Orlando TSA Worker Caught Stealing iPad
September 28, 2012 12:53 PM
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The iPad ended up at his home 30 miles away from the airport
If you plan on traveling via plane with your favorite electronics, make sure they're with you at all times -- or a greedy TSA officer
might grab it
at the airport.
investigation busted an Orlando, Florida TSA officer for stealing an iPad that was left behind at a security checkpoint. The TSA officer, Andy Ramirez, was caught on tape handling the iPad at the checkpoint, and through electronic tracking, the same iPad found its way to the TSA officer's home.
targeted 10 airports around the U.S. that were known for TSA theft during its investigation. At each airport, iPads were purposely left behind at security checkpoints to see whether TSA officers would report the devices to lost and found, or keep them.
At nine of the ten security checkpoints, TSA officers were honest enough to contact the
owners of the iPads
, who had their name and phone number right on the iPad's case. However, Ramirez at the Orlando airport was the one exception.
After handling the iPad, electronic tracking traced the iPads movement about 30 miles away from the Orlando airport -- right to Ramirez's home. After 15 days and no word on the missing iPad,
went to Ramirez's home and confronted him.
At first, Ramirez denied that he had the missing device.
mentioned that they tracked the device to his home, but only after
activated the alarm on the iPad using iCloud did Ramirez finally hand it over.
But instead of admitting that he stole the iPad, he pinned the blame on his wife, saying that she brought it home from the airport and didn't tell him about it.
Ramirez isn't the only TSA officer snatching personal belongings from passengers. According to the TSA, about 381 officers have been fired from 2003-2012 for theft, where 11 have been fired this year alone. Ramirez is now on that list.
"This is the tip of the iceberg," said Rep. John Mica (R-Florida). "It is an outrage to the public, and actually to our aviation system."
The TSA has had many problems over the past few years. Mainly, TSA officers have been
a little grabby with passengers
while checking them at security, and they've even photographed and stored
pictures of passenger's privates
. More recently, the TSA has demanded that passengers
surrender their drinks
for screening of the contents.
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9/30/2012 1:56:28 AM
HTML 5 would be fine, IFF they could decide on a video standard. Apple (and MS) keeps insisting that the video standard should be h.264. Surprise, Apple has patents that cover h.264 (and MS has a x-license agreement...). Mozilla and Opera want open-source Theora and / or WebM. (Google bought into VP8 (WebM), and has declared it to be license-free. Mozilla and Opera have since agreed to have VP8 WebM) added to the standard.)
This has brought the HTML 5 standards into a state that might be called 'total disarray' if one were to be so kind. Apple will only support h.264. Period. MS will (and does) support any / all of the above, user intervention might be needed. Opera and Mozilla WILL NOT support h.264. Period. Google Chrome / Chromium will support any / all of the above, user intervention may be required... Several other (smaller user base) browsers, such as Web and Konqueror, will support all of the above.
So, if Apple could (for once) play nice in the sandbox, we might actually see an HTML 5 standard come out of committee sometime prior to the end of the century. Until then, the state of video in the smartphone world looks anything but smart.
9/30/2012 9:59:34 PM
For once, I agree with Apple -- and MS.
h264 video is used virtually everywhere, and is supported in hardware by virtually every device out there. Thanks to being a mature format, it's quality is superb and the tools out there are great.
Comparisons of quality at similar bitrates show WebM to be significantly inferior. There's some tools out there, but not as mature and widespread of support. I've yet to see devices advertise WebM encoding or decoding acceleration in-hardware, so doubt it's as widespread.
Despite the ubiquity of h264 video, I've yet to hear of any major legal problems come up with it.
Google and FOSS zealots need to get go away and come back when they have a competitive product, and stop trying to force their garbage on the rest of us before its ready.
“Then they pop up and say ‘Hello, surprise! Give us your money or we will shut you down!' Screw them. Seriously, screw them. You can quote me on that.” -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng referencing patent trolls
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