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Every call, every email, every text: UK unveils bill aimed at logging citizens’ Web activity
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, June 15 2012 @ 01:38 AM EDT
British authorities on Thursday unveiled an ambitious plan to log details about every Web visit, email, phone call or text message in the U.K. — and in a sharply-worded editorial the nation’s top law enforcement official accused those worried about the surveillance program of being either criminals or conspiracy theorists.

The government insists it’s not after content. It promises not to read the body of emails or eavesdrop on phone calls without a warrant.

Washington Post

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It all began with a strange email
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, June 15 2012 @ 03:05 AM EDT
Econometrics is a travesty!

While its heavy reliance on statistics often confuses us into believing that it is a form of applied statistics, in reality it resembles computerised astrology: a form of hocus pocus that seeks to improve its image by incorporating proper science’s methods, displays and processes. Is this not too harsh a judgment on econometrics?

Not in the slightest.


Valve’s digital economies are a marvelous test-bed for meaningful experimentation.

Not only do we have a full-information set (making sampling superfluous) but, more importantly, we can change the economy’s underlying values, rules and settings, and then sit back to observe how the community responds, how relative prices change, the new behavioural patterns that evolve.

An economist’s paradise indeed.

Yanis Varoufakis, VALVE

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      • Travesty - Authored by: ThrPilgrim on Friday, June 15 2012 @ 07:53 AM EDT
      • Economists - Authored by: Imaginos1892 on Friday, June 15 2012 @ 04:07 PM EDT
        • Economists - Authored by: PJ on Saturday, June 16 2012 @ 01:12 PM EDT
    • Travesty - Authored by: Wol on Friday, June 15 2012 @ 07:28 AM EDT
AMD and ARM team up to improve PC security with Trustzone
Authored by: tiger99 on Friday, June 15 2012 @ 07:54 AM EDT

Well, if the security subsystem is independent of the OS and bootloader, and will be available for use by any installed OS, this could solve many problems, by moving things like DRM entirely out of the main OS, and allowing Linux etc to be able to access copy-protected media.

On the other hand, it could possibly be greatly misused by a certain failing company, who allegedly manufacture software, in the Pacific Northwest.....

I would like to see more detail.

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Wyden, Issa Say Digital Bill of Rights Needed to Prevent New Versions of SOPA
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, June 15 2012 @ 08:19 AM EDT

Issa said there needs to be a Citizens Digital Bill of Rights that will serve as a measure for, and a check against additional legislative overreaches fueled by special interests, especially in the online arena.

Issa posted a draft of the bill on the website that he launched both in opposition to SOPA, and to gain support for the alternative rogue website bill that he and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) introduced in 2011, the Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act (S. 2029, H.R. 3782) (245 PTD, 12/21/11). Users can go to and view the proposed bill, and they can also add edits or comments to the text of the proposal.

“We need a way to measure how we are going to insure that networks are protected,” Wyden, who was also taking part in the discussion, said.

Bureau of National Affairs

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UK snoopers charter ..
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, June 15 2012 @ 09:16 AM EDT
Draft Communications Data Bill

"For many years our police and security and intelligence agencies have used communications data from landline telephones and mobiles to catch criminals and to protect the public."

"This information – which does not include the content of a phone call or email – has played a role in nearly every serious organised crime investigation and in all major Security Service counter-terrorism operations over the past decade and is fundamental to policing across the UK."

"But the ability of the police and others to use this vital tool is disappearing because communications data from new technologies is less available and often harder to access. Without action there is a serious and growing risk that crimes enabled by email and the internet will go undetected and unpunished, that the vulnerable will not be protected and that terrorists and criminals will not be caught and prosecuted. No responsible Government could allow such a situation to develop unaddressed."

"The purpose of this Bill, therefore, is to protect the public and bring offenders to justice by ensuring that communications data is available to the police and security and intelligence agencies in future as it has been in the past." link

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9-year old silenced by politicians
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, June 15 2012 @ 09:28 AM EDT
There was a cute, but sad, story on href="">Wired a> about a little girl in the UK who had been taking pictures of her school
lunches and sharing the pictures with other children around the world. However,
school administrators became embarrassed by some of the photos and now forbid
the girl from bringing her camera to lunch.

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Nokia to give away Windows phones
Authored by: jplatt39 on Friday, June 15 2012 @ 10:10 AM EDT
Marketplace reports that Seton Hall University Freshmen will be receiving free Lumia 900 phones.

Here is the link in plain text. -loyalty And here is Information Week's post: Information Week

Sorry if this is a repost, but I haven't seen it.

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Linus Torvalds: Linux succeeded thanks to selfishness and trust
Authored by: JamesK on Friday, June 15 2012 @ 11:15 AM EDT
Linux creator Linus Torvalds has won the Millennium Technology Prize and an accompanying cheque for 600,000 euros ($756,000; £486,000) from the Technology Academy of Finland.

The following program contains immature subject matter. Viewer discretion is advised.

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