Industry-Wide Smartphone "Kill Switch" Closer To Reality
If you have an Android phone, you can already do this with XtraSec.
Via txt message you can disable the phone, wipe the phone and/or SD card, trigger the camera, turn on/off mobile data, and more.
Comcast Takes 2014 Prize For Worst Company In America
If you don't want to worry about what the comcast firmware might be up to, you could also use a third party modem from Motorola, Cisco, Netgear, or some others. Comcast has a site that lists compatible modems, based on your service type, and what level of level of testing they did with those modems.
I paid more than $21 for my motorola modem. But 9 months later I've recouped that cost and don't have to worry about what shenanegins Comcast might be playing with the firmware. I know that doesn't do any thing to stop their traffic shaping/throttling and deep packet inspection, but that what pointing the internal routers at a VPN is for.
How Far Will You Go For Highest Speed Internet?
It takes time to decrypt those packets, figure out if they are going to netflix, piratebay, etc; decide how much delay and replacement advertising to introduce; and implement the decision.
Social Media Becomes the New Front In Mexico's Drug War
how far the Cartels will push the government before they just decide to cut the military loose
Using some of their giant stream of incoming cash to bribe top govt and military officials means the cartel leaders don't have to worry about this. I expect they just consider bribes as one of the costs of doing business.
Researchers Find Problems With Rules of Bitcoin
using some algorithm I'm currently unfamiliar with so will not bother to explain in detail but the point is it exists, take a share of the transaction they facilitated as a "transaction fee"
The sender in the transaction specifies the transaction fee. The wiki has more info.
"the person attempting to make a transaction can include any fee or none at all in the transaction. On the other hand, nobody mining new bitcoins necessarily needs to accept the transactions and include them in the new block being created. The transaction fee is therefore an incentive on the part of the bitcoin user to make sure that a particular transaction will get included into the next block which is generated.
It is envisioned that over time the cumulative effect of collecting transaction fees will allow somebody creating new blocks to "earn" more bitcoins than will be mined from new bitcoins created by the new block itself. This is also an incentive to keep trying to create new blocks even if the value of the newly created block from the mining activity is zero in the far future. "
Year In Communications: NSA Revelations Overshadow Communications Breakthroughs
you see that more oppression almost inevitably follows this type of surveillance.
Does that make it a little more clear for you?
NSA Says It Foiled Plot To Destroy US Economy Through Malware
We stood idly by while Saddam expended huge quantities of chemical weapons.
Personally that may be true. On a bigger scale, we (the United States) provided helped them deploy the chemical weapons.
Our governments (US and UK) knew very well what Saddam had, and what Saddam was capable of.
We certainly should have known what Saddam had and was capable of. First, we helped put the Ba'ath party in to power. During the Iran / Iraq war, we helped them financially and with intelligence information. Then, we sold the precursors of chemical weapons to them and provided reconnaissance intelligence that was used in their deployment. Why else would Donald Rumsfeld be smiling as he shook Saddams hand in 1983?
You will note, I hope, that I've said nothing in Saddam Hussein's defense. I have ONLY pointed out how dishonest our own governments are.
And here is more evidence supporting that supposition.
Surge In Litecoin Mining Leads To Graphics Card Shortage
ever-increasing value of a bitcoin
This can also be seen as the ever-decreasing value of the USD. The Federal Reserve has been been buying $80+billion in Treasury Bonds every month since the third round of Quantitative Easing started in September 2012.
Lets see if they follow through on the tapering program this time.
Estonia Sharing Its Finnish-Made E-Government Solution With Finland
Outsourcing it to Elbonia didn't work out very well.
This Whole Bitcoin Thing Could Be Big, Says Bank of America
what happens when, say, Google, comes along with their own digital currency and offers lower (or even no) transaction fees?
Outside transaction fees, let look at some of the advantages bitcoin has over this theoretical googlecoin.
- Chargebacks. I expect any googlecoin is going to work more like paypal than bitcoin. If transactions are not reversible, why is a vendor going to accept googlecoin over bitcoin? They can already accept credit cards or paypal, which have this feature.
- Distributed accounting. Is google going to run the entire accounting system? Why should I trust them any more than the Federal Reserve to not inflate their currency? If the accounting system was truely distributed, why would I participate without compensation?
- What happens when google or one of their friends don't like your politics or actions? See wikileaks and how Visa, Mastercard, PayPal and other payment processors stopped processing payments to them.
- Do you think you are going to be using googlecoin without providing government issued ID? We already know they are giving your personal data to the US government and cannot tell you about it. Transaction data for googlecoin will be going right along with your email, IM, and text messages.
Bitcoin Tops $1,000 For the First Time
You might want to spell out the acronym in that context.
Xbox One Released
they keep rehashing the same games over and over again
And this doesn't happen with Sony and MS platforms? I'm sure we'll see new incarnations of Madden, Battlefield, Halo, Call of Duty, Gears of War, Need for Speed, Forza, etc soon enough
Bitcoin Hits $400 Ahead of Senate Hearing On Virtual Currency
the coin went from user A to Silk Road and then to a bunch of random wallets and back out to user B, and user C who was the person who sold the item got a different one
Except that Silk Road, or any other user, can create an effectively infinite number of addresses to send and receive the coins. A user doesn't have to give their SSN, drivers license, and proof of residency to get a new address. Knowing how many coins are at any given address is indeed part of the bitcoin protocol. Knowing who controls the keys for that address is not part of the protocol, and it requires additional work to find the data NOT in the blockchain to understand.
So User A sends coins to a unique address at SR, where it gets thrown in the pool, sliced, diced, and chopped, and reconstituted, then goes out from another unique address to User B.
Granted, if you capture a wallet, you now know a group of address and CAN backtrack through the blockchain to understand who some of the players were in previous transactions. Is bitcoin anonymous? No. Does it allow a user to make it difficult to keep track of what they are doing, and with whom? Yes. Does some three-letter agency have a tool that tries to map those associations, I'd bet a bitcoin on yes.
Bitcoin Hits $400 Ahead of Senate Hearing On Virtual Currency
This is what makes money laundering possible...BitCoin is not like this
It can be. Services exist that allow you to put your bitcoins in, have them mixed repeatedly with other users bitcoins, and get back different bitcoins. Silk Road had this feature built in, the user didn't have to ask for or configure it.
what IP address owned that wallet at the time
What is the IP address of a piece of paper?
Panasonic Announces an End To Plasma TVs In March
The plural of anecdote is not data. 4+ years on my Panasonic 42" with absolutely no problems.
Linus Torvalds Admits He's Been Asked To Insert Backdoor Into Linux
I've bounced back and forth between various flavors of Linux and Free BSD for the last 15 years. I'm now looking at moving to Open BSD.
All the ranting of Theo de Raadt doesn't seem so paranoid anymore.
Obama Admin Says It Won't Fight Looser Marijuana Laws, With Conditions
I see what you did there.
Why Weather Control Conspiracy Theories Are Scientifically Ludicrous
11 years later, the USAF published Weather as a Force Multiplier:
Owning the Weather in 2025. In the executive summary, they state:
Technology advancements in five major areas are necessary for an integrated weather-modification
capability: (1) advanced nonlinear modeling techniques, (2) computational capability, (3) information
gathering and transmission, (4) a global sensor array, and (5) weather intervention techniques. Some
intervention tools exist today and others may be developed and refined in the future.
I would suggest that significant advancements have been made in all of those areas.
I am not a meteorologist, but it seems like the ability to significantly alter any particular weather event could come from the ability to selectively heat a specified area of the atmosphere. That seems right in line with the claims in the patent.
Web Apps: the Future of the Internet, Or Forever a Second-Class Citizen?
So I'll post a comment instead, Forever a Second-Class Citizen?
Seriously, to add some content to my snark. Until internet speeds reach parity with access to local resources, web apps will always be second class compared to a similar application running locally.
Meet Focal, the New Camera App For CyanogenMod
You should have returned Cyanogenmod to the place of purchase and demanded a 100% refund due to in not including the functionality it claimed to include.
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