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Submission + - Ex-CIA Group Supports Assange and WikiLeaks (thinq.co.uk)

Stoobalou writes: A group of ex-intelligence officers from the CIA, FBI and the British Government has written an open letter of support for Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.

Fronted by Daniel Ellsberg — the former US military analyst who leaked the Pentagon Papers in 1971, exposing the truth about the Vietnam War — the statement says: "WikiLeaks has teased the genie of transparency out of a very opaque bottle, and powerful forces in America, who thrive on secrecy, are trying desperately to stuff the genie back in."

Submission + - 'Chaos' at WikiLeaks Follows Assange Arrest (wired.com) 1

cold fjord writes: Wired's Threat Level is reporting that:

The arrest without bail of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Tuesday has left the organization in a state of uncertainty, despite transition plans laid out prior to his surrender to British police, according to one dispirited WikiLeaks activist who spoke to Threat Level on condition of anonymity. ... Assange left Icelandic television journalist Kristinn Hrafnsson in charge of the group in his absence, the activist said. But now the embattled organization's secrecy and compartmentalization are apparently hindering its operations. ... Specifically, midlevel WikiLeaks staffers have been mostly cut off from communicating with hundreds of volunteers whose contact information was stored in Assange's private online-messaging accounts, and never shared with others. ... "There is an ongoing plan, but that plan was only introduced to a few staffers — key staffers," explained the source. "We are experiencing chaos." ... And when Assange's autocratic leadership style was challenged by some staffers last year, he described his importance to the organization in no uncertain terms. "I am the heart and soul of this organization, its founder, philosopher, spokesperson, original coder, organizer, financier and all the rest." ... His absence, says the source, is being felt acutely. "The organization will most likely start to fall apart now."


Submission + - Congress Not Concerned About TSA Behavior (msn.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Why isn't Congress concerned about the TSA's behavior? Obviously, because it doesn't affect them. They get to skip TSA groping entirely. So they won't have their little boys strip searched, nor will they end up flying while soaked in urine due to TSA agents ripping open a cancer survivor's urostomy bag. The man had to choose between flying while covered in urine and missing his flight. Sadly, President Obama is still defending the screenings, disappointing those who had honestly hoped for more change than this.

Submission + - New evidence for weird quantum supersolid (newscientist.com)

techbeat writes: Have we ever made a supersolid, a ghostly, quantum form of matter in which a solid flows, frictionless, through itself? The debate rages on, as New Scientist reports. The first supersolid was reportedly made in 2004, but whether the researchers involved had simply misinterpreted their results wasn't clear. Had they instead made a different phase, dubbed a "quantum plastic"? Now the original researchers have new evidence suggesting that genuine supersolids have been made after all.

Submission + - Anti-piracy lawyers "knew letters hit innocents" (pcpro.co.uk) 1

nk497 writes: A UK legal watchdog has claimed lawyers who sent out letters demanding settlement payments from alleged file-sharers knew they would end up hitting innocent people. The Solicitors Regulators Authority said the two Davenport Lyons lawyers "knew that in conducting generic campaigns against those identified as IP holders whose IP numeric had been used for downloading or uploading of material that they might in such generic campaigns be targeting people innocent of any copyright breach." The SRA also said the two lawyers lost their independence because they convinced right holders to allow them to act on their behalf by waiving hourly fees and instead taking a cut of the settlements. The pair earned £150,000 of the £370,000 collected from alleged file-sharers. Because they were looking to recoup their own costs, the lawyers ignored clients' concerns about the negative publicity the letter campaign could — and eventually did — cause, the SRA claimed.

Submission + - Waterboxx lets trees grow up in unfriendly places (gizmag.com)

cylonlover writes: It's not often that you hear about an invention that was modeled after bird poop, but there's a first time for everything. In fact, this fecally-inspired device could ultimately be responsible for reforesting billion of acres of parched land. It's called the Groasis Waterboxx, and it's a low-tech product that helps seeds or saplings grow into strong trees in eroded, arid and rocky environments.

Submission + - Intrusion Detection Honeypots Compared (infoworld.com)

snydeq writes: InfoWorld's Roger Grimes provides an in-depth comparison of intrusion detection honeypots — fake computer assets that exist only to alert owners if it is touched. 'When used as early-warning systems, honeypots are low cost, low noise, and low maintenance, yet highly effective at drawing attention to threats in the network environment. They belong in any defense-in-depth program,' Grimes writes. Grimes' honeypot primer puts KFSensor, HoneyPoint, and Honeyd through their paces, and for those interested in turning on old PC into a network security asset, Grimes also provides a guide on how to roll your own honeypot.

Submission + - SkyLifter -150 tonnes of Anything to Anywhere

An anonymous reader writes: TRANSPORTING large, clunky bits of equipment has always posed a challenge. Roads and railways do not reach everywhere, and even if they did, many cumbersome and heavy constructions need to be hauled in pieces, only to be put together at the final destination. Aeroplane cargo faces even tighter restrictions on shape and size, not to mention the need for runways.
The company is developing a piloted dirigible capable of carrying loads of up to 150 tonnes over distances as great as 2,000km (1,240 miles) at a speed of 45 knots (83kph). This would permit the craft to transport not just hefty components, but entire buildings, to remote areas.

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