rts008 (812749) writes "From TFA:The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, according to an internal audit and other top-secret documents.
It was interesting to me to look at the bar graph that showed that while FISA violations seemed relatively stable, Presidential executive order violations have steadily increased. Hmmm...
Then we have this gem:
The documents, provided earlier this summer to The Washington Post by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, include a level of detail and analysis that is not routinely shared with Congress or the special court that oversees surveillance. In one of the documents, agency personnel are instructed to remove details and substitute more generic language in reports to the Justice Department and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
Hopefully (yes, I can be a dreamer), all of this fallout from the Snowden incident, following the Manning circus, will finally call attention to the ridiculous behavior of our gov't. since 9-11.
I, for one, am tired of this striving for a police state mentality."
rts008 writes ""href="http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/asection/la-na-stevens17-2008oct17,0,286495.story" title="www.latimes.com">Earlier Thursday, Catherine A. Stevens, the senator's wife, testified that she had written checks, totaling about $160,000, to pay for renovations at their A-frame home in Girdwood, a resort town southeast of Anchorage. Prosecutors contend that much of the work on the project was done for free.
She acknowledged that some of the work had been done by employees of VECO Corp., the now-defunct oil-field services firm that Allen headed, but she said she believed their time was included in the bills she received from her general contractor.
Catherine Stevens, a Washington lawyer, testified that she took charge of the project as she was moving to a new job in 2000.
Her husband, she said, had wanted a more Spartan upgrade, but she deemed that unsuitable for a growing family with adult children and grandchildren. The renovations included raising the house on stilts to create a second story.
She also testified that she was unhappy about some aspects of the project, including such amenities as a Viking outdoor gas grill. Prosectors say the grill was among the gifts from Allen that her husband failed to properly disclose.
"I did not want any kind of gas anything available to anyone that might be around the children," she testified. "It was very dangerous. It was a fire hazard, and I didn't want it on my deck." On cross-examination, Justice Department lawyer Brenda Morris established that despite her concerns, Catherine Stevens never did anything to return the grill or remove other items that she disliked.
Under Morris' questioning, she acknowledged that a Brookstone massage chair lent by another friend to the couple in 2001 was still in their Washington home.
"What kind of loan is that?" Morris asked.
"He is a friend, an Alaskan that left this stupid chair there," Catherine Stevens replied. "I'm not happy about it."
Later, in reference to several pieces of furniture that Allen had shipped to the Girdwood home, Morris said: "Ma'am, you make close to a half million dollars a year. Why can't you get that out of there?" Catherine Stevens replied that it was Allen's responsibility to remove the items. But she said she did arrange to return one gift — an Iditarod sled-dog puppy won for her husband at a charity fundraiser. he was unable to explain whether she paid for a wraparound deck on the first floor of the chalet that was installed more than a year after the renovations were completed in 2001. She testified that after she saw the completed deck, she checked to see whether she had ever been billed for it. "I don't know that a bill came in," she said.
Her husband, questioned by Sullivan, traced his history as a child of the Depression in Indiana, living with his grandparents after his parents' divorce and later moving to Southern California, where he graduated from high school in Redondo Beach. After serving as a pilot in World War II, Stevens said, he worked as a lifeguard to help pay his way through UCLA."
Ted 'the Tube' Stevens can disseminate with the best of them, even if he can't get his 'internets' in a timely fashion.
BTW, what is this recent trend for scary spouses for politicians lately? Nancy, Hillary, this scary gal, etc.?....scapegoats?" top
rts008 writes "From the Article http://esciencenews.com/articles/2008/05/30/bikini.clad.women.make.men.impatient: "Images of sexy women tend to whet men's sexual appetite. But stimulating new research in the Journal of Consumer Research says there's more than meets the eye. A recent study shows that men who watched sexy videos or handled lingerie sought immediate gratification — even when they were making decisions about money, soda, and candy."
That is not news here, but further on they throw an interesting twist in. Apparently, that "immediate gratification" can take on more forms than the obvious one: "After they touched a bra, men are more likely to be content with a smaller immediate monetary reward," writes Bram Van den Bergh, one of the study's authors. "Prior exposure to sexy stimuli may influence the choice between chocolate cake or fruit for dessert."
My question is how to get paid (even 'a smaller immediate monetary reward') for touching bras? Where do I sign up (even if they are empty)?" Link to Original Source top
rts008 writes "With the US's adoption of RFID passports, the "tin-foil hat" crowd has not been ignored. ( I happen to fall into this category most times!)
The article on tgdaily.com is short and to the point so here is TFA from: (http://www.tgdaily.com/2006/08/23/passport_rfid_b locker/) "Culver City (CA) — An Orem Utah-based forensics company is now selling metal mesh bags that it claims will stop identity thieves from accessing the newer US E-Passports. Paraben Corporation, known for their mobile phone forensic kits, is selling a nickel, copper and silver mesh "Passport StrongHold" bag will block RFID transmissions from hitting unopened passports.
Passports are placed inside the bag by opening the Velcro-secured sides. After closing the sides, the metal mesh of the bags acts as a Faraday cage to block both inbound and outbound electronic signals. Paraben says signals are reduced by an average of 85 db.
Paraben's Rob Schroader told TG Daily that the nickel, copper and silver mesh fabric is expensive to buy. "It's not the metal itself, but the weave that drives up the cost," said Schroader. Schroader also said that signals cannot penetrate because the electromagnetic waves are bigger than space between the threads.
Paraben has traditionally sold mobile phone forensic kits corporations and government agencies. These kits extract caller numbers, messages and other information from phones. The Passport StrongHold bag is similar to the company's previous Wireless StrongHold bag which was specifically made for mobile phones. So similar that Shroader said the Passport bag will also block cellular phone signals from reaching a phone inside the bag.
The Passport StrongHold bags are currently selling for $19.95 each or for $14.95 if you buy in packs of 10 or more."
globaljustice (574257) made a recommendation to another/.er based on one named preference (Tool was the named band-follow 'parent' posts up to get the whole story) that was impressive as hell!
It was a prime example of one of those "I wish I had mod points!" comments. I implore any of you wacky enough to be paying attention to my journal that stumble across this to give up some + mod points for globaljustin's comment...please?
"Re:Oh good, RealPlayer (Score:3, Informative) by martin-boundary (547041) Alter Relationship on Saturday October 06, @11:31PM (#20885099) The Realplayer format is actually pretty decent compression wise. Of course, you should never use the standard realplayer viewing software for this. The best method I know uses MPlayer:
1) Open a terminal and type the following: mplayer -dumpstream -dumpfile dirk.ra rtsp://rmv8.bbc.net.uk/radio4/comedy/wed1830.ra
2) Wait about 30 seconds, then open another terminal and play the file dirk.ra from disk while it's still downloading: mplayer dirk.ra
This has two benefits: you can put the stream in your collection (maybe convert to ogg later etc), and you won't get the annoying buffering pauses.
This method also works with realvideo files, and wmv urls (mms://) if you want to save those types of movies. Finally, note that MPlayer lets you skip around an audio or video file, even if the file says you can't fast forward in other GUI oriented video players."
"I mean IBM is a Technology arms dealer, it always has been , look at WWII and the machines they constructed for the NAZI's as part of the Final Solution. DOnt think for one RED second IBM has any concious in this matter, it is for financial gains PERIOD" from TFA about "IBM's Interest in Red Flag Linux"
We have shop owners grabbing customers by the shirtfront and imitating Clint Eastwood/Dirty Harry (apparently the post and my reply have been deleted!) and wanting/.'s collective sympathy for acting like the *AA and their lawyers.
I wish (yeah, right: "wish in one hand and shit in the other hand- see which one fills up first." is what my granddad used to tell me!) that I linked to the post and my reply earlier- it was worth saving (at least to me!
The article submitted got edited to hell, but for a BIG improvement! I have no literary aspirations, just wanted to get the info out! Thanks again. (http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/01/21/1948206)
WACO, Texas - A lawyer faces a felony charge of kidnapping for allegedly abducting a client from his wedding celebration in an attempt to collect legal fees.
Police say Paula Allen, 51, took Rolando Castelan from his Dec. 10 wedding and then drove him around in handcuffs as Castelan called friends and family from a cell phone to scrounge up the money he owed his lawyer, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported for its Friday edition.
Allen, who was arrested this week, referred calls to her lawyer, Ron Moody, when contacted by The Associated Press. Moody could not immediately be reached Thursday night.
Castelan, 31, hired Allen in April when he was arrested for possession of a stolen firearm, tampering with a government document and possession of a controlled substance.
Allen vouched for Castelan's bond amount of $5,000, police said. Six months later, a grand jury indicted Castelan on the drug possession charge, but he failed to show up to court.
Allen tried to persuade Castelan to come to court, but when he didn't, the court found her responsible for the $5,000 bond.
Police say she took Castelan from his wedding reception with the help of three "associates," whom police have not identified.
When Castelan's ex-wife agreed to meet and pay the money, Castelan managed to escape the Suburban he had been held in for four hours.
Castelan turned himself into authorities nine days later and remains in the McLennan County Jail for his indictment. His post-indictment warrant does not allow for a bond.
Allen was released from the McLennan County Jail on Wednesday on a personal recognizance bond.