Friday, December 09, 2016

Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win White House

Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win White House
What did the government know and when did it know it? Why did they choose not to go public? "The CIA has concluded in a secret assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency, rather than just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, according to officials briefed on the matter. Intelligence agencies have identified individuals with connections to the Russian government who provided WikiLeaks with thousands of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and others, including Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, according to U.S. officials. Those officials described the individuals as actors known to the intelligence community and part of a wider Russian operation to boost Trump and hurt Clinton’s chances. “It is the assessment of the intelligence community that Russia’s goal here was to favor one candidate over the other, to help Trump get elected,” said a senior U.S. official briefed on an intelligence presentation made to U.S. senators. “That’s the consensus view.”"

Brian Williams: "Fake News Played A Role In This Election And Continues To Find A Wide Audience"

Brian Williams: "Fake News Played A Role In This Election And Continues To Find A Wide Audience"
(Spit take) Well, he should know.

Audi Cars Now Talk To Stop Lights In Vegas

Audi Cars Now Talk To Stop Lights In Vegas
Neat. And I'm sure it will be hacked in 3, 2, 1...

The Hill

The Hill
Purely symbolic. I don't Congress voting to fire themselves particularly with such short term limits. It should be ok to make a career of politics and know how things operate and become experienced.

Why Time’s Trump Cover Is a Subversive Work of Political Art

Why Time’s Trump Cover Is a Subversive Work of Political Art
Well crafted propaganda.

Thursday, December 08, 2016

'Clean your desk' : My Amazon interview experience

'Clean your desk' : My Amazon interview experience
Ok. Never interview with Amazon. "My second round interview involved me being on line with a proctor (from ProctorU), whose job was to provide tech support and make sure I don’t cheat. As preamble, the proctor made me download some software, one of which spun up a UI for chatting with the proctor and giving them access to my machine so they can take control of my entire computer, including mouse. The proctor then proceeded to shut down all my running applications for me (I never realized what an unnerving experience it is to see your mouse move on your screen under someone else’s bidding). Then, my system settings were messed around with to make sure I can’t take screenshots. Of course, my camera and microphone are taken control of as well. After similarly Big Brother’ing around for a while, I’m asked to raise my laptop and show my desk through the webcam, which I do. At this point I was told: “Clean your desk.” I wasn’t sure I’d heard correctly."

John Glenn, First American To Orbit The Earth, Dies At 95

John Glenn, First American To Orbit The Earth, Dies At 95

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

A heartwarming story about a comic clerk who helped a "baby gay" teen customer come out through Supergirl comics

A heartwarming story about a comic clerk who helped a "baby gay" teen customer come out through Supergirl comics

That viral graph about millennials’ declining support for democracy? It’s very misleading.

That viral graph about millennials’ declining support for democracy? It’s very misleading.

Elite Geek

Elite Geek

xkcd: Never Seen Star Wars

xkcd: Never Seen Star Wars

Obama is suddenly interested in limiting the sweeping presidential powers he spent 8 years expanding

Obama is suddenly interested in limiting the sweeping presidential powers he spent 8 years expanding
Oh, now they care about executive overreach. "Many "progressives" looked the other way while the Obama administration asserted unprecedented presidential powers, like the right to murder anyone the president feels like, anywhere in the world, using drones and other technologies; and the right to spy on everyone, all the time. Now that Donald Trump is about to inherit those powers, the Obama administration has released a 61-page report insisting that the president's powers should be drastically curtailed and made accountable and transparent."

Wind turbines generating regret; $100,000 turbines to create $1.50 in electricity monthly | Peninsula Daily News

Wind turbines generating regret; $100,000 turbines to create $1.50 in electricity monthly | Peninsula Daily News
Efficiency!

Trump named Time’s Person of the Year

Trump named Time’s Person of the Year
Not very surprising.