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22 Nov 2010 11:15


World: Wikileaks plans document release WAY BIGGER than Iraq War Logs

  • For some perspective here, it’s good to note that the Iraq War Logs is widely considered the largest war document release in history, so if this is seven times bigger … holy crap. This could perhaps be epic. Meanwhile, Julian Assange has a warrant out for his arrest, so this has lots of room to get much messier than it already is. source

16 Oct 2010 15:33


World: Wikileaks throwing more documents our way. We can’t wait

  • 400,000 Iraq War docs on Monday source

28 Jul 2010 09:53


Politics: Obama: The Wikileaks documents are sensitive … but not really

  • I’m concerned about the disclosure of sensitive information from the battlefield that could potentially jeopardize individuals or operations. … The fact is these documents don’t reveal any issues that haven’t already informed our public debate about Afghanistan.
  • President Barack Obama • Saying one thing but immediately contradicting himself. If this data was so sensitive, how come it doesn’t reveal an issues that haven’t already informed our public debate? Security experts suggest that the documents don’t create an immediate threat, but note that the tendency is dangerous. Tying this into last week’s “Top Secret America” thang that the Post did, it’s possible that the government’s tendency to overclassify documents hit here too. But this sort of doublespeak simply doesn’t get us anywhere. source

25 Jul 2010 20:47


Politics: Why Wikileaks does what it does – even if people don’t like it

  • We believe that transparency in government activities leads to reduced corruption, better government and stronger democracies. All governments can benefit from increased scrutiny by the world community, as well as their own people. We believe this scrutiny requires information.
  • A note on the Wikileaks Web site • Noting why they do what they do, despite the controversy it creates. Let’s face it. They’re very self-promotional. They know how to get their name out there. And they want to get a message out there. The message this time? “[The leak] shows not only the severe incidents but the general squalor of war, from the death of individual children to major operations that kill hundreds,” said Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks. source

05 Jun 2010 12:20


Politics: What are Elena Kagan’s positions? Let’s guess and speculate.

  • Anyone want to dig through Elena Kagan’s old documents and take a guess as to how she’d decide major court cases? If so, the New York Times has a couple of papers they want you to read. It’s kinda like reading Sanskrit. source

05 May 2010 20:41


Tech: Scribd switching to HTML5, kicking Flash while it’s down

  • We are scrapping three years of Flash development and betting the company on HTML5 because we believe HTML5 is a dramatically better reading experience than Flash. Now any document can become a Web page.
  • Scribd co-founder and chief technology officer Jared Friedman • Revealing the company’s plans to ditch its Flash-based distribution mechanism for HTML5. Why is this a big deal? Well, they’re about to turn hundreds of thousands of print-focused PDF documents into Web pages. This is a big deal for the future of the Web, because it’s yet another fairly large platform that’s about to switch away from Adobe’s software. Even Adobe, recently eviscerated by Steve Jobs, sees the writing on the wall here. source

17 Feb 2010 10:27


Tech: Don’t open that doc: PDFs proving to be a major security problem

  • PDF exploits are usually the first ones attempted by attackers. Attackers are choosing PDFs for a reason. It’s not random. They’re establishing a preference for Reader exploits.
  • ScanSafe senior security researcher Mary Landesman • Regarding the preference of hackers to use rogue PDFs for exploits first on malicious Web sites, then other exploits if those don’t work. Landesman claims that 80 percent of all exploits in the fourth quarter of 2009 came from PDFs, which is really scary, especially since the format is so heavily-used. “PDF use is huge,” she said. So are zero-day exploits. source

18 May 2009 22:03


Offbeat, U.S.: Donald Rumsfeld is the worst Christian graphic designer ever

Imagine a crochety old guy with a lot of power designing these in Powerpoint. Then remember Obama’s branding campaign. Scary, eh? source

05 Mar 2009 21:39


Music: In case you’re curious about the Chris Brown/Rihanna case …

… all the gory details were revealed in a lengthy court document. Oh boy. source