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Since the NSA leaks began, Clapper has become one of the most controversial figures in US intelligence. Last month, several members of Congress said that President Obama should fire Clapper. It was Clapper who was asked by Senator Ron Wyden last year, before the Snowden leaks, whether the NSA gathered “any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?” Clapper responded: “Not wittingly.”

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My concern is more personal and local: The NSA’s version of patriotism is corroding Silicon Valley. Integrity of our products, creative freedom of talented people, and trust with our users are the casualties. The dolphin in the tuna net is us — our industry, our work, and the social fabric of our community.Product integrity is doomed when the NSA involves itself in the product development process. The scope of NSA’s activity here is unknowable. But what I hear from founders and other investors — never mind Reuters’ reporting about RSA Security, and Spiegel’s about backdoors in networking products — is beyond my worst expectations.

The U.S. uses its digital surveillance capabilities to commit industrial espionage, Edward Snowden has claimed in an interview with German network NDR. The NSA whistleblower suggested German industrial giant Siemens was a target, with information being taken by the intelligence agency even when it had nothing to do with national security. When the agency was previously shown to have spied on Brazil’s Petrobras, U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper insisted it never used that information to give U.S. firms an unfair advantage. Australia’s intelligence agency, an NSA partner, has reportedly spied on Japanese firms for the benefit of Australian companies, and France is generally seen as a world leader in that regard.

Six months after the first revelations appeared in The Washington Post and Britain’s Guardian newspaper, Snowden agreed to reflect at length on the roots and repercussions of his choice. He was relaxed and animated over two days of nearly unbroken conversation, fueled by burgers, pasta, ice cream and Russian pastry.

Snowden offered vignettes from his intelligence career and from his recent life as “an indoor cat” in Russia. But he consistently steered the conversation back to surveillance, democracy and the meaning of the documents he exposed.“For me, in terms of personal satisfaction, the mission’s already accomplished,” he said. “I already won. As soon as the journalists were able to work, everything that I had been trying to do was validated. Because, remember, I didn’t want to change society. I wanted to give society a chance to determine if it should change itself.”

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Sometimes, Mother Nature can be a dirty liar. Moths pretend to be dangerous spiders, antelopes deceive their mates, and carnivorous plants mimic harmless flowers to attract prey. There is astounding diversity in the deceptive strategies of plants and animals. But, as it turns out, many of these clever critters have a single origin: Australia. Down under, both the number of deceptive species and the variety of their behavioral strategies are disproportionately large.Take orchids, for instance. Orchids can be tricky plants; instead of offering up a delicious slurp of nectar, some species lure in unsuspecting male pollinators bymimicking female insects looking for a mate. And while Australia is home to only about five percent of the world’s orchid diversity, more than half of the known sexually deceptive orchid species on Earth evolved there.

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Business Insider Reports: The National Security Agency described for the first time a cataclysmic cyber threat it claims to have stopped On Sunday’s ’60 Minutes.’ Called a BIOS attack, the exploit would have ruined, or ‘bricked,’ computers across the country, causing untold damage to the national and even global economy. Even more shocking, CBS goes as far as to point a finger directly at China for the plot — ‘While the NSA would not name the country behind it, cyber security experts briefed on the operation told us it was China.’ The NSA says it closed this vulnerability by working with computer manufacturers. Debora Plunkett, director of cyber defense for the NSA: One of our analysts actually saw that the nation state had the intention to develop and to deliver — to actually use this capability — to destroy computers.

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A letter from Chicago mathematician Sasha Beilinson in this month’s Notices of the American Mathematical Society calls for the AMS to sever all ties with the US National Security Agency, citingthe vast secret spying programs of the NSA that wildly exceed anything conspiracy theorists could imagine.

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While the feds consider Jeremy Hammond a criminal hacker, thousands of others think of him as an altruistic political activist.Hammond, 28, is accused of leading the massive Stratfor hack, which resulted in the alleged theft of 200GB worth of data from companies and government agencies like the US Army, Department of Defense, Lockheed Martin, and Bank of America.While Hammond pled guilty to conspiracy, he also claims that this hack was fueled by his need to protest and expose the secret actions of the government and private corporations.”People have a right to know what governments and corporations are doing behind closed doors,” Hammond wrote in a statement last May.

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Sorry to disagree with you, but your Apple recommendations are terrible.Remember uneducated consumers are reading this also not just Apple people.On the Air why would you tell people to buy a computer that they can not upgraded the Ram on? A computer that you can not play HD content out of unless you have a thunderbolt cable that connects to a HDMI cable, or a Thunderbolt monitor, or apple TV to air play to. A computer that has no Ethernet port???That is not something a computer should not be with out. That price just went up a few hundred dollars.The Retina for the Pro’s Really?Yea they want to Download Every Piece of professional software they use to put it on this thing. They also want to not be able to upgrade their computer when it is not keeping up with the 5 hour render/ video job they are doing. Which if they went with the Retina that would be the case.Just like the air you will have a couple hundred dollars extras to just do things the other computers can do and neither are touch screen capable. But most of the comparable PC models you suggest are.I get that digital media is the way to go these day’s but there is some software you do just not want to download, and buying a external drive is a added cost.People really need to look at Apple before they choose one right now. Unless you want a toss away computer like their iProducts, and you need the new every year model do not buy. That is the route they are going with most their Apple products. Look at other company’s and systems. or Even getting PC based laptop and making it apple if you really need it is a better choice.So any one reading this, the moral of my gripe is, do some research before you buy anything these day’s. It may seem like it meets your needs but it may not. Get more then one point of view on your purchase also.Also just so people do not assume things. I am not a Windows or Apple fan boy. I am a person that uses both in everyday life, so I know the facts and the issues that arise from these and do not like seeing consumers get the shaft.There is a reason Apple still only has 7% of the PC market which is a screwed number anyways. I would say it is maybe 4%.

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A few years ago, scientists at the Thousand Oaks biotech firm Amgen set out to double-check the results of 53 landmark papers in their fields of cancer research and blood biology.The idea was to make sure that research on which Amgen was spending millions of development dollars still held up. They figured that a few of the studies would fail the test — that the original results couldn’t be reproduced because the findings were especially novel or described fresh therapeutic approaches.But what they found was startling: Of the 53 landmark papers, only six could be proved valid.

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