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"The Senate Wants To Let The FBI See Your Browser History. This Democrat Is Trying To Stop It." - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ron-wyden-fbi-browser-history_us_5771a7cae4b017b379f71469?section=
“If you know what websites a person is visiting, it’s akin to spying on their thoughts."
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We're calling for a worldwide day of action to stop the Rule 41 changes. Help us defend privacy.
EFF Calls for a Day of Action on June 21. Please join us. The Department of Justice is using an obscure procedure to push through a rule change that will greatly increase law enforcement’s ability to hack into computers located around the world. It’s an update to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. If Congress does nothing, this massive change will automatically go into effect on December 1.
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30ish years should be enough.
 
The TPP expands copyright rules to ridiculous levels in many countries, including extending copyright terms at a time when there is no sound basis for advocating for extending copyright terms. And the "requiring fair and reasonable copyright exceptions and limitations that protect the Internet" is just wrong. Yes, it's true that for the first time the USTR actually acknowledges user rights in such an agreement. In the past, all such trade agreements only focused on expanding copyright holder rights. So you can argue that's progress. But the details showed that it's not creating "fair and reasonable copyright exceptions and limitations," but instead pushing a misleading tool that will limit the way countries can explore fair use, and (even more important) makes the fair use stuff optional. Google claiming that it requires such things is just... wrong.
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Jeff Bleich analyzes Trump vs the Constitution... it's not pretty. There's always the temptation of the authoritarian "strong" man. That's why we have a constitution.

"The America Donald Trump Would Make (Again)" - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeff-bleich/the-america-donald-trump-_b_10307514.html
While Americans never have, and probably never will, agree on most things, the Constitution is the one statement on which we all agree. It sets forth wh...
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Follow-up to +Andreas Schou
 
This is the most demonically clever computer security attack I've seen in years. It's a fabrication-time attack: that is, it's an attack which can be performed by someone who has access to the microchip fabrication facility, and it lets them insert a nearly undetectable backdoor into the chips themselves. (If you're wondering who might want to do such a thing, think "state-level actors")

The attack starts with a chip design which has already been routed -- i.e., it's gone from a high-level design in terms of registers and data, to a low-level design in terms of gates and transistors, all the way to a physical layout of how the wires and silicon will be laid out. But instead of adding a chunk of new circuitry (which would take up space), or modifying existing circuitry significantly (which could be detected), it adds nothing more than a single logic gate in a piece of empty space.

When a wire next to this booby-trap gate flips from off to on, the electromagnetic fields it emits add a little bit of charge to a capacitor inside the gate. If it just happens once, that charge bleeds off, and nothing happens. But if that wire is flipped on and off rapidly, it accumulates in the capacitor until it passes a threshold -- at which point it triggers that gate, which flips a target flip-flop (switch) inside the chip from off to on.

If you pick a wire which normally doesn't flip on and off rapidly, and you target a vulnerable switch -- say, the switch between user and supervisor mode -- then you have a modification to the chip which is too tiny to notice, which is invisible to all known forms of detection, and if you know the correct magic incantation (in software) to flip that wire rapidly, will suddenly give you supervisor-mode access to the chip. (Supervisor mode is the mode the heart of the operating system runs in; in this mode, you have access to all the computer's memory, rather than just to your own application's)

The authors of this paper came up with the idea and built an actual microchip with such a backdoor in it, using the open-source OR1200 chip as their target. I don't know if I want to guess how many three-letter agencies have already had the same idea, or what fraction of chips in the wild already have such a backdoor in them.

As +Andreas Schou said in his share, "Okay. That's it. I give up. Security is impossible."
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"The Thing in Trump's Taxes That Will End Him" - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/eric-schmeltzer/the-thing-in-trumps-taxes_b_10005568.html

This makes sense - his ego and his public image is so tied to "Donald Trump the gazillionaire"... He's been padding his net worth for ages. His primary asset isn't money, it's his celebrity/brand - witness his putting his name on everything he touches. 
The newest media parlor game is wondering what Donald Trump could possibly be hiding in his taxes. Could it be low charitable donations? Could it be fi...
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House leaders politicized the Orlando Pulse shooting to preserve government powers for unconstitutional warrantless searches.
After hurdling procedural barriers, a congressional attempt to protect privacy and encryption failed on the House floor yesterday, falling short of a majority by a mere 24 votes.
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If there's any moment Sen. Chris Murphy wants people to share from the 15-hour floor speech, it's his emotional final words.
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“He’s not a billionaire. I’m a billionaire. He’s a clown living on credit.”

Even his fanfic financial statements don’t show enough liquid cash to run a full national campaign.
Trump’s campaign is flat broke and the GOP is $970m short of where it was under Romney.
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It's official.. Edge team is implementing ServiceWorker!

In related news, Fetch API is in EdgeHTML 14: bit.ly/1OV2aO0

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In this paper, we show how a fabrication-time attacker can leverage analog circuits to create a hardware attack that is small (i.e., requires as little as one gate) and stealthy (i.e., requires an unlikely trigger sequence before effecting a chip’s functionality). In the open spaces of an already placed and routed design, we construct a circuit that uses capacitors to siphon charge from nearby wires as they transition between digital values. When the capacitors fully charge, they deploy an attack that forces a victim flip-flop to a desired value. We weaponize this attack into a remotely-controllable privilege escalation by attaching the capacitor to a wire controllable and by selecting a victim flip-flop that holds the privilege bit for our processor.

Okay. That's it. I give up. Security is impossible. 
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Not deep detailed reviews, but interesting.  We definitely come off well on speed and features.
We rank the best internet browsers with side-by-side comparisons. Compare features and speed, read in-depth reviews and Learning Center articles, and browse hundreds of screenshots.
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San Juan - Android Apps on Google Play
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★★★★★ The exciting card game based on the award-winning strategy game Puerto Rico is now available for your Android device! ★★

Paris Terrorists Use Double ROT-13 Encryption - Schneier on Security
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"Yet news emerging from Paris -- as well as evidence from a Belgian ISIS raid in January -- suggests that the ISIS terror networks involved

40,000 year old bracelet from extinct human species discovered
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In what is quite an amazing discovery, scientists have confirmed that a bracelet found in Siberia is 40,000 years old. This makes it the old

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We are happy to share that the first Firefox OS smartphones went on sale in Senegal and Madagascar this week. This follows an announcement f

Moving the Goalposts Part I: "vaxxers" and climate denialism
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Back to the core dilemma of our era: rousing future-oriented folk (like you) to fight back against a wave of troglodytism that threatens our

Diamonds Are Bullshit
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Homeworld Remastered review: There's no place like Home(world)
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Homeworld is just as revolutionary in 2015 as it was in 1999—and now it looks great too.

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Great! Fantastic food, top-notch service, nice ambiance. And very friendly to kids. It's not on their online menu, but they have a kids menu, crayons, pages to color. They have a cool room for larger parties (up to ~8) in their wine cellar. Quieter, private, charming. The food is wonderful - everyone loved what they got. The braised short ribs were fall-apart tender. The salad special was fantastic. And the chocolate souffle - don't miss it, and tell them you want it when you order as it takes ~40 minutes to make.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Excellent. Really good toppings, especially the mushrooms and sausage. Sauce is good; doesn't overpower other flavors by being too sweet. Looking forward to trying their other menu items. And delivers (hot!) to Valley Forge Mountain!
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Ate in the Japanese room upstairs. Wonderful sushi; especially the tempura lobster roll and the Rainbow roll. They have a few very nice traditional tatami rooms as well, and some nook-type western seating plus an area of tables (but not a huge expanse, it's reasonably intimate). Very nice.
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Very Good
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
Total hole-in-the-wall, crowded downstairs (there are more tables upstairs that get you away from the crush of people ordering). Wonderful food. We especially liked the Chicken Bhartha, the Paneer Chili Masala, their Naan, and the Paneer Saag. The Chicken Tikka Masala was quite good, and the chicken was especially tender. I would go there again in an instant. Anytime near dinnertime there's a serious crush downstairs to order. We ate there with two very young kids (upstairs), and they were very helpful and understanding about little kids not being very neat with eating rice.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: Poor - FairService: Very Good
Public - 4 years ago
reviewed 4 years ago
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Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Fantastic food, great lunch buffet, super friendly. Been going there for 10 years.
Food: ExcellentDecor: GoodService: Excellent
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
The best place in the Philadelphia area for Rhododendrons and Azaleas, and one of the best on the east coast
Public - 4 years ago
reviewed 4 years ago