CelticWhisper writes "A recent video showing TSA screeners setting up shop at Chicago's Union Station has been gaining publicity over the past week. Now a petition has appeared on the White House petition page to keep TSA out of train stations, where many have pointed out a security presence does significantly less good than at airports because trains can be threatened in ways that don't involve stations at all. While the last TSA-related petition received a response that many considered insulting, perhaps the recent stories of severe TSA misconduct, coupled with the lesser degree of action called for by this current petition, will lead to a different reaction." Link to Original Source top
CelticWhisper writes "H.R. 3674, the Promoting and Enhancing Cybersecurity and Information Sharing Effectiveness Act (PRECISE Act), would allow the US Department of Homeland Security to require improved security practices from those businesses managing systems whose disruption could prove detrimental to critical life-sustaining or national-security initiatives." Link to Original Source top
Petition Calls for Making Net Access Inalienable R
CelticWhisper writes "Targeted at stopping SOPA, a petition has been started at the White House's "We The People" page calling for a Constitutional amendment that would render internet access an inalienable right. Other countries have already adopted such classification for internet access.
Excerpt from petition text reads: "The United States Government is actively attempting to pass legislation to censor Internet. There are numerous campaigns against this Act, but we need to do more than just prevent SOPA from passing. Otherwise, future Acts of similar nature will oppress our rights."
Is calling for a Constitutional amendment to guarantee this too extreme, or is the Internet sufficiently entrenched in modern life that access to it should be guaranteed by the Constitution?" Link to Original Source top
White House Petition Calls for Internet to Be Cons
CelticWhisper writes "Targeted at stopping SOPA, a petition has been started at the White House's "We The People" page calling for a Constitutional amendment that would render internet access an inalienable right. Other countries have already adopted such classification for internet access." Link to Original Source top
CelticWhisper writes "A petition at whitehouse.gov calling for the abolition of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the reallocation of its budget to more effective security efforts is gaining traction, having attained 17,951 signatures as of this writing. The petition, which needs 5000 signatures within 30 days in order to be considered, has gained nearly 18000 within 2 days and is the second-highest-supported petition on the site.
While it remains to be seen what action the Obama administration will take in response to this, it clearly demonstrates that US citizens are fed up with TSA's security theater." Link to Original Source top
CelticWhisper writes "A traveler flying out of Boston Logan airport reports that a TSA screening clerk, upon finding no weapons or explosives on his person, quipped that he "wasn't part of the Timothy McVeigh Fan Club" and waved him on.
Given that any traveler making a similar joke about terrorism, bombings or hijackings within earshot of TSA employees would likely be pulled aside for police questioning, is it appropriate that the government workers we have tasked with protecting our airports feel that they can make such comments with impunity?" Link to Original Source top
CelticWhisper writes "A Colorado woman was arrested at Phoenix Int'l Airport when she seized the left breast of a TSA screener processing her at the airport's security checkpoint. Police say she squeezed and twisted the screener's breast with both hands. She now faces a felony charge of sexual abuse.
Submitter's shameless plug: those interested in tracking and fighting TSA civil-rights abuses are invited to visit TravelUnderground.org, where this and other stories are reported and forwarded to government officials and the media." Link to Original Source top
CelticWhisper writes "A Tennessee mother was arrested for refusing to allow TSA screening clerks to subject her child to a body scan or patdown. This comes in the wake of a promise by the TSA Administrator to make repeated attempts at non-phyiscal screening of children, after which another video of a child patdown surfaced. This event may signify a tipping point in the public's willingness to tolerate invasive and inappropriate security procedures at airports." Link to Original Source top
CelticWhisper writes "I'm the one-man IT department for a small manufacturing company. Recently, our support company (who provided all our IT support until I was called in, and still helps out with application development, ERP, etc.) has been making rumblings about installing Exchange to move our E-mail system off of the dedicated appliance it's on now and onto a proper mail server. I'm hoping to avoid this, as I've seen Exchange used in the past and it caused the sysadmins at that place no shortage of problems. Additionally there are the obvious matters of licensing costs. Thing is, while I've been here a year and a half, I'm still not as well established as the support company is and so countermanding one of their suggestions, while by no means impossible, has to be a careful process and I need a solid plan of action. What I'm hoping to do is introduce a FOSS alternative to Exchange that has E-mail and shared calendars at a minimum, is easy to administer and maintain, and plays nice with as many E-mail clients as possible (or, if not, whose native client is at least marginally Outlook-like). This way I can say to the management that not only will there be an improvement to E-mail/collaboration software, it will be done with significantly smaller licensing fees, or none at all.
I can't stress enough, though, that it needs to be easy to administer. Easy. Easy easy easy. I am still a one-person department and my time is extremely limited most days. I do not have the luxury of R'ing TFM for too long to figure out a problem or how to do something, and calls to the support company (who tend to be Microsoft-centric) are $150/hour. I don't want to install this thing and then realize we're stranded.
So, to recap, I'm looking for a recommendation for a FOSS alternative to MS Exchange that's reliable and easy to setup and use, has shared calendars, and will cause minimal user annoyance if/when the users are moved off of Outlook. Bonus points if it runs on Windows servers but I can get a Linux server in here if need be. Also, I'll deal with office-politics issues myself as needed. I'd like to keep this article to the technology as much as possible." Link to Original Source