stopping Adults Facilitating the Exploitation of Today's Youth Act," or Internet Safety Act. I always wonder who names these bills? Ugh... Republican politicians on Thursday called for a sweeping new federal law that would require all Internet providers and operators of millions of Wi-Fi access points, even hotels, local coffee [...]

Body scanners replace metal detectors in tryout

Body scanners replace metal detectors in tryout

WASHINGTON — For the first time, some airline passengers will skip metal detectors and instead be screened by body scanning machines that look through clothing for hidden weapons, the Transportation Security Administration said Tuesday. An experimental program that begins today at Tulsa International Airport will test whether the $170,000 [...]

MTA Employee Charged with “Unlawful Photography”

MTA Employee Charged with “Unlawful Photography”

Many a straphanger has taken heat for pulling out their point and shoot cameras in the subway system, but now an off-duty MTA worker has been arrested by the NYPD's transit cops for photographing the underground. Carlos Miller reports on the charges made against 30-year-old Robert Taylor, who has been with the MTA for three years and actually [...]

Ron Paul: There were only 5 hard copies of the Stimulus Bill to read when the House opened

He calls it business as usual. Ugh.

Apple says jailbreaking iPhones is illegal and should be banned

Apple says jailbreaking iPhones is illegal and should be banned

The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Fred von Lohmann's been reading all the submissions to the Copyright Office on exemptions to the DMCA, and he's found this beauty: Apple is trying to ban jailbreaking iPhones: Jailbreaking an iPhone constitutes copyright infringement and a DMCA violation, says Apple in comments filed with the Copyright Office [...]

Ron Paul on the Senate Stimulus “Compromise”

This is a great explanation of the current problems were facing.

Well it looks like Blockbuster’s answer to Netflix “Watch Instantly” is full of fail

Well it looks like Blockbuster’s answer to Netflix “Watch Instantly” is full of fail

Blockbuster Inc. knows the days of the movie rental store are numbered, as video downloads over the Internet slowly start to replace DVDs. But knowing which way the wind is blowing doesn't mean you can sail it. Blockbuster's first box for playing Internet video on the TV doesn't measure up to competing devices. The company launched the [...]

Apparently, two spaces after a period is no longer correct… When did this happen?

Apparently, two spaces after a period is no longer correct… When did this happen?

I used to always use two (or three) spaces to take up more space on papers that need to be a certain length in pages. I guess this has changed over the years... I also heard they don't teach cursive handwriting either. ugh. Everyone who took typing class in high school learned that you always put two spaces after a period. The same goes for [...]

Top 11 compounds found in US drinking water

Top 11 compounds found in US drinking water

Researchers at the Southern Nevada Water Authority analyzed tap water from 19 US water utilities. New Scientist shares the list of the top 11 detected compounds, fortunately all of which were "found at extremely low concentrations." According the Environmental Protection Agency, there's no cause for alarm but there could be risk "especially for [...]

The US Air Force’s rules of engagement… for blogging

The US Air Force’s rules of engagement… for blogging

Above is the United States Air Force's blog assessment chart, developed by its Emerging Technologies Division. The “rules of engagement” are quite good. You might find them to be useful for your own blogs, whether personal or corporate. (more…)

JournalSpace Wiped Out

JournalSpace Wiped Out

Blogging service JournalSpace has been completely wiped out after the drives that housed their entire database were overwritten. The problem was that their backups weren't actually backups at all. The servers were set up with a mirrored RAID system so that if the primary drive should fail the secondary drive would be used to recover the [...]

Long waits for some Netflix Blu-ray customers

Long waits for some Netflix Blu-ray customers

If you're a Netflix customer who's paying an extra $1 a month to rent movies on Blu-ray, you might have noticed that the discs aren't being delivered as quickly as DVDs. Josh Lowensohn, from CNET News, was complaining that he's had Futurama: Bender's Game, in his queue for over a month. The flick Wall-E has been in the queue since November 18. [...]

Musicians against music torture

Musicians against music torture

Musicians and human rights group Reprieve launched a "silent protest" against the use of music for torture and interrogation. For example, the playlists at places like Guantanamo Bay and other US military prisons/bases has included such hot platters as Deicide's "Fuck Your God" and the theme song from Barney The Purple Dinosaur. Musicians like [...]

The guy who set up alternate email for White House dies in plane crash

The guy who set up alternate email for White House dies in plane crash

Mike Connell set-up the alternate email and communications system for the White House. He was responsible for creating the system that hosted the infamous GWB43.com accounts that Karl Rove and others used. When asked by Congress to provide these emails, the White House said that they were destroyed. But in reality, what Connell is alleged to have [...]

Good-Bye PC Magazine

Good-Bye PC Magazine

Before I was a writer and I was a happy systems administrator, PC Magazine was one of my favorite computer magazines. After I started my tech. journalism career, I was thrilled to start publishing there from time to time. And, now, PC Magazine print will cease publication with the forthcoming January 2009 issue. I’ll miss it. I think anyone [...]

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