Hackers Briefly Controlled US Government Satellites
FWIW, Landsat and Terra AM are operated by civilian agencies (NASA/NOAA/USGS), not by the military.
Ask Slashdot: How Are You Haunting Your House This Hallowe'en?
My favorite thing to do is dress up in a gorilla costume, sit in a trash can at the end of the driveway, and jump out at unsuspecting trick-or-treaters.
Are You Prepared For the Zombie Apocalypse?
I'm an Air Force missileer. 2-3 days out of the week, I'm 80 feet underground behind an 8-ton blast door guarded by guys with guns, with 12 cases of MREs. ;p
Anonymous Creates Its Own Social Network
Don't trust Google and Facebook with your personal information! Store it with Anonymous instead!
Case Closed On Jerusalem UFO Video
one of the oldest, largest, and _most respected_ UFO investigation organizations in the world ... and how respected is that, exactly?
Pentagon Credit Union Database Compromised
PenFed is not affiliated with the Pentagon, except that the majority of their members are Pentagon employees.
WikiLeaks Continues To Fund Itself Via Flattr
Just publishing documents and files is one thing.
Editing them into questionably accurate videos with misleading titles while their founder flexes his e-peen about how he's "busy ending two wars" is another.
EasyDNS Falsely Accused of Unplugging WikiLeaks
Well, since Wikileaks would likely publish any and all classified information it could get its hands on
Which they're not even consistent about, since apparently they'd rather hold back certain files to try and blackmail the US government rather than follow through on "the public's right to know."
"whoever in his right mind would want to listen to binary files loudly?"
About as many people who want to listen to source files, I imagine.
Senate Panel Approves Website Shut-Down Bill
The majority of the population does NOT want to see this pass, yet it made it through the Senate with NO opposition?
I thought the government was for the people by the people. What a fucking joke.
No, it made it through the Judiciary Committee.
Then again, I don't have a lot of hope that the remainder of the Senate will do much better.
New Copyright Lawsuits Go After Porn On Bittorrent
"Without porn the internet would still be a dry and barren wasteland where only the most computer savvy could tread." ... those bastards!
PowerPoint Rant Costs Colonel His Job
... at least once a month, I get an e-mail informing me that there's a commander's call, or some such event.
It never actually says this in the e-mail body, though. The actual date, time, and location, is in a single-slide Powerpoint file, attached to the e-mail.
Powerpoint isn't the problem, people's over-reliance on it is the problem.
Swedish Pirate Party Launches ISP
Uh, wouldn't it be more responsible to maintain limited logs, but only for a reasonable period of time, and with the stipulation that they'll only be surrendered when ordered by a court? We already have plenty of ISPs out there that just don't care about the conduct of their users (I'm looking at you, HiNet), and half their assigned IP ranges are in a blacklist somewhere. But I guess being deliberately irresponsible just to annoy the MPAA/RIAA is okay by Slashdot.
Seriously, the last thing the Internet needs is another abuse haven ISP.
Warships May Get Lasers For Close-In Defense
... lasers which, peculiarly, eject spent shell casings from the rear of the cannon.
Blogetery Shutdown Due To al-Qaeda Info
It's not technically a violation if they asked nicely and the host complied voluntarily.
Top Secret America
It occurred to me the other day that "terrorism" could arguably be applied to both the people who blow up cars/buses/buildings, and to the people who make hyperbolic posts on the Internet about how voyeurs from three-letter agencies want cameras installed in your home bathroom. (Or, in the case of one of my friends, that a NWO cabal wants to eliminate 90% of Earth's population.) Both groups want (or don't want) something, and attempt to inspire fear in other people in order to cow them into supporting (or opposing) something.
As the stated objective of al-Quaeda and such groups is to push the US into withdrawing its support from Israel and its troops from various sandy countries, no, they haven't succeeded.
Not to say that civil liberty activists are terrorists, but the perspective is something I found interesting.
US Gov't Orders 73,000 Private Websites Offline
"Banned" is a bit of a stretch.
"The Federal Mafia is a book written in prison by Schiff. In the book, Schiff contended that the income tax system and Internal Revenue Service were illegal. On August 9, 2004, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an injunction issued by a U.S. District Court in Nevada under 26 U.S.C. 7408 against Irwin Schiff and associates Cynthia Neun and Lawrence Cohen, against the sale of this book by those persons. This prohibition does not extend to other sellers of the book. The court rejected Schiff's contention on appeal that the First Amendment protects sales of the book, as the court found that the information it contains is fraudulent.
Schiff, Neun and Cohen are currently barred under the preliminary injunction from selling or advertising material advocating nonpayment of tax, preparing a tax return for others, and from otherwise providing assistance or encouragement to others in violating tax law. Schiff and his associates are additionally required to provide a copy of the injunction to each of their customers, to post it on their website, and to provide the government with a customer list.
Schiff and his associates have responded by giving the book for free on their website."
A Look Back At Bombing the Van Allen Belts
There's another aspect to be concerned about when more people get nuclear weapons.
I am an Air Force missileer. The US nuclear arsenal has an unbelievable amount of safeguards and fail-safes - procedural, physical, and technical. I dislike saying that anything is "impossible", but for anyone unauthorized to get access to one of our nuclear weapons and manage to use it (that includes us) is the closest thing to impossible that I can think of.
I am not nearly as confident that the rest of the nuclear world has safeguards anywhere nearly as good, and that's what worries me.
Verizon Makes Offering Service Blocks a Fireable Offense
I used to work for a mid-sized drugstore chain that's since been bought out. I have a lasting memory about this very subject...
At my store, it was practice for us that if someone was buying an item and didn't know there was a weekly coupon out for it, we would tell them about the coupon and scan it for them. (This, despite guidance from our district management that "coupons are intended to attract new customers, not lower prices for existing customers, coupons should not be offered to people who don't know about them.")
One time, when I did this for an elderly woman who was shopping with a friend, she turned to her friend and said "That's why I love coming to this store. They look out for you here."
Verizon might take a hint from this.
Ozzy Osbourne To Be Genetically Decoded
I seriously wish I could mod this higher than 5.
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