Why won’t they leave us alone

A bunch of countries that should know better got together to discuss back-doors in digital devices. And this is a nice sentiment:

“Privacy laws must prevent arbitrary or unlawful interference, but privacy is not absolute,” the statement reads. “It is an established principle that appropriate government authorities should be able to seek access to otherwise private information when a court or independent authority has authorized such access based on established legal standards. The same principles have long permitted government authorities to search homes, vehicles, and personal effects with valid legal authority.”

If it weren’t for the War on Drugs for eroding the 4th amendment to a shell of it’s former self over the last 40 years,  I might not be so skeptical of their good intentions.

And of course it’s for the children, because every rights grab is:

…the governmental group discuss the need for online spaces to be safe, and are “gravely concerned” about illegal online content, “particularly the online sexual exploitation of children.”

Also, I suspect black-hats of being far more capable of exploiting back-doors than white-hats are of securing them.

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Duh.

Science is serious business.

 The display was initially discovered by a group of citizen scientists who took pictures of the unusual lights and playfully named them “Steve.” ….

A citizen science project called Aurorasaurus, funded by NASA and the National Science Foundation, wants your help gathering photos so they can learn more about this mysterious phenomenon.

 

The best video in the world

Ah, net neutrality

Comcast decides you’re going to have to pay extra for HD video.

RIP Harlan Ellison

He wrote some great scifi TV.

Aw geez

Here comes the robot apocalypse. Thanks, Boston Dynamics with your totally not scary name.

I hope it’s true

The Gulf Wars are really about controlling Stargates. This is the best thing I’ve read this week.