According to the documents, intelligence officials told members of the Senate Intelligence Committee that there’s no need for them to approach courts before requesting a tech company help willfully—though they can always resort to obtaining a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court order if the company refuses. The documents show officials testified they had never needed to obtain such an FISC order, though they declined to tell the committee whether they had “ever asked a company to add an encryption backdoor,” per ZDNet. Other reporting has suggested the FISC has the power to authorize government personnel to compel such technical assistance without even notifying the FISC of what exactly is required.
Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act gives authorities additional powers to compel service providers to build backdoors into their products.
Nice product you have there. Be a shame if anything were to happen to it.
DHS issued a bulletin in August that commercial drones made by the China-based firm Da Jian Innovations (DJI) may be providing “U.S. critical infrastructure and law enforcement data” to the Chinese government and favored industries in that country, according to a copy of an August, 2017 Intelligence Bulletin (https://info.publicintelligence.net/ICE-DJI-China.pdf) published by the website Public Intelligence.
The report cites an unnamed sources in Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the US Army and local law enforcement, as well as an unnamed “source within the unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry” saying that DJI is providing U.S. critical infrastructure and law enforcement data to the Chinese government. The company is also “selectively targeting government and privately owned entities within these sectors to expand its ability to collect and exploit sensitive U.S. data.” The data could help the Chinese government “coordinate physical or cyber attacks against critical sites” and appears to have been used to aid Chinese companies looking to invest in the US assets like vineyards, DHS warned.
Among the allegations in the report: that, starting in 2015, DJI slashed the prices on its Category One (small) drones by up to 70% and began dumping them on the US market. Drones that previously cost upwards of $3,000 were sold for $900 by DJI, effectively pushing French and US competitors like Parrot and Yuneec of the US out of business. Within a year, DJI drone imports to the US tripled from 2,873 in 2016 to 10,321 in 2017.
At the same time, the company began aggressively targeting executives in industries like electricity and transportation, as well as critical sectors like water. Executives at key firms received invitations to multi-day DJI sponsored symposia and test facilities in Silicon Valley to push commercial applications of the drone technology.
But investing in DJI technology may be a short-term solution with long-term costs. The bulletin related the experience of a large family owned wine producer in California who purchased DJI UAS technology to survey its vineyards and monitor grape production, using a drone-mounted infrared scanner capable of calculating nitrogen levels of plants. “Soon afterwards, Chinese companies began purchasing vineyards in the same
According to the report, Chinese firms purchasing vineyards in California were able to use DJI data to their own benefit and profit. DHS warns that use of the same technology with cash crops “could allow China the opportunity to influence the cash crop market and futures.” The source of that information was an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) official.
Cost is a major driver of this shift: the cost of bundling a few favorite streaming services together still pales in comparison to the average cable bill. TDG found that two thirds of cord cutters and “cord nevers” (people who have never paid for cable) said service expense was the key reason legacy pay TV services
From Miracast to lock screen widgets to yes, even Face Unlock — a look back at some Android features that were once the talk of techspace.
I’m pleased to report that Google/YouTube has announced major moves in exactly these sorts of directions that I have long recommended
Back in 2009, the US had just elected Barack Obama, I worked 40 hours in a retail job that was killing me, and I had decided I wanted to 100 percent Fallout 3. I had already beaten the game, but I hadn’t completed it. There’s a difference.
Beating a game typically means going through the main story and seeing the credits. Completing a game, or "100 percenting" a game, means getting all its achievements, finishing every side quest, and scooping up every collectible. It typically involves completing the main game, all the side quests, and a laundry list of optional content. If you’ve ever played an Ubisoft-style sandbox game such as Assassin’s Creed or Far Cry, it means hitting all the points on the map and clearing them out.
I wanted to tick every box in Fallout 3 and get that exhausted sense of accomplishment that can only come from spending way too much time with a video game. Some estimates said this process would cost me more than 120 hours of my time but I was ready.
It was going well and I was having fun, but somewhere in the sewers below Fort Bannister I realized I had a problem. I had killed all the Talon mercenaries, checked every computer terminal, and opened up every strong box looking of items to sell. After I’d neutralized the threats, I spent an entire day carrying the assorted loot back and forth to vendors across the wastes and converting it into bottle caps— Fallout’s coin of the realm.
I stripped the Talon soldiers of every spare scrap of clothing, every weapon, and every bit of ammo. Once I could carry no more, I teleported to a township, sold everything off, then went back for more, systematically moving through the corpses of the fallen to strip them of their gear to sell them for cash I didn’t really need. I don’t know how many hours I spent doing this, but it was too many. Even for a completionist, this level of compulsion was overkill.
In the sewers of Fallout 3, pawing through another set of clothing that’d sell for a pittance, I stopped and looked around my apartment. I had no idea where my wife was, I was stoned out of my mind, and I had a full shift the next day at a retail job I hated. Yet here I was, in front of a glowing screen, not dealing with my problems. I’d settled for the small dopamine—the brain’s reward neurotransmitter—kick that comes from accomplishing quick repetitive tasks in a video game.
I love video games and I typically use them to unwind at the end of a long day. But when life gets hard and its victories come too slowly, the thing I do to relieve stress often becomes another source of it. When life gets tough, I 100 percent video games. It’s just easier to fill out a digital checklist than it is to do the hard work of getting my shit together.
After that day, back in the early years of the Obama presidency, I never played Fallout 3 again. I lost the wife in a few months, quit the job, and started a new career. I’d like to say I got better.
But the patterns repeats. This is still something I do.
This means that it is not possible to hide and keep secret, the existence of Free Software that you have stuck into your product that you distribute. If you do so, then you are not complying with the Free Software license and you are committing a copyright infringement!
This is exactly what Intel seems to have done with the Intel ME. The Minix3 operating system license require a legal notice, but so far it seems like Intel has not given the necessary legal notices. (Probably because they want to keep the inside of the ME secret.) Thus not only is Minix3 the most installed OS on our recent x86 cpus, but it might also the most pirated OS on our recent x86 cpus!
Here is a longer explanation that I wrote: