Boundless Informant

The inevitable next step after a major leak of information is the media actually publishing it.

The NSA has a massive, data mining tool called Boundless Informant, that essentially enables NSA to track and analyze practically all communication happening around the world, going as far as color coding those areas of the world that are ‘hot zones’ (appropriately colored red):

The Boundless Informant documents show the agency collecting almost 3 billion pieces of intelligence from US computer networks over a 30-day period ending in March 2013. One document says it is designed to give NSA officials answers to questions like, “What type of coverage do we have on country X” in “near real-time by asking the SIGINT [signals intelligence] infrastructure.”

via The Guardian UK

Big Brother Gets Sabotaged

Every summer I say I won’t watch it, but every summer, I end up getting sucked into CBS’s Big Brother. For those who do not get sucked in, the show’s motto is “Expect the Unexpected”, and this year was no different. This year though,  ‘Big Brother 12’ got sabotaged because their twist, having one of the “Houseguests” be a Saboteur working to cause chaos in the house, completely backfired. Their “Saboteur” got evicted in week one

in a perfect storm of bad luck for CBS, that’s just what happened when Annie was evicted about 10 minutes after she was first revealed to be the Saboteur.

So now the show’s producers need to figure out another twist or catchy scenario to keep things fresh.  I say they put Julie Chen in the house for a few weeks. That would be an interesting twist!

Big Brother 5

I am embarrassed to report that, for some reason, I have become hooked on the show Big Brother on CBS. Its actually something I have been suffering from for the past few years. The root of this evil started back a few years ago when we were on a family vacation in Maine and on an uneventful evening, we watched an episode of the show. And it just went downhill from there. Now the past few years have been entertaining enough for me to keep watching. The people on the show were somewhat interesting and made for decent television. But this year, I may cut my ties with the show. They have these two jackasses Jase and Scott, who walk around with bandanas on their heads and no shirts, thinking they own the CBS network not to mention everyone in the house. I am not sure if I will continue watching this year, but if I do, it will be only to pull for someone in the house to evict both of these fools. At least the women on this year’s show are easy to look at.