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Philly activists: “Let’s pass out flyers questioning the need for surveillance cameras.” Result: warrantless search. Police chief: “you’re a hate group.”

Philly activists: “Let’s pass out flyers questioning the need for surveillance cameras.” Result: warrantless search. Police chief: “you’re a hate group.”

When Mayor Nutter announced late last year that he was hiring D.C. Charles Ramsey as his police commissioner, I said I would keep an open mind but I was dismayed at his treatment of anti-war protesters and his frequent clashes there over civil rights. So far, I've been mostly impressed with Ramsey -- murders have dropped slightly while he's taken [...]

CDW Study: IT Security Isn’t as Good as It Thinks

CDW Study: IT Security Isn’t as Good as It Thinks

When it comes to security, maybe the end user isn't always the problem. That's the conclusion of a study published today by technology reseller giant CDW Corp. The study notes some paradoxes between IT professionals' views on their organizations' security and their actual security status. For example, when asked if their security systems [...]

97-year-old woman denied right to vote in 2008 elections because she has no ID, BUT she was born before birth certificates were issued

97-year-old woman denied right to vote in 2008 elections because she has no ID, BUT she was born before birth certificates were issued

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- A 97-year-old Surprise woman who has voted in the past 19 presidential elections said she finds herself a casualty in the voter ID battle. Shirley Preiss cannot register in Arizona for the November elections without proof of citizenship. "I'm a legal American," Preiss said. "I'm born here. Born and raised in [...]

Oh no, oh no, oh no. eBay is trying to acquire Craigslist

Oh no, oh no, oh no. eBay is trying to acquire Craigslist

San Francisco (CA) – Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster has posted another blog article which criticizes eBay for its lawsuit. In the post titled “Kettles and Pots“, Buckmaster outlines what eBay is suing for, namely to stop Craigslist’s poison pill and right of first refusal contract clauses for major shareholders. He also [...]

It’s Now Completely Impossible To Sell A Laptop On Ebay

It’s Now Completely Impossible To Sell A Laptop On Ebay

The cool thing about eBay's support system is it will always answer your question; unfortunately, that answer will always be a form letter on how to reset your password, as Timothy discovered when he tried to figure out how to sell his laptop to someone who wasn't a Nigerian scammer. Timothy has discovered the awful truth behind today's [...]

This can’t be called Hacking when it’s this easy.

This can’t be called Hacking when it’s this easy.

Click here. For the unknowing... phpmyadmin is a web-based mysql admin tool. The google query is structured to find installs of phpmyadmin that aren't password protected. This gives anyone full access to read and modify the database. Also, if the pages were password-protected, Google's spider wouldn't have been able to get in to index them in [...]

Outsourced passports netting government profits, risking national security

Outsourced passports netting government profits, risking national security

Yes this is a long article, but it is well worth the read. Interesting to see an organization not designed to make money, make a lot of money... wait, that's not even the scary thing, how about the security of the new e-passport? Ugh. The United States has outsourced the manufacturing of its electronic passports to overseas companies — [...]

Redbox (those $1 DVD machines) found with credit card skimmers installed

Redbox (those $1 DVD machines) found with credit card skimmers installed

Looks like people in the South-west United States are getting their credit cards skimmed at their local Redbox. In case you forgot what a skimmer is, catch up on our past post about it.... To Our Valued Customers: A few days ago redbox detected and removed an illegal credit card skimming device at one of our 7,400 locations. At the [...]

Federal Reserve to Oversee “Financial Market Stability”

Federal Reserve to Oversee “Financial Market Stability”

Check out some of the background stories that have been leading up to this: Goldman Sachs Creates Private Stock Exchange for Unregistered Securities, Clients with $100 Million Minimum NASDAQ to Open Unregulated Private Stock Exchange for Investors with a Minimum of $100 Million in Assets Big Traders Dive Into Dark Pools In other words, [...]

More TSA Stupidity

More TSA Stupidity

Nipple ring search procedures faulty, TSA admits LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- The Transportation Security Administration said Friday its officers at a Texas airport appear to have properly followed procedures when they allegedly forced a woman to remove her nipple rings -- one with pliers -- but acknowledged the procedures should be [...]

Watch out for the fake hotel inspector

Efforts to Block Junk Mail Slowed by U.S. Postal Service

Efforts to Block Junk Mail Slowed by U.S. Postal Service

Barred by law from lobbying, the Postal Service is nonetheless trying to make its case before a growing number of state legislatures that are weighing bills to create Do Not Mail registries, which are similar to the popular National Do Not Call Registry. Ugh. Postal Service Argues Against Registries to State Lawmakers Chris Pearson, a state [...]

Metallica to Promote Record Store Day

Metallica to Promote Record Store Day

They just can't get into the 21st century, can they? ugh. Metallica will make a special appearance at Rasputin Records in Mountain View, California, to mark the official celebration of all independent record stores. With the collapse of Tower Records and the many other chains, this is an attempt by the metal gods to recognize and support the [...]

Vector Magic No Longer Free

Vector Magic No Longer Free

We're kinda late on reporting this but, this for those of us who are artistically challenged need all the help we can get when it comes to design software. A vector tracing tool called Vector Magic (the result of Stanford University Artificial Intelligence Laboratory research project by James Diebel and Jacob Norda) was a valuable addition to the [...]

Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight

When I'm programming and i need to view variable values in a program, I usually use a debugger - looks like I've missed out on the new-age-fangled approach where you code it so the values you are interested in get emailed to your gmail account. ugh... What happened with G-Archiver? It has come to our attention that a flaw in the coding of [...]

BBC drops DRM from iPlayer video on demand service

BBC drops DRM from iPlayer video on demand service

The BBC appears to have inadvertently removed the controversial DRM from its iPlayer video-on-demand service. Now, all BBC programs are broadcast across the country in digital form without DRM, literally diffused at the speed of light in all directions without any restrictions, but the Beeb somehow believes that there's a new risk of piracy [...]

Russian ATM Skimmers

Russian ATM Skimmers

We leeched these skimmer photos off a Russian kiddie-hax site. Skimmers are old news in Europe, but I read stories about them every once-in-awhile here in North America. Be careful. Study the photos below and be on the lookout for these devices whenever you use the ATM. They are usually double-sided taped to the card slot and the keypad, as well. [...]

More FBI privacy violations confirmed

More FBI privacy violations confirmed

WASHINGTON - The FBI acknowledged Wednesday it improperly accessed Americans' telephone records, credit reports and Internet traffic in 2006, the fourth straight year of privacy abuses resulting from investigations aimed at tracking terrorists and spies. The breach occurred before the FBI enacted broad new reforms in March 2007 to prevent [...]

When will we be able to tell IE6 users to jump off a bridge?

When will we be able to tell IE6 users to jump off a bridge?

Another afternoon spent coming up with CSS hacks for .png transparency and other nonsense for IE6. On Feb 12, Windows Update supposedly began forcing IE7 updates on people and that's super duper great. Now when someone calls Microsoft about IE6, they can properly get chewed out and hung up on. But what about the rest of us career Internet [...]

Owner of Network Solutions Shuts Down Murray Sabrin’s Money Bomb

For those of you who don't know Murray Sabrin, he's running for Senate in New Jersey. He has been endorsed by Ron Paul and is a strict Constitutionalist. I really don't like NetSol now... First this now this?!? Below is an Official Press Release from the Sabrin Campaign... Democratic Private Equity Firm Halts Ron Paul Revolution! Jersey City, [...]

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