Though humans often liken themselves to top predators such as lions, a new study
) used FAO data to calculate the human trophic level (HTL), i.e.
the position of Homo sapiens
in the food chain, and found that humans are actually on a par with anchovies and pigs with an average trophic level of 2.21
1 for plants to 5.5 for bears and orcas). Values vary by country, from 2.04 in the 97% plant-eating Burundi to 2.57 in the 50% fish-loving Iceland. As meat consumption is growing in countries like India and China, mankind is globally becoming more carnivorous and has been improving its trophic level by 3% since 1961. [more inside]
NSA Haiku Generator
- "Create a poem out of the NSA search terms that flag you as a potential terrorist!
What, really, is a wolf-dog??
Wolf-dogs already blur the line between dog and wolf - BUT things get really muddy if dogs are proven to have evolved themselves
: "The evolutionarily correct way to state all this is that human beings, with their campfires and garbage heaps and hunting practices, but above all with their social interactions, represented an ecological niche ripe for exploitation by wolves."
During the 19th century, thousands of men took to the seas to hunt for whales. The indigenous peoples of the Arctic practiced whaling for several millennia before that. Technological change and changes in mores have reduced the whaling industry to a heavily regulated shadow of what it used to be. But it hasn’t disappeared altogether. Even now, at the dawn of the 21st century, ships prowl the seas in search of a spout or a gigantic fin. A few months ago, Outside magazine published an account of a whale hunt aboard the Norwegian ship Sofie.
Carnivore, the gold standard for conspiracy theory, has apparently been mothballed.
An interesting element of this is that Carnivore has been removed from service not because it is invasive of civil liberties, but rather because it has failed to perform against commercially-available monitoring technologies. Of course, since we do not know what those technologies *are*, it may be that they have built into them considerations of individual rights to privacy that Carnivore could not be altered to respect. However, given the drift of the US on matters of data privacy, this seems unlikely...
So, what are the programmes that do it better than Carnivore? What do they have to offer that Carniviore doesn't, or is it just the ISPs are now offering information straight to the government? And does this mean that it is no longer fashionable to append long strings of exciting-sounding nouns to emails?
(Apologies if this is old news to the more plugged-in - this report has only just been released under FOI)
No Carnivore? No Osama evidence
"The FBI destroyed evidence gathered in an investigation involving bin Laden's network after its e-mail wiretap system
mistakenly captured information to which the agency was not entitled.
The FBI technical person was apparently so upset that he destroyed all the e-mail take, including the take on" the suspect, the memo said".
Another example of the need for significant FBI reform
Carnivore and other forms of snooping approved by congress
there has been some references to what this articles deals with but this gives a slightly broader perspectve.
48 hours of wiretap without a court order?
Sure, according to the Senate. Carnivore installations on the rise and the recent call to control crypto software are exactly what we don't need. This is probably just the beginning.
The ACLU wants to protect your privacy
from government electronic surveillance programs like Echelon and Carnivore. Their full page ad
in today's NYT claims 4th amendment
rights are being violated by the US government, which is overstepping their bounds, and nearly free of up-to-date laws. Is it to late or can anything be done to protect civilian electronic communication?
You think so, but did you know that Steve Bellovin, Matt Blaze, Peter G Neumann and Gene Spafford agree with you? Along with David Farber from UPenn, they were asked to identify specific areas of concern by the Chief Scientist at Justice for review by a team from the Illinois Institute or Technology's Research Insititute. They weren't real impressed with the quality of the report that team returned.
Roll your own Carnivore.
A network security firm has released its own software package
to duplicate the abilities of the FBI's packet-sniffing black box
. Or at least, its admitted
we're not the *only* ones who may think that Louis Freeh needs a new job