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Submission + - NSA Admits Searching "3 Hops" from Suspects

cpitman writes: In a house hearing Wednesday the NSA admitted that it could query not only a suspect's records, but also perform up to a "three hop query". Considering that most people in the world are separated by under 6 degrees of separation, the NSA essentially claims that any single suspect gives them rights to investigate a chunk of the world's population.

With the terror watch list having over 700,000 names, just how many times has Kevin Bacon been investigated?

Submission + - Porn App Bans First Porn App for Google Glass (

DavidGilbert99 writes: Google Glass is coming in for some criticism of late, with Google only this week angering developers by banning apps which use facial recognition. Another developer has now been angered with Google pulling the first porn app to appear in the Glassware Hub. Called T**ts and Glass, the app allows users to record and share their own erotic adventure, as captured by Glass.

Submission + - Google Proposes Tattoos And Pills To Replace Passwords

twoheadedboy writes: Google and its Motorola division have come up with some innovative yet scary ideas on how to fix the world’s password woes, proposing tattoos and pills for truly effective authentication. Presented by Regina Dugan, former DARPA head and lead for advanced research at Motoroladuring the D11 conference, the tattoo works as a wearable NFC patch. But it's the pill that's more of a radical idea. It contains a small chip with a switch and a battery, which uses stomach acids to serve as an electrolyte to power it up. "The switch goes on and off, and it creates an 18-bit ECG-like signal in your body and essentially your entire body becomes your authentication token," Dugan explained. Produced by a company called Proteus Digital Health, the pill has already been cleared by the US Federal Drug Administration. With passwords failing as an authentication mechanism, wearable or swallowable tech might be the answer... even if it is creepy.

Submission + - Project management lessons from Game of Thrones (

Esther Schindler writes: In George R.R. Martin’s masterful series, A Song of Ice and Fire (currently an HBO television show, Game of Thrones), many characters in the fantasy world of Westeros create goals, make plans, maneuver people and events toward the goal they want, and eventually realize their goal. It’s kind of like project management, says Carol Pinchefsky in Everything I Know About Project Management, I Learned from Game of Thrones, but with more entrails.

For example:

Danerys also shows another key quality of good project management: She constantly seeks to learn, and she frequently integrates new information into her plans. That allows her to take advantage of opportunities when they arise, where an inflexible project leader (say, King Joffrey) sees only distractions.

At one point, she tells her people, “I swear to you that those who would harm you will die screaming.” Remember that loyalty to your team is important, although threatening blood and fire might not work in the boardroom.

Well, perhaps it depends on your boardroom.

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