rbrander writes: "James Bamford, author of "The Puzzle Palace" and NSA-watching journalist for many decades, notes in a recent article in Politico that the NSA is building a $2B, 1-million-sq.ft. data centre in Utah expected to eventually hold one "Yottabyte" of data.
In contrast to previous NSA focus on foreigners, the bulk of it will probably be data about Americans."
rbrander writes: Don't call it a "rifle", call it the "XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement System" and get your $35,000 worth. Much more than a projector of high-speed lead, this device hurls small grenades that automatically detonate in mid-flight with 1-metre accuracy over nearly 800m. The vital field feature is the ability to explode 1m behind the wall you just lazed, the one with the enemy hiding behind it.
rbrander writes: The IDF has released a video showing their new development, a robotic snake with a camera for a head. The camo-covered tube can wriggle through the smallest of openings and tunnels to feed back a continuous video to a field laptop.
rbrander writes: "Vancouver, Canada's third-largest city, has adopted a policy of "open standards, interfaces and formats" for all public data. They will also consider open-source software on an even footing with proprietary for all new software purchases. Fifteen of the fifteen people who signed up to speak to city council on the topic spoke in favour. Their only criticism was "can't you do more?" with one advocating that FOSS software be given preference, not equal footing."
rbrander writes: Canadian copyright watchdog Michael Geist has written the story of How the U.S. got its Canadian copyright bill". The arm-twisting was pretty up-front: "Canadian officials arrived ready to talk about a series of economic concerns but were quickly rebuffed by their U.S. counterparts, who indicated that progress on other issues would depend upon action on the copyright file."... "the USTR...made veiled threats about 'thickening the border' between Canada and the U.S. if Canada refused to put copyright reform on the legislative agenda."
rbrander writes: "Go to TVBoxSet.com and find a remarkable sales site for box sets of TV shows — including not only surprisingly cheap deals, but offerings not found elsewhere, such as all ten seasons of "JAG" in a box set, when the production company is only up to season 4 so far. Oddly enough, they are all described as "region free".
Then Google "tvboxset" and find every link below the first is to a complaint or news website complaining of the scam. Add "gazette" to the query and be quickly taken to this story in the
Montreal Gazette...which states that those who do get a product shipped find it to be a DVD-R apparently recorded off the air.
The really odd thing? They're still in business! The Montreal Gazette story is six weeks old.
Now what's in it for the content industry to beat up private citizens with $220,000 judgements or scrambling to get DeCSS sites shut down within hours, while corporate scammers openly sell pirate DVDs for months on end, unopposed?"