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Hey CIA, You Held On To Security Flaw Information -- But Now It's Out. That's Not How It Should Work (eff.org) 246

Cindy Cohn, writing for EFF: The dark side of this story is that the documents confirm that the CIA holds on to security vulnerabilities in software and devices -- including Android phones, iPhones, and Samsung televisions -- that millions of people around the world rely on. The agency appears to have failed to accurately assess the risk of not disclosing vulnerabilities to responsible vendors and failed to follow even the limited Vulnerabilities Equities Process. As these leaks show, we're all made less safe by the CIA's decision to keep -- rather than ensure the patching of -- vulnerabilities. Even spy agencies like the CIA have a responsibility to protect the security and privacy of Americans.

Comment digital upgrade long overdue (Score 1) 445

Desk phones (in small businesses) and home phones are in serious need of a digital upgrade. The copper line is still a major asset in most places for use by DSL so why not upgrade the phone to a digital device which can offer many of the services offered by cheap cell phones such as text messages? Much could be done even without additional power. Options like a wireless hub could be added etc etc. Why do telcos not push this as standard? It would surely make better use of their resources. What am I missing here?


Submission + - Global violence on downward trend? (scientificamerican.com)

mango9 writes: "According to Scientific American a recently published study by Harvard University social scientist Steven Pinker documents a general decline of violence in recent history. Writers of futuristic science fiction take note! Good to have some really positive news. Has many interesting implications, for example regarding contact with other civilisations. There is another brief review in New Yorker — hmmm I guess I should read the book."
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wow - a journal and nothing in it. They weren't reading my thoughts after all...

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