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The American Spectator

by Eric Peters

April 25, 2012

Mandatory "Event Data Recorders" will even know you're speeding in reverse.

After a certain point, it's not paranoia. The latest brick in the wall is the predictably named "Moving Ahead For Progress in the 21st Century Act," also known as Senate Bill 1813. (See here for the full text of the bill itself; the relevant section is 31406.) This legislation -- already passed by the Senate and likely to be passed by the House -- will impose a legal requirement that all new cars made beginning with the 2015 models be fitted with so-called Event Data Recorders (EDRs). These are the "black boxes" you may have read about that store data about how you drive -- including whether you wear a seat belt and how fast you drive -- ostensibly for purposes of post-accident investigation.

by Tony Lee

October 27, 2012

The Des Moines Register, the left-of-center and most influential newspaper in Iowa that endorsed President Barack Obama in 2008, endorsed Mitt Romney on Saturday.

The Register alled the Republican the "stronger candidate" who could "forge compromise" to pull America's economy "out of the doldrums." Romney is the first Republican the paper has endorsed for president in 40 years when it supported Richard Nixon. "We need Iowa to help get America back on track. I am honored to have the @DMRegister's endorsement," Romney tweeted from his @MittRomney account shortly after the paper published the endorsement.

by Austin Petersen

November 15, 2012

A brave citizen videotaped an encounter at a police checkpoint where he was confronted and told to stop recording.

His quick thinking and understanding of the laws regarding prior restraint meant that he was informed enough to explain to the officers that they have no right to ask him to stop recording in public. America has laws against prior restraint. It means that the government can not censor an activity before it takes place such as a video recording. This is an important limit on government authority as it guarantees the citizens the ability to free speech to report on what the government is doing. Random checkpoints are indeed ineffective overall. Statistics prove it. Citizens in a free country have no reason to be stopped randomly to be searched for criminal activity as it is a violation of their fourth amendment rights.

by Christian Oestlien

September 20, 2011

Starting in October, the +1 button will begin to appear on display ads on your site. With a single click, people will now be able to endorse specific ads and make them more likely to appear to their social connections.

We believe that these recommendations could lead your readers to notice ads on your site more, leading to more clicks and higher returns for you over time. For example, take Susan, who sees an ad for a good deal on flights. She +1's the ad, thinking her friends might value this deal. Now, when Susan's friends and contacts are signed in to their Google accounts, they'll be able to see Susan's picture across the bottom of the ad, with a note saying she +1'd it.

Commtouch Cafe

by Avi Turiel

October 28, 2012

Sometimes the "other side" uses a neat trick that seems so obvious. In these cases we think "they must have done this before" - then we search the archives (Google) for proof that it has indeed been used before.

A good example is our post from last year where we documented the abuse of the HTML textarea tag. We received several responses informing us that it wasn't a new trick - but no one could actually remember having seen it used anywhere. So with this in mind, we present today's obvious malware trick - that seems new but may have been used before... The email doesn't include much text - simply asking that you "Pay attention at the attach."

by Liam Eagle

November 8, 2011

Registries offering the soon-to-be launched adult-focused .xxx top-level domain began the land rush period on Tuesday.

The .xxx domain was a long time in development, facing opposition from adult industry proponents who expressed concern that their business and their websites could be "ghettoized" by the domain, and that the existence of a .xxx domain in the first place - with the rules that accompany it - implicitly suggest that the online adult industry was not capable of policing itself.

by Nicole Henderson

September 6, 2011

As of Wednesday, the sunrise period for .XXX domain registration begins. The Sunrise A and Sunrise B period will run until October 28, 2011.

The distinction between Sunrise A and B is that Sunrise A gives trademark holders in the adult community the opportunity to secure their trademark .XXX domain names. On the other hand, Sunrise B is for non-adult companies to claim trademark names for the registry to not give out to others and block it from a .XXX domain for 10 years. Sunrise B is for companies to protect their brands from being registered with non-related content. ICANN approved the .XXX TLD in March, and will register the domain with the ICM Registry.

June 18, 2012

The iPhone Dev Team is happy to announce a baseband downgrade option in redsn0w for those who are using the iPad's 06.15 baseband on the iPhone3G or iPhone3GS.

Typically you'd have the 06.15 baseband if you unlock with ultrasn0w but updated your iPhone baseband past 05.13.04. With this new capability, you can now downgrade specifically from 06.15 to 05.13.04 (even if you never had 05.13.04 on that device before). This gives you the best of both worlds: ultrasn0w compatibility and a normal iPhone baseband with full GPS and the ability to use stock IPSWs again.

September 21, 2010

On September 19th and 20th, over 600 sites, mainly in Malaysia and Indonesia, were temporarily listed by Google as potentially harmful. The roll call of sites affected include many of Malaysia's major online media sites...

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by Tom Ewer

November 17, 2011

We've all been there. It starts with one article on a blog you have never come across before. You start to read - the content is good. Very good. The subject matter strikes a chord with you.

The post links to various other articles within the content, and before long, you have 5 tabs open on your browser. It is overwhelming, but in a good way. There is just so much content to read. You find yourself signing up to the blogger's RSS feed and email list without hesitation - after all, if just one article has placed all of this quality content in front of you, the blogger must have a great deal more to offer. That is the power of effectively interlinking your posts. It may not sound like much, but trust me, it can make all the difference.

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