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+ - Congress was in session only 120 Days in the past year!->

Submitted by Cat_Herder_GoatRoper
Cat_Herder_GoatRoper writes: They are wildly unpopular, and on pace to be the most unproductive ever. While you work long hard hours, the House gave themselves 240 days off this year. ”It doesn’t seem fair. Nobody gets that many days off,” one taxpayer told 13News Now. And few people make $175-thousand dollars a year. Members of Congress also get great benefits like a retirement package, health care, even a gym membership. ”Oh, yea, I’d love that job,” another taxpayer said. After spending just 125 days in Washington this year, the upcoming month-long summer recess might be an opportunity for members to earn the $700 a day salaries you pay them by seeing first hand the effects of sequestration back home. "If they’re in Washington in their little bubbles, they’re not seeing the effects of that,” said Quentin Kidd, a government professor at Christopher Newport University. Kidd says the sequester will hit Hampton Roads hard this summer, and if the congressional delegation sees the pain people are feeling from something congress is directly responsible for, they might be more willing to strike a budget deal. ”I think they should be here. I think they should be on the street. I think they should be hearing what people are saying about what’s happening to them,” Kidd added. 13News Now checked with our local delegation about their summer plans. Randy Forbes’ office told us the congressman will use the break to, “focus on individuals and families burdened by furloughs.”
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+ - Microsoft now helping NSA to circumvent the company's own encryption 1

Submitted by Presto Vivace
Presto Vivace writes: Revealed: how Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages

Microsoft has collaborated closely with US intelligence services to allow users' communications to be intercepted, including helping the National Security Agency to circumvent the company's own encryption, according to top-secret documents obtained by the Guardian.

The files provided by Edward Snowden illustrate the scale of co-operation between Silicon Valley and the intelligence agencies over the last three years.

Duck Duck Go Go has seen its traffic dramatically increased as a result of Snowden's revelations. Will open source operating systems see a similar increase? Could Richard Stallman be right (obnoxious, but right)? That living in freedom means using free software?

+ - First Drone Successfully Lands On Aircraft Carrier->

Submitted by redletterdave
redletterdave writes: Salty Dog 502 flew from the Patuxent River Naval Station in Maryland to the USS George H.W. Bush operating off the Virginian coast, but unlike other drones, Salty Dog was piloted entirely by computer without a human operator. The unmanned operation is considered one of the most difficult operations due to navigating the air and a moving ship, and many have said itâ(TM)s a major milestone in the development of drone warfare. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus described the event as witnessing the future and compared it to the first manned aircraft landed on a carrier in 1911.
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