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  • Apple's iPhone predicted to find home at T-Mobile U.S. in 2010

    12/02/2009 8:09:08 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies · 899+ views
    AppleInsider ^ | Tuesday, December 1, 2009 | Kasper's Automated Slave
    While rumors of a possible Verizon-compatible iPhone in 2010 persist, one analyst has predicted that Apple will instead bring the iPhone to another GSM-based carrier in the U.S.: T-Mobile. In a note to investors released this week, Doug Reid of Thomas Weisel Partners said his firm believes that T-Mobile, and not Verizon, will be the beneficiary when Apple's exclusive agreement with AT&T expires next year... AT&T's exclusive contract with Apple for the iPhone is due to expire in 2010... While the iPhone in its current iteration is compatible with T-Mobile's network, it is not capable of connecting to its high-speed...
  • Jobs data released today is a bogus, coincidence the day after Obama's job summit

    12/04/2009 6:06:22 AM PST · by Steelers6 · 22 replies · 1,285+ views
    vanity | December 4, 2009 | steelers 6
    The private sector reports last week stated there were almost 200,000 jobs fewer in the private sector. Also the numbers were. Plus the weekly jobless claims have been hovering around 500,000 for the past month. 400,000 is considered break even. This report should not be trusted, it was put out temporarily to take the pressure on Obama and to get health care thru.
  • University of East Anglia Threw Away Global Warming Raw Temperature Data

    11/29/2009 6:22:23 AM PST · by Askwhy5times · 28 replies · 1,433+ views
    Bluegrass Pundit ^ | Sunday, November 29, 2009 | Bluegrass Pundit
    After the leaked email scandal, the University of East Anglia has been forced to admit they threw away the raw temperature data they used to make their predictions of anthropogenic global warming. They claim they only kept the 'adjusted' data. That is one sure-fire way to prevent skeptics from checking your calculations. Based on what programmers have learned from examining the leaked code the University of East Anglia used to calculate the 'Hockey Stick Graph,' their calculations definitely need rechecking.
  • EDITORIAL: Hiding evidence of global cooling

    11/24/2009 5:39:11 AM PST · by SHAWSBLOG · 19 replies · 1,299+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 11.24.09 | The Washington Times
    The past couple of days have uncovered some shocking revelations about the baloney practices that pass as sound science about climate change.
  • White House turns to data and Schwarzenegger to defend stimulus

    10/31/2009 9:44:51 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 514+ views
    The Hill ^ | 10/30/09 | Walter Alarkon
    The Obama administration on Friday touted reports of 640,000 stimulus jobs, the latest economic numbers and the backing of a Republican governor to try to undercut GOP attacks on the effect of its massive $787 billion package. Reports released Friday afternoon showed that stimulus projects, such as highway and other infrastructure work, have directly saved or created 640,329 jobs, Vice President Joe Biden said. White House officials said a total of about 1 million jobs have been created or saved by the stimulus when taking into account the roughly 400,000 jobs that come from the economic effect of tax cuts,...
  • Despite Claims, Data Continue to Show Small Impact of Stimulus[Only 0.3% of -6.4% to -0.7%]

    10/24/2009 9:21:38 AM PDT · by Son House · 7 replies · 615+ views
    The Wall Street Pit ^ | Oct 24, 2009 | By John B. Taylor
    Debate about the impact of the $787 billion stimulus continued this week. “Thanks largely to the Recovery Act,” Larry Summers argued, “we have walked a substantial distance back from the economic abyss and are on the path toward economic recovery.” Yet the latest data from the Department of Commerce continue to show that only an insubstantial part of this distance was due to the stimulus. The table shows the latest Department of Commerce estimates of the contributions of consumption, investment, net exports, and government spending to the improvement in GDP growth from the first to second quarter. Growth improved by...
  • A Cloudy Future [NOTE: Cloud computing, not the weather - g_w]

    10/17/2009 10:52:52 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 10 replies · 1,042+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | October 16, 2009 | Michael S. Malone
    If you own a T-Mobile/Microsoft Sidekick smartphone I don’t have to tell you this. But if you are among the millions who don’t: on October 1st literally every user of the Sidekick data service lost the private personal records – emails, notes, calendar entries, contacts, etc. — they had stored on the system. Initially, it was believed that information was now lost forever. The official statement from Microsoft/Danger (the latter being the company that builds the Sidekick) and T-Mobile is that the data “almost certainly has been lost as a result of a server failure at Microsoft/Danger.”
  • Will Obama's Thugs Seize Your Laptop?

    09/10/2009 5:37:33 AM PDT · by Phil Elmore · 9 replies · 923+ views
    Worldnet Daily: Technocracy ^ | 10 September 2009 | Phil Elmore
    Where the problem truly arises is where problems occur whenever individual rights and individual property collide with the demands of an increasingly statist government and with genuine communitarian needs and requirements for security of the state. Any treatment of individuals in a free society must be based on the recognition that a citizen – and even a visitor to this free land – is innocent until proven guilty, and that he or she must be treated with utmost respect unless and until we have probable cause to view him or her as a potential threat. Even then, the assumption must...
  • Brady Campaign misrepresents ATF data to promote 'more guns, more crime' message

    08/15/2009 8:47:01 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies · 221+ views
    The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, America’s preeminent gun control organization, recently issued a report suggesting that states with “weak gun laws” are the nation’s major sources of “crime guns.” But as with other Brady reports, a deeper examination is in order before accepting their conclusions. Curious turnaround Earlier this year, the Brady Campaign claimed that the Tiahrt Amendment restricted law enforcement from accessing ATF trace data: The so-called Tiahrt Amendment (named after Congressman Todd Tiahrt of Kansas) includes several riders attached annually to Justice Department appropriations legislation since 2004 that make it harder for law enforcement to prevent...
  • Web site tracks world online censorship reports

    08/04/2009 6:45:24 PM PDT · by TennesseeGirl · 4 replies · 581+ views
    Technology Review ^ | 08-04-09 | Staffwriter
    BOSTON (AP) -- When Shanghai blogger Isaac Mao tried to watch a YouTube clip of Chinese police beating Tibetans, all he got was an error message... ...Mao thought the error -- just after the one-year anniversary of a crackdown on Tibetan protesters in China -- was too suspicious to be coincidental, so he reported it on a new Harvard-based Web site that tracks online censorship... ...Zittrain started Herdict in February -- a month before China's block began -- to aggregate reports of online inaccessibility and help users detect government censorship on the Web as soon as it happens. Having tracked...
  • NY: Man charged with giving al Qaeda NY transit data (& firing rockets on US troops in Afghanistan)

    07/22/2009 1:22:40 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 457+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 7/22/09 | Michelle Nichols
    NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. man has been charged with giving al Qaeda details about the New York City transit system and the Long Island Railroad, as well as firing rockets on U.S. troops in Afghanistan, according to court papers unsealed on Wednesday. Bryant Neal Vinas, 26, is also accused of receiving military-type training between March and August last year from the Islamist extremist group headed by Osama bin Laden. Vinas provided al Qaeda with "expert advice and assistance, including assistance derived from specialized knowledge of the New York transit system and Long Island Railroad, communications equipment and personnel,...
  • Wiping data 'hits flu prediction'

    05/20/2009 12:33:13 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 2 replies · 258+ views
    bbc ^ | 19 May 2009 | Darren Waters
    Forcing Google to delete user data after six months could dent its ability to predict pandemics such as swine flu, said the search giant's co-founder. Larry Page said he thought more debate was needed around the issue of storing user data. The European Commission wants data ditched after six months but Mr Page said there were benefits to users. "More dialogue is needed [with regulators]," he told UK journalists at a Google event in Hertfordshire. Data clash He said Google's ability to plot and predict potential pandemics would not be possible if the firm had to delete search data after...
  • Office intruder 'steals' data

    05/08/2009 7:18:19 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 3 replies · 392+ views
    bbc ^ | 6 May 2009 | Jane Wakefield
    Staff unwittingly give usernames to someone posing as IT support: Have you ever wondered whether that unfamiliar face in the office is actually an intruder about to steal your data? Probably not, but maybe it is time to think again. At one FTSE-listed financial institution the managing director himself opened the door to a stranger who, within 20 minutes of gaining entry to the building, had found a highly sensitive document outlining a half a billion pound merger lying on a desk. Luckily, on this occasion, the data was not used for nefarious purposes because the intruder was Colin Greenlees,...
  • Consumer spending fades in February -- Real disposable incomes fall 0.4% as wages drop 0.4%

    03/27/2009 7:39:26 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 20 replies · 681+ views
    MarketWatch ^ | March 27, 2009 | Rex Nutting
    Real consumer spending, representing outlays adjusted for inflation, fell 0.2% last month, a reversal after rising by a three-year high of 0.7% in January, the government estimated. February's level of spending was higher than the average seen during the fourth quarter of 2008, signaling that consumer spending could add to economic growth in the first quarter, rather than subtracting as it has done in the past two quarters. Economists at Morgan Stanley boosted their forecast for first-quarter consumption to 1.3% annualized growth after a 4.3% decline in the fourth quarter. However, they still see gross domestic product plunging at a...
  • CA: [Bobby] Shriver Ponders Run for State's Top Cop

    03/17/2009 11:26:44 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 5 replies · 263+ views
    The Lookout News ^ | March 16, 2009 | Lookout Staff
    Council member Bobby Shriver – who retained his council seat with the second-highest vote count in Santa Monica history -- is considering a run for state attorney general in 2010, joining a crowded field eyeing the post currently held by former California Gov. Jerry Brown. Shriver – who is the brother in law of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and a nephew of former President John F. Kennedy -- confirmed he is being courted to run for what is widely considered the most powerful state post after the governorship. Political consultant Harvey Englander, who called Shriver “extraordinarily independent,” told reporters Friday that...

    03/10/2009 3:55:46 PM PDT · by Cindy · 237+ views
    SOFIR.ORG ^ | March 10, 2009 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "If you are going to rely on data from Alexa in a study of people who are involved in extremist or other illegal activity, you have to provide a plausible explanation as to why your particular population would install the Alexa toolbar and thus compromise their own security. Finally, I will tell you in no uncertain terms that Alexa's data for prominent al-Qaida websites does not resemble in the slightest the actual usage of those sites under direct observation."
  • As Data Collecting Grows, Privacy Erodes

    02/16/2009 10:40:34 AM PST · by thecodont · 5 replies · 442+ views
    Sarasota Herald-Tribune / ^ | Published: Monday, February 16, 2009 at 5:24 a.m. | NOAM COHEN
    THERE are plenty of people who can muster outrage at Alex Rodriguez, the Yankees third baseman who is the latest example of win-at-any-cost athletes. But I’d prefer to see him as at the cutting edge of another scourge — the growing encroachment on privacy. The way Mr. Rodriguez’s positive steroid test result became public followed a path increasingly common in the computer age: third-party data collection. We are typically told that personal information is anonymously tracked for one reason — usually something abstract like making search results more accurate, recommending book titles or speeding traffic through the toll booths on...
  • (Tax cheat) Rangel’s Financial Disclosures Omitted Data Over 30 Years, a Report Says

    02/04/2009 8:30:43 PM PST · by Libloather · 30 replies · 1,523+ views
    NY Times ^ | 2/04/09 | DAVID KOCIENIEWSKI
    Rangel’s Financial Disclosures Omitted Data Over 30 Years, a Report SaysBy DAVID KOCIENIEWSKI Published: February 4, 2009 Representative Charles B. Rangel’s financial disclosure forms had at least 28 omissions in the past 30 years and failed to account for what became of more than $239,000 in assets, according to a report issued Wednesday by a private government-ethics group. Despite Congressional rules that require members to list the purchase or sale of any assets, Mr. Rangel accumulated from $239,026 to $831,000 in assets that were not listed in subsequent reports, according to the report by the Sunlight Foundation, a nonpartisan group...
  • Exclusive: H1B Visa Holder Attempted Fannie Mae Sabotage – Where’s the Outrage?

    02/04/2009 6:45:09 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 10 replies · 947+ views
    FamilySecurityMatters ^ | 2/3/09 | Michael Cutler
    A citizen of India, Rajendrasinh B. Makwana attempted to sabotage the computer database at Fannie Mae. He was, according to news reports, employed as a so-called temporary foreign worker who had been authorized to work in the United States temporarily under the provisions of the H1B visa that had been issued to him. Here’s how this appalling situation can be summed up: This is the real threat to society, not the sinking of Fannie Mae. But the strange case of Makwana does bring up a number of issues. The main one is the use of H1B visa workers – and...
  • Feds allege plot to destroy Fannie Mae data

    01/30/2009 8:06:10 AM PST · by xtinct · 98 replies · 3,773+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 1/30/09 | staff
    URBANA, Md. (AP) - The Justice Department says it foiled a plot by a fired Fannie Mae contract worker in Maryland to destroy all the data on the mortgage giant's 4,000 computer servers nationwide. The U.S. Attorney's Office says 35-year-old Rajendrasinh Makwana, of Glen Allen, Va., is scheduled for arraignment Friday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore on one count of computer intrusion. U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein says Makwana was fired Oct. 24. Rosenstein says that on that day, Makwana programmed a computer with a malicious code that was set to spread throughout the Fannie Mae network and destroy all...
  • Gays In The Military: Problematic

    01/15/2009 1:54:09 AM PST · by jeremybuff · 177 replies · 1,851+ views
    Jeremy Buff's Conservative Blog ^ | January 15, 2009 | Jeremy Buff
    Getting rid of the "don't ask, don't tell" rule will bring big problems for the U.S. Military. Aside from the fact that I do not approve of the homosexual lifestyle, I have identified a few quick reasons why allowing gays to openly serve will bring negative effects to the military.
  • Google Wants Its Own Fast Track on the Web

    12/15/2008 8:39:47 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 26 replies · 1,709+ views
    WallStreetJournal ^ | 12/15/08 | VISHESH KUMAR and CHRISTOPHER RHOADS
    The celebrated openness of the Internet -- network providers are not supposed to give preferential treatment to any traffic -- is quietly losing powerful defenders. Google Inc. has approached major cable and phone companies that carry Internet traffic with a proposal to create a fast lane for its own content, according to documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. Google has traditionally been one of the loudest advocates of equal network access for all content providers. At risk is a principle known as network neutrality: Cable and phone companies that operate the data pipelines are supposed to treat all traffic...
  • Google washes search results

    12/14/2008 6:11:18 AM PST · by slnk_rules · 98 replies · 4,837+ views
    The Register ^ | 012/14/2008 | andrew orlowski
    Google this week admitted that its staff will pick and choose what appears in its search results. It's a historic statement - and nobody has yet grasped its significance. Not so very long ago, Google disclaimed responsibility for its search results by explaining that these were chosen by a computer algorithm. The disclaimer lives on at Google News, where we are assured that: The selection and placement of stories on this page were determined automatically by a computer program. A few years ago, Google's apparently unimpeachable objectivity got some people very excited, and technology utopians began to herald Google as...
  • Day 21: IBD/TIPP Tracking Poll (Obama losing lower class support?)

    11/02/2008 10:44:44 AM PST · by prismsinc · 25 replies · 1,518+ views
    IBD/TIPP ^ | 11/02/08 | prismsinc
    What's this? IDB/TIPP poll indicating lower classes are not buying into Obama's "redistribution of wealth" plan? Upper - O 44%---M 51%---U 5% Middle - O 44%---M 47%---U 9% Working - O 56%---M 33%---U 11% Lower - O 46%---M 43%---U 11%
  • Tax site shut down as memory stick with secret personal data of found in a pub car park[UK]

    11/01/2008 6:52:52 PM PDT · by BGHater · 3 replies · 266+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 01 Nov 2008 | Daniel Boffey
    Ministers have been forced to order an emergency shutdown of a key Government computer system to protect millions of people's private details. The action was taken after a memory stick was found in a pub car park containing confidential passcodes to the online Government Gateway system, which covers everything from tax returns to parking tickets.An urgent investigation is now under way into how the stick, belonging to the company which runs the flagship system, came to be lost. Security breach: The lost USB memory stick holding sensitive details The Department for Work and Pensions insisted that the system's security has...
  • Keyboard sniffers to steal data

    10/27/2008 10:30:24 AM PDT · by BGHater · 14 replies · 657+ views
    BBC ^ | 21 Oct 2008 | BBC
    Computer criminals could soon be eavesdropping on what you type by analysing the electromagnetic signals produced by every key press. By analysing the signals produced by keystrokes, Swiss researchers have reproduced what a target typed. The security researchers have developed four attacks that work on a wide variety of computer keyboards. The results led the researchers to declare keyboards were "not safe to transmit sensitive information". Better attacks The attacks were dreamed up by doctoral students Martin Vuagnoux and Sylvain Pasini from the Security and Cryptography Laboratory at the Swiss Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL). The EPFL students tested...
  • Data feeds recession worry and slams Wall Street

    10/15/2008 12:52:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 414+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 10/15/08 | Kristina Cooke
    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Stocks dropped on Wednesday as bleak economic data fed worries that despite all the efforts to unlock credit markets, the economy is unlikely to avoid recession. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke further fueled those concerns when he said the economy faced a significant threat. The benchmark Standard & Poor's 500 stock index slid more than 7 percent to its intraday low, while the Dow shed more than 500 points to its lowest point for the session so far. U.S. retail sales in September dropped the most in more than three years, while a measure of New...
  • CSI Stick grabs data from cell phones

    09/06/2008 12:19:44 PM PDT · by BGHater · 17 replies · 127+ views
    CNET ^ | 29 Aug 2008 | Marc Weber Tobias
    If someone asks to borrow your cell phone, or you leave it unattended, beware! Unless you actually watch them use it, they may be secretly grabbing every piece of your information on the device, even deleted messages. If you leave your phone sitting on your desk, or in the center console of your car while the valet parks it, then you and everyone in your contacts list may be at risk, to say nothing of confidential e-mails, spread sheets, or other information. And of course, if you do not want your spouse to see who you are chatting with on...
  • Google tells Congress about DoubleClick cookie

    08/12/2008 10:22:14 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 15 replies · 185+ views
    ZD Net ^ | August 11, 2008 | Richard Koman
    Google is implementing a DoubleClick ad-serving cookie across its content network that will give advertisers new powers to target advertising. The cookie also gives users the ability to opt-out, the company told the House Energy and Commerce Committee in a letter released yesterday. ---snip--- Google’s letter praised the self-regulation approaches favored by the Federal Trade Commission but the revelations are sure to fuel Rep. Ed Markey’s (R-MA) efforts to pass omnibus privacy legislation next year. The Washington Post quotes Markey: Increasingly, there are no limits technologically as to what a company can do in terms of collecting information . ....
  • New Data Suggest Mars Soil Not As Life-Friendly As Thought

    08/04/2008 6:07:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 155+ views on Yahoo ^ | 8/4/08 | Andrea Thompson
    New results from NASA's Phoenix Mars lander suggest that the surface layers of the Martian arctic region may not be as friendly to life as initial results suggested, NASA said today. Two samples analyzed within the last month by Phoenix's Microscopy, Electrochemistry and Conductivity Analyzer (MECA) suggest that the Martian dirt may contain perchlorate, a highly oxidizing substance, which would create a harsh environment for any potential life. The findings stand against the results from MECA's first analysis, which indicated the dirt was Earth-like in certain respects, including its pH and the presence of certain minerals. "Initial MECA analyses suggested...
  • Walter Reed says patient data may have been compromised

    06/03/2008 7:28:24 AM PDT · by BGHater · 1 replies · 291+ views
    AP ^ | 02 June 2008 | AP
    Officials at Walter Reed Army Medical Center say personal information on about 1,000 patients may have been revealed in a breach of sensitive data. The officials said Monday they learned of the apparent security problem on May 21 from an outside company, which they did not identify. The medical center said it is working to notify all of the people named in the data file that may have been compromised. It's unclear what kind of information may been revealed, and Walter Reed did not immediately respond to questions. Walter Reed is offering credit monitoring assistance to affected patients and has...
  • FreeRepublic: a Huge News Database and Search Engine – Please use "Topics" and "Key Words"

    04/28/2008 9:21:51 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 34 replies · 285+ views
    Vanity | April 28, 2008 | Self
    Jim Robinson has created and maintains a huge treasure trove of news and information here at He gladly shares it with us Freepers and the rest of the world (a.k.a. - lurkers). And thanks to Jim and staff, FreeRepublic has a fantastic search engine (far surpassing Google), IMHO, due to the plethora of relevant news and information from around the world posted by us Freepers. For lack of a better description, I would classify FreeRepublic as a huge historical news and information database thanks to all of the postings and comments of Freepers (and a few disrupters - ZOT!!)....
  • Credit card data breach could affect 650,000[JC Penney; Others]

    01/17/2008 9:32:57 PM PST · by BGHater · 8 replies · 398+ views
    AP ^ | 17 Jan 2008 | David Koenig
    GE Money handles credit card operations for J. C. Penney, other retailers PLANO, Texas - Personal information on about 650,000 customers of J.C. Penney and up to 100 other retailers could be compromised after a computer tape went missing. GE Money, which handles credit card operations for Penney and many other retailers, said Thursday night that the missing information includes Social Security numbers for about 150,000 people. The information was on a backup computer tape that was discovered missing last October. It was being stored at a warehouse run by Iron Mountain Inc., a data storage company, and was never...
  • Gender Profiling

    01/14/2008 11:11:40 AM PST · by bs9021 · 4 replies · 95+ views
    Campus Report ^ | January 14, 2008 | Don Irvine
    Gender Profiling by: Don Irvine, January 14, 2008 A new update to a the Women in Intercollegiate Sport: A Longitudinal Study shows that overall women continue to make great strides on the college level, but fall short of what women hoped to achieve under Title IX. The study which has now been produced for 31 years is the product of research by Linda Jean Carpenter and R. Vivian Acosta, both professors emeritus at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. In the latest update that was just released the authors note that since Title IX was enacted in...
  • Summer Melting on the Greenland Ice Cap in 2005

    09/04/2007 8:03:37 AM PDT · by cogitator · 20 replies · 774+ views
    NASA Earth Observatory ^ | 09/04/2007 | DOD/NASA
    "One such piece of evidence comes from the Defense Meteorological Satellites Program (DMSP-F13) Special Sensor Microwave/Imager (SSM/I), which records microwave energy emitted from the Earth’s surface. Because wet snow and dry snow look different in the microwave frequencies, measurements from the SSM/I tell scientists where and when the ice sheet is melting. Made from SSM/I data, this image compares the number of days melting occurred on the Greenland Ice Sheet in 2005 to the annual average number of melting days since 1988. Greenland is nearly entirely ringed in red and orange, showing that the summer melt season was much longer...
  • Military files left unprotected online

    07/11/2007 7:53:31 PM PDT · by Battle Hymn of the Republic · 12 replies · 522+ views
    AP ^ | 7/11/07 | Mike Baker
    GREENSBORO, N.C. - Detailed schematics of a military detainee holding facility in southern Iraq. Geographical surveys and aerial photographs of two military airfields outside Baghdad. Plans for a new fuel farm at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. The military calls it "need-to-know" information that would pose a direct threat to U.S. troops if it were to fall into the hands of terrorists. It's material so sensitive that officials refused to release the documents when asked. But it's already out there, posted carelessly to file servers by government agencies and contractors, accessible to anyone with an Internet connection. In a survey...
  • ACLU tries to block release of day-labor employer data (asks judge to stop Vista, CA from release)

    07/06/2007 11:17:47 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 1,029+ views
    North County Times ^ | 7/6/07 | Craig Tenbroeck
    VISTA ---- The American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego and Imperial Counties will ask a judge to stop Vista from releasing the names, addresses and phone numbers of private individuals who have registered with the city as day-labor employers, an attorney with the group said Thursday. The ACLU's legal director, David Blair-Loy, said he would file a class action complaint today in Superior Court on behalf of four anonymous employers to block the release of the information, which has been requested by a local anti-illegal immigration activist. "This is just one of those cases where, I think, the right...
  • Warning of data ticking time bomb

    07/05/2007 9:30:29 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 82 replies · 1,758+ views
    BBC ^ | 03 July 2007 | Unknown
    The growing problem of accessing old digital file formats is a "ticking time bomb", the chief executive of the UK National Archives has warned. Natalie Ceeney said society faced the possibility of "losing years of critical knowledge" because modern PCs could not always open old file formats. She was speaking at the launch of a partnership with Microsoft to ensure the Archives could read old formats. Microsoft's UK head Gordon Frazer warned of a looming "digital dark age".Costly dealHe added: "Unless more work is done to ensure legacy file formats can be read and edited in the future, we face...
  • Experts warned state of data risk (Ohio)

    06/22/2007 4:09:08 AM PDT · by Loyal Buckeye · 265+ views
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | June 22, 2007 | Mark Niquette
    Ohio does not have unified standards for protecting Social Security numbers and other sensitive information, making the state vulnerable to data theft. Sound like an assessment of the recent theft of a backup computer storage tape that has dominated state government news since last Friday? Guess again. That viewpoint was expressed nearly six months ago, in a report prepared as part of Gov. Ted Strickland's transition team before he took office Jan. 8. Strickland had asked for teams of experts to evaluate several key areas of state government and submit their findings and recommendations in reports. The team studying the...
  • MySpace agrees to share sex offender data with states

    05/21/2007 10:48:19 AM PDT · by bedolido · 11 replies · 691+ views
    NWCN ^ | 5-21-2007 | Staff Writer
    RALEIGH, N.C. - will provide a number of state attorneys general with data on registered sex offenders who use the popular social networking web site, the company said Monday. Attorneys general from eight states demanded last week that the company provide data on how many registered sex offenders are using the site and where they live. MySpace initially refused, citing federal privacy laws. MySpace obtained the data from Sentinel Tech Holding Corp., which the company partnered with in December to build a database with information on sex offenders.
  • Having Won a Pulitzer for Exposing Data Mining, (New York) Times Now Eager to Do Its Own Data Mining

    05/08/2007 9:08:57 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 7 replies · 1,245+ views
    The Village Voice ^ | May 1st, 2007 | Keach Hagey
    Having Won a Pulitzer for Exposing Data Mining, Times Now Eager to Do Its Own Data Mining by Keach Hagey May 1st, 2007 Barely a year after their reporters won a Pulitzer prize for exposing data mining of ordinary citizens by a government spy agency, New York Times officials had some exciting news for stockholders last week: The Times company plans to do its own data mining of ordinary citizens, in the name of online profits. The news didn't make everyone all googly-eyed. In fact, some people at the paper's annual stockholders meeting in the New Amsterdam Theatre exchanged confused...
  • Shopping list could make you 'a terror suspect'[EU]

    04/09/2007 7:38:34 PM PDT · by Dacb · 5 replies · 554+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 09 April 2007 | Bruno Waterfield in Brussels
    The European Union's privacy watchdog has given warning that new access for Europol to personal data could lead to individuals being labelled as terror suspects based on hearsay or records of their shopping habits. The warning, from the head of the European Data Protection supervisor, comes amid moves to allow the EU police agency to process so-called "soft data" in search of relevant information for its criminal investigations. Peter Hustinx said that moves to give Europol the power to gather intelligence on "people who have not (yet) committed a crime" are without privacy safeguards. He told The Daily Telegraph: "The...
  • Scientists: Data-storing bacteria could last thousands of years

    03/01/2007 3:15:26 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 26 replies · 658+ views
    Computer World ^ | 2/27/07 | Lucas Mearian
    Scientists successfully store "e=mc2 1905" on DNA of living matterFebruary 27, 2007 (Computerworld) -- A Japanese university announced scientists there have developed a new technology that uses bacteria DNA as a medium for storing data long-term, even for thousands of years. Keio University Institute for Advanced Biosciences and Keio University Shonan Fujisawa Campus announced the development of the new technology, which creates an artificial DNA that carries up to more than 100 bits of data within the genome sequence, according to the JCN Newswire. The universities said they successfully encoded "e= mc2 1905!" -- Einstein's theory of relativity and the...
  • Audit: Justice anti-terror data flawed

    02/20/2007 11:11:34 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 296+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/19/07 | Lara Jakes Jordan - ap
    WASHINGTON - Federal prosecutors counted immigration violations, marriage fraud and drug trafficking among anti-terror cases in the four years after 9/11 — despite no evidence linking them to terror activity, a Justice Department audit found Tuesday. Overall, nearly all of the terrorism-related statistics on investigations, referrals and cases examined by Justice Department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine were either diminished or inflated. Only two of 26 sets of department data reported between 2001 and 2005 were accurate, the audit found. Responding, a Justice spokesman pointed to figures showing that prosecutors in the department's headquarters for the most part either accurately...
  • DNA Data Deal 'Will Create Big Brother Europe'

    02/15/2007 7:14:42 PM PST · by blam · 7 replies · 1,489+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-16-2007 | Philip Johnson - Bruno Waterfield
    DNA data deal 'will create Big Brother Europe' By Philip Johnston and Bruno Waterfield in Brussels Last Updated: 2:04am GMT 16/02/2007 Police across the EU are to be given free access to Britain's DNA, fingerprint and car registration databases in a move denounced last night as the creation of "Big Brother Europe". Britain has the world's largest criminal DNA database At a meeting in Brussels, the Home Office agreed to a deal that will set up a network of national crime records across 27 states. All member states will have access to other countries' DNA and fingerprint data, as well...
  • VA Hard Drive With Personal Data Missing

    02/04/2007 8:07:57 PM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 17 replies · 566+ views
    AP ^ | Feb 04 2007 | AP
    A portable hard drive that may contain the personal information of up to 48,000 veterans may have been stolen, the Department of Veterans Affairs and a lawmaker said Friday. An employee at the VA medical center in Birmingham, Ala. reported the external hard drive missing on Jan. 22. The drive was used to back up information on the employee's office computer. It may have contained data from research projects, the department said. The employee also said the hard drive may have had personal information on some veterans, although portions of the data were protected. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jim Nicholson...
  • Data Can Now Be Stored on Paper

    12/01/2006 11:21:16 AM PST · by Zakeet · 55 replies · 2,384+ views
    Arab News ^ | November 18, 2006 | M. A. Siraj
    BANGALORE, 18 November 2006 — Is it time to say goodbye to CDs, DVDs, Zip drives? A Kerala student has developed a technique for portable data whereby the data can now be stored on ordinary paper. And to boot, larger amounts of data can be had on lesser space. The immediate question that pops into the mind is how to retrieve the data. Will it be as easy as feeding a floppy disc or CD into the drive and having it on the monitor? Perhaps it will be much easier than that. The piece of paper or even plastic sheet...
  • Judge: Libby may use classified data

    11/13/2006 3:54:34 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies · 1,179+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 11/13/06 | Matt Apuzzo - ap
    WASHINGTON - Classified information will be key evidence in the CIA leak trial and Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald went too far in his proposal to limit its release, a federal judge ruled Monday. Former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby is charged with lying to investigators in the case and wants to present classified material at his trial in January to show jurors that he had a lot on his mind and couldn't remember details about the leak. U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton said Libby has a right to use some classified material at trial in January. Walton...
  • Brussels 'To Seize Data On Property Ownership' (EU-Wide Property Tax)

    09/03/2006 5:49:40 PM PDT · by blam · 4 replies · 628+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9-4-2006 | David Rennie
    Brussels 'to seize data on property ownership' By David Rennie in Brussels (Filed: 04/09/2006) The Government yesterday denied claims by a leading Conservative MP that the European Union is planning to seize control of information about the ownership and value of private property in nation states, as a first step to what could become an EU-wide property tax. Eric Pickles, a deputy chairman of the Conservative Party and shadow minister for local government, had expressed alarm at a European Commission proposal, known as Inspire — Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe — that would force national mapping agencies such as...
  • Airlines Caught Between U.S. and European Union (Battle over airline data could ground thousands)

    09/01/2006 8:59:30 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 439+ views
    PC ^ | 9/1/06 | Martyn Williams - IDG
    A failure by the U.S. and the European Union to reach a new agreement next month on the provision of passenger data for transatlantic flights could ground up to 105,000 people each week, the International Air Transport Association's director general said Thursday. The two sides need to reach a new accord by the end of September, after the European Court of Justice ruled in May that the current agreement is unacceptable. That agreement calls for airlines to provide U.S. authorities with the names, addresses, ticket payment details, and telephone numbers of passengers on U.S.-bound flights. The EU's highest court ruled...