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Ancient Skulls Show Civilization Rose As Testosterone Fell

Savantissimo Re:Social Engineering? (387 comments)

Alcohol, at least with heavy, chronic consumption lowers testosterone, so maybe that is the mechanism here. It wasn't that they were civilized that made them less masculine in looks, rather that they were sots.

about 6 months ago

Predicting IQ With a Simple Visual Test

Savantissimo Re:data range IQ 150 (325 comments)

The standard deviation for IQ tests is 15, not 10. While the tests become less reliable at a rate proportional to the rarity of the score, nearly all the inaccuracy is in underestimating IQ, and this is a problem with the specific tests, not the concept of general intelligence. If someone has a score of 150IQ, they are nearly certainly that smart. If they have tested twice at that level, they are almost certainly substantially above 150IQ. Due to the 0.65-0.7 correlation of the tests, getting a second 1 in 1000 score on a different IQ test with just a 150 "real" IQ and 1 prior 150 IQ score will only happen about 15% of the time.

The IQ scale compresses vast differences in ability into the highest scores. There is literally more variation in the top 1% than in the 1st-99th percentiles. Nearly all the ideas that really change things come from that top 1%. No number of merely bright 120IQ people can take the place of one person with 160IQ for really hard new thoughts.

about a year and a half ago

Predicting IQ With a Simple Visual Test

Savantissimo Re:What is IQ? (325 comments)

I think the different forms of the Otis-Lennon have an age break at about that age. It would be a perfectly good place for an age break, just after the "corner" in the graph of raw scores with age. The additional mental development is negligible between 13 and 16, equivalent in Rasch CSS measure to 6 months increase at age 6.

about a year and a half ago

Predicting IQ With a Simple Visual Test

Savantissimo Re:Similar results = similar bias (or lack thereof (325 comments)

Using just the difference between two very simple perceptual tests to get similar results to other IQ tests would imply that the classic tests are not significantly biased in any factor more complex than used in the simple perceptual tests, which effectively means not biased at all. The correlation of the perceptual test with a long-form IQ test was 0.71, which is at or above the typical correlations of different major IQ tests with each other. It seems like the measuring methodology could be improved to eliminate the meaningless peripheral nervous propagation speed (would likely need EEG/EMG), or the almost meaningless non-choice reaction time (which can be done by just subtracting out the minimum repeated non-choice reaction time from pre-tests.)

If they can be improved even slightly, then perceptual tests would be the gold standard for IQ measurements, and even as it is now will be much cheaper and more convenient than traditional tests while being just as accurate for anybody with reasonably good vision and no confounding neurological diseases such as MS.

about a year and a half ago

Writer Jack Vance Dead At 96

Savantissimo Reading his books his best memorial / also Wolfe (83 comments)

Those who haven't read The Dying Earth series, or Jack Vance's later Lyonesse series really are missing a treat. It isn't for no reason that in 2006 his fans published a meticulously copy-edited 44-volume edition of his works, usually selling for over $3500. (There are cheaper editions, of course.)

Gene Wolfe is a big fan of Jack Vance's writing. Wolfe himself is one of the best writers ever - the Science Fiction Writer's Association named him Grand Master for lifetime achievement this year. (29 named in the last 38 years, 10 still living, Jack Vance was named in 1997)
Wolfe's Book of the New Sun, which made his name, recasts Vance's Dying Earth series, while adding mind-bending depths. Highly recommended.

about a year and a half ago

Supreme Court: Affordable Care Act Is Constitutional

Savantissimo Re:Bad method (2416 comments)

Looking at all taxes, people getting minimum wage pay quite a lot. The effective federal income tax actually paid by someone in the $13-15K/yr income bracket on their adjusted gross income (that's before exemptions and deductions other than student loan interest - the other adjustments basically don't apply at this income level) is slightly lower than you estimated, about 3- 4% ($600 on $15K is 4%), but they also have to pay 12.4% SS, 2.9% Medicare, about 10% in state taxes and duties including sales tax, fees and so forth. Their total tax burden is around 27%.

After paying the average $2.2K/yr for individual insurance, their taxes are 42% of what's left.
Allowing just $700/month for rent and food and all the the other necessities to keep their shitty job, taxes eat all the rest.
(That's assuming full time with paid vacations and holidays - i.e. about $2.3K more than realistic. $600 is a better estimate)

On the other hand, if they pay the 2.5% penalty rather than buy insurance, their effective tax rate drops from 42% to 29% and they can spend $750 to $900 per month. For many minimum-wage workers, that's the difference between impossible and merely difficult.

more than 2 years ago

Joe Cornish To Write and Direct Snow Crash Movie

Savantissimo Re:Tagline: (256 comments)

It was not handheld. It weighed over 300 hundred pounds, maybe as much as a tonne. The connection between the barrels and the main box must have been structural, though active and flexible - "a wrist-thick bundle of black tubes and cables" is all he says about that.

It made so many holes that it destroyed the structural integrity of the boat, and the unsupported upper bits started collapsing due to their own weight. The rounds are 0.3mm wide and lets say we need 1km of holes - that's 3.33e6 rounds. If the rounds are 2mm long cylinders made out of uranium, that's exactly 9kg of ammo. Over ten kilometers worth of holes would be possible. This thing was like a waterjet, but using uranium moving at a substantial fraction of orbital velocity.

The power is not impossible given that it's nuclear-powered and is using the ocean as a heat sink. If the rounds are moving at 5km/s and firing 27kg per minute, that's 5.6MW.

Given those numbers, the force is 2250N = 506 lbf. There are four guys, some equipment and supplies and this super-weapon on the raft. It's likely an under-estimate, but let's say 1250 lbs. That's 4m/s acceleration, 0.4 gravity. That would get them up to 23 knots in 3 seconds, if there were no drag. But there is a lot of drag, it's a raft. Just like in the book, they'll move away quickly, but the acceleration will fall off quickly, too. When firing stops, they'll slow down quickly.

Yes, it's extreme. That's the whole point. But it isn't physically impossible.

more than 2 years ago

Computers May Be As Good As (Or Better Than) Human Biocurators

Savantissimo Re:"biocurators"? (35 comments)

I was slightly skeptical until you mentioned the tweed coat, and the elbow patches really nailed it down. You should really invest in some briar pipes and Balkan Sobranie.

This sentence is ambiguous, though: "And despite one (at least) slightly shoddy episode with a fulsome grad student in the early 80's, I've got a stellar reputation in the field." At least one episode, or at least slightly shoddy? Was the the grad student effusive, generous or simply "full and well developed"? Hmm... perhaps the ambiguity is artful.

I agree though that "biocuration" is a barbarous term. Arthur Clarke had a good put-down of that sort of thing in "Silence Please" in Tales From the White Hart:

"....Sound waves consist of alternate compressions and rarefactions."
"Don't you mean 'rarefications'?"
"I do not. I doubt if such a word exists, and if it does, it shouldn't," retorted Purvis, with the aplomb of Sir Alan Herbert dropping a particularly revolting neologism into his killing-bottle.

more than 2 years ago

Why VCs Really Reject Startups

Savantissimo Re:Startups are made of engineers (217 comments)

From what I have seen the funded Kickstarter project success rate is way higher than VCs, with much less money.

more than 2 years ago

Why VCs Really Reject Startups

Savantissimo Re:Because your idea sucks (217 comments)

Fidgeting in your chair should be a pretty strong positive signal. Michael Dell came to my Austin boarding school for career night back when he was only worth about $20M. The man simply could not sit still. He fidgeted like a whole third grade class. (He also gave a presentation on managing growth that was not all that useful to anybody there. We need to know how to have some growth before we can manage it.) Steven Weinberg's talk the same night wasn't all that much more helpful, something about how the math in superstring theory was threatening to break his brain. He looked like the results of thirty years of all-nighters. The twelve or so of us who showed up were impressed, but it didn't really help with the career thing. I doubt a VC would have shelled out money to either of them based on that night's performance though.

Where Dell really shone was in salesmanship. My family visited him back when he was selling refurbished computers out of a 2nd floor apartment (not a dorm room). Most people don't know he sold Apple gear in the early days. He had an Apple III there which was apparently just so he could advise people against getting one. This obviously raised the trust level (and if the customer wouldn't take the advice, well, at least Dell could unload the POS.) I think we ended up getting our 2nd hand Lisa from his company later, but it might have been CompuAdd.

I don't think Dell ever needed VC money - he was profitable from day one, and when he had cash flow issues, his loans mostly came from unwitting suppliers, or so I have heard. There's no doubt that he could have gotten VC money, he was just too smart to accept the loss of equity and control he would have had to take.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What's Your Take On HTTPS Snooping?

Savantissimo Re:Perspectives (782 comments)

The owner of the equipment says it's OK, the user is an employee with no right to privacy on the employers' machine.

more than 2 years ago

Joe Cornish To Write and Direct Snow Crash Movie

Savantissimo Re:Tagline: (256 comments)

What lack of recoil? p.337-8:

Hiro's feet go out from under him as the raft moves suddenly; he can see Eliot falling down next to him.

He looks up at Bruce Lee's ship and flinches involuntarily as he sees what looks like a dark wave cresting over the rail, washing over the row of standing pirates, starting at the stern of the trawler and working its way forward. But this is just some kind of optical illusion. It is not really a wave at all. Suddenly, they are fifty feet away from the trawler, not twenty feet. ...
"Fucking recoil pushed us halfway to China," Fisheye says appreciatively.

Since I'm on that page, here's the best line:

"I didn't mean to blow it all up. I guess the little bullets just go through everything."
"Sharp thinking, Fisheye," Hiro says

more than 2 years ago

Joe Cornish To Write and Direct Snow Crash Movie

Savantissimo Re:Tagline: (256 comments)

You're right and should get an "insightful" mod.

more than 2 years ago

Joe Cornish To Write and Direct Snow Crash Movie

Savantissimo Re:Tagline: (256 comments)

"p=mv "
Yes, my point exactly. The effective mass is not a constant, it depends on water drag. Bad idea to tattoo it on my ass, though, given your propensity for fucking up things with that equation.

more than 2 years ago

Monsanto May Have To Repay 10 Years of GM Soya Royalties In Brazil

Savantissimo Re:Remove the yoke of Monsanto! (377 comments)

Since you read the article yourself you know that these seeds aren't patented; they haven't been since 2004. Monsanto is owed nothing, the farmers can buy their seed from whomever they like. This isn't about some dodgy farmers "stealing" seeds - or even replanting them without authorization, it's about Brazil's highest court refuting the outrageous lies and misrepresentations of lying corporate lickspittles like yourself.

Another example of such a lie is your bizarre claim that cross-pollination has somehow been "debunked". I suppose that putting in a gene for herbicide resistance somehow wipes out tens of millions of years of plant reproductive processes? Roundup-ready (RR) soybeans must produce pollen or they couldn't self-pollinate and produce soybeans. Maybe you want us to think that Monsanto's superior race of beans are a whole new species that can't fertilize der unter-beans? Ja, anything else must be a conspiracy theory or something.

No, cross- pollination of other types of soy by RR is a fact. A farmer's shipment of beans usually comes from different fields which will have been planted with different seeds in different seasons over the years, some plants among which have self-seeded from prior crops, others of which may adjoin neighbors RR fields and have been pollinated by those plants. Monsanto takes a few to a few-hundred gram sample of this big, mixed bin of beans. This sample has several hundred to a few thousand beans. Even if the fields were entirely seeded this year with non-RR beans, there is a good chance that there is a bean or 10 in that sample with RR genes. The sample is ground up together, they run a PCR on it before doing their single-gene test. Any contamination will read the same as if the whole sample were RR. And why would Monsanto want it any other way?

And then there's your ham-handed attempt to tar everybody who doesn't buy your lies as a "conspiracy nutjob". Oh no! Not that! I guess we have to shut up and agree with this comically inept corporate shill, or he might call us conspiracy theorists again! Dude, corporations by definition are criminal conspiracies if they do anything against the law or even plan to. Every corporation has groups of people working together in secret to get more money for the corporation, and it is common for them to sail as close to the wind as they think they can. In a big corporation with many lawyers and lobbyists, what's merely "close to the wind" for them would sometimes be well over the line for others.

I would enjoy mocking you and your inane sub-literate blatherings further, but upon excessively sober reflection, I believe proceeding past mere elevation and essaying an quasi-asymptotic approach to the crapulous seems like the more salubrious and intellectually engaging option. (Translation: I'm off to the pub.)

more than 2 years ago

Monsanto May Have To Repay 10 Years of GM Soya Royalties In Brazil

Savantissimo Re:Remove the yoke of Monsanto! (377 comments)

No, the yield isn't any better, it just doesn't die when you dump certain kinds of poison on it. Contamination with Monsanto products makes your formerly organic crop worth half as much and may force you to spend a great deal of time and money on lawyers, too.

more than 2 years ago

Monsanto May Have To Repay 10 Years of GM Soya Royalties In Brazil

Savantissimo Re:Remove the yoke of Monsanto! (377 comments)

Well, technically the licensing agreement is what they like to rely on first. There are no laws that directly prohibit re-planting seeds which have a patented component nor planting seeds sold as feed. If they don't actually have privity of contract they have some other dodges, but the inconvenient truth for them is that replanting is a traditional use of seeds, the seeds aren't patented, only the specific engineered improvement (Monsanto has no IP in 99.9999% of any seeds genome, in particular the parts that allow it to reproduce), and absent an agreement to the contrary, a purchaser in the ordinary course of commerce can expect to be able to plant any seeds that he buys. Monsanto's patent rights are exhausted with the sale of the original seeds. As usual the case law is mixed, and the actual results in court will depend not on the law but on the pocketbooks of the parties, so Monsanto figures it has things all sewn up.

more than 2 years ago

Monsanto May Have To Repay 10 Years of GM Soya Royalties In Brazil

Savantissimo Re:Remove the yoke of Monsanto! (377 comments)

Hybrids are not what people are worried about, rather it is an old Monsanto proposal called "terminator seeds", seeds which would grow into sterile harvests. Monsanto backed off on the idea after widespread outrage.

Cross-pollination can be considered pollution if it introduces undesired traits, such as GM traits, to an organic strain or pesticide resistance to weeds. It is an entirely forseeable outcome which Monsanto nevertheless claimed was unlikely.

In every one of the cases you mentioned, and more that you didn't, Monsanto abused and overreached its IP and contractual rights in order to harm farmers. Monsanto should have no right to impose any sort of licensing agreements on seed buyers which restricts the fitness or merchantability of patented products for their traditional purposes, nor in particular to prohibit the use of crops as seed rather than feed.

more than 2 years ago

Monsanto May Have To Repay 10 Years of GM Soya Royalties In Brazil

Savantissimo Re:Remove the yoke of Monsanto! (377 comments)

You also have no clue what you are talking about. Your post verges on gibberish.
Monsanto has not released terminator (sterile) seeds. The restriction on replanting is solely from licensing agreements.
Don't take this as saying in any way that Monsanto is not utterly evil.

more than 2 years ago

Monsanto May Have To Repay 10 Years of GM Soya Royalties In Brazil

Savantissimo Re:Remove the yoke of Monsanto! (377 comments)

Yes, really. I mean ...REALLY. Monsanto wants to be paid both for the seed, then again for the harvest (including harvests which are mostly non-GM with only a small potion of GM contamination, which may be from cross pollination) on seeds whose patents expired in Brazil in 2004. Monsanto should lose - it has collected money to which it has no right. Further, it should be fined for all the contamination of other cultivars by the pollen and stray seed from its roundup-ready variety - liability for pollution does not end with the patent term.

Those patents never should have been issued in the first place - where plants are patentable at all, they are limited to those that propagate by cuttings. This system was set up precisely because the potential abuses of seed patents were foreseen. Utility patents on living organisms should never be allowed. That's not what they are for. If it holds back progress (doubtful) or profit (also doubtful - more likely increases and diffuses it) then new forms of patents need to be legislated rather than judicially jury-rigging utility patents to do the job.

As for releasing infertile seeds being a "prudent ecological measure" - no, limiting IP protection for GM organisms to cutting-propagated plants is a prudent ecological measure. Prohibiting releases of fertile GM seeds or pollen which may have potentially adverse effects into the environment is a prudent ecological measure. Hooking poor 3rd-world farmers on infertile seeds so that the whole world's food supply is dependent on a rapacious corporation is, without exaggeration, a crime against humanity worse than any in history.

more than 2 years ago


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Naurus' NSA Intercept Machine

Savantissimo Savantissimo writes  |  more than 8 years ago

The evidence from the Electronic Frontier Foundation's suit against AT&T indicates that the pen-register (phone call records) and call-graph analysis is really just the tip of the iceberg. The equipment that the NSA installed in AT&T's main switching and routing centers is known, it is made by Naurus Inc., and the frightening capabilities of the equipment are posted on that company's website.

Naurus' equipment is designed to do phone and Internet wiretapping on a massive scale. The company has extensive links to telecom, law enforcement, defence contractors, and intelligence agencies in the US as well as the old-boys club of major finance and consulting firms. Naurus also provides services to repressive regiemes such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

Here is a research dump of the evidence of these technical capabilities and business links I have found so far:

Whistle-Blower Outs NSA Spy Room by Ryan Singel

AT&T provided National Security Agency eavesdroppers with full access to its customers' phone calls, and shunted its customers' internet traffic to data-mining equipment installed in a secret room in its San Francisco switching center, according to a former AT&T worker cooperating in the Electronic Frontier Foundation's lawsuit against the company.


"While doing my job, I learned that fiber optic cables from the secret room were tapping into the Worldnet (AT&T's internet service) circuits by splitting off a portion of the light signal," Klein wrote.


The split circuits included traffic from peering links connecting to other internet backbone providers, meaning that AT&T was also diverting traffic routed from its network to or from other domestic and international providers, according to Klein's statement.

The secret room also included data-mining equipment called a Narus STA 6400, "known to be used particularly by government intelligence agencies because of its ability to sift through large amounts of data looking for preprogrammed targets," according to Klein's statement.

All About NSA's and AT&T's Big Brother Machine, the Narus 6400"
by bewert Fri Apr 07, 2006

Specifically, this equipment was the Narus ST-6400, a machine that was capable of monitoring over 622 Mbits/second in real time in May, 2000, and capturing anything that hits its' semantic (i.e. the meaning of the content) triggers. The latest generation is called NarusInsight, capable of monitoring 10 billion bits of data per second."

Naurus products page:

        * Universal data collection from links, routers, soft switches, IDS/IPS, databases, etc. provides total network vew across the world's largest IP networks.
        * Normalization, Correlation, Aggregation and Analysis provide a comprehensive and detailed model of user, element, protocol, application and network behaviors, in real time.
        * Seven 9s reliability from data collection to data processing and analysis.
        * Industry-leading packet processing performance that supports network speeds of up to OC-192 [10 Gbit/sec - internet backbone capacity] at layer 4 [the TCP or transport layer] and OC-48 [2.5 Gbit/s - often the largest lines in major regional carrier networks] at layer 7 [The application layer: web, email, VoIP, etc.] enabling carriers to monitor traffic at either the edge of the network or at the core.
        * Unsurpassed and limitless scalability to support the world's largest, most complex IP networks.
        * Unparalleled flexibility -- NarusInsight's functionality can easily be configured to meet any specific customer requirement (Narus Software Developer Kit -SDK).
        * Unparalleled extensibility -- NarusInsight's functionality can easily be configured to feed a particular activity or IP service such as security, lawful intercept or even Skype detection and blocking."

"NarusInsight(TM) Intercept Suite (NIS)

        * CALEA- and ETSI-compliant modules for lawful intercept featuring a robust warrant management system. Capabilities include playback of streaming media (for example, VoIP), rendering of Web pages, examination of e-mails and the ability to analyze the payload/attachments of e-mail or file transfer protocols.
        * Proprietary directed analysis monitoring and surveillance module offering seamless integration with the NSS or other DDoS, intrusion or anomaly detection systems, securely providing analysts with real-time, surgical targeting of suspect information (from flow to application to full packets).

NarusInsight(TM) Discover Suite (NDS)

NDS supports detection of the following services and protocols for the purposes of billing, quality of service (QoS), planning, reporting, provisioning as well as blocking:

        * VoIP (SIP, H.323, MGCP)
        * Skype
        * Streaming media (RTP, RTCP, RTSP)
        * Peer-to-peer (Gnutella, BitTorrent, KaZaa, eDonkey, etc.)
        * Web browsing
        * e-Mail (SMTP, POP3, IMAP)
        * Messaging (IM, MMS)
        * Push to talk

Naurus solutions page:

Lawful Intercept and Regulatory Compliance

Recent government regulations and the resulting standards referenced under CALEA in the United States and ETSI in Western Europe are designed to preserve law enforcement's ability to conduct authorized electronic surveillance while preserving public safety and the public's right to privacy. Moreover, as carriers migrate to next-generation networks (NGN), and deliver Services over IP (SoIP), the volume and complexity of the data required to deliver to law enforcement increases dramatically. NarusInsight's Intercept Suite of application modules enable carriers and service providers around the world to comply with these new regulations in the multi-faceted world of Service over IP.

About Naurus

With its patented technology and processes, Narus helps customers like AT&T, Brasil Telecom, Korea Telecom, KDDI, Telecom Egypt, Saudi Telecom, France Telecom and T-Mobile in areas of network security, traffic classification and monitoring.

Narus is headquartered in Mountain View, CA (USA) with offices throughout North America, EMEA (France, Germany, U.K.), Asia (Japan, Korea, China), and Brazil. Core product development is done in Mountain View with additional development facilities in Bangalore, India.

Naurus executives:
Naurus executives have past employment links to:
Nortel Networks
IBM Global Services
Verizon Wireless
Ziff Davis
(and others less well-known)

Naurus Board of Directors:

Naurus Board of Directors:

William P. Crowell is an independent security consultant and holds several board positions with a variety of technology and technology-based security companies. Since 9/11 he has served on the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Task Force on Terrorism and Deterrence, the National Research Council Committee on Science and Technology for Countering Terrorism and the Markle Foundation Task Force on National Security in the Information Age. Bill's past positions have included President and Chief Executive Officer of Cylink, a leading provider of e-business security solutions as well as a series of senior positions at the National Security Agency, including Deputy Director of Operations and Deputy Director of the Agency. He has also served as chairman of the President's Export Council (PEC) Subcommittee on Encryption, which worked with the Administration, Congress and private industry to substantially loosen restrictions on the export of encryption products and technology.

Other Naurus board members have past employment links to:
Booz, Allen & Hamilton
GE Equity, a division of GE Capital
JPMorgan Partners, the private equity investment arm of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.
Bankers Trust and Prudential Securities, Inc.

Naurus business partners:
Naurus global partners:


Giza Systems of Egypt
has licensed Narus' comprehensive portfolio of real-time traffic insight products in the Middle East region.

NEC ...

VeriSign ...

Naurus regional partners:

Carahsoft Technology Corp. is offering Narus' high performance IP security, monitoring and traffic classification solutions to government agencies on GSA schedule. Carahsoft Technology Corp. is a trusted government IT solutions provider delivering software and support solutions to Federal, State and Local government agencies. The Carahsoft Team has a proven history in helping government agencies find the best possible technology solution, at the best possible value. With a deep understanding of the technologies we provide, as well as thorough knowledge of the government procurement process, Carahsoft offers needs analysis, configuration support, ease of ordering and special government pricing. GSA Schedule # GS-35F-0131R. 888-662-2724

FITec Technology Innovations is making Narus' leading real-time traffic insight solutions accessible to telecommunications service providers in Brazil. FITec, a top technology innovator and integrator in Brazil, is using Narus' software to provide Brazilian carriers with security, analysis, monitoring and mediation applications, all based on Narus' ability to capture and analyze IP traffic in real time. ... Its main areas of expertise include IPTV, NGN and VoIP technologies.

Info Quest is the largest Greek IT company...

Naurus technology parners:


Cisco Systems...

ManTech International Corporation
  is a leading provider of innovative technologies and solutions for mission-critical national security programs for the Intelligence Community; and the Departments of Defense, State, Homeland Security, and Justice; the Space Community; and other U.S. federal government customers. ManTech's expertise includes systems engineering, systems integration, technology and software development, enterprise security architecture, information assurance, intelligence operations support, network and critical infrastructure protection, information technology, communications integration and engineering support.

ManTech Board members include:
Richard L. Armitage, former Deputy Secretary of State

Admiral David E. Jeremiah, USN Ret., also on boards of Wackenhut Services, Inc., advisory board Northrop Grumman, the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, the Defense Policy Board and the National Reconnaissance Office Advisory Panel.

Richard J. Kerr, former Deputy Director for Central Intelligence, Scientific Advisory Board of the National Security Agency and the Board of Visitors of the Joint Military Intelligence College and is currently on the advisory boards of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Sandia National Laboratory and the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory.

Dr. Paul G. Stern, former CEO of Northern Telecom [Nortel] anf former President of Unisys, He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Whirlpool Corporation and Dow Chemical Company. Additionally, he is the Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, serves on the Board of Trustees of the Library of Congress, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Business Executives for National Security.

Over the past 20 years, Pen-Link Ltd has developed two core software products for telecommunications intelligence collection, recording, monitoring, analysis, and reporting: Pen-Link 8 and LINCOLN 2. Together, these two software technologies provide a complete system solution for any electronic surveillance (wire line, wireless, satellite, ISP or VoIP). Pen-Link clients include the State Department, Department of Homeland Security, US Marshals, US Secret Service, and hundreds of state and local law enforcement agencies.
[See the "products" link at the top of the Pen-Link site for information.]

Pen-Link v7.0 for Windows is the most complete law enforcement PC-based software system on the market.

The LINCOLN [Local Intercept Network Collection-On Line Network] System provides a complete data collection solution for telephonic intercepts. LINCOLN digitally records call content and call details from proprietary telecommunications switch formats.

Headline on Pen-link website:

SS8 Networks Partners with Pen-Link in Global Distribution Deal to Create Industry's Most Complete Lawful Intercept Solution

The partnership expands SS8 Networks' portfolio to include Pen-Link's LINCOLN® 2 collection server, a high-end data collection and monitoring platform that stores and tracks activity of specific targeted individuals. SS8 Networks' customers also now have access to the Pen-Link 8 analysis software as part of the portfolio. This software provides the ability to provide multi-dimensional analysis of target individual's telephone calls, emails, push-to-talk conversations and multimedia messaging -- critical capabilities for law enforcement officials as suspect individuals continue to leverage IP-based network architectures and mobile devices for voice and other communication services. .... Through a series of extended relationships, lawful intercept solutions are now also available for government and law enforcement agencies worldwide. SS8 Networks' solutions are installed in global tier one wireless, wireline, VoIP and cable networks and are also available through a channel of major international switch vendors.

See SS8 Xcipio for details on SS8's intercept product.

... a clear need has emerged to create products and standards that can also enable interception of IP-based communications.

To address this need, SS8 Networks has combined its existing lawful intercept technology for voice and data networks into a single product called Xcipio(TM), a cost-effective solution for provisioning, delivery, and recording activities of lawful interception.

Xcipio's modular architecture supports lawful intercept requirements for both domestic and international markets as well as multiple delivery standards for traditional circuit-switched (wireless and wireline), next generation packet, ISP, and hybrid networks.

[SS8 is not a Naurus partner, but a partner of a partner.]

Naurus technology partner:

Visual Sciences, LLC is the leading provider of streaming data analysis software products and on-demand services to Fortune 1000 enterprises and government agencies. The most information-driven enterprises depend on Visual Sciences' real-time analysis platform -- Platform 4 -- and suite of applications built upon it to collect, process, analyze and visualize their data for decision making.

Visual Call delivers real-time intelligence about the usage and performance of large and complex interactive voice response, call management and computer telephony networks, systems and services. Visual Call provides the most complete solution available for interactive voice channel and call detail analytics, offering unrivaled flexibility and scalability. Visual Call is the only product in its market to offer a comprehensive view of the activity of the voice channel --including all caller activity at any and all levels of detail...

About Visual Sciences

Visual Sciences' client base includes one or more of the world's largest retail banks, consumer credit companies, insurance companies, mortgage origination companies, global hospitality and lodging companies, global airlines, U.S. Government Agencies, business and consumer computer systems companies, security, transaction services and trust companies, networking products companies, global telecommunications service providers, global retailers, and newspaper and magazine publishing companies. Visual Sciences does not publicly disclose the names of our more than fifty (50) Fortune 1000 enterprise clients and U.S. Government agencies and more than five hundred (500) Internet and voice properties because of our privacy agreements with our clients.

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