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Robot Combination Cracker: 30 Seconds to Open Your Safe

Posted on July 7, 2015

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Weeks after introducing a manual method that narrows the number of potential combinations to a specific Master Lock down to just eight, intrepid hacker and engineer Samy Kamkar has developed an open source, 3D-printed robot that applies the technique automatically. Calling his gadget the “Combo Breaker,” Kamkar claims it can crack a common combination lock […]

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Bullies, Principals, and Parents

Written by Gary North on June 27, 2015

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This is the most important question for every institution: “Who’s in charge here?” The second question is this: “To whom do I report?” Then there is this question: “What are the rules?” Then this: What happens if I either obey or disobey?” Finally, this: “Does this outfit have a future?” To understand how these questions […]

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Pre-Crime: “No Saved History, Defrag Automatically”

Written by Gary North on June 13, 2015

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For years, I have set my browser not to save any history of my searching. For years, I have set Windows 7 to defragment my hard disk once a week. Now I learn this. In 2010 David Kernell, a University of Tennessee student, was convicted under Sarbanes-Oxley after he deleted digital records that showed he […]

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The FBI Betrays a Trust

Written by Gary North on April 25, 2015

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Government bureaucracies eventually betray the public’s trust. Give them enough time, and they will choose self-aggrandizement and nest-feathering over the enforcement of the law. They will get away with this for so long that it will corrupt the founders’ original commitment to moral reform. I grew up in an FBI household. My father never had […]

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[Color X] Teenage Girls Give [Color Y] Woman a [Color X] Eye

Written by Gary North on April 11, 2015

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The headline was standard: Teen girls give Pa. woman black eye for ‘shushing’ them in movie theater. They broke her eye socket. But this is called a black eye in medialand’s headlines. Two loud, cursing teenagers did not know how to conduct themselves in a public place. A woman asked them to behave like civilized […]

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Ferguson’s Post-Riot Solution: Hike Fines

Posted on December 22, 2014

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Ferguson, Missouri, which is recovering from riots following the August shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman, plans to close a budget gap by boosting revenue from public-safety fines and tapping reserves. The strategy by the St. Louis suburb, which suffered a second round of violent protests last month after a […]

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Illinois: Record a Cop and Go to Prison

Posted on December 12, 2014

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In March of this year the Illinois Supreme Court struck down the state’s eavesdropping law, and rightfully so, as it was touted as the most unconstitutional law of its kind in the country. But Illinois, being the the corrupt and violent police state that it is, couldn’t let their police and other government officials be […]

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Looting for Justice: Same Old Story

Written by Gary North on November 25, 2014

Looters in Ferguson, Missouri defied President Obama and the parents of Michael Brown. The President and the parents had called for peaceful protests. This appeal to non-violence did not work. In the summer of 1965, I lived in Southern California. The region saw the images from the KTLA TV traffic helicopter, day after day, night […]

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May-December Nuptials: Manson Will Get Married

Written by Gary North on November 18, 2014

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Charles Manson, 80, will marry a 26-year-old who has been visiting him. He will not be given a parole. The mastermind of the Tate-LaBianca murders and several previous ones got life imprisonment at taxpayers’ expense. He has been locked up since 1969. He had first gone to prison in 1951. He was on parole — […]

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