Tech at Night: FAA admits its electronics rules were groundless. More NSA stuff.
I skipped Tech at Night on Friday because I was preparing for the Extra Life event. Saturday I broadcast video games live for 25 straight hours (one day with the time change, you see), raising over $230 (above my goal!) for the Children’s Hospital of Orange County. Clearly to do that I needed my sleep, so I went to bed early Friday. Sorry, but it was for a good cause.
Anyway, catching up. NSA listening in on foreigners using Google is part of their job, folks. So if the Germans or anyone else don’t like it, even if they get the traitor Edward Snowden to help them censor and regulate their own Internet, my answer to those nations who don’t like the NSA is still: “Come and take it.”
Though it’s still apparent that the ‘leaks’ coming out such as this about Pope Francis are being crafted (not chosen, crafted) to sound plausible, attempting to push our buttons and play to our prejudices. Snowden’s accusations and ‘documents’ surely include the best fabrications Snowden’s Russian paymasters’ money can buy.
Don’t forget, though: metadata is harmless to collect, as it involves collecting only that data which is already public.Read More »