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Why I’m No Longer a Russiagate Skeptic - POLITICO Magazine
"Facts are piling up, and it’s getting harder to deny what’s staring us in the face."
russia  donald_trump  vladimir_putin  usa  conspiracies  politics 
july 2018 by niksilver
New bill could finally get rid of paperless voting machines | Ars Technica
"Some states already do post-election audits, but even here Halderman argues there's room for improvements. States can maximize the effectiveness of these audits and minimize costs by varying the size of each recount based on the victory margin."
statistics  elections  voting  security  usa  dopost 
january 2018 by niksilver
Does the White Working Class Really Vote Against Its Own Interests? - POLITICO Magazine
"Trump’s first year in office revived an age-old debate about why some people choose race over class—and how far they will go to protect the system."
race  history  class  poverty  usa 
january 2018 by niksilver
'Holy crap': Experts find tax plan riddled with glitches - POLITICO
"Republicans’ tax-rewrite plans are riddled with bugs, loopholes and other potential problems that could plague lawmakers long after their legislation is signed into law."
tax  legislation  usa  law 
december 2017 by niksilver
The Recruitables: Why Trump’s Team Was Easy Prey for Putin - POLITICO Magazine
"A former CIA officer looks at the personality traits that might have allowed Russian intelligence to manipulate key members of the president’s inner circle."
russia  usa  donald_trump  spying  psychology 
october 2017 by niksilver
HP Enterprise let Russia review the Pentagon's security software
"Last year, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) allowed a Russian defense agency to analyze the source code of a cybersecurity software used by the Pentagon, Reutersreports."
russia  software  hp  usa  security  dopost 
october 2017 by niksilver
Why There Are No Nazi Statues in Germany - POLITICO Magazine
"Southerners may have lost the Civil War, but between the 1890s and 1920s they won the first great battle over its official memory. They fought that battle in popular literature, history books and college curricula, but also on hundreds of courthouse steps and city squares, where they erected monuments to Confederate veterans and martyrs. These statues reinforced the romance of reunion."
culture  racism  usa  germany  history 
august 2017 by niksilver
Regime Change in Charlottesville - POLITICO Magazine
"Sometimes the regime change takes a little longer. That’s how we should look at images of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson being lifted through the night sky in Baltimore; of protesters stomping on a Confederate soldier statue in Durham, North Carolina; and of "alt-right" battalions storming Charlottesville to rescue a doomed Lee memorial. It should also shape how we read President Donald Trump’s defiant response to the violence in Charlottesville."
racism  donald_trump  history  usa  statues 
august 2017 by niksilver
Anthony Scaramucci Called Me to Unload About White House Leakers, Reince Priebus, and Steve Bannon | The New Yorker
"In Scaramucci’s view, the fact that word of the dinner had reached a reporter was evidence that his rivals in the West Wing, particularly Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff, were plotting against him."
usa  politics  donald_trump  anthony_scaramucci  interview 
july 2017 by niksilver
The Hill Staffer at the Center of the Russia Intrigue - POLITICO Magazine
"Meet Paul Behrends, an aide to Rep. Dana Rohrabacher whose friendliness toward Moscow is raising hackles on Capitol Hill."
russia  usa  paul_behrends 
july 2017 by niksilver
White House releases voter-fraud comments, personal info included (updated)
"As noted by former Deputy Secretary of Labor Chris Lu on Twitter, however, the commission published 112 pages of public comment "without redacting email addresses, home addresses & phone numbers.""
personal_data  usa  voting  dopost 
july 2017 by niksilver
The Putin Obsession That Led to Trump Jr.’s Meeting - POLITICO Magazine
"The sweeping Kremlin campaign has included lobbying Congress, the creation and promotion of several slick documentaries, the opening of murder investigations in Russia against the laws’ top advocate, the use of social media bots to promote criticism of the laws and the posting of a suspiciously popular petition calling for repeal on WhiteHouse.gov."
russia  corruption  crime  usa  politics 
july 2017 by niksilver
How Richard Spencer Became an Icon for White Supremacists - The Atlantic
"Richard Spencer is a troll and an icon for white supremacists. He was also my high-school classmate."
racism  facism  usa  interview  politics 
may 2017 by niksilver
Putin Is Soft on Terrorism | Foreign Policy
"Since the 9/11 attacks, the Kremlin has endeavored to use the mutual desire to fight terrorism as a foundation for restored relations with Washington. [...] the idea that “terrorism” is the top threat to America, rather than Russia."
terrorism  usa  russia  politics 
april 2017 by niksilver
President Trump delivers final blow to Web-browsing privacy rules in the US | Ars Technica UK
"Trump's action also "eliminates the requirement that broadband providers notify their customers of any hacking or security breaches.""
isps  usa  donald_trump  dopost  privacy  security 
april 2017 by niksilver
U.S. Warned of Foreign Intel Operations After Russian Met With Team Trump at RNC - The Daily Beast
"Several other Trump campaign or transition officials who attended the conference also dismissed concern over communications with Kislyak at the conference as idiotic and overblown at best. All said the FBI was wasting its time and resources running down every single person the ambassador approaches."
russia  usa  politics 
march 2017 by niksilver
Russia: Kremlin-backed media turns on Trump - POLITICO
"It’s not that the Kremlin-controlled outlets which all but explicitly rooted for Trump to defeat Hillary Clinton last fall have changed their view of the New York mogul. It’s that Moscow’s main goal was always to undermine the U.S. political system, regardless of who is in the White House, experts said."
propaganda  russia  usa  media 
march 2017 by niksilver
Inside the protest movement that has Republicans reeling - POLITICO
"Dubbed “Indivisible,” the group launched as a way for Padilla and a handful of fellow ex-Democratic aides to channel their post-election heartbreak into a manual for quashing President Donald Trump’s agenda. They drafted a 26-page protest guide for activists, full of pointers on how to bird dog their members of Congress in the language of Capitol insiders."
politics  usa  protest 
february 2017 by niksilver
Trump’s Plan to Fight ISIS With Putin Isn’t Just Futile. It’s Dangerous. - POLITICO Magazine
"Russians operate differently from Americans at every level of conflict — tactically, operationally, and strategically. There is no established trust between our nations or our forces, and the place to build that trust is not during a major operation where our goals are fundamentally misaligned."
russia  war  terrorism  usa  donald_trump 
february 2017 by niksilver
Trump signs executive order stripping non-citizens of privacy rights
"With a stroke of his pen, the president just potentially invalidated a transcontinental data flow agreement between the US and EU which took years to negotiate."
privacy  usa  donald_trump  eu  dopost 
january 2017 by niksilver
The Man Who Became Donald Trump - POLITICO Magazine
"He noticed lesser-known physical tics, like the fact that Trump never makes eye contact. To train himself to avoid looking at Clinton, Reines taped a big X on the opposite wall and stared at it intently."
donald_trump  hillary_clinton  usa  politics  election 
january 2017 by niksilver
Why Russia Loves the Idea of California Seceding - POLITICO Magazine
"...people who know the Russian political playbook say winking at these fringe movements—and even giving them a boost—is a part of a very real strategy."
russia  california  politics  usa 
january 2017 by niksilver
How We Fool Ourselves on Russia - NYTimes.com
The reality is that our relationship with Russia will remain competitive, and often adversarial, for the foreseeable future. At its core is a fundamental disconnect in outlook and about each other’s role in the world."
politics  russia  usa  history 
january 2017 by niksilver
Why the Podesta hack was co-ordinated by the Russians
@pwnallthethings explains why the DNC email hack was actually undertaken by Russia.
security  hacking  usa  phishing  tweets  dopost 
january 2017 by niksilver
Putin’s Real Long Game - POLITICO Magazine
"This war seeks, at home and abroad, to erode our values, our democracy, and our institutional strength; to dilute our ability to sort fact from fiction, or moral right from wrong; and to convince us to make decisions against our own best interests."
politics  russia  usa  vladimir_putin 
january 2017 by niksilver
Web of tax breaks and subsidies keeps iPhone production in China | Ars Technica UK
"[The] city of Zhengzhou helped finance the construction of Foxconn's factory and housing for its workers; that it provides discounted energy and constructed power generators and other infrastructure to support the facility; that it has waived and deeply cut corporate and value-added taxes..."
apple  china  manufacturing  taxation  trade  usa  dopost 
december 2016 by niksilver
My Priorities for the Next Four Years - Schneier on Security
"I am choosing to proceed as if this were cowpox, not smallpox: fighting the more benign disease today will be much easier than subjecting ourselves to its more virulent form in the future. It's going to be hard keeping the intensity up for the next four years, but we need to get to work."
security  donald_trump  usa  politics  dopost 
december 2016 by niksilver
Obama's got a new cybersecurity plan, but what's the point?
"The report finally policy-izes fixing things people like me have been raising the alarm about for years. Namely, that the tech industry rushes things to market before securing them, that organizations no longer have control over people, devices and data, and that attackers are cashing in on our security fatigue."
report  security  politics  usa  dopost 
december 2016 by niksilver
Earthquake science explains why election polls were so wrong
"They give you these very precise estimates; Nate Silver would say something like, 'There's a 71.4 percent probability of a Clinton win.' It's sounds really precise and really scientific. In fact, there's no science behind it at all. Nate Silver does not do any independent scientific analysis, Nate Silver is a clerk."
polling  elections  usa 
november 2016 by niksilver
Election Update: Don’t Ignore The Polls — Clinton Leads, But It’s A Close Race | FiveThirtyEight
"To be honest, I’m kind of confused as to why people think it’s heretical for our model to give Trump a 1-in-3 chance — which does make him a fairly significant underdog, after all."
usa  election  donald_trump  voting 
november 2016 by niksilver
It’s easy to hate Donald Trump – but essential to learn from him | Martin Kettle | Opinion | The Guardian
"In his own deeply egotistical and socially illiberal way, Trump stands for something true. He stands for the recognition that the global liberal order has not worked well, that intervention by the state is the only means of correcting and revising it and that socially liberal US regimes have fallen short."
economics  globalisation  usa  donald_trump  election 
november 2016 by niksilver
The Second Debate Probably Didn’t Help Trump, And He Needed Help | FiveThirtyEight
"But here’s the bottom line: Based on post-debate polls, Hillary Clinton probably ended the night in a better place than she started it."
donald_trump  hillary_clinton  usa  politics  election  analysis 
october 2016 by niksilver
Black Man Blissfully Unaware His Name Going To Be Hashtag By End Of Week
"According to sources, the 38-year-old African American and father of two continued to run errands and commute to his job with no inkling that in less than 36 hours, his first and last name would be a nationally trending term on Facebook and Twitter, frequently appearing after the words “justice for” and “remember.”"
humour  racism  police  usa  crime 
september 2016 by niksilver
New Snowden leaks unravel mystery behind NSA's UK base
"One is called FORNSAT, which uses the giant golf ball-shaped domes housing powerful antennae to eavesdrop on transmissions between foreign satellites. The other, named OVERHEAD, employs US government satellites to find and monitor cellphone calls and WiFi signals on the ground below."
government  usa  nsa  dopost 
september 2016 by niksilver
There’s No Such Thing As A Protest Vote — Medium
"But it doesn’t matter what message you think you are sending, because no one will receive it. No one is listening. The system is set up so that every choice other than ‘R’ or ‘D’ boils down to “I defer to the judgement of my fellow citizens.” It’s easy to argue that our system shouldn’t work like that. It’s impossible to argue it doesn’t work like that."
politics  elections  protest  usa 
august 2016 by niksilver
The one thing that can stop Trump — Medium
"Trump will most likely win this election based on how many people don’t vote, not on how many vote for him. So this election is all about the anti-Hilary Democrats and, anti-Trump Republicans."
usa  politics  election  donald_trump  hillary_clinton 
august 2016 by niksilver
Judge orders Apple to unlock San Bernardino gunman’s iPhone
"A US judge has ordered Apple to help the FBI bypass the auto-erase function on the San Bernardino gunman's iPhone to find the passcode and access data, but the company says it will contest the order"
crime  apple  usa  privacy  dopost  encryption 
february 2016 by niksilver
#IStandwithAhmed supports teen arrested for making his own clock
"A teenager in Irving, TX brought a homemade electronics project to school, and while his engineering teacher called it "really nice," [...] He was arrested, handcuffed and potentially faced charges of making a hoax bomb..."
crime  usa  mistake  dopost 
september 2015 by niksilver
Connecticut gun controls estimated to have cut fatal shootings by 40% | Ars Technica UK
"Added background checks, higher age limits, and safety course appear to add up."
guns  usa  statistics  report 
june 2015 by niksilver
Orioles COO John Angelos offers eye-opening perspective on Baltimore protests | For The Win
"The innocent working families of all backgrounds whose lives and dreams have been cut short by excessive violence, surveillance, and other abuses of the Bill of Rights by government pay the true price, and ultimate price, and one that far exceeds the importances of any kids’ game played tonight, or ever, at Camden Yards."
racism  crime  usa  interview 
april 2015 by niksilver
Bus pass: Civic hackers open transit data MTA said would cost too much to share | Ars Technica
"But now a civic hacker has made that data available to app developers by doing what the MTA claimed would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to complete—simply tapping into websites that the agency has already built."
transport  government  usa  open_data  dopost 
february 2015 by niksilver
After iPad initiative failure, school supe says LA can’t buy computers for all | Ars Technica
"Speaking to a group of reporters on Friday, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) superintendent Ramon C. Cortines said that the city can't afford to buy a computer for every student. The statement comes after intense controversy over a $1.3 billion initiative launched by Cortines' predecessor..."
education  apple  ipad  usa  dopost 
february 2015 by niksilver
Stranger than pulp fiction: meet Bob Nygaard, America's psychic-crime fighter | US news | The Guardian
"A retired New York cop, he stumbled upon his new calling during an encounter with two women in a Florida bar. After bringing down a high-profile Miami psychic, he wants the US justice system to take fortune-teller fraud more seriously"
crime  usa  psychics 
february 2015 by niksilver
As open source goes mainstream, institutions collaborate differently - TechRepublic
"18F, which explicitly seeks to tap into the success of the UK's Government Digital Services unit, is pursuing a similar strategy, trying to lure developers from Silicon Valley and the ranks of civic developers all over the country with a daunting mission: change how federal technology gets done, at a time when bad government websites now damage public faith in government."
gds  usa  government  open_source  dopost 
november 2014 by niksilver
The Cable Model and The Internet Model – AVC
"[Net neutrality is] actually a fight between the 1bn active domains and the roughly six or seven wired and wireless carriers who own the internet access market in the US. This is a David vs Goliath issue and the Davids don’t have the ability to go toe to toe in the market with the Goliaths."
net_neutrality  usa  legal  busines  dopost  internet 
november 2014 by niksilver
Obama says FCC should reclassify internet as a utility | The Verge
"President Obama has come out in support of reclassifying internet service as a utility, a move that would allow the Federal Communications Commission to enforce more robust regulations and protect net neutrality."
net_neutrality  fcc  dopost  usa 
november 2014 by niksilver
The U.S. Digital Services Playbook
"Today, too many of our digital services projects do not work well, are delivered late, or are over budget. To increase the success rate of these projects, the U.S. Government needs a new approach. We created a playbook of 13 key “plays” drawn from successful best practices from the private sector and government that, if followed together, will help government build effective digital services."
usa  government  advice  agile  dopost 
september 2014 by niksilver
“They Have No Use for Someone Who Looks and Dresses Like Me” | LinkedIn
"But bringing more top quality technical people into the Federal government is only part of the solution. It won’t work if those people are just put to work building systems that they have no role in designing. The heart of the problem is the design of government programs that don’t take into account the mechanisms by which they will actually be implemented. The UK’s Tom Steinberg put it perfectly: the elites study politics, philosophy, economics, and law while failing to recognize that you can no longer run a country without a fundamental understanding of technology."
government  gds  dopost  healthcare  usa  politics  technology  failure 
august 2014 by niksilver
7 Charts That Show How Climate Change Is Already Altering Life in the U.S.
"The White House released the most comprehensive U.S.-focused climate science assessment ever conducted on Tuesday. It makes clear that global warming is no longer a phenomenon that will rear its ugly head in a far-off time and place. Instead, it is affecting everyone in the U.S. already, be it a farmer in Oklahoma dealing with heat waves and drought, or a coastal resident in New York City, still recovering from Hurricane Sandy's flooding."
climate_change  usa  charts 
may 2014 by niksilver
Two Giant Banks, Seen as Immune, Become Targets - NYTimes.com - NYTimes.com
"Federal prosecutors are nearing criminal charges against some of the world’s biggest banks, according to lawyers briefed on the matter, a development that could produce the first guilty plea from a major bank in more than two decades."
banking  crime  usa 
may 2014 by niksilver
Lavabit founder, under gag order, speaks out about shutdown decision | Ars Technica
"Ladar Levison took 10 years to build his company—and he's 32, making that most of his adult life. So when he shut down his encrypted e-mail service, Lavabit, without warning last week, it was like "putting a beloved pet to sleep." [...] "There's information that I can't even share with my lawyer, let alone with the American public. So if we're talking about secrecy, you know, it's really been taken to the extreme, and I think it's really being used by the current administration to cover up tactics that they may be ashamed of," he said."
security  usa  lavabit  government  dopost 
august 2013 by niksilver
XKeyscore: NSA tool collects 'nearly everything a user does on the internet' | World news | theguardian.com
"The NSA boasts in training materials that the program, called XKeyscore, is its "widest-reaching" system for developing intelligence from the internet." Includes slides from the training material itself.
security  privacy  usa  government  presentation  dopost 
july 2013 by niksilver
If You Didn't Buy It From Amazon It Doesn't Count as Reading, Says Amazon
"Then I looked at the fine print. CCSU bases their study on factors like libraries, bookstores, periodicals, newspaper circulation, Internet resources, and education levels. But Amazon’s study? Is based on just “sales data of all book, magazine and newspaper sales in both print and Kindle format.”"
amazon  books  press_release  usa 
april 2013 by niksilver
The Most Deranged Sorority Girl Email You Will Ever Read
Lessons in management and leadership, part -1... "You have 361 days out of the fucking year to talk to sisters, and this week is NOT, I fucking repeat NOT ONE OF THEM. This week is about fostering relationships in the greek community, and that's not fucking possible if you're going to stand around and talk to each other and not our matchup. Newsflash you stupid cocks: FRATS DON'T LIKE BORING SORORITIES."
usa  humour  motivation  letter 
april 2013 by niksilver
One in four Americans think Obama may be the antichrist, survey says | World news | guardian.co.uk
"Poll asking voters about conspiracy theories reveals alarming beliefs – including 37% believing global warming to be a hoax"
hoaxes  politics  usa  survey 
april 2013 by niksilver
Want the Truth Behind “I Am Adam Lanza’s Mother”? Read her blog. | Sarah Kendzior
One author who dug a little deeper. It also links to a couple of updates... "Liza Long, the woman who wrote the viral post “I Am Adam Lanza’s Mother”, is being held up as a heroic woman warranting sympathy for bring the plight of her mentally ill son to the public. Her blog tells a different story."
society  children  mental_health  usa  guns 
december 2012 by niksilver
I am Adam Lanza's Mother - The Blue Review | The Blue Review
A post from a mother whose son has a mental illness. Moving, but also read the response(s) posted separately.
children  society  health  usa  guns  mental_health 
december 2012 by niksilver
Media fight on the right over GOP - POLITICO.com Print View
"Rush Limbaugh couldn’t have been more right. Months before the election, the conservative radio host made a prediction: “If Obama wins, the Republican Party is going to try to maneuver things so conservatives get blamed.” And that’s exactly what’s happening."
usa  politics  election  republicans 
november 2012 by niksilver
Romney Proudly Explains How He's Turned Campaign Around | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
"“I’m lying a lot more, and my lies are far more egregious than they’ve ever been,” a smiling Romney told reporters while sitting in the back of his campaign bus, adding that when faced with a choice to either lie or tell the truth, he will more than likely lie."
mitt_romney  humour  usa  election 
october 2012 by niksilver
Why Do America’s Super-Rich Feel Victimized by Obama? : The New Yorker
"Cooperman had come to the dinner to give Gore a copy of the letter he’d written to President Obama. “I’d like you to read this,” he told the former Vice-President. “You owe me a small favor. I voted for you,” he said, referring to Gore’s Presidential run, in 2000."
barak_obama  election  taxation  usa  politics 
october 2012 by niksilver
Invisible Obama: Exclusive Q&A with the Internet Sensation
Q&A with the @InvisibleObama on Twitter: "What happens when other people sit in the chair? Do they become invisible? When other people sit in the chair they usually get freaked out by feeling like they are sitting on someone else’s lap (that they can’t see). The reactions are priceless. My “and what do YOU want for Christmas” jokes don’t go over too well at that point."
humour  interview  politics  usa  election 
september 2012 by niksilver
Paul Ryan Gives Detailed Account of Day He Killed Osama Bin Laden : The New Yorker
"The Republican Vice-Presidential nominee painted a portrait of a Paul Ryan few know, a man who trained for missions with SEAL Team Six while somehow finding time to cut key provisions of Medicare."
humour  sat  paul_ryan  politics  usa 
september 2012 by niksilver
Pregnant Woman Relieved To Learn Her Rape Was Illegitimate | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
“It was absolutely horrific—I felt violated in the worst way imaginable—but thanks to Congressman Akin, I now realize it must, at some level, have been consensual after all.”
satire  humour  usa  republicans 
august 2012 by niksilver
Akin Issues Statement | TPM Editors Blog
"Senate nominee and Rep. Todd Akin has now issued a statement in response to his “legitimate rape” conception remarks. He says he misspoke and how much he empathizes with the victims of rape. But as you can see he doesn’t actually address the center of the controversy — his claim that if women are really raped (“legitimate rape”) they have biological defenses that prevent conception."
republicans  politics  usa 
august 2012 by niksilver
Top GOP Pollster to GOP: Reverse On Gay Issues - The Dish | By Andrew Sullivan - The Daily Beast
"Below is a remarkable document. It's a memo circulated by Jan van Lohuizen, a highly respected Republican pollster, [...] And the pollster's conclusion is clear: if the GOP keeps up its current rhetoric and positions on gays and lesbians, it is in danger of marginalizing itself to irrelevance or worse."
republicans  gay_rights  usa  politics 
may 2012 by niksilver
Stephen King: Tax Me, for F@%&’s Sake! - The Daily Beast
"What charitable 1 percenters can’t do is assume responsibility—America’s national responsibilities: the care of its sick and its poor, the education of its young, the repair of its failing infrastructure, the repayment of its staggering war debts. Charity from the rich can’t fix global warming or lower the price of gasoline by one single red penny. [...] That annoying responsibility stuff comes from three words that are anathema to the Tea Partiers: United American citizenry."
usa  politics  taxation  stephen_king 
may 2012 by niksilver
The women-on-women fights staged to keep us occupied | Hadley Freeman | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk
"From comments on Ann Romney to Newsweek articles, pitting women against each other is a way to distract from real issues"
usa  journalism  the_atlantic  women 
april 2012 by niksilver
Hi Roger. It's Me, Joe: The Fox Mole
"Hi. My name is Joe Muto. I was the Fox Mole. Two hours ago I was called into a meeting with Dianne Brandi, the Fox News Executive Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs and suspended indefinitely... with pay, oddly enough. They nailed me." That was pretty quick. But if you will steal data by logging in with your own username...
journalism  usa  fox_news 
april 2012 by niksilver
Announcing Our Newest Hire: A Current Fox News Channel Employee
"And I think Mitt loses points with the GOP base for his correct pronunciation of dressage. To GOP-voter ears it sounds not only gay, but even worse, French." A Fox News insider spills the beans. Regularly. This will be fun.
politics  usa  mitt_romney  fox_news 
april 2012 by niksilver
A Quantum Theory of Mitt Romney - NYTimes.com
"It doesn’t matter whether it’s a proton, neutron or Mormon: the act of observing cannot be separated from the outcome of the observation. By asking Mitt Romney how he feels about an issue, you unavoidably affect how he feels about it. More precisely, Mitt Romney will feel every possible way about an issue until the moment he is asked about it, at which point the many feelings decohere into the single answer most likely to please the asker."
quantum_physics  humour  politics  usa  mitt_romney 
april 2012 by niksilver
Trayvon Martin: George Zimmerman's account to police of the Trayvon Martin shooting. - Orlando Sentinel
The shocking story of Trayvon Martin: "Zimmerman told police he shot the teenager in self-defense. Civil-rights leaders and more than a million other people have demanded Zimmerman's arrest, calling Trayvon a victim of racial profiling and suggesting Zimmerman is a vigilante."
racism  usa  police  trayvon_martin 
march 2012 by niksilver
A VC: The Free Internet Act
"...the Senator's staff talked to us about the cybersecurity bill, which at that time had not been released. We asked how long it had been in the works. The answer was quite a while. We asked how long would be available for comment once it came out. The answer was about a month."
dopost  usa  openness  law 
february 2012 by niksilver
Who Gets to See Published Research? - Research - The Chronicle of Higher Education
"The battle over public access to federally financed research is heating up again. The basic question is this: When taxpayers help pay for scholarly research, should those taxpayers get to see the results in the form of free access to the resulting journal articles?"
dopost  usa  science  research 
january 2012 by niksilver
Please censor the Web America, the rest of us can’t wait
"Meanwhile, although SOPA and PIPA also eliminate due process and provide incentives for American companies to shut down, block access to and stop servicing U.S. and foreign websites that copyright and trademark owners allege are illegal – here in Europe we are excited by this."
copyright  satire  humour  dopost  usa  sopa 
january 2012 by niksilver
Chris Christie news conference live - why he's not running for president | World news | guardian.co.uk
Hilarious live blog... "Please leave your comments in the box below – or make use of our new audio-commentary facility by shouting loudly at the screen."
elections  live_blogging  usa  politics  humour 
october 2011 by niksilver
Microsoft's Gordon Frazer comment leads to Dutch rethink on US cloud providers - Cliff Saran’s Enterprise blog
Dutch Minister Ivo Opstelten explains the the US government can access Dutch data stored in a Microsoft cloud.
cloud_computing  government  holland  patriot_act  usa  dopost 
september 2011 by niksilver
Aaron Bradley - Google+ - The Guardian has launched www.guardiannews.com, their…
Interesting views on the first visible signs of Guardian in America: "I find launching this under the guardiannews.com domain a bit curious, but all things being equal probably better than a subdomain. I don't know if this is being served from a US IP."
guardian  usa  launch  user_experience 
september 2011 by niksilver
Seedcamp Expands; Adds €2 Million To Its Coffers, Partners With 500 Startups, AngelList | TechCrunch
Seedcamp is now able to give a bit more help to European companies looking to cross over into the USA: "Seedcamp is today announcing that they’ve formed partnerships with the likes of 500 Startups, Dave McClure’s investment firm, and AngelList, a network that connects angel investors with promising entrepreneurs."
seedcamp  investing  vcs  usa 
september 2011 by niksilver
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