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Another Stupid Idea Bites the Dust

Saturday, July 18th, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

Did I miss something? Was the world clamoring for self-driving cars? Which moron thought this up? Google revealed that one of its self-driving car prototypes was involved in an injury accident for the first time. In the collision, a Lexus sport utility vehicle that the tech giant outfitted with sensors and cameras was rear-ended in Google’s […]

GOPs Call for OPM Director to Be Sacked as Data Breach Victims Quintuple

Thursday, July 9th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Republican lawmakers were calling for the Office of Personnel Management director’s head today after it was revealed that the data breach affected more than five times as many people as originally reported. In June, OPM said they “recently became aware of a cybersecurity incident affecting its systems and data that may have compromised the personal […]

NYSE, Wall Street Journal, United Airlines All Have Tech Crashes

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The New York Stock Exchange stopped all trading today: (1 of 2) We’re experiencing a technical issue that we’re working to resolve as quickly as possible. — NYSE (@NYSE) July 8, 2015 (2 of 2) We’re doing our utmost to produce a swift resolution & will be providing further updates as soon as we can. […]

Drone Operators Warned: Stop Flying Them Over Wildfires

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

A government and industry campaign to encourage safe drone operation wants people to stop flying their drones into wildfires. The warning from Know Before You Fly comes after a drone incident late last month that “could’ve killed everybody in the air” fighting the massive Lake Fire in the San Bernardino Mountains. According to the San […]

Just What We Need: Computers with Attitude

Monday, June 29th, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

Artificial intelligence is rapidly becoming a reality. And so is AI sass: Researchers have shown that machines are inching closer to self-learning, and perhaps even copping a little attitude. Over at Google, a computer program using a database of movie scripts was asked again and again by researchers to define morality. It struggles to do […]

Big Brother Fed Uses Biodata to Track School Lunch Choices

Monday, June 22nd, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

From EAG News: A Pennsylvania school district is scanning students’ thumbprints, tracking all of their lunch purchases, and turning the data over to the federal government. The Hazleton Area School District recently announced it would be providing free meals to all students, regardless of need. The move comes after the federal government began incentivizing school […]

Good News for Agoraphobes: Amazon to Deliver by Drone within 30 Minutes

Thursday, June 18th, 2015 - by Liz Sheld

If you have a proclivity toward agoraphobia or prefer not to leave your house, Amazon has something special for you. On Wednesday, online retailer Amazon told Congress the company is developing the means to deliver items within 30 minutes via drone. Using commercial drones to quickly deliver packages is probably years away. But when government […]

Report: One of OPM’s IT Contractors Was Located in Mainland China

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 - by Debra Heine

During Tuesday’s House Oversight hearing probe on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) hack, Director Katherine Archuleta was repeatedly asked by Chairman Jason Chaffetz why the systems had not been protected with encryption prior to the  discovery of the breach. Archuleta hemmed and hawed, finally answering that “t is not feasible to implement on networks that are too old” […]

China Reportedly Behind Massive Hack of Federal Employees’ Personal Information

Thursday, June 4th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The Office of Personnel Management revealed that millions of federal employees had their personal information comprised by a major hacking operation. In a statement today, OPM said they “recently became aware of a cybersecurity incident affecting its systems and data that may have compromised the personal information of current and former Federal employees.” “Within the […]

Even Obama’s EPA Isn’t Buying the Lies About Fracking and Drinking Water

Thursday, June 4th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Tough break, enviroloons. A long-awaited EPA report released Thursday found no signs of “widespread, systemic” drinking water pollution caused by fracking — a conclusion that offers a victory to the oil and gas industry and a major blow to a wave of grassroots anti-drilling movements sprouting across the country. The results of EPA’s years-long fracking […]

Chris Christie Declares NJ Will Drop Common Core?

Friday, May 29th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

In 2010, New Jersey’s RINO Governor Chris Christie declared that Common Core was ”one of those areas where I have agreed more with (President Obama) than not.” Five years later, with his eyes set on the Republican Presidential nomination, he’s changed his mind. On Thursday, Christie reversed his 2010 decision that made New Jersey one of […]

The ACLU and Tea Party Join Forces to Stop the NSA

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 - by Liz Sheld

Amen. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Tea Party Patriots have joined forces to campaign against the re-authorization of the Patriot Act. The two groups are running joint ads in Iowa and New Hampshire, urging the Senate to stop the government snooping. MSNBC writes, “The unlikely duo’s television ads, which begin Tuesday in Iowa, […]

Will the Senate Leave for Vacation without Handling the Patriot Act Expiration?

Monday, May 18th, 2015 - by Liz Sheld

The Senate is planning on heading out of DC for their Memorial Day week long holiday, but they could leave some unfinished business behind. This week is a busy one for the Senate as legislators are still working out details of that pesky trade bill and the deadline for re-authorizing the Patriot Act is looming. […]

[WATCH] No Models in this Fashion Show, Clothes Hit the Runway Carried by Drones at Silicon Valley Fashion Week

Monday, May 18th, 2015 - by The Tatler

San Francisco’s “Betabrand” passed on the traditional catwalk models for its Silicon Valley fashion show. The company has a cult-like following among the tech crowd, and what could be more appropriate than having drones run (or fly) down the catwalk with the company’s fashions? “Many of our ideas are coming from this community and we’re […]

WATCH: 2 ‘Jetmen’ Fly Over Dubai Wearing Rocket Packs

Thursday, May 14th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Yves Rossy, aka “Jetman,” and his buddy Jetman Dubai Vince took a flight over Dubai this week using Rossy’s own jetpacks. The footage alone is phenomenal, putting Disney’s Rocketeer to shame. The question is, how long will it be before these jet packs are commercially available for consumer use? After all, it is 2015. Weren’t we […]

Rand Threatens Filibuster on Patriot Act Surveillance Reauthorization

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 - by Liz Sheld

On Monday, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) threatened to filibuster any attempt to reauthorize the sections of the Patriot Act that permit dragnet data collection operations. “I’m going to lead the charge in the next couple of weeks as the Patriot Act comes forward,” Paul told the New Hampshire Union Leader. “We will be filibustering. We […]

Senate Intel Chair: We Are at Pre-9/11 after NSA Ruling

Monday, May 11th, 2015 - by The Tatler

Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Richard Byrd (R-NC) appeared on ABC’s “This Week” and said the federal appeals court’s ruling last week puts the U.S. at pre-9/11 intelligence levels. “That turns us back to pre-9/11,” he told host Martha Raddatz of Thursday’s decision by a federal appeals court. “Well, there’s no absolute,” Burr said. “I can […]

Court: No Warrant Needed to Get Your Cellphone Location Data

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 - by Liz Sheld

In practical terms, the big takeaway from this story is that if you are going to commit a crime, leave your cellphone at home. Yesterday the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals decided that law enforcement agents do not need a search warrant to get cellphone location records from your cell phone service provider. The court […]

The Greatest Threat to Space Exploration: Manifest Failure

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Welcome to Generation Whatever. Forget Kirk versus Picard. There’s a new Captain in town named Barack and his bidding with the final frontier is finally coming to fruition. Sure, we can explore Mars, but why even bother? We’ll just screw that up, too: The white, male European conquerors of the New World and 19th-century American […]

(At Least) Three Reasons Why Government Being in the Broadband Business is a Terrible Idea

Monday, April 27th, 2015 - by Seton Motley

Likely the least regulated private economic sector going into the Age of the Barack Obama Administration – at least at the federal level – was the Internet.  Which is largely why the Web has become an ever-evolving, free speech-free market Xanadu. This Administration views this is a tremendous failing – that they are rushing to […]

Man Shoots Computer, Cited by Police

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 - by The Tatler

A man in Colorado got a little frustrated with his home computer and pumped eight bullets into the machine. He was cited by police. Lucas Hinch, 37, of Colorado Springs, accepted his citation with good humor, police told the Colorado Springs Gazette. According to the paper, Hinch told officers that he hadn’t realized that he […]

Colorado Man Cited for Shooting His Computer

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 - by Chris Queen

Any IT technician will tell you that it’s not wise to take matters into your own hands. Most computer users should leave it to the professionals. Lucas Hinch, 37 of Colorado Springs, didn’t believe that advice, so he riddled his computer with bullets and walked away from the experience with a citation for discharging a […]

There’s an App for That: Medical Marijuana Delivery

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 - by The Tatler

Yesterday on 4/20 at 4:20p.m. a new app launched called Nugg, which will allow patients in Southern California  to order medical marijuana and schedule deliveries and pickups. And the app isn’t just notable for what it does, it’s notable for how the money was raised to build it. The Web-based app was developed by a […]

U.S. Will Become Net Exporter of Natural Gas by 2017

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Via Reuters: The United States will transition from a net importer of natural gas to a net exporter of the fuel by 2017 as the nation’s shale gas production continues to grow, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said on Tuesday in its Annual Energy Outlook. In its 2014 outlook, the EIA forecast the U.S. would […]

Great News: In-flight WiFi Could Help Hackers Bring Down the Plane

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Comforting. Commercial airliners could be hacked in flight by passengers using a plane’s wireless entertainment system to access its flight controls, a US watchdog agency has warned. A new report from the US Government Accountability Office identified the danger as one of several emerging cybersecurity weaknesses that the Federal Aviation Administration must address as the […]

Egyptian TV Host Begs Netanyahu to Bomb Iran

Monday, April 13th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Via IMRA: “Our dear friend Netanyahu. Please – Iran faces you and the Bushehr reactor faces you. Put your trust in God and bomb it. We are with you. And if you need fuel for the jets we will give it to you.” Those were the words of Egyptian television presenter Tawfik Okasha, owner of the private […]

Should the Right Reject a Feminism That Fights for Men?

Monday, April 13th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

The Telegraph has picked up on one of the equity feminists breaking new ground in the War on Men, American Enterprise Institute’s resident scholar, Christina Hoff Sommers. With more than 2 million views, her Factual Feminist series is drawing some serious attention from a mainstream media bogged down by the likes of Jessica Valenti and […]

Putin Delivers Missile Air Defense Systems to Iran Days After ‘Historic’ Negotiations

Monday, April 13th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Days after the infamous nuclear agreement with Iran, Vladimir Putin has elected to lift the ban on delivering S-300 missile air defense systems to Iran: The Russian president has repealed the ban prohibiting the delivery of S-300 missile air defense systems to Iran, according to the Kremlin’s press service. The ban was introduced by former […]

School District Releases Sensitive Student Data and Parent ‘Cooperativeness’ Ratings

Thursday, April 9th, 2015 - by Paula Bolyard

Parents were outraged to learn that the Tewksbury Public School District in Massachusetts released a 200-page document last week that included sensitive student data, including parental cooperative ratings. According to the Tewksbury Town Crier: The list, which replaces student names with numbers, remains in alphabetical order. Information included the student’s current grade, the out-of-district school, […]

How One Israeli Social Media App Is Revolutionizing the 2016 Campaign

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Inside The Rise Of ‘#Meerkat‘: How The #Israeli App Is Revolutionizing Live #Mobile Broadcasting – http://t.co/A6uBC0pbYI. Via @NoCamels. — Arsen Ostrovsky (@Ostrov_A) April 7, 2015 According to the Columbia Journalism Review, apps like Meerkat are changing political journalism, putting the power of the message into the hands of the candidates, not the mainstream media. Mere […]

WATCH: Edward Snowden Gets Called on the Carpet by Fake Journalist

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

John Oliver, HBO’s own version of Jon Stewart who hosts This Week with John Oliver (yes, HBO’s version of The Daily Show) managed to finally nail Edward Snowden to the carpet. Unlike every other journalist who treats Snowden as a modern day prophet, Oliver confronts the former NSA contractor for what he truly is: A computer geek […]

Comforting: FAA Hit with Cyber Attack Earlier This Year

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Fly the hacking skies… Hackers spread malicious software through a computer network at the Federal Aviation Administration earlier this year, the agency said. The administrative computer system was affected by a “known virus” that passed from computer to computer via email, NextGov reported late Monday. The FAA told the publication that it identified no damage […]

‘Everyone Here is a Spy’: ISIS Backers Warn Followers to Mind Islamic State Secrets

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Warning of spies crawling around social media creating “fake muhajir” accounts in an effort to net supporters of the Islamic State, ISIS backers instructed followers in a message posted on a file-sharing site today to mind their personal information and Islamic State secrets. “Although it would be nice to assume that most of us aren’t […]

Are Millennials Putting the ‘Cult’ in 21st Century ‘Corporate Culture’?

Monday, April 6th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

According to USA Today, “Millennial workers want free meals and flex time” but there’s more to it than that. Look beyond the requests for flex time and generous perks like on-site massages and game rooms, and you’ll see a generation of workers demanding a workplace with all the comforts of, well, family. When Jena Pellegrino, […]

Is It Militant Atheists Who Run the New Canada?

Saturday, April 4th, 2015 - by Kathy Shaidle

  What does it say to persecuted Christians who’ve fled to Canada as refugees, just to see their beliefs being trashed by militant atheists after they get here? That’s one of the thought-provoking observations MP James Lunney made during this lengthy interview with Brian Lilley of TheRebel.media. Lunney was a Conservative MP, but last week […]