Sunday, 15. January 2017

CIA-Direktor Brennan greift Trump an


Geheimdienstchef: "Spontaneität ist nichts, was nationale Sicherheitsinteressen schützt"
Washington – Der scheidende CIA-Direktor John Brennan hat den künftigen US-Präsidenten Donald Trump wegen dessen Kritik an den Geheimdiensten angegriffen. Wenige Tage vor der Amtseinführung von Trump warnte Brennan den Republikaner am Sonntag in einem Interview mit dem Sender "Fox News", Russland in Sachen Hacker-Angriffe nicht zu schnell freizusprechen.

derstandard.at

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Hubble gazes into a black hole of puzzling lightness


The beautiful spiral galaxy visible in the center of the image is known as RX J1140.1+0307, a galaxy in the Virgo constellation imaged by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, and it presents an interesting puzzle. At first glance, this galaxy appears to be a normal spiral galaxy, much like the Milky Way, but first appearances can be deceptive!

RX J1140.1+0307

phys.org

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Jiddu Krishnamurti


“When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European, or anything else, you are being violent.
Do you see why it is violent? Because you are separating yourself from the rest of mankind. When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence.
So a man who is seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country, to any religion, to any political party or partial system; he is concerned with the total understanding of mankind.”

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Alec Baldwin's Trump does not want to talk about the pee pee on SNL


Saturday Night Live predictably had a field day with Donald Trump's first press conference as President-elect, taking jabs at allegations of Russian hacking, scuffles with the press, and Trump handing his business over to his sons.

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Did the Russians Really Hack the DNC?


Russia, we are told, breached the servers of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), swiped emails and other documents, and released them to the public, to alter the outcome of the U.S. presidential election.
How substantial is the evidence backing these assertions?
Hired by the Democratic National Committee to investigate unusual network activity, the security firm Crowdstrike discovered two separate intrusions on DNC servers. Crowdstrike named the two intruders Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear, in an allusion to what it felt were Russian sources. According to Crowdstrike, “Their tradecraft is superb, operational security second to none,” and “both groups were constantly going back into the environment” to change code and methods and switch command and control channels.

counterpunch.org

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After Nazi comparison, CIA chief warns Trump to watch what he says


Outgoing CIA Director John Brennan on Sunday issued a stern parting rebuke to Republican Donald Trump days before he assumes the US presidency, advising him not to absolve Russia for its recent actions and warning him to watch what he says.
Brennan's comments, in an interview on "Fox News Sunday," laid bare the simmering tensions between the president-elect and the intelligence community he has criticized and is on the verge of commanding.

jpost.com

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Obama Opens NSA’s Vast Trove of Warrantless Data to Entire Intelligence Community, Just in Time for Trump


With only days until Donald Trump takes office, the Obama administration on Thursday announced new rules that will let the NSA share vast amounts of private data gathered without warrant, court orders or congressional authorization with 16 other agencies, including the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Department of Homeland Security.
The new rules allow employees doing intelligence work for those agencies to sift through raw data collected under a broad, Reagan-era executive order that gives the NSA virtually unlimited authority to intercept communications abroad. Previously, NSA analysts would filter out information they deemed irrelevant and mask the names of innocent Americans before passing it along.

theintercept.com

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Die Sprache der Populisten


„Lügenpresse“, „Meinungsdiktatur“ oder „Toleranzfaschismus“: Die Sprache der Populisten soll Menschenmassen provozieren und komplexe Zusammenhänge simplifizieren. Ist so ein gemeinsamer Diskurs überhaupt möglich?

Wie kann man mit jemandem diskutieren, der unter den vermeintlich völlig klaren Begriffen "Wahrheit" oder "Demokratie" etwas völlig anderes versteht als man selbst? Nur sehr schwer, meint Linguist und CCC-Mitglied Martin Haase, denn mitunter begegnet man Menschen, die die Sprache des Populismus sprechen. Haase lehrt romanische Sprachwissenschaft an der Universität Bamberg, betreibt das Blog neusprech.org und hielt einen der wohl unterhaltsamsten Vorträge beim Chaos Communication Congress in Hamburg.

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Richter schickt Arzt zum Psychiater


"Ganz gesund können solche Verletzungen nicht sein", merkt Richter Andreas Rom an: Der Angeklagte ritzte sich, rammte sich einen Schraubenzieher in den Bauch, den dann eine Tochter herausziehen musste. Er probierte, sich aufzuhängen. "Ich hab’ gewusst, der Strick reißt", schildert der Mann vor Gericht. "Aber ich wollte wissen, wie das Gefühl ist."
Nun ist der Angeklagte jedoch Arzt mit aufrechter Praxis in der Steiermark . Die abstrusen Eigenverletzungen und Suizidabsichten haben auch mit der aktuellen Anklage zu tun: Dr. Eduard Lopatka wird vorgeworfen, seine vier mittlerweile erwachsenen Kinder gequält und bedroht zu haben (Die Opfer übermittelten am Freitag dem KURIER die Erklärung, mit vollem Namen in die Öffentlichkeit gehen zu wollen)."Durch wiederholte Ankündigung, er werde sich erhängen oder erschießen", führt Staatsanwalt Christian Kroschl aus. Außerdem soll er ihnen Zigaretten, Tabletten und Cannabis gegeben sowie sie gezwungen haben, verdorbene Lebensmittel zu essen. Zwei Töchter soll er in die Drogensucht getrieben haben.

kurier.at

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Blob-less Raspberry Pi Linux Is A Step Closer


The Raspberry Pi single board computer has been an astounding success since its launch nearly five years ago, to the extent that as of last autumn it had sold ten million units with no sign of sales abating. It has delivered an extremely affordable and pretty powerful computer into the hands of hobbyists, youngsters, hackers, engineers and thousands of other groups, and its open-source Raspbian operating system has brought a useful Linux environment to places we might once have thought impossible.
The previous paragraph, we have to admit, is almost true. The Pi has sold a lot, it’s really useful and lots of people use it, but is Raspbian open-source? Not strictly. Because the Broadcom silicon that powers the Pi has a significant amount of proprietary tech that the chipmaker has been unwilling to let us peer too closely at, each and every Raspberry Pi operating system has shipped with a precompiled binary blob containing the proprietary Broadcom code, and of course that’s the bit that isn’t open source. It hasn’t been a problem for most Pi users as it’s understood to be part of the trade-off that enabled the board’s creators to bring it to us at an affordable price back in 2012, but for open-source purists it’s been something of a thorn in the side of the little board from Cambridge.

hackaday.com rpi-open-firmware

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Rasbpian: Insecure and not trusted!


Not only is Raspbian intentionally without any way to verify integrity of download (hashes not signed), employee of Raspberry PI own admission states basically states they fear using secure crypto out of fear of being "uncompliant" with some "crypto export laws".

I work for Raspberry Pi.
As for using SHA-256 over SHA-1, that then pushes the hash into the
realm of crypto software which is controlled by export regulations -
given the minuscule chance of collisions with SHA-1, it would cause far
more problems than it solves to use SHA-256.

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The LSD cult that transformed America


The Brotherhood of Eternal Love emerged from the hippie culture of ‘60s California – but their ambitions were global. Benjamin Ramm looks at the books and ideas that shaped the group.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of one of the great cultural moments of the last century, the ‘Summer of Love’. It will be commemorated as a season of celebration, but it was triggered by a protest event: the Human Be-In at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco in January 1967, organised in opposition to the prohibition of LSD. State and federal governments argued that the psychedelic drug, also known as acid, threatened the fabric of US life, and they were right – LSD made neither good consumers nor loyal citizens in a time of war. Their adversary was a group of lawless evangelists who had formed a church in devotion to the drug’s transformative power: the Brotherhood of Eternal Love.

bbc.com

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