Deutsche Telekom has also proposed to help Europe avoid NSA surveillance by creating “Schengen area routing,” a network for the 26 European countries that have agreed to remove passport controls at their borders. This network would supposedly allow these nations to securely exchange data among themselves. Conveniently, the Schengen area does not include the U.K., which is now known to be closely cooperating with the NSA.
via NSA Scandal May Help Build Cyber-Barriers – Bloomberg.
So, a wish for 2014 is for balance: a recognition among business and political leaders that economic growth is not an unalloyed good if it repeats the historical errors of stoking debt, consumption and estate agents’ fees. A balanced economy requires focus on education, targeted state support of industry, a functioning banking system to fund supply-chain businesses, a government procurement machine that is sympathetic to British companies, a system that encourages innovation by universities and then allows the private sector to monetize it, and decent infrastructure.
via Britain must look beyond London and put faith in manufacturing | Business | The Observer.
.. there are certainly a few key areas where the speed does make a big difference.
via Google Fiber experience | Eric Rogers.
The possibility that attackers would target the “Internet of Things” was the second most common prediction among security experts, after mobile security. Symantec even dubbed the “Internet of Things” as the “Internet of Vulnerabilities.”
via Predictions: Securing, Protecting the Internet of Things.
.. because legislators are inundated with inputs — from constituents, the media, trade associations, leadership, colleagues, donors and others — their decision-making primarily is based on a sophisticated process known as “heuristics.”
via Are Politicians Really As Stupid As Pundits Say? – Forbes.
On almost every left-right issue that divides Democrats and Republicans — as well as Republicans themselves — there is a neglected populist constituency. The result is that populist politics are largely caricatured as Tea Party extremism — and a voice for the middle class is largely absent.
via HANSON: The orphaned middle class – Washington Times.
The final stage of this competition isn’t until December 2014. But at that time, the remaining teams have to demonstrate that their robot is capable of completing eight tasks related to a disaster scenario. They include shattering a concrete wall using a power tool, climbing a wobbly ladder, driving a utility vehicle, crossing a debris-littered field, replacing damaged or dated industrial equipment, and isolating and closing a valve in a leaking pipe.
via Lockheed Martin's Disaster Robot Gets the Go-Ahead From DARPA – DailyFinance.