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Could Snowden Have Been Stopped In 2009? 247

Posted by timothy
from the derog-sounds-like-an-elronism dept.
Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes "The NYT reports that when Edward Snowden was working as a CIA technician in Geneva in 2009, his supervisor wrote a derogatory report in his personnel file, noting a distinct change in the young man's behavior and work habits, as well as a troubling suspicion that Snowden was trying to break into classified computer files to which he was not authorized to have access. But the red flags went unheeded and Snowden left the CIA to become a contractor for the NSA so that four years later he could leak thousands of classified documents. In hindsight, officials say, the report by Snowden's supervisor and the agency's suspicions might have been the first serious warnings of the disclosures to come, and the biggest missed opportunity to review Snowden's top-secret clearance or at least put his future work at the NSA under much greater scrutiny. Had Booz Allen or the NSA seen Snowden's CIA file before hiring him, it almost certainly would have affected his employment says Dashiell Bennett. 'The weakness of the system was if derogatory information came in, he could still keep his security clearance and move to another job, and the information wasn't passed on,' says a Republican lawmaker who has been briefed on Snowden's activities. It's difficult to tell what would have happened had NSA supervisors been made aware of the warning the CIA issued Snowden in what is called a 'derog' in federal personnel policy parlance."

+ - Aviation Experts: "TWA 800 brought down by ordinance explosions"->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A group of whistleblowers, including a number of aviation experts, have come forward in a new documentary to claim that the official explanation for the crash of TWA Flight 800 was wrong and a gas tank explosion did not bring down the flight off the coast of Long Island 17 years ago.

âoe..This team of investigators who actually handled the wreckage and victimsâ(TM) bodies, prove that the officially proposed fuel-air explosion did not cause the crash, ...They also provide radar and forensic evidence proving that one or more ordinance explosions outside the aircraft caused the crash.â

The whistleblower team, which includes investigators-at the time-from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), TWA, and the Airline Pilots Association, have since retired from their positions. They claim that at the time, they were placed under a gag order by the NTSB, which they charged falsified the official conclusion of the cause of the crash. They indicated they would elaborate more in a Wednesday media briefing."

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+ - PDP-11 still working in Nuclear Plants - for 37 more years-> 1

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "Most of the younger /. readers never heard of PDP-11, while we geezers have to retrieve bits and pieces of our affairs with PDP-11 from the vast warehouse inside our memory lanes



PDP-11, the old work horse, are still proving their worth in GE nuclear plants, and they will be working there for 37 more years, until year 2,050

Which means, they are still trying to look for people who can work PDP-11

If you are out of a job, a knowledge of PDP-11 assembly language may land you a very comfy living

"

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+ - Apple's new iOS design receives mixed reviews 1

Submitted by Trajan Przybylski
Trajan Przybylski (2832849) writes "The design of the new iOS 7 unveiled last Monday at Apple's annual WWDC event attracted unflattering words of criticism from The Verge’s Joshua Topolsky who described the new design as "more childish than elegant". The influential blogger argues that the new interface "ignores the utility of glanceable information", and hence some of the new icons seem quite confusing. A lot has been said about the new Settings icon looking more like an oven burner than a set of gears, for example. Other designers generally praised the anticipated move from skeuomorphism (design approach employing life-like features), which Apple embraced under the leadership of the late Steve Jobs, towards the modern "flat" design, although the move could have been more bold (see for example earlier iOS flat concept by Phillip Joyce). The new iOS design, led by Sir John Ive, follows similar redesigns of the company's products, including apps such as iTunes MiniPlayer and Podcasts App and the new web design of the Apple Store website."

+ - IBM to bring KVM to future PowerLinux boxes 1

Submitted by Funk_dat69
Funk_dat69 (215898) writes "IBM Executive Arvind Krisha announced today during his Red Hat Summit keynote that IBM is bringing KVM to it's Power Systems next year, specifically to their Linux-only PowerLinux servers. No further details were mentioned, but adding this announcement to the effort to get OpenJDK ported to PPC64 gives a glimpse into IBM's plans for the future of their platform."

+ - Majority of Americans Say NSA Phone Tracking Is Not OK To Fight Terrorism->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "According to a weekend poll by Rasmussen, a majority of Americans believe that the feds are spying too much on US citizens, and oppose programs which collect Americans' phone records without specific suspicion of wrongdoing. Rasmussen's results appear to contradict those of an earlier, widely reported Pew survey on this issue."
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+ - AMD Making a 5 GHz 8-core Processor at 220 Watts->

Submitted by Vigile
Vigile (99919) writes "It looks like the rumors were true, AMD is going to be selling an FX-9590 processor this month that will hit frequencies as high as 5 GHz. Though originally thought to be an 8-module/16-core part, it turns out that the new CPU will have the same 4-module/8-core design that is found on the current lineup of FX-series processors including the FX-8350. But, with an increase of the maximum Turbo Core speed from 4.2 GHz to 5.0 GHz, the new parts will draw quite a bit more power. You can expect the the FX-9590 to need 220 watts or so to run at those speeds and a pretty hefty cooling solution as well. Performance should closely match the recently released Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell processor so AMD users that can handle the 2.5x increase in power consumption can finally claim performance parity."
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NASA

+ - In GOP Debate, Gingrich Calls NASA a 'Bureaucracy'->

Submitted by
MarkWhittington
MarkWhittington writes "During the New Hampshire Republican debate, the following question was asked, "President Obama effectively killed government-run spaceflight to the International Space Station and wants to turn it over to private companies. What role should the government play in future space exploration?" Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich was the only candidate to give a coherent answer, which consisted of an attack on NASA as a “bureaucracy” that “can’t innovate.” Gingrich also made the case for private incentives for space exploration."
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Microsoft

+ - Paul Allen on the Dark Side of the Ocean and More

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "A week after his 60 Minutes appearance, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen lets his guard down a bit more as he talks about his new book 'Idea Man' at Town Hall Seattle to a hometown audience that included his old college girlfriend Rita (who served up chicken that Bill Gates found spoon-eating good). In a wide-ranging interview, Allen cops to being a fan of Star Wars, Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica, says it took him 25 years to 'play a half-decent Purple Haze,' and explains the appeal of a personal submarine this way: 'It turns out if you go 1,000 feet down in the ocean, it's really dark, and the animals are really strange, but if you put on some Pink Floyd, it's fantastic.' Allen added that 'no one has disagreed or contradicted any fact or any memory' in the memoir, which includes a story of overhearing Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer plotting to dilute Allen's Microsoft shares into insignificance at a time with Allen was dying of non-Hodgkins lymphoma."

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