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"We need to fix this. This is exactly the sort of thing a congressional investigation is for. This whole process needs a lot more transparency, oversight, and accountability. It needs guiding principles that prioritize security over surveillance."

You would think the mission of the National Security Agency would be improving security, but here they are provable making all of us less secure by non-disclosure.
 
The NSA is Hoarding Vulnerabilities. The National Security Agency is lying to us. We know that because of data stolen from an NSA server was dumped on the internet. The agency is hoarding information about security vulnerabilities in the products you use, because it wants to use it to hack ...
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In Boston, a team of researchers from MIT, Harvard, Duke, and the University of Michigan, conducted a RCT and found: "The charter school effects reported here are therefore large enough to reduce the black-white reading gap in middle school by two-thirds."
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I've watched the episode now. I wouldn't say John Oliver was criticizing charter schools at all. Most of the things Gillespie criticizes are not even things Oliver said; they're things he briefly mentioned that critics of charter schools claim immediately before making the disclaimer that +Gary Virta​ mentioned.

It sounds almost like Gillespie has an axe to grind with John Oliver, since he makes such a straw man of the episode. He didn't even really address the main points on the show. I also thought it was odd that he refers to charters as "publicly funded K-12 schools that are given more autonomy than conventional ... public schools", and never called them privately run schools that are publicly funded. But that's neither here nor there.
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This is an example of great journalism. Note that this is a criticism of Snopes, and a criticism of biased journalism, while actually offering a defense of Clinton at the same time.

While they decide, "Did Clinton’s efforts on behalf of the rapist make him a free man long, long before he would have been without Clinton’s efforts? Unquestionably", they conclude, "Conclusion: Snopes was dishonestly spinning for Hillary, even though what she had done in this case was simply competent lawyering, and entirely honorable.
As I explained here, there was nothing wrong, unethical or hypocritical about Clinton’s work in this case."

Which is exactly the correct conclusion. Snopes is wrong to put a pro-Clinton spin on the claim by talking about how reluctant she was to take the case, and other non-sense, but that doesn't mean that taking the case makes Clinton a bad person. In a just society, the worst of us have to have access to competent legal counsel to ensure that the innocent in society have protection from wrongful prosecution. Sadly, that's an idea that is lost on a lot of Americans, and Snopes' misguided defense of Hillary Clinton does nothing to help educate people of that reality.

http://yournewswire.com/snopes-caught-lying-for-hillary-again-questions-raised/
Snopes has been caught lying again, proving that it is willing to mislead and deceive its readers in order to advance the cause of Hillary Clinton.
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A number of problems with this FastCompany article:

Here's something you might not realize about your phones, tablets, and laptops: For the most part, they're adaptations of software "kernels" that are quite old. Android uses the Linux kernel, which began development in 1991.

Let's pretend the Linux Kernel is not an actively maintained project with a large number of contributors, sponsored by a foundation, which is releasing updated kernels with expanded capabilities all the time.

A general-purpose operating system like Linux can also be less secure for Internet of Things applications

I don't believe for a second this isn't going to be a general purpose operating system.

Supalla speculates that Fuchsia is an attempt to get the best of both worlds between Linux—which is still better at allowing apps and hardware to communicate through the operating system—and today's embedded systems, such as FreeRTOS and ThreadX.

Now we might be getting somewhere. It's likely Google wants an OS that can be used everywhere, from smartphones and laptops to... self driving cars?

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=12273095

Purple - A system with high performance graphics, low-latency input, and a beautiful UI.
Pink - An incredibly modular system for developers and users.
If you hang out on #fuchsia long enough you will realize that we are all a bunch of OS nerds that have worked on many, many systems in the past (BeOS, ChromeOS, Android, webOS, QNX, DangerOS, iOS, MacOS, ...)

Chris McKillop is a "Current Googler, ex-Apple (original iPhone team), ex-Palm (original webOS team)". His LinkedIn profile describes him as a Product and Engineering Lead at Google, as well as Connected Car Expo.

It's not hard to imagine the advantages of an RTOS for a self-driving care, which can respond to events, like obstacles in the road, with a very predictable reaction time, while also having a modular system enabling developers to build applications for entertainment and other features into the vehicle.

https://www.fastcompany.com/3063006/why-on-earth-is-google-building-a-new-operating-system-from-scratch
Its latest operating system experiment throws out decades of software history in pursuit of smaller-scale devices.
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I'd also question the "From Scratch" part.

It may be a kernel up approach, but they're obviously building on existing work.
https://github.com/fuchsia-mirror/fortune
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They literally intercepted and added malicious payloads to physical installation media. Think about that the next time you use curl, pipe, bash to install an application without HTTPS, or using cURL's '-k' flag.

"It wasn't the first time the operators... had secretly intercepted a package in transit, booby-trapped its contents, and sent it to its intended destination. In 2002 or 2003, Equation Group members did something similar with an Oracle database installation CD in order to infect a different target with malware from the group's extensive library."

http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/02/how-omnipotent-hackers-tied-to-the-nsa-hid-for-14-years-and-were-found-at-last/
"Equation Group" ran the most advanced hacking operation ever uncovered.
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"Out of the 300 or so domains used, about 20 were allowed to expire. Kaspersky quickly registered the domains and, over the past ten months, has used them to "sinkhole" the command channels." Covering all tracks is hard.
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Even though they're receiving this information on Flash drives, this is facilitated by the internet, probably the most democratizing invention in human history... easy access to information.
 
Intersting!
On a recent trip to Cuba I brought with me a smartphone and hoped to get Internet access either via WiFi or 3G. I managed that (at a price) but also saw for myself how Cubans get access to an alternate Internet delivered by sneakernet. Cuba is currently poorly served
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What does the fox say?
 
Random discovery: You can ask Google what sound any animal makes -- and it'll give you an audio answer.

My 18-month-old is gonna love this.

(Works on both desktop and mobile.)
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Different levels of awareness? Sounds like, "I'm right, but won't hold it against you if you're stupid." That sounds pretty unaware to me. People have different perspectives and values. It doesn't make one right and anything else wrong.
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This is the appropriate way to deal with racists and bigots, ostracism and exile.
 
In which Australians manage not disgrace themselves or their country during an incident on public transport.
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You don't have to dig into the code to guess at possible purposes of this OS.

"This is just speculation for now, and the only real description we have of Fuchsia is what it says at the top of the GitHub page: "Pink + Purple == Fuchsia (a new Operating System).""

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taligent
Pink was to be a completely new object-oriented OS implemented in C++ on top of a new microkernel, running a new GUI that nevertheless looked and felt like the existing Mac. In addition to running programs written for Pink, the system was to be capable of running existing Mac OS programs. Many ideas from the red cards were later folded in.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPhone_(1st_generation)
Steve Jobs conceived an idea of using a multi-touch touchscreen to interact with a computer in a way in which he could type directly onto the display, essentially removing the physical keyboard and mouse, the same as a tablet computer. Jobs recruited a group of Apple engineers to investigate the idea as a side project. When Jobs reviewed the prototype and its user interface, he conceived a second idea of implementing the technology onto a mobile phone. The whole effort was called Project Purple 2 and began in 2005.

So, microkernel based, easy to develop for, and possibly able to run existing applications (with a kernel based Virtual machine?), and simple, and easy to use, able to run on mobile and embedded devices?

http://www.theverge.com/2016/8/15/12480566/google-fuchsia-new-operating-system
Here's a puzzle: Google appears to have started work on a completely new operating system, but no one knows quite what it's for. The project's name is Fuchsia, and it currently exists as a growing...
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I didn't either. I just Googled "Purple OS" and "Pink OS".

After some more Google investigation, I found the HackerNews comments in my next post:
https://plus.google.com/+ChrisKnutson/posts/eQxJ2TdX5m3
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Yes. As long as it has batteries. It's in great shape.
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Pretty decent list, but I actually like the name, "The Equation Group". Mathy, ergo, crypto, ergo sophisticated and elite.

https://motherboard.vice.com/read/hacking-group-names-ranked
What are the best names in the cyber hacking world?
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