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boarder8925 (714555) writes "As of Tuesday, February 1, 2011, the state of North Carolina will require police officers to take DNA samples from arrestees "charged with assault on handicapped persons, stalking, or any felony." The purpose of the new law? To compare the newly obtained DNA with DNA tied to unsolved crimes. Though the Guilford County sheriff sees the law as a great way to help solve a lot cases, there's no word on what he or any other policeman or any lawmaker has to say about the implications for civil liberties. The new law requires that DNA samples be removed from the new database "when the suspect is acquitted or charges are dismissed," but given similar empty promises from other levels of government, it's hard to believe that this part of the law will be studiously observed." Link to Original Source top
boarder8925 writes "In a move sure to surprise no one, Obama has come out on the side of the MPAA/RIAA and has backed the ACTA: "We're going to aggressively protect our intellectual property," Obama said in his speech, "Our single greatest asset is the innovation and the ingenuity and creativity of the American people [...] It is essential to our prosperity and it will only become more so in this century. But it's only a competitive advantage if our companies know that someone else can't just steal that idea and duplicate it with cheaper inputs and labor."" top
boarder8925 writes "FileFront, who announced on March 24th that they would be shutting down, has been given new life. The original owners of the website bought it back from Ziff Davis Media, who shut down FileFront because it had become financially unviable. "We're happy to announce to the gaming community that as of today, April 1st, 2009, FileFront is a completely independent company again and is no longer part of Ziff Davis Media. All previously suspended services should be active and working again. We thank Ziff Davis Media for their cooperation and willingness to keep the site and community alive." They repeatedly state that this is not an April Fools joke, and indeed the site appears to be up and running as usual." Link to Original Source top
Privacy advocates obtained database records showing that the government routinely records the race of people pulled aside for extra screening as they enter the country, along with cursory answers given to U.S. border inspectors about their purpose in traveling. In one case, the records note Electronic Frontier Foundation co-founder John Gilmore's choice of reading material, and worry over the number of small flashlights he'd packed for the trip. The breadth of the information obtained by the Gilmore-funded Identity Project (using a Privacy Act request) shows the government's screening program at the border is actually a "surveillance dragnet," according to the group's spokesman Bill Scannell. "There is so much sensitive information in the documents that it is clear that Homeland Security is not playing straight with the American people," Scannell said.
boarder8925 writes "Ars Technica just recently posted an article announcing the return of Amiga hardware. "Amiga Inc....[has announced] a new line of PowerPC-based computers that will run Amiga OS. The first machine will be a 'consumer-level' system that will run at around $500, to be followed up with a more powerful system for $1,500."" top
boarder8925 writes "360-Gamer is reporting on an assault by a 36-year-old man on a 15-year-old. According to the article, the man tried to cut in front of the teen, who was in line to pick up the game at GameStop. When the teen wouldn't let the man in front of him, the man swore at and repeatedly punched the 15-year-old, who was to receive the last copy of Gears of War. The man has been arrested; the teen is in the hospital." top
boarder8925 writes ""Forget no-fly lists. If Uncle Sam gets its way, beginning on January 14, 2007, we'll all be on no-fly lists unless the government gives us permission to leave (or reenter) the United States. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has proposed that all airlines, cruise lines — even fishing boats — be required to obtain clearance for each passenger they propose taking into or out of the United States." A PDF summarizing the legislation is available here." top
boarder8925 writes "Google said Monday that it's buying the internet's largest video site, YouTube, for $1.65 billion in stock. The deal is regarded as a largely defensive one that leapfrogs Google into a leading role in a burgeoning Internet marketplace. Moreover, the Google/YouTube deal highlights how Google, Yahoo!, and other Internet companies are betting heavily on video to attract more customers and generate more advertising revenue. I just hope they leave YouTube's interface the way it is." top
boarder8925 writes "Princeton security researchers Ariel J. Feldman, J. Alex Halderman, and Edward W. Felten have completed a security study of a Diebold voting machine. They found that an attacker with physical access to the machine could install malicious code by swapping out the memory cards — code that could "steal votes undetectably, modifying all records, logs, and counters to be consistent with the fraudulent vote count it creates."" top
boarder8925 writes "If you've been worried that nonlethal weapons won't affect enemies on the battlefield, Air Force chief Michael Wynne has the solution: Test nonlethal weapons on protesters here in the States. "If we're not willing to use it here against our fellow citizens, then we should not be willing to use it in a wartime situation," said Wynne. "If I hit somebody with a nonlethal weapon and they claim that it injured them in a way that was not intended, I think that I would be vilified in the world press."" top