Got Malware? The FBI Wants It
..coding samples. They are jealous of the NSA capability, and want some (lots) of their own.
SpaceShipTwo Sets a New Altitude Record
...why BTW beat Felix Baumgartner. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/space/10275552/Teddy-bear-falls-from-space-and-beats-Felix-Baumgartners-skydiving-record.html
Former Head of NSA Calls For Obama To Reject NSA Commission Recommendations
and no successes either....it seems the NSA is an expensive boondoggle (insert link to pics of Keith Alexander's Star Trek Bridge) and should therefore be culled to 10% of the current size.
UK Introduces Warrantless Detention
After the recent persecution/attempted then failed cull, stealth badgers equipped with low-light video systems in their backpacks will be infiltrating the controlled areas to report on suspicious police activity. They are quietly confident, being as how they can't be arrested for shitting in the controlled area, since they aren't dogs.
Is Bruce Schneier Leaving His Job At BT?
+we are naturally suspicious of BT, even if they are not part of the spying+
Oh yes they are part of the spying. BT have always been and still are totally interlaced with the UK government, the UK military, and GCHQ. This is one of the times that "natural suspicion" is totally justified.
Ask Slashdot: Are We Older Experts Being Retired Too Early?
You require to work remotely? Most managers cannot stand that - if you aren't there in the office so they can see that you are working, you must be goofing off, you cannot possibly be working. Judge you by your results? They wouldn't know how to do that, and they are far too harrassed/unimaginative/untrained to work out a method of doing it.
I've been in IT for more than 40 years, a contractor for the last twenty. In all that time, I have once had one contract that allowed me to work from home, and then it was just one day a week - and even then, in the middle of the contract, they tried to change it to all five days a week.
More on the GCHQ Hack Involving Slashdot Users: Official Statement
Dear GCHQ employees, do NOT ever tell me that you work for GCHQ. An incident amounting to a Breach of Public Order may result (varying from me pouring my
pint over your head) to me smashing a glass in your smug little face.
Now fuck off and get yourself a Proper Job (TM).
New EU Rules To Curb Transfer of European Data To the U.S.
Pity they couldn't ban GCHQ from reading any of it.
Engineers Design Tornado Proof Home
Not a surprise that a piece about dgging a storm-proof hole is written by someone called Emily Badger.
New Real Life Laser-Rifle Cuts Through Metal Like a Blowtorch
"designed specifically with nuclear decommission in mind, specifically chopping up huge pieces of metal infrastructure into bite-sized bits", which it vaporizes and then throws all over the operator (photo in TFA).
Note to self: do not apply for that kind of work, no matter what the rate.
No Child Left Untableted
Obviously they've got money to burn, the fools.
For their "total annual per unit lease cost of $214" they could buy 5 Raspberry Pis at Adafruit, and OWN THEM OUTRIGHT instead of the devices still being on lease so they have to pay $214 every year till the supplier is fat and happy.
BT Prepares To Pull Plug On Dial-Up
My brother is an old BT customer (in both senses). He has had a BT email account since Adam was a lad, and a broadband account since broadband became available on his street (getting on for 10 years).
He just forwarded an email to me which purported to come from BT offering to "connect his email address to his broadband account", Click Here to keep your email address. It looked very very real, but the link targets did not correspond to the text.
It is possible his email account was marked as dial-up because of how long it has existed with no changes that would have recreated it - but still, the links aren't right. So I said "PHISHING" and told him to forward the headers to email@example.com.
It's getting more and more difficult to tell phishing from real messages that are just incompetently designed.
Postscript: I forwarded the email to firstname.lastname@example.org - where it bounced. Way to go, BT - advertise an address that doesn't work. Perhaps you are too busy letting the NSA burrow into the Transatlantic Cable.http://www.theguardian.com/business/2013/aug/02/telecoms-bt-vodafone-cables-gchq
Feds Target Instructors of Polygraph-Beating Methods
Let's spread the news of how to beat polygraphs as widely as possible. Now we have the government banning it, that makes it desirable knowledge, OK?
From TFA: "Charles Honts, a psychology professor at Boise State University, said laboratory studies he’d conducted showed that countermeasures could be taught in one-on-one sessions to about 25 percent of the people who were tested. Polygraphers have no reliable way to detect someone who’s using the techniques, he said. In fact, he concluded that a significant number of people are wrongfully accused."
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Ask Slashdot: Recommendations For Non-US Based Email Providers?
NSA and GCHQ are also siphoning off data from the telcos (BT and others) at the telecoms servers, at which point who your email provider is becomes irrelevant. [You can assume that anything GCHQ knows, the NSA also knows]. It has also come out that BT has allowed GCHQ to tap the Transatlantic cables at the shore station in Bude, Cornwall without the knowledge or consent of several telcos that are not otherwise co-operating.
So AFAIK you need either (1) a non-US non-UK telco and ISP with a routing that does not go through UK, or (2) encrypt everything.
Other Agencies Clamor For Data NSA Compiles
"careful to limit the use ... for fear they could be misused in ways that violate Americans' privacy rights."
Nonsense. The NSA restrict access for exactly the same reason as access to Ultra was restricted in Wrld War II. "If the enemy [the US public] knew we are reading their signals, they would take steps to prevent us continuing".
CNET: Feds Put Heat On Web Firms For Master Encryption Keys
..no takers on THAT bet....too much like a sure thing..
BT (our biggest ISP and our biggest telecoms company) regularly spreads its legs for the government, so I would bet BT handed the keys over at the first hint..
So now anyone in gorvernment who doesn't like your face can make your bank accounts say whatever they want.
We're all doomed.
Eben Upton Muses on the Raspberry Pi, Scratch and, His Love For Parallela
Not enough room on the SoC, apparently. 512 MB is the max that will fit, without a complete redesign (which no-one wants to do, not enough value in it).
Google Patents Displaying Athletes On Sports Fields
Pretty sure IBM was doing stuff like this for Wimbledon on the BBC 20 years back...Can anyone else remember what Wimbledon broadcasts looked like? My memory glitches a lot these days...need more parity checking...or less alcohol...
BT Chief To Become British Government Minister
...will include several hundred million GBP that they will get for selling off land around the Adastral Park "Research" site. That's land that was compulsorily purchased for an RAF airfeld, which was ultimately "given" to BT. So it's taxpayer's land. BT has been leaning on the local council to rewrite their land use policies to allow the farmland to be built on. They intend to build a new town of 2000 homes right next to a European Special Protection Area that is also an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (think National Park, without the planning restrictions).
The land value will go from 6,000 GBP per acre to at least 500,000 per acre when BT get planning permission. And the worst bit is that this kind of house building is exactly what the district does NOT need - we need new housing in all the scattered villages where low-income people live and work, instead of in one place where are no jobs.
Please can we stop tarmacing over the entire f**king world?
UK Town of Ipswich Remodelled As Zelda Level
The town is a pit of despair. I sincerely hope, for all your sakes, that this does NOT put Ipswich "on the map". FFS, this place has only just made it to the 20th C (rough end of).
God help anyone who mentions Adastral Park, because I won't hold back.
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