Cameron will tell the NSC: “For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens: as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone. “
Think about it for a moment. This is the leader of a nominally democratic country saying that merely obeying the law is not sufficient: and simultaneously moving to scrap the Human Rights Act and to bring in laws imposing prior restraint on freedom of political speech
“The installment to the IMF won’t be paid,” Interior Minister Nikos Voutsis told Mega TV on Sunday. “The installments for the IMF in June are $1.8bn. This money will not be given. There is not any to be given. This is a known fact.”
A failure to honour the repayments could result in default, raising the spectre of a possible exit from the euro.
By an overwhelming 62%
A quick overview of Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon war with the group Boko Haram
Also the election was postponed a bit.
Super good news. That was a not very good idea and a step backwards in the actual direction the police should be taking in a nation where crime has been steadily dropping. It was a maybe understandable reaction to fear, but it’s good to see it being reversed.
… And does this study take into account the meteoric rising popularity of legal streaming services like Netflix over a similar time period? Nope. So that’s open to some massive misattribution.
After a 5 day cease fire for humanitarian purposes
The ice loss in the region is so large that it has even caused small changes in Earth’s gravity field, detected by NASA’s GRACE mission.
citizens who do not follow all the laws are engaging in “constructive noncompliance”—acts that are intended to prompt the government to alter its policies, without necessarily challenging its overall status… Roughly two-thirds of citizens surveyed think local officials take their views into account when making decisions, while only 15 percent say they would “always follow” a local policy decision they believed was not right.
Small scale change, non-compliance, over time to push small incremental change
One of the infinite reasons the war on drugs is hopeless and we need to move on to education and support style approaches. This is just the next step in designer drugs, though realistically, we can already make horrible and cheap drugs (meth) so maybe this won’t see that much market?
So Boeing has a semi secret unmammed space plane that can stay up for a yea or two
More on the US Air Force’s secret space plane X-37B.
Scientists and ISRO engineers are hoping the shuttle program, when finished, will drop the cost of placing objects in orbit by a factor of 10.
Awesome if it works and regardless very good to see the space race heating up more. India’s huge success getting their orbiter to Mars orbit was a huge win for ISRO
Projected: the country can no longer make strong encryption, hackers pillage what local companies there are, and they have to import all crypto. Not actually hard I suppose given a lot of good open source crypto. Still, generally a disaster for the country.
putting one of the legal bedrocks of the NSA’s bulk surveillance programs into jeopardy. The Patriot Act is set to expire at the end of the month, and the USA Freedom Act would have extended large portions of the act in modified form. Tonight’s failure to arrive at a vote makes it likely that many of those powers will automatically expire,
For what it’s worth it seems the FTC is pretty concerned and is trying to intervene in the bankruptcy auction but it’s possible juicy data such as “names, addresses, email addresses, and purchase histories” of customers will just go to the highest bidder. Always something to consider when giving information to a company, even if you trust it, and loyalty purchase tracking cards. Kind of makes you just want to go back to paying for everything in cash.
That allows camera’s that can do large scale large group/room people tracking. Pretty concerning. Response? glasses and contacts that spoof this. Even then though it can probably track the “anonymized” you in its area.
Nice work. So pretty much to securely dispose of your phone, physically destroy it.
The US National Security Agency developed plans to hack into data links to app stores operated by Google and Samsung to plant spyware on smartphones, a media report said Thursday.
Meaning with any app you get through the store or possibly even software updates they could be appending their spyware. Beyond gross.
He recently piloted this prototype nearly 1000 feet across a Quebec lake to set the record. “The prototype can be used anywhere,” Duru explains in the video below. “But is usually tested over water because of how dangerously high it can fly
The attached video is pretty cool but also still shows this kind of device is still hilariously far from anything much practical.
To my mind there is a big difference between package management as we see in the Linux world and App Stores that Mac and Windows are trying to push, but this is a good reason why we should start looking at at least App stores and more package management or those platforms, as key pieces of software for your system have to be fetched dangerously from the internet otherwise.
Interesting start but with lots more eye tech probably coming I’m not sure about too early committing to something not super reversible. Still, a promising development
Pocketable drone. Attach camera and perfect stealth surveillance/tracking device that’s rapidly deployable in the field
Obviously, and probably not actually limited to the UK
IPsec 0-day and challenge that the software is also unmaintained and not good. Suggestion to look at alternatives
In other news all encryption is broken again, thanks to not well thought out 90s era laws. I can’t wait till even more of the economy is electronic and relying on even more hobbled security by more recent laws.
. “Attackers with the ability to monitor the connection between an end user and a Diffie-Hellman-enabled server that supports the export cipher can inject a special payload into the traffic that downgrades encrypted connections to use extremely weak 512-bit key material. Using precomputed data prepared ahead of time, the attackers can then deduce the encryption key negotiated between the two parties.”
IE patched, the rest not yet, pending presumably.
“Breaking the single, most common 1024-bit prime used by web servers would allow passive eavesdropping on connections to 18% of the Top 1 Million HTTPS domains. A second prime would allow passive decryption of connections to 66% of VPN servers and 26% of SSH servers. A close reading of published NSA leaks shows that the agency’s attacks on VPNs are consistent with having achieved such a break.”
Oh good, so the NSA discovered this a while ago and weaponized it for their use leaving everyone vulnerable until it was discovered by security researchers. Obviously no data on how many blackhat third parties also independently discovered this over the last decade and also used it to steal data. So the NSA kept the government weak to forgien hacking and all companies.
Staggeringly awesome from so many angles
Great, more coverage over how politically and technologically ancient legislation is causing havoc now in security. One would hope this could be used as evidence that extreme caution should be required now when draft new future laws (like backdoors in everything…) but it will probably be ignore and the problem will magnify and intensify over the next decade or two.
Aren’t we just this week furnished with evidence in the form of LogJam why the 90s era version of this law was so harmful to everyone. And we’re in a much more internet age. You can’t have it both ways, which means no one gets good security. Why do people still think this can work. It’s an appalling idea damaging to all society.
“We can actually take a patient’s blood sample, as routinely performed in a doctor’s office, and with it we can produce one million sensory neurons. We can also make central nervous system cells.” They’re working on turning the neural stem cells into motor neurons for treatment of diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
“But it’s true: Since the 1980s, it has been possible – in principle – to resolve resource allocation problems algorithmically, by computer, instead of needing a market. Markets are wasteful: They allow competition, much of which is thrown on the scrap heap. So why do they persist?”
Manfred shrugs. “You tell me. Conservativism?”
Gianni closes the book and puts it back on the shelf. “Markets afford their participants the illusion of free will, my friend. You will find that human beings do not like being forced into doing something, even if it is in their best interests. Of necessity, a command economy must be coercive – it does, after all, command.”
We can afford a little wastage, my friend, if that is the price of keeping people happy until the marginal value of money withers away completely.”
Realization dawns. “You want to abolish scarcity, not just money!”
“Indeed.” Gianni grins. “There’s more to that than mere economic performance; you have to consider abundance as a factor. Don’t plan the economy; take things out of the economy. Do you pay for the air you breathe? Should uploaded minds – who will be the backbone of our economy, by and by – have to pay for processor cycles? No and no.”
Everytime, this part gets me. Silly people. From my nearly yearly reread of Accelerando.
We’re finally starting to catch up to it and surpass it’s opening in little bits, or go down obviously different paths.
Rehash and reupdate of a few previous posts by Ramez on the topic of the singularity.
tl;dr: Not anytime soon. Lack of incentives means very little strong AI work is happening. And even if we did develop one, it’s unlikely to have a hard takeoff.
Things like Logjam with some part of it possibly related to 90s politics about crypto, it might look like things are getting better now and fixed, but what happens if new NSA/FBI laws pass requiring backdoors in everything. Also it highlights how they are still playing offensive at the cost of defensive in that it seems the NSA independently discovered logjam a few years ago and weaponized it for personal use rather than get the word out and secure the tech behind the US economy. Anyone want to bet on the odds a blackhat third party also independently discovered this in the intervening time and could have used it for hacks from credit-card/identify theft hacks to government/corporate espionage? The US is already flirting with being an “old world” power in some ways, having a harder time adapting to guerrilla war of the later 20th century, what about digital war? China has weaponized the Great Firewall into the Great Cannon a feat the US will already have a hard time matching, what if they continue to hurt their tech security infrastructure? Imagine in a decade where with all their military might in metal and human mass they declare war on a small nation, and minutes later that small nation’s crack team of hackers from one room shut down the US economy and power grid.