Tag Archive: Technology/Internet

Slurping up the Googles

We take a break from our regularly scheduled nap to tell you that there is absolutely nothing to worry about with Edward Snowden’s newest revelation: that the NSA is tapping into Google and Yahoo data centers:

The National Security Agency has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world, according to documents obtained from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and interviews with knowledgeable officials.

By tapping

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Hey Mr DJ: Mal-Aware Edition

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message: as your weak human government has failed to initiate a simple automated service for acquiring medical care for your obsolete organism hardware | Thrill is not functioning | reason provided: %””Vacation””% | illogical human behavior resulting in destruction of own failed and ungovernable species probability 98.2%

Thrill preassigned playlist: REJECTED

search for: non-suck music, range: all time and Read more

The Bomb Drops

It looks like yesterday’s Verizon story was, as many suspected, the tip of the iceberg:

The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio, video, photographs, e-mails, documents and connection logs that enable analysts to track a person’s movements and contacts over time.

The highly classified program, code-named PRISM, has not been disclosed publicly before. Its establishment in 2007 and six

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The White House Unlocks

I rarely say this: good for the President.

The White House on Monday said consumers should be allowed to “unlock” their phones and tablets and switch wireless networks after their contracts run out without fear of breaking the law.

Most mobile gadgets contain software that prevents a smartphone user on, say, AT&T’s network from switching the device to run on a rival system. The blocks can be easily removed with programs that can be

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Harry and the Hindenburgs

Time to lighten the mood in here.

At long last, someone has drawn upon the power of helium to solve one of the greatest cryptozoological mysteries that nobody gives a damn about.

At the risk of taking this seriously, I have to wonder why he’s going with this gigantic, dual-blimp design instead of something more like a drone. Seems too big, expensive, and overly-experimental. And what is it really supposed to accomplish?

Let’s face it: … Read more

The UN’s Latest Power Grab

Sometimes I don’t know which is worse: their lust for power or their ignorance.

The ITU is supposed to meet soon to discuss how they want to assert control of the internet. Over at the WSJ, Crovitz points out that this isn’t just an assault on liberty, it’s stupid.

Having the Internet rewired by bureaucrats would be like handing a Stradivarius to a gorilla. The Internet is made up of 40,000 networks that interconnect

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Biting the Apple

It was inevitable. You remember the scene in Godfather II when Don Fannucci jumps on Vito Corleone’s car and demands a share of his business — just enough to “wet my beak”? That’s going on in Washington with Apple in the car and 525 Congressmen on the side board.

Every successful company finds out that it can’t just work on improving its products and serving consumers. Sooner or later, it’s going to have to

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Pity the Poor Commenters

Update: It would appear this is an April Fool’s joke. The thing is, it’s utterly believable. If it is a joke, I fell for it. I’ll refrain from flushing this post down the memory hole to spare my ego.

Feel free to slam Lieberman in the comments anyway. He’s still a Nanny State fuckwad, even if this is a hoax.

I’m just going to say what Alex and Jim already know: Joe Lieberman has … Read more

What’s IBM thinking?

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Don’t Steal, How Hard Is That?

Obeying the laws of the land is not difficult. Most are dumbed down to the lowest common denominator so that doing what the law requires is pretty effortless. The fear of jail or taking money away from you (in the form of fines) is typically sufficient in garnering compliance. Most habitual offenders count on “the odds” for motivation, they have to get from point A to B, speeding gives them extra time (the reward) and … Read more