tick-tock-atona writes: Israel's airport security has long been known for being among the most stringent in the world. However, in a disturbing new development passengers suspected of being involved in political activism are being asked to login to their webmail accounts so that security agents can rifle through personal correspondence. One US tourist with a history of involvement in the BDS movement was held overnight before being flown back home, after she refused to login to her gmail account at the border. Is this just the action of paranoid state? Or a taste of what's to come in other parts of the world?
tick-tock-atona writes: Reuters is reporting on the bureaucratic process which saw Anwar al-Awlaki killed by a drone late last month. "American militants like Anwar al-Awlaki are placed on a kill or capture list by a secretive panel of senior government officials, which then informs the president of its decisions, according to officials."
The lack of outcry about this "death panel" is particularly worrisome given the denunciations of a similar (false) concept under Obama's healthcare reforms.
tick-tock-atona writes: The trove HB Gary emails leaked online Anonymously has some startling revelations. Among them is an amazing slide (http://yglesias.thinkprogress.org/2011/02/get-greenwald/) joining the dots between Wikileaks and its supporters; in this instance, Salon.com blogger, Glenn Greenwald. The email stated that "without the support of people like Glenn, WikiLeaks would fold"; and darkly suggested that "these are established professionals that have a liberal bent, but ultimately most of them if pushed will choose professional preservation over cause."
tick-tock-atona writes: A new nationwide US study, using anonymised credit-card receipts from a major online adult entertainment provider, finds little variation in consumption between states.
"When it comes to adult entertainment, it seems people are more the same than different," says Benjamin Edelman at Harvard Business School.
However, there are some trends to be seen in the data. Those states that do consume the most porn tend to be more conservative and religious than states with lower levels of consumption, the study finds.
"Some of the people who are most outraged turn out to be consumers of the very things they claimed to be outraged by," Edelman says.
tick-tock-atona writes: KDE.News has announced that an experimental build of Firefox 3 is now available. An interview with Nokia developer Oleg Romaxa reveals the driving force behind the effort: "Because we were going to make Maemo use Qt in the future and we were making a browser based on Mozilla for the N810, so now we are making this new browser version based on Qt. (...) We asked for help from Mozilla and they sent a team to Finland for a week."
Apparently the Qt branch will be merged into the Mozilla branch and receive Mozilla's support.