Hack The Planet

Because if you don't, who will?

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Immigration, why it is a good thing

I am going to take a break from my normal topics to discuss one that is a passionate one for most people in America. Immigration.

My family is a bunch of immigrants. Not first generation but in the last few. My ancestors came to America because it was the land of opportunity. Pretty much everyone who lives in America does so because their ancestors immigrated here. I am pretty sure all of them came here for the opportunities also.

America is a great country to live in and we should embrace that. People want to come here and build their lives and families. We need to make immigrating to America better so that we can bring in the best and brightest minds from around the world and have them want to live here.

When it comes down to it, who wants to live in a country that no one wants to immigrate to?

A great article on why immigration is a necessary part of American dominance and culture is here.

posted by holliday at 12:18 pm  

Monday, August 30, 2010

Hackers with freaking laser beams attached to their heads

I just read that Hackers cracked the encryption key from a quantum cryptographic system using lasers. Now that is awesome.

posted by holliday at 12:47 pm  

Thursday, August 19, 2010

1984 wasn’t a romance

In the city of Leon, Guanajuato in Mexico the government is putting in retina scanners to keep track of people. The scanners track you as you walk past them. So now, you can be tracked where ever you are in the city.

At Defcon this year Chris Paget showed how RFID’s could be tagged from a decent distance. Then today I read on Slashdot that Mark Roberti, an editor in the RFID field, says that Paget is showing RFID in the wrong light. That no one has had their privacy infringed upon with it and that it hasn’t lead to identity theft and that there isn’t enough data anyway to be an issue. I think Mark is missing the point.

When you get arrested and the officer reads you your rights the line goes “Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.” What is going to stop the government from extending this to “Anything can and will be used against you.” I think that we as citizens need to be mindful that just because things haven’t been used against us doesn’t mean they can’t or won’t be.

posted by holliday at 2:00 pm  

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