Is Montana the Next Big Data Hub?
The Big Sky area of Montana is already full of vacation homes and ranches of wealthy VC types so its not a big stretch that they might choose to plop a Data Center there. Still I think it is far more likely that you will see more data centers copping up in SLC because of the NSA. All the big government contractors will be putting boots on the ground in SLC and they can't co-locate at the NSA facility.
SF, NYC, and DC are just so expensive.
Cops Say NDA Kept Them from Notifying Courts About Cell Phone Tracking Gadget
It would seem like the victim can consent to the location tracking of her stolen cell phone. No warrant necessary or certainly an easily obtained one.
Now if they tracked the perpetrators cell phone, that would require a warrant under SCOTUS rulings I've seen.
I don't think a civil NDA between the state and a government contractor has any power over a criminal case and it certainly does not override the 4th amendment.
Amazon Payment Adds "No Class Action" Language To Terms of Service
Congress never intended pre-dispute binding arbitration clauses to apply to consumer contracts under the FAA but business-friendly courts have interpreted the law that way. Congress just needs to amend the FAA so that pre-dispute binding arbitration is not binding in consumer contracts, as well as prohibiting the requirement that consumers waive their right to class-action and jury trial pre-dispute.
It would also help if Congress gave the CFPA or some other pro-consumer leaning agency oversight of private arbitration companies because right now they have a massive conflict of interest since their customers are the big businesses that count on them ruling in their favor more often than courts would in consumer cases.
Amar Bose To Donate Company To M.I.T.
I am inclined to agree with that. There are a lot of great universities out there. MIT and Harvard are among the ones with enormous endowments that still get hundreds of millions in donor cash that could probably be put to better use at schools with less name recognition.
Facebook Kills Mark Zuckerberg Action Figure
Reminds me of the scene from Babylon 5 where Londo explains that an action figure of him is lacking the appropriate alien sex organs and that is why is should be banned.
PayPal Withholding Indie Game Dev's €600,000 Account
Yep, I bought some merchandise on Ebay that turned out to be counterfeit and Ebay/Paypals dispute solution was for me to pay to ship it back to the seller and then I would get my money back. When I explained that:
1. It is nearly as expensive to ship it back as it cost to buy it.
2. It would be illegal for me to ship counterfeit merchandise back out of the country.
3. I can prove it is counterfeit.
They would not change their minds and refund me under their protection policy so with about 1 exception I have never used paypal or ebay since then. I pretty much won't use either service unless I absolutely have to and would rather pay more than use them.
Basically the only fraud protection policy Paypal/Ebay honors is when it protects them from ever having to pay out.
Does Net Neutrality Violate the Fifth Amendment?
First off the guy is clearly incorrect since this theory of his would invalidate virtually all regulation of say railways or power lines or gas lines.
More importantly, the guy is wrong because the property in question, not the cables/towers themselves but rather the right-of-way and the licensed spectrum that does not truly belong to those cable/telco companies. Those right-of-ways along public roads and along people's property underground are takings in and of themselves. The cable/telco cannot claim that regulating or placing conditions on the takings that they benefit from are themselves takings.
High Tech Misery In China
Seeing as 111.1 seconds to put a 101 key keyboard together has a labor cost of just 1.2 cents and will sell for anywhere from $3-$100 depending on the brand, model, and store it is sold in the labor cost is a tiny piece of the price.
You could easily pay the same workers $7 per hour and the labor cost per keyboard would only go up by about 20.4 cents a unit. I would be willing to pay an extra quarter for a keyboard knowing the work was done in humane conditions and the guy making them got a 1700% raise.
Just How Effective is System Hardening?
I've used the network equipment guides to harden routers and switches before and they are very handy.
I can't speak to how well they withstand attacks after that but if you follow their instructions an nmap scan basically reveals no open services (ssh ports have their own access lists)
I prefer the guides to tools like RAT because auditors get so out of date that you end up chasing down their rules to find out they don't even know about the last few years of security enhancements. Cisco's Output Interpreter is also good for advice on hardening your devices.