Saturday, March 15, 2014

What I am reading today 3/15/2014

#Geek #Snowden #Bitcoin #NSA

Learn How SolarWind Log & Event Manager (LEM) helps you to keep your Network Secure - Exciting right?  We use other SolarWinds products at work, no one is really pleased with them, but at the same time they do the job well enough that it's not worth trying to switch.  A ringing endorsement right :-).  This product looks interesting because it can be preconfigured to monitor for events that the various regulatory schemes require us to track.  I'm lazy so less configuration time on my part is a good thing.

Bill Gates Says Snowden Is No Hero - Answering the question as to whether he viewed that Snowden was a hero, or a traitor, Gates hedged slightly, but leaned noticeably in one direction:
I think he broke the law, so I certainly wouldn’t characterize him as a hero. If he wanted to raise the issues and stay in the country and engage in civil disobedience or something of that kind, or if he had been careful in terms of what he had released, then it would fit more of the model of “OK, I’m really trying to improve things.” You won’t find much admiration from me.
Buffett:  'Stay Away' From Bitcoin - Mr. Buffett, who earlier this month said he wouldn’t own bitcoin because he doesn’t consider it a store of value or reliable means of exchange, again dismissed bitcoin Friday. During a CNBC interview promoting a contest related to the NCAA basketball tournament, he opined on a range of topics, one of them being bitcoin. “Stay away from it,” he said, according to a transcript. “It’s a mirage basically.”

Financial regulators increasingly skeptical of Bitcoin - “Although digital currencies such as Bitcoin are often touted as a sophisticated, online alternative to traditional currencies, investors should realize these currencies are not tangible, they are not issued by a government, and are not currently subject to traditional regulation or monetary policy,” Morgan said in a statement on February 25. (All things that bitcoin adherents would describe as features, not bugs)

The Most Dangerous Man In Bitcoin Isn't A Criminal - U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has busted Wall Street insiders and dark web drug dealers. Now he's setting out to do what Marc Andreessen, the Winklevoss Twins, and cryptocurrency nuts can't: clean up bitcoin.

MetaPhone: The Sensitivity of Telephone Metadata - We found that phone metadata is unambiguously sensitive, even in a small population and over a short time window. We were able to infer medical conditions, firearm ownership, and more, using solely phone metadata.  (Of course this cuts both ways:  I have seen it argued that programs such as the NSA's metadata collection produce no actionable information and therefore are worthless and should be stopped.  Sometimes this is offered in conjunction with privacy concerns sometimes separately.  What this study proves is that metadata can prove connections and provide intelligence and therefore could be a viable tool.  Whether we want our government using that tool is the debate we should be having.)

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