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Dutch Court Says Government Can Receive Bulk Data from NSA

Mr 44 very important (109 comments)

A lot of people miss this element - "spying" is very different from "legally admissible evidence in court by a police agency". I care a lot less about intelligence agencies, than police agencies.

And yes, that why the supposed collaboration with DEA is so bad, that is far worse than almost anything else that's come out in my mind.

about a week ago

Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They're Private Corporations, Immune To Oversight

Mr 44 Re:Repeat after me... (534 comments)

That's absolutely not true, and is in fact totally backwards. The "National Guard" is under control of the State Governor, except when federalized, and as such is completely constitutional.

about a month ago

US Government To Study Bitcoin As Possible Terrorist Threat

Mr 44 Sounds reasonable (210 comments)

It's a bit immature for people to be blindly making fun of this. At the risk of RTFA:

An unclassified memo from January unearthed by Bitcoin Magazine detailed solicitations for CTTSO projects. The memo states that one of the mission requirements is for " to develop and/or enhance new concepts and constructs for understanding the role of virtual currencies" in financing threats against the United States.

The memo said the blurring of national lines is facilitating the transfer of virtual currencies: "The introduction of virtual currency will likely shape threat finance by increasing the opaqueness, transactional velocity, and overall efficiencies of terrorist attacks," it stated.

This sounds like a perfectly valid thing for someone to think about, and consider the implications of. Honestly, whatever your business (or governmental responsibility), if you aren't thinking about the impact of crypto-currency, you might be being negligent.

about 3 months ago

L.A. Science Teacher Suspended Over Student Science Fair Projects

Mr 44 Re:Sick Society (253 comments)

It is on Grand Street, btw.

about 3 months ago

No Upper Bound On Phone Record Collection, Says NSA

Mr 44 Responsibilty lies with the politicians (238 comments)

Why do people don't get this more? The NSA/Military are (for the most part) carrying out the policies and directives set by their civilian over-seers.

Michael Hayden actually expressed this very clearly:

Former NSA Director Michael Hayden exemplifies this in a quote from late July: âoeGive me the box you will allow me to operate in. Iâ(TM)m going to play to the very edges of that box.â

about 10 months ago

The Release Candidate For Linux Mint 14 "Nadia" Is Out

Mr 44 What? (295 comments)

Would it hurt to include a few words explaining what the hell Mint even is or why we should care there's a new version?

about a year and a half ago

Space Station Spacewalkers Stymied By Stubborn Bolt

Mr 44 They had one (290 comments)

Story Musgrave. He was in charge of fixing the Hubble, and is a complete bad-ass. He has a "good-old farm boy" attitude, that is exactly what you want for fixing machinery in remote locations.

about 2 years ago

Could You Hack Into Mars Curiosity Rover?

Mr 44 Re:DSN on the Internet ? (452 comments)

Sure you don't think thats relevant? If you've got your own transmitter, you are talking directly to it.

about 2 years ago

What Happens To Google Employees When They Die?

Mr 44 Self-insurance (170 comments)

Not sure if they still do, but in the 90's, Microsoft self-insured employees (administered by Aetna, though). Makes a lot of sense when you have a young, largely healthy workforce.

about 2 years ago


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