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And on... Forever, it seems

Feb 17, 2015 by Ugh | 2 Comments
Some of the implants burrow so deep into the computer systems, Kaspersky said, that they infect the “firmware,” the embedded software that preps the computer’s hardware before the operating system starts. It is beyond the reach of existing antivirus products and most security controls, Kaspersky reported, making it virtually impossible to wipe out. In many cases, it also allows the American intelligence agencies to grab the encryption keys off a machine, unnoticed, and unlock scrambled contents. Moreover, many of the tools are designed to run on computers that are disconnected from the Internet.....

A Year

Feb 07, 2015 by Ugh | 1 Comment
Saw the underlying story last week, but, I guess we are at war with Hezbollah and CIA isn't interested in anyone finding out. http://www.politico.com/story/2015/02/hezbollah-imad-mughniyeh-assassination-newsweek-cia-114984.html?hp=t4_r

And on and on and on ...

Jan 27, 2015 by Ugh | 6 Comments
The Justice Department has acknowledged constructing a database to track the movements of millions of vehicles across the U.S. in real time. The program, whose existence was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, is primarily overseen by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to combat drug trafficking near the U.S.-Mexico border. However, government emails indicate that the agency has been working to expand the database throughout the United States over the past several years. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/01/27/justice-department-working-on-national-car-tracking-database/ Previously reported: The Drug Enforcement Administration has formally acknowledged that it maintained a sweeping database of phone calls made from the United States to multiple foreign countries. The program has since been discontinued, the Justice Department said Friday. The revelation was made in a court filing in the case of a man accused of conspiring to export goods and technology illegally to Iran. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/01/16/dea-acknowledges-massive-phone-call-database/

Super Bowl Matchup Prediction - Part Deux

Jan 23, 2015 by Ugh | Add comment
Even though my original prediction of a Packers-Patriots Superbowl was correct (the only obstacle being that the Packers technically lost to Seattle and their Coach Mike McCarthy last weekend), I will nevertheless predict the winner of the purported Seahawks-Patriots matchup in 10 days: Seahawks, 34-10.

Regional Ramen

Jan 20, 2015 by libjpn | 1 Comment
A nice explanation here http://luckypeach.com/a-guide-to-the-regional-ramen-of-japan/

National Center test

Jan 17, 2015 by libjpn | 4 Comments
This weekend is the Daigaku Nyūshi Sentā Shiken, often referred to as 'the Center test'. Imagine the worst aspects of any standardized test that you could imagine and then multiply it by ten and you have a small idea of this test. A Korean colleague noted that the Korean version is even more hard-core, all air-traffic is grounded during the duration of the test. discuss

Paris?

Jan 16, 2015 by Ugh | 12 Comments
Am I crazy to even think of NOT going to Paris next week?

Recent elections here

Jan 15, 2015 by libjpn | Add comment
The LDP called elections, with what a lot of people feel is a platform for encouraging the militarization of Japan. http://peoplesworld.org/opposition-to-militarism-spurs-big-win-for-japan-s-communists/ Earlier, two people immolated themselves in protest. http://www.japanfocus.org/events/view/234 Interesting times

free climbing

Jan 13, 2015 by libjpn | 1 Comment
Not Japan, but I've been following the two guys free climbing up El Capitan in Yosemite https://www.facebook.com/kjorgeson http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/12/yosemite-climber-higher-el-capitan-summit-catch-up amazing

Japanese consumer electronics and the Japanese internet scene

Jan 11, 2015 by libjpn | Add comment