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Submission + - The NSA Had Permission to Spy on Brits (vice.com)

Daniel_Stuckey writes: In the latest twist of a story that just keeps unraveling, The Guardian has revealed that the NSA had permission from intelligence officials in the UK to spy on British citizens—even if they didn’t suspect them of doing anything wrong. You’d be forgiven for reacting to the news with a shrug and an eye-roll. After everything that’s come out of the files leaked by Edward Snowden, it hardly comes as a surprise to be presented with more evidence that, yes, everyone’s been spying on everyone else. But this latest revelation deserves a moment’s reflection. As The Guardian explained, this is “the first explicit confirmation that UK citizens have been caught up in US mass surveillance program.”
Microsoft

Visual Studio 2010 Forces Tab Indenting 390

An anonymous reader writes "For years, Microsoft has allowed Visual Studio users to define arbitrary tab widths, often to the dismay of those viewing the resultant code in other editors. With VS 2010, it appears that they have taken the next step of forcing tab width to be the same as the indent size in code. Two-space tabs anyone?"
Earth

Submission + - Global Warming Skeptic Uninvited to Hearing. (climatedepot.com)

drik00 writes: Global warming dissenter, Lord Alfred Monckton was uninvited to the US congressional hearings on global warming. Even after challenging Al Gore to a public debate on global warming, Monckton was uninvited to the hearings upon arrival in the US, before ever speaking with the House Energy and Commerce committee. Is this the transparency and honesty that Americans voted for in November?
Communications

Submission + - British Gov't to monitor all online activity + SMS (telegraph.co.uk)

thed0ctor writes: "The British Government, according to this story from the London Daily Telegraph, are unveiling plans to monitor all UK online access, SMS messages and Twitter communications in an attempt to stop 'terrorism' and prevent criminals from using teh plethora of modern communication techniques to plan crimes. To me this is way to OTT (over the top) and certainly affects the average persons privacy. A national database will be held that in essence will record every single online activity. This is no doubt in followup that UK ISP's are now required to record a digital footprint of a users online activity, but this new proposed regulation appears to be include active monitoring of such activity. As usual the British Labour Government seems to have lost it once again. And this is after someone was sacked this week for leaking 'secret' documents that almost caused MP Damian Green to be fired. Moral of the story; if you want Net Nuetrality don't come to the UK!"
Media

Submission + - DNS poison on MSNBC?

SunSpot505 writes: "MSNBC's website appears to be suffering from a DNS poison attack. Going to www.msnbc.com appears to redirect to the BBC main page. I couldn't find any reports about this anywhere through google searching. I'm sure someone somewhere is scrambling."

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