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Glenn Greenwald’s Article On NSA Snooping Actually Snooped On Everyone Who Clicked

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/glenn-greenwald-snooped-on-everyone-2013-8

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An article by The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald on XKEYSCORE actually gathered the browsing habits of everyone who clicked and wasn’t protected (by private, encrypted, and/or proxy browsing), reports Bob Cesca of the Daily Banter.

Using a free web application called Ghostery — which tells the user about embedded trackers —  Cesca found that The Guardian embedded 27 tracking bugs inside Greenwald’s article.

The bugs track browsing metadata, a lot like what Greenwald exposed on June 6 with his article on the National Security Agency and Verizon.

Ostensibly, private companies track browsing metadata on the web in order to help advertise and market products to users online.

(Though Nokia showed last year that there’s a thin, spooky line between advertising and surveillance — something alumni of Israel’s Unit 8200 also know all too well.)

Which begs the question: Why is it OK for private companies to snoop in the name of capitalism, but not for the government to do so in the name of security?

 


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Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 news No Comments

MIT’s 3D solar cells take cubism to new energy efficient heights

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/03/28/mits-3d-solar-cells-take-cubism-to-new-energy-efficient-heights/

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The promise of free energy is an enticing one — that’s free as in renewable source, not cost. (This is capitalism, after all, someone’s got to foot the bill.) Economic gripes aside, research outfits like M.I.T. are getting us one step closer to this cleaner fuel future with the creation of three dimensional photovoltaic cells. The team’s findings, recently published in the journal Energy and Environmental Science, demonstrate how these computer-modeled structures, rising upward in an unfolded accordion shape, have been proven to increase their energy yield over contemporary flat panels by up to 20 times in field and theoretical testing. This capacity gain, made possible by an efficient harvesting of sunlight during less optimal hours of the day, could be especially helpful in powering regions prone to overcast or wintry climates. The tech is still far from consumer friendly, though, with the actual price of the associated juice exceeding that of traditional solar tech. With continued improvements to the manufacturing process, however, residential and business customers could very well look forward to a future outfitted with solar towers only a Cubist could love.

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