No, the Supreme Court wasn’t joking about Citizens United
Today's Daily Beast reports on the ruling by a federal appeals court that there can be no limits on cash contributed to a conservative PAC support the Republican candidate for Mayor of New York City. The decision is unlikely to affect who will be Mayor, but the ruling confirms that the floodgates are wide open for legally influencing politicians with money.
H-bombs away over North Carolina: 1961
According to The Guardian, in a story published yesterday, a recently declassified document...
...reveals that the US Air Force came dramatically close to detonating an atom bomb over North Carolina that would have been 260 times more powerful than the device that devastated Hiroshima.
Surprise! Surprise! NSA violates privacy!The Washington Post reports today that the National Security Agency engages in hundreds of largely unpreventable privacy violations every quarter. The source materials—also available on the Post's website—"include a level of detail and analysis that is not routinely shared with Congress or the special court that oversees surveillance [FISA court]."
The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, according to an internal audit and other top-secret documents.
Isn't this a security lapse?I recently wrote to a website I use regularly:
I changed mobile phones recently. When I try to log in to <appname> Android app, I keep getting the message, "Your nickname or password is incorrect. Please try again." I use a password program to generate and store passwords for all my apps and so I copy and paste my nickname and password rather than typing it in. After getting this message several times in a row, I followed the instructions to change my password. After re-entering my nickname and password at the website I was directed to, I am still unable to log in. I never had anything like this problem before.Before they responded, I determined that the problem was special characters that I force the inclusion of in generated passwords; one of those characters in this password was a backslash (or reverse solidus, "\"), which I suspect was interpreted as an escape character (Unix/Linux programmers will understand why I so suspect). So I changed my password to consist of only upper- and lower-case letters and numbers. My problem disappeared.
A short while later I received the following reply in clear text:
Hello <username>,Emailing password in clear text is not secure. Furthermore, I wouldn't have thought the site administrator had access to my password other than in its encrypted form.
Qui utitur passwords, cave!