Whistleblower website Wikileaks faced a dilemma this week when a list of email addresses for the site’s donors was submitted as a leaked document.
The issue arose after a fund raising email on Saturday went out with all 58 addresses in the To field (instead of the bcc field). The all too common schoolboy error meant that all the recipients found out the online identities of other donors.
Republican politicians on Thursday called for a sweeping new federal law that would require all Internet providers and operators of millions of Wi-Fi access points, even hotels, local coffee shops, and home users, to keep records about users for two years to aid police investigations.
Each contains the same language: “A provider of an electronic communication service or remote computing service shall retain for a period of at least two years all records or other information pertaining to the identity of a user of a temporarily assigned network address the service assigns to that user.”
And of course it’s all “for the children”. Really – read the article.
But they really didn’t think this through.
1. technical reasons: all the log is going to show is which IP address was given to which MAC hardware address. They are a) easily forgeable, and b) not registered anywhere. Next up will be a law that makes it illegal to use unregistered MAC addresses, I guess.
2. Most people can’t even find he setting to turn on encryption on their WiFi, let alone keep logs for 2 years
3. I’m going to disable DHCP on my WiFi and call the network “
use 192.168.1.1[0-9][0-9] route192.168.1.1”
Perhaps everybody should automatically email their logs to their representatives in Congress – and point to their email retention policy if the police wants old logs…
If anyone receives mistreatment at Guantanamo, it is the guard force.
— Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC)
And in the real world:
Bradley recently met Mohamed in Camp Delta’s sparse visiting room and was shaken by his account of the state of affairs inside the notorious prison.
She said: “At least 50 people are on hunger strike, with 20 on the critical list, according to Binyam. The JTF [the Joint Task Force running Guantánamo] are not commenting because they do not want the public to know what is going on.
“Binyam has witnessed people being forcibly extracted from their cell. Swat teams in police gear come in and take the person out; if they resist, they are force-fed and then beaten. Binyam has seen this and has not witnessed this before. Guantánamo Bay is in the grip of a mass hunger strike and the numbers are growing; things are worsening.
“It is so bad that there are not enough chairs to strap them down and force-feed them for a two- or three-hour period to digest food through a feeding tube. Because there are not enough chairs the guards are having to force-feed them in shifts. After Binyam saw a nearby inmate being beaten it scared him and he decided he was not going to resist. He thought, ‘I don’t want to be beat, injured or killed.’ Given his health situation, one good blow could be fatal,” said Bradley.
“And today, President Obama announced a salary cap of $500,000 for executives at banks and companies that have received taxpayer bailout money. And you know — it is good. But I’ll tell you something, you can tell a lot of these CEOs don’t get it. They said, ‘Well, that’s $500,000 a month, right?'”
For hundreds of thousands of workers losing their jobs during the recession, there’s a new twist to their financial pain: Even as they’re collecting unemployment benefits, they’re paying bank fees just to get access to their money.
Thirty states have struck such deals with banks that include Citigroup Inc., Bank of America Corp., JP Morgan Chase and US Bancorp, an Associated Press review of the agreements found. All the programs carry fees, and in several states the unemployed have no choice but to use the debit cards. Some banks even charge overdraft fees of up to $20 — even though they could decline charges for more than what’s on the card.
“It’s a racket. It’s a scam,” said Rachel Davis, a 38-year-old dental technician from St. Louis who was laid off in October. Davis was given a MasterCard issued through Central Bank of Jefferson City and recently paid $6 to make two $40 withdrawals.
I don’t know if this a true leak, but we’ll know this weekend
The board of the Swedish carmaker Saab, which is owned by General Motors, has held an extraordinary board meeting to consider its future.
Local media reports have suggested Saab was considering taking measures to seek protection from creditors.
GM has been looking for a buyer for Saab, and said on Wednesday “given the urgency of stemming sizeable cash demands associated with Saab operations” it would need support from the Swedish government prior to any sale.
But the country’s Enterprise and Energy Minister Maud Olofsson told Swedish public radio that “voters picked me because they wanted nursery schools, police and nurses, and not to buy loss-making car factories”.
A robot intelligence has invaded Flickr. The “blind astrometry server” is a program which monitors the Astrometry group on Flickr, looking for new photos of the night sky. It then analyzes each photo, and from the unique star positions shown it figures out what part of the sky was photographed and what interesting planets, galaxies or nebulae are contained within. Not only does the photographer get a high-quality description of what’s in their photo, but the main Astrometry.net project gets a new image to add to its storehouse of knowledge.
Needless to say this is one of the coolest uses of Flickr groups and the API that we’ve ever seen.
At Microsoft’s press conference yesterday at Mobile World Congress, if you tied two threads together, you learned a very interesting fact about HTC, one of the company’s closest handset makers—the Taiwanese company is responsible for 80 percent of Windows Mobile phone sales. The number is astonishingly high when you consider the next fact: Microsoft has 50 handset partners.