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Submission + - SPAM: WikiLeaks publishes huge trove of CIA spying documents in 'Vault 7' release

schwit1 writes: Julian Assange claims that documents are the most comprehensive CIA release ever

WikiLeaks has published a huge trove of what appear to be CIA spying secrets.

The files are the most comprehensive release of US spying files ever made public, according to Julian Assange. In all, there are 8,761 documents that account for "the entire hacking capacity of the CIA", Mr Assange claimed in a release, and the trove is just the first of a series of "Vault 7" leaks.

In publishing the documents, WikiLeaks had ensured that the CIA had "lost control of its arsenal", he claimed. That included a range of software and exploits that if real could allow unparalleled control of computers around the world.

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Comment Controlling the Narative (Score 1) 637

The value of sites like Twitter and Reddit isn't in allowing individuals to have a voice. The real money is being able to demonstrate the ability to control the narrative. The model is to gain a large user base, gain control of the narrative, then sell that echo chamber to the powers that be. That's how Fox News became a thing. CNN, MSNBC and others are emulating that model. Gawker has been successful with it as well. This is the way the 'New Media' works. Censorship is part of the business model and to lose control of the narrative is to lose all value to your REAL customers.

Comment Electrical Safety (Score 1) 153

Google wants to put the fiber on the poles up on the top where the power lines are and are free to do so providing they use the appropriate cable shielding and grounding methods according to industry standards. If they go this route they need have their cable installed by journeyman linemen because they have the training and equipment needed to work around high voltage power lines safely. Google is complaining and wants to use their own workers instead because a journeyman lineman in Kansas City has an hourly rate of about $50/hr. The problem is that Google's workers dont have the training or equipment that the linemen do and will most likely electrocute themselves. Their other option is to use their own workers but move their cable down away from the power lines into the telephone / TV section of the pole but pay for the pole usage fees.

Comment Time (Score 1) 1880

I just dont have time to mess with it any more. I used to have time to search through hundreds of forum pages to find some gibberish string of text that I could cut and paste into it and hope that fixed the problem. Now, its just no longer worth it. I ran Ubuntu for a long time too, 6.06-11.04. The little things also just started to bug me. Like my mouse has more than 3 buttons but I have to jump through crazy hoops to do anything with them. My sound just stopped working one update and could never get it going again. Had to by a new sound card. The UI got all jacked up with what ever it is they are now doing with it. Spent a couple hours trying to get it to look halfway normal. It was a mess getting my printer to work with it even though I specifically bought a supported printer. That got me into wife-usability trouble.

I just decided that I am spending more time working ON it than with it. Finally Ubuntu's only competitive advantage came down to cost and a student discount copy of Win7 won. Its stable, wife friendly, works with everything, and runs everything I need. It just turned out that I am willing to pay a premium for a better experience.

Comment ESPN 360 (Score 1) 454

I think we are all going along under the assumption that we will have a choice and individuals are the target customers. I think this will materialize more like the ESPN 360 web content where your ISP subscribes for you. Since you don't really have a choice of ISP you will, by default, be paying for your Murdoch news.

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