Yahoo Inc last year secretly built a custom software program to search all of its customers’ incoming emails for specific information provided by U.S. intelligence officials.
By coincidence, I happened to be on the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s website reading about how to protect my privacy online.
Seems like that is a lost cause.
The U.S. government is reading everything. Wikipedia has a recent list of all of their mass surveillance programs:
- Boundless Informant: A system deployed by the National Security Agency to analyze global electronic information. In March 2013, Boundless Informant gathered 14 billion data reports from Iran, 6.3 billion from India, and 2.8 billion from the United States.
- BULLRUN: a highly classified U.S. National Security Agency program to preserve its ability to eavesdrop on encrypted communications by influencing and weakening encryption standards, by obtaining master encryption keys, and by gaining access to data before or after it is encrypted either by agreement, by force of law, or by computer network exploitation (hacking).
- Carnivore: A system implemented by the Federal Bureau of Investigation that was designed to monitor email and electronic communications. Apparently replaced by commercial software such as NarusInsight.
- Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative
- DCSNet: The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)’s point-and-click surveillance system that can perform instant wiretaps on any telecommunications device located in the United States.
- Fairview: A mass surveillance program directed at foreign mobile phone users.
- Financial Crimes Enforcement Network: A bureau of the Department of the Treasury that collects and analyzes financial transactions in order to combat financial crimes.
- ICREACH: Surveillance frontend GUI that is shared with 23 government agencies, including the CIA, DEA, and FBI, to search illegally collected personal records.
- Magic Lantern: A keystroke logging software deployed by the FBI in the form of an e-mail attachment. When activated, it acts as a trojan horse and allows the FBI to decrypt user communications.
- Main Core: A personal and financial database storing information of millions of U.S. citizens believed to be threats to national security. The data mostly comes from the NSA, FBI, CIA, as well as other government sources.
- MAINWAY: NSA database containing metadata for hundreds of billions of telephone calls made through the four largest telephone carriers in the United States.
- MUSCULAR: Overseas wiretapping of Google’s and Yahoo’s unencrypted internal networks by the NSA.
- MYSTIC is a voice interception program used by the National Security Agency.
- Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative: Under this government initiative, a Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) may be filed by law enforcers, public safety personnel, owners of critical infrastructure or the general public.
- NSA ANT catalog: a 50-page document listing technology available to the United States National Security Agency (NSA) ANT division to aid in cyber-surveillance.
- PRISM: A clandestine national security electronic surveillance program operated by the United States National Security Agency (NSA) which can target customers of participating corporations outside or inside the United States.
- Room 641A: A telecommunication interception facility operated by AT&T for the U.S. National Security Agency.
- Sentry Eagle: efforts to monitor and attack an adversary’s cyberspace through capabilities include SIGINT, Computer Network Exploitation (CNE), Information Assurance, Computer Network Defense (CND), Network Warfare, and Computer Network Attack (CNA). The efforts included weakening US commercial encryption systems.
- Special Collection Service (SCS): A black budget program that is responsible for “close surveillance, burglary, wiretapping, breaking and entering.” It employs covert listening device technologies to bug foreign embassies, communications centers, computer facilities, fiber-optic networks, and government installations.
- Stellar Wind (code name): The open secret code name for four surveillance programs.
- Tailored Access Operations: Intelligence-gathering unit of the NSA that is capable of harvesting approximately 2 petabytes of data per hour.
- Terrorist Finance Tracking Program: A joint initiative run by the CIA and the Department of the Treasury to access the SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication) transaction database as part of the Bush administration’s “Global War on Terrorism”. According to the U.S. government, its efforts to counter terrorist activities were compromised after the existence of the Terrorist Finance Tracking Program was leaked to the media.
- Turbulance (NSA): Turbulence is a United States National Security Agency (NSA) information-technology project started circa 2005. It was developed in small, inexpensive “test” pieces rather than one grand plan like its failed predecessor, the Trailblazer Project. It also includes offensive cyberwarfare capabilities, like injecting malware into remote computers. The U.S. Congress criticized the project in 2007 for having similar bureaucratic problems as the Trailblazer Project.
- US Intelligence Community (IC): A cooperative federation of 16 government agencies working together, but also separately, to gather intelligence and conduct espionage.
- Utah Data Center: The Intelligence Community’s US$1.5 billion data storage center that is designed to store extremely large amounts of data, on the scale of yottabytes.
- X-Keyscore: A system used by the United States National Security Agency for searching and analysing internet data about foreign nationals.
Canada also spies on its citizens with a massive secret surveillance program.
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First it was the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 catching fire.
Then it was Samsung washing machines exploding.
Looks like Samsung tablets can also generate a bit of heat.
Some of my friends asked me for my thoughts about the issues at Samsung.
I think a few Samsung executives should be fired.
To capitalize on the new design feature, I think Samsung should rename the Galaxy Note 7 to the Galaxy Supernova.
I do agree that the sales of Samsung devices have ignited over the past few months.
I think Samsung should take over the manufacturing of the Kindle Fire for Amazon.
And, finally, I think that Samsung’s warranty statement should be revised to the following:
The warranty on your Samsung product does not cover the following: Accidents, fire, Acts of God, fire, lightning, fire, water, fire, public disturbances, fire, improper ventilation, fire, voltage fluctuations, fire or any cause beyond the control of Samsung such as fire.
I’m here all week.
Back in April last year, I was complaining about a stunning guitar that I have as part of my collection: a Collings CL Deluxe.
I hardly ever play it. Why? Because the instrument is simply too polite. I’m not sure what else to say about it. Flawlessly hand built, it is one of the most wonderfully crafted instruments I have ever played.
But the tone? Only so so.
My 76 Les Paul has more character than the Collings CL Deluxe.
Last year I thought about dropping in a different set of humbuckers. I did not get around to doing so for a variety of reasons. And I thought about selling the instrument. On the used market, these guitars are selling well over the $5,000 mark. Clearly collectible. Perhaps worth holding on to this particular guitar more as an investment.
That said, I am now debating pulling out the Lollar Imperials and dropping in a set of ThroBak Pro-90s.
The pickups are described this way:
The ThroBak PRO-90, humbucker sized P90, duplicates the construction, materials, and growl of a vintage P90 pickup by using ThroBak’s proprietary Vintage Core™ specifications. The ThroBak PRO-90 brings a new level of authentic tone and feel to players seeking 50’s P-90 growl making these the best humbucker sized P90 in their class. 100% USA made.
I’m still a bit hesitant to try the change. The pickups are expensive and I really do not have an option to try before I buy. And I am still feeling very guilty about leaving this instrument in the case. I’d love to take it out and play it.
I have a major event coming up in December. Maybe I should just get the Pro-90s and get the Collings out for that event.
The video is a bit long for many people who browse the Internet however, if you are a guitar enthusiast, this is a fascinating look into how a master builds a guitar.
A friend passed me this story which reads in part:
This protest outside the UberEats office in south London on August 26 is one of the first industrial disputes to hit the city’s so-called gig economy. It is a strange clash. These are workers without a workplace, striking against a company that does not employ them. They are managed not by people but by an algorithm that communicates with them via their smartphones. And what they are rebelling against is an app update.
- Those that own and control capital (owners of the algorithms)
- Those that tend to and build the algorithms for the capitalists (technocrats)
- Those that compete for lousy wages to serve the capitalists and the technocrats (the other 99%)
That might be a very frightening society.
It’s official. Our last child is on his way.
Matthew heads off to University tomorrow morning. I am both happy and sad.
Happy because of the joy that he brought into our home and into our lives.
Sad because I will miss him like crazy.
This was tough when my daughter left home. And it was just as tough when my oldest son left home. They were both boomerang kids, they returned home after their University years as they made their transition to becoming fully independent adults. It was nice to have them back home again for a few years.
I’ve told Matthew that there won’t be the same opportunity for him to boomerang. We will be retired when he finishes his degree and we will be travelling.
He will always be welcome to stay with us of course. There will always be a place for him in our travels. But my sense is that he is very keen to find his own way in life.
An amazing young man with so much promise.
His leaving home is a major milestone in life.
This part of being a parent is not easy.
From a recent chat with Lorraine:
On Thu, Sep 1, 2016 at 12:21 PM, Lorraine Cleaver wrote:
Ok. So do we just use this one with the back backer or do we use the old bracket off the old projector
On Thu, Sep 1, 2016, at 12:23 PM, Richard Cleaver wrote:
Hmmm… what is a back backer?
On Thu, Sep 1, 2016 at 12:25 PM, Lorraine Cleaver wrote:
On Thu, Sep 1, 2016, at 12:26 PM, Richard Cleaver wrote:
Wee wound kneed the hold bracelets oaf the owl protector. The back backers art fined.