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Friday, September 6, 2013

Senior Correspondent Arnold Woodworth with more Web articles for you

More on the Blackberry Z10

I know, I know, many think the company is doomed.  Well, maybe they are and maybe they're not (I say not).

First, let me show you something that BlackBerry is now doing that nothing else on the market does:

I've gotten more and more attached to the automatic Virtual Private Network (VPN) profiles on WiFi connections.

I assure you that ........ anyone within range of your device can "see" everything you do on an open WiFi hotspot ........ but not me, and I am not at risk of forgetting to enable it since it's selected to automatically bring it up when I connect to that network.




Humor: How Glenn Greenwald Killed The Internet




Why the NSA needs to wiretap an important middle-east religious person




Cheaper College Degrees are Coming:  The first leak in the dike has appeared.

How Georgia Tech’s new, super-cheap online master’s degree could radically change American higher education

Georgia Institute of Technology is about to take a step that could set off a broad disruption in higher education: It’s offering a new master’s degree in computer science, delivered through a series of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, for $6,600.

Drop the price of the online degree, the logic goes, and you could have a Napster-like moment sweeping college campuses. Revenues spiral down as degree programs are forced to compete on tuition. That’s a terrifying prospect for universities, which have depended on steadily rising tuition—growing at more than twice the rate of inflation—to cover costs.

Georgia Tech’s new program, though, throws a monkey wrench into the system by reordering the competitive landscape.


A commentary on the above College Degree article:

Someone at Georgia Tech is thinking, and that person is Zvi Galil, the head of Georgia Tech’s school of computing.

"This is uncharted territory," he says. But, he warns, if Georgia Tech doesn’t do this someone else might come along and do it first—grabbing the notoriety, the students, and the revenue. "There is a revolution. I want to lead it, not follow it".




How LinkedIn became the world's largest online professional networking site!/articles/linkedin-ten




We Post Nothing About Our Daughter Online

Nothing. It’s the only way to defend her against facial recognition, Facebook profiling, and corporate data mining.

Why make hundreds of embarrassing, searchable photos freely available to your child's prospective homecoming dates? If you write about a negative parenting experience, could that affect your child's ability to get into a good college? We know that admissions counselors review Facebook profiles and a host of other websites and networks in order to make their decisions.

Posting lots of stuff about your kids on-line robs them of a digital adulthood that’s free of bias and presupposition.




Drug Agents Use Vast Phone Trove, Eclipsing N.S.A.’s

AT&T employees sit alongside Drug Enforcement Administration agents and local detectives and supply them with the phone data from as far back as 1987.




Commentary on above DEA article:

So why would AT&T keep that data?  They wouldn't.  So the Government pays them to do so.

Which means the government has effectively seized the records.

All of them.

Without a warrant.



The NSA Has A Devastating Backdoor Around Lots Of Web Encryption

the world's largest spy agency is paying companies, coercing companies, stealing from companies, and/or altering the software of companies to get the access to Internet data.

the NSA is doing it primarily by cheating, not by mathematics.




how US and UK spy agencies defeat internet privacy and security

NSA and GCHQ unlock encryption used to protect emails, banking and medical records

$250m-a-year US program works covertly with tech companies to insert weaknesses into products

NSA powerpoint slide says "Vast amounts of encrypted internet data which up to now have been discarded are now exploitable".

The agencies have not yet cracked all encryption technologies.




Patriot Act Author Says NSA Is Abusing Spy Law

A large, intrusive government - however benevolent it claims to be - is not immune from the simple truth that centralized power threatens liberty.

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