Attorney General Gonzales has testified to a Senate Panel on the desirability of an American version of the Surveillance Directive. Link found at Paper Chase. Anyone want to guess in what direction his opinion went? Of course he asked for legislation requiring Internet service providers and search engines to keep log files until the NSA … [Read more…]
According to Yglesias, there are people in the office of the Vice President who advocate an unprovoked nuclear first strike against Iran. They say that they can deny afterwards having used the nukes. Radiation would be explained by the fact that the bombs have hit nuclear facilities. Sounds like an interesting plan. There might be … [Read more…]
Ryan Singel at Wired has a handy color code chart to prove it. Found at BoingBoing. As Schneier said, the aim of the terrorists is to spread terror, not to kill. That task is much easier if people react in a cowardly way. The first and most important reaction to terror must be to reject … [Read more…]
Jews for Lebanon is an idea of FON founder Martin Varsafsky. The idea is to bundle jewish contributions for rebuilding Lebanon. The site is live now.
Now Felten announces that the key to their voting machines can be purchased easily on the Internet. It might be possible to still get a trustworthy vote, even when stealing is extremely easy. A couple of measures come to mind. One: Watch every machine around the clock. Assign volunteers for your campaign for every voting … [Read more…]
Reprint, original post here. Please read Freedom To Tinker: Computer Scientists’ Campaign for Trustworthy E-Voting. I have a few comments. 1. I am not a computer scientist, but as everyone who has taken even a small bite at crypto knows, there can be no trustworthy system that is built on obscurity. The recent trend to … [Read more…]
Horns is celebrating a new paper by Berkeley Law School professor Merges “Patents, Entry and Growth in the Software Industry“,which he found here. That paper shows empirical proof that there is still a software industry left in America. From the abstract: “Whatever the effects of patents on the software industry, this paper concludes, they have … [Read more…]
TPM quotes a Time article that says that the next illegal war of aggression (this time against Iran) might start in October. That would be before the next American elections. This time, the Americans might use nuclear weapons.
Lessig posts on a possible violation of a Creative Commons license. Someone had published a photo on the web under a non-commercial CC license. Then some magazine used that photo without attribution or compensation. That would seem to be a clear case of copyright violation, if the photo in question is an original work of … [Read more…]
The American government is proposing legislation to legalize their torture programs in violation of the Geneva Convention. That would be unfortunate, but still progress compared to the status quo, where they just do whatever they feel they want, without caring about what the law might require.