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Woman With Printer Shows the Digital Ease of Bogus Cash

Posted on May 8th, 2014 at 16:32 by John Sinteur in category: News


Tarshema Brice hardly ranks among the world’s elite counterfeiters. But with the help of modern consumer technology, she developed an exacting system for crafting fake U.S. greenbacks.

First, the 34-year-old hairstylist and janitor took $5 bills with a specific watermark and soaked them with “Purple Power” degreaser. Next, she scrubbed off the ink with a toothbrush. After drying the now-blank notes with a hair dryer, she fed them through a Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) Co. 3-in-1 inkjet printer that emblazoned them with scanned images of $50 or $100 bills.

The counterfeits looked and felt real and could pass any rudimentary test by a retail clerk.

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  1. Well that one way to increase the money supply. Who can say it’s any worse than what the US government does.

  2. @chas: The difference between QE and counterfeiting? You get locked up for one of them.

In Our Google Searches, Researchers See a Post-Snowden Chilling Effect

Posted on May 8th, 2014 at 4:20 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News


While searches for government-sensitive terms dropped in the US, the data indicates only a minor drop in US-based “privacy-related” searches–the sort that might get you in trouble with friends or family (see examples below).

Outside of the US—the researchers also looked at searches from the US’s top ten trading partners—they found that Google users tended to search less both on government-sensitive search terms like “anthrax” (those searches dropped by 1.1 percentage points) but also on personally-sensitive terms like “eating disorder” (those searches saw a nearly 1.6% decline), even as less sensitive terms showed a general rise. The trend was led by searches in the United Kingdom and Canada, and, to a lesser extent, by France, Mexico, Japan, Brazil and China.

I confess. I squinted at the graphs and I can’t see much of a change.

I liked that the list of naughty terms includes pork and influenza. I caught a cold at a pig roast.

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  1. What level of detail does this research show regarding search terms. I’m wondering if my search on e-bay for “Nuclear Triggers” is in the data anywhere. I hate to think my enquiries are being ignored.

Apparently It Was a ‘Shocker’

Posted on May 8th, 2014 at 1:48 by John Sinteur in category: News


Two weeks ago, when Moves announced their acquisition by Facebook (with a happy little exclamation mark in the headline):

For those of you that use the Moves app — the Moves experience
will continue to operate as a standalone app, and there are no
plans to change that or commingle data with Facebook.

Again, yesterday:

Moves, the fitness-tracking app recently acquired by Facebook, has
changed its privacy policy to allow broader sharing of user data,
including with Facebook.

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away:

“I am altering the deal. Pray I don’t alter it any further.”

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  1. The real issue is not Farcebook. It is the users that put up with it and use it without caring that they are being tracked, their personal data shared, etc. If user’s would vote with their feet and simply leave, then the issue would solve itself. No one really needs Facebook. It is designed as a seductive and convenient place for your stuff. It is free. It is too good to be true. In fact it is neither good nor true. It is a honeypot which ensnares you and drains you of all private data that is sold on to the advertisers.