Many people are so sick and tired of traffic cameras that are used only as revenue generators in the United Kingdom that they have resorted to destroying them completely.  Speedcam has a very large collection of photos of these traffic cameras and is worth the time to take a look at them all.  The vandalized and burned cameras are probably my favorite.


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Yes, the music is a bit crap, but the video is still worthwhile. Since this is also from 2006, you’d be interested to know that the charges were dropped very quickly. The point, however, has been made.

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Matthew White, 22, said he was surfing for pornography two years ago on Limewire — a fire sharing application that allows users to trade music, movies, games and pictures — when he discovered that some of the files he had downloaded were images of children.

Matt claims he quickly erased the files.

“It didn’t appeal to me,” he said. “I was looking for women my age, so I just wanted to d More..ownload ‘College Girls Gone Wild’ and accidentally downloaded underage pornography.”

About a year later, FBI agents showed up at his family’s home. The family agreed to let agents examine the computer, and at first, they couldn’t find anything.

Investigators later were able to recover the deleted images from deep within the hard drive.

“I asked them, ‘Where did you get that? I don’t remember that.’ I asked them, ‘Could I access that if I wanted to?'” Matt said. “They said no.”

Facing 20 years in prison for possessing child pornography, Matt is pleading guilty on the advice of his public defender in hopes of getting a three and a half year sentence. He will also serve 10 years probation and have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Matt’s father says other parents need to be warned about the consequences of stumbling across illicit material.

“One day, you’re going to get a knock on the door and have your child taken away for many years,” he said.

The FBI could not comment on this specific case, but said if child pornography is ever downloaded accidentally, the user needs to call authorities immediately. They may confiscate your computer, but it’s better than the alternative.

Internet searches reveal a large number of complaints from people who say they’ve accidentally downloaded child pornography through Limewire.

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Dead man gets a passport

I’ve said before that the new “super-duper” biometric passports weren’t going to stop anything and I was right.  You can still get a legitimate US passport using fraudulent means.

Since 2007, the U.S. State Department has been issuing high-tech “e-passports,” which contain computer chips carrying biometric data to prevent forgery. Unfortunately, according to a March report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), getting one of these supersecure passports under false pretenses isn’t particularly difficult for anyone with even basic forgery skills.

A GAO investigator managed to obtain four genuine U.S. passports using fake names and fraudulent documents. In one case, he used the Social Security number of a man who had died in 1965. In another, he used the Social Security number of a fictitious 5-year-old child created for a previous investigation, along with an ID showing that he was 53 years old. The investigator then used one of the fake passports to buy a plane ticket, obtain a boarding pass, and make it through a security checkpoint at a major U.S. airport. (When presented with the results of the GAO investigation, the State Department agreed that there was a “major vulnerability” in the passport issuance process and agreed to study the matter.)

More than 70 countries have adopted the biometric passports, which officials describe as a revolution in immigration security. However, the GAO’s investigation proves that even the best technology can’t keep a country safe when the bureaucracy behind it fails.

There are always going to be holes in the system.  Creating new biometric passports will never solve anything.  It will only make it slightly harder to do what you did before and more of your personal information will be placed in a database somewhere for it to be leaked somewhere else.  Then, your biometric information will be copied and used for nefarious purposes as well.

Governments will install more checks and security points, but, they will still be just as insecure as the original paper ones.  Even if you start requiring DNA at birth, the database that DNA is held in will never be 100% secure and free from identity theft worries.

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