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New Facebook Feature Scans Profile To Pinpoint Exactly When Things Went Wrong

Posted on June 4th, 2014 at 22:53 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The SEALs specialize in covert ops.

Posted on June 4th, 2014 at 20:20 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


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  1. I guess they are scaling up the process.

  2. This deserves a Congressional Hareng.

U.S. Marshals Seize Cops’ Spying Records to Keep Them From the ACLU

Posted on June 4th, 2014 at 15:08 by John Sinteur in category: Privacy, Security


A routine request in Florida for public records regarding the use of a surveillance tool known as stingray took an extraordinary turn recently when federal authorities seized the documents before police could release them.

The surprise move by the U.S. Marshals Service stunned the American Civil Liberties Union, which earlier this year filed the public records request with the Sarasota, Florida, police department for information detailing its use of the controversial surveillance tool.

The ACLU had an appointment last Tuesday to review documents pertaining to a case investigated by a Sarasota police detective. But marshals swooped in at the last minute to grab the records, claiming they belong to the U.S. Marshals Service and barring the police from releasing them.

ACLU staff attorney Nathan Freed Wessler called the move “truly extraordinary and beyond the worst transparency violations” the group has seen regarding documents detailing police use of the technology.

“This is consistent with what we’ve seen around the country with federal agencies trying to meddle with public requests for stingray information,” Wessler said, noting that federal authorities have in other cases invoked the Homeland Security Act to prevent the release of such records. “The feds are working very hard to block any release of this information to the public.”

Stingrays, also known as IMSI catchers, simulate a cellphone tower and trick nearby mobile devices into connecting with them, thereby revealing their location. A stingray can see and record a device’s unique ID number and traffic data, as well as information that points to its location. By moving a stingray around, authorities can triangulate a device’s location with greater precision than is possible using data obtained from a carrier’s fixed tower location.

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Stephen Colbert More Effective Than Journalists At Explaining Campaign Financing, Study Says

Posted on June 4th, 2014 at 15:06 by John Sinteur in category: News


“It’s the first study actually showing that Colbert is doing a better job than ColbertReportother news sources at teaching people about campaign financing,” crowed Bruce W. Hardy, lead author of the study and a senior researcher at the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. “Consistently, we found that Colbert did better than every other news source we included in our model.”

The published study tested The Colbert Report against CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and broadcast nightly news — as well as talk radio and newspapers – as sources of political information. The study, appropriately called Stephen Colbert’s Civics Lesson, was based on phone survey data from 1,232 adults 18 years or older who were interviewed between December 13-23, 2012.

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Melanie Rieback on Radically Open Security

Posted on June 4th, 2014 at 9:08 by John Sinteur in category: Security

If you wonder why I am posting this, check the team page on http://radical.sexy.

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  1. Good site (even if the colors on some pages are a bit off-putting for someone with my bad eyes), and Melanie is definitely the “Uber-Geek Girl”! 🙂 Looks like a great team, and I wish you all the best to come.


    P.S. I’m also married to an “Uber-Geek Girl” – my wife has a PhD in particle physics.

John Oliver’s cheeky net neutrality plea crashes FCC website

Posted on June 4th, 2014 at 0:47 by Paul Jay in category: News


The US Federal Communications Commission website reported technical difficulties because of heavy traffic this week hours after comedian John Oliver called on viewers to share their thoughts with the agency about what he called “cable company fuckery”.

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Best Birthday Ever!

Posted on June 4th, 2014 at 0:24 by John Sinteur in category: News


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  1. One very patient (if disgruntled) kitty! I can just hear it (him, or her?) thinking “Stupid humans – where’s my catnip?”…