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  • Ad Company Using Verizon Tracking Header To Recreate Deleted Cookies
    By on January 16, 2015 | Comments Off  Comments

    itwbennett writes The story began a few months ago when it was reported that both Verizon and AT&T were injecting unique identifiers in the Web requests of their mobile customers. AT&T has since stopped using the system, but Verizon continues. Now, Stanford computer scientist Jonathan Mayer has found that one advertising company called Turn, which tracks users across the Web when they visit major sites including Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, BlueKai, (more…)

  • Scientists Build Computer Using Carbon Nanotubes
    By on September 26, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    trendspotter writes “Future computers could run on lab-grown circuits that are thousands of times thinner than a human hair and operate on a fraction of the energy required to power today’s silicon-based computer chips, extending ‘Moore’s Law’ for years to come. Stanford engineers’ very basic computer device using carbon nanotube technology validates carbon nanotubes as potential successors to today’s silicon semiconductors. The achievement is reported (more…)

  • NC Planners May Be Barred From Using Speculative Sea Level Rise Predictions
    By on May 31, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    ideonexus writes “Republicans in North Carolina are floating a bill that would force planners to only consider historical data in predicting the sea-level rise (SLR) for the state as opposed to considering projections that take Global Warming into account. NC-20, the pro-development lobbying group representing twenty counties along the NC coast, is behind the effort and asserts that the one-meter prediction would prohibit development on (more…)

  • Using the Open Records Law To Intimidate Critics
    By on March 28, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    Layzej writes “On March 15, Professor Bill Cronon posted his first blog. The subject was the role of the American Legislative Exchange Council in influencing recent legislation in Wisconsin and across the country. Less than two days later, his university received a communication formally requesting under the state’s Open Records Law copies of all emails he sent or received pertaining to matters raised in the blog. Remarkably, the request was sent (more…)

  • UK Pursues Tax Evaders Using Stolen Bank Details
    By on September 26, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    Andrew Smith writes “The UK taxman (HM Revenue & Customs) is reportedly using a stolen list of bank details to pursue wealthy individuals with off-shore accounts. The list was stolen by an employee of HSBC, and gave details of the bank’s customers with money in Swiss accounts. The bank employee fled to France, and the authorities there passed the details on to the UK tax collection agency.”

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.


  • Xbox 360 Ad Banned for Using Higher Resolution PS3 Footage
    By on August 18, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority has found that Square-Enix, the makers of the popular sci-fi game Final Fantasy XIII had misled video gamers by not using images from the Xbox 360 but from its arch rival, the PlayStation 3.


  • Travelled the World for Free using only Twitter
    By on July 11, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    It started in the bread aisle of Tesco and ended on an island off New Zealand. How Paul Smith got abandoned in America, lost in Paris, covered in cockroaches and saved by kindness.


  • UK’s RIAA Goes After Google Using the US DMCA
    By on June 20, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader passes along a DMCA takedown notice directed at Google and authored by the British Phonographic Industry, Britain’s equivalent of the RIAA. P2pnet identifies the BPI as the outfit that “contributed to the British government’s Digital Economy bill, complete with its ACTA Three Strikes and you’re Off The Net element, with hardly a murmur from the UK lamescream media.” Are there any precedents for a UK trade organization attempting (more…)

  • Germany Warns Against Using Firefox
    By on March 22, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    jayme0227 writes “Due to the recent exploit in Firefox, Germany has warned against its use. This comes a couple months after Germany advised against using IE. Perhaps we should start taking odds as to which browser will be next.” Note: the warning (from the Federal Office for Information Security) is provisional, and should be rendered moot by the release later this month of 3.6.2.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.


  • How to Cook Dinner Using a Dishwasher
    By on March 11, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    Stove broken? No problem, whip up a near gourmet meal with your dishwasher, simple ingredients and foil.