mozumder (178398) writes "Sorry Slashdot, but your faith in your high-school dropout IT support Jesus is undermined once again, as the bombshell story on Rep. Jerrold Nadler was apparently false. Looks like he just misunderstood the initial briefing.
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a statement on this as well, saying: "The statement that a single analyst can eavesdrop on domestic communications without proper legal authorization is incorrect and was not briefed to Congress. Members have been briefed on the implementation of Section 702, that it targets foreigners located overseas for a valid foreign intelligence purpose, and that it cannot be used to target Americans anywhere in the world."
It is now time to relearn everything about the NSA programs. Sometimes you actually do need more than a GED to understand systems designs." top
mozumder (178398) writes "Just a reminder on how important it is to treat Dell repairmen IT guys as a security risk, as the NSA leaker shows. Apparently Edward Snowden snooped in on some PowerPoint and decided "ZOMG TYRANNY!" because that's what overzealous libertarian activist pure believers tend to do. It looks like he had no idea what the presentation was about, but went ahead and told the press that it spies on EVERY AMERICANS phone calls, when an actual engineer would tell you it could do no such thing. How would you prevent your IT guys from being too smart for their own good, to prevent damage to your organization? Is it possible to limit the information the gatekeepers themselves keep?" Link to Original Source top
Electronics Arts CEO ousted in wake of SimCity launch disaster
mozumder (178398) writes "The disastrous launch of SimCity took it's first major toll, with EA CEO John Riccitiello being fired from his position and removed from the Board of Directors. It is unknown what effect this may have on the SimCity franchise or any future DRM of EA games, but clearly someone didn't think their cunning plan all the way through when they decided to implement always-on connections for single-player gaming." Link to Original Source top
Virginia Republicans propose taxing hybrids while eliminating gas tax
mozumder (178398) writes "This one is odd. Republicans in Virginia are attempting to bring a surcharge tax on hybrid cars in a misguided attempt to raise transportation funds. Hybrids reduced gas usage cuts into the gasoline tax revenue per miles driven. But, at the same time, the Republicans are proposing eliminating the gas tax altogether, so that it only becomes a tax for having a hybrid.
Can any of our freedom-loving Republicans that make up the bulk of our Slashdot audience explain this one? If this is "freedom", let's make sure never to have "freedom" ever again." Link to Original Source