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+ - The Pentagon as Silicon Valley's Incubator

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The Times has an article about how people coming out of the Pentagon are helping create a boom in technology start-ups. From the article: 'In the last year, former Department of Defense and intelligence agency operatives have headed to Silicon Valley to create technology start-ups specializing in tools aimed at thwarting online threats. Frequent reports of cyberattacks have expanded the demand for security tools, in both the public and private sectors, and venture capital money has followed. In 2012, more than $1 billion in venture financing poured into security start-ups, more than double the amount in 2010, according to the National Venture Capital Association.'"

Comment: Life, the lesson (Score 1) 813

by terbo (#41144601) Attached to: How Long Do You Want To Live?

I'd say getting to see my grand kids would be the ultimate.
Telling them a few of the things I had seen first hand.

Beyond that, immortality seems silly, some come here
to learn lessons, but want to stay in school, apparently.

Health and longevity have been simple, good thoughts,
good diet, good exersize, and good company.


+ - Google users sue company over 'deceptive' privacy changes->

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terbo writes "Three Google users have filed a lawsuit against Google Inc. over changes to its privacy policy that combines user information across a number of company services." A Google blog post responds "our updated Privacy Policy makes our privacy practices easier to understand, and it reflects our desire to create a seamless experience for our signed-in users.", “The rapid innovation in technology, which is wonderful, must not also become an open invitation to violate people’s privacy .." voiced a Senator calling for a privacy change.
".. it was revealed that Android Apps can copy photos without explicit user permission, iphone and now google android phones give access to users photo libraries when given access to the locational services. ", "The reasoning behind Android’s ability to let app developers access personal smartphone photos without permission is understandable, but it actually goes against a core Android design principle." says a blog addressing the problem."

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Comment: Re:Ask the experts: what is cloud computing? (Score 1) 85

by terbo (#29791623) Attached to: The Economics of Federal Cloud Computing Analyzed

"That term is so vague, or shall we say nebulous, that it can't be used for meaningful statements."
"Don't pay attention to who has your data, or who controls all of the computing you do, just ignore it."

Thanks a lot for the video and link/post. I wonder why googling 'a free digital society'
does not find it. Not even the FSF page has much info on the talk.

No hardware designer should be allowed to produce any piece of hardware until three software guys have signed off for it. -- Andy Tanenbaum