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Doomsday Clock Could Move

Trachman Who they do not attempt to stay relevant? (145 comments)

One could understand and expect that intellectually stimulating discussions among 18 Noble prize laureates will yield to unspecified doomsday due to the climate change. Or, in reality, this became a free networking event with good food and interesting contacts, all under the guise of saving the humanity.

Meanwhile, this year alone in violent death there were approx 2 thousands of casualties in Nigeria, approx 1 thousand of casualties in Ukraine and Iraq. There are real wars that are being waged at this time.

In United States from cancer and cardiovascular diseases almost 4 thousands of Americans are dying every day. Not that the death is avoidable, but proper nutrition, exercise and lifestyle can prolong life by a decade for many.

So what exactly is the purpose of ever-frozen clock showing the risk of super-fast destruction combined with super-slow climate change risk for some reason commingled and culminating to decision to keep 5 minutes to the noon.. So why exactly 18 Nobel prize laureates are gathering to decide if it is 6 minutes or 4 minutes to the end of the world.

How about using talents and energies on real problems, identified using old fashioned scientific method called prioritization, in IT world knowing as function "sort".

about a week ago
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FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

Trachman If everybody would be sending CD's (382 comments)

That would be a waste of taxpayers money. Multiple jobs would need to be created to open the mail and to manually download the data.

about a week ago
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FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

Trachman As always, dick measuring between agencies (382 comments)

NSA and others do it and will do it no matter what the law says, while their dime eyed lawyers continue telling that they are defending our liberties. FBI was also doing it, but now that the discussion is public, there are same voices, probably in-house lawyers, who foresee a case in the future where the litigation is lost if FBI will continue lying using the paralel construction, like they (and all others) always did.

So now they want to legitimize something that is not legitimizable.

about a week ago
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Regular Exercise Not Enough To Make Up For Sitting All Day

Trachman Little cup is not a punishment (348 comments)

Little cup is not a Burger King punishment. It is their management decision to limit the water cup size to make attempts to have soda in water cups impractical.

While stealing soda in Burger King sounds like a ridiculous idea, this option has been considered and addressed by reducing paper cup for water size.

about a week ago
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First Crowdsourced, Open Data Address List Launches In the UK

Trachman Unlisted Identity (33 comments)

Addresses will be collected. In fact a lot of addresses were available albeit not in an organized manner. The next thing could be the open list of identities and professions, .... well to reduce the marketing costs, of course and target ads better. However officers in law enforecement and spy agencies will not like that and will either force to unlist some of the addresses, or will take fake names and identities.

Somewhat similiar to google earth, where some areas are artificially blurred by the company which pledged not to make no evil.

about two weeks ago
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Extra Leap Second To Be Added To Clocks On June 30

Trachman Re:Investment oportunity (289 comments)

Ok, Can you calculate the slow down, if ajdustments were done as follows: one in 2012 next one in 2015, basically every three years.

about three weeks ago
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Extra Leap Second To Be Added To Clocks On June 30

Trachman Investment oportunity (289 comments)

At some point the earth will stop spinning.

The one who will build a forecast model will know which side of the earth will be .... "sunny way up".

Appropriate investment decisions can be made to purchase a land in the twilight zone, where is not too hot and not too cold.

Some sources say, that earth is slowing down 1.7 milliseconds every 100 years. However the last leap second adjustment took place in 2012, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...

Anybody know a quick and dirty way, a good formula, that would tell us when the earth will really stop rotating?

about three weeks ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

Trachman Re:It is the taxation issue, really (840 comments)

I am economist by trade and by education. There is an entire schoold of econmics, called Austrian economics (one of the bright scholars was , which is standing behind. The caveat, is that Austrian economics thinks that informed individual will make a better choice than somebody else.

If you have no chance to hear about it, I am recommeding: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A...

People in UK and anywhere else where something is socialized, for example medicine, have an illusion, a false sense of security that they "got covered".

In reality, if something is provided free, or low cost, demand will be very high. Thus it is rationed. I have a friend in EU, who needs heart valve transplant and was told that the wait is 4 month. He will pay the money that he does not have to get "expedited"service. Government does have a role to play and that role is to help innovation, efficiency, transparency, simplicity, absence of the middlemen to be a driving force.

about three weeks ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

Trachman It is the taxation issue, really (840 comments)

It is not the labor costs that have skyrocketed. It is the taxes that are being collected and they creeped in and their effect has a ripple inflationary impact where due to the taxation and regulation certain things just do not make sense anymore. I know it is not a popular speech, and I always wondered why nobody wants to talk it.

And i am not talking abou the taxes that are taken from my paycheck directly, which is 43%, in my case (fed, state, city). There are less direct taxes on the property and capital gains, which I also pay.

Now there are true indirect taxes which represent the taxes which you are paying when you get services and goods from others, that are raising the prices of services of the people who are providing them, for they also need to pay taxes on the services provided or value created, or buy services that are mandated and recognized as taxes for they are unavoidable (aka Obamacare). This price inflation has a ripple effect and is further passed through economy.

In my situation (and I do realize that there are individuals who are different), Simple mathematical calculation, Lim f (individual tax rate) = overal taxation burden, shows that, again this is my case, approximately 85% of my income is given back as taxes, which is overall taxation burden. This trend can be repeated for the rest of the economy which is driven and fueled by governmental taxation, waste and spending, and government will never be as efficient as private individual, not even close.

That is the reason why it is cheaper to have to buy something manufactured by robots and bio-robots, rather than pay someone a salary and 80% taxes on top of it.

Have you noticed that in less taxed communities (some erroneously call them less developed societies), where taxation is virtualy non-existent, people do take care of their things and do fix them.

about three weeks ago
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2015 Means EU Tax Increase On Cloud Storage, E-books and Smartphone Applications

Trachman First it was DRM. Now taxation (164 comments)

So, if on my Ipod i will set the living place by choosing the first country on the list, Afghanistan, and will pay with Paypal or Bitcoin, will the tax be collected? How will the living place will be determined? Complexities are staggering.

On the other hand, there are approx 500 million people living in EU, which gives an average $2 revenue per person per year, or less than approx 1.5 EUR per year. Let's make a non-scientific assumption that 10% of the population are actually using the services, which gives $20 per user per year. It looks like active audience with the age of 16-45 is being targeted.

It is not a lot to the governments, but it could be a lot, a huge difference, for the new companies new businesses who will be offering the service. The compliance aspect itself will be a costly component of doing business. For those who do not think it is a big deal, tax non-compliance or even allegation can completely freeze the business.

All things added together only one conclusion comes to my mind. Taxes will be collected, but In the long term, the pirates will win and information WANTS to be free. We had Hollywood whining, and soon we will have tax authorities whining about "lost revenues".

about a month ago
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Private Russian Company Proposes Lunar Base

Trachman Russians had the most expensive olymic games (81 comments)

Russians had the most expensive olympic games in the history $50 Billion, while the living standard of the average russian, if measured by GDP per capita is probably 50% lower than average western country.

Clearly, those who were part of it, liked the taste of the money and want more "projects". In US they would start a new war, or would bring another entitlement program aka "Obamacare". In EU they are playing with the LHC. Russians want to colonize the moon now that Ukrainians kicked their teeth in East Ukraine.

At the same token, in Russia, significant part of population still uses outhouses, average life expectancy of males is 50 years, currently interest rate is more than 10% and inflation is more than 10%. Russia has 1/6th of the world's territory, but they have 1/50th of the population and have negative birth rate.

Yes, let them colonize the moon for their "lebensraum" is an issue #1.

about a month ago
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NSA Reveals More Than a Decade of Improper Surveillance

Trachman Confession (118 comments)

This reminds a Christmas eve confession of a 13 year old boy. Admit small mistakes, hoping that no one will notice that the boy not only is a bastard, but was not even baptized.

about a month ago
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Serious Economic Crisis Looms In Russia, China May Help

Trachman Re:China has to buy US bonds ... (265 comments)

Same thing that will happen if China will stop buying US debt.

about a month ago
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Serious Economic Crisis Looms In Russia, China May Help

Trachman Economic crisis is peanuts vs Crimean gem trophy (265 comments)

This economic crisis can be comparable to the fever that occurred after annexing significant piece of land in a prime location. If Russia will survive it, they will be stronger, meaner, richer, better diversified. Russia for more than a decade have been preparing for this scenario.

Occupied Crimea and Donbass represent an area of approximately 42 thousand square meters and had a population of approximately 6 million people (actual number will be lower due to the war). The area is larger than Switzerland and population is comparable to Austria. The Crimea is a prime sub-tropic location, a desirable trophy to Russia who has abundance of land in cold climate. Crimean peninsula is surrounded by sea and has significant untapped oil and gas reserves. To summarized, this is an incredibly valuable piece of land and Russia will not give it up at any cost even if they need to wage a nuclear war.

For Russia adding Switzerland size country economic crisis is an incredibly low price to pay. Russians have stashed away significant foreign currency reserves and have been waiting for this precise reaction from the west.

It is time for the west to impose a reverse Iron curtain on Russia so that Russians could enjoy and continue their relationship with China and North Korea.

West lost the moment Russia wiped their arse with 1994 Budapest memorandum which had to guarantee territorial integrity of Ukraine.

about a month ago
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Uber Pushing For Patent On Surge Pricing

Trachman Unorthodox legal tactics (190 comments)

Clearly Uber will be sued once in a while for price gouging, tactics as old as world.

Rather than treating it as a future potential liability they want to send a message now to the future uberzealous seekers of the fairness: look, the price gouging is our patent protected right, secured by the laws.

Making a lemonade from lemons at its finest.

about a month ago
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TSA Has Record-Breaking Haul In 2014: Guns, Cannons, and Swords

Trachman Re:And how many were terrorists? Oh, right, zero. (276 comments)

If someone had a gun on September 11, 2001 perhaps the history would be different. In Soviet Russia all pilots were armed, and rightly so.

I travel and every day I see pocket knifes, souvenir knifes being stolen at the checkpoints. The other day my credit card size stainless steel multi-tool (ruler, screwdriver, wrench and a 2 centimeter cutting edge) has been confiscated because it had a less than one inch "blade". Yikes.

Every single day passengers bring bottles of whiskey and other alcohol in the glass bottles, which is essentially a ceramic blade/knife, if the bottle is broken. Heck, you can buy alcohol in the airplane.

I have interviewed several airport security directors and directors supplying security solutions. All of them, in private, agreed that this is a security theater.

about a month ago
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Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

Trachman If Sony keeps doing it (250 comments)

If Sony keeps doing it, their documents will be forever alive in the form of magnet links, formerly torrent file sharing technology.

They do have the the army of trained lawyers to harass mass audiences, except that newspapers have seen much badder boys coming to them with the threats.

Now, assuming Sony documents will survive, will be available for everyone, and will be commented, how exactly SONY will know which newspaper has caused an actual harm?

I think that their litigation budget will be fully depleted for several years in the future.

about a month and a half ago
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In Iowa, a Phone App Could Serve As Driver's License

Trachman Why do police need papers anyway? (207 comments)

Why it is a burden of the tax payer not only to pay taxes, which are used for the systems for human and property databases, but, also, burdened with the need to have the old copy of the database record?

Papers are the relict from medieval and industrial, pre-computer and internet era.

Currently one only needs to identify himself and that should be enough data for any cop to pull all the databases and photos of the individual that is being detained.

Somehow it is always the additional burden on the taxpayers that are always imposed and very rarely, if ever, bureaucratic requirements are eliminated.

Abolish plastic driver's license ID, paper insurance and paper registration.

about a month and a half ago
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FISA Court Extends Section 215 Bulk Surveillance For 90 Days

Trachman The power to spy is like any addictive substance (83 comments)

Once one start using, one needs to continue doing.

The same thing with those kangaroo courts. They will stick to whatever "their legal opinions" are, because the moment you stop all predecessors will be questioned. They have to remember that Nurnberg defense, "we just followed orders" does not work all the times. They KNOW what they are doing and, rest assured, they do not have clean conscience and do sleep well even if they say they do.

Expect this to be election issue. Rand Paul's maximalistic approach will earn a lot of political capital, and Hillary Clinton will look like a big sister from 1984 Apple commercial. Perhaps this thing along will win former Obama's voters.

One would be a fool to believe that anything in substance will change even when Rand Paul will stop renewal, but at least there will be a debate.

about 1 month ago
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French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

Trachman AdBlock is doing something right (699 comments)

AdBlock is clearly doing something right, and for every google action there will be equal and opposite reaction.

If internet is called an ecosystem, then we, the small fish, have every right to the cloak of invisibility.

The big fish forgot that the the right to spy should be consented. Of course, there are certain type of fish that does not give a damn and use all kind fishing tools, starting from targeted baits, evolving to infections and ending to the 100% filtering.

If AdBlock will be drifted to playing both sides against each other, get the funding from both marketing companies as well as from the small fry being fished, alternatives will appear.

about 1 month ago

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Bidding war between networks, sports leagues will increase price of cable TV

Trachman Trachman writes  |  4 days ago

Trachman (3499895) writes "It appears that the cable tv bill is guaranteed to be a victim of inflation. According to the Washington Post article, ESPN and TNT have signed a new $2.6 billion annual contract to carry National Basketball Association games. All of it will have to be paid by cable subscribers. Let's do a simple math here: let's assume there is a 100 Million households in USA who have cable service, which amounts to $260 of costs, per year, attributable to each subscriber, or approx $22 per month. Of course, some of the expenses are reimbursed by advertisers, but the amount is staggering.

The word is that such a record amount will increase monthly bill? Or perhaps more people will be encourage to disconnect "zombie box""

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5th generation intel processors are unveiled

Trachman Trachman writes  |  about three weeks ago

Trachman (3499895) writes "Lenovo has announced two new business flagships at CES 2015, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon and the ThinkPad X250. These laptops are built for the road warriors who need to do a lot of work while they’re away from home, and need to do it fast.

Both the X1 and the X250 are powered by Intel’s latest 5th-generation Intel core processors, and offer optional 4G and LTE connectivity depending on your region.

It is a 14nm CPU. It has integrated 4k graphic processor. Mobile internet, 4G/LTE, will be available. Truly impressive progress."

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Post-Christmas surge of returns

Trachman Trachman writes  |  about a month ago

Trachman (3499895) writes "Today I have stopped by the local Walmart to buy some stationary and I have noticed a long line, perhaps a dozen people, who were standing to return the merchandise.

The first thing I saw is 2 meter long box with the plastic toy castle. I get it: unwanted gift to the kid.

The next thing I have noticed is a plastic Christmas tree, in the box, clearly opened and taped with transparent packing tapes, and a middle age lady looking to return it. The article below cites that 5% of the returns are fraudulent, but the Christmas tree returned on Dec 26 is ... a bit too obvious.

I think that sellers should have a two tier pricing system, a la carte: one price if you want the right to return and warranties, another price is where sales are final, no right to return for any reason.

Here is the question: what will be the next step from who return a lot of merchandise and do not want to be included into the database?"

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Photon interaction has been created in the fiber

Trachman Trachman writes  |  about 3 months ago

Trachman (3499895) writes "Austrian scientists discovered a way to couple photon pairs. During the coupling for two identical photons, under analysis, a phase is changed in one and, using the magic of the world of quantum mechanics, the phase of other photon also changes. Scientists predict that this can advance quantum optics, quantum computations and, in the nearest future, secure fiber networks from NSA and other self appointed nosy rulers of the world.

The question to the community is following: Is there anyone who can explain in simple terms the essence of the discovery and associated potential practical applications."

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For those who have nothing to hide, there is something you can lose

Trachman Trachman writes  |  about 5 months ago

Trachman (3499895) writes "Everytime there is a discussion about pervasive surveillance there is an undertone injected to the discussion: if you have nothing to hide then one has nothing to fear. We have learned about DEA using NSA capabilities for the parallel construction of the case. Washington Post has article about those who had nothing to fear and paid dearly — http://www.washingtonpost.com/..."
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Popular Science Magazine: About the Cell towers

Trachman Trachman writes  |  about 5 months ago

Trachman (3499895) writes "Popular Science magazine has published an article about a network of cell towers that are owned not by telecommunication companies but by internal US agencies that are, well... gathering, data of US citizens. Many of them are built in US military bases. The revelation states that individual users are being tracked without court order or any warrant nor the knowledge of cell service providers and are built with the sole purpose of .... data gathering (spying, monitoring)."
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Verizon Rewards Customers for Their Data

Trachman Trachman writes  |  about 6 months ago

Trachman (3499895) writes "Communication companies saw valuable data and have finally figured out how to monetize. For a token compensation (not even a cash money) of "10,000" points people will be giving away another source of information about themselves.

Should we expect that ISP's will soon start offering one or two percent discount in exchange for giving away your internet searches."

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Magnetic Field of Earth Weakening a Sign Poles Are Flipping

Trachman Trachman writes  |  about 7 months ago

Trachman (3499895) writes "The magnetic field of Earth is weakening more rapidly than many scientists thought it would, a sign that Earth’s magnetic poles might flip within a few hundred years as opposed to thousands of years. Data collected from Swarm, the collective name for three European Space Agency (ESA) satellites, confirms that Earth’s magnetic field is weakening, something which has led to many past switches in Earth’s magnetic poles.Deep ocean core studies have confirmed, according to NASA, that the Earth’s magnetic poles reverse on a relatively frequent basis. They usually switch anywhere from 200,000 to 300,000 years. As it has been 700,000 years or so since a flip has taken place, Earth is overdue for one. The weakening magnetic field might be a sign that the switch will occur sooner, rather than later. Scientists, according to a report by LiveScience, had thought that Earth’s magnetic field was weakening by about five percent every hundred years. At that rate, they calculated that a flip in the Earth’s magnetic fields would not happen for around another 2,000 years. However, the new data from Swarm indicates that Earth’s magnetic field is actually currently weakening at a rate of five percent every decade instead of century. That rate is 10 times faster than the scientists had allowed for in their calculations about when the next flip would happen. That being said, we know that the Earth's magnetic field is primary protecting shield from cosmic particles and, consequently, is a primary factor to the Earth's temperature.

My Scoop is following: At the risk of being not popular here at Slashdot I dare to ask: can magnetic field changes and climate changes be connected and analyzed in concert?"

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Airport Security will not allow to have discharged electronic device. What's nex

Trachman Trachman writes  |  about 7 months ago

Trachman (3499895) writes "Latest news to the travelers flying into the US: you will discover that getting through security will become even more time-consuming and stressful. The US Transport Security Administration revealed on Sunday that enhanced security procedures on flights coming to the US now include not allowing uncharged cell phones and other devices onto planes.

Let's think about it. In the next decade some perverted heads will announce anal and vaginal devices as the next transportation threat. How far Americans are willing to go, how many liberties to lose for the sense of security."

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Raging hockey fans destroed an LAPD drone last night. How?

Trachman Trachman writes  |  about 7 months ago

Trachman (3499895) writes "Multiple videos have been posted online showing what uploaders described as hockey fans destroying a Los Angeles Police Department drone outside the Staples Center Friday night after the LA Kings won the NHLâ(TM)s Stanley Cup. Riot police were called in to break up what the LA Times described as a âoemeleeâ outside the arena following the Kingâ(TM)s victory over the New York Rangers. In one clip posted online, a drone can be seen hovering over the crowd of hockey fans before it was knocked out of the sky by people throwing shoes and clothing. The question: what was the antidrone weapon?"
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So what and how exactly "big brother" is monitoring at work

Trachman Trachman writes  |  about 10 months ago

Trachman (3499895) writes "Many of us working in corporations of medium and larger size are accustomed to periodic reminders that there is zero privacy on what employees do on their computers. There is a usual clause that incidental (infrequent) use is OK.

So what exactly is being monitored: I know that emails stay for ever, that we all know. Same with company provided chats and phone calls. I know that files on the servers monitor various "meta-data", such as when accessed, modified and deleted and keeps versions of data (every company can have different holding period).

To further narrow and scope the question, let's excluding those clear cut cases where someone is working after official warning, or complained (for whatever reason) to HR, or was specifically reported after complain.

Let's also scope out the work specific applications where the user activity is logged for audit and accountability purposes.

That leaves browser, P2P software (such as Skype), music listened over the work computer.

So the question is what are the common practices of reviewing the internet browsing and internet activities?

P.S. Once I worked within the audit team in top notch institution in, let's put it that way, not a very friendly environment and 100% of the calls were listened. My girlfriend called to tell me to share some very intimate news. I still blush when remember and realize that there were additional ears listening my telephone conversation."
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Karma is a bitch - Garbage disposed years ago is interfering with the search

Trachman Trachman writes  |  about 10 months ago

Trachman (3499895) writes ""Karma is a bitch" . That is a old and well worn cliche. But Malaysia airlines flight MH370 is a reincarnation and living proof of the principle. Garbage has been thrown away years ago, had it not been disposed into the ocean it, the Indian ocean, would have been much more pristine without distracting objects in the water and the plane would have been recovered and, who knows, maybe even rescued earlier."
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Obama to call for end to NSA's bulk phone data collection, version 2.0

Trachman Trachman writes  |  about 10 months ago

Trachman (3499895) writes "While we see the reports that current administration will have other than NSA organization collecting the phone, discussion completely leaves multiple other methods of data gathering in place (text messages, internet email, as well as phone data gathered by non-NSA agencies as well as "friendly" governments who are looking for "terrorists". In fact, NSA phone data gathering process has multiple redundant alternatives.

How about reaffirming people's rights to their privacy? Will it happen in our lifetime?"

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US intelligence officials to monitor federal employees with clearances

Trachman Trachman writes  |  about a year ago

Trachman (3499895) writes "We are going to the next level. The people who are entrusted with the state secrets will now have be officially under automated surveillance. Sounds fair? Except that all those with the clearances have been monitored in the past albeit in less organized way. For decades employees have been taught to snitch on each other by reporting "suspicious" behavior in any self respecting organization, private or state funded. So it does not appear to illogical, in fact, quite a reasonable justifications for 5 million or so of people with clearance to completely and officially lose their privacy, right? So who knows, perhaps in ten years when federal employee tracking will be "accepted social norm", there will be a new push (under whatever the issue of the day) called "entrusted citizen and taxpayer". In order to be deemed to be trusted citizen and taxpayer one will be subjected to the scrutiny currently extended to the federal security apparatus employees. The icing of the cake is the comment made by the program leaders : “The system only works well, if it has thoughtful, educated, careful human beings behind it” . I am happy to remind that this a less romantic quote of Soviet Cheka (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%A7%D0%9A), who have described themselves as patriots with flaming heart and cold mind."
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How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy

Trachman Trachman writes  |  about a year ago

Trachman (3499895) writes "One of the many pressing and interesting stories that remains to be told from the Snowden archive is how western intelligence agencies are attempting to manipulate and control online discourse with extreme tactics of deception and reputation-destruction. It’s time to tell a chunk of that story, complete with the relevant documents.

Among the core self-identified purposes of (Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group) — JTRIG are two tactics: (1) to inject all sorts of false material onto the internet in order to destroy the reputation of its targets; and (2) to use social sciences and other techniques to manipulate online discourse and activism to generate outcomes it considers desirable.

Continued at:
https://firstlook.org/theinter..."

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TSA wants to count your bitcoins

Trachman Trachman writes  |  about a year ago

Trachman (3499895) writes "Here is the nice youtube podcast at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... , where the passenger was detained because most likely TSA suspected him of the possession of physical Bitcoin coins.

Original 25 BTC coins are indeed worth approx $15,000 each now, and obviously TSA heard something about BTC, but they are clearly ill-informed about it.

If you carry a passport of the wrong nation, such as Cuba, Syria, Sudan, Algeria etc, you are then, automatically subjected for enhanced body search/pat down. It looks like there is a new "risk factor" — Bitcoin, even if it is a Bitcoin logo on your t-shirt or a Bitcoin pin.

We can only speculate on what will happen to the innocent passenger who will be the first one to bring a spent/used bitcoin: will TSA want check it?

What will happen if one prints out the bitcoin on paper and encrypts it? Will there be a requirement to report it?"

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Black hole in the layman's terms

Trachman Trachman writes  |  about a year ago

Trachman (3499895) writes "National Geographic in March 2014 edition has excellent article about black holes, authored by Michael Finkel. http://ngm.nationalgeographic.... . This is by far one of the best and clearest articles about the black holes, without confusing mathematical formulas or complicated concepts. One hypothesis is very logical " ... At the center of a black hole is a conundrum called a singularity". Article hypothesizes that singularity is a dimension-less point in space. "... Singularities are imagined to be extremely tiny. Beyond tiny: Enlarge a singularity a trillion trillion times, and the world’s most powerful microscope wouldn’t come close to seeing it. But something is there, at least in a mathematical sense. Something not just small but also unimaginably heavy. "

Nevertheless, black hole theories are full of contradictions (not that I am implying a lack of efforts to clarify them). For example, if photons do not have mass then how exactly mass-less photons are impacted by gravity and how come heavy objects bend light and why light cannot escape black holes?

Has anyone noticed any other logical dichotomies that beg for a clearer answer and that would, hopefully, will lead to new and ingenious experiments helping to understand the universe around us?"

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Nations Largest Cocaine Smuggler Revealed: The DEA

Trachman Trachman writes  |  1 year,12 days

Trachman (3499895) writes "An investigation conducted in Mexico found the American government allowed that country’s largest drug cartel, Sinaloa, to operate without fear of persecution, effectively making DEA the largest cocaine supplier in the USA, controlling 80% of the market. DEA/ATF working together have also supplied weapons to Sinaloa to reduce competition, as we remember from ATF gunwalking scandal http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATF_gunwalking_scandal.

The business has been elevated to the next level when DEA has started working together with NSA to weed out competition by parallel construction of incriminating evidence http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parallel_construction."

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