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Comment Re:Same as Google (Score 1) 608

I don't like the developing privacy problems and how "cloud" makes it worse, but I'd expect any service that's this connected would have this kind of problem

Then you expect too little. We should not simply accept that "any service" which is "connected" will upskirt our data.

If our personal data is so valuable to Google that it would be prohibitive for us to use any "connected" services that simply charges us instead of snooping in my sock drawer, then we are giving it away much too cheaply, and should start expecting more from the transaction. And if our personal data is not so very valuable then I'll be happy to pay for that connectivity rather than trade it away for a search engine or free mail account.

We do not have to simply accede to the status quo simply because that's the way Google, Microsoft, Facebook etc like it. We have more leverage in this transaction than they want us to believe. It's just a matter of being willing to use it.

Comment Re:Li-ion batteries (Score 4, Funny) 120

Which has absolutely nothing to do with the subject. The article is well worth reading. What's kept NA-ion batteries away is that their anodes only last 20 cycles. They solved the problem with wood fibers covered with carbon nanotubes, and these can stand hundreds of cycles.

Again, TFA is worth reading.

Now waiting for the inevitable "that article gave me wood" joke...

Submission + - Edward Snowden Explains Why He Leaked Top Secret NSA Documents (ibtimes.co.uk)

DavidGilbert99 writes: In the second part of a video interview, Edward Snowden has explained the motivation behind his decision to leak highly sensitive and top secret NSA files. He says he was tired of waiting for someone else to make a stance, so did it himself:

"I don't want to live in a world where everything that I say, everything I do, everyone I talk to, every expression of creativity or love or friendship is recorded. That's not something I am willing to support, it's not something I'm willing to build and it's not something I'm willing to live under. I think anyone who opposes that sort of world has an obligation to act in a way they can."

Comment Re:Just askin... (Score 5, Interesting) 221

How, when both of the only two parties the corporate media dare mention are both all for a surveillance state? Remember, a vote for a candidate who doesn't want your loved ones in jail for pot and doesn't want a police state (e.g., Green and Libertarian, both on enough ballots to win) is a wasted vote? All the newspapers and TV stations agree, we need to have a surveillance state and we need to jail your loved ones!

And nobody seems to realize how stupid their vote is, corporate media keep us in the dark.

Submission + - NASA's Next 5 Missions (informationweek.com)

CowboyRobot writes: From a spacecraft that captures asteroids to a telescope that reveals details of the universe, NASA's upcoming missions will break ground in space science and technology. NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph lifted off from the Vandenberg Air Force Base on June 27, successfully riding into low Earth orbit aboard a Pegasus XL rocket. IRIS will study the sun's lower atmosphere, and it's one of several major missions in the works at the space agency. In the next few years, NASA missions will include visiting an asteroid, searching below Mars's surface, and studying the atmosphere of Earth's moon.

Submission + - Power Jacket MK3 Leaps From Comic Book Pages Into Reality (gizmag.com)

Zothecula writes: In recent years Japan has erected life-sized statues of giant robots like Tetsujin-28 go (Gigantor) and a Gundam mobile suit, but statues can't defend the island nation from kaiju attack. Perhaps that is why Sagawa Electronics is bridging the gap between fantasy and reality with a working robotic exoskeleton it calls the Power Jacket MK3 that mimics your every move. And it says it will produce up to five of them for about US$123,000 apiece.

Submission + - Edward Snowden Reveals NSA Involvement with Stuxnet Development (ibtimes.co.uk)

DavidGilbert99 writes: Edward Snowden continues to spill the beans on the extent of the US government's spying and cyber-espionage work over the past five years. The latest revelation comes via an interview carried out prior to Snowden fleeing to Hong Kong on 20 May, and confirms the NSA worked with Israel to develop the Stuxnet computer worm which targeted a Iranian nuclear facility in 2009. While this has been speculated widely previously, the US has never officially confirmed its involvement.

Comment Money well spent (Score 5, Insightful) 98

Send some dough to the EFF. Right this second. If there ever was a time we need those guys, it's now.

I'm a tightwad, and if I can buy some cheaper beer for a few weeks so I can send them a few bucks, so can you, goddamit.

This week, we found out that we've got a secret court that's acting as a "shadow Supreme Court" that's deciding the constitutionality of electronic snooping laws and then keeping their fucking rulings secret.


So before you curse the darkness, go light a fucking candle. Give to the EFF. I've got a paypal window open right now and am giving another twenty, which means I'll be drinking cheap beer for the rest of the month. But at least I'll know there's someone out there who's not completely focused on the reality tv show that is Edward Snowden instead of the fact that we've got a privatized police state that's grown up around us in only about a decade.

And make no mistake: it's too late to start loading your shootin' iron unless you've decided your solution is to eat it.

Submission + - Hackers Make the Appellate Case for Weev

USSJoin writes: Andrew Auernheimer (or Weev, as he's often better known) is serving a 41-month sentence under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. The case is currently on appeal to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals; his lawyer filed the appellate brief last week. Now, a group of 13 security researchers, led by Meredith Patterson, and including include Peiter "Mudge" Zatko, Space Rogue, Jericho, Shane MacDougall, and Dan Kaminsky, are making their own thoughts heard by the court. They are submitting a brief to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals that argues that not only is Weev's conviction bad law, but if upheld, it will destroy independent security research, and perhaps the rest of consumer safety research as well. (Disclaimer: I am one member of the group.)

Submission + - Signs of Life Found in Lake Vostok

jpyeck writes: Lake Vostok, Antarctica's biggest and deepest subsurface lake, might contain thousands of different kinds of tiny organisms — and perhaps bigger fish as well, researchers report.

The lake, buried under more than 2 miles (3.7 kilometers) of Antarctic ice, has been seen as an earthly analog for ice-covered seas on such worlds as Europa and Enceladus. It's thought to have been cut off from the outside world for as long as 15 million years. But the latest results, reported in the open-access journal PLOS ONE, suggest that the lake isn't as sterile or otherworldly as some scientists might have thought.

More than 3,500 different DNA sequences were identified in samples extracted from layers of ice that have built up just above the surface of the lake.

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