UPDATE: Though many people are speculating that the Obama administration will veto the portion of the bill that allows Executive Branch authority to decide whether it can indefinitely detain US citizens, as the administration itself has hinted, this video clip featuring Senator Levin's remarks on the floor of the Senate suggests otherwise.
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A user on a bodybuilding forum has posted what he says are instructions for successfully working around a Facebook user's privacy settings, enabling anyone to view someone's private photos. It's a simple process, and it appears to work. Apparently someone decided to punish Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for this privacy breach by using the hack to swipe his private photos, posting them online, accessible to all.
I wonder if the NYPD folks in blue were surprised to hear today that they constitute Mayor Mike Bloomberg's own, personal army. In remarks he gave last night at Cambridge's own MIT,
Commander in Chief Mayor Bloomberg announced,
Good to know there are techies on the side of the demonstrators, too. Last month there was a flurry of news around the release of the "I'm Getting Arrested" app, which sends an alert to family or friends, updates your Twitter announcing you've been snagged, and deletes the contents of your phone with the push of one button. Pretty neat.
It's a novel concept for reality TV: task some private industry spooks and some eager would-be reality TV stars with the urban jungle surveillance race of our times. The spooks used all tools available to modern police departments and the two regular guys tried to escape the matrix, and get out of Los Angeles without getting picked up by the ever watchful eye. The prize? If the guys escaped unseen, they take home a million bucks.
Remember when we told you about how the non-proft Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) and Lockheed Martin had gotten together to publish a pretty self-serving paper describing law enforcement technology needs? Remember how during the research for that paper, Lockheed and PERF asked hundreds of police officers if having faster DNA processing would help them do their business better? Remember how we said that was a little suspicious, given that Lockheed does lots of R&D to develop products just like that?