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Reposted from BobboSphere by Lisa Lockwood

WikiLeaks and Anonymous

When I was teaching at a Catholic women’s high school on Chicago’s South Side, I did not allow note passing in class. It was distracting  to the learning environment. I quietly confiscated them, placed them on my desk and asked that they be picked up at the end of class. I did not destroy or read them. Their contents, their authors and their recipients  were none of my business. These young women lived in a crowded urban world where their privacy was invaded by both adults and their own peers.

I wanted them to understand that while note passing was rude, that was no excuse for authorities to invade their privacy.  It was my way of showing respect.  I feel the same today about people’s personal phone calls, e-mail messages, text messages, casual conversations, instant messages and the like. Unless there is clear and compelling evidence of criminal wrongdoing, there is no reason to invade what little privacy people have these days. It’s rude behavior by authorities and should not be tolerated in a civilized society.

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Reposted from Writing by David Harris Gershon by Lisa Lockwood

View this before it disappears. Simply amazing.


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Reposted from shantysue by Lisa Lockwood

I'm not going to say much, except uh oh. This makes yesterday's news look so yesterday, a sunny walk in the park compared to this. Get ready for a bumpy ride people.

Operation Shady Rat (Remote Access Tool) struck at least six years ago and went unnoticed by the world.

Here's the headline:

Hackers breached the computer networks of 72 organizations around the world over a five-year period, in the biggest hacking campaign discovered to date, security firm McAfee said on Wednesday.

Here are some additional details:

The victims include:

- Governments of Canada, India, South Korea, Taiwan, United States and Vietnam.

- International bodies such as the United Nations, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the International Olympic Committee, the World Anti-Doping Agency.

- 12 U.S. defense contractors, 1 U.K. defense contractor.

- Companies in construction, steel, energy, solar power, technology, satellite communications, accounting and media.

Who did it?

McAfee's Alperovitch said he believes that a nation state was behind the attacks, but he declined to identify it. He said the attacker is the same country that was behind other security breaches that McAfee has previously investigated.

Jim Lewis, an expert in cyber attacks with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, was briefed by McAfee. Lewis said the presence of Taiwan and the International Olympic Committee in the victims list suggest China is most likely the perpetrator of the attack.

How valuable is the data that was stolen?

"This is the biggest transfer of wealth in terms of intellectual property in history," Alperovitch said. "The scale at which this is occurring is really, really frightening."

"Companies and government agencies are getting raped and pillaged every day. They are losing economic advantage and national secrets to unscrupulous competitors," he said.

Here are more details from McAfee (get your magnifying glass out):

Here's the pdf of the Mcafee piece (much easier to read) - h/t Just Bob

Another good article:

There are gazillions more articles out there, but these were the ones most pertinent, to my mind. Just google Operation Shady Rat.

Do you like your toast with butter or jelly?

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   One of the things that DailyKos is really good at is finding issues that are key for Progressives. That right hand column is full of the findings of the day.

    One of the things that DailyKos is really awful about is being able to switch away from the latest train wreck. This, coupled with the largely volunteer nature of this site, mean that our situational awareness is uneven. We over-cover outrages and we miss important strategic issues.

   I’ve been working with an enterprise intelligence system called Silobreaker for the last six or eight months. There were some initial bumps getting going, but we recently got our first funded seats for this system, and we’re making daily use of it for various issues.

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Reposted from Stranded Wind by Stranded Wind

   I’ve been covering Breitbart toady John Patrick Frey aka @Patterico for a while now. He is deeply personally invested in the group of fake personas behind the Weinergate smear, banning Big Government contributor Lee Stranahan from his site for failure to toe the line on his defense of the “Reid family”, a group of sock puppets that were debunked by the New York Times.

He’s done some sketchy stuff prior to this including staging a long running defense of James O’Keefe’s illegal wire tapping activities, working with or employing a cyberstalker named Seth Allen, and in general he presents like a behavior problem needing law enforcement attention, despite the fact that he is a Deputy District Attorney in Los Angeles County.

   Patterico and his puppets have tried a variety of tactics to get me off them, but they’ve only succeeded in making me smile. The world needs a little levity, so you can get a humorous lesson in how to (roughly) handle a smear fabricator by looking past the inscrutable squiggle of additional content.

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Tue Jul 19, 2011 at 10:25 AM PDT

Patterico’s Personal Pipsqueak

by Stranded Wind

Reposted from Stranded Wind by Lisa Lockwood

  I’ve been reporting on Breitbart (Indict Breitbart!) toady John Patrick Frey aka Patterico for a few weeks now. This Los Angeles County Deputy D.A. apparently has a history of associating with Boston area stalker/fabricator Seth Allen. I first covered this in Patterico’s Penalization.

    Having failed to embarrass me over the fact that a few years ago I was so buff I had a photo in the Hundred Best Male Nudes on Flickr, they’ve now deduced that I’m A Hacker.

  And they’ve dispatched a ninth degree blackbelt script kiddie to, well … the behavior looks a whole lot like how they handled Congressman Weiner. Hold your nose, leap over the inscrutable squiggle of additional content, and prepare to mock and deride another Breitbart fabricator.

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Reposted from SeaChange by Dunvegan

I hate to politicize tragedies, but sometimes they shed light on the irresponsibility of those who are responsible for the well-being of our nation.

Take Billy Long for example.  He is the classic wise-ass cowboy Republican Congressman who once said "Get out the crying towel" to people who don't have health insurance.  Ironically, David Catanese, now a reporter for Politico, made a prescient prediction in that article:

...throughout his humorous and off-the-cuff repertoire, Long has a tendency to make some statements that could come back to haunt him.

Well, here comes the haunting...

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Reposted from Jesselyn Radack by Dunvegan

I'm thrilled this is still on the Rec. List!!!!!!!!!!!! But please sign the petition on Drake's behalf. I need your action more than your tips, "likes," and Tweets.

NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake and two other former NSA employees (Bill Binney and Kirk Wiebe) gave stunning interviews on 60 Minutes Sunday night, a week after an explosive piece on them in the New Yorker. I'll be discussing this case tonight on the Thom Hartman Show (The Big Picture).

In a hard-hitting, on-point report, they told Scott Pelley that NSA had technology---a program called ThinThread--that was ready to deploy in January 2001 and could have picked up critical intelligence prior to 9/11.  NSA management rejected ThinThread, and embarked on a billion-dollar boondoggle, Trailblazer, a proposal designed figure how to do what ThinThread could do (collect and analyze massive amounts of data) on a massive and far more invasive scale.  NSA also tossed ThinThread's privacy protections, leaving Americans vulnerable to illegal surveillance.

Drake called the failure to gather critical intelligence prior to 9/11

one of the great tragedies in the history of NSA

Here's the segment for those who missed it:

When Drake and the other whistleblowers went through proper channels to alert Congress and the Defense Department that the NSA was trading the nation's security for money at the expense of Americans' privacy, the government retaliated.  

Drake is currently enduring the most severe whistleblower retaliation I have ever seen.  He goes on trial June 13th for charges brought under the Espionage Act.

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Reposted from Lisa Lockwood by Lisa Lockwood
Note This is a public service announcement, NOT a lulz. There be shoals ahead for almost a million unwary INNOCENT web users whose passwords, login names, and IDs were published last night online by lulzsec. Tool for checking to see if your ID is one of the ones breached at bottom of diary.

Ahoy there, maties. As lulzsec sails off into the sunset (or so they proclaimed in a 'final' message and data dump last night via their twitter account) they've left a few more questions than answers. They've also released a massive data dump containing over 750,000 user accounts, some with emails and passwords, in cleartext.

Lulzsec bon voyage twitter:

LulzSec 50 Days of Lulz statement: | Torrent:… Thank you, gentlemen. #LulzSec

~Text of message (for those sailors who suffer from teh seasick or fear lulzy sea serpents lurking in the briny depths) below the horizon~

(Crucial Linky after blockquote message for anyone who has concerns that their data has been breached)


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Reposted from aardvark droppings by Dunvegan
Saudi Arabia says three al-Qaida members have returned from abroad and turned themselves in. Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki says the three are not on the nation's most wanted list.

... snip ...

Officials say four other al-Qaida operatives surrendered to Saudi security after their leader, Osama bin Laden, was killed in a U.S. raid May 2 in Pakistan


This is just the beginning. What we don't know is whether these men are turning themselves in because they were demoralized by the death of bin Laden, or because they fear being caught due to the rumored intelligence bonanza. Probably the former since they had fled to Yemen.

At any rate, good news for everyone threatened by Al Qaeda.

Reposted from SciTech by Dunvegan

The next big leap in computing, chips based on microscopic three dimensional transistors, designed by "socialist Berkeley radical professor" Chenming Hu, will be used in all of Intel's next generation of chips. The new chips with 3D technology will use half the power, and have double the transistor density, of today's fastest chips. Chip miniaturization, faster speed and low power demand will be the basis for a new advanced generation of hand held devices and computers. Because it draws less power, this transistor design is both more environmentally friendly and better for battery powered portable devices.  Moreover, the small additional cost of production of the 3D chip will be paid back many times over by reduced power costs.

This engine of economic growth will be based on technology developed under a federal government grant at U.C. Berkeley, by a professor who took the radical step of giving away his work for free.

"I have patented things in the past but in this case we feel it's best to make it as widely available as possible," Hu explained. Hu, who has also released software under open source licenses, said he was confident the industry will adopt the technology.

Yes, technology that will add significantly to global economic growth is open source. The key to Professor Hu's success was a stable academic environment, not a huge salary and benefits package. Republicans who attack public universities such as Berkeley are attacking America's future. Federally funded university research is one of the major engines of American economic growth.

The new transistor design uses a "fin" for the current conducting channel. Because the fin can be controlled in 3 dimensions by electric fields less power leaks across the gate when it is off. The old transistor design cannot be made smaller than 32nm because the gate is already leaking a large percentage of current. Two dimensional transistor design had reached its physical limit.

Source: Intel An illustration of a 32nm transistor compared to a 22nm transistor. On the left side is the 32nm planar transistor in which the current (represented by the yellow dots) flows in a plane underneath the gate. On the right is the 22nm 3-D Tri-Gate transistor with current flowing on 3 sides of a vertical fin.

22nm Transistor - Enhanced:  This image shows the vertical fins of Intel’s revolutionary tri-gate transistors passing through the gates. (color added for visual effect, source Intel)

This creative technological breakthrough wasn't made by an executive with a seven or eight figure compensation package. It was made by a public university professor who has been recognized for excellence in teaching.

These three-dimensional transistors were first imagined and built by three researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, in the late 1990s, in response to a call from the United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency for designs that would allow transistors to scale below 25 nanometers, an order of magnitude smaller than the ones in production at the time. Chenming Hu wrote out the technical specs for the new transistor on a plane ride to Japan in 1996. A Berkeley group made up of Hu, Jeffrey Bokor, and Tsu-Jae King Liu first made these transistors, which they called FinFETs, in 1999.

"It was an instant hit," says Hu. The university opted to release the intellectual property into the public domain instead of patenting it; as the Berkeley researchers kept refining the designs, Hu presented the work at several companies, including Intel. By 2002, the FinFET and a second Berkeley design, known as "silicon on insulator," were the devices favored by the International Technology Roadmap of Semiconductors as the technologies likely to meet the industry's needs in the next 15 years. But at Intel, at least, FinFET pulled ahead of the second design, which relies on adding a very thin layer of silicon to a transistor. Until about two years ago, the companies who make silicon wafers weren't able to make the active layer thin enough. French company Soitec can now manufacture the necessary wafers for this alternate design, and Hu says Intel's competitors may at some point adopt it.

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Wed May 18, 2011 at 08:29 PM PDT

A small yet significant difference

by ginmar

Reposted from ginmar by Dunvegan

Some time during the Bush Administration, or since the so-called Repubican Revolution, we lost the ability to argue morality and common sense. Facts? No such thing. Morality? There was a mixed message there. The morality became not one of compassion but of judgement. And facts disappeared entirely.

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