Good for Rand Paul
When the government shut down because Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100% refused to back down over Obamacare defunding, government agencies made all sorts of hysterical claims about what would happen if they did not have money. Conservatives were quick to point out that the calamitous claims were overblown hysteria by the government. For some reason, when the government makes calamitous claims about | Read More »
NO DEAL: Senate Fails To Pass Short Term Extension Of Spy Program
Led by Rand Paul, opposition successfully prevented short term extension of the Patriot Act on Sunday.On Sunday, key intelligence gathering provisions of the Patriot Act, set to expire at midnight, were not extended by the U.S. Senate in an 11th hour vote that took place just a week after the fate of the program was left hanging after resistance, largely organized | Read More »
Tech at Night: Democrats and fellow travelers shut down more of the War on Terror
Yeah, at this point Rand Paul is pretty much running as Hillary Clinton-lite. You see, through various intelligence programs, the US government is able to identify foreign terrorist organizations. When those terrorists then contact folks in the United States, we have legitimate reason to know who they’re talking to, so NSA has developed means of sifting that information. And yet here we are, 13 and change | Read More »
Tech at Night: Rand Paul wins more privacy for the Islamic State
Part of the USA PATRIOT act ensured NSA could check up on conversations foreigners were having, that involved data passing into America, by going to the FISA courts and getting a warrant. After 9/11, when terrorist cells came here and murdered many Americans, we understood the need for that. Well, some Republicans remembered, but Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) 88% forgot, and it | Read More »
Tech at Night: Rand Paul goes judicial supremacist while Netflix goes cronyist
So the US Congress is debating whether to renew the part of the USA PATRIOT act that ensures NSA can watch the communications of foreign terror cells that set up shop in the US, and communicate back home with their terror networks. That’s a good debate to have. We need to debate legislation before passing it.
Tech at Night: The Internet’s dangerous, but the NSA is there to help
I’ve said it pretty regularly in this space: the Internet isn’t for kids. However the scary thing is that even if you don’t realize you’re putting your kids online, you really might be, as those parents with an online service-based nanny cam found out. Be careful out there. NSA does the dirty work, but there’s only so much they can do.
Tech at Night: We have a right to lock our data, even if it inconveniences government
A long running theme of Tech at Night is that people don’t care about privacy, and we know this by their actions. That’s why the NSA critics are all wrong. Abolishing the NSA would leave everyone still vulnerable to spying, and just eliminate the agency that exists to counter the other guys. It’s up to us to protect our own privacy. Therefore, government actions contrary | Read More »
Millenials: go ahead spy on us, it isn’t like we’re actually doing anything
All the politicians are chasing after “millenials,” (that is the generation that doesn’t have jobs, lacks ambition, and lives at home as far as I can discern). When Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) 60% committed her perfidy by scuttling a very popular anti-abortion bill last week, she claimed that millenials didn’t think abortion was important, a claim that is at odds with most public | Read More »
Tech at Night: Yeah, any country can attack us online. Even North Korea.
People don’t really believe how much damage a determined state-backed attacker can do to us online. And yes, the attack on Sony Pictures was an attack on us. North Korea’s attack on that studio, and let’s be clear, it was North Korea, not a domestic malcontent, was their way of cheaply doing millions of dollars of damage to our economy. It used to take bombs | Read More »
Tech at Night: Watch for more online attacks in 2015
People keep trying to diminish the possibility that North Korea was behind the attack on Sony, which I don’t get. An online attack is not like a nuclear weapon, needing a massive capital investment and scarce domain expertise. Computer experts are much easier to develop, and the investment to make such attacks is well within the budget of even a backward country like North Korea. | Read More »
Tech at Night: The NSA Strikes back at North Korea? Merry Christmas.
So Barack Obama denies it’s an act of war for a foreign country, North Korea, to attack American Internet resources, those of Sony Pictures. It is war though, as surely as an embargo is an act of war, though it is war by a new means. I hope South Korea is taking it seriously, because it looks like somebody is. NSA? Sounds like them, shutting | Read More »
Tech at Night: This is why we need the NSA
It’s not often a Tech at Night issue gets wide play on the Internet, but this one has. North Korean attackers broke into Sony systems in the US (Sony being a Japanese firm but Sony Pictures Studios being a major US-based movie studio, at the old Paramount lot) in order to intimidate them into pulling a movie, The Interview. Some are trying to dismiss this | Read More »
Tech at Night: The Future is Subsidized Data
As much as the extreme left wants you to fear anything other than a socialist Internet, Obamacare-style where your only choices are government dictated, the future is in innovation like subsidized data.
The fact is, government will always make this stuff worse if we try to “fix” it.
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Tech at Night: Nobody cares about privacy, not even criminals
I’m sure everyone’s tired of my saying it, but nobody cares about privacy. That’s why texting and Gmail are so popular, nobody does end-to-end encryption, Facebook is nearly ubiquitous, and nude photos keep getting broadcast everywhere.
This is why it’s so silly to keep trying to obstruct NSA going after the bad guys, when people’s non-existent privacy practices are broadcasting all of that data and metadata anyway. Let’s get serious.
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