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  • Best Buy's Geek Squad searched customer computers for the FBI

    03/07/2018 9:47:13 PM PST · by EinNYC · 62 replies
    CBS NEWS ^ | March 7, 2018
    A child pornography case involving a California doctor has revealed that Best Buy's Geek Squad technicians allegedly worked with the FBI to uncover data on customer's computers for years, CBS Pittsburgh reports. A non-profit organization claims that the nature of the FBI's relationship with the technicians may have violated the U.S. Constitution. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit last year after it learned that the FBI allegedly paid Geek Squad employees to pass along information about illegal materials on devices sent in by customers for repairs. One search led to felony child porn...
  • Justice Department Sued for Records on FBI Training of Best Buy Geek Squad Spies

    06/01/2017 9:53:54 AM PDT · by bamahead · 24 replies
    The Wrap ^ | May 31, 2017 | Susan Seager
    The Justice Department was sued Wednesday by a privacy group seeking information on the FBI recruitment of Best Buy employees to search consumer computers for child pornography during repairs — a practice that came to light in court documents in a recent case in Santa Ana, California. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Trump administration’s Justice Department, demanding access to records about any FBI training and payment to Geek Squad workers to search customer computers without a court warrant. At issue isn’t the criminality of child pornography or efforts to stop the...
  • (Vanity) My laptop died, need cheap OS

    09/05/2012 9:02:46 AM PDT · by GeronL · 207 replies
    My Toshiba Satellite L305 has crapped out. It did not come with the reinstallation disk. I can get a new hard drive but I need an O/S. It is too old to run Windows 7, which I can't really afford. Does anyone know where I can buy a Windows Vista Home Premium (or sumtin') disk or product key for a good price?
  • Best Buy to Layoff 2,400 Employees

    07/06/2012 1:43:13 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 43 replies
    CNBC ^ | 7-6-12 | Reuters
    Best Buy plans to lay off 1,800 store employees and 600 Geek Squad workers, according to a source at the company. The 2,400 cuts represent 1.4 percent of the company's 167,000 workforce and come on top of jobs associated with store closings the company announced previously.
  • Geeks Drive Girls Out of Computer Science

    12/15/2009 2:39:33 PM PST · by decimon · 101 replies · 2,774+ views
    Live Science ^ | Dec 15, 2009 | Jeanna Bryner
    The stereotype of computer scientists as geeks who memorize Star Trek lines and never leave the lab may be driving women away from the field, a new study suggests. And women can be turned off by just the physical environment, say, of a computer-science classroom or office that's strewn with objects considered "masculine geeky," such as video games and science-fiction stuff. "When people think of computer science, the image that immediately pops into many of their minds is of the computer geek surrounded by such things as computer games, science-fiction memorabilia and junk food," said lead researcher Sapna Cheryan, an...
  • Best Buy's Geek Squad Finds Child Porn on Janitor's Computer, Janitor Arrested

    01/17/2008 6:03:54 PM PST · by Teflonic · 143 replies · 255+ views
    Switched ^ | 1/16/08 | Terrence O'Brien
    Best Buy's Geek Squad isn't exactly known for respecting people's property. This time, however, instead of us catching them, they caught a guy with child porn. A middle school custodian sent in a hard drive back in August of 2007 to recover lost data. Upon performing their usual search (and invasion of personal privacy), the Geek Squadders at a Twin Cities location found over 800 images of young girls between the ages of 7 and 15 in various states of undress and performing sexual acts. The Geek Squad promptly turned the evidence over to the police. The police eventually obtained...
  • Space Station Computers Up and Running

    06/16/2007 7:11:05 AM PDT · by Rb ver. 2.0 · 22 replies · 1,061+ views
    AP ^ | 6/16/07 | JUAN A. LOZANO
    HOUSTON (AP) - Russian cosmonauts on Saturday began turning back on some crucial systems that had been shut down more than four days ago when a computer system on the Russian side of the international space station crashed. The first system turned on was a machine that scrubs carbon dioxide from the air inside the space station. Just a day earlier, Fyodor Yurchikhin and Oleg Kotov were able to get four of six processors on two computers working again by using a cable to bypass a circuit board. It took four days to restore the capability of the computers. “In...
  • Starbucks targeted over high-fat products (no banana mocha Frapp, no banana cream crunch bar)

    06/16/2006 6:41:22 PM PDT · by Liz · 174 replies · 2,549+ views
    REUTERS ^ | Fri Jun 16, 2006
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Starbucks Corp. may be next on the target list of a consumer-health group that this week sued the operator of the KFC fried chicken restaurant chain for frying foods in oils high in harmful trans fat. The Center for Science in the Public Interest said it is planning to campaign against the global cafe chain because of the increased risk of obesity, heart disease and cancer associated with high-calorie, high-fat products it sells. And the possibility of legal action against Starbucks, similar to the case it is taking against KFC owner Yum Brands Inc., has not...