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+ - CIA source of NY Times reporter James Risen convicted on circumstial evidence-> 2

Submitted by webanish
webanish (1045264) writes "The New York Times reports:

Jeffrey A. Sterling, a former Central Intelligence Agency officer, was convicted of espionage Monday on charges that he told a reporter for The New York Times about a secret operation to disrupt Iran’s nuclear program.

The case revolved around a C.I.A. operation in which a former Russian scientist provided Iran with intentionally flawed nuclear component schematics. Mr. Risen revealed the operation in his 2006 book, “State of War,” describing it as a mismanaged, potentially reckless mission that may have inadvertently aided the Iranian nuclear program.

While this comes as no surprise given the Obama administration's record on going after whistleblowers releasing secrets in public interest, the ramifications of these building cases could be twofold.

  • Legitimate issues which should be discussed in public are withheld out of fear
  • Leakers might not always act so benevolently to go to reputed press institutions

To an outsider, it seems there is widespread support for Snowden and responsible whistleblowing laws. Why is there no momentum for this in the government?"
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+ - Major Terrorist Attack Strikes France->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Terrorist gunmen claiming to be from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria have stormed the building of a French publication Charlie Hebdo that had recently published a cartoon of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The gunmen are known to have killed eleven hostages so far and the situation is still ongoing. Currently, the BBC has the most information out of English news outlets. French speakers can consult the headline at Le Monde for more current news."
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Comment: Raise a stink and vote with your poket (Score 4, Insightful) 61

by webanish (#48678853) Attached to: India Faces Its First Major Net Neutrality Issue
As a soon-to-be ex-customer of this telecom giant, I'm doing the two things I can: Raising an almighty stink in all the channels I know, and obviously voting with my pocket by ditching them. Any other ideas would be welcome. I fear this is just the level-1 boss we're fighting against in the war against internet equality.

Comment: Future chrome browser warning (Score 1) 396

by webanish (#48622779) Attached to: Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites
*Warning, insecure content!* This website doesn't have a NSA backdoor, and hence we cannot verify the americanness of the content. Terrorists may be hatching a plot to blow up something here. Or even worse, normal people might be talking how we fucked the web up. >OMFG! Take me out of hereI understand the risks

+ - receives ITU approval; paves way for 500Mbps to 1Gbps speeds over copper->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has formally approved the standard that intends to deliver broadband speeds between 500Mbps to 1Gbps over traditional copper cables found between fibre-equipped street cabinets and homes / businesses. Cheaper than fibre to the premises (FTTP), the standard provides the means to use existing infrastructure to deliver greater broadband speeds. One of the major drawbacks of the technology is that as the distance increases the download and upload speeds decrease just as ADSL and VDSL. Despite the decline in speeds, the technology does offer far greater speeds as compared to its counterparts. ITU said in a statement that will enable implementation of bandwidth-intensive applications and services including IPTV, 4K video streaming, advanced cloud-based storage solution, HD video conference among others."
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+ - Uber banned in New Delhi->

Submitted by webanish
webanish (1045264) writes "Uber has been banned by the transport department in New Delhi after a driver allegedly raped the passenger traveling in one of it's cabs. This has ignited fierce debate about Uber's safety and driver screening standards. It does not help Uber's case that the driver had been indicted in the rape case once before, as per news reports. Additionally, as per the report:

The department also alleged Uber had flouted transport rules and "misled" the passenger with its app. "M/s Uber also misled the commuter about the nature of the taxi service offered by the "Uber App," it said.


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Comment: Re:Rocket science is called so for a reason (Score 2) 71

by webanish (#48523159) Attached to: Technical Hitches Delay Orion Capsule's First Launch
Fully agree. In the many years and billions spent to reach this day, a 24 hr delay (or even a 48hr or more) is a fraction of a peanut. But the fact that they were willing to manually override the auto wind triggers suggests that they either felt pressured with the closing of the launch window, or didn't trust enough in the reliability of those automated systems. If it's the former, then it's a scary prospect. The purpose of this mission I guess is to test the capsule and the upper launch stages. The DIVH is going to be replaced by a different system in the future (SLS) anyway, so having a failure in this part of the mission would be characterized so. Having in a failure while in orbit or on the way back would be 'extremely useful test data' and NOT a failure.

Comment: India's MOM has also made it! (Score 1) 65

by webanish (#47980355) Attached to: 2 Mars Missions Set For Arrival, Both Prepare for Orbital Maneuvers
Hot on the heels of MAVEN, India's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) or Mangalyaan (Mars-vehicle), has also successfully been inserted into it's planned orbit after its Liquid Apogee Motor (LAM) fired as expected. With this India becomes the first Asian nation to successfully send a Mars mission, and the first nation in the world to taste Martian success in its very first attempt. Don't worry, there won't be a collision between the two probes, we drive on opposite lanes... remember!

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