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DB Cooper case “solved”

DB Cooper map

No big surprise here… and LOL @ “a $20 one-way ticket to Seattle”

The Northwest Airlines notorious skyjacking saga that has baffled authorities for 40 years may have finally been solved.

An Oregon woman who claims her uncle was the elusive criminal known only as DB Cooper says she has been told by the FBI that her evidence is enough for them to close the file on the case.

Burdened by guilt over her knowledge surrounding the case, Marla Cooper came forward earlier this year, claiming she had a 40-year-old family secret protecting her uncle, a man named Lynn Doyle Cooper.

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Anonymous: Message to the American People

Donald Trump debate: “beneath the office of the Presidency”

Ron Paul’s campaign announced Saturday that Paul won’t participate in the planned NewsMax debate moderated by Donald Trump, and campaign chairman Jesse Benton pulled no punches in explaining the decision…Ron Paul

“The selection of a reality television personality to host a presidential debate that voters nationwide will be watching is beneath the office of the Presidency and flies in the face of that office’s history and dignity. Mr. Trump’s participation as moderator will distract from questions and answers concerning important issues such as the national economy, crushing federal government debt, the role of the federal government, foreign policy, and the like. To be sure, Mr. Trump’s participation will contribute to an unwanted circus-like atmosphere.

“Mr. Trump’s selection is also wildly inappropriate because of his record of toying with the serious decision of whether to compete for our nation’s highest office, a decision he appeared to make frivolously. The short-lived elevation of Mr. Trump’s stature as a candidate put him on the radar of many organizations and we recall that last spring he was invited to keynote the Republican Party of Iowa’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner, yet at the last minute he left RPI holding the bag by canceling. In turn, RPI canceled its biggest fundraising gala of the year and suffered embarrassment and in addition RPI was required to engage in refunding measures. Our candidate will not even consider participating in the late-December debate until Mr. Trump publicly apologizes to Iowa party leaders and rectifies in full the situation.

“Therefore our candidate Ron Paul, the champion of the Constitution, has advised he will not attend.”

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Facebook “flaw” lets anyone see your private photos

Facebook logo

Features in Facebook give users access to personal, private and hidden photos that would normally be hidden from view. The flaw, spotted by members of a body building forum, no less, allows Facebook users to access photos revealed by the report abuse tool.

This flaw appears to expose private photos of any person on Facebook. We tried this out for ourselves: Sometimes,  private photos were exposed; others times they weren’t.

Members of the forum also posted onto an image sharing website some of of Zuckerberg’s private Facebook photos, which are normally inaccessible from public viewing.

The forum explored a number of the flaw’s details. For example, private photos that are hidden or inaccessible to people who are friends, can not only be accessed but can be enlarged to their full scale.

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This is how multitasking should be handled in iOS

The only problem I see with this when someone is scrolling long lists, like website blogs or contacts, they will have a high chance of triggering that. There isn’t really this problem with the notification bar since there is usually a dead-zone with the app menu buttons staying at the top.

Raid on Zuccotti Park, NYC

Avicii – Levels

Rollercoaster staircase

Rollercoaster staircase

This awesome rollercoasteroid staircase is underway in Germany…

The walkable, large outdoor sculpture Tiger & Turtle – Magic Mountain is currently in construction on the Heinrich Hildebrand Höhe in Duisburg Wanheim (D). It overtops the plateau with the artificially heaped-up mountain by 21m | 23yd so the visitor can rise by more than 45m | 49yd above the level of the landscape and enjoy an impressive view over the Rhine.

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Malls stop tracking shoppers’ cell phones

The Promenade Temecula in southern California and Short Pump Town Center in Richmond, Va., launched a survey on Black Friday, tracking shoppers’ movements by monitoring the signals from their cell phones.

mall tracking shoppers in Forest City warning signThe original plan was for those malls to continue the survey through New Year’s Day, but after receiving a phone call from Sen. Charles Schumer’s office over the weekend, they put the survey on hold.

The technology used antennas set up around the shopping centers to anonymously track shoppers as they moved from store to store. Customers were notified of the survey via small signs, and the only way for them to opt out was to turn their phones off.

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First Teaser Trailer for EASTBOUND & DOWN Season Three

Eastbound and Down's Kenny Powers

Though Kenny Powers won’t be coming back until January 2012, that doesn’t mean HBO doesn’t want you to miss out on the majesty of such an iconic athlete. A short teaser for the third season of Eastbound & Down has just been released with one hell of an airbrushed tanktop featuring the shining face and signature curls for Kenny Powers on one lucky lady. It sounds like this will be the last season for the hilarious and vulgar comedy series, so savor the flavor of anticipation while you can and check out the new teaser trailer after the jump.

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TellMe vs Siri

60-Second Adventures in Thought

Although, GPS does not use special relativity in it’s function – it has to account for it in order to function – If special relativity did not exist, gps would still be possible.

Address Is Approximate

Using stop-motion animation and imagery from Google Maps Street View, director Tony Jenkins provides a look at how a lonely desk toy manages to escape his confined world and take a cross country drive to the Pacific coast.

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Doom 3 source code now available, gory customizations welcomed

Doom 3

Doom for everyone. It’s not a particularly festive message, but as promised earlier this week, the Doom 3 source code is now out on a general public license. Programming types can meddle with the game’s inner workings as wintery temperatures force them to huddle close to the warm hum of excessive gaming rigs. Doom dad John Carmack announced the release to his horde of Twitter followers, while doffing his cap to Timothee Besset, who helped sidestep some shadow rendering license issues that had dogged an earlier release. Peer into the source code, and know the true face of despair Doom.

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Ron Paul’s interview on Face The Nation

Congressman Paul held himself well against the interviewer’s obvious attempt to discredit.

Mortal Kombat Cosplay

Occupy Wall Street with Bill Whittle

You say “rootkit,” I say “diagnostic tool”

“The only way to remove Carrier IQ is with advanced skills,” Eckhart wrote in a report, published on the Web on Monday. “If you choose to void your warranty and unlock your bootloader you can (mostly) remove Carrier IQ.” Carrier IQ

The software, Carrier IQ, tracked the location of the phone, what keys were pressed, which Web pages were visited, when calls were placed, and other information on how the device is used and when.

Eckhart discovered that Carrier IQ can be shown as present on the phone to users or configured as hidden, which was the case on the HTC phones he analyzed. And he found what he described as “leaked training documents” that indicate that carriers can view customer usage information via a remote portal that displays devices by equipment ID and subscriber ID.

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The Seven Deadly Online Sins

The 7 Deadly Online Sins

6 extremely well known websites, and then Seamless… Viral ad campaign maybe? I can see it now…

“Hey boss, I have this idea for a new viral campaign! This is going to be huge! By the way, how do you feel about associating your brand and customers with blatant gluttony?”

“Sounds good to me. Just make sure you don’t use our name or reveal anything about our service while you’re insulting our customers.”

Hit the nail on the head. Definitely a viral campaign.

Canada’s new plastic $100 bill is all tricked out

A helpful YouTube video put out by the Bank of Canada explains the new security features. For example, a suspicious money taker should note that although the polymer bill is nice and smooth, there should be raised ink on the big number 100, the “Bank of Canada” text and the shoulders of the portrait of Sir Robert Borden, the prime minister of Canada from 1911 to 1920.

There are also two transparent windows on the note — one small one depicts a frosted maple leaf, the other extends the height of the bill, and has a copy of the portrait toward the top of the window, and an image of a building at the bottom. If you move the bill the colors of the building will change a lot, while the color changes on the portrait are more subtle.

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