Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Just in case we thought they were not serious... Let's not make a mistake guys.
Russian fighter jet passes near US warship
A Russian fighter jet was engaged in "provocative action" when it repeatedly passed near a US Navy guided missile destroyer for over 90 minutes in the international waters of the Black Sea off the coast of Romania, the Pentagon claimed today.
… "The Russian plane made a total of 12 passes. It did not overfly the deck of the Donald Cook," he said, adding that the Russian fighter jet was not exactly circling over the US ship.
There was another Russian fighter jet (S-24) which was at a very high altitude. [I bet that one was armed. Bob]
… Warren said at the time of the incident, Donald Cook was in international waters, East of Romania.

Nato satellite images reveal huge build up of Russian troops at Ukrainian frontier

(Related Maybe) They used to do this a lot.
Japanese fighters scrambled as Russian planes fly near archipelago
… Of the four planes, an Ilyushin Il-20 electronic surveillance plane flew from the Soya Strait off Hokkaido, northern Japan, to areas off the Pacific coast of the Kanto region, eastern Japan, before making a return flight on almost the same route, ministry officials said.
Another Ilyushin Il-20 made a round-trip flight along the Sea of Japan coast from west of Hokkaido to areas off the Chugoku region, western Japan, they said.
In addition, two Tu-95 bombers flew from east of the Korean Peninsula over the East China Sea and Japan's remote southwestern islands before turning northward along the Pacific coast of the mainland, the officials said.

But will they take any action? Probably not.
More online Americans say they’ve experienced a personal data breach
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on April 14, 2014
Pew Research – Mary Madden – “As news of large-scale data breaches and vulnerabilities grows, new findings from the Pew Research Center suggest that growing numbers of online Americans have had important personal information stolen and many have had an account compromised. Findings from a January 2014 survey show that:
  • 18% of online adults have had important personal information stolen such as their Social Security Number, credit card, or bank account information. That’s an increase from the 11% who reported personal information theft in July 2013.
  • 21% of online adults said they had an email or social networking account compromised or taken over without their permission. The same number reported this experience in a July 2013 survey.”

If you look at me through your Google Glass, am I a victim? (Or merely “Content”)
Should Google know your deepest darkest secrets?
Google opens up its Explorer Program today, offering the general public an opportunity to purchase Glass for $1,500.
… And what about the people on the other side of the camera? As they have no legal or political mechanism for opting out of Glass, they can either jump on the bandwagon or stay home: Our entire lives are now fair game for recording and sharing. Lest we fret too much about the prospect of full disclosure, Mark Zuckerberg reminds us that privacy is no longer a "social norm." It's so last century, right?
… According to Google's Eric Schmidt, we need not be concerned if our entire lives are recorded and made visible to others, because: "If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place." By taking a moral high ground, he reduces privacy to a protection mechanism for illegal or illicit activities.

New documents released by the FBI show that the Bureau is well on its way toward its goal of a fully operational face recognition database by this summer.
EFF received these records in response to our Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for information on Next Generation Identification (NGI)—the FBI's massive biometric database that may hold records on as much as one third of the U.S. population.

Providing service to the “not yet” connected should produce loyal (for a time, “locked in”) customers. Making high speed Internet is not too important. Eventually, they could compete with Cable and Cell Phone companies.
Google buys drone maker Titan Aerospace
The technology company announced Monday that it has acquired Titan Aerospace, a start-up founded in 2012 that makes high-altitude, solar-powered drones.
The purchase is part of the new push in Silicon Valley to find ways of delivering Internet service to underserved areas, particularly in the developing world.
… The purchase marks the latest salvo in the tech cold war between Google and Facebook.

The slope has been greased, prepare to slip!
Comcast's shakedown of Netflix pays off for consumers
You might remember back in February when it was announced that Netflix had come to an agreement to pay Comcast (which at that time had not yet won the prestigious "Worst Company in America" award — congrats, guys!) for the privilege of connecting directly to Comcast's servers for an undisclosed sum.
… But it wasn't long before Netflix's Reed Hastings wrote a blog post calling for strong net neutrality and talking about exactly the kind of issues Netflix had to pay to solve. The implication is that the big cable companies can essentially hold a service like Netflix hostage until a check is cut. For a somewhat less biased look at the deal, check out What The Netflix-Comcast Deal Really Means In Plain English at Business Insider.

(Related) “Ignore the monopoly behind the curtain...”
Time Warner Cable was the only major pay-TV company to reduce the price of basic cable TV over the past four years, a new report out Monday has found.
The New York cable company reduced the advertised price of TV service by 2.5 percent between 2009-13, according to Free Press, a group aimed at changing media and technology policy.
Meanwhile, Comcast, which moved in April to buy TWC for $45 billion, raised its advertised basic TV rates by 68 percent over the same period, according to the Washington, DC, group, which is part of a campaign to torpedo the mega-deal.

(Related) I'm burning up the Internet at 2.13Mbps. This is almost 500 times faster.
TalkTalk teams up with Sky to bring superfast broadband to York
… "We are going to deliver a pure fibre network that will deliver speeds of 1 Gig per second (1,000 Mb) direct to homes and businesses in York independent of BT Openreach infrastructure," TalkTalk's Chief Executive Dido Harding said.

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