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  • Trump's wet work against Rubio shows character assassination works

    10/06/2015 12:05:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    American Thinker The Blog ^ | October 6, 2015 | Ed Straker
    <p>Donald Trump is escalating his attacks on Sen. Marco Rubio with a special delivery for his rival: "Trump Ice Natural Spring Water."</p>
  • From Churchill to Trump

    10/05/2015 9:01:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Huffington Post's Media The Blog ^ | October 5, 2015 | Michael Rosenblum, Video producer, Founder of Current TV
    "We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air. We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing-grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills. We shall never surrender." - Winston Churchill - August 20, 1940In June 1940 things were looking bleak for Britain. The French army had collapsed...
  • A Textbook Case on Organized Internet Lynching ( by Senator Elizabeth Warren )

    10/05/2015 4:15:31 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Points and Figures ^ | October 5th, 2015 | Jeff Carter
    One of the dangers of the the social internet is the potential to destroy someone. We have seen it with liberals attacking conservatives over issues. But, rarely have we seen it when one group attacks itself. The Wall Street Journal has an editorial today about how a person at the Brookings Institution think tank was deliberately attacked by Senator Elizabeth Warren. What’s pretty clear is that it was organized behind the scenes and launched. It wasn’t random. You might have read about thought police in science fiction. They aren’t science fiction anymore. What was his crime? Using cost-benefit analysis, Robert...
  • Who Needs a New Car When You Have Uber?

    10/04/2015 10:11:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    NBC News ^ | October 3, 2015 | Michael Newberg
    Auto sales in the U.S. for September came in at their highest monthly level since 2005 according to Autodata, displaying strength in a major consumer category. Yet according to new survey, the rise in popularity of ride-sharing app Uber is already having a significant impact on customer attitudes towards the purchase of new cars. The survey, conducted by research-based consulting firm Magid Advisors and shared exclusively with CNBC, found that among 2,400 respondents, Uber usage has grown from 4 percent in 2014 to 17 percent in 2015. The car sharing service was the third most commonly used "new company" on...
  • Facebook asking for Drivers License/Birth Certificate Info

    10/02/2015 10:51:53 AM PDT · by hsmomx3 · 66 replies
    So I attempt to get into my Facebook page which I was able to earlier today, and all of a sudden, it is asking me for ID's before I can get to my page. Asking for a drivers license, birth certificate, pictures, etc. I've never had this happen! Anyone else experience this?
  • The Big One: Trump is the Only Candidate Who Gets Social Media

    10/01/2015 8:48:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    DC Inno ^ | October 1, 2015 | Eric Hal Schwartz
    Donald J. Trump ✔ ‎@realDonaldTrump I just wrapped up a Q&A @TwitterNYC. Thanks for all your questions! #AskTrump 12:36 PM - 21 Sep 2015 Donald Trump's spirit animal is Twitter's little blue bird. The billionaire developer, former reality TV star and putative leading candidate for the Republican presidential nomination has turned his social media accounts into one-stop shops for his thoughts and views for millions of people without having to spend a dime. And while other candidates have made concerted efforts to craft digital strategies aimed at reaching new and younger constituencies through media like Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram, none...
  • Google is adding "This site may harm your computer." to FR search results.

    09/29/2015 12:35:18 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 108 replies
    Obviously it's BS, but IMO it means that someone reported us falsely in an attempt to drive traffic away. Anything we can do about it?
  • Question about whether Obama's plan to 'internationalize' the internet is constututional

    09/29/2015 7:46:35 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies ^ | 9/29/2015 | Rick Moran
    A group of Republican lawmakers have sent a letter to the General Accountability Office questioning the authority of the president to "transfer possession and control of critical components of the Internet's infrastructure to a third party." The Obama administration plans to abandon oversight of internet doman name functions and allow an international body to assume control.
  • Lawmakers: Relinquishing Oversight of Internet Naming Service may be Unconstitutional

    09/29/2015 6:20:04 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    Judiciary Committee, U.S. House of Representatives ^ | Sep 28 2015 | Kathryn Rexrode or Jessica Collins
    Lawmakers: Relinquishing Oversight of Internet Naming Service may be Unconstitutional FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 28, 2015 CONTACT: Kathryn Rexrode or Jessica Collins, (202) 225-3951 Washington, D.C. – A bicameral group of lawmakers is questioning the constitutionality of the Department of Commerce’s plans to transition critical Internet infrastructure systems away from U.S. government stewardship and oversight. In a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Representative Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), and Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) asked whether the plan would result in the transfer of government property, which...
  • Lawmakers: U.S. plan for Internet may be unconstitutional

    09/29/2015 6:02:58 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 09/28/15 | Rudy Takala
    President Obama's plan to "internationalize" the Internet may be unconstitutional, key members of Congress are claiming. The group of lawmakers sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office last week, saying the plan to relinquish oversight of Internet domain name functions to a global, multi-stakeholder body raised questions about the administration's "authority to transfer possession and control of critical components of the Internet's infrastructure to a third party." The letter was signed by the chairmen of both congressional judiciary committees, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va; presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif....
  • Angela Merkel caught on hot mic griping to Facebook CEO over anti-immigrant posts

    09/28/2015 4:40:02 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 70 replies
    CNBC ^ | 09/28/15 | Javier E. David
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel was overheard confronting Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg over incendiary posts on the social network, Bloomberg reported on Sunday, amid complaints from her government about anti-immigrant posts in the midst of Europe's refugee crisis. On the sidelines of a United Nations luncheon on Saturday, Merkel was caught on a hot mic pressing Zuckerberg about social media posts about the wave of Syrian refugees entering Germany, the publication reported. The Facebook CEO was overheard responding that "we need to do some work" on curtailing anti-immigrant posts about the refugee crisis. "Are you working on this?" Merkel asked in...
  • U.S. plan for Internet may be unconstitutional

    09/28/2015 5:19:33 PM PDT · by Cheerio · 26 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/28/15 | Rudy Takala
    President Obama's plan to "internationalize" the Internet may be unconstitutional, key members of Congress are claiming. The group of lawmakers sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office last week, saying the plan to relinquish oversight of Internet domain name functions to a global, multi-stakeholder body raised questions about the administration's "authority to transfer possession and control of critical components of the Internet's infrastructure to a third party."
  • Sen. Cruz Leads Bicameral Letter Asking GAO to Determine Whether Obama Administration Has Power...

    09/28/2015 10:12:32 AM PDT · by Isara · 39 replies ^ | September 28, 2015
    Sen. Cruz Leads Bicameral Letter Asking GAO to Determine Whether Obama Administration Has Power to Give Away the Internet Judiciary Chairmen Grassley and Goodlatte, with Rep. Issa, join Cruz to get answers on whether Administration’s plan violates the Constitution WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), along with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet, sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting an affirmative determination of whether the Obama Administration’s plan...
  • Vanity: Temporary Fix for the Malware warning page that is plaguing FR today

    09/27/2015 9:13:23 AM PDT · by Maceman · 69 replies
    I am finding that I got the malware page warning now every time I click on a link to the original source page. However, I am finding this doesn't happen if you click from the link to the story from the main Forum page, rather than clicking on the link to the FR story page and then clicking to the original source link from there. I'll be interested to know whether this solution works for anybody else.
  • The United Nations has a radical, dangerous vision for the future of the Web

    09/26/2015 6:08:39 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 15 replies
    WaPo ^ | Sept 24 2015 | Caitlin Dewey
    It may not have intended to, precisely, but the United Nations just took sides in the Internet’s most brutal culture war. On Thursday, the organization’s Broadband Commission for Digital Development released a damning “world-wide wake-up call” on what it calls “cyber VAWG,” or violence against women and girls. The report concludes that online harassment is “a problem of pandemic proportion” — which, nbd, we’ve all heard before. But the United Nations then goes on to propose radical, proactive policy changes for both governments and social networks, effectively projecting a whole new vision for how the Internet could work. Under U.S....
  • Official: North America is COMPLETELY OUT of new IPv4 addresses

    09/24/2015 1:35:40 PM PDT · by ShadowAce · 42 replies
    The Register ^ | 24 September 2015 | Chris Williams
    North America has officially run dry of new IPv4 addresses, the numbers that computers use to find each other on the internet.This means the region can allocate no more of the 32-bit network addresses to web hosting companies, cloud providers, organizations and individuals: they're all taken. The space is full, and it's being heralded as a key milestone in the internet's growth. In the past few minutes, ARIN – the non-profit that oversees the allocation of IP addresses in North America – confirmed the available pool of the 32-bit network addresses is totally depleted. Last night, the team estimated there...
  • The Number Of People Watching TV Is Falling Off A Cliff

    09/23/2015 1:30:05 PM PDT · by blam · 114 replies
    BI ^ | 9-23.2015 | Myles Udland
    Myles UdlandSeptember 23,2015It seems like people just aren't watching TV anymore. A report from Ad Age on Wednesday paints a bleak picture of Tuesday's overnight TV ratings, which come during one of the industry's most important weeks of the year as new shows are rolled out on the major networks. Ad Age, citing figures from Nielsen, reported that every returning drama that aired Tuesday night saw viewers decline by double digits while debuts were a "mixed bag." But aside from the performance of individual shows, the number of people using TV in the coveted 18-to-49 demographic was down 8% against...
  • Could a Freeper answer a question about bandwidth?

    09/23/2015 7:13:12 AM PDT · by LouAvul · 27 replies
    I subscribe to Netflix and Amazon. My ISP is Cox and the Cox box is situated next to the tv. There's also a Samsung DVD/streaming movie box next to the tv. Netflix movies stream fine. The problem is with Amazon. I can watch older (picture Paul Newman in "The Hustler", B&W) movies but with newer movies I'm getting, "Insufficient bandwidth" message. However, on my computers I can stream those movies just fine. Why is there insufficient bandwidth on the tv streaming just for newer (HD) movies? And just on Amazon? Finally, how can this be fixed? thanks
  • Three 20-something entrepreneurs just launched an Airbnb for refugees

    09/21/2015 4:52:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Journal of Ireland ^ | September 21, 2015 | Business Insider
    The website operates pretty much like Airbnb. People, called “heroes”, offer up spare rooms in their homes for refugees to temporarily stay in.EUROPE IS IN the midst of the worst refugee crisis in decades, with over four million Syrian refugees fleeing their country’s civil war and many coming to Europe for shelter. Countries have been taking a differing approach to the crisis — Germany has been praised for welcoming refugees while Hungary is getting slammed for its handling of the influx of people. The Dutch have been among the most welcoming in Europe, with public projects to support refugees, and...
  • The Pending Storm

    09/21/2015 11:41:57 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 73 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | September 20, 2015 | sundance
    It has been building upon itself longer than most can remember. It is an anger that is out there, well beyond the visible boundary. This cannot be seen, it is felt – looming with certainty. It is a cold, watchful and mostly private anger…. …something is more serious about this type. Deeper than hot anger, which attracts the brief attention of the media. This rage needs no further discussion amid those who carry it… It just is. ….The depth of this is far greater than has been seen before. A rage deeper than deliberate and more serious than mere resolve...
  • Chicago Adds Ridiculous 9% “Cloud Tax” on Netflix and Other Streaming Services

    09/21/2015 8:06:53 AM PDT · by thackney · 29 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | September 18, 2015 | Jason Snead
    Streaming companies like Netflix, Spotify, and Amazon Prime are revolutionizing how Americans consume media content. These wildly popular services enable ubiquitous and virtually instantaneous access to expansive catalogues of music, movies, and TV shows. Streaming is big business, and Chicago wants a piece of the action. On Sept. 1, the city’s controversial new “cloud tax” went into effect, extending a 9-percent “amusement tax” into the digital realm. Streaming the latest Taylor Swift album and binge-watching House of Cards is about to get a whole lot more expensive in the Windy City. In addition to its amusement tax, Chicago is extending...
  • Animated Map Shows the Undersea Cables that Power the Internet

    09/18/2015 1:09:39 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 19 replies
    Business Insider Science via You Tube ^ | September 16, 2015 | BI Science
    Animated map shows the undersea cables that power the internet
  • Clicking Their Way to Outrage [Why the outrageous Fed makes us angry]

    09/18/2015 4:18:06 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 31 replies
    New York Times ^ | JULY 3, 2014 | Teddy Wayne
    You needn’t Google far for recent case studies of Internet outrage. Log in to a social network and you’ll find it directed at celebrities and civilians alike. (See: Woody Allen, Stephen Colbert and Justine Sacco, the former communications director for IAC who posted an insensitive Twitter message about AIDS in Africa.) Politicians are a perennial favorite: Chris Christie, Rob Ford, Anthony Weiner. Then there’s the bigger game: courts of law, social movements, news media outlets, corporations and governments that have rubbed people the wrong way. As a now-hackneyed joke goes on Twitter, “What are we angry about today?” Bile has...
  • We Are IT Labour Contractors, Not IT Super Power: Javadekar (India)

    09/17/2015 5:32:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Outlook Magazine ^ | September 15, 2015
    Stressing on the importance of research and development for creating sustainable practices, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar today said that India is not an 'IT-superpower' but an 'IT-labour contractor' as it lacks innovation. "We say that we are IT-superpower but we are not. We are IT-labour contractors. We have not come up with Facebook, WhatsApp, Google, any new operating system or real new products." "Indian industries must start investing more in research and development. Unless we research and come out with solutions, we do not get the benefit. Industrial progress should be based on it," the Minister said while speaking at...
  • Google May Add Structured Markup & Data To Ranking Algorithm (hiding anti-Establishment news)

    09/14/2015 10:56:43 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 8 replies
    Search Engine Land ^ | 09/11/15 | Barry Schwartz
    Google hints it may decide to use structured data in its ranking algorithm some day, though the company has previously denied it. Structured data, structured markup and rich snippets have always been about helping Google and search engines understand your content and potentially lead to Google making your search result snippet richer, with the goal of increasing your click-through rate from the organic results to your page. Google has said, time and time again, that these are not used in the ranking algorithm to make a Web page rank better. They have said that adding structured markup to your pages...
  • Has anyone noticed this about images on the Internet lately?

    09/12/2015 6:29:07 AM PDT · by jsanders2001 · 43 replies
    Has anyone noticed how it has become more difficult to find images on the Internet lately. Used to you could search Google and a page could be found, you'd click on the image, then you'd be able to get the direct link to the graphic online. Well I'm finding this to be a lot more difficult lately and have noticed a few trends: (1) a lot more of the images are indicated to be "pay" images that you can't use without paying for them as in iStock or Shutterstock, (2) articles are being published as pdf or in similar fashion...
  • Wikileaks is a Front for Russian Intelligence

    09/03/2015 9:09:50 PM PDT · by WonkyTonky · 21 replies ^ | August 31, 2015 | John R. Schindler
    Wikileaks is a Front for Russian Intelligence August 31, 2015 The part played by Wikileaks in the Edward Snowden saga is an important one. The pivotal role of Julian Assange and other leading members of Wikileaks in getting Snowden from Hawaii to Moscow, from NSA employment to FSB protection, in the late spring of 2013 is a matter of record. For years there have been questions about just what Wikileaks actually is. I know because I’ve been among those asking. Over two years ago, little more than two weeks after Snowden landed in Moscow, I explained my concerns about Wikileaks...
  • Comcast Users Now Need To Pay A $30 Premium If They Want To Avoid Usage Caps

    09/02/2015 5:03:36 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 47 replies
    Tech Dirt ^ | 09/01/15 | Karl Bode
    Comcast has slowly but surely been expanding the company's usage cap trials since around 2012, largely focusing them on less competitive markets where annoyed users can't vote with their wallets. In these seventeen (and counting) trial markets, Comcast broadband customers face a monthly usage cap of 300 gigabytes. After that, users need to shell out $10 for each additional 50 gigabytes of data consumed. The trials have expanded slowly but surely in the hopes of minimizing user backlash. Basically, Comcast is the hot water slowly coming to a boil, and you're the frog. It appears that Comcast has now added...
  • 'On Point' with Gov. Sarah Palin & Donald Trump

    08/28/2015 8:24:03 PM PDT · by TaxPayer2000 · 55 replies
    youtube ^ | 08/28/15 | One America News Network
    'On Point' with Gov. Sarah Palin & Donald Trump
  • Website Crashes for Tiny TV Network in Advance of Its Donald Trump Interview (Sarah Palin)

    08/28/2015 4:56:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    Variety ^ | August 28, 2015 | Andrew Wallenstein, Co-Editor-in-Chief
    A website for a small cable network that will feature Sarah Palin talking with Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush crashed hours before the interviews were set to take place. Little-known One America News Network acknowledged the outage at 3:45 p.m. PT on Friday, citing widespread anticipation in the interviews. “So much interest in the interview of Donald J. Trump, Jeb Bush, and Ted Cruz tonight by Sarah Palin at 10 pm EST that you crashed the website! It will be up shortly – Thank you for the interest in One America News Network,” read the post. Despite...
  • Rand Paul: Don't punish federal workers who used Ashley Madison

    08/26/2015 10:31:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 26, 2015 | Jake Miller
    Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul said Tuesday that government workers who were outed by hackers as members of - a website created to facilitate extramarital affairs - should not face punishment. Before he could register that opinion, though, he had to figure out what the heck "Ashley Madison" is. "I keep seeing that headline, but I'm terrible - I don't know what it is," he confessed to a Washington Post reporter when he was asked about the hack of the risqué website, which exposed the contact information of millions of its users. The senator asked, "So, she has done...
  • 'If the internet goes down, half the planet will come to a standstill'

    08/25/2015 12:55:14 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 82 replies
    Mirror ^ | 8/25/15 | Jeff Parsons
    Preppers are the ones that'll survive long after the rest of us have gone These days the world is a scary place to live in. If there's not an asteroid on its way to obliterate us or terrorists plotting our imminent downfall, there's the dangers of giant online data hacks or complete economic collapse. But when the end does arrive, there are a few people who aren't just able to cope with the apocalypse - they've been actively preparing for it. These people call themselves 'preppers' or 'survivalists' and they belong to a vast underground community. When the ATMs stop...
  • Exclusive: The OPM breach details you haven't seen

    08/23/2015 6:26:02 PM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    FCW Federal Computer Week ^ | August 21, 2015 | Sean Lyngass
    An official timeline of the Office of Personnel Management breach obtained by FCW pinpoints the hackers' calibrated extraction of data and the government's step-by-step response. It illuminates a sequence of events that lawmakers have struggled to pin down in public hearings with Obama administration officials. The timeline makes clear that the heist of data on 22 million current and former federal employees was one sustained assault rather than two separate intrusions to steal background investigation data and personnel records. The document, which bears the seals of OPM and the Department of Homeland Security, is dated July 14 and was prepared...
  • The Ashley Madison hack ruined my life

    08/23/2015 8:53:57 AM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 151 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 8/23/2015 | Jose Pagliery
    The Ashley Madison hack is indeed ripping apart marriages. It's exposing affairs, confirming suspicions, and keeping cheaters up at night in cold sweats. Several people who were directly affected by the data breach of the cheating website have reached out to CNNMoney. Their identities and details have been independently verified, but they have spoken on condition of anonymity. The mistress "Ana" is a highly educated business woman in her 40s who is finalizing a divorce with her husband. She stayed up late Thursday rapidly texting eight married men with whom she had relationships after finding them on Ashley Madison....
  • Courting Ashley Madison Cases? Some Plaintiffs Lawyers Demur

    08/20/2015 4:21:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The National Law Journal ^ | August 20, 2015 | Katelyn Polantz and Amanda Bronstad
    The hack, which unleashed onto the Internet yesterday nearly 40 million names and email addresses of possible users who sought extramarital affairs, isn’t sexy enough for many plaintiffs lawyers. Reason No. 1: It’s a matter of taste. “Every one of your clients is from day one on record being a liar and a cheat,” said Thomas Loeser of Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro. “I can’t think of a less desirable client.” After most online data hacks, class action suits materialize within days from plaintiffs firms that carry the cause. That hasn’t happened in the Ashley Madison hack. To some prominent...
  • How Google could rig the 2016 election

    08/19/2015 9:26:04 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 39 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | August 19, 2015 | By ROBERT EPSTEIN
    America’s next president could be eased into office not just by TV ads or speeches, but by Google’s secret decisions, and no one—except for me and perhaps a few other obscure researchers—would know how this was accomplished. Research I have been directing in recent years suggests that Google, Inc., has amassed far more power to control elections—indeed, to control a wide variety of opinions and beliefs—than any company in history has ever had. Google’s search algorithm can easily shift the voting preferences of undecided voters by 20 percent or more—up to 80 percent in some demographic groups—with virtually no one...
  • U.S. Delays Giving Up Oversight of Internet Administrator Icann

    08/17/2015 8:56:00 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 22 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 17, 2015 | JEFF ELDER
    Commerce Department to renew contract with the Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers The U.S. Commerce Department on Monday delayed for at least a year its plans to give up oversight of a key component of Internet governance. The department said it would renew its contract with the Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers for one year. Icann administers the Internet’s domain-name system, through contracts with the companies that sell website names and addresses.

    This article will make you angry. The US Government is actively seeking those who criticize government, specifically Barack Obama, and arresting them without charging them. They are remanded to mental health institutions where they are given “training” on how to view the world. Remind you of a little book that George Orwell wrote? It gets worse. Most of the victims of the government’s kidnapping scheme are veterans. From The Rutherford Institute: In the four years since the start of Operation Vigilant Eagle, the government has steadily ramped up its campaign to “silence” dissidents, especially those with military backgrounds. Coupled with...
  • Backdoors Won't Solve Comey's Going Dark Problem

    08/16/2015 11:10:27 AM PDT · by zeugma · 13 replies
    Crypto-gram ^ | 8/15/2015 | Bruce Schneier
    At the Aspen Security Forum two weeks ago, James Comey (and others) explicitly talked about the "going dark" problem, describing the specific scenario they are concerned about. Maybe others have heard the scenario before, but it was a first for me. It centers around ISIL operatives abroad and ISIL-inspired terrorists here in the US. The FBI knows who the Americans are, can get a court order to carry out surveillance on their communications, but cannot eavesdrop on the conversations, because they are encrypted. They can get the metadata, so they know who is talking to who, but they can't find...
  • AT&T Helped N.S.A. Spy on an Array of Internet Traffic

    08/15/2015 2:03:47 PM PDT · by Theoria · 13 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 15 Aug 2015 | Julia Angwin, Charlie Savage, Jeff Larson, Henrik Moltke, Laura Poitras and James Risen
    The National Security Agency’s ability to spy on vast quantities of Internet traffic passing through the United States has relied on its extraordinary, decades-long partnership with a single company: the telecom giant AT&T. While it has been long known that American telecommunications companies worked closely with the spy agency, newly disclosed N.S.A. documents show that the relationship with AT&T has been considered unique and especially productive. One document described it as “highly collaborative,” while another lauded the company’s “extreme willingness to help.” AT&T’s cooperation has involved a broad range of classified activities, according to the documents, which date from 2003...
  • Harvard student loses Facebook internship after pointing out privacy flaws

    08/13/2015 10:33:47 AM PDT · by PapaBear3625 · 13 replies, via Drudge ^ | Aug 12, 2015 | Allison Pohle
    Three months ago, Harvard student Aran Khanna was preparing to start a coveted internship at Facebook when he launched a browser application from his dorm room that angered the social media behemoth. His application, called Marauder’s Map — a clever name that Harry Potter fans will appreciate — was a Chrome extension that used data from Facebook Messenger to map where users were when they sent messages. The app also showed the locations, which were accurate to within three feet, in a group chat with people he barely knew. That meant complete strangers could hypothetically see that he had messaged...
  • Litany for the conversion of internet thugs

    08/14/2015 11:10:46 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 9 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | (unknown) | Father Zuhlsdorf
    A work in progress. I am willing to take some intelligent suggestions and additions. Litany for the conversion of internet thugs. (private use only, and when truly irritated, and when the alternative is foul language) Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us. God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us. God, the Son, Redeemer of the World, have mercy on us. God, the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us. Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us. Lest internet thugs be eternally tormented by all the fiends of hell, convert...
  • Is the 4th Amendment Dead in Cyberspace?

    08/08/2015 11:58:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Inside Higher Ed ^ | July 29, 2015 | Tracy Mitrano
    Over a year ago former director of both the NSA and CIA, Michael Hayden, flat out admitted, "we kill people based on metadata." He quickly distinguished between the metadata about which the debate was focused, telephone records, and other forms of surveillance metadata upon which covert actions are taken. Not surprised about the actions, I confess I was taken aback when I considered the implications that this disclosure has on Fourth Amendment jurisprudence in cyberspace. Ever since the USA-Patriot Act in 2001, I have been harping on complications of the Fourth Amendment between content and metadata in data networking. For...

    08/06/2015 7:43:19 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 6, 2015 | Bree Fowler
    LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The dream of a free and open Internet is slowly being killed by overregulation, censorship and bad laws that don't stop the right people, a top computer crime defense lawyer says.
  • “Cecil” The Lion For President

    08/05/2015 6:04:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | August 5, 2015 | Bob Barr
    Until a few days ago, Dr. Walter Palmer was just a successful dentist from Minnesota who had a passion for trophy hunting; a highly regulated and extremely expensive sport. His most recent hunt took him to Zimbabwe, where he shot a male lion during a hunt with a licensed hunting guide. It was only when word of Palmer’s hunting success spread that the dentist discovered just how quickly and completely the Internet can be used to destroy a person. Overnight, Palmer’s prey, a lion dubbed “Cecil” by local Zimbabweans, became the latest Internet celebrity victim and Palmer the most recent...
  • ICANN chief warns of potential ‘major problems’ as U.S. prepares to relinquish Web oversight

    08/04/2015 7:13:17 PM PDT · by PROCON · 12 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | Aug. 4, 2015 | Andrew Blake
    A year away from a historic transition affecting the digital landscape, the head of the organization that regulates Web addresses warns that much still needs to be done to keep the Internet intact, regardless of whether the U.S. relinquishes its oversight as expected. “New mechanisms, new methods of governance, need to be created, and we are yet to figure them out,” Fadi Chehade, CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, told The Washington Times in a recent interview. “If we don’t figure this out, in my opinion, in the next two to three years, we are going...
  • Wireless phone service down for all carriers across swaths of Southeast

    08/04/2015 2:32:51 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 49 replies
    Times Free Press ^ | 8-4-2015 | Various
    AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile users across the country, but especially in the Southeast reported outages Tuesday afternoon, with reports coming in from California, the midwest U.S. and the Chattanooga region. Though some users reported that their phones displayed several bars of signal strength, they were still unable to complete calls or use mobile data. AT&T's outages appeared to be concentrated in Kentucky, Tennessee and North Georgia, with other scattered outages appearing from coast to coast, with T-Mobile users losing service in Huntsville, Alabama, and Louisville, Kentucky.
  • AT&T outage shuts down phones, internet in Nashville area

    08/04/2015 1:46:38 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 55 replies
    WSMV - TV ^ | 8-4-2015 | Chuck Morris
    An AT&T outage has left thousands of users without access to the internet and phone services. The outages have been reported in the Nashville, Chattanooga and Knoxville areas in Tennessee. Outages are also reported in Huntsville, AL, and Lexington and Louisville, KY. In Nashville, the Metro Nashville Police Department and the Nashville Fire Department are without internet service. An AT&T outage has impacted several areas in the eastern United States. An AT&T outage has impacted several areas in the eastern United States. NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - An AT&T outage has left thousands of users without access to the internet and...
  • FBI says hackers shake down big banks, threaten to shut sites if they don’t pay up

    07/30/2015 3:44:28 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Market Watch ^ | July 30, 2015 | By Priya Anand
    Financial companies are facing extortion threats from hackers who threaten to knock their websites offline unless firms pay tens of thousands of dollars, an FBI agent told MarketWatch Thursday. More than 100 companies, including targets from big banks to brokerages in the financial sector, have received distributed denial of service threats since about April, says Richard Jacobs, assistant special agency in charge of the cyber branch at the FBI’s New York office. With these types of attacks, known as DDoS, criminals jam websites by flooding them with useless traffic. The ransom requests typically run in the tens of thousands of...
  • ‘Cuckservative’ — the conservative insult of the month, explained

    07/29/2015 9:28:28 AM PDT · by Jack Black · 44 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 29, 2015 | David Weigel
    Last last week, a neologism was born. Twitter was the incubator. "Cuckservative," a portmanteau of "conservative" and "cuckold" (i.e. a man whose wife has cheated on him) burned up Twitter as fans of Donald Trump's politicking warred with the movement conservatives who opposed it.'s Erick Erickson, the Daily Caller's Matt Lewis, and the team at the well-read conservative blog Ace of Spades were among the critics suddenly deluged with accusations of cuckservatism. Below, we explain.