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+ - Veep Joe Biden Briefs U.S. Governors on H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "Back in 2012, Computerworld blasted Vice President Joe Biden for his ignorance of the H-1B temporary work visa program. But Joe's got his H-1B story and he's sticking to it, characterizing the visa program earlier this month in a speech to the National Governors Association as "apprenticeships" of sorts that companies provide to foreign workers to expand the Information Technology industry only after proving there are no qualified Americans to fill the jobs. Biden said he also learned from his talks with tech's top CEOs that 200,000 of the jobs that companies provide each year to highly-skilled H-1B visa holders could in fact be done by Americans with no more than a two-year community college degree."

Comment: Re:popular online privacy tool Tor (Score 2) 47

Re Since when is Tor popular?
Think back to the mid/late 1990's as the start point for some onion routing topics.
Naval Research Labs Review had the 1997 paper "Private Web Browsing".
Would early/mid 2000 be another interesting time? The funding, grants, press where in place by 2005. More grants over 2007-2010+

Comment: Re:TOR is actually sponsored by Uncle Sam (Score 5, Informative) 47

Follow the funding back in the day (Office of Naval Research and DARPA), understand the funding for the huge costly, fast exit nodes in the US early on.
The origins where for open source intelligence gathering by the US mil and the US gov support of "freedom fighters" spreading democracy.
The main issue early on was any user of the tech would be seen as a tool of the US gov. Not good if emerging human intelligence stands out on any telco system.
How was this set back to be fixed? By flooding the network with diverse users globally and offering free bandwidth, better speed and pushing the an open source grassroots technology front.
The press, dissidents and whistleblowers, all kinds of sites started to spread news about wanting to help people the in repressive countries.
ie a large group of users had to be created allow gov users to hide and help with the node/relay.
Carefully crafted news dropped the military and intelligence origins and pushed the press, First Amendment, dissidents, protected speech side.
Follow the early grants back ie "Pass-Through" funding.
Terms like '“Basic and Applied Research and Development in Areas Relating to the Navy Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance.”" seems to be floating around.
Finally we got to Snowden and the Stinks page. "Critical mass" - the users are all on the same network, and we are back to the fast exit relays question.
Follow the few law enforcement stories, if you have all data moving out of a network, around the world a few times and then back into the same network?
Its simple to find the in ip, back from the message sent. We also now know that the "internet" in some countries is a known network Tempora and XKeyscore

+ - UK to use Open Document Format for government documents->

Submitted by sfcrazy
sfcrazy (1542989) writes "UK has decided to use ‘open standards’ for sharing and viewing government documents. The announcement was made by the Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude. One of the primary objectives of this move is to create a level playing field for suppliers of all sizes. The move must put some pressure on Google to offer full support for ODF in Chrome, Android and Google Docs."
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+ - Snowden's Favourite OS Tails Has Zero-Day Vulnerabilities Lurking Inside

Submitted by I Ate A Candle
I Ate A Candle (3762149) writes "Tails OS, the Tor-reliant privacy-focused operating system made famous by Edward Snowden, contains a number of zero-day vulnerabilities that could be used to take control of the OS and execute code remotely. At least that's according to zero-day exploit seller Exodus Intelligence, which counts DARPA amongst its customer base. The company plans to tell the Tails team about the issues “in due time”, said Aaron Portnoy, co-founder and vice president of Exodus, but it isn’t giving any information on a disclosure timeline. This means users of Tails are in danger of being de-anonymised. Even version 1.1, which hit public release today (22 July 2014), is affected. Snowden famously used Tails to manage the NSA files. The OS can be held on a USB stick and leaves no trace once removed from the drive. It uses the Tor network to avoid identification of the user, but such protections may be undone by the zero-day exploits Exodus holds."

Comment: Re:Warnings are discoverable ... (Score 2) 137

by AHuxley (#47507815) Attached to: For Now, UK Online Pirates Will Get 4 Warnings -- And That's It
Thats a lot of cash to just spend on letters and a database. The letters get tracking and logging started within a legal gov framework. Someone seems to see a long term plan with the letters and logging funding. The chilling effect of just knowing your in a database and all your net use is been reviewed? Interconnected local databases? A digital version of the classic anti-social behaviour order (ASBO) at a 'community-based level?
That could see a vast network of watching, logging, reporting and costly face to face meetings with some 'injunction' that flows to a criminal offence if breached.
A lot of free support from tax payers for a new more very local ACTA :)

Comment: Re:Warnings are discoverable ... (Score 4, Interesting) 137

by AHuxley (#47507225) Attached to: For Now, UK Online Pirates Will Get 4 Warnings -- And That's It
Yes the 4 letters show a history of infringement and the isp's can show bandwidth use too. Its the legal cover for the hard part of traditional cases for free via a stored database of letters sent.
Some nice political cover and colour of law. They only want to educate you with warnings.
Its the lawyers that take the final step to seek an identity. The gov and providers can walk away from any long term logging questions. Months of stored logs are just for the 4 letter compliance.

+ - UK Illegal File Sharers to Get Told Off by ISPs Four Times - But That's It->

Submitted by concertina226
concertina226 (2447056) writes "Do you enjoy illegally downloading movies, songs and games? Do you think that all information should be free, and think that paying your internet bill should be enough?

Well too bad. It's not legal, and from 2015, your internet service provider (ISP) will send you four letters a year to tell you to stop downloading, paid for by a £3.5 million ($6m) taxpayer-funded awareness campaign.

That's it. No, really, that's it."

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Comment: Re:let me correct that for you. (Score 2) 538

by AHuxley (#47506427) Attached to: Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More
AC its just post ww2 branding. When the Soviet military looked around for people it could trust it had to find people who where not killed by ww2 "Fascist" Germany and would want to support East Germany. A bit like the Neocons/Trotskyist in the USA - you work with what you have and shape it over a few generations.
Fascist as a slogan solved all the generational ww2 problems for the emerging East German. Every old person was tainted by it. The next East Germans could be seen as safer as they where shaped by the new gov. In this role of undoing the harm "Fascist" Germany had done to Germany, wider Europe and Soviet Union great care was taken with domestic branding to make young and old understood what the price of rebuilding from rubble was all about - stopping "Fascist" Germany from reforming and going to war again.
The old people just wanted to forget the war and rebuild, the young people on average thought a new nation not at war was a nice change considering what Germany was like.
So to an average outside person looking in, reading books and picking up words you would see the terms "Anti-Fascist" a lot. You would see aid to Africa/Asia as been socialist. You would read about East Germany spending vast sums on support to back "socialist" revolutions, science, sport, space.
Deep down the Stasi knew the truth. The Soviet Union was paying real cash to rebuild East Germany, they where always going to be in debt, a post ww2 political bargaining chip.
The slogans fooled the West, the public, a few AC's on slashdot and provided nation building. The Stasi understood reality they where in - they needed real hard currency, needed to rebuild and needed to project a nation of science, wealth, sport, 3rd world aid, space science, nuclear power... but had no cash, just huge loans and some export deals with huge sneaky Western brands seeking very cheap workers. The Stasi also worked out one vital fact. The Soviet Union would never protect them long term, East Germany was for sale to the West. Price was the only question. So the Stasi worked hard to keep their power knowing their nation was all they had. Anti-Fascist aspect kept Russia happy and Russian support flowing, "socialist" worked well in their part of the world. The rest is just West Germany playing its own games with the US and UK for extra support. The real "Fascist" escaped with Operation Paperclip, worked without issue in West Germany or at a low level faced tame courts many years after ww2.
In the East Germany they just replaced the old uniforms, found new songs and added new colors to the mass rallies with new "socialist" books to quote.
There is often a lot more behind terms like "Anti-Fascist Protection Rampart" than just found in "Cold" War history books AC.

+ - UK definition of terrorism 'could catch political journalists and bloggers'->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The current British definition of terrorism is so broadly drawn that it could even catch political journalists and bloggers who publish material that the authorities consider dangerous to public safety, said the official counter-terrorism watchdog.

The watchdog said: "This means political journalists and bloggers are subject to the full range of anti-terrorism powers if they threaten to publish, prepare to publish something that the authorities think may be dangerous to life, public health or public safety."

He warned that they could be branded as terrorists even if they had no intention to spread fear or intimidate, and those who employed or supported them would also qualify as terrorists.

The definition was so broad it would even catch a campaigner who voiced religious objections to a vaccination campaign on the grounds that they were a danger to public health."

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Comment: Re:Money (Score 2) 538

by AHuxley (#47506157) Attached to: Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More
Money was not really the issue. A nice home, a good education, travel papers to the West (not been restricted only to the East/Soviet Union) was a real goal worth attempting and protecting.
The problem was even if you put in the hard work, stayed loyal to the gov and its meetings, had the skills you might not be able to escape your parents pasts.
ie same skills, age, level of trust to a point but if your parents where pre ww2 wealthy you might not get anywhere out of the East.
ie if you got to work in the West the gov kept your family back and watched you. Any issues and your lost that paperwork.
As things got more relaxed with visits from the West people could get small gifts in. Very strange that this study got pushed onto Slashdot by an AC :)

Comment: Re:Classic game theory ? (Score 2) 538

by AHuxley (#47506107) Attached to: Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More
AC if you actually saw an East German factory or product you would note the lack of 'automation'. A few areas that needed tech eg computer design and lens work got the top quality hardware support. The rest of East Germany was left to its own 1950's devices. The East German work force was rather dynamic post WW2 as the people who did not escape kept tiny workshops and firms at first. They produced what they has always made for the gov but where left alone as to how. Later the East German gov reached in and closed all the small brands and firms, pulling them together as vast regional efforts (1970's on). All the ability to over or under produce was lost as well as any advancement in the way things where produced. People got jobs, went to work, did them, went to political meetings and then went home. That was it. There was not much "automation" as that would cost real cash, need cash for spare parts and replace workers who needed jobs for life.
East Germany did not have the spare cash to just waste on automation. They would have had to take out huge loans, import the tech, import the skills, keep it running and then export the results to pay the huge loans back in a real currency. The exception was Western brands invited in to use the workers in the East to make products for export and then share the extra profits with East Germany gov. But that kind of spoils the "Communism" propaganda spin AC. A lot of cash was made like that but it shows a nice cash flow interconnect between East and West that does not fit into the Wall and free West propaganda.

+ - Russia shows proof of warplanes In MH17 vicinity,demands answers from US/Kiev->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Ukraine hasn’t said how it immediately knew rebels downed Malaysian plane, notes the Russian Foreign Ministry, as it unveils 10 awkward questions for Ukraine (and perhaps the US 'snap judgment') to answer about the MH17 disaster. However, what is perhaps more concerning for the hordes of finger-pointers is that:
[1] Russia has images of Ukraine deploying BUK rockets in east
[2] Ukraine moved BUK near rebels in Donetsk on July 17th
[3] Russia detected Ukrainian fighter jet pick up speed toward MH17

Aside from the fake YouTube clips, these would deal another unpleasant blow to US foreign policy."

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