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Tables Turned On Former NSA Boss Michael Hayden, As 'Off-The-Record' Call Is Live Tweeted By Train Passenger
Ho ho.
Michael Hayden, former NSA and CIA boss, who famously argued that the only people complaining about NSA surveillance were internet shut-ins who couldn't get laid, apparently never learned that when you're in a public place, someone might overhear your phone calls. Entrepreneur and former MoveOn.org director Tom Matzzie just so happened to be on the Acela express train from DC to NY when he (1) spotted Hayden sitting behind him and (2) started overhearing a series of "off the record" phone calls with press about the story of the week: the revelations of the NSA spying on foreign leaders. Matzzie did what any self-respecting American would do: live-tweet the calls.
nsa  michael-hayden  twitter  tom-matzzie  funny  irony  trains  interviewing  public  surveillance 
october 2013 by jm
Just how bad are RTE’s finances?
A sobering examination by NAMAwinelake into the quagmire of Ireland's publicly-funded national broadcaster:
It seems that RTE has become a disaster zone, with libels and incompetence overseen by incapable management, and this is reflected in that organisation’s financial results. RTE still employs nearly 2,000 people and supports jobs and industry across independent producers and suppliers; it is a major business. But the time has come to call a halt to delusional management that is sinking the organization deeper into a quagmire which will ultimately need to be bailed out by the State. And Noel Curran is fobbing us off with flying a kite about a reduction in 65-year old Pat Kenny’s salary from €630,000 to €570,000?!
rte  namawinelake  public  funding  finances  money  mismanagement  ireland  incompetence  tv  news 
april 2013 by jm
Minister Rabbitte welcomes EU agreement on re-use of Public Sector Information
Lots of talk about "charging regimes", "income-generating public sector bodies" etc., but not a single mention of open data or free access. Terrible stuff. :( (via conoro)
via:conoro  open-access  government  public-sector  ireland  eu  open-data  public  free 
april 2013 by jm
Where are the free WiFi spots in Dublin City Centre?
hooray, free wifi! beautiful Invader-style pixel-art mosaics to highlight them, too. nice one Joe
wifi  free  dublin  ireland  city  public 
january 2013 by jm
Graft punk: Breaking the law to help urban trees bear fruit
This is brilliant. I find it pretty offensive that "ornamental" fruit trees are chosen by urban councils, so that fruit doesn't fall on the path and become slippery or whatever -- come on, that's just what trees do! 'They’re covertly grafting — a practice of connecting two branches in a way that will allow their vascular tissues to join together -- fruit tree limbs onto the trunks of ornamental cherry, plum, and pear trees.'
public  roads  trees  nature  city  urban  fruit  guerrilla  grafting 
april 2012 by jm
Verisign seizes .com domain registered via foreign Registrar on behalf of US Authorities.
'at the end of the day what has happened is that US law (in fact, Maryland state law) as been imposed on a .com domain [specifically gambling site bodog.com] operating outside the USA, which is the subtext we were very worried about when we commented on SOPA. Even though SOPA is currently in limbo, the reality that US law can now be asserted over all domains registered under .com, .net, org, .biz and maybe .info (Afilias is headquartered in Ireland by operates out of the US). This is no longer a doom-and-gloom theory by some guy in a tin foil hat. It just happened.'
via:joshea  internet  legal  policy  public  sopa  domains  dns  verisign  seizure 
february 2012 by jm
PSI License [PDF]
the license under which the open data from various councils around Fingal and Dublin (see www.dublinked.ie) is being published
licensing  open-data  dublin  fingal  open  public  government  county-councils  city-council  ireland 
june 2011 by jm

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