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GPS Log Analysis Uncovers Millions In NYC Taxi Overcharges

Jazzer_Techie Re:1.8 million incidents out of 360 million trips (232 comments)

From TFA:

The investigators determined that 36,000 drivers improperly activated the higher rate at least once, and that about 3,000 drivers did it more than 100 times.

I doubt the 3000 drivers who did it 100+ times did it by accident.

more than 4 years ago
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Science, Technology, Natural History Museums?

Jazzer_Techie Re:Indy Children's Museum (435 comments)

I grew up in Indiana and I can wholeheartedly recommend the Indy Children's Museum as well as the Chicago ones (the Field Museum / Adler Planetarium / Shedd Aquarium / Museum of Science and Industry).

more than 5 years ago
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Collaborative Software For Pair Programming?

Jazzer_Techie Re:Etherpad (302 comments)

I second this suggestion. I've used etherpad quite successfully for real-time collaboration for between 2-4 people. Pair programming is even one of the suggested use cases on the website.

more than 5 years ago
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Break-In Compromises 160k Medical Records At UC Berkeley

Jazzer_Techie Re:Old Story (167 comments)

Here is the text of the email that was send out to the Berkeley community.

Colleagues,
We want to let you know that today the campus is sending notification letters and emails to members of our community to inform them of a computer breach that resulted in the theft of personal information from databases in our University Health Services, UHS, area.

The victims of this crime are current and former students, as well as their parents and spouses if linked to insurance coverage, who had UHS health care coverage or received services. We are also sending notification letters to Mills College students who received, or were eligible to receive, healthcare on the UC Berkeley campus.

We sincerely regret and apologize for any difficulty this theft may create for individuals who may have had their personal information exposed. We have alerted campus police detectives and the FBI, and are doing all that we can to investigate this crime. All of the exposed databases were immediately removed from service to make sure that they would be completely protected from any future attacks.

Those individuals directly affected by the theft will receive letters with detailed information on steps that they can take to protect their credit and identity. We have launched a dedicated web site, http://datatheft.berkeley.edu/ that contains detailed information for affected individuals, the media and the general public. In addition a Data Theft Hotline, 888-729-3301 will be operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer questions from affected individuals.

UC Berkeley computer administrators determined on April 21 that electronic databases in UHS had been breached and data stolen by overseas criminals. The databases stored personally identifiable information used for billing such as Social Security numbers, and non-treatment medical information such as immunization history, UHS medical record numbers, dates of visits or names of providers seen, or for participants in the Education Abroad Program, certain information from the self-reported health history.

Please be assured that UHS electronic medical records, which include details of patients diagnoses~, treatments and therapies, are stored in a separate system and were not affected in this incident.

To ensure that we fully understand the nature of the security breach and to determine the steps that we can take to minimize the risk of a reoccurrence, the university has hired an outside auditor, Price Waterhouse Coopers, to support our ongoing investigation of the incident. The campus is committed to implementing recommendations that address the root causes of this security breach.

Steve Lustig
Associate Vice Chancellor
Health and Human Services

Shelton Waggener
Associate Vice Chancellor & CIO
Information Services & Technology

more than 5 years ago
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My primary computer has N screens, with N being ...

Jazzer_Techie Variable (503 comments)

My main computer is a laptop.
At work and home, I have an external LCD monitor which I hook up and use as a 2nd display.
When I'm using it elsewhere, I just use the built-in screen.

more than 4 years ago
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Why TV Lost

Jazzer_Techie Re:Digital broadcast (576 comments)

I believe WFFT is still working on upgrading their transmitter. I think there were some construction delays. Go TinCaps!

more than 5 years ago

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Jazzer_Techie Jazzer_Techie writes  |  about 8 years ago

Jazzer_Techie (800432) writes "F-Secure reports that they have received a proof-of-concept adware program for OSX. The post is light on details, but the exploit installs a system library without prompting the user and does not require admin privileges. Nicknaming it iAdware, they say "This is easier to do than with Windows. After all, it's a Mac.""
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Jazzer_Techie Jazzer_Techie writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Jazzer_Techie (800432) writes "MIT and Georgia Tech are collaborating to create a student designed satellite which will be launched in 2010 and orbit the earth for five weeks before landing in Australia. To help raise funds and speed the project along, individuals and companies can purchase area on the satellite to cover with their signature, logo, or other image. (Prices start at $35 / cm^2.) If you think that's a bit steep, they'll also let you put your name on a DVD for free. The site doesn't provide a lot of detail about the mission goals, but it looks like a good way to raise funds for a neat idea."

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