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UK Police set to step up hacking of home PCs

Police set to step up hacking of home PCs - Times Online
From The Sunday Times
January 4, 2009
Police set to step up hacking of home PCs
David Leppard

THE Home Office has quietly adopted a new plan to allow police across Britain routinely to hack into people’s personal computers without a warrant.

The move, which follows a decision by the European Union’s council of ministers in Brussels, has angered civil liberties groups and opposition MPs. They described it as a sinister extension of the surveillance state which drives “a coach and horses” through privacy laws.

The hacking is known as “remote searching”. It allows police or MI5 officers who may be hundreds of miles away to examine covertly the hard drive of someone’s PC at his home, office or hotel room.

Material gathered in this way includes the content of all e-mails, web-browsing habits and instant messaging.

Under the Brussels edict, police across the EU have been given the green light to expand the implementation of a rarely used power involving warrantless intrusive surveillance of private property. The strategy will allow French, German and other EU forces to ask British officers to hack into someone’s UK computer and pass over any material gleaned.

Police might also send an e-mail to a suspect’s computer. The message would include an attachment that contained a virus or “malware”. If the attachment was opened, the remote search facility would be covertly activated. Alternatively, police could park outside a suspect’s home and hack into his or her hard drive using the wireless network.

Of course, if someone can get into your computer to look for things, they can also change anything there, and perhaps put things there. :)

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TheHarrow.com plans a Hiatus

Dru says:

After ten years of nonstop publication, The Harrow is planning to take a one-year hiatus this summer. We’ve currently closed the zine to new submissions, although we’ll be continuing to publish new issues until we’ve worked through our existing queue of poems, stories, and reviews. So, if you’ve already had a work accepted, or if you’ve submitted something and are still waiting for our decision, have no fear — The Harrow’s not going to leave you out in the cold. I expect we’ll be publishing into June or July, at least.

However, as soon as we’ve emptied our queue, we’ll put The Harrow on a 12-month publishing hiatus, during which time its staff members are going to take some much-needed R&R and turn their attention to their long-neglected families, friends, pets, careers, and hobbies. The Harrow will remain online during its hiatus, so you needn’t worry about broken links to your favorite works.

The Harrow Press, our book publishing arm, won’t be neglected while the zine is on hiatus — in fact, we’re hoping that some time off from monthly publishing will give us a chance to pursue a book project or two this year.

Updates on The Harrow’s status and on upcoming book projects will be posted here on the zine and on my blog, and on our entries at Duotrope and Ralan.Com. Keep checking in, and please don’t hesitate to email me directly if you have any questions or concerns.

I wish you all a happy new year!

Dru Pagliassotti
Editor in Chief
DruPagliassotti.Com

I’ve been active with the harrow since 1999 in a variety of capacities, and I’ll keep the website up and running… but it is time for a break.

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Slashdot | Is the Yellowstone Supervolcano About To Blow?

Slashdot | Is the Yellowstone Supervolcano About To Blow? and on to Scientists eye unusual swarm of Yellowstone quakes which was followed by Yellowstone Caldera, then Supervolcano and finally Laki Fissure. I travelled along the Laki Fissure in 1997. it is purported to have caused the french revolution when it blew… and the mississippi river to freeze at New orleans. Cool beans.

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Breathing… how slow can you go?

Yuka got a breathing exercise tape a few years ago like this: Breathing: Three Exercises - Dr. Weil, and I started doing this exercise of breathing in for 7 seconds, holding it for 7 and exhaling 7, and repeating it 7 times. It is really calming and stress reducing. I try to extend it as long as I can, and this year’s goal is to do it in a cycle of 20 seconds. That is, 1 breath per minute. And to be able to keep it going for as long as I can pay attention. I did it for 5 breaths in 5 minutes today. It is a curious feeling.

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9. Can You Spell Science?

9. Can You Spell Science? asks:

Think Americans haven’t gotten smarter? Think again. Between 1979 and 2006, the percentage of scientifically literate adults doubled — to 17%. This year, a survey by a professor of political science at the University of Michigan found that that dismal showing may have improved, but only a little. Currently, 25% of the population of the U.S. — the country that invented the airplane and the light bulb and landed men on the moon, remember — qualify as “civic scientifically literate.” In practical terms says the investigator, that means that only one in four adults can read and understand the stories in the weekly science section of The New York Times. And this comes at a time when the U.S. electorate is being asked to grapple with — and reach informed consensus about — such complex questions as global warming and stem cell research.

And I wonder what the rate is for Canadians.

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Jero - African-American Enka

Jero - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Jero (ジェロ? born Jerome Charles White, Jr. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on September 4, 1981) is an American-born Japanese enka singer. His maternal grandmother was Japanese. He is the first black enka singer in Japanese music history.

I like enka for some reason. It is sort of Clint Eastwood getting in touch with his sensitive musical soul. There’s a serious comic element in nostalgia… and probably concealed weapons.

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Floaters

I’ve always had to visionproblems, and now I know what one of them is called: Floaters

Floaters are tiny clumps of fibers or cells inside the vitreous, the clear gel-like fluid that fills the inside of your eye. They can appear as little dots, circles, lines, clouds or cobwebs. You may see small specks or clouds moving in your field of vision. While they look as if they are in front of your eye, they are actually floating inside it.  What you see are the shadows they cast on the retina, the layer of cells lining the back of the eye that senses light and allows you to see.

Never knew there was a name for it. My sister complains of the same thing, so I guess it is in the family. Chatting with Mark Dubin, in SL, and he described my jumping eye syndrome as “vertical oscillopsia” which is cool. I can take that to the eye doctor for my next appointment. He also suggested looking at Superior Semicircular Canal Dehiscence Syndrome, which describes it in conjunction with my tinnitus. Even better! Fun things to learn.

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Twilight Author Inspired by Anne

Ben pointed me to this nugget: Twilight Author Inspired by Anne

One of the current bestseller phenomenon’s is the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. The series has grabbed the attention of young female readers in particular (something in common with the books of LMM) and led to a major new motion picture. What would be the common thread between the Anne series and a romance series about vampires? According to Meyer:

”The series influenced how my series turned out. Because I was never a fan of the stories where everything ends and they kiss at the wedding. Anne of Green Gable started out with her as a child, she had a very fully described adolescence, she had a book-long engagement, we got to see her wedding, we got to see her have her first child and lose her first child, we got to see her children grow up. We got the whole life, and I loved that.’

Showing one more link to anne and the undead. :)

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Arrest of ‘blogfather’ confirmed in Tehran

Update on Hoder. Arrest of ‘blogfather’ confirmed in Tehran

Iran confirmed for the first time Tuesday that a well-known Iranian-Canadian blogger had been arrested last month and was facing charges of “insulting religious figures.”

The confirmation that Hossein Derakhshan, 33, was in custody came from Iran’s revolutionary court spokesman, Ali Reza Jamshidi, at a news conference in Tehran.

International human rights groups and media reports said Derakhshan, a former Toronto resident, was arrested on Nov. 1.

“His case is in a preliminary investigative stage at a revolutionary court and he is currently in incarceration at a jail in Tehran,” Jamishid said, giving no further explanation of the charges against Derakhshan.

In Iran, revolutionary courts handle national security matters.

Known as “the blogfather” for his pioneering efforts at helping Iranian bloggers post welblogs in the Persian language, Derakhshan was both an outspoken critic of the clerical regime in Tehran, and supportive of his homeland’s controversial nuclear program.

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