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Android security researcher Trevor Eckhart has made himself an
enemy in software company Carrier IQ. The company is unhappy with
Eckhart because of a video he posted on YouTube earlier this week,
in which he reveals to the public that their smartphones are,
essentially, tapped by Carrier IQ’s software. On HTC, Blackberry,
Nokia and other phones, Carrier IQ’s software runs in the
background, unbeknownst to users and records text messages, web
searches, phone numbers and so forth.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced on
Friday that it would begin an investigation into the Chevrolet
Volt. According to tests administered on the Volt, the electric
car’s battery may be in danger of catching fire after severe
crashes. Fortunately for Volt owners, General Motors is not leaving
them out in the cold. Not only is the company reaching out to every
Volt driver to assure them of the car’s safety, but it is also
offering these owners temporary cars for the duration of the
investigation if they feel unsafe getting into their Volts for the
You probably won’t be shocked to hear that coverage of yet
another pepper spray incident cropped up in new sources, but you
will be surprised to learn that this incident is not related to
Occupy Wall Street. At a Wal-Mart in Los Angeles on Black Friday, a
woman pepper sprayed other shoppers so that she could prevent them
from reaching certain merchandise before her.
It is safe to assume that most of the protestors who join Occupy
Wall Street and its related movements around the world know and
accept the fact that they may be arrested before they get involved.
Such is the risk of dissent. However, journalists are less likely
to expect to end up in holding cells . They’re just covering the
events, not transgressing social order. Regardless, more than a few
journalists have wound up on the receiving end of police force or
arrested since they have started covering the protests.
A new Web domain extension, .xxx, is currently in the process of
being launched. This extension is marketed specifically toward
adult websites. It is meant to make it easier for Internet users to
separate adult content from the rest of the Web. While this new
extension was designed with pornography in mind, some decidedly
non-pornographic companies decided to register .xxx websites,
including a few colleges.
Sometimes, it seems like our state’s public employees will never
learn that the Internet is not a private sphere. Union Township
teacher Viki Knox angered many people across New Jersey last month
because of the anti-gay comments she made on her Facebook page.
Now, 29-year-old Hector Rosado, a member of the Orange Police
Department, has been fired for posting racial slurs on his Twitter
Low-income households will soon have an easier time connecting
to the Internet, thanks to cable companies. As part of the Federal
Communications Commission-led initiative Connect to Compete,
families whose children are eligible for free school lunches will
only pay $9.95 for broadband Internet. According to The Associated
Press, Microsoft also pledged to sells PCs with its Office software
for $250 for those families. Microsoft and Best Buy are also
offering technology training. Morgan Stanley will provide
microfinance services for community-based financial institutions.
About 5.5 million homes that currently do not have broadband access
will be eligible, according to the National Cable &
Telecommunications Association. We give the FCC and those involved
in the program a laurel for their willingness to help lower-income
families compete in an ever-developing world.
Ever since President Barack Obama introduced even the notion of
a health care reform, he met persistent resistance on the issue.
Thus far, six appeals courts have seen challenges to the health
care law, with the latest being the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
for the District of Columbia. The American Center for Law and
Justice filed the case, on the grounds that requiring people to
purchase health care infringed on their personal freedom.
Culture, though largely intangible, costs money. To cultivate a
shared sense of history — and the pride that comes along with it —
communities have to shell out the cash necessary to maintain
historic sights, museums and so forth. In times of perpetual budget
crisis, however, scraping together such large sums of money can
often be difficult, resulting in landmarks which lapse into
America is not a theocracy, and the Constitution makes it quite
clear that the founding fathers never intended on a state-imposed
religion. Despite this, we still find instances today of
politicians not quite grasping the concept that, in the United
States, you are free to practice whatever religion you desire.
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear participated in a ground-blessing
ceremony last Friday for Indian company Flex Film. Gubernatorial
candidate David Williams, a Republican, has a problem with
Prime Minister David Cameron took a bold step this weekend when,
while attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in
Australia, U.K., he announced that countries that ban homosexuality
would lose British aid unless they started to practice tolerance.
We are used to seeing politicians act as tepid people-pleasers who
say what those around them want them to say.
The It Gets Better Project has been a major name in
anti-bullying movements since its inception in 2010. During all
that time, not a single Republican elected official has
participated in the campaign — until now. Ten members of New
Jersey’s congressional delegation have teamed up to release and
video for the project, and three of the members are Republicans,
making this the first time that GOP-backed officials have joined
the It Gets Better project to condemn bullying.
Way back in 2008, when Barack Obama was running for president on
his platform of “Change we can believe in,” one of the many avenues
of progress he touted was the removal of U.S. troops from Iraq.
Three years later, he’s finally delivering on that promise. Obama
announced Friday that every one of our soldiers would be out of
Iraq at the end of the year, after nine long years of war.
For the past 80 years, The FBI has operated with an dangerously
narrow definition of rape, which limited the act to “the carnal
knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will.” Such a faulty
conceptualization of the crime excludes a plethora of other
horrifying atrocities from being legally handled as rapes —
including nonconsensual anal or oral sex, rape committed with an
object and cases where the victims were men or transgender.
Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., is trying rather hard to become
the Republican Party’s presidential nominee. Unfortunately for her,
she just cannot help shooting herself in the foot, so to speak.
Bachmann’s latest slip-up is geographical in nature. Expressing
discontent with President Barack Obama’s decision to send 100 U.S.
troops to Uganda, Bachmann asserted, “the president, he put us in
Halloween is supposed to be a fun time for children, a time to
dress up and, for once, safely accept candy from strangers. In
order to ensure the safety of these young trick-or-treaters — i.e.,
make sure taking candy from strangers remains a viable option for
the holiday — legislators of Riverside County in California are
considering a measure that would effectively shut sex offenders out
of Halloween festivities altogether.
Elizabeth Snyder, a history professor at the County College of
Morris in Randolph, N.J., is under fire for the way she treated a
student with a speech impediment. Once the public found out that
Snyder told student Philip Garber Jr., who suffers from a stutter,
to save his questions for after class, Snyder began to receive what
she calls “the most hateful, vile, vicious emails,” according to
The University has always been pretty good at utilizing new
technologies for the benefit of the student population. Take, for
example, the recent creation of Scarlet Apps, a new system of
online tools, which students can use for email, a chat client and
so forth. Scarlet Apps is the result of the marriage of myRutgers
with a collection of Google services.
Despite the economic shambles in which our country is currently
floundering, a lot of people still favor the “if you’re unemployed,
go get a job” narrative. Of course, it isn’t that easy in reality,
thanks to the fairly common practice of businesses refusing to
consider applicants who have been out of work for extended periods
of time. A survey by the National Employment Law Project discovered
more than 150 job listings on employment websites excluding
candidates who were not currently employed.
Who says the University’s football program doesn’t do any good?
Since last October, the Rutgers University Touchdown Club has been
donating football game tickets to Integrity House, a substance
abuse recovery house. While most attendees at the football games
take the tailgates and fun for granted, a day at the stadium makes
a real difference for members of Integrity House.