By timothy from Slashdot's let's-say-this-is-jeopardy department
An anonymous reader writes with some snippets pulled from a lengthy Q&A session at The New Yorker
with former NSA head Keith Alexander
, in which Alexander defends the collection of metadata by U.S. spy agencies both abroad and within the United States: "The probability of an attack getting through to the United States, just based on the sheer numbers, from 2012 to 2013, that I gave you—look at the statistics. If you go from just eleven thousand to twenty thousand, what does that tell you? That's more. That's fair, right? [..] These aren't my stats. The University of Maryland does it for the State Department. [...] The probability is growing. What I saw at N.S.A. is that there is a lot more coming our way. Just as someone is revealing all the tools and the capabilities we have. What that tells me is we're at greater risk. I can't measure it. You can't say, Well, is that enough to get through? I don't know. It means that the intel community, the military community, and law enforcement are going to work harder."Read Replies (0)
By timothy from Slashdot's won't-happen-again department
As reported by TheNextWeb, the extended outage of the authentication mechanism of Adobe's Creative Cloud service
<a>has been resolved</a>. From the story: 'According to a series of tweets: 'Adobe ID issue is resolved. We are bringing services back online. We will share more details once we confirm everything is working.' Adobe said further, 'We have restored Adobe login services and all services are now online. We will be sharing a complete update on the outage soon.' and 'We know we let you down. We apologize and are working to ensure it doesn't happen again."'
A good time to revisit this prediction from last year about how going to an all-cloud, all-subscription model might hurt customers
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By timothy from Slashdot's omg-send-3+-ambos-&-type-0-blood-pls-lol department
writes "After it was long rumored and discussed about, the ability to text 911 in case of emergency is slowly rolling out in the United States to subscribers of AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless. For the time being, the service is available in areas of Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Montana, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont and Virginia. According to the FCC, the service will gradually roll out to more areas and by the end of this year, virtually anyone with a cellphone and enough service will be able to make use of it. Which means that all carriers will support it."
TechCrunch has a deeper article that explains why "you probably can't use it yet
," and links to the FCC's own explanation of the service
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