i_want_you_to_throw_ writes: Riding on the Acela express train between New York and Washington, DC, Hayden had the bad luck of sitting near entrepreneur and former MoveOn.org director Tom Matzzie. “Former NSA spy boss Michael Hayden on Acela behind me blabbing ‘on background as a former senior admin official’,” Matzzie wrote on his Twitter account. “Sounds defensive.” For the next twenty minutes, Mattzie continued to livetweet Hayden’s conversations slamming the Obama administration, all the while insisting that he be referred to only on background.
i_want_you_to_throw_ writes: Yes, that very idea is being floated now. You can see (and sign if you're so inclined) the petition at MoveOn.org. The law was passed by Congress, signed by the President and then ruled constitutional by SCOTUS. The idea is that the House GOP leadership's use of the Hastert Rule and H. Res 368 to shut down the government and threaten the US economy with default was an attempt to extort the United States government into altering or abolishing the Affordable Care Act, and was thus, self-evidently a seditious conspiracy.
i_want_you_to_throw_ writes: CNN reports that the FBI caught the man accused of creating Silk Road — the shadowy e-commerce site it describes as "the most sophisticated and extensive criminal marketplace on the Internet today" — after he allegedly posted his Gmail address online, according to court documents. It appears he was nailed by not completely covering his own tracks as opposed to any failure of the technology.
i_want_you_to_throw_ writes: It’s official: Voyager 1 has slipped the surly bonds of the solar system. Launched in 1977, Voyager 1 traveled past Jupiter and Saturn and is now more than 11.66 billion miles (18.67 billion kilometers) from the sun, becoming the first spacecraft to enter interstellar space. Proof of this long-anticipated milestone for the storied spacecraft comes in a study released Thursday by the journal Science.
i_want_you_to_throw_ writes: U.S. spy agencies have built an intelligence-gathering colossus since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but remain unable to provide critical information to the president on a range of national security threats, according to the government’s top secret budget.
The $52.6 billion “black budget” for fiscal 2013, obtained by The Washington Post from former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, maps a bureaucratic and operational landscape that has never been subject to public scrutiny. Although the government has annually released its overall level of intelligence spending since 2007, it has not divulged how it uses those funds or how it performs against the goals set by the president and Congress.
i_want_you_to_throw_ writes: You have a Friend Request from: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms... "Confirm" ? "Not Now" ?. Seriously, the ATF won't try to friend you on Facebook. The ATF doesn’t just want a huge database to reveal everything about you with a few keywords. It wants one that can find out who you know. According to a recent solicitation from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the bureau is looking to buy a "massive online data repository system" for its Office of Strategic Intelligence and Information (OSII).
i_want_you_to_throw_ writes: "Details of Jaron Lanier's crusade against Web 2.0 continues in an article at Smithsonian Magazine. The article, entitled "What Turned Jaron Lanier Against the Web" continues Lanier's rant against Web 2.0. It's a mostly interesting read with Lanier suggesting we are outsourcing ourselves into insignificant advertising-fodder and making an audacious connection between techno-utopianism, the rise of the machines and the Great Recession."
i_want_you_to_throw_ writes: "Technology giant Apple is catching heat on blogs this week for its decision to drop out of an environmental certification program for electronics, called EPEAT. There's speculation that Apple's new line of "retina display" laptops aren't easily recyclable because their batteries are glued to the aluminum case on the computer. This decision is already costing Apple with the city of San Francisco deciding to no longer buy Apple computers. San Francisco also has a rule on the books prohibiting the city from purchasing desktop and laptop computers that are not EPEAT-certified, so the city will not be able to purchase Apple desktops and laptops unless Apple gets the green certification again."
i_want_you_to_throw_ writes: "Pi Day this year was special for Michael John Blake. On that day, March 14 (3/14, like the number 3.14), a judge dismissed a copyright infringement lawsuit against his song, which is based on the number pi. A judged ruled that you can't copyright pi (it's a non-copyrightable fact). You CAN however trademark numbers although it is a sticky business. Boeing, for example, has trademarked "737", "757", and so on. Intel on the other hand hasn't been so lucky with "486", forcing it to switch to names like seem like newfound elements of the periodic table ("Pentium", etc)."
i_want_you_to_throw_ writes: "It appears the legal woes of Sergey Aleynikov, a former Goldman Sachs Group computer programmer, who had been convicted of stealing part of the Wall Street bank's high-frequency trading code, are now over. A federal appeals court overturned his conviction and recommended acquittal. Slashdot previously covered this story when he was sentenced to 97 months. It will be interesting to see their reasoning (an opinion is to be released) as well as what this may mean for other programmers developing high frequency trading code."
i_want_you_to_throw_ writes: "It's a time few may want to remember. But TV news reports of the September 11, 2001, attacks — the innocuous moments before, and the horrible hours and days after — are now archived online for anyone who cares to relive them.
The Internet Archive, a nonprofit digital library, has posted video from 20 television stations chronicling that grim week. The group's founder said the page, "Understanding 9/11," is designed to help researchers, historians and regular citizens put the attacks in context a decade later."
i_want_you_to_throw_ writes: "Mozilla has created a stir in the Firefox community by suggesting that the version number ought to be eliminated. The version number currently shown in Firefox’s "About" dialog has been filed as a bug. Instead of a version number Mozilla simply wants the box to read something like "Firefox checked for updates 20 minutes ago, you are running the latest version." Mozilla believes that eliminating the version number will reduce user confusion."
i_want_you_to_throw_ writes: "Google, attempting to create a formidable patent portfolio, has bid $900 million for 6,000 Nortel patents. Google is apparently seeking to stave off lawsuits by bolstering its portfolio of intellectual property."