I'm not sure they have one that is officially defined (and if they did they would certainly exceed it) but I'm pretty sure our resources would be better used to track our actual enemies... since we're selling them F16s clearly we aren't too worried about an attack from the Brazilian government. If the claim that it is for industrial purposes were to be true I would be (and I think we have every right to be) livid that a massive and secret black budget is going towards such purposes.
Re: Re: What are the odds an outbreak would strike there?
Oops... I can only blame "out of the blue induced brain failure" on this one... but the stats nerd in me will not let this error stand.
Clearly my frame of reference needed adjusted because if all it took was getting a vaccine every 60 days to make Nana live longer they'd be flying off the shelves and we could just count on the anti-vaccine idiots dying off faster than they could troll techdirt.
The 0.7995% ANNUAL death rate needs to be adjusted to 60 days... so 0.7995*60/365 = 0.1314% so you're "only" 10% MORE likely to die if you DIDN'T get vaccinated w/in the last 60 days.
The NSA has established it doesn't engage in "illegal" spying (according to the DoJs definition)... since embarrassing the sitting administration is clearly illegal (according to the DoJs definition) they probably never even saved the emails.
The bay area goes as far as to institutionalize this practice, encouraging pickups as far away as Vallejo (30 miles form the city, 20 from the bridge) and San Francisco has placed signs for different east-bay destinations along a city block block (although, since there is no toll eastbound this they aren't quite as popular except to avoid traffic). It is even listed on 511.org http://rideshare.511.org/carpool/casual_carpool.aspx.
Note that 511.org is run by the MTC who collect bridge tolls (the bridges themselves are actually owned by the state) and even manage the prepaid stored value cards for the various public transit systems (presumably they get a small cut of this revenue but 30 seconds on google didn't find a stat on this). So they're losing money on 2 fronts and continuing to encourage the practice.
The folks at the MTC have realized that, as a government agency, their responsibility is to provide an effective service for their taxpayers. Even if it means less revenue.
P.S. it is worth noting that picking passengers up at a bus-stop is subject to a fine in most Bay-Area communities, but with such well documented pickup locations this doesn't inhibit the practice.
Leaks happen all the time... what's rarer is the leaker doing something to get caught (forwarding the message directly from their corporate email account, sending the text over a company monitored connection, etc.) There are plenty of ways to avoid this... copy paste an a thumb drive for example.
On Google's part, there's a difference between not launching an apple-style SS investigation into a leak and using police to enter and search private residences (evil) and a firing flagrant leaker who either doesn't care enough to hide what he's doing or is too stupid to hide it. Especially at Google where you basically have to qualify for MENSA membership to get a job I'd imagine the 'Googler' that did this clearly knew what he was doing and just didn't care.
_POSSIBLY_ you could be dealing with a case of hubris, but if you're telling everyone you leaked you're just asking for it.
While I love fluorescent bulbs and use them in over 95 percent of my house there are still some purposes that fluorescent can't fulfill. From a decorative sense small incandescent bulbs do have the ability to look like candles (at least a heck of a lot more than fluorescents) and what would happen to Susie's Easy Bake oven?
Legislation isn't the answer, education is. I don't even think California would pass a law banning unnecessarily large vehicles even though it's quite obvious a lot of gas can be saved an emissions reduced. Through education incandescent bulbs will become a luxury just like gas-guzzling cars, boats, and planes (though on a slightly smaller scale).
See... this guy was smart... at some point he realized that bureaucracy was just stupid and that no one would care (in a negative sense at least) if he told authorities where the Kim's were.
In such a litigious society we tend to forget this concept and worry about the process.
P.S. I'm not voting for chaos, and there's still a difference between this and the 'emergency' wiretaps but sometimes there shouldn't need to be a "process" for individual events... if it's obvious, just do it!
They probably have (or... even "worse", are working on) a contract with someone like Wayport to offer pay-per-use in specified areas concentrated around retail/food courts like ATL... As soon as Continental's coverage is spread enough that anyone can get on while staying within a few thousand feet of their gate any contract like this goes right out the window. I don't know, I've only flown into/out of BOS once and we were back in the boonies of a terminal because we were on an "express" flight (the only thing that happens faster is the back-ache form the small planes) form Cleveland.
P.S./Just out of curiosity: Is BOS really a Continental hub? They already have Newark, Cleveland, and Chicago (though if the Delta merger goes though we'll probably loose our hub :( and then be the only city to suck at EVERYTHING... sports, obesity, stress, poverty, politics, you name it... Cleveland sucks at it)