11. Why are the Lakers having trouble? Odom +10 and Gasol +12 are playing some of their best ball ever. The problem is Kobe’s defense: his +11 defensive rating is by far his worst ever. Amazingly the Lakers best lineup is Odom Gasol with the three subs: Brown, Blake and Barnes : +76 points in around 100 minutes.
26. For the Mavs Dirk +19 should be in the MVP conversation. Terry’s Impact rating of +42 is 9th in the league. But the key to the Mavs has been Tyson Chandler with a +8 Points rating, a vast upgrade over last year’s starter, Eric Dampier.
According to the New York Times, Officer Bilal Ali Muhammad was patrolling near a Muharram procession when he spotted a suspicious lone man approaching the crowd with his hand concealed in his pocket. When the man refused to answer questions, Officer Muhammad forcefully opened the jacket and found an explosive belt strapped to the man’s chest. Officer Muhammad wrapped his arms around the man, shouted warnings to the crowd to get back, and wrestled the man to the ground. Moments later, the suicide bomber activated his detonator button, taking the life of Officer Muhammad and a nearby grandmother and her grandchild. Fifteen others were reportedly injured…
Officer Muhammad’s decision to stop the suicide bomber was made in an instant and his actions saved others. His daughters, wife, and widowed mother–all of whom he provided for–will no longer have a steady source of income, but his sacrifice prevented the pain of dozens of other families. Officer Muhammad didn’t die as a Sunni officer saving Shi’a worshipers. He died as a human being saving other human lives.
It looks like Apple, Inc., is exploring a new business opportunity: spyware and what we’re calling “traitorware.” While users were celebrating the new jailbreaking and unlocking exemptions, Apple was quietly preparing to apply for a patent on technology that, among other things, would allow Apple to identify and punish users who take advantage of those exemptions or otherwise tinker with their devices. This patent application does nothing short of providing a roadmap for how Apple can — and presumably will — spy on its customers and control the way its customers use Apple products. As Sony-BMG learned, spying on your customers is bad for business. And the kind of spying enabled here is especially creepy — it’s not just spyware, it’s “traitorware,” since it is designed to allow Apple to retaliate against you if you do something Apple doesn’t like.
Essentially, Apple’s patent provides for a device to investigate a user’s identity, ostensibly to determine if and when that user is “unauthorized,” or, in other words, stolen. More specifically, the technology would allow Apple to record the voice of the device’s user, take a photo of the device’s user’s current location or even detect and record the heartbeat of the device’s user. Once an unauthorized user is identified, Apple could wipe the device and remotely store the user’s “sensitive data.” Apple’s patent application suggests it may use the technology not just to limit “unauthorized” uses of its phones but also shut down the phone if and when it has been stolen.
However, Apple’s new technology would do much more. This patented device enables Apple to secretly collect, store and potentially use sensitive biometric information about you. This is dangerous in two ways: First, it is far more than what is needed just to protect you against a lost or stolen phone. It’s extremely privacy-invasive and it puts you at great risk if Apple’s data on you are compromised. But it’s not only the biometric data that are a concern. Second, Apple’s technology includes various types of usage monitoring — also very privacy-invasive. This patented process could be used to retaliate against you if you jailbreak or tinker with your device in ways that Apple views as “unauthorized” even if it is perfectly legal under copyright law.
vruz: hey, do you still think I’ve been too harsh? is the EFF a bunch of paranoids? is this misleading evidence? it’s none of that: fascism is alive and kicking, and it adopts the most unexpected forms.