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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

Virtucon Re:We must nuke Texas from orbit, (440 comments)

Counterpoint: people who have the most to gain from racist propaganda and muckraking are black "leaders." See: Al Sharpton, Eric Holder and Jesse Jackson.

8 hours ago
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

Virtucon Re:Lone star... (440 comments)

Actually there's a lot of people who want to get out of the US. The Southwest seems to have the most so it's not just a Texas thing.

10 hours ago
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

Virtucon Re:We must nuke Texas from orbit, (440 comments)

Wow the 1950s called, they want their racist rhetoric back. You must be an Eric Holder nutswinger.

10 hours ago
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

Virtucon Re:Lone star... (440 comments)

I'd go for that as long as we put one along the entire eastern seaboard from DC North and California as well.

10 hours ago
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

Virtucon WooHoo Texas we're #1 we're #1 (440 comments)

We're first bitches! Shit if you're sick, Dallas has like a billion hospitals and new ones going up where we don't need any. The Healthcare economy is going to love Ebola!

10 hours ago
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CEO of Spyware Maker Arrested For Enabling Stalkers

Virtucon Re:Sounds great... (193 comments)

Do you warn people in your conversations that they are being recorded? Do you include a recording notification, a beep, while the conversation is going on? No? Then you'll probably have a knock on the door by the feds if you live in the US for violating wiretapping laws.

2 days ago
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CEO of Spyware Maker Arrested For Enabling Stalkers

Virtucon Re:Copyright Infringement? (193 comments)

If they developed it it's owned by the US public presumably. If they bought it from one of the trustworthy vendors out there then they probably just have a license.

2 days ago
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CEO of Spyware Maker Arrested For Enabling Stalkers

Virtucon Re:What about legitimate uses? (193 comments)

If you don't trust your kids then you have a more serious issue. You can see if there's a problem just by looking at the phone bill. Kids will be kids but you have to lead by example so they don't get themselves into a situation that could compromise their privacy or security.

2 days ago
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CEO of Spyware Maker Arrested For Enabling Stalkers

Virtucon Re:Case on Shaky Ground (193 comments)

Uh Law enforcement wouldn't use this, they have their own tools. Parents monitoring their kids? Plausible but it's also probably used by suspicious spouses to catch their partner in the act. It's an inevitable fact that since smart phones have become so ubiquitous now that this tool didn't show up on the radar sooner. What seems hypocritical to me in the case is that this guy sells a product that covers quite a bit of what Apple and Google do to a large extent already; track you. Of course their purposes are for "system quality" and "targeted ads" but there's still a substantial amount of metadata collected and cataloged. This guy just goes one step further and enables some features that obviously the government doesn't want you to have so they can monopolize the nefarious practices.

2 days ago
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CEO of Spyware Maker Arrested For Enabling Stalkers

Virtucon Re:Oh Geeez (193 comments)

How about finding all of those guns that went south of the border first? This kind of case is just noise to distract us from the other shit the DoJ has fucked up for nearly 6 years.

2 days ago
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Statistician Creates Mathematical Model To Predict the Future of Game of Thrones

Virtucon Re:Hodor (124 comments)

you forgot "mushroom mushroom" and "snake snake" FTFY.

2 days ago
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Drones Reveal Widespread Tax Evasion In Argentina

Virtucon Re:Someone's going to complain (208 comments)

So why not fly around in a plane over the area? You don't need a drone. This is another dumb example of how a cheap toy ( $1000) device is being warranted as a savior. Nope, sorry this is malfeasance on the part of local officials.

5 days ago
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FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

Virtucon Re:Dear FBI and Police forces (353 comments)

Who said police work was easy? I don't have to help them do anything.

5 days ago
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Drones Reveal Widespread Tax Evasion In Argentina

Virtucon Re:Someone's going to complain (208 comments)

Yeah that's how I caught the local assessment district, in the corner there was a faint (c) google with the year. They were violating state law, which didn't sit well with the arbitration board. Lazy civil servants.

5 days ago
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Drones Reveal Widespread Tax Evasion In Argentina

Virtucon Re:Argentina is far from chaos... (208 comments)

Wow, I can understand about earthquakes but still out of the $2mil in revenue they supposedly could get back I'm wondering out of what base? Like $200mil? 1%? Everybody lauds the new technology as catching scofflaws but in reality I'll bet people mostly go along with it and pay them no matter what.

5 days ago
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Drones Reveal Widespread Tax Evasion In Argentina

Virtucon Re:Someone's going to complain (208 comments)

Sales taxes were impressed upon the building materials or were taxed against the business profits of the developer. You're paying for those hidden costs in the price you pay. When I close on a house I have to pay the taxes for assessed property valuation. It's not a sales tax, it's a property tax. I also live in a special "improvement district" with taxes for shit that I don't even use. When you sell your house, unless you reinvest in another property and have a property you then have capital gains to consider. You're caught coming or going, it doesn't matter. The best plan is to live under a bridge in a tent.

5 days ago
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Drones Reveal Widespread Tax Evasion In Argentina

Virtucon Re:Someone's going to complain (208 comments)

And I pay taxes on that, taxes to change a fence or a fees for a sprinkler system. I pay sewer tax, I pay for schools and I pay for drainage and infrastructure.
I pay a commission tax on my Internet, one on my electricity, my gas and water. I also pay Federal and Local taxes for roads etc. Every single solitary thing I do in life is basically taxed. I'll also compare how much I give the fucking feds compared to you any day. My point was that if I put an "improvement" onto a property, that I payed tax on the laborers were taxed on the pay they received, what gives the government the right to then assess, annually, a value added tax on that? I'll tell you, they have no fucking right. Why? Because if I sell my house for more than I paid for it and don't reinvest it I'm supposed to pay a capital gains tax. You can't win, you're taxed to death in the US. SO, dumbass, Yes I do pay taxes on everything and its getting worse every stinking year and the last fucking thing I need is some more taxation or some fucking bureaucrat snooping around looking for some other fucking reason to extract more money out of my wallet.

5 days ago
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FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

Virtucon Re:Yes, there is a cost (353 comments)

Exactly it's not like the government gave away weapons to criminals and then they started shooting people. Oh wait. Never Mind.

Yeah, here for our protection.

5 days ago
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FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

Virtucon Dear FBI and Police forces (353 comments)

Fuck off, I don't give you permission to download my phone contents nor do I give you permission ICE agents to copy my laptop contents. The information on my devices belongs to me and not to you. If you have a suspicion of a crime and need my data, get a warrant fucksticks!

5 days ago

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Protesters picket in front of Kevin Rose's Home

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about 6 months ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "Another anti-tech protest happened this weekend outside of Kevin Rose's home in San Francisco. Kevin Rose, founder of Digg and a Google Ventures partner was targeted with a protest and leaflets were handed out "warning" the neighbors that he is destroying San Francisco.

The anarchistic group protesting Kevin was called Counterforce and has demanded that Google Pay $3 billion. The group has called for the creation of "autonomous, anti-capitalist, and anti-racist communities throughout the Bay Area and Northern California."

I don't know about you but if two women held up a protest banner threatening to snip something off I'd be a bit concerned."

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City Councilman Resigns Using Klingon

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about 9 months ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "A city councilman in Indian Trail Town, North Carolina has resigned and opted to write his letter of resignation in Klingon. David Waddell is obviously a fan of Star Trek. I wonder if the other council members know what the hell he wrote? I'm sure a nice Qu'vatlh would have sufficed."
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23AndMe Ordered To Stop Selling DNA tests.

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about 10 months ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "The Food and Drug Administration has ordered Google-backed genetic test maker 23andMe to halt sales of its personalized DNA test kits, saying the company has failed to show that the technology is supported by science. It seems that 23andMe has been slow in responding to the FDA with regards to the testing and methods used in the Personal Genome Service (PGS) as the main reason for the order. The issues were outlined in the order the FDA sent on 11/22. "
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GOCE satellite is falling to Earth but Scientists don't know where.

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about a year ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "The Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer or GOCE Satellite is expected to fall to Earth this weekend. It weighs over a ton and unfortunately the Scientists don't exactly know where it will land. You can track it here. It should re-enter sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning.

Makr Hopkins, chair of the National Society's Executive Committee said: "The satellite is one of the few satellites in a Polar Orbit. Consequently, it could land almost anywhere,"

The GOCE mission was to create an accurate gravity map of the Earth."
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Engineers Create Urine Powered Robot

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about a year ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "Using the idea that urine can be used to generate electricity, Engineers in the UK have developed a prototype pump that mimics the human heart. This pump presumably could be used to deliver urine to waste powered fuel cells.

‘We speculate that in the future, urine-powered EcoBots could perform environmental monitoring tasks such as measuring temperature, humidity and air quality,’ said lead researcher Peter Walters of the University of the West of England (UWE), which runs the BRL with Bristol University.

Are pee powered robots in our future? Could the technology be used to power vehicles and would you want it? I mean would you buy a $90,000 Tesla if it smelled like urine all the time?"
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French Court Orders Google To Block Pics and Links of Max Mosley

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about a year ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "This one goes to the old adage "closing the stable door after the horse bolted." A French court on Wednesday ruled that Google must remove from its search results photos of a former Formula One racing chief, Max Mosley, participating in an Nazi-themed orgy. Google could be fined up to 1,000 Euros/day for not complying. What's strange here is that Mosley A) Sued in a French Court B) Didn't go after anybody else other than Google and C) has definitely strange tastes in extracurricular activities. In this day and age it's laughable to think that once your private photos/videos hit the Internet that you have any expectation of reigning them in or filtering the embarrassing parts out. Google isn't the only game in town so to speak in terms of Internet search. I wonder if his lawyers checked out Yahoo or WebCrawler? Of course Google plans to appeal the decision to ... be able to show pics of an old man getting er um never mind..."
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New Allegations of large scale data collection by the NSA on Google and Yahoo

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about a year ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "Another revelation of a new program that goes beyond PRISM, this program called MUSCULAR which gets around sticky US laws by relying on the GCHQ. If true this may actually start to get Google, Facebook, Yahoo and Microsoft to start flexing some of the legal and lobbying muscle in Washington to outlaw this kind of crap.
David Drummond, chief legal officer at Google has said:


"We are outraged at the lengths to which the government seems to have gone to intercept data from our private fiber networks, and it underscores the need for urgent reform."

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California Public Utilities Commission approves Ride Sharing Services

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  1 year,12 days

Virtucon (127420) writes "Ride Sharing Services such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar received a big boost today when the California Public Utilities Commission approved rules that would allow them to continue to operate as long as the followed a few rules. This makes California the first state to adopt such rules and is expected to preempt local governments who are trying to clamp down on these services and try to regulate them like local taxi companies."
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How do you deal with software publishers who ignore known Vulnerabilities?

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about a year ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "If you have a software publisher who ignores vulnerabilities or distributes software that has third party dependencies that have vulnerabilities, what do you do about it when they ignore the situation? I mean if they keep distributing updates and the vulnerabilities still are present, other than not using the application anymore or reporting it what can you do? Shame them publicly? Also what if it's a home-use product vs. an enterprise product, do you treat those differently?"
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Labor Department wanted $1 million for e-mail addresses of political appointees.

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about a year ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "

The AP asked for the addresses following last year's disclosures that the former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency had used separate email accounts at work. The practice is separate from officials who use personal, non-government email accounts for work, which generally is discouraged—but often happens anyway—due to laws requiring that most federal records be preserved. The scope of using the secret accounts across government remains a mystery: Most U.S. agencies have failed to turn over lists of political appointees' email addresses, which the AP sought under the Freedom of Information Act more than three months ago. The Labor Department initially asked the AP to pay more than $1 million for its email addresses.

The reason for the $1 million dollar request was to do research including going to backup tapes. Some of the information has been turned over to AP but it still seems that the government just can't get their hands on e-mail addresses for their own people."
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Federal Magistrate rules in favor of accused in decryption issue.

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "U.S. Magistrate William Callahan Jr. of Wisconsin has ruled in favor of the accused in that he should not have to decrypt his storage device. The US Government had sought to compel Feldman to provide his password to obtain access to the data. Presumably the FBI has had no success in getting the data and had sought to have the judge compel Feldman to provide the decrypted contents of what they had seized.

The Judge ruled:

This is a close call, but I conclude that Feldman’s act of production, which would necessarily require his using a password of some type to decrypt the storage device, would be tantamount to telling the government something it does not already know with ‘reasonably particularity’—namely, that Feldman has personal access to and control over the encrypted storage devices. Accordingly, in my opinion, Fifth Amendment protection is available to Feldman. Stated another way, ordering Feldman to decrypt the storage devices would be in violation of his Fifth Amendment right against compelled self-incrimination.

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Google is pushing back on law enforcement requests for access to Gmail accounts

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "Ars technica has an interesting article on how Google is handling requests from law enforcement for access to Gmail accounts. With the recent Petraeus scandal where no criminal conduct was found, it seems that they're re-enforcing their policies and standing up for their users.

"In order to compel us to produce content in Gmail we require an ECPA search warrant," said Chris Gaither, Google spokesperson. "If they come for registration information, that's one thing, but if they ask for content of email that's another thing."

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MIT Researchers find that some Android apps collect information when off

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about 2 years ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "MIT Researchers have discovered that some Android applications collect personal information including Google Maps even when they are off. Maybe Free isn't so great after all?

From the Article: " After evaluating 36 applications — ranging from popular games such as Angry Birds to text-messaging platforms, social media applications and photography applications — researchers found that most applications collect personal information about their users even when the phone is not in operation. Shih and Zhang found that applications tracked everything from location information to stored contacts and the device's Web history.""

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Judge Refuses Appeal in Kim DotCom case for extradition

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "The USA has suffered another rebuff in its attempts to extradite Kim Dotcom, with Judge Winkelmann of the High Court of New Zealand upholding a previous disclosure order made by Judge David Harvey.

The previous order had required the FBI to disclose an extensive amount of documentation to support its application for Dotcom’s extradition. As noted by NZ’s LawGeekNZ blog, the disclosure would cover communications between US authorities and the MPAA and RIAA on behalf of copyright owners.

This had been resisted by the US, which requested a judicial review. This has now been completed, and in a 51-page judgment (available at LawGeekNZ), Judge Winkelmann has dismissed the application."

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New Mineral found in Metorite.

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "The new mineral was found embedded in the Allende meteorite, which fell to Earth in 1969. Since 2007, geologist Chi Ma of Caltech has been probing the meteorite with a scanning electron microscope, discovering nine new materials including panguite."
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Facebook on a slide based on User Data?

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "A recent report from analyst firm comScore said that unique U.S. visitors to Facebook dropped slightly in May compared to April and March. But an analysis of additional comScore data suggests that the slowdown could be more significant and longer lasting. Falling traffic could be a concern to investors, who justify Facebook's high market value by pointing to its growth potential."
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Scientists Create World's Smallest Steam Engine

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Virtucon writes "German physicists say they've built a heat engine measuring only a few micrometers across which works as well as a normal-sized version — although it sputters, they admit.

Researchers at the University of Stuttgart and the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems say that the engine does basically work, meaning there's nothing, in principle, to prevent the construction of highly efficient, small heat engines."

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