Albert Einstein, when asked to describe radio, replied: "You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat."Stolen from Robert Haarman's email sig. Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 5/31/2006 12:34:00 AM 1 comments Links to this post
Top 10 Signs of the Impending U.S. Police StateI'm only listing the headings here. Read the article (the comments are interesting, especially by the <scary quotes>conservatives</scary quotes>
By Allan Uthman, Buffalo Beast. Posted May 26, 2006.From secret detention centers to warrantless wiretapping, Bush and Co. give free rein to their totalitarian impulses.
Is the U.S. becoming a police state? Here are the top 10 signs that it may well be the case.
1. The Internet Clampdown
2. "The Long War"
3. The USA PATRIOT Act
4. Prison Camps
5. Touchscreen Voting Machines
6. Signing Statements
7. Warrantless Wiretapping
8. Free Speech Zones
9. High-ranking Whistleblowers
10. The CIA Shakeup
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Teenager repellent "Mosquito" turned into ringtoneI find this pretty damn funny. I also have to call BULLSHIT! on this. I doubt that a cell phone would actually be able to playback such a high frequency sound. I doubt that the range is higher even to my poor middle-aged ears can here. I'm going to look for this ringtone however. :) Relevant Link Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 5/24/2006 04:30:00 PM 0 comments Links to this post ' . "\n"; $whichbox = ($whichbox +1) % 2; ?>
Remember the teenager repellent called Mosquito I wrote about a few days ago, the ultrasonic device that emits a sound only audible to teenagers? Shopkeepers in England have been installing them in order to prevent anti social youths from hanging out in front of their stores.
Well now techno-savvy pupils have recorded the ultra-high sound - audible only to under-20s- onto their cell phones, and are now receiving calls and text messages in class - without teachers having the faintest idea of what is going on.
The kids call it Teen Buzz, and it's spreading it from phone to phone via text messages and Bluetooth.
Former AT&T technician Mark Klein is the key witness in the Electronic Frontier Foundation's class-action lawsuit against the telecommunications company, which alleges that AT&T cooperated in an illegal National Security Agency domestic surveillance program.This is an important story. I've already mirrored the PDF here as soon as it's done uploading, which should be soon.
In a public statement Klein issued last month, he described the NSA's visit to an AT&T office. In an older, less-public statement recently acquired by Wired News, Klein goes into additional details of his discovery of an alleged surveillance operation in an AT&T building in San Francisco.
Klein supports his claim by attaching excerpts of three internal company documents: a Dec. 10, 2002, manual titled "Study Group 3, LGX/Splitter Wiring, San Francisco," a Jan. 13, 2003, document titled "SIMS, Splitter Cut-In and Test Procedure" and a second "Cut-In and Test Procedure" dated Jan. 24, 2003.
Here we present Klein's statement in its entirety, with inline links to all of the document excerpts where he cited them. You can also download the complete file here (pdf). The full AT&T documents are filed under seal in federal court in San Francisco.
The university police at Gainesville's University of Florida have targeted a graduate student in the English program over his publication of a piece of horror fiction on his LiveJournal.This is pretty stupid. My tax dollars at work. And then the police don't respond, as they should. Lt. Sharkey needs to be fired, there is no excuse for that lack of response. Speaking as a former civil servant, I am well qualified to make that statement.
Cardinal Richelieu understood the value of surveillance when he famously said, "If one would give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest man, I would find something in them to have him hanged." Watch someone long enough, and you'll find something to arrest -- or just blackmail -- with. Privacy is important because without it, surveillance information will be abused: to peep, to sell to marketers and to spy on political enemies -- whoever they happen to be at the time.I remember having a conversation with somebody about the Clipper chip when it was anounced 10 years ago or so. "You don't have to worry about it if you aren't doing anything wrong."
EXHIBIT AMy comment:
Assuming this ABC News story is accurate, this is precisely the sort of activity that I was describing in my prior post (via Billmon):That's now how these programs begin, but that's how they end.
A senior federal law enforcement official tells ABC News the government is tracking the phone numbers we (Brian Ross and Richard Esposito) call in an effort to root out confidential sources.
"It's time for you to get some new cell phones, quick," the source told us in an in-person conversation.
ABC News does not know how the government determined who we are calling, or whether our phone records were provided to the government as part of the recently-disclosed NSA collection of domestic phone calls.
Other sources have told us that phone calls and contacts by reporters for ABC News, along with the New York Times and the Washington Post, are being examined as part of a widespread CIA leak investigation.
What good would getting new cell phones do them? The phone numbers already have names attached to them, and the new phone numbers will still have their names attached to them. Now, getting pay-as-you go phone, paying with cash, bein[g] careful about who you call on that phone and probably changing phone numbers every so often (maybe exchanging phone SIMS, like people exchange those customer reward cards), and you're getting somewhere. Public phones, if you could find them for outgoing calls.Noticed I had a finger fumble and left out the g in being.
Assuming this ABC News story is accurate, this is precisely the sort of activity that I was describing in my prior post (via Billmon):A senior federal law enforcement official tells ABC News the government is tracking the phone numbers we (Brian Ross and Richard Esposito) call in an effort to root out confidential sources.My comment:
"It's time for you to get some new cell phones, quick," the source told us in an in-person conversation.
ABC News does not know how the government determined who we are calling, or whether our phone records were provided to the government as part of the recently-disclosed NSA collection of domestic phone calls.Other sources have told us that phone calls and contacts by reporters for ABC News, along with the New York Times and the Washington Post, are being examined as part of a widespread CIA leak investigation.That's now how these programs begin, but that's how they end.What good would getting new cell phones do them? The phone numbers already have names attached to them, and the new phone numbers will still have their names attached to them. Now, getting pay-as-you go phone, paying with cash, bein careful about who you call on that phone and probably changing phone numbers every so often (maybe exchanging phone SIMS, like people exchange those customer reward cards), and you're getting somewhere. Public phones, if you could find them for outgoing calls.
Tuesday, May 16
The Russians now have a better address to hit me with.
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Defense Tech was talking about the JFK carrier, which is based out of Mayport, which isn't too far from me.
Google's current satellite map shows the carrier at base, with an F-14 Tomcat on it's deck. It's pretty cool.
Once I find my screen capture utility and install that, I'll get a screen cap.Done!
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Monday, May 15
Garfield feels like an asshole
OK, actually he says that The_Rose and I have called him an asshole.
He doesn't understand. What I responded with, he probably still doesn't understand.
Here is his blog entry. And since I've seen him delete blog entries, just to get rid of the comments, this works as a backup. Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 5/15/2006 12:38:00 AM 0 comments Links to this post ' . "\n"; $whichbox = ($whichbox +1) % 2; ?>
Sunday, May 14
Quote of Note: Bruce Schneier
"It's bad civic hygiene to build an infrastructure that can be used to facilitate a police state."
Bruce Schneier, quoted here.
Via isen.blog. Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 5/14/2006 07:10:00 PM 0 comments Links to this post ' . "\n"; $whichbox = ($whichbox +1) % 2; ?>
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Gee the NSA is monitoring domestic phone calls. I wish I could say I was surprised, but in today's political headroom, I can believe it. This could be quite interesting:More InformationThe mininum fines could be quite astronomical, if this ever gets in front of a judge. Welcome to 1984, Orwell was just a little ahead of his time.
Section 2702 of Title 18, part of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, provides that "a provider of ... electronic communication service [including telephone service] to the public shall not knowingly divulge a record or other information pertaining to a subscriber to or customer of such service ... to any governmental entity" without the customer's consent or a subpoena or court order. Under section 2707, carriers face civil liability, including minimum damages of $1,000 per violation, punitive damages, and attorneys fees. Government employees who participated in a violation also may face administrative discipline.
Calling this a facist state is a misnomer, but I don't know what else to call it. The Constitution has been eroded severely, and the people that should be correcting this won't. They either think it helps them, they believe in the "cause" of trading freedom for security, both, or I don't know. Relevant Link Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 5/14/2006 06:52:00 PM 0 comments Links to this post ' . "\n"; $whichbox = ($whichbox +1) % 2; ?>
Saturday, May 13
Just how conservative/liberal am I?
Your Political Profile: Overall: 35% Conservative, 65% Liberal Social Issues: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal Personal Responsibility: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal Fiscal Issues: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal Ethics: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal Defense and Crime: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal
Tuesday, May 9
This is a quick note that hopefully lets everyone know I'm still alive.
I can't say that for my computer however. :-(
I'm on a new hard drive, and a new install of Windows 2003. Symantec AV screwed me over, and turned my nice machine into something looking like sludge (Bill A., if you're reading this, then you definately understand!) Then Roxio kept wanting to re-install Napster (Why? I took it out the first time!). I couldn't find my old CDs (I have since), and decided to run the next version, which I left running while I ran to a doctor's appointment. I was worried when I ran into JEA (the electric company) working on lines just down the road from my house.
Got back, and sure enough, they managed to drop the electricity to kill my machine and make sure I had to reset a bunch of clocks. But my machine wouldn't boot. It just (seemingly) hung. I turned off system reset on recovery, and had a BSOD. A bad driver (gee, you think so?).
I have replaced the wornout UPS with another UPS (batter is replaceable on the old one, which I will be doing), installed another hard drive (to try and rescue what I can from it, which I thought would be everything), got Windows 2003 reinstalled, and mostly configured. But when I wanted to get some data back, my one time trip with Sysinternal's ERD screwed me royal, as I no longer have a user profile. Not even a subdirectory. It has been changed into a 4 meg file. No inbox from my Thunderbird, nothing to be restored from my desktop. I got hosed. Tried to unerase anything, and it's gone. CHKDSK doesn't even show anything amiss, so I got raped with a big screw.
I'm currently trying to copy some data over (about 100 gigs - OK, that's done now) and have done what I can without rebooting with a bunch of installed stuff. Here's hoping that this works, after I publish this and do a reboot.
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