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Posts Tagged ‘State’

Alaska State Legislator Makes a PSA Warning Travelers about the TSA

I like that guy.

Lockdown High: how schools put the emphasis on crime, security and violence instead of freedom and education

Lockdown High: how schools put the emphasis on crime, security and violence instead of freedom and education

The Guardian's John Harris reviews Annette Fuentes's Lockdown High: When the Schoolhouse Becomes a Jailhouse, an investigative book on how "zero tolerance" policies have produced high-schools that "reflect a society that has become fixated on crime, security and violence." Harris points out that the insanity isn't a mere American phenomenon, [...]

State of the Statists

ACLU to Michigan cops: Stop searching mobile phones during traffic stops

ACLU to Michigan cops: Stop searching mobile phones during traffic stops

The ACLU is trying to get the Michigan state cops to stop dumping mobile phone storage during routine traffic stops. At present the Michigan troopers use something called a Cellebrite UFE that slurps up recently dialed numbers, SMSes, Facebook/Twitter posts, emails, bookmarks, Web history, cookies, notes, MMS, IMs, lists of recent Bluetooth [...]

Morozov’s Net Delusion: A skeptical take on net-freedom marred by straw-men

Morozov’s Net Delusion: A skeptical take on net-freedom marred by straw-men

My latest Guardian column, "We need a serious critique of net activism," is a long, detailed review of Evgeny Morozov's new book The Net Delusion, a book that seeks to debunk "cyber-utopianism" and the idea that the Internet can be used as a force for freedom. I agree with much of what Morozov has to say, but his portrait of "cyber-utopians" [...]

Google Drops More Than $1.8 Billion On Newest NYC Office

Google Drops More Than $1.8 Billion On Newest NYC Office

It's an entire NYC city block in the meatpacking district, sitting on top of 2 main transcontinental fiber highways, more square footage than the empire state building, and they bought it in cash. Wowsers! Today, we’re pleased to announce that we’ve closed a deal with the partnership of Taconic Investment Partners, Jamestown Properties and [...]

WTF? OMG, LOL! CIA gives WikiLeaks taskforce a nickname

WTF? OMG, LOL! CIA gives WikiLeaks taskforce a nickname

The CIA has launched a taskforce to assess the impact of 250,000 leaked US diplomatic cables. Its name? WikiLeaks Task Force, or WTF for short. The group will be charged with scouring the released documents to survey damage caused by the disclosures. One of the most embarrassing revelations was that the US state department had drawn up a [...]

The State of Linux Audio: Dec 2010

The State of Linux Audio: Dec 2010

In my case. Applications -> ALSA -> Sound. Sound is something I never had any problems. The only configuration I had to make was choosing the right sound card in the kernel configuration.

Call the TSA’s Office of Strategic Communications when you’re threatened with arrest for airport photography

Call the TSA’s Office of Strategic Communications when you’re threatened with arrest for airport photography

Flyingfish knows he's allowed to photograph TSA checkpoints from public areas in the airport. He knows this because it is the TSA's publicly stated position. But a refused-to-identify-himself TSA agent and a state trooper at Hartford's Bradley International Airport don't know this, so they detained Flyingfish, told him he was in big trouble... [...]

Direct3D 10/11 Is Now Natively Implemented On Linux

Direct3D 10/11 Is Now Natively Implemented On Linux

It's a pity Luca Barbieri or any Mesa / Gallium3D developers are not at Oktoberfest as they are deserving of more than a few Maß of Augustiner. In fact, today a new Gallium3D state tracker was pushed into Mesa and it's perhaps the most interesting state tracker for this open-source graphics driver architecture yet. It's a state tracker that [...]