Posts Tagged ‘united states’

Americans outraged at Verizon court order providing phone records for all customers

// June 6th, 2013 // No Comments » // Politics and legal

Americans are expressing outrage at the revelation that from April to July of this year, the White House used Section 215 of the Patriot Act to obtain a secret court order for all phone records (records that show originating and terminating phone numbers, their location, time and duration but not “substantive content of any communication”) […]

Navy’s hydrogen-powered Ion Tiger flies for record 48 hours straight without refueling

// May 14th, 2013 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

The US Office of Naval Research’s Ion Tiger, an experimental surveillance plane that utilizes a hydrogen fuel cell as its power source, flew for a record 48 hours. Yes, a full two days without refueling! The previous record of 26 hours, set in 2009, was shattered thanks to a new cryogenic storage tank filled with […]

Differences in Chinese and Russian security philosophies and how the United States should counter

// April 15th, 2013 // No Comments » // Technology

I enjoy hacking. The intrigue, digging through arcane protocol specs in order to discover some new architectural design flaw or idiotic programmer bug, and the excitement surrounding a mysterious hidden world that few are capable of experiencing, in my mind is akin to losing yourself deep in a software coding problem. I consider myself a […]

American version of Samsung Galaxy S4 performance far below alternative, international versions of the smartphone

// April 10th, 2013 // No Comments » // Mobile

Samsung logo

Android Authority and Sam Mobile have released performance results of the various Samsung Galaxy S4 variants and their findings are surprising. Recall that Samsung released three versions of the new Samsung Galaxy S4 – an American and UK version sporting a 1.9 Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, an “international” version operating off of a […]

U.S. government gets even dopier with new Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) – really? [UPDATE]

// April 9th, 2013 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

Security lock in network

The House Intelligence committee is currently working to amend the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) whose stated aim is to “help the U.S government investigate cyber threats and ensure the security of networks against cyberattack”. Yes, the government that has already proven they cannot protect its citizens from cybersecurity threats now wants to […]

Ah, Hello? Has anyone else noticed that the Devil in “The Bible” looks just like President Obama?

// March 18th, 2013 // No Comments » // Entertainment

Twitter lit up on Sunday (3/17/13) after the History Channel’s airing of the popular miniseries, The Bible, showed the devil for the first time in the series. 13.1 million viewers couldn’t help but notice that Satan, played by actor Mehdi Ouzaani, looked oddly like United States 44th president, Barack Obama.

Federal Reserve announces breach of internal website by hackers

// February 6th, 2013 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

The Federal Reserve has openly stated that “one of its internal websites had been briefly breached by hackers, though no critical functions of the central bank were affected by the intrusion.” This comes after Anonymous announced via Twitter (@OpLastResort) that they had struck the Fed on Sunday accessing personal information, which included phone numbers, login […]

Google leading effort to overhaul (or remove) 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act

// January 28th, 2013 // No Comments » // Internet

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According to Bloomberg, Google, who gets about 1,400 requests a month from U.S. authorities for users’ email and documents, is leading an effort to change key aspects of the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act in order to limit or prohibit government access to citizen’s private communications. Google’s chief legal officer told Bloomberg: “Given the realities […]

United States invites hackers – code for your country

// January 24th, 2013 // No Comments » // Programming

The White House announced today that it will kick off a “National Day of Civic Hacking” on June 1 and 2 (2013) and is inviting those with tech know-how to use their coding skills to improve communities across the country. Participating government agencies will give hackers access to public data along with coding challenges that […]

Amidst America’s “fiscal cliff” focus, US Senators voted to renew FISA allowing continuation of warrantless wiretaps

// December 28th, 2012 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

US Senators voted this morning to renew FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act), a controversial act that allows warrantless wiretaps. The current authorization was set to expire on January 1, 2013. The re-authorization extends the bill through 2013 and for four more years beyond that. Three amendments were proposed and shot down yesterday allowing the bill […]

Buzz (and controversy) over Zero Dark Thirty Movie heats up – status watch – latest news

// December 10th, 2012 // No Comments » // Moves, TV, and Music News

Zero Dark Thirty (military speak for half past midnight and a reference to the time that the team of Navy Seals had successfully terminated Bin Laden’s life on May 2, 2011) has not even been released to theaters yet and it’s already racking up awards right and left. Amidst controversy over its portrayal of U.S. […]

Software developer sues China – is reprimended with an unrelenting string of cyberattacks against his company

// November 28th, 2012 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

We have breaking news for you – a China vs. United States war is already taking place. And it’s occurring in the commercial workspaces of U.S. based companies as we speak. A remarkable story has developed regarding Solid Oak Software Inc.’s battle against the People’s Republic of China over Solid Oak Software’s controversial CyberSitter software […]

Obama signs secret policy directive giving military and others ability to launch offensive cyberattacks

// November 15th, 2012 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

As Senate Republicans shot down cybersecurity legislation backed by President Obama, the Washington Post is reporting that Obama signed a secret policy directive last month that will give the military and other government authorities the ability to act quickly if the country comes under cyberattack. Dubbed the “Presidential Policy Directive 20,” this classified document allegedly […]

Puerto Rico voted “yes” for statehood this week – how would the 51st star be added to the American flag? Here’s how!

// November 8th, 2012 // No Comments » // Entertainment

United States Flag with 51 stars

Earlier this week, Puerto Rico residents voted to join the United States as the nation’s 51st state. President Obama has yet to comment on the vote but earlier comments indicated they would not oppose Puerto Rico being added as the 51st state. That begs this question though – what about the American Flag with its […]

The funniest tweets from last night’s presidential debate

// October 23rd, 2012 // No Comments » // Geek Humor

Obama triggered listeners’ funny bone last night with this quip responding to a criticism from Romney about the size of the U.S. Navy, Obama said: “You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of […]

Offensive anti-Semitic cartoons appearing in Arab and Muslim media outlets during US election [CARTOONS]

// October 22nd, 2012 // No Comments » // Entertainment News

Cartoon from Saudia Arabia

The Anti-Defamation League has been monitoring Middle Eastern cartoons in newspaper media during the 2012 presidential campaign and found the Arab and Muslim cartoons have been depicting the candidates – President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney – as subservient to Israel and the Jews. The anti-Semitic cartoons featured here an example of what they […]