Two Controversial Cybersecurity Bills Just Passed the House

The House of Representatives has passed two cybersecurity bills over the past three days. Intended to help stop cybercrime by helping companies share information with the government, the bills have received close scrutiny from privacy advocates worried that they’ll further bulk up surveillance efforts. » 4/24/15 10:05am 4/24/15 10:05am

Why Senator Ron Wyden Has It Wrong About the Open Internet

Sen. Ron Wyden took to Wired yesterday to argue that the Fast Track bill he co-sponsored to rush approval for trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement will help protect the free and open Internet. Sen. Wyden has long been a staunch defender of the Internet and users’ rights, and more recently, he… » 4/24/15 3:37am 4/24/15 3:37am

Chemtrails Are Too Crazy for Even the Tea Party to Believe

It’s hard to imagine a conspiracy theory so off the rails that it makes people involved with one of the country’s major Tea Party groups throw their hands up in the air and go “whoa, man, this is too much,” but lo and behold, chemtrails rose to the challenge. http://thevane.gawker.com/paper-writes-d... » 4/23/15 9:38pm 4/23/15 9:38pm

Homeland Security Secretary Begs Silicon Valley to Stop the Encryption

Today at massive security tech conference RSA in San Francisco, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson told a packed audience that DHS would be forging alliances with Silicon Valley. He described plans to build an office here, in order to work directly with tech companies on key issues for the DHS. » 4/21/15 6:30pm 4/21/15 6:30pm

Why Gas Is Priced in Tenths of Cents

The practice of pricing fuel with a fraction of a penny is thought to have started around the 1930s. While we can’t be sure who was the first to price fuel this way, it seems to have become relatively commonplace across the United States all the sudden around the same time. So what happened? In short- taxes and the… » 4/13/15 6:34am 4/13/15 6:34am