… and this is why you should be buying AMD

“Gameworks represents a clear and present threat to gamers by deliberately crippling performance on AMD products (40% of the market) to widen the margin in favor of NVIDIA products,” Hallock told me in an email conversation over the weekend. But wait, it stands to reason that AMD would be miffed over a competitor having the edge when it comes to graphical fidelity and features, right? Hallock explains that the core problem is deeper: “Participation in the Gameworks program often precludes the developer from accepting AMD suggestions that would improve performance directly in the game code—the most desirable form of optimization.The code obfuscation makes it difficult to perform our own after-the-fact driver optimizations, as the characteristics of the game are hidden behind many layers of circuitous and non-obvious routines,” Hallock continues. “This change coincides with NVIDIA’s decision to remove all public Direct3D code samples from their site in favor of a ‘contact us for licensing’ page. AMD does not engage in, support, or condone such activities.”

Link (Techdirt)

You might be a terrorist

… according to the statistics.

You may recall the Feds’ contending with straight faces in 2004 that if “a little old lady in Switzerland gave money to a charity for an Afghan orphanage, and the money was passed to al Qaeda,” she met the definition of “enemy combatant.” Five years later, a federal Fusion Center decreed that “if you’re an anti-abortion activist, or if you display political paraphernalia supporting a third-party candidate or [Ron Paul], if you possess subversive literature, you very well might be a member of a domestic paramilitary group.”

Link (Techdirt)

Stop & Frisk in Miami Gardens

In the summer of 2010, a young black man was stopped and questioned by police on the streets of Miami Gardens, Florida. According to the report filled out by the officer, he was “wearing gray sweatpants, a red hoodie and black gloves” giving the police “just cause” to question him. In the report, he was labeled a “suspicious person.”

He was an 11-year-old boy on his way to football practice.

A Fusion investigation has found that he was just one of 56,922 people who were stopped and questioned by Miami Gardens Police Department (MGPD) between 2008 and 2013. That’s the equivalent of more than half of the city’s population.

Not one of them was arrested.

Link (fusion.net)

TrueCrypt is down…

To me, this smells quite a lot like a NSL (National Security Letter) or similar.
Perhaps even an order to put a back door into TrueCrypt.

To quote one commenter at Techdirt:

It’s gotta be either a compromised key or a hidden message. The development team wouldn’t in their right minds advise people to move from TrueCrypt to Bitlocker–that’s clearly ludicrous. The fact that they haven’t made any clarifications to their statement is equally telling, and it’s pretty easy to do the math. My guess is that they are under a gag order

Link (Techdirt)

That isn’t really a denial, UPS

Regarding the case where NSA was accused of intercepting and planting back doors into Cisco equipment, UPS has issued a “denial”:

UPS, which Cisco has used since 1997 to ship hardware to customers around the world, said on Thursday that it did not voluntarily allow government officials to inspect its packages unless it is required to do so by law.

“Voluntarily” and “unless required to do so by law”. So they might be doing it, then.

Link (Techdirt)

Europe just banished free speech on the internet

(…) an absolutely insane ruling that came out of the European Court of Human Rights last fall, in the case of Delfi AS v. Estonia, which basically said that any website that allows comments can be liable for those comments. In fact, it found that even when sites took down comments (automatically!) following complaints, they can still be liable, because they should have blocked those comments from going up in the first place. Bizarrely, the court basically says the site should have known that the article in question might lead to negative reactions, and therefor should have blocked comments:

Link (Techdirt)

The US doesn’t do economic spying…

… but not because it doesn’t want to

Former CIA Director And Defense Secretary Says CIA Tried, But Failed, To Do Economic Espionage

But despite his attempt to work with, in his words, five or six commerce secretaries, “I never could get one of them interested in being the facilitator of getting that kind of CIA information to American companies. So this is something we don’t do.”

Link (Techdirt)

Wow… WordArt

Impressive. This guy actually uses WordArt on his “search engine”. Also… works only in IE? What year is this? 1997?

In the mood for a good laugh, I decided to take a trip to his webpage (http://letsnotbeevil.com/). The webpage turned out to be an embarrassment. I expected something at least somewhat modern-looking. However, what I found can only be described as garish. He states that the website is designed for Internet Explorer. How cute, someone who has failed to realize that the world has left Internet Explorer behind. Using Google Chrome, I navigated to his website to discover that it was a jumbled mess

Link (YourKickstarterSucks)
Link (Kickstarter)
Link (LetsNotBeEvil)