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Zotac EN970 mini PC is a Steam Machine without Steam OS

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Zotac’s first Steam Machine is a tiny desktop computer with NVIDIA GTX 970M graphics, 4 HDMI 2.0 ports, dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, and Valve’s Steam Operating system pre-loaded. It’s expected to be available in November for about $1000. There’s no doubt the Zotac Steam Machine SN970 is designed for gamers. But what if you want […]

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Hayden Mocks Extent of Post-Snowden Reform: “And This Is It After Two Years? Cool!”

The Intercept -

Former National Security Agency director Michael Hayden on Monday marveled at the puny nature of the surveillance reforms put in place two years after NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed a vast expansion of intrusive U.S. government surveillance at home and abroad.

Hayden mocked the loss of the one program that was reined in — the NSA’s bulk collection of metadata information about domestic phone calls — calling it “that little 215 program.”

And he said if someone had told him two years ago that the only effect of the Snowden revelations would be losing it, his reaction would have been: “Cool!”

Here is the video and the full text of his remarks:

If somebody would come up to me and say “Look, Hayden, here’s the thing: This Snowden thing is going to be a nightmare for you guys for about two years. And when we get all done with it, what you’re going to be required to do is that little 215 program about American telephony metadata — and by the way, you can still have access to it, but you got to go to the court and get access to it from the companies, rather than keep it to yourself” — I go: “And this is it after two years? Cool!”


Hayden was speaking at the annual meeting of the Wall Street Journal CFO Network, an event hosted “by the Journal’s senior editors” for “an invitation-only group of more than 100 chief financial officers of the world’s largest companies.”

Asked if he thought Snowden was a foreign agent, Hayden said: “I’ve got my suspicions,” although he acknowledged, “I’ve got no evidence.”

Some opponents of massive government surveillance hailed the passage, earlier this month, of the USA Freedom Act. And it did, in fact, mark the first time that Congress has limited the executive branch’s surveillance authority over four decades of explosive growth.

But some observers noted that it was a very small step at best. The program was just one out of the multitude Snowden revealed — and was so blatantly out of line that its end was virtually a foregone conclusion as soon as it was exposed.

Seemingly irreconcilable media coverage reflected the reality that the reform bill was both important and, from the NSA’s perspective, trivial.

Hayden’s remarks were the most blunt yet emphasizing that latter point.

(This post is from our blog: Unofficial Sources.)

Photos: Yahoo.com

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Stephen Colbert has an announcement

Boing Boing -

"I agree with Donald that America is dead--buried in a coffin, in salted earth with our enemies pissing on it and laughing. And Donald Trump is the only man who can--excuse me, I’m just moved--I’m physically moved by the knowledge that Donald Trump is the only man who can dig up the corpse of that nation and marry it.”

Amazon’s new $119 Kindle Paperwhite has a 300 ppi display

Liliputing -

Amazon is updating its Kindle lineup with a new version of the $119 Kindle Paperwhite that sports a 1080 x 1440 pixel E Ink Carta display, much like the $199 Kindle Voyage. The Voyage is still has a few extra tricks to help justify its premium price, but for most folks, the new Kindle Paperwhite is […]

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Unable To Find Transaction Outpoint

Bitcoin feeds -

I'm working on a project that involves constructing raw transactions and signing them locally before pushing to the network. I keep getting Unable To Find Transaction Outpoint 1a67415e9f892c31cdaec29f6bf7e8e7ffd5a7cdca52fc565ad345313f85b222:90463999. Here's my tx hash (...)

Sound Recording and Editing with Audacity on Ubuntu

HowtoForge - Linux Howtos and Tutorials -

In all the years I have been dealing with both Linux and sound recordings, I have never found a simplest and more powerful tool than Audacity to get the job done. This open source sound recorder, editor, analyzer, generator and effect applicator is surely one of the most useful and important tools ever to be produced by the free software community.


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