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Submission + - Electronic Surveillance by US Law Enforcement Agencies Rising Steeply (paritynews.com)

hypnosec writes: According to data obtained by American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), surveillance of emails and other forms of Internet communications without warrants has increased substantially over the last two years. Documents, obtained by ACLU after months of litigation, reveal that there has been a whopping 361 per cent increase in “pen register” and “trap-and-trace” orders between 2009 and 2011. ACLU has appealed to US congress to bring in more judicial oversight of pen register and trap-and-trace orders as agencies don’t require a warrant to obtain such orders.

Submission + - Intel Atom Z2760 Clover Trail CPU rivals ARM for tablets (pcper.com)

Vigile writes: Even though we have seen Intel's Medfield processor find its way into a few cell phones in the European market, the first real test for Intel's push into the SoC world comes with the release of Windows 8 this fall and the barrage of tablets that will launch using the new Atom Z2760 processor. Based on the Clover Trail design, the Z2760 is a dual-core HyperThreaded x86 in-order part running at 1.8 GHz and using a low power DDR2 memory controller at 800 MHz. Built on the HKMG 32nm process technology, the latest Atom has a lot to live up to in order to compete with the ARM-based Windows RT tablets being released in the same window though Intel claims that its battery life will rival the best current Android devices can offer, using some normalized battery benchmarks as evidence.

Submission + - Look Inside North Korea's Ryugyong Hotel for the First Time

derekmead writes: There’s no more fitting metaphor for North Korea’s Ryugyong Hotel than the fact that it’s shaped a stock market crash. Construction on the hotel began in 1987, and was supposed to be completed by 1989. By 1992, after the fall of the Soviet Union — and the resulting loss of cash flow from Moscow — put a major pinch on North Korea’s funds, construction on what was to be the world’s tallest structure at its inception halted, leaving a giant skeleton of building towering over the glittery squalor of Pyongyang like a wireframe spaceship.

In 2008, after 16 years of sitting listlessly, construction restarted on the 105-story building. It’s hard to imagine how that could even happen. Imagine 16 years of the elements pounding away at the building’s concrete skeleton, and then imagine finding construction workers who could pick up where others left off.

But now, 25 years after breaking ground, North Korean officials have opened still-unfinished hotel up for visitors, and some folks from travel agency specializing in North Korea have become the first Westerners to take pictures inside the structure. The first thing you notice is how audacious the plans actually are. Sure, the aged concrete and rusty guardrails make it clear that the structure has been sitting for some time, but it’s incredible that it was even built in the first place.

Submission + - Programming Above and Beyond Your Ability (typepad.com)

pHatidic writes: Alex Krupp writes about using a FOSS mind mapping program called FreeMind to become a better programmer. The essay explains how organizing programming language documentation in a mind map can help coders to program above and beyond their actual ability. He gives examples of how using this tool (or one similar) can help programmers to better understand their tools, to think more creatively, and to remember techniques they’ve used previously.

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