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This is the big story in tech today: 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/nsa-infiltrates-links-to-yahoo-google-data-centers-worldwide-snowden-documents-say/2013/10/30/e51d661e-4166-11e3-8b74-d89d714ca4dd_story.html 

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I'm just going to post my thoughts on this. Standard disclaimer: They are my own thoughts, and not those of my employer.

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Fuck these guys. 

I've spent the last ten years of my life trying to keep Google's users safe and secure from the many diverse threats Google faces.

I've seen armies of machines DOS-ing Google. I've seen worms DOS'ing Google to find vulnerabilities in other people's software. I've seen criminal gangs figure out malware. I've seen spyware masquerading as toolbars so thick it breaks computers because it interferes with the other spyware.

I've even seen oppressive governments use state sponsored hacking to target dissidents.

But even though we suspected this was happening, it still makes me terribly sad. It makes me sad because I believe in America. 

Not in that flag-waving bullshit we've-got-our-big-trucks-and-bigger-tanks sort of way, but in the way that you can looked a good friend who has a lot of flaws, but every time you meet him, you think, "That guy still has some good ideas going on".

But after spending all that time helping in my tiny way to protect Google -- one of the greatest things to arise from the internet -- seeing this, well, it's just a little like coming home from War with Sauron, destroying the One Ring, only to discover the NSA is on the front porch of the Shire chopping down the Party Tree and outsourcing all the hobbit farmers with half-orcs and whips. 

The US has to be better than this; but I guess in the interim, that security job is looking a lot more like a Sisyphus thing than ever. 

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Also of note, this article from September may call some recent technical decisions into relief: 

http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-09-06/business/41831756_1_encryption-data-centers-intelligence-agencies

#nsa   #surveillancestate  
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FBI raided #Anonymous Hacker house, who exposed #Steubenville Rapists , May face up to 10 years of jail ... more than the Rapist 

Read more @ http://thehackernews.com/2013/06/fbi-raided-anonymous-hacker-house-who.html
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Sure! Give it a shot. lol As if any of us have any privacy anymore. But I doubt you will be more violated should you choose to follow the link.
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Wanted to play Roll It but I got the “Seems your device doesn't support the modern web technologies required to Roll It” message. Guess my Droid X has finally failed me and must be replaced.
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32-way Raspberry Pi Cluster Built By US PhD Candidate

Originally developed to make computing cheap and available to as many people as possible, the #RaspberryPi has found its way into Joshua Kiepert’s research project, in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at Boise State. #Linux  

http://www.linuxnewshere.com.au/index.php/32-way-raspberry-pi-cluster-built-by-us-phd-candidate
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Wow
 
As seen on reddit...

Yes, Linux moves fast, faster than anything else, and that's a good thing, as it's a changing world, and that world isn't slowing down anytime soon.
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I was actually pretty surprised by the price. Expected way more. It's not a cheap impulse purchase, but I'm gonna pick one up, for sure.
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Precisely
 
Couldn't agree more.

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