Posts Tagged ‘Government’

John McAfee Explains How He Milked Information From Belize’s Elite

January 5th, 2013 01:27 admin View Comments


paysonwelch points out John McAfee’s latest blog post, which “details the complex spy network that he used to tap information from the highest echelons of the Belizean government. He might consider a new career as a movie producer — this blog post is enthralling. Here is an excerpt: ‘I purchased 75 cheap laptop computers and, with trusted help, intalled invisible keystroke logging software on all of them — the kind that calls home (to me) and disgorges the text files. I began giving these away as presents to select people — government employees, police officers, Cabinet Minister’s assistants, girlfriends of powerful men, boyfriends of powerful women.’”

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Egyptian Government To Adopt Free Software On Larger Scale

December 31st, 2012 12:02 admin View Comments

Open Source

ezabi writes “After announcing a 43 Million USD license agreement with Microsoft, the Egyptian government was faced with a protest from FOSS enthusiasts staging a stand before the cabinet Later, representatives from the community had a meeting with the minister of communications and information technology, such a meeting led to the ministry issuing a press release (in Arabic) stating its commitment to gradually move to open source (Google Translate to English) as a strategic option for future projects. It’s worth mentioning that all governmental websites used in the elections and constitution referendum were all based on open source solutions.”

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FAA Device Rules Illustrate the Folly of a Regulated Internet

December 31st, 2012 12:12 admin View Comments


First time accepted submitter cathyreisenwitz writes “The New York Times’ Bits blog has a great piece on the FAA’s inconvenient, outdated and unhelpful rules regarding electronic devices on planes: ‘Dealing with the F.A.A. on this topic is like arguing with a stubborn teenager. The agency has no proof that electronic devices can harm a plane’s avionics, but it still perpetuates such claims, spreading irrational fear among millions of fliers.’ The rules illustrate why we shouldn’t let the government regulate the internet: Government regulations are nearly always outdated and too cautious.”

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Why Brits Cannot Understand Gun Rights

December 21st, 2012 12:42 admin View Comments

It is difficult for British subjects to comprehend why American citizens might consider the right to bear arms to be a natural right. The problem derives from the fundamental differences in their respective political theories. This affects their beliefs, which are conditioned on living within the framework of one of the two competing ideologies. British subjects[1] are not citizens. In English law, the individual does not derive their rights from being an individual, rather they derive their rights due to the grace of god who acts through the will of the reigning monarch[2]. The British are conditioned to believe that they are the property of the crown, not their own persons. If the crown decides that a person has no rights, then that is all jolly good, because their’s is not to reason why, but their’s is to do or die, on order of the crown! American citizens[3] on the other hand fought a long, hard and bloody battle against this very repression and formed a new government on the basis that the government derives it’s power from the people[4]. That the rights belong to the individual, not the state. Hence the idea that the individual is a citizen of the country, not it’s subject.

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Obama Releases National Strategy For Information Sharing

December 20th, 2012 12:27 admin View Comments


wiredmikey writes “President Obama on Wednesday released a national strategy designed to balance the sharing of information with those who need it to keep the country safe, while protecting the same data from those who would use it to cause harm. ‘The National Strategy for Information Sharing and Safeguarding’ outlines how the government will attempt to responsibly share and protect data that enhances national security and protects the American people. The national strategy will define how the federal government and its assorted departments and agencies share their data. Agencies can also share services and work towards data and network interoperability to be more efficient, the President said. The President aimed to address concerns over Privacy by noting, ‘This strategy makes it clear that the individual privacy, civil rights and civil liberties of United States persons must be — and will be — protected.’ The full document is available here in PDF format from the White House website.

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Austria’s Mobile Drug Lab Could Test Street-Drug Effects, Too

December 17th, 2012 12:18 admin View Comments


carmendrahl writes “In Austria, people can submit their street drugs to a lab-on-a-bus to ensure they got what they paid for. The government is using the bus to track emergence of new variants of bath salts and other drugs. Now, researchers have developed a test they’d like to add to the bus’s offerings: it assesses drug action (full paper) instead of just reporting chemical structure.”

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UK Internet Porn Blocking Rejected

December 15th, 2012 12:12 admin View Comments


Gordonjcp writes “The BBC are reporting that the proposed automatic blocking of porn websites by UK ISPs has been rejected by the government. Only 35% of the parents who responded to a survey on filtering wanted an automatic block. The report (PDF), drawn from over 3500 responses, found that 80% of all those who responded were in favour of no filtering of any kind.”

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NCTC Gets Vast Powers To Spy On U.S. Citizens

December 13th, 2012 12:50 admin View Comments


interval1066 writes “In a breathtaking new move by (another) little-known national security agency, the personal information of all U.S. citizens will be available for casual perusal. The ‘National Counterterrorism Center‘ (I’ve never heard of this org) may now ‘examine the government files of U.S. citizens for possible criminal behavior, even if there is no reason to suspect them.’ This is different from past bureaucratic practice (never mind due process) in that a government agency not in the list of agencies approved to to certain things without due process may completely bypass due process and store (for up to 5 years) these records, the organization doesn’t need a warrant, or have any kind of oversight of any kind. They will be sifting through these records looking for ‘counter-insurgency activity,’ supposedly with an eye to prevention. If this doesn’t wake you up and chill you to your very bone, not too sure there is anything that will anyway.”

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Laser Fusion Put On a Slow Burn By US Government

December 11th, 2012 12:14 admin View Comments


gbrumfiel writes “Those hoping to laser their way out of the energy crisis will have to wait a little longer. The U.S. government has unveiled its new plan for laser fusion, and it’s not going to happen anytime soon. It all comes down to problems at the National Ignition Facility (NIF), the world’s most powerful laser at Lawrence Livermore Lab in California. For the past six years researchers at NIF have been trying to use the laser to spark a fusion reaction in a tiny pellet of hydrogen fuel. Like all fusion, it’s tougher than it looks, and their campaign came up short. That left Congress a little bit miffed, so they asked for a new plan. The new plan calls for a more methodical study of fusion, along with a broader approach to achieving it with the NIF. In three years or so, they should know whether the NIF will ever work.”

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GhostShell Hackers Release Data From Exploiting NASA, FBI, ESA

December 11th, 2012 12:06 admin View Comments


An anonymous reader writes “The Register is reporting that the hacking collecting GhostShell has announced it has [dumped] around 1.6 million account details purloined from government, military, and industry. The [hacking] group said in a statement: ‘we have prepared a juicy release of 1.6 million accounts/records from fields such as aerospace, nanotechnology, banking, law, education, government, military, all kinds of wacky companies & corporations working for the department of defense, airlines and more.’”

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