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"The future masters of technology will have to be lighthearted and intelligent. The machine easily masters the grim and the dumb." -- Marshall McLuhan, 1969

3% of Twitter’s Servers Dedicated to Justin Bieber
Topic: Technology 10:15 pm EDT, Sep  7, 2010

Would you believe that Justin Bieber and his legion of fans use up 3% of Twitter’s server at any given time — such a large amount of activity that “racks of servers” are dedicated to Bieber mania?

I'd ridicule this, but only if I knew what percentage of Twitter's infrastructure was utilized by spam activity. I'm positive that no measurable percentage of MemeStreams infrastructure is dedicated to Justin Bieber, but I'm not so sure about the spam metrics...

3% of Twitter’s Servers Dedicated to Justin Bieber

Meet Google CEO Eric Schmidt
Topic: Surveillance 8:55 pm EDT, Sep  2, 2010

This video is extremely creepy.

Meet Google CEO Eric Schmidt

Taliban Using Mosque Controversy to Recruit
Topic: Security 12:59 pm EDT, Aug 30, 2010

I am seriously disheartened by what I'm seeing take place in Murfreesboro. It's a town that I love, but I'm ashamed of what's going on down there.

Beyond what this says about how people don't get the 1st amendment, it's also helping our enemies recruit:

Taliban officials know it’s sacrilegious to hope a mosque will not be built, but that’s exactly what they’re wishing for: the success of the fiery campaign to block the proposed Islamic cultural center and prayer room near the site of the Twin Towers in lower Manhattan. “By preventing this mosque from being built, America is doing us a big favor,” Taliban operative Zabihullah tells NEWSWEEK. (Like many Afghans, he uses a single name.) “It’s providing us with more recruits, donations, and popular support.

This bigotry is going to wind up being repaid to us ten times over in the form of American blood. The people rallying against these mosques and Islamic community centers are short-sighed and anti-American. Period.

Taliban Using Mosque Controversy to Recruit

Think Progress » Mississippi Middle School Segregates Student Government Officers: Only Whites Can Run For President
Topic: Society 1:49 pm EDT, Aug 27, 2010

With the election of President Barack Obama, the country heralded the coming of an age in which an African-American could overcome significant historical prejudice to ascend to the presidency. But while the country celebrates this collective step forward, a Nettleton, Mississippi public school is taking a clear step back. According to Nettleton Middle School’s rules, children running for certain class officer posts must meet a specific race requirement: to be president, the child must be white.

It completely blows my mind that this is happening in 2010. Shame!

Think Progress » Mississippi Middle School Segregates Student Government Officers: Only Whites Can Run For President

Solar Charger, Solar Backpack, Solar Laptop Charger, USB Battery
Topic: Technology 5:16 pm EDT, Aug 26, 2010

I was just talking to someone with one of these:

15 Watt Solar Panel generates power in sunlight. It is waterproof, lightweight and built to withstand abuse.

Power: 15 Watts total peak output at 20 Volts

Charge times: 1 hour in the sun will provide between 12 and 45 minutes of runtime, depending on your laptop. 1 hour in the sun is typically sufficient to charge most cell phones and other handheld electronics.

Pretty neat!

Solar Charger, Solar Backpack, Solar Laptop Charger, USB Battery

Meet the man who changed Glenn Beck's life
Topic: Politics and Law 1:01 pm EDT, Aug 23, 2010

Cleon Skousen was a right-wing crank whom even conservatives despised. Then Beck discovered him

This is a highly suggested read.

Meet the man who changed Glenn Beck's life

Chrome 6 Beta Boasts Stupid New Features
Topic: Computer Security 6:25 pm EDT, Aug 13, 2010

Chrome can also remember credit card numbers, but you have to explicitly add them in the autofill feature’s preferences.

This is "not smart". I can't wait for the shitstorm that comes when someone figures out how to phish cc#s from the browser without the user knowing it...

Chrome 6 Beta Boasts Stupid New Features

WikiLeaks disclosures are a 'tragedy' -
Topic: Security 11:20 am EDT, Aug 11, 2010

First of all, let's look at the "up" side of this release. These documents "prove" that war is grittier when viewed by an infantryman than by a policymaker; that Pakistan's intelligence service, the ISI, is a difficult partner; that in war innocent civilians sometimes die; and that the Taliban has been growing in strength over the past several years. Not quite "stop the presses" kind of revelations.

Now the downsides. According to multiple press accounts, despite WikiLeaks' claim that it had redacted source-identifying information from the military's intelligence reports, it apparently did a half-baked job and real names of real people are being exposed.

Beyond that, even when you effectively mask source-identifying data, the enemy knows who did or who did not know about the historic operation or meeting or rendezvous now being made public in a leaked American document.

I can already see the Taliban or al Qaeda dialogue: "Brother, in whose house did we hold that meeting in 2007?"

Finally, I can only imagine what adversary intelligence services worldwide are doing with these documents. If I were the chief of Russia's FSB or China's PLA-2, I would be gathering all of my English-speaking officers and directing them to read all 75,000 documents to learn where the Americans are strong, weak, vulnerable, formidable, to be avoided and to be challenged.

I completely agree with Gen. Hayden's comments in this article. Wikileaks has been completely irresponsible. I don't see any positive side to the release of these documents.

WikiLeaks disclosures are a 'tragedy' -

PostPartisan - A final warning to WikiLeaks?
Topic: Security 2:26 pm EDT, Aug  6, 2010

Thiessen telegraphs Pentagon statement as threat - shit is about to go down.

"We are making a demand of them," Morrell said. "We are asking them to do the right thing."

"We hope they will honor our demands," Morrell said, adding if WikiLeaks refuses to comply "we will cross the next bridge when we come to it."

"If doing the right thing is not good enough for them," the Pentagon spokesman said, alternatives will be explored "to make them do the right thing."

Sounds like a final warning has been issued -- and that the Obama administration intends to take action to stop WikiLeaks from disclosing any further life-threatening intelligence.

PostPartisan - A final warning to WikiLeaks?

What The Fuck Is My Information Security Strategy?
Topic: Computer Security 1:41 pm EDT, Aug  4, 2010

What the fuck is my information security "strategy"?

Making it up so you don't have to

Prioritize risk by training developers and facilitating executive support to invest in perimeter protection and log correlation

For the WIN!

What The Fuck Is My Information Security Strategy?

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