No, you can’t remotely turn on phones (jdargis)
Snowden saw programs that were widely successful at getting intelligence from phones, but he doesn’t understand the details. Yes, there may be a model of phone out there where the NSA was able to “remotely turn it on” (probably because a baseband processor was never truly off), but that doesn’t mean that when you turn off your iPhone that the NSA can do anything with it. Your iPhone, or Brian Williams’ phone, is safe from “remote turn on”. On the other hand, if you have an iPhone, the NSA is doing its best to find 0day vulnerabilities, in the baseband, in IOS operating system, in the browser, in apps, and so on. You are in danger — but still, they aren’t omnipotent over your phone.
Washington’s response will be much higher taxes and placing a financial iron curtain around America to keep your assets available for confiscation should the need arise. This includes a future emergency wealth tax plus possible gold and retirement plan asset confiscation or forced investment into a future collapsing Treasury market. But with crisis and disruption also comes opportunity for those aware of what is happening, both bad and good.
The hacker goes by several names: Nitrous, Savaged, and Clerk1337, to name a few. When he contacted Ver, the bitcoin investor and an acquaintance–Jason Maurice, the chief hacking officer of Japanese security startup Wiz Technologies–already were engaged in what became an hours-long effort to regain control of multiple online accounts seized by the hacker, whom Ver believes acted alone. Nitrous had taken control of an old Hotmail account that belonged to Ver–apparently using public information to answer the email service’s security questions–and then he had used it to commandeer the memorydealers.com internet domain, an address used by Ver’s computer parts business. Nearly 15 years ago, Ver used the Hotmail address to register the domain, and with control of the address, Nitrous managed to take over the domain by way of Ver’s domain name registrar, Register.com.
So far, I haven’t forgotten how to eat normal food, nor have I found myself forsaking the heritage and culinary traditions of my native people (though as a fifth-generation American with a mutt-like mix of western European ancestry, I don’t really know what the hell my heritage and culinary traditions would be other than “beer, assorted”). I’m certainly not abandoning social interaction and slurping Soylent in solitude. I am eating it by myself, but I work from home. Unless I’m out interviewing someone, my lunches are almost exclusively quick solo affairs. For what it’s worth, I like eating lunch alone—I’m introverted, and spending time in silence and contemplation, whether it’s with an artisanal báhn mì sandwich from Nobi (just down the street off NASA Rd 1—highly recommended!) or with a mug of Soylent, is all equally refreshing.
The U.S. government has begun the process of planning wind energy developments off the southern coast of New York, but if the history of East Coast wind projects is any indication, the effort may face a long fight. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management wants private sector and public input regarding plans for commercial wind energy leases for an area about 11 nautical miles off the southern coast of Long Beach, NY.
Kiev is feeling emboldened by the successful election of a new Ukrainian president and a bloody surge against separatists in the east, but in just a few days, Russia says it will twist the gas spigot, and there’s very little Kiev can do to stop that.
On June 3, Russia plans to reduce the gas supply to Ukraine — and hence, to Europe — if Kiev has failed to pay in advance for next month’s gas deliveries, the price for which has been doubled as a result of the political crisis.
Shakeout threatens U.S. shale patch as frackers go for broke (Northernlights)
Drillers are caught in a bind. They must keep borrowing to pay for exploration needed to offset the steep production declines typical of shale wells. At the same time, investors have been pushing companies to cut back. Spending tumbled at 26 of the 61 firms examined. For companies that can’t afford to keep drilling, less oil coming out means less money coming in, accelerating the financial tailspin.
California is the nation’s leading producer of almonds, avocados, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, grapes, lettuce, milk, onions, peppers, spinach, tomatoes, walnuts, and dozens of other commodities, according to a 2012 Department of Agriculture report (PDF). The state produces one-third of our vegetables and two-thirds of our nuts and fruits each year. While fields in iconic agricultural states like Iowa, Kansas, and Texas primarily produce grain (most of which is used to fatten animals), pretty much everything you think of as actual food is grown in California. Simply put: We can’t eat without California. But as climate change–fueled droughts continue to desiccate California, the short-term solution from farmers has been to double down on making money.
As the maps above show, much of California’s agriculture is concentrated in the parts of the state that the drought has hit the hardest. For example: Monterey County, which is currently enduring an “exceptional drought,” according to the US Drought Monitor, grew nearly half of America’s lettuce and broccoli in 2012.
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