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You don’t really own the stocks and bonds you think you own

You don’t really own the stocks and bonds you think you own

All the stocks and bonds you think you own are actually owned by a company you've probably never heard of, a company owned by the same people who own the US Federal Reserve. Originally paper stocks certificates were issued as evidence of ownership by companies to investors purchasing shares. But as trading volume exploded in the late 60's this [...]

New US RFID passports manufactured offshore at a huge profit and transported by unsecured couriers

New US RFID passports manufactured offshore at a huge profit and transported by unsecured couriers

You know those new, super-secure, RFID-enabled passports the US is issuing to its citizens? They're manufactured and assembled offshore, in sometimes-unstable regions, the blanks are shipped around using unsecured couriers, and they're sold to US citizens at an 85% profit. I feel safer already. Each new e-passport contains a small computer chip [...]

Walmart covers an area larger than Manhattan

Walmart covers an area larger than Manhattan

Can a license plate frame get speeding drivers off the hook?

Can a license plate frame get speeding drivers off the hook?

It was the kind of move that would usually mean a ticket for a young guy in a tricked-out BMW: unsafely zipping around a truck and another vehicle -- which happened to be a CHP cruiser -- while zooming down the road. But rather than getting slapped with a fine last year on U.S. 101 south of San Francisco, Nick Palefsky was let go with a [...]

New NYPD Security Suite?

New NYPD Security Suite?

So I commute daily into NYC, which usually brings me thru Herald Square (Broadway and 34th). There is always a police presence but today before entering the subway entrance I hear this piston sounding noise and look over to the square. And what do i see rising out of the crowd: At first I was like WTF, then it went to UGH, and then I [...]

Credit Card Providers “To Share Customer Information”

Credit Card Providers “To Share Customer Information”

Credit card providers are to begin sharing detailed information about their customers in a bid to identify those who are struggling to repay their debts, it has been reported. According to the Guardian, the 17 credit card companies belonging to the UK payments association Apacs will exchange in-depth details about consumers' repayment [...]

“Fakeproof” e-passport is cloned in minutes

“Fakeproof” e-passport is cloned in minutes

New microchipped passports designed to be foolproof against identity theft can be cloned and manipulated in minutes and accepted as genuine by the computer software recommended for use at international airports. Tests for The Times exposed security flaws in the microchips introduced to protect against terrorism and organised crime. The flaws [...]

Kentucky Seizes 141 Gambling Domains

Kentucky Seizes 141 Gambling Domains

The commonwealth  of Kentucky issued a seizure order on September 18, ordering  141 domains be taken from their registrants. order-of-kentucky-seizure-of-domain-names (Adobe Acrobat Reader Required) “”The Domain names shall be immediately transferred by their respective registrars to an account of the Commonwealth of [...]

Girlfriend Takes Nude Pics on Boyfriend’s Bed and Then Kills Him

Girlfriend Takes Nude Pics on Boyfriend’s Bed and Then Kills Him

This is just too bizarre to pass up. Ugh. People are so strange. Did this stuff happen 20 years ago? Ohh and here's her Myspace. FTW. "Mesa police found photos of a murder victim posing nude in a shower and, minutes later, lying in his bathroom "bleeding profusely," according to a report released this week. The photos, found on the [...]

Comcast’s moral obligation: If you cap it, at least help us count it

Comcast’s moral obligation: If you cap it, at least help us count it

Last week, Comcast made public its longstanding-but-secret bandwidth cap. Starting Oct. 1, residential users have a maximum bandwidth usage of 250 gigabytes. The cable Internet provider has always moved against users who used excessive amounts of bandwidth, but it never really said just what constituted excessive. Comcast executives say this [...]

Hans Reiser’s Confession

Hans Reiser’s Confession

With his children asleep in bed, Hans Reiser stole away from his home two nights in a row to dig his wife's grave, while her body sat in a duffel bag in his car. That's one of the details to emerge in this grisly 34-page transcript (.pdf) of Reiser's belated August 21 confession to prosecutor Paul Hora. An excerpt is below. One note: it becomes [...]

We are “digitizing” the way high school students take tests. What could possibly go wrong?

We are “digitizing” the way high school students take tests. What could possibly go wrong?

“Wait a sec,” the Edutron Systems rep interrupted, cutting off the principal of River City High, “your students still use pencils and paper to take exams!?” The rep insincerely chuckled, adding “don’t tell me you’re still using slide rules to teach arithmetic!” As shifty as the sales rep was, he [...]

Denver: Police told to watch for stockpiles, from pipes to bikes

Denver: Police told to watch for stockpiles, from pipes to bikes

This kind of overreacting is what makes the United States so 'different' from the rest of the planet. Ugh... "Denver Police have issued an internal bulletin for all officers to be on the lookout for anyone stockpiling potential weapons that may be deployed during next week's Democratic National Convention, including items like maps and [...]

TSA adds 16,500 people to terror watchlist for forgetting ID, then reconsiders

The TSA maintains a list of "suspicious" fliers who do things like forget to take their sewing scissors out of their knitting bags before boarding a flight. To this list, they have added 16,500 fliers who forgot to bring ID to the airport, though they say that forgetting your ID will no longer brand you forever as a potential terrorist. Forgetting [...]

E-Passports Can Be Hacked and Cloned in Minutes

E-Passports Can Be Hacked and Cloned in Minutes

Tests conducted for the UK's Times Online have concluded that the new high-tech e-passports being distributed around the world can be hacked and cloned within minutes. A computer researcher proved it by cloning the chips in two British passports and then implanting digital images of Osama bin Laden and a suicide bomber. Both passports passed as [...]

Laptop with data about 33,000 Clear card applicants lost at SFO

Laptop with data about 33,000 Clear card applicants lost at SFO

The TSA says a laptop with the personal information of 33,000 Clear card applicants was lost at San Francisco Airport on July 26. They need to check the sidewalks along Market Street... and bring crack to trade for it. The TSA has suspended new enrollments in the program, known as Clear, which allows passengers to pay to use special "fast lanes" [...]

ASUS: Linux not essential to Eee PC success

ASUS: Linux not essential to Eee PC success

They’re tiny, they’re portable, and they’ve rewritten the rules in the traditionally feature-heavy notebook market. Despite years in which Linux has been ignored by mainstream notebook makers, Linux-based mini-notebook PCs drove a spike in sales during 2007 that suggest the operating system could finally be hitting the [...]

SSHKeygen.com… Only missing a credit card field. Ugh.

SSHKeygen.com… Only missing a credit card field. Ugh.

Not only generating private keys using an untrusted third-party, but sending them in the clear over http? Nice. I wonder where all these people are who are clever enough to need an SSH key, but too stupid to type ssh-keygen -t dsa? I wouldn't be surprised if this was some minor social engineering attempt; the server owner has access to the IPs [...]

AVG disguises fake traffic as IE6

AVG disguises fake traffic as IE6

AVG has rejiggered the fake traffic it's spewing across the internet, causing new headaches for the world's webmasters. In late February, AVG paired its updated anti-virus engine with a real-time malware scanner that vets search engine results before you click on them. If you search Google, for instance, this LinkScanner automatically visits [...]

C’mon CNN…

C’mon CNN…

My mom has been struggling for months trying to figure out what to tell me regarding Britney's sister. It's vital to my development as a human being so she has to get it right. Ugh.

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