The NSA's New Partner In Spying: Saudi Arabia's Brutal State Police
This post highlights the possibility that the NSA could spy on Americans in America by working with a foreign partner to act as a proxy in exchange for the NSA spying on their people, sort of like wife-swapping. Obviously, it would not be Saudi Arabia, as they lack the resources for such a grand effort. However, the British could do it quite well. More importantly, it fits with the American business trend of outsourcing and off-shoring work.
As for Saudi Arabia, they see like a good place to outsource 'enhanced interrogation'. It would be ironic, too, given that we have so many Americans who would be more than qualified to do the dirty work. I guess they could move to Riyadh.
Former NSA Director: 'We Kill People Based On Metadata'
The difference between a republican and a democrat -- a donut blimp. Figure it out.
US Nuclear Missile Silos Use Safe, Secure 8" Floppy Disks
The last machine that I recall using 8" disks was an NEC PC 8086. Running DOS 2.1, it was shaped like a microwave oven. That was in the mid 1980s. The diskette held about a megabyte, and there was no HDD.
The DDN network is likely an X25 WAN with bisync lines (RS422 or V35), a.k.a. ARPAnet. Bisync was notorious for going down due to 2-bit errors, making data look like control characters. I had a script that could reset a line, and you couldn't tell if the signal had gone down. That meant it was possible to tap into it. Diskettes could carry malware, and as several have mentioned, machines that booted from them were victims of some of the first PC viruses. Theirs probably boot from socketed EPROMs, which are easy to swap. All this was architected before network security was an issue. Fortunately, most terrorists are too young to know about these antiquities. However, if the Air Force believes it is invulnerable because it is ancient, then we are doomed.
Why Are We Made of Matter?
Antimatter is so derisory. Must we put such a polarizing label on something we do not fully understand? If people referred to me that way, I would not hang around, either.
Of course it matters that we are made, and whatever we are made of quantum-wise, we should be proud, even if it destroys us when we come together.
I vote for calling it 'matter-of-fact'.
P.S. I appreciate StartsWithaBang renaming it from, "Why are we layered fatter?"
How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion
The Internet once again gets too much credit. Johannes Gutenberg started it all.
Bitcoin Inventor Satoshi Nakamoto Outed By Newsweek
Too late, the feeding frenzy has begun -- http://money.cnn.com/2014/03/0...
He is better off wearing a sushi suit in a shark tank.
Apple Refuses To Unlock Bequeathed iPad
It would not be the first time the deceased left a will with a prank inside. Given the vulture-like disposition of some relatives, she might have left the map to her fortune inside the iPad. I would. Without the password, the data would be lost, as the password is used to encrypt the data.
Bitcoin Inventor Satoshi Nakamoto Outed By Newsweek
. . . that it was actually the K**h brothers who contracted with the Russian Mafia to invent Bitcoin, and they set Nakomoto up as the fall guy. I'm sure it is totally bogus, in spite of the salaciousness and viral rumor-mongering appeal. Has anyone got any completely unsubstantiated confirmation of this?
Free Software Foundation Campaigning To Stop UEFI SecureBoot
This is the end of the motherboard era. LIke Mainframes (that are doing well, BTW), the motherboard has seen its heyday. Intel is de-emphasizing them in favor of processors for mobile, and AMD is looking pretty sad, see http://www.techradar.com/news/upgrades/graphics-cards/motherboards/computing-components/processors/computing/pc/why-the-pc-of-2020-could-be-bad-news-for-modders-1117302
As a desktop guy from way back (my 1st was a H89 that I built myself), I find this news to be depressing. However, the handwriting is on the wall. Once the volumes of desktops drop, the motherboard will become the exotic anomaly and hardware hacking will be the domain of the Raspberry PI generation.
NASA On Full Court Press To Deflate Doomsday Prophecies
. . . the world will end . . . for someone.
High-Frequency Traders Use 50-Year-Old Wireless Tech
Fog will do it, too.
Netflix Ranks ISP Speeds
I live in the shadow of Google but have AT&T DSL and use it to watch Netflix. In the past six months, performance has deteriorated significantly, dropping from an average of 1.35Mbps to 800Kbps and sometimes less. AT&T has tested the link to the CO and found it meets their service level standards.
I have spoken with other locals who expressed similar problems with Comcast. If you look at the sales of iPads and other tablets, their growth seems to track against this slowdown. Have these new tablets, streaming YouTube, Vimeo, and Netflix, put a strain on the local ISPs? I doubt if theISP's provisioning would keep up with sudden demand.
Wiki Weapon Project Test-Fires a (Partly) 3D-Printed Rifle
Until Leo Szilard made him famous. You can argue about a theorem, but you can't argue with a nuke. When the next Leo prints an AR-15 and shoots his critics, then Gutenburg will be as glorious as Einstein, and nobody will fuck with a publisher. Someday, they will have a printer that can build an Abrams M1A2. Of course, that tank will be a rare antique by then, but I'll be the first to order one.
1st Amendment meets 2nd Amendment, and they kick ass - William Randolph Hearst had wet dreams about this.
Study Claims Human Intelligence Peaked Two To Six Millennia Ago
. . . but he doesn't seem too bright. Guess that proves his point, paradoxically speaking.
Amid Fiscal Uncertainty, Venture Capital Is Way Down In Silicon Valley
First, Silicon Valley sent the silicon (fabs) to Asia. Then, they outsourced labor to Asia. Then most start-ups needed an "Asian talent connection" (H1-B visa, India/China engineering, etc.) to get funding. Then,the VC set up offices in Asia. Now, those offices fund Asian start-ups. Asia is where the action is, and that is where the money is, too.
Creating a Better Chatbot Through Crowdsourcing
This may be a good example of a hive mind implementation. The first being the church, and the second was the corporation. The difference is that a machine might be the parser, instead of another person. There was talk of this kind of machine logic being used by companies in the form of schedulers, automated personal assistants, and management analytic engines -- all based on business policies. Once interconnected, they form a collective intelligence that drives the workers, probably like DNA drives a colony of ants. One might think something sinister, but the results are likely to be unpredictable.
It's Easy To Steal Identities (Of Corporations)
Wish they were. People under 18 can't vote, have limited rights to free speech, can't smoke or drink, and generally must be under adult supervision. They can't have sex, either, which means they can't propagate. They also must go to school. Those over 18 are usually the problems, though. They seems to fuck everybody at some point.
NYC Taxi Commission Nixes Cab-Hailing Apps
The car will be the electronic communication device, and there will be no human driver. The unions will not like this. Expect politicians to pass laws that make this one seem "logical and highly intuitive."
Java Exploit Patched? Not So Fast
I've had no need for it. Who does?
Craigslist Drops Exclusive License To Your Posts
As the Internet makes information easier to deliver, the traditional publishers struggle to deal with the separation of content and distribution. This transition is still unsettled because the shift from delivery to filtering is not complete. Someday, we will be able to access almost all data, and the trick will be to find the relevant information. There will be a lot of money made by successfully editing the world's knowledge. Until that model evolves, we are stuck with problems such as this.
It is wiser to know only what you need to know when you need to know it than to try to know everything.
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