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Submission + - Encrypted traffic being intercepted

lucag writes: It appears that most of the encrypted traffic over the net is currently being intercepted and in some way decoded by NSA.
Here there are some references, unfortunately scant on the details that matter; actually it is not clear if it is broken algorithms, compromised protocols, MITM attacks or just plain old simple "enforced" cooperation by the providers.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/05/nsa-gchq-encryption-codes-security

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/06/us/nsa-foils-much-internet-encryption.html?smid=tw-nytimes&_r=0
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Yellowstone Supervolcano Larger Than First Thought 451

drewtheman writes "New studies of the plumbing that feeds the Yellowstone supervolcano in Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park shows the plume and the magma chamber under the volcano are larger than first thought and contradicts claims that only shallow hot rock exists. University of Utah research professor of geophysics Robert Smith led four separate studies that verify a plume of hot and molten rock at least 410 miles deep that rises at an angle from the northwest."

Submission + - Wind powered factories (lowtechmagazine.com)

An anonymous reader writes: In the 1930s and 1940s, decades after steam engines had made wind power obsolete, Dutch researchers obstinately kept improving the (already very sophisticated) traditional windmill. The results were spectacular, and there is no doubt that today an army of ecogeeks could improve them even further. Would it make sense to revive the industrial windmill and again convert kinetic energy directly into mechanical energy? Any suggestions, aside from a wind powered knitting machine?

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