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Editor: Tom Briant
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Senior Correspondent Arnold Woodworth has more articles for us. Blame the Editor for not posting them sooner (I’ve been busy)
Internet Architects Plan Counter-Attack On NSA Snooping
Glendale California is paying service to monitor students online
What Snowden and Manning Don't Understand About Secrecy
What troubles me about them is NOT that they broke the oaths they swore when they took their classified government jobs, the thing that makes them liable to prosecution. Government finds all kinds of dubious reasons to keep secrets, sometimes nefarious reasons, and conscience can force one to break a promise. My problem is with the indiscriminate nature of their leaks.
The most famous leakers in American history were motivated NOT by a general opposition to secrecy but by a desire to expose specific wrongdoing.
The reporters and editors who published their leaks weighed taking that step seriously, ultimately deciding that the public’s need to know trumped the principle of secrecy. They concluded that the government in these instances was abusing its power.
There have been a few things in the Manning and Snowden leaks that might have warranted taking a principled stand, but the great bulk of what they delivered shows our nation’s military, intelligence agencies, and foreign service working hard at their jobs -- doing the things we the people, through our elected representatives, have ordered them to do.
“By no means was I treated as a hero when I first came forward. I was indicted and spent two years in court,” Mr. Ellsberg said in an interview. “But in those days, journalists were not turning on journalists. With Snowden in particular, you have a split between truly independent journalists and those who are tools — and I mean that in every sense of the term — of the government. Toobin and Grunwald are doing the work of the government to maintain relationships and access.”
Research Experiment Produces First Human Brain-To-Brain Interface
The end of Moore's Law may ultimately be as much about economics as physics
Moore's Law, named after Intel co-founder Gordon Moore, states that the number of transistors that can be placed on an integrated circuit doubles roughly every two years ........ ever more powerful laptops, tablets, and smartphones.
Every new generation of integrated circuits is more expensive to design and build factories for. The up-front investment may be more than future profits.
Unless its long-term strategy and internal culture changes, Microsoft under its next CEO won't be all that different than it has been under Ballmer's leadership.
NSA paying U.S. companies for access to communications networks
Although the companies are required to comply with lawful surveillance orders, privacy advocates say the multimillion-dollar payments could create a profit motive to offer more than the required assistance.
"It turns surveillance into a revenue stream, and that's not the way it's supposed to work," said Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center