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Comcast customer discovers huge mistake in company's data cap meter
arstechnica.co.uk
by Jon Brodkin
December 20, 2015

You probably know that Comcast is hitting subscribers with overage charges of $10 (£7) when they exceed their 300GB monthly data caps. But can customers trust Comcast to measure Internet usage accurately?

The nation's largest cable company points to research it commissioned showing that its data metering is usually accurate, but one customer who contacted Ars was able to prove that he was being incorrectly accused of using excessive data.

Bottles of fresh air from Canada are a hot sale in China as smog remains high
dailymail.co.uk
by Chloe Lyme
December 16, 2015

Since China's capital city Beijing issued its first ever air pollution red alert last week, sales of bottled Canadian fresh mountain air to Chinese customers have soared.

The red alert over air pollution was issued by Beijing authorities on December 7, lasting three days, amid the second bout of bad air this month. During this time PM2.5 levels - tiny hazardous airborne particles - exceeded 900 micrograms per cubic metre.

Government Forced Surveillance Will Destroy Social Networks
infowars.com
by Kurt Nimmo
December 15, 2015

Congress is poised to force Facebook and other social media networks to inform on users they believe might be engaged in "online terrorist activity."

Last week Dianne Feinstein, the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee along with the committee's chairman Richard Burr, introduced the "Requiring Reporting of Online Terrorist Activity Act". The proposed law is modeled after an existing law requiring companies to report child pornography.

Fukushima report declassified: Worse than we were told
RT
December 11, 2015

Fukushima nuclear power plant is still experiencing major contamination issues nearly five years after the earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent meltdown.

Cesium has been linked to thyroid cancer, which is on the increase in the Fukushima area since the tsunami, according to the US National Library of Medicine. The chemical is highly soluble in water and can find its way into foodstuffs that have been prepared in contaminated areas. Anti-nuclear activist Dr Helen Caldicott said during the crisis that if unit four collapsed, she was going to move her family from Boston to the southern hemisphere. (You must watch her video.)

Disney threatens, then rescinds, legal action over Star Wars photo
RT
December 11, 2015

Two Star Wars superfans received a slew of takedown notices via Facebook and Twitter earlier this week after posting a photo of one of the franchise's new action figures online.

The film, coming out next week, is big business for Disney, so lawyers have been working overtime to protect intellectual property rights. Star Wars enthusiasts and podcast producers Justin Kozisek and Marjorie Carvalho legally purchased Rey, a new female character, for less than $10 in an Iowa Walmart.

You're so predictable: the AV vulnerability that bypasses mitigations
blog.ensilo.com
by Tomer Bitton
December 8, 2015

Our research team exposed a critical security vulnerability appearing in various Anti-Virus (AV) products which has the potential to turn the Anti-Virus to an attack-enabler tool.

This issue is not necessarily constrained to security solutions, but potentially to any intrusive application such as data leak prevention (DLP) and performance monitoring solutions.

Where there's smoke
tsln.com
December 6, 2015

The story could be the plot for a western-style soap opera. The latest scene involved two ranchers being sentenced to five years in federal prison for inadvertently burning about 140 acres of Bureau of Land Management rangeland in two separate fires.

Dwight Hammond, 73 and son Steven Hamond, 46, admitted in a 2012 court case to lighting two different fires. Both fires started on Hammonds' private property. The Harney County ranchers are paying the BLM $400,000 for the costs of fighting fires the BLM claims they set. "The jury convicted both of the Hammonds of using fire to destroy federal property for a 2001 arson known as the Hardie-Hammond Fire, located in the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Area," said a Department of Justice news release.

What the Hell Just Happened on MSNBC and CNN?
theatlantic.com
by David A. Graham
December 4, 2015

A baffling, surreal scene just played out on the two networks, where the landlord of the San Bernardino shooting suspects apparently allowed reporters into their apartment.

As if the journalistic irresponsibility of baselessly speculating while holding up images of potentially innocent people on TV wasn't bad enough, it beggars belief the scene wasn't taped off and guarded. Reporters were given free rein to walk through an apartment that is an important part of the investigation, and they were allowed to handle what one would expect to be evidence.

The NSA Stopped Spying on Americans Last Night... Just Kidding
theantimedia.org
by Reason:
December 1, 2015

The media widely proclaimed the NSA's bulk data collection of Americans dead as of last night. Here's the part of the story they forgot to mention.

Sunday marked the end of the NSA's highly contentious bulk data collection program, as widely reported by corporate media outlets. But for all intents and purposes, as the USA Freedom Act kicked off in its place on Sunday, this termination was a purely hollow, symbolic gesture. As Edward Snowden revealed two years ago, the National Security Agency implemented a program to vacuum up the metadata of essentially all domestic communications in the U.S. by liberally interpreting controversial provisions in the USA Patriot Act - which federal courts have since found unconstitutional. Under the transparent guise of fighting terrorism, the NSA argued in court its justification for casting such a broad net; but after an earlier reversal, District Court Judge Richard Leon ripped into the program in an epicly caustic ruling in favor of civilians.

U.S. Congress giving IRS authority to rescind passports to prevent citizens from leaving the country
naturalnews.com
by L.J. Devon
November 30, 2015

Taking money from people is called theft, but to the US government, it's called raising revenue. The 16th Amendment of the US Constitution, passed in 1909 and ratified in 1913, granted Congress sweeping new powers to take the fruits of the people's labor.

Americans supposedly live in the land of the free, but the bald eagle soaring high is now just a facade, because Americans are trapped in a birdcage. This is especially true now that Congress is granting the IRS the authority to rescind personal passports to keep citizens confined in the country. People from anywhere in the world are free to cross the border and come in, but many Americans might be targeted, fined, and now restricted from leaving the country, because the IRS has the power to ruin their lives.

     

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