Daily Archives: July 5, 2016

Home Computers Connected to the Internet Aren’t Private, Court Rules

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A judge in Virginia rules that people should have no expectation of privacy on their home PCs because no connected computer “is immune from invasion.”

A federal judge for the Eastern District of Virginia has ruled that the user of any computer that connects to the Internet should not have an expectation of privacy because computer security is ineffectual at stopping hackers. The June 23 ruling came in one of the many cases resulting from the FBI’s infiltration of PlayPen, a hidden service on the Tor network that acted as a hub for child exploitation, and the subsequent prosecution of hundreds of individuals. To identify suspects, the FBI took control of PlayPen for two weeks and used, what it calls, a “network investigative technique,” or NIT—a program that runs on a visitor’s computer and identifies their Internet address. Such mass hacking using a single warrant has riled privacy and digital-rights advocates, but Senior U.S. District Judge Henry Coke Morgan Jr. upheld the use of the warrant and even stated that the warrant is unnecessary because of the type of crime being investigated and because users should have no “objectively reasonable expectation of privacy.” Even using countermeasures, such as the Tor network, does not mean that the user should expect their location or their activities to remain private, according to the judge.

continue http://www.eweek.com/security/home-computers-connected-to-the-internet-arent-private-court-rules.html
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‘Typesetting’ (1960) – a 1960’s era vocational film

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College Bias Response Team BANS “Make America Great Again”


source  http://www.thefederalistpapers.org/us/college-bias-response-team-throws-fit-over-make-america-great-again

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Hydrogen Fuel Cells Could Power the navy’s Future Robotic Submarine

The US Navy is using General Motor’s (GM) hydrogen fuel cell technology to power its latest underwater vessel. Hydrogen fuel cells convert high-energy hydrogen efficiently into electricity, resulting in vehicles with greater range and endurance than those powered with batteries. Under the ONR’s Innovative Naval Prototype program for Large Displacement UUVs (LDUUV), energy is a core technology in the Navy’s goals for vehicles with more than 60 days endurance. Besides the GM fuel cell, the Navy has evaluated alternative power generation solutions from General Atomics, Lynntech and NexTech Materials.

The Naval Research Laboratory recently concluded an evaluation of a prototype UUV equipped with a GM fuel cell at the heart of the vehicle powertrain. The tests, a key step in the development of an at-sea prototype, were conducted in pools at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Carderock, Md. The Navy plans to test the LDUUV in the open sea this year and could field a first squadron of the robotic submarines by 2020.

continue https://defense-update.com/20160628_uuv_power.html

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Scientists Find Amphibious Centipede—and It’s Horrible

The amphibious centipede.   (ZooKeys)

(Newser) – It’s eight inches long with a painful bite, long legs, and “a horrible dark, greenish-black color.” It’s also bound to make you avoid all lakes and streams for the near future. Gregory Edgecombe of London’s Natural History Museum says he’s discovered a new species of centipede belonging to the giant centipede family Scolopendra that’s not only horrible, but the first amphibious centipede species ever found. Edgecombe found two specimens of Scolopendra cataracta—named after the Latin word for “waterfall”—in Laos and a DNA test proved they were unique. However, the “horrific-looking” species, described in journal ZooKeys, had also been found by Edgecombe’s colleague while on his honeymoon in Thailand back in 2001, reports National Geographic. George Beccaloni explains he was searching for bugs when he found a centipede hiding under a rock. Upon discovery, it escaped into a stream.

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Leaked Docs Reveal How Easily FBI Can Spy on Journalists


Leaked document shows the FBI does not have to jump through a lot of hoops to get access to journalists’ call data. (Photo: Roger H. Goun/flickr/cc)

Newly leaked documents published by The Intercept expose just how easy it is for the FBI to spy on journalists using so-called National Security Letters (NSLs).

The classified rules, which had previously been released only in heavily redacted form, “show that the FBI imposes few constraints on itself when it bypasses the requirement to go to court and obtain subpoenas or search warrants before accessing journalists’ information,” The Intercept‘s Cora Currier wrote on Thursday.

According to the reporting, an attempt to access journalists’ call data with an NSL must be approved by the typical chain-of-command as well as the FBI’s general counsel and the executive assistant director of the agency’s National Security Branch.

“Generally speaking, there are a variety of FBI officials, including the agents in charge of field offices, who can sign off that an NSL is ‘relevant’ to a national security investigation,” Currier explained.

Trevor Timm of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, an advocacy group which had petitioned for the release of these documents, calls Thursday’s revelations “quite disturbing, since the Justice Department spent two years trying to convince the public that it updated its ‘Media Guidelines’ to create a very high and restrictive bar for when and how they could spy on journalists using regular subpoenas and court orders. These leaked rules prove that the FBI and [Department of Justice or DOJ] can completely circumvent the Media Guidelines and just use an NSL in total secrecy.”

continue http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/07/01/quite-disturbing-leaked-docs-reveal-how-easily-fbi-can-spy-journalists

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DuckDuckGo: The Little Search Engine That Gives Back Big

An unadorned search page that loads fast. Search results combined from a number of sources. No sponsored search results to get in the way of the real ones. And they don’t collect personal information or track you in any way. Some people, including most of us here at FOSS Force, think DuckDuckGo is the best search engine out there.

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The company’s website says, “DuckDuckGo is a general purpose search engine that is intended to be your starting place when searching the Internet. Use it to get way more instant answers, way less spam and real privacy, which we believe adds up to a much better overall search experience.”

It’s an excellent search engine. I use it myself. But that’s not all. Check out this FOSS Force headline from May: DuckDuckGo Gives $225,000 to Open Source Projects. That’s right. A search engine that is (HYBERBOLE ALERT!) about one-billionth as large as Google manages to give hundreds of thousands of dollars to open source projects.

continue https://fossforce.com/2016/06/duckduckgo-search-engine-gives-big/

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Adult Refugees Enrolled in Canadian High School, Harassing Young Girls

Emails between school officials at one Canadian high school reveal the school has been struggling to integrate into the school adult Syrian refugees, who reportedly are bullying and threatening students and teachers, as well as making advances on young teenage girls.


After receiving a tip about Fredericton High School in New Brunswick, Canada–a region that has been aggressively resettling thousands of Syrian refugees–Canadian news organization TheRebel submitted a freedom of information request to the school, asking for any information regarding problems the school might be having with the integration of Syrian immigrants.

TheRebel received more than 2,700 documents from the school in response to their request. Because of the sheer number of emails, the organization is breaking the story up into several reports this week on their show “The Hunt” with reporter Faith Goldy.

One email, Goldy reported on Monday, said that 19 and 20-year-old Syrian migrants were aggressively confronting teachers, “particularly when it comes to the girls in the class, and also bullying the others in the class.”

One school employee reported “issues surrounding gender/age divisions that seems important to our Syrian population–especially these older boys when it comes to their younger sisters.”

continue http://www.amren.com/news/2016/07/report-adult-refugees-enrolled-in-canadian-high-school-harassing-young-girls/

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