Tuesday, February 24, 2015

VA Secretary Robert McDonald apologizes for misstating military record - The Washington Post

You can be outraged if you can state, without looking it up, the difference between Special Forces and Rangers. How many of us can do that?  Some Special Forces don't think this is that big of a deal either. 

From the article:

Wood quoted retired Army Col. Gary Bloomberg, a former Special Forces commander, calling McDonald's claim "a boneheaded statement." But Bloomberg said he and other former special ops officers did not consider it as egregious as some other misrepresentations.

"No one got really crazy about the whole thing, compared to some of what we've seen," he told the Huffington Post. "It's a lot different from guys running around faking their special forces credentials. … I can see [other former special forces soldiers] going, 'Hey, check out this boneheaded remark,' but I don't see the gravitas that I would with a guy wearing medals he didn't earn.'"

Monday, February 23, 2015

What Good is Tor in 2014?

 Tor is not a privacy slam dunk. #NewAmCyber

It's probable, especially in the wake of the recent NSA revelations, that government agencies such as the NSA and CSIS sniff traffic on many exit nodes.


Friday, February 20, 2015

Replacements - The Ledge Lyrics

 I have heard this song at least a thousand times, but I've never looked at the lyrics.

Wow. Strong and sad. I think I knew that kid.

I'm glad I was able to get tickets today.

See you guys in DC in May.


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Jeb Bush just revealed the social security numbers of a bunch of former constituents

Dear "eGovernor" Bush,
Privacy protection is an important part of the job. Who is your security officer? You have a security officer, right?

In a ham-handed effort at transparency, the likely 2016 Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush just released a trove of emailsfrom his time as Florida's governor—but the emails included confidential messages, personal information and even social security numbers from thousands of people. What was he thinking?

The un-redacted email dump was first identified by the Verge, which found emails that, among other things, discussed the firings of public employees. In some emails, petitioners sent their social security numbers to Bush, who was famously responsive to email inquiries from his constituents.