Amazon To Block Phorm Scans
Technical explanation in some detail
Q Why is it an opt-out system?
A Because they couldn't get away with providing no optionality control, so they went for the option which pushed as many users as possible to their system.
Q When did I or Slashdot give implied consent to anyone to inspect the packets for reasons other than routing?
A You didn't, but Phorm and the spineless UK government has decided you did.
Q What data do they collect and what do they do with it?
A Browsing habits to produce targeted advertising.
Maker Faire Storms Newcastle
As the creator (aka Iain Sharp) of physical Lunar Lander you might find this a better link.
Very nice event up in Newcatle, but exhausting!
Significant Russian Attack On US Military Networks
I love the way these things are always spun as if they are significant military attacks coordinate by the foreign government or their agents. Is there any evidence that it isn't just a few bored teenagers who happen to live in Russia and think it would be fun to try and hack the US DOD?