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nathan_w_cheng (700551) writes "50 years ago, Isaac Asimov described in the New York Times what the World’s Fair of 2014 might be like. Whereas Asimov’s predictions were to some “shockingly conservative,” it is impossible to have such conservative thoughts about the world 50 years from now. With 2014 as our starting point, in technological terms, 50 years is an incredibly long time. How far will we get if every decade for the next five sees the same level of scientific advancement as this past decade? Below, I reference over 100 articles to help us answer this question."
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CBS 60 Minutes: NSA Speaks Out On Snowden, Spying 504

Posted by samzenpus
from the what-did-he-get? dept.
An anonymous reader writes "This week CBS New's 60 Minutes program had a broadcast segment devoted to the NSA, and additional online features. It revealed that the first secret Snowden stole was the test and answers for a technical examination to get a job at NSA. When working at home, Snowden covered his head and screen with a hood so that his girlfriend couldn't see what he was doing. NSA considered the possibility that Snowden left malicious software behind and removed every computer and cable that Snowden had access to from its classified network, costing tens of millions of dollars. Snowden took approximately 1.7 million classified documents. Snowden never approached any of multiple Inspectors General, supervisors, or Congressional oversight committee members about his concerns. Snowden's activity caught the notice of other System Administrators. There were also other interesting details, such as the NSA has a highly competitive intern program for High School students that are given a Top Secret clearance and a chance to break codes that have resisted the efforts of NSA's analysts — some succeed. The NSA is only targeting the communications, as opposed to metadata, of less than 60 Americans. Targeting the actual communications of Americans, rather than metadata, requires a probable cause finding and a specific court order. NSA analysts working with metadata don't have access to the name, and can't listen to the call. The NSA's work is driven by requests for information by other parts of the government, and there are about 31,000 requests. Snowden apparently managed to steal a copy of that document, the 'crown jewels' of the intelligence world. With that information, foreign nations would know what the US does and doesn't know, and how to exploit it."

Comment: Re: We vote on leaders not lightbulbs (Score 1) 1146

by vijayiyer (#45699981) Attached to: US Light Bulb Phase-Out's Next Step Begins Next Month

Many incandescent lightbulbs aren't used for hours a day, which is what the break even price calculations are based on. My bedroom lights maybe get 45 minutes a day, and my guest bedroom perhaps 45 minutes a week. In my garage, it's 45 minutes a month. CFLs will never break even there.

Comment: Re:Speaking of "Smear Campaigns"... (Score 1) 513

by Alien Being (#42836389) Attached to: MS Targets Google With Another Smear Campaign

They could still show ads to generate revenue even without invading the privacy of email. Targeting could be based on their users' geography, time of day, etc. Or, they could allow users to specify what types of ads they're most interested in.

As I mentioned in a previous response, it's particularly egregious that they are parsing third-party correspondence, i.e. that of people who never even agreed to their POS TOS.

Comment: Re:Speaking of "Smear Campaigns"... (Score 1) 513

by Alien Being (#42836235) Attached to: MS Targets Google With Another Smear Campaign

I'm not a gmail user, yet they're parsing and analyzing any correspondence I have with

Maybe they do this just to show ads to their own users. That's bad enough. But, maybe they're responsible for some of the spam that gets sent to me. And who knows what they're collecting in hopes of someday adding a record to a join table. In any case, I'm angry that the googleplex is reading my private correspondence.

Even though MS is the meanest, nastiest father-stabber and mother-raper on the group W bench, I'm with them on this one.

Truly simple systems... require infinite testing. -- Norman Augustine