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Month: January 2018

01/12/18 Overnight links

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Techcrunch: The House just renewed a warrantless surveillance law without any privacy reform Washington Post: Trump’s ‘ping-pong’ on surveillance law sets off a 101-minute scramble Techdirt: Trump doesn’t understand surveillance powers: House votes to give him more of it Mirror UK: Facebook wants to put cameras and microphones into your home with its new facial recognition device Ars Technica: FBI […]

Tech Coma 2018

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Before I begin what will obviously be a dreary screed on the coming technocratic nightmare, I’ll first say that the modern world offers the average person  what the rest of human history could only describe as miracles.  Fresh fruits and vegetables in the winter, indoor plumbing, soap, water that doesn’t have to be boiled first, […]

“Do you think your Wu Tang sword can defeat me?”

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And so begins the greatest album to rip a concrete bowl on 100 degree summer days.  There’s something about early 90’s hip hop and late-90’s skateboarding that combines to create something sublime.  Playing this album on repeat on an absurdly primitive mp3 player, and I could skate ten hours straight  ..  I reached a zone […]

01/11/18 Overnight links

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A bit earlier than usual New York Times: Surveillance and privacy debate reaches pivotal moment in Congress Fox News: How Rand Paul plans to overhaul FISA surveillance program CATO: House FISA reform battle enters final stage Washington Times: Keeping surveillance in line with the Constitution Popular Mechanics: The total death of privacy National Interest: The super sneaky way the US army […]

01/10/18 Midday links

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PopSci: The Pentagon’s new drone swarm heralds a future of autonomous war machines Reason: Amash, Paul, and others trying to stop Congress from expanding domestic surveillance Forbes: How China built a tech empire and then turned it against its citizens VICE: Apple is giving all Chinese iCloud data to a state-owned company Techdirt: CBP warrantless device searches continue to increase […]

01/10/18 Overnight links

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The Intercept: NSA surveillance bill would legalize loophole that lets FBI spy on Americans without warrant Washington Post: FBI chief calls encryption a ‘major public safety issue’ The Hill: Delaying surveillance reform could undermine the economy Biometric Update: Snowden blames Aadhaar for destroying privacy of Indians Law.com: Justices struggle with privacy rights in police searches of rental cars Stars and […]

01/09/18 Morning links

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The Intercept: Welcome to law enforcement’s ‘dark side’: Secret evidence, illegal searches, and dubious traffic stops Just Security: The House intelligence committee’s section 702 bill is a wolf in sheep’s clothing Weekly Standard: Congress prepares to vote on controversial surveillance power Military.com: Secret spy satellite may be lost after SpaceX launch War is boring: Pentagon leaders find creative ways to […]

Overnight Mencken

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“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.” –From On Politics “Democracy is the theory […]

01/09/18 Overnight links

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The Verge: Electronic toymaker VTech settles for $650,000 with FTC over children’s privacy suit ZDNet: Amazon turns over record amount of customer data to US law enforcement ACLU: Proposal to expand mandatory DNA collection in Virginia raises serious privacy and due process concerns The Telegraph: NHS hacker who stopped WannaCry virus ‘was coerced into confessing’ in US EFF: Groups line […]

01/08/18 Overnight links

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Breitbart: CIA Director: “There is no ‘Deep State’ at the CIA”.  How. Stupid. Do they think we are. And The Hill: Pompeo rejects notion of ‘Deep State’ at the CIA Jeff Tucker on who the ‘Deep State’ is from FEE: What About the Unelected? PJmedia: Another ‘oops’ from the intelligence community Salon: U.S. police killed 1,129 people in 2017, but that’s not […]