The Most Precise GPS Satellite in the World

Location's on our mind today. There are currently 24 satellites that make up our Global Positioning System. The most recently launched, the GPS IIF SV-1, is part of a new series that offer a whole bundle of upgrades. » 4/20/11 7:00pm 4/20/11 7:00pm

Australia Helps Get 1984 Back On Your Kindle

Were you screwed over by Amazon this week when they remotely deleted George Orwell's 1984 from your Kindle? Yes? Good news! A simple trip to Australia is all you need to stick it back to the man: » 7/19/09 11:00am 7/19/09 11:00am

George Orwell Becomes a Blogger: Diaries Published "Real Time," 70…

To mark the 70th anniversary of the diaries of George Orwell they're being published online "live" as a blog, 70 years to the day he wrote them. The project started August 9th, and so far the entries are about strangely bland stuff: the weather and the antics of catching some snakes at his home. More what you'd expect… » 8/11/08 10:30am 8/11/08 10:30am

House Denies Warrantless Wiretapping Immunity For Telcos

In a textbook display of checks and balances, the House of Representatives defied President Bush and the Senate yesterday by passing their version of a surveillance bill without legal immunity for telcos. The bill passed by only 16 votes, far from the 2/3 majority needed to override Bush's inevitable veto. It looks… » 3/15/08 1:55pm 3/15/08 1:55pm

Airport Tunnel of Truth Peers Into Your Soul (But Not Your Sneakers)

Waiting in line at the airport sucks. Especially with people who act all surprised when they get to the scanners and suddenly bust babies, knives, lighters and giant sports bottles of water out of their pocket. Well, Transportation Security Laboratory Director Susan Hallowell wants to combine the harrowing misery of… » 2/22/08 4:50pm 2/22/08 4:50pm

Snuggly the Security Bear Explains: Warrantless Wiretapping Is All…

If you're still confused about the whole warrantless domestic spying program that the telecoms colluded with the government on (which is being conveniently shuffled away from official scrutiny, forever), Snuggly the Security Bear by Mark Fiore sums it all up in the absolute cuddliest way possible. [Mark Fiore via … » 2/14/08 11:25pm 2/14/08 11:25pm

Last Chance to Save Our Privacy Rights from Warrantless Domestic Spying

While the Senate passed the bill giving telecoms like AT&T and Verizon a free pass on their collusion with government to warrentlessly wiretap American citizens, there's one last hope we might one day find out the scope and depth of the program. The House's version of the bill does not include a telecom immunity… » 2/14/08 8:14am 2/14/08 8:14am

Senate Gives Telcos Free Pass On Warrantless Domestic Spying Program

Joel at BBG writes in five precise words what it means that the Senate has just granted retroactive immunity to telcos (AT&T, Verizon and others) for participating in the government's warrantless wiretapping program that spied on American citizens: "We Lost. The Telcos Won." » 2/12/08 6:30pm 2/12/08 6:30pm