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Philip Zimmermann: king of encryption reveals his fears for privacy

The creator of PGP has moved his mobile-encryption firm Silent Circle to Switzerland to be free of US mass surveillance. Here he explains why<p>When Philip Zimmermann was campaigning for nuclear disarmament in the 1980s, he kept an escape plan in his back pocket. The inventor of the world’s most …

This Billionaire Governor Taxed the Rich and Increased the Minimum Wage -- Now, His State's Economy Is One of the Best in the Country

The next time your right-wing family member or former high school classmate posts a status update or tweet about how taxing the rich or increasing workers' wages kills jobs and makes businesses leave the state, I want you to send them this article.<p>When he took office in January of 2011, Minnesota …

Obama's Real Crime: Treating Americans Like Adults

There are obvious explanations for Rudy Giuliani turning himself into a Donald Trump-scale joke this week by attacking President Obama's patriotism.<p>#1: A craving for attention, in someone who had fallen out of the spotlight.<p>#2: Racism, just the latest example of the right's "othering" of Obama. …

Political Science

Raspberry Pi 2 is camera shy: flash causes mini-computer to switch off

New faster Raspberry Pi 2 sensitive to Xenon camera flashes due to a weakness in one of the power-supply chips on the exposed board<p>The new, more powerful Raspberry Pi 2 credit card-sized computer has a small and rather surprising flaw: flashes of light will cause it to spontaneously crash and power …

Raspberry Pi

Time Warner Cable's High-Speed Internet 97 Percent Profit Margin is a Big, Bright Red Flag; Critics Rebuked.

In the previous article, I laid out excerpts of Time Warner Cable's SEC-filed 2013 Annual Report which detailed TWC's profit margin (revenues minus expenses) for High-speed Internet.<p>And we wrote about it because it is a big, bright red flag, especially considering that Time Warner Cable and Comcast …

Mars One mission: a one-way trip to the red planet in 2024

The launch date is still a decade away but preparations are underway for the first human expedition to Mars. Here we explain about the mission, Mars spacecrafts and selecting volunteers to establish a colony on the planet<p>From more than 200,000 people who hoped to leave Earth and die on Mars, only …

Mars

Put Working People First

The jobs report Friday set off cheering: a quarter million positions added in December; unemployment declining to 5.6 percent. This good news arrived amid a booming stock market and a third-quarter GDP report showing the strongest growth in 11 years.<p>It’s all so very jolly, except for one looming …

Charlie Hebdo attacks: Get up to speed on the latest developments

<b>(CNN) —</b> Days after gunmen reigned terror in France, more answers are emerging in the case -- while many remain uncertain.<p>Millions rallied in Paris against terrorism and extremism over the weekend. Thousands of police officers and at least 10,000 soldiers are being deployed across France. And the …

Al-Qaeda

A Star Just Got Swallowed By A Warp In Space-Time

Om nom nom<p>A star has slipped out of view thanks to the space-time warp it creates as it orbits.<p>The disappearing star is part of a binary star system called J1906. It's a pulsar, which means it's a rotating neutron star, the result of a massive star collapsing in on itself. Researchers have been …

Obamacare penalties, payouts ahead for many tax filers

Uncle Sam could take a bigger bite at tax time for consumers who received too much government help last year with their Obamacare premiums.<p>That may be just one of several surprises for millions of Americans in advance of the first tax deadline involving the Affordable Care Act.<p>The majority of …

Apple laptops vulnerable to virus that 'can’t be removed'

A security flaw in Apple laptops could leave users vulnerable to infection by malicious software that hackers could use to steal data and which is virtually impossible to remove<p>A security expert has found a way to install malicious code on a tiny chip built into Apple laptops which would resist any …

Dow soars 323 points after worst start since '08

That was fast.<p>The stock market freak out of 2015 lasted a grand total of three days. The market is on the upswing again thanks to oil prices stabilizing and central bankers around the world reiterating their willingness to do whatever it takes to keep the world economy humming. Will it last?<p>The Dow …

Our Dreaming World

For all the study and attention that dreams have received, its rather remarkable how much we don't know about dreaming -- not only about its purpose, but also about the mechanics in the brain that make dreams happen.<p>Dreaming is a fundamental, seemingly timeless part of the human experience. For …

Sleep

NSA Director on Sony Hack: “The Entire World is Watching”

National Security Agency Director Admiral Michael Rogers expressed support Thursday for the United States’ economic sanctions against North Korea in …

Eight new planets might be capable of hosting life

<b>(CNN) —</b> If you're planning on packing up and changing addresses to Kepler-442b or Kepler-438b anytime soon, you can probably put away the moving boxes for now.<p>While the newly discovered exoplanets and their six friends hold the exciting possibility of being capable of supporting life, scientists …

Planets

These GIFs Show the Freakishly High Definition Future of Body Scanning

General Electric<p>1 of 4<p>General Electric released images on Wednesday from its first clinical trial of a next generation body scanner that captures …

Obama wants community college to be free

Free education "for those willing to work for it."<p>That's what President Obama announced Friday in a bid to make the first two years of community college free for "responsible" students.<p>The president announced the proposal at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tenn., a significant …

How Pope Francis Helps Liberals

One of the most important and under-reported political breaking news stories of the year was reported by the Catholic News Service in a story datelined from Vatican City on Jan. 6, 2015. In that story, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican's secretary of State, said that when Francis visits …

French cartoonists killed in Paris took a profane aim at the world

<b>(CNN) —</b> With pen names Charb, Wolinski, Cabu, Tignous and Honore, they were famous for targeting all forms of authority with the world's sharpest, no-holds-barred political cartoons.<p>But intolerance for that irreverence has cost some of France's most respected and controversial cartoonists their …

Tycoon's ex rejects $975 million divorce check

Not everyone gets to see a check for $975 million with their name on it. But after a highly contentious divorce, Sue Ann Arnall is looking for more.<p>She rejected the check her ex-husband Harold Hamm sent her Monday, according to his attorneys.<p>Hamm agreed to pay the nearly $1 billion back in …

Kepler finds two planets with a striking resemblance to Earth

Welcome to the family! Scientists using NASA's Kepler spacecraft have confirmed at least eight new roughly Earth-sized planets sitting in the habitable zones of their host stars – two of which rival the most "Earth-like" planets found to date.<p>The discoveries, described at the American Astronomical …

Secret of long life may be written in stars, scientists find

Norwegian researchers found people born during times of high Sun activity died around five years before those born in periods of solar silence<p>The secret of long life may really be written in the stars - well the Sun at least - after scientists discovered that solar activity at birth predicts …

Tech Heads Unite! CES 2015 in Photos

Meet the Women Who Guard China’s Millionaires

Valued as secret weapons, female bodyguards are regarded as innocuous protectors who can disguise themselves as assistants or dance partners.<p><i>Watch our documentary about China's female bodyguards here.</i><p>Wearing a form-fitting black leather jacket with studded shoulders, leather pants, and …

Mistletoe is the Vampire of Plants

Mistletoe is basically a vampire—but one of those an anti-hero type vampires. Yes, I was surprised to learn that the same forest shrub that we love …

Cigars, Rum and Credit Cards: What Is in US-Cuba Agreement?

By<p>Reid J. Epstein<p>Reid J. Epstein<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@reidepstein<p>reid.epstein@wsj.com<p>Video: What Cuba Policy Changes Mean for You<p>How is President Barack Obama doing this?<p>The White House announced the changes to Cuba policy as new rules to be posted by the Treasury and Commerce …

The Curse of Reading and Forgetting

Recently, a colleague mentioned that she had been rereading Richard Hughes’s “A High Wind in Jamaica,” which was first published in 1929 and is about a group of creepy little kids who become the unwanted wards of sad, listless pirates. She praised it, and her recommendation sent me to Amazon. The …