not a news flash

December 21, 2005

“Yesterday, Magistrate Judge Gorenstein of the federal court for the Southern District of New York issued an opinion permitting the government to use cell site data to track a cell phone’s physical location, without the government having to obtain a search warrant
based on probable cause. ”
More info
Egad.
I also learned today that in addition to the NSA illegally using cookies to monitor site visitors, the White house also does.

This is rather startling, because in a discussion of how robots.txt files work to prevent files from being indexed, someone told me to look at the White House robots file. Pretty darn interesting!!
They basically listed all the directories that had interesting stuff, in order to keep them from being indexed.  D’oh!

In case you want to look:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/robots.txt
and I’m not making that live link on purpose.

Some of them are perplexing:

  • Disalow /911/patriotism/

and some are just stupid:

  • Disallow /president/tee-ball/