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09/15/2014 23:59:36


Stephen Harper sells Canada: China can secretly sue to repeal Canadian laws
Under the terms of the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement, approved by PM Harper on Friday, China can sue Canada in secret tribunals to repeal national and provincial laws that interfere with Chinese investments, including laws limiting construction of the Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline.

Stephen Harper sells Canada: China can secretly sue to repeal Canadian laws

Under the terms of the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement, approved by PM Harper on Friday, China can sue Canada in secret tribunals to repeal national and provincial laws that interfere with Chinese investments, including laws limiting construction of the Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline.

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09/15/2014 23:44:00

Police Armored Vehicle Is Unwelcome in California College Town | NYT

DAVIS, Calif. — The police department of this modest college town is among the latest California beneficiaries of surplus military equipment: a $700,000 armored car that is the “perfect vehicle,” the police chief told the City Council, “to perform rescues of victims and potential victims during active shooter incidents.”

It is well maintained, low-mileage and free, the chief, Landy Black, said in explaining why the department had augmented its already sizable cache of surplus matériel, including rifles, body armor and riot helmets, with an MRAP: a mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle.

But the City Council directed Chief Black last month to get rid of it in the face of an uproar that had swept through this community, with many invoking the use of similar equipment by the police against protesters in Ferguson, Mo., after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager.

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09/15/2014 23:30:41

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.:: 花代&暴力温泉芸者 :: Baby’s on Fire :: Cutie Collection ::.

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09/15/2014 20:27:00

jamesmanes:

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jamesmanes:

phoxbox:

Raptor supercomputer, Mississippi State University.

God. Sun Microsystems had beautiful machines.

You’re kidding, right? Sun largely produced some of the ugliest hardware on the planet. The jury is out if that’s an indictment of the era which spawned them, or Sun themselves.

All I know for certain is their command line tools, while powerful, aren’t exactly a pleasure to work with either. Case in point is dtrace and just plain Solaris in general. Clearly designed by engineers for technical reasons alone.

I’m not a fan of their software, but I loved their hardware’s aesthetic. If that upsets you, too bad.

Oh, Solaris is great, just not “friendly” - but claiming their hardware was attractive is being optimistically revisionist (and dishonest).

Just look at these terrible things:

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As stated previously: clearly engineers in charge of this shit, and definitely not the product of industrial designers. Late model SunFire was the exception, not the rule. (image credits: wiki commons)

(Source: Flickr / rogersmith)

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09/14/2014 09:19:00

Coming Soon - America’s Surveillance State (2014-10-20 to 2014-10-25)(00:33 GMT)

USA has become a Surveillance State where everyone’s business has become its business, and where one huge intelligence Agency has been given the sanction and unlimited money to spy on the world.

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09/14/2014 07:07:00

Raptor supercomputer, Mississippi State University.

Raptor supercomputer, Mississippi State University.

(Source: Flickr / rogersmith)

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09/14/2014 06:28:00

@michael, the Sun In The Sky image is from Flickr. According to the uploader, it is a sculpture at one of Sun’s old campuses.

Polling the search engines doesn’t reveal any clues to which campus it is (no other images either). If anyone knows, fill us in; would be interesting if it is still there. Photo is from ‘06 so, who knows.

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09/14/2014 06:14:32

Despite Obama’s Pledge to Curb It, NSA Mass Surveillance Wins Rubber Stamp

Mass surveillance just earned another 90-day blank check, nine months after President Obama promised to rein in the NSA’s spying powers.

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court approved the Justice Department’s request for another 90-day extension of the National Security Agency’s controversial mass surveillance program, exposed publicly last summer by Edward Snowden and authorized under Section 215 of the post-9/11 Patriot Act. The spying authority is next set to expire on Dec. 5.

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09/13/2014 09:59:57

Sun In The Sky

Sun In The Sky

(Source: Flickr / thristian)

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09/13/2014 08:46:42


Painstaking (part 1)
Just a little short of 2000 hand-soldered diodes are on this PCB, deep inside the Wang Laboratories Inc. Wang 700 Advanced Programmable Calculator. If the magnetic core memory is the brain, this is the heart.

Painstaking (part 1)

Just a little short of 2000 hand-soldered diodes are on this PCB, deep inside the Wang Laboratories Inc. Wang 700 Advanced Programmable Calculator. If the magnetic core memory is the brain, this is the heart.

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09/13/2014 08:11:00


More maintenance
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09/13/2014 02:53:00

How to Thwart the NSA, For Real

The Tenth Amendment Center’s Michael Boldin discusses his new handbook, Off Now: How Your State Can Help Support the 4th Amendment.

(Source: offnow.org)

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09/13/2014 02:05:46

Europol chief takes instructions on document access from Americans

(Source: saul-white)

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09/12/2014 04:23:40

The Truth Behind Title II

techfreedom:

On Wednesday, September 10, supporters of Title II regulation of the Internet engaged in an “Internet slowdown” to convince the public that, unless the FCC applies public utility-style regulation to broadband, the Internet will be slower. They’ve got it exactly backwards: if anything’s going to…

This is an interesting recording and I think you are all doing yourselves a great disservice by not listening to it. One reason is because it has reporters from Vox, NYT etc asking questions in it; so, you get to see the sausage made as it were.

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