i_want_you_to_throw_ (559379) writes "Riding on the Acela express train between New York and Washington, DC, Hayden had the bad luck of sitting near entrepreneur and former MoveOn.org director Tom Matzzie. “Former NSA spy boss Michael Hayden on Acela behind me blabbing ‘on background as a former senior admin official’,” Matzzie wrote on his Twitter account. “Sounds defensive.” For the next twenty minutes, Mattzie continued to livetweet Hayden’s conversations slamming the Obama administration, all the while insisting that he be referred to only on background." Link to Original Source top
i_want_you_to_throw_ (559379) writes "Yes, that very idea is being floated now. You can see (and sign if you're so inclined) the petition at MoveOn.org. The law was passed by Congress, signed by the President and then ruled constitutional by SCOTUS. The idea is that the House GOP leadership's use of the Hastert Rule and H. Res 368 to shut down the government and threaten the US economy with default was an attempt to extort the United States government into altering or abolishing the Affordable Care Act, and was thus, self-evidently a seditious conspiracy." top
How FBI caught Ross Ulbricht, alleged creator of criminal marketplace Silk Road
i_want_you_to_throw_ (559379) writes "CNN reports that the FBI caught the man accused of creating Silk Road — the shadowy e-commerce site it describes as "the most sophisticated and extensive criminal marketplace on the Internet today" — after he allegedly posted his Gmail address online, according to court documents. It appears he was nailed by not completely covering his own tracks as opposed to any failure of the technology." Link to Original Source top
Voyager 1 becomes first man made object to reach interstellar space
i_want_you_to_throw_ (559379) writes "It’s official: Voyager 1 has slipped the surly bonds of the solar system. Launched in 1977, Voyager 1 traveled past Jupiter and Saturn and is now more than 11.66 billion miles (18.67 billion kilometers) from the sun, becoming the first spacecraft to enter interstellar space. Proof of this long-anticipated milestone for the storied spacecraft comes in a study released Thursday by the journal Science." Link to Original Source top
i_want_you_to_throw_ (559379) writes "U.S. spy agencies have built an intelligence-gathering colossus since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but remain unable to provide critical information to the president on a range of national security threats, according to the government’s top secret budget.
The $52.6 billion “black budget” for fiscal 2013, obtained by The Washington Post from former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, maps a bureaucratic and operational landscape that has never been subject to public scrutiny. Although the government has annually released its overall level of intelligence spending since 2007, it has not divulged how it uses those funds or how it performs against the goals set by the president and Congress." Link to Original Source top
i_want_you_to_throw_ (559379) writes "Twenty years ago, a team of researchers shared the Web with the world. Now they want to show a generation that grew up online what it was like in its earliest days.
The European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN, is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the date it released, for free, the technology and software needed to run a Web server.
i_want_you_to_throw_ (559379) writes "You have a Friend Request from: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms... "Confirm" ? "Not Now" ?. Seriously, the ATF won't try to friend you on Facebook. The ATF doesn’t just want a huge database to reveal everything about you with a few keywords. It wants one that can find out who you know. According to a recent solicitation from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the bureau is looking to buy a "massive online data repository system" for its Office of Strategic Intelligence and Information (OSII)." Link to Original Source top
i_want_you_to_throw_ writes "Technology giant Apple is catching heat on blogs this week for its decision to drop out of an environmental certification program for electronics, called EPEAT. There's speculation that Apple's new line of "retina display" laptops aren't easily recyclable because their batteries are glued to the aluminum case on the computer. This decision is already costing Apple with the city of San Francisco deciding to no longer buy Apple computers. San Francisco also has a rule on the books prohibiting the city from purchasing desktop and laptop computers that are not EPEAT-certified, so the city will not be able to purchase Apple desktops and laptops unless Apple gets the green certification again." Link to Original Source top
i_want_you_to_throw_ writes "Pi Day this year was special for Michael John Blake. On that day, March 14 (3/14, like the number 3.14), a judge dismissed a copyright infringement lawsuit against his song, which is based on the number pi. A judged ruled that you can't copyright pi (it's a non-copyrightable fact). You CAN however trademark numbers although it is a sticky business. Boeing, for example, has trademarked "737", "757", and so on. Intel on the other hand hasn't been so lucky with "486", forcing it to switch to names like seem like newfound elements of the periodic table ("Pentium", etc)." Link to Original Source top
i_want_you_to_throw_ writes "It appears the legal woes of Sergey Aleynikov, a former Goldman Sachs Group computer programmer, who had been convicted of stealing part of the Wall Street bank's high-frequency trading code, are now over. A federal appeals court overturned his conviction and recommended acquittal. Slashdot previously covered this story when he was sentenced to 97 months. It will be interesting to see their reasoning (an opinion is to be released) as well as what this may mean for other programmers developing high frequency trading code." Link to Original Source top
i_want_you_to_throw_ writes "It's a time few may want to remember. But TV news reports of the September 11, 2001, attacks — the innocuous moments before, and the horrible hours and days after — are now archived online for anyone who cares to relive them.
The Internet Archive, a nonprofit digital library, has posted video from 20 television stations chronicling that grim week. The group's founder said the page, "Understanding 9/11," is designed to help researchers, historians and regular citizens put the attacks in context a decade later." Link to Original Source top
i_want_you_to_throw_ writes "Mozilla has created a stir in the Firefox community by suggesting that the version number ought to be eliminated. The version number currently shown in Firefox’s "About" dialog has been filed as a bug. Instead of a version number Mozilla simply wants the box to read something like "Firefox checked for updates 20 minutes ago, you are running the latest version." Mozilla believes that eliminating the version number will reduce user confusion." Link to Original Source top
Google Bids $900 Million for 6,000 Nortel Networks
i_want_you_to_throw_ writes "Google, attempting to create a formidable patent portfolio, has bid $900 million for 6,000 Nortel patents. Google is apparently seeking to stave off lawsuits by bolstering its portfolio of intellectual property." Link to Original Source top
i_want_you_to_throw_ (559379) writes "It is over. The SCO’s long-running lawsuit against Novell over a number of patents involved around Unix copyright. In short, SCO claimed to own Unix even after Novell bought it back near the turn of the century. SCO’s patent-trolling has been shameless. The once great company reduced itself to a lawsuit machine and essentially attacked IBM and Novell for years. You can read all about the mess here, but trust me, this has been one of the nastiest patent wars in recent history." Link to Original Source top
i_want_you_to_throw_ (559379) writes "Apple on Tuesday asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to block the importation into the country of HTC's Google Android-based mobile phones, including the Google-branded Nexus One. Apple asked the court for "a permanent exclusion order" that would bar from entry "all mobile communications devices and components" made by HTC that carry the offending technologies, according to court documents." Link to Original Source top
i_want_you_to_throw_ (559379) writes "Magazines are starting to think beyond the page and experiment with smartphone applications they say will provide their readers with additional content and bring a whole new level of engagement with the publication. Starting with its March issue, Esquire will have barcodes next to all products featured in its editorial section. Readers simply scan the barcodes and a menu on their phone will open with several options, including the choice to instantly purchase the product. Have we learned nothing from the late 90s and the CueCat ?" Link to Original Source top
i_want_you_to_throw_ (559379) writes "It's true! Facebook has completely rewritten the PHP runtime to make it faster and more efficient, and its completely open source. Named HipHop, its described as a source code transformer, changing PHP into optimized C++ which is then compiled using g++. Thus keeping the best aspects of PHP while taking advantage of the performance of C++. Using HipHop, the Facebook web server CPU usage has been decreased by about fifty percent!" Link to Original Source top
i_want_you_to_throw_ (559379) writes "Today, Apple launched a computer that will never belong to its owner. Apple will use Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) to gain total veto power over the applications you use and the media you can view. Is it bad for freedom? DefectiveByDesign.org (A campaign of the Free Software Foundation) says yes. From the site: DRM will give Apple and their corporate partners the power to disable features, block competing products (especially free software) censor news, and even delete books, videos, or news stories from users' computers without notice-- using the device's "always on" network connection. What do you think?" Link to Original Source