A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.
National Security Agency officers on several occasions have channeled their agency’s enormous eavesdropping power to spy on love interests, U.S. officials said. The practice isn’t frequent — one official estimated a handful of cases in the last decade — but it’s common enough to garner its own spycraft label: LOVEINT.NSA Officers Sometimes Spy on Love Interests - Washington Wire - WSJ (via kenyatta)
Spy agencies often refer to their various types of intelligence collection with the suffix of “INT,” such as “SIGINT” for collecting signals intelligence, or communications; and “HUMINT” for human intelligence, or spying.
The “LOVEINT” examples constitute most episodes of willful misconduct by NSA employees, officials said.
The competition has been aggressive during this period of uncertainty, but we are, as we have always been, determined to prove to you why Dell is the best solutions provider to meet your needs.
Michael Dell, in an open letter to Dell’s “customers and partners” about his ongoing efforts to take the struggling company private.
Just how bad is the PC industry right now? Focus on the “solutions provider” part. IBM doesn’t get nearly enough credit for being way ahead on this move.(via parislemon)
To create additional motivation, the NSA incorporated various features from computer games into the program. For instance, analysts who were especially good at using XKeyscore could acquire “skilz” points and “unlock achievements.” The training units in Hesse were apparently successful. ECC analysts had achieved the “highest average of skilz points” compared with all other NSA departments participating in the training program.
This is amazing.
California devotes $179,400 to keep a juvenile in detention for a year, and spends less than $10,000 per student in its schools.Help Thy Neighbor and Go Straight to Prison - NYTimes.com (via slantback)