Monthly Archives: November 2016
Nearly 15 years after the United States adopted a program to interrogate terrorism suspects using techniques now widely considered to be torture, one lawsuit has gone further than any other in American courts to fix blame. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/27/us/lawsuit-aims-to-hold-2-contractors-accountable-for-cia-torture.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fus&action=click&contentCollection=us®ion=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=5&pgtype=sectionfront The suit, filed in October 2015 by two former detainees in C.I.A. secret prisons and the representative of […]
An experiment to see whether computers can identify criminals based on their faces has been conducted in China. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-38092196 Researchers trained an algorithm using more than 1,500 photos of Chinese citizens, hundreds of them convicts. They said the program was then able to correctly identify criminals in further photos 89% of the time. But the […]
A petition asking the UK government to repeal its new Investigatory Powers Act now has more than 118,000 signatures. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-38130344 This means that it must now be considered for parliamentary debate. Internet providers will soon have to record which services their customers’ devices connect to – including websites and messaging apps. They must keep this […]
If you haven’t heard about it, a guy called Donald Trump won the American presidential election this week after a long, gruelling campaign as underdog against his main rival Hilary Clinton. When Trump’s victory was announced, there were a few people who had some less than pleasant reactions. -Bearing https://youtu.be/0fpfWIGMMxs FUCKING HYSTERICAL!
Good, digestible and short documentary on Critical Theory philosophy, Cultural Marxism and The Frankfurt School. It references current day examples of the the intended social upheaval and the Fabian Socialist agenda. https://youtu.be/G8pPbrbJJQs Explains very well the intolerance of the modern tolerance movement.
From a sidewalk in Lower Manhattan, the building at 33 Thomas Street, known as the Long Lines Building, looks like nothing less than a monument to the prize of privacy. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/18/nyregion/national-security-agency-said-to-use-manhattan-tower-as-listening-post.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fus&action=click&contentCollection=us®ion=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=8&pgtype=sectionfront With not a window in its walls from the ground up to its height of 550 feet, 33 Thomas looms over Church Street with […]
US President Barack Obama has made a strong defence of globalisation as he arrived in Germany on his final visit to Europe before leaving office. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38006937 In a joint article, Mr Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that with the global economy developing faster than ever, co-operation was vital. Mr Obama arrived in Germany […]
US authorities say they are assessing the credibility of information they received on a possible al-Qaeda terror attack on the eve of election day. http://www.bbc.com/news/election-us-2016-37877391 New York, Texas and Virginia are believed to be the potential targets mentioned but a police spokesman said the information “lacks specificity”. Officials say they regularly assess all possible threats […]
The so-called Internet of Things, its proponents argue, offers many benefits: energy efficiency, technology so convenient it can anticipate what you want, even reduced congestion on the roads. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/03/technology/why-light-bulbs-may-be-the-next-hacker-target.html?emc=eta1 Now here’s the bad news: Putting a bunch of wirelessly connected devices in one area could prove irresistible to hackers. And it could allow them to […]
Ronald De Feo has watched robots take factory jobs for years. Now he sees them threatening a new class of worker: People who drive for a living. https://apnews.com/e80ef4255ae0476da40df9906a85b928 “I am in Pittsburgh; it’s a test market for Uber’s autonomous vehicle,” says De Feo, CEO of the industrial materials firm Kennametal. “We see all these (automated) […]
The controversy over genetically modified crops has long focused on fears that they are unsafe to eat. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/30/business/gmo-promise-falls-short.html?rref=collection/byline/danny-hakim&action=click&contentCollection=undefined®ion=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=2&pgtype=collection&_r=0 But an extensive examination by The New York Times indicates that the debate has missed a more basic problem — genetic modification in the United States and Canada has not accelerated increases in crop yields or led […]