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US Sets Up Emergency Multi-Band Radio Project

tgtanman What about trunked 800Mhz systems? (130 comments)

Does anyone more familiar with the system or the DHS project know if there's any advantage to pushing this new system versus pushing a complete transition to a 800Mhz trunked frequency? It seems like many agencies are just now transitioning to the 800Mhz band to provide the same type of interoperability.

more than 5 years ago
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PayPal Launches Virtual Debit Card

tgtanman Re:Hasn't Paypal done this for years? (212 comments)

Apparently, the difference between this and the old Virtual Debit Card is that the new one provides a CVV2 number (the security code on the back). I've been using the old system online for a while and I've never had a problem with websites needing a security code (I think entering 000 makes it work?)

more than 7 years ago

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TSA body scanners to show less revealing images

tgtanman tgtanman writes  |  more than 3 years ago

tgtanman (728257) writes "The Washington Post reports that the TSA will begin installing new software on millimeter wave body scanners at 41 airports that will replace the controversial body images with generic images of the body. While the change is currently limited to millimeter wave scanners, similar upgrades for backscatter scanners is being developed, according to the TSA. The ACLU has applauded the changes but continues to note other concerns with the scanners."
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MySpace lays off 47% of employees

tgtanman tgtanman writes  |  more than 3 years ago

tgtanman (728257) writes "CNN reports that Myspace has announced that they have laid off 500 employees, 47% of their total staff. From the article, "MySpace's management kept most of the site's developers but gutted nearly every other job role, according to a staffer who survived the cuts ... 'Today's tough but necessary changes were taken in order to provide the company with a clear path for sustained growth and profitability,' CEO Mike Jones said in a written statement.'These changes were purely driven by issues related to our legacy business, and in no way reflect the performance of the new product.' ""
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MIT-organized team wins DARPA Network Challenge

tgtanman tgtanman writes  |  more than 4 years ago

tgtanman (728257) writes "A online team organized by MIT has won the DARPA Network Challenge by submitting the locations of 10 8-foot balloons moored at fixed locations across the US. The team organized by the MIT Media Lab (previously discussed on Slashdot) offered $2,000 to the first individual to report each balloon's location and smaller cash prizes to whoever referred them to the team)"
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Obama continues use of "state secrets privileg

tgtanman tgtanman writes  |  more than 5 years ago

tgtanman (728257) writes "CNN reports that "the Obama administration has informed a federal judge it will continue to invoke the "state secrets" privilege in a legal battle with an Islamic charity suspected of funding terrorism...The group, which has sued the government over alleged warrantless wiretapping, is demanding classified information about the program ... Attorney General Eric Holder has ordered a review to determine whether the government's use of the state secrets privilege can be sharply narrowed. The government brief, however, reveals the legal tool will continue to be used despite strong objections from civil liberties groups and their political allies.""
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Lawyer asks RIAA to investigate Bush twins

tgtanman tgtanman writes  |  more than 7 years ago

tanman (728257) writes "After reading an article in the Miami Herald that said "[President] Bush's twin daughters, gave him a CD they had made for him to listen to while exercising", a Florida lawyer calculated statutory damages of 1.8 million dollars and has sent a letter to the RIAA asking that they "display the same vigor in prosecuting this matter and protecting the rights of your rights-holders that it has displayed in enforcing those rights against other alleged violators." From the letter, "This is a serious violation of copyright. As you know, whichever of your member organizations that are right-holders for the copied musical works may be entitled to statutory damages of $150,000.00 per musical work copied.""
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tgtanman tgtanman writes  |  more than 7 years ago

tanman (728257) writes "A Chinese student at the Houston-area Clements High School was arrested, sent to an "Alternative Education Center" and banned from graduation after school officials found he created a video game map of his school (Google mirror). School district police arrested the teen and searched his home where they confiscated a hammer as a "potential weapon". ' "They decided he was a terroristic threat," said one source close to the district's investigation. ' With an upcoming May 12 school board election, this issue has quickly become political, with school board members involved in the appeal accusing each other of pandering to the Chinese community in an attempt to gain votes."
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tgtanman tgtanman writes  |  more than 7 years ago

tanman (728257) writes "CNN reports that a draft FCC report circulating on Capitol Hill "suggests Congress could craft a law that would let the agency regulate violent programming much like it regulates sexual content and profanity — by barring it from being aired during hours when children may be watching, for example ... 'In general, what the commission's report says is that there is strong evidence that shows violent media can have an impact on children's behavior and there are some things that can be done about it,' FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said Thursday. The issue is bipartisan. Martin, a Republican, gave a joint interview to The Associated Press with Democratic Commissioner Michael Copps.""
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tgtanman tgtanman writes  |  more than 7 years ago

tanman (728257) writes "The BBC reports that people who upload their own films to video-sharing website YouTube will soon get a share of the ad revenue. From the article, "YouTube founder Chad Hurley confirmed to the BBC that his team was working on a revenue-sharing mechanism that would "reward creativity". The system would be rolled out in a couple of months, he said, and use a mixture of adverts, including short clips shown ahead of the actual film ... The offer applies only to people who own the full copyright of the videos that they are uploading to the YouTube website ... The audience of the YouTube website will not have to put up with overly long "pre-roll" adverts. Mr Hurley said a clip of three seconds length was one of the options, although the details had not been worked out yet.""
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tgtanman tgtanman writes  |  more than 7 years ago

tanman (728257) writes "Wired reports that research at the University of Washington has shown that the powerful RFID device in the Nike+iPod Sport Kit can allowing for tracking of wearers from nearly 60 feet away. From the article, "The Nike+ iPod gives runners real-time updates about the speed and length of their workouts via a small RFID device that fits into the soles of Nike shoes, and broadcasts workout data to a small receiver plugged into an iPod Nano ... In their report, the researchers detail a scenario in which a stalker who wants to know when his ex-girlfriend is at home taps into her Nike+ iPod system. He simply hides the gumstix device next to her door, and it registers her presence as she passes by in her Nike shoes. If he adds a small "wifistix" antenna to the device, it can transmit this information to any nearby Wi-Fi access point and alert him to her presence via SMS or by plotting her location on Google Maps. A thief could use a similar set-up to case several houses at once, figuring out when Nike-wearing owners are at home and when they aren't." You can read the actual report here"
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tgtanman tgtanman writes  |  about 8 years ago

tanman (728257) writes "CNN reports the California Supreme Court has ruled that websites that publish libelous text written by third parties cannot be sued for libel. From the article, "The ruling in favor of free online expression was a victory for a San Diego woman who was sued by two doctors for posting an allegedly libelous e-mail on two Web sites ... In reversing an appellate court's decision, the state Supreme Court ruled that the Communications Decency Act of 1996 provides broad immunity from defamation lawsuits for people who publish information on the Internet that was gathered from another source""
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tgtanman tgtanman writes  |  about 8 years ago

tanman (728257) writes "CNN reports that NASA Administrator Michael Griffin has agreed to send astronauts on one final mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. No date was reported for the mission, other than before the shuttle fleet is retired. From the article, "A rehab mission would keep Hubble working until about 2013. It would add two new camera instruments, upgrade aging batteries and stabilizing equipment, add new guidance sensors and repair a light-separating spectrograph. Without a servicing mission, Hubble will likely deteriorate in 2009 or 2010.""
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tgtanman tgtanman writes  |  more than 8 years ago

tanman (728257) writes "CNN reports that "The online hangout MySpace.com will organize 20 concerts featuring bands promoted on its site as part of a campaign to raise awareness and money for humanitarian relief in Sudan. ... The site, which grew in popularity thanks to its early adoption by emerging bands and their fans, has in recent months taken a more active role in promoting social causes, such as environmental awareness and voter registration ... Bands — pop, rock, country and reggae, among others — agreed to donate part of their ticket proceeds to Oxfam's relief efforts in Sudan and neighboring Chad. The campaign also includes a public service announcement featuring Samuel L. Jackson.""
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tgtanman tgtanman writes  |  more than 8 years ago

tanman (728257) writes "The Houston Chronicle reports that YouTube has signed deals with CBS and two major record labels. From the article, "The separate agreements with CBS, Vivendi's Universal Music Group and Sony BMG Music Entertainment come less than a month after YouTube reached a deal with Warner Music Group Corp ... CBS said it will provide short-form video content for a CBS "brand channel" on YouTube's site starting this month. It will include news, sports, Showtime and prime-time programming. Among the offerings CBS said it plans to offer are short clips from top programs including "Survivor," as well as mini-previews for new fall shows." The deals with the two music labels also let YouTube users legally incorporate Universal/BMG catalog music in their own videos. YouTube will share advertising revenue with all three content providers."
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tgtanman tgtanman writes  |  more than 8 years ago

tanman (728257) writes "CNN reports that a text message sent by an abducted teenage girl on her captor's cell phone led to her rescue from a booby-trapped underground bunker after police were able to narrow down their search based on cell phone tower locations. From the article, "Shoaf was found by deputies about a mile from her home in a 15-foot deep hole in the side of a hill that was covered with plywood. The bunker had a hand-dug privy with toilet paper, a camp stove and shelves made with cut branches and canvas. McCaskill said the girl appeared to be unharmed but was taken to Kershaw County Medical Center for evaluation.""

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