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Carly Fiorina: I Supplied HP Servers For NSA Snooping 483

MFingS writes: According to an article at Motherboard, shortly after 9/11, NSA director Michael Hayden requested extra computing power and Carly Fiorina, then CEO of HP, responded by re-routing truckloads of servers to the agency. Fiorina acknowledged providing the servers to the NSA during an interview with Michael Isikoff in which she defended warrantless surveillance (as well as waterboarding) and framed her collaboration with the NSA in patriotic terms. Fiorina's compliance with Hayden's request for HP servers is but one episode in a long-running and close relationship between the GOP presidential hopeful and U.S. intelligence agencies.

FBI and DEA Under Review For Misuse of NSA Mass Surveillance Data 86

Patrick O'Neill writes: The FBI and DEA were among the agencies fed information from an NSA surveillance program described as "staggering" by one judge who helped strike the program down. Now the two agencies are under review by the Justice Department for the use of parallel construction as well as looking into the specifics and results of cases originating from NSA tips. (Here's some more on the practice of parallel construction in this context.)

Comment Re:Wow... (Score 1) 258

Reported yes.

Not complete and total Bullshit; ehhh, odds are low. :)

I'd say the truth in that story is more along the lines of "These people and places actually existed", than anything profound or revealing. rofl.

IMHO, Cheney is the one likely to be holding the defib paddles on someone's balls, "convincing" them to sign something, in that twosome. :)

Comment Wow... (Score 4, Funny) 258

So, Bush actually went full Gestapo, and the Justice Department and Ashcroft Backed it Down a bit?

That's fucking amazing, really. I'm sure this is Bullshit, but I'm not sure which parts, or how much.

Since Cheney isn't implicated as the originator of the Full Gestapo move, I'd be more willing to bet He's the one now trying to throw Bush under a bus for some reason.

I dunno, but, like Obama found out: You can't vote out the Gestapo.

Once they're here, it takes lives to go back.

Comment This. (Score 1) 12

The Robots you are likely to see Looking for you in the future are most likely "Peace Bots" there to help subjugate or kill you, depending on their orders.

Humans are so fallible; most people won't shoot the unarmed defenseless women and children; no prob for Bots.

AI is going to Change the World, eventually.

The Military

US Defense Secretary Mulls Rapid Grants For Tech Companies 58

itwbennett writes: The push for greater cooperation with tech companies has been a big theme for the DOD in the last year, but many big tech companies so far have been wary of the government's overtures following NSA spying revelations. Now, the government is taking a more 'if you can't join them, build your own' approach. The U.S. Department of Defense is considering offering rapid seed funding to private companies as a way to encourage more work on technology projects with the commercial sector, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said Wednesday. 'The DOD has to tap into all the streams of innovation and emerging technology and it has to do so much more quickly,' Carter told DARPA's Wait, What? conference in St. Louis, Missouri.

Completely Paralyzed Man Walks In Robotic Exoskeleton 23

Zothecula writes: Working with a team of UCLA scientists, a man with protracted and complete paralysis has recovered sufficient voluntary control to take charge of a bionic exoskeleton and take many thousands of steps. Using a non-invasive spinal stimulation system that requires no surgery, this is claimed (abstract) to be the first time that a person with such a comprehensive disability has been able to actively and voluntarily walk with such a device.

Comment Re:WotC Absent at Gen Con (Score 1) 210

We still play 1st ed rules; we've been playing since the box sets, and see no reason to change. And Gamma world, for the Tech stuff. (White Plume Mountain was first, iirc)

We have modified some things over the years as too powerful. :)

Our last gig had our Gang on my world's version of a space shuttle, when Vecna found them.

Someone made an incredible roll; and they instead of being; oh whatever Vecna would do to you for totally killing all his enemies, and destroying his skull citadel, with said peeps inside, they ended up in the Deity Witness Relocation Program, as Drow Elves, chained to a wall upside down. Naked.

They're in Strad's basement, just now. :)

At our age, we only play a game every few years, but they're good. :D

Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? Yes, work never begun.