In what likely could become the largest-ever federal investigation into software piracy, authorities in Kansas City quietly have moved over the last year to seize more than $18.3 million in cash and real estate from those who allegedly profited.
Since January 2014, authorities have frozen the assets — including silver ingots, jewelry, luxury automobiles and collectible coins — of a network of online software vendors with hubs in Kansas City, Nevada, Colorado, Maryland and Washington state, court records show.
Those vendors sold counterfeit and unauthorized computer software and stolen activation key codes that they had obtained in Singapore, China and Europe, authorities alleged in civil court filings.
The criminal investigation, which still is underway, easily could become the largest software piracy case ever pursued by U.S. authorities.
There are also other images of the bear splayed out on its back, surrounded by vodka bottles. And a balalaika.
I fucking love these people. So much pain, so much fear among people who have a brain in Russia these days. It’s a cautionary tale of what could happen with President Cruz in office.
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As if Comcast’s recent account name change to “asshole” wasn’t bad enough, there are new reports of more rude names like “whore,” “dummy,” and “Fakoe Boz.”
According to the travel website BoardingArea, which first broke the story this week of the earlier vulgar naming incident, more users have written in with their own reports of Comcast naming chicanery.
Comcast did not immediately respond to Ars’ request for comment. Previously, the company told Ricardo—the Spokane, Washington customer who was dubbed “asshole”—that it was sorry.
“We have apologized to our customer for this unacceptable situation and addressed it directly with the employee who will no longer be working on behalf of Comcast,” wrote Charlie Herrin, a company vice president, on a blog post on Thursday. “We’re also looking at a number of technical solutions that would prevent it from happening moving forward.”
In the new examples, a woman named Julie Swano told BoardingArea that her December 2014 bill was addressed to “Whore Julia Swano.”
The wild WiFi claims and counters will only escalate as people park more devices on wifi and as carriers offload as much as possible from LTE to wifi.
In a clear sign of just how important and competitive a service WiFi has become for broadband providers, Cablevision is taking Verizon to court over the telco’s ads that claim Verizon offers the fastest WiFi around.
Just three days after introducing its new Freewheel WiFi-only phone service, Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) lodged the suit in federal court for the Eastern District of New York Thursday afternoon. In the suit, Cablevision charges that Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) has been running ads that make “false” and “deceptive” claims “designed to mislead consumers” into believing that the telco offers the speediest WiFi service of any provider. (See Cablevision’s New WiFi Try - Freewheeling Enough?)
Those ads, designed to promote Verizon’s new FiOS Quantum Gateway, boast that FiOS can now deliver “the fastest WiFi available from any provider, period.” Verizon says the new gateway, introduced with great fanfare in November, offers home networking speeds as high as 800 Mbit/s.
Bert Farias, founder of “Holy Fires” ministry, really admires Hitler and Islamic extremists:
Years ago I was part of an apostolic team of fathers who mentored, equipped and empowered radical youth. We believed then and still do now that we are to help define and lead a countercultural movement. It is our passion to upset the sinful status quo of society and the church. Youth are key!
In 1933 Hitler said, “If I can separate the youth of Germany from their parents I will conquer this nation.” He started a movement called “The Brown Shirts” in which 100,000 youth stood in Berlin with their right hand raised and screaming. “Hitler, we are yours!” Imagine our youth pledging that kind of allegiance to King Jesus!
In revolutionary countries youth are trained in combat and weapons. They are taught principles of Communism and the tenets of militant Islam. They give themselves wholeheartedly to the goal of world domination. Someone once said that Satan is preparing his army, but the church is entertaining her children. We need a radical departure from the standard method of training young men and women for ministry. We need a touch of wholesome extremism to launch a counterculture JESUS revolution!
From the “Dreams, Visions and Prophecy” section of his ministry’s website
The Training of a New Breed
For a new breed of troops to arise, there must be given a new breed of training. For many of my past trainees have only been trained for the easy and the soft and not for the rigorous and the hard. Many have been trained of the letter but not of the Spirit and so they stand unequipped for the battle and an easy target for the enemy. Sow to the spirit and so shall their swords be sharpened for the flesh has made them dull. For in the flesh is weariness and hands that hang down with the shield of faith. Prepare them to march to a different spirit. Root out the flesh, selfish ambition, and pride and train them to walk by the Lord’s side for the Lord resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.
The training must be accurate and precise according to calling and grace. Do not seek to make them what they are not, but help them find what they are; according to calling and grace, not color or race, everyone in their place. Then shall they learn to use their weapons and overcome the enemy.
And be careful to remember that the trainee is only as good as the trainer. Be skillful in your training and learn to use the word of God with precision and accuracy, holding forth the word of life and being a shining example of a doer of that word.
And as a good army officer knows well the different phases of training so know the end of one phase and the beginning of another. Know the readiness of your troops and the ability I’ve placed in each one. Prove them and know that they are soldiers fit to fight.
But remember, the real danger to the United States is Sharia Law, not Evangelical Christians who’ve got an entire political party pandering for their votes.
Using human skin as one of its charge-collectors, a new flexible generator converts muscle movements into enough power for small electronics. The postage-stamp-sized device takes advantage of static electricity to convert mechanical energy into electrical energy.
Such friction-powered generators could usher new types of wearable sensors that don’t require batteries but instead are powered by the wearer’s daily activities like walking, talking or holding an object.
The new device, which researchers from the National University of Singapore presented at the IEEE MEMS 2015 conference last week, can generate 90 volts of open circuit voltage when touched gently with a finger. Electrical and computer engineering professor Chengkuo Lee and his colleagues demonstrated that the new device can be used as a wearable self-powered sensor to track the user’s motion and activity.
This “doctor” is a public health menace, and any bodies that have granted him license(s) to practice medicine should revoke them in my opinion.
“Don’t be mad at me for speaking the truth about vaccines,” Wolfson said in a telephone interview with The Washington Post. “Be mad at yourself, because you’re, frankly, a bad mother. You didn’t ask once about those vaccines. You didn’t ask about the chemicals in them. You didn’t ask about all the harmful things in those vaccines…. People need to learn the facts.”
But whose facts is he talking about? Every respectable expert totally disagrees with him and his anti-vaccine movement and, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, urges parents to get their kids vaccinated. And Wolfson himself, who has quickly become something of a spokesman for the anti-vaxxers, is in no way an expert on vaccines or infectious diseases. He’s cardiologist who now does holistic medicine.
What the experts say: “The measles vaccine is one of the most highly effective vaccines that we have against any virus or any microbe, and it is safe, number one,” Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CBS. “Number two, measles is one of the top two most contagious infectious viruses that we know of…. So you have a highly infectious virus and you have an extraordinarily effective vaccine.”
Well, if Chopra ever had any scientific credibility, it’s now in shreds. Listen to the part of this video (laughably labeled “Two great minds question HIV/AIDS—Scam/Hoax?”) that starts at 22:15. Chopra is interviewed by Tony Robbins, wealthy lifestyle guru and “self help” author. Here’s a bit of the interchange:
Chopra: HIV may be a precipitating agent in a susceptible host. The material agent is never the cause of the disease. It may be the final factor in inducing the full-blown syndrome in somebody who’s already susceptible.
Robbins: But what made them susceptible?
Chopra: Their own interpretations of the whole reality they’re participating in.
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