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ID Thieves Robbing the Cradle

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The Seattle Times is running an interesting piece on a new trend of targetting children and young adults by identity thieves. They contend it's because so many years may pass before it's discovered.

"Becca Bartelheimer was 3 when her mom tried to open a savings account for her and learned someone had beaten her to it."

While "millions of adults say they've been victimized by identity theft — the FBI calls it one of the fastest-growing crimes in America, it comes as a surprise that children, teens and young adults are being targeted by identity thieves and finding themselves with black marks on their credit records, sometimes before they even apply for their first credit card, get a driver's license or open a bank account." What's this world coming to?

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    Dear all,
    
    I am happy to announce the availability of Gnuastro 0.14. For the full
    list of added and changed/improved features, see the excerpt of the
    NEWS file for this release in [1] below.
    
    Gnuastro is an official GNU package, consisting of various
    command-line programs and library functions for the manipulation and
    analysis of (astronomical) data. All the programs share the same basic
    command-line user interface (modeled on GNU Coreutils). For the full
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    tutorial (recommended place to start using Gnuastro), please see the
    links below respectively:
    
    https://www.gnu.org/s/gnuastro/manual/html_node/Gnuastro-library.html
    https://www.gnu.org/s/gnuastro/manual/html_node/Gnuastro-programs-list.html
    https://www.gnu.org/s/gnuastro/manual/html_node/General-program-usage-tutorial.html
    
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    astronomical data centers (currently VizieR, NED, ESA and ASTRON) and
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    below you can download the RA, Dec and Parallax of all stars in the
    Gaia eDR3 dataset (from VizieR) that overlap with your
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    dataset metadata from the command-line, and much more.
    
      astquery vizier --dataset=gaiaedr3 --overlapwith=image.fits \
               --column=RAJ2000,DEJ2000,Plx
    
    See the new "Query" section in the Gnuastro book for more:
    
    https://www.gnu.org/software/gnuastro/manual/html_node/Query.html
    
    Here is the compressed source and the GPG detached signature for this
    release. To uncompress Lzip tarballs, see [2]. To check the validity
    of the tarballs using the GPG detached signature (*.sig) see [3]:
    
      https://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/gnuastro/gnuastro-0.14.tar.lz    (3.6MB)
      https://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/gnuastro/gnuastro-0.14.tar.gz    (5.6MB)
      https://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/gnuastro/gnuastro-0.14.tar.gz.sig (833B)
      https://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/gnuastro/gnuastro-0.14.tar.lz.sig (833B)
    
    Here are the MD5 and SHA1 checksums:
    
    30d77e2ad1c03d4946d06e4062252969  gnuastro-0.14.tar.gz
    f3ddbc4b5763ec2742f9080d42b69ed3  gnuastro-0.14.tar.lz
    cfbcd4b9ae1c5c648c5dc266d638659f0117c816  gnuastro-0.14.tar.gz
    4e4c6b678095d2838f77b2faae584ea51df2d33c  gnuastro-0.14.tar.lz
    
    I am very grateful to (in alphabetic order) Pedram Ashofteh Ardakani,
    Thérèse Godefroy, Raúl Infante-Sainz, Sachin Kumar Singh, Samane Raji
    and Zahra Sharbaf for directly contributing to the source of Gnuastro
    since the last alpha-release. It is great that in this release we have
    an equal gender balance in the contributors. I sincerely hope this can
    continue in the next release :-).
    
    I am also very grateful to (in alphabetic order) Antonio Diaz Diaz,
    Paul Eggert, Andrés García-Serra Romero, Thérèse Godefroy, Bruno
    Haible, Martin Kuemmel, Javier Licandro, Alireza Molaeinezhad, Javier
    Moldon, Sebastian Luna Valero, Samane Raji, Alberto Madrigal, Carlos
    Morales Socorro, Francois Ochsenbein, Joanna Sakowska, Zahra Sharbaf,
    Sachin Kumar Singh, Ignacio Trujillo and Xiuqin Wu for their very
    useful comments, suggestions and bug fixes that have now been
    implemented in Gnuastro since the last alpha-release.
    
    If any of Gnuastro's programs or libraries are useful in your work,
    please cite _and_ acknowledge them. For citation and acknowledgment
    guidelines, run the relevant programs with a `--cite' option (it can
    be different for different programs, so run it for all the programs
    you use). Citations _and_ acknowledgments are vital for the continued
    work on Gnuastro, so please don't forget to support us by doing so.
    
    This tarball was bootstrapped (created) with the tools below. Note
    that you don't need these to build Gnuastro from the tarball, these
    are the tools that were used to make the tarball itself. They are only
    mentioned here to be able to reproduce/recreate this tarball later.
      Texinfo 6.7
      Autoconf 2.70
      Automake 1.16.2
      Help2man 1.47.17
      ImageMagick 7.0.10-59
      Gnulib v0.1-4396-g3b732e789
      Autoconf archives v2019.01.06-98-gefa6f20
    
    The dependencies to build Gnuastro from this tarball on your system
    are described here:
      https://www.gnu.org/s/gnuastro/manual/html_node/Dependencies.html
    
    Best wishes,
    Mohammad
    
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