If there’s anything grosser than someone unexpectedly revealing their genitals, it’s someone unexpectedly revealing their spirituality
The TSA conveniently packs hundreds of travelers together in cramped security lines. Terrorists love crowds because they can inflict the most harm that way. Anyone who watches the news knows that. So what does American airport security do? It gathers folks together in long lines BEFORE they’ve been scanned at all.
Rafi Sela, 7 Reasons the TSA Sucks (A Security Expert’s Perspective), Cracked.com
A selfie, like any photograph, interrupts experience to mark the moment.
Counter intuitively, it may be better not to sit with your developers, you may get a better idea of their output unaffected by conventional/intuitive indicators. Remote working is especially beneficial; you will have to measure your employees by their output, rather than the lazier option of watching them sitting at their desks 8 hours a day thumping away at an IDE, or ‘helpfully’ crowding around each other’s desks offering ‘useful’ suggestions.
Mike Hadlow, Are Your Programmers Working Hard, Or Are They Lazy?, Code Rant
The folks that claim they are smart enough to determine just how much privacy we need and deserve can’t keep their own house in order. That’s something to dwell on.
Alex Wilhelm, The Government Really Isn’t Sure What Snowden Took, TechCrunch
I wasn’t like, boo hoo, Bin Laden’s dead, but I wasn’t jumping. America’s a very nationalistic country, and in episodes like that of his death, it becomes jingoism. People are drinking, dancing in the street, chanting USA like they’re at the World Cup, like they won it… It’s sick that we turned it into a sporting event.
Jeremy Scahill, Jeremy Scahill Accuses US Government Of Executing Bin Laden - ‘An Unarmed, Elderly Man’, Huffington Post
For example, one NSA program, code-named Fast Follower, was developed to allow the NSA to identify who might have been assigned to tail American case officers at stations overseas. By correlating an officer’s cellphone signals to those of foreign nationals in the same city, the NSA is able to figure out whether anyone is moving in tandem with the U.S. officer.
Ashkan Soltani and Barton Gellman, New documents show how the NSA infers relationships based on mobile location data, Washington Post.
Source: Washington Post
[W]hen trust in medical confidentiality goes down, patients die. People seek treatment late, or not at all; and it’s not just the obvious problems such as HIV, but also cancer and even depression.
It’s equal folly to believe that the NSA’s secretly installed backdoors will remain secret. Given how inept the NSA was at protecting its own secrets, it’s extremely unlikely that Edward Snowden was the first sysadmin contractor to walk out the door with a boatload of them. And the previous leakers could have easily been working for a foreign government. But it wouldn’t take a rogue NSA employee; researchers or hackers could discover any of these backdoors on their own.
Bruce Schneier, Why the NSA’s attacks on the internet must be made public, The Guardian