NSA E-Mail Surveillance Renews Concerns in Congress.
"Since April, when it was disclosed that the intercepts of some private communications of Americans went beyond legal limits in late 2008 and early 2009, several Congressional committees have been investigating. Those inquiries have led to concerns in Congress about the agency’s ability to collect and read domestic e-mail messages of Americans on a widespread basis, officials said. Supporting that conclusion is the account of a former N.S.A. analyst who, in a series of interviews, described being trained in 2005 for a program in which the agency routinely examined large volumes of Americans’ e-mail messages without court warrants. Two intelligence officials confirmed that the program was still in operation." [Via]
posted by homunculus
on Jun 17, 2009 -
As those of you on the wrong email lists can probably guess, Snopes is overflowing with gang initiation
rumors. What you may not know is that the New Jersey police recently arrested
someone spreading those stories for "causing false public alarm." [more inside]
posted by tkolar
on Dec 7, 2008 -
U.S. Presidents have had an uneven relationship
with technology. The Clinton Presidential Library
has more than 40 million White House emails on record (but only two
are from the man himself). The Bush Administration, on the other hand, junked the Clinton archival process and replaced it with a comically inept alternative
that has lost more than five million messages, many concerning official government business
. (President Bush, for his part, gave up his longtime address -- G94b@aol.com
-- just before his inauguration). Even the Reagan White House had its share of problems
with the digital age. Now, as tech-savvy
Barack Obama prepares to implement his technology plans
, does he have a shot at dragging the Oval Office into the 21st century
? Or will he have to surrender his laptop
, his email account, and his beloved Blackberry?
posted by Rhaomi
on Nov 15, 2008 -
A dress code
at the polls? Many
states have 'electioneering' laws in place that can be broadly interpreted to mean that clothing with political messages is not allowed. Snopes put a page up
advising voters to check with their board of elections. Some election officials
have released statements attempting to clarify
[pdf] the enforcement of their state's electioneering laws, though those statements aren't legally binding. Other election officials are suing
to keep the broad definition of electioneering in place. If rules are interpreted to include campaign shirts and buttons, you will likely need to cover the item up, remove it, or otherwise conceal it. [more inside]
posted by cashman
on Oct 6, 2008 -
Strongbad answers his 200th email in this installment of the long-running Homestarrunner.com web site. Featuring a musical intro by They Might Be Giants.
posted by justkevin
on Sep 23, 2008 -
There are plenty of events guides in Los Angeles, but none has as personal a voice, as finely honed an aesthetic (the Neutra font
is an inspired touch) or as discerning an eye as Kristin's. Her weekly emails and web listings are one woman's recommended sampling of the most interesting music, film, architecture, food, fashion, literary and unquantifiable events across the megalopolis. And so far, it's completely ad-free.
posted by Scram
on Jul 21, 2008 -
Snail mail isn't that slow, unless you use real snails
.... As part of a "slow art
, Vicki Isley and Paul Smith of Bournemouth University have attached radio frequency identification chips (RFID's) to three gastropods, Austin, Cecil and Muriel. The RFID's will pick up your mail as the carriers amble past an electronic reader and deliver it when (in just a few days! ...or weeks ...or months....) they slip past a second reader.... RealSnailMail
! [more inside]
posted by Kronos_to_Earth
on Jun 21, 2008 -
It's not a bug, it's a feature: Carolin Horn has designed Anymails
, which represents your email messages and folders as micro-organisms. The morphology of the individual organisms and their behaviour within colonies imparts information about the state of your email. You can view QT movies of the application in action (1
), download her thesis
, and download the Anymails code
itself. See some of her other work here
(predominantly in German). via Madame Martin, the "French Metafilter"
posted by Rumple
on Aug 31, 2007 -
My Right Wing Dad
is a new-ish and rather informal blog that aims to provide "a chance for folks to examine the unrestrained rhetoric that is quietly passed from in-box to in-box in America," by hosting a collection of the emails that form an often untraceable and unacknowledged part of public discourse in the U.S., especially on the Right. Tagged by category (for example: God
, and World War II
), the amateur archive presents a range of colorful opinion, not all of it strikingly accurate, and some of it offensive. In efforts to understand liberal and conservative habits of communication
, it may be worth considering the role of forwarded email in the electoral process, and the reasons that the forwarding of email is popular among some people
, and whether this behavior tends to correlate with particular political opinions. The emails hosted on MyRightWingDad may in any case be enlightening, unless you're already on the forward list of someone in the know.
posted by washburn
on Aug 15, 2007 -
Network Hosting Attorney Scandal E-Mails Also Hosted Ohio's 2004 Election Results
--...more than ample documentation to show that on Election Night 2004, Ohio's "official" Secretary of State website -- which gave the world the presidential election results -- was redirected from an Ohio government server to a group of servers that contain scores of Republican web sites, including the secret White House e-mail accounts that have emerged in the scandal surrounding Attorney General Alberto Gonzales's firing of eight federal prosecutors. ...
posted by amberglow
on Apr 23, 2007 -
is a free service for sending SMS (text messages) via email to any cell phone, all you need to do is send to email@example.com. Try it out
. Replies will automatically be sent back to your email.
posted by onalark
on Dec 2, 2006 -
Email used to be the ultimate application of the Internet, and there are still some interesting artifacts of that left behind today: As a source of randomness Email Roulette
(which we've seen before
) is my favorite application of email. TPC Remote Printing Service
, a free mail-to-fax gateway, is pretty useful in a pinch and is something of an Old Internet institution with a history predating the web. Nearly as venerable is the more frivolous Internet Pizza Server
from the days when the very idea of making a purchase over the Internet was funny, and the idea of browsing the web via email
didn't seem so peculiar as it does today.
posted by majick
on May 18, 2006 -
Find offensive content!
The people at Inboxer allow you register for a free account
to use their antispam software on approximately 500,000 Enron emails in a database.
According to a Wired
article, the appliance has found 71,268 inappropriate messages.
And just to add to the fun, they're offering to give away 3 Ipod Shuffles
for people who submit the best emails in the "I'd fire him/her" the "Funniest Joke", and the "What were they thinking?" categories.
Just to give you an idea of what we're talking about here, check out this lovely Booty Call contract
. Also, check out the whitepaper they've written, Monsters in your mailbox
(.pdf), and get worried if you're using your business email account for personal messages!
posted by jasper411
on Feb 7, 2006 -
When you really, really
want your email to arrive at its destination: now you gotta pay postage
. Another brilliant, forward-looking idea for monetizing-the-InternetTM
from the wizards at AOL and Yahoo.
posted by digaman
on Feb 4, 2006 -
I remember the good old days. Back when I was a kid and Gmail revolutionized communication by offering 1 gigabytes of storage to it's users. Well step aside, G. These crazy bikers are giving away 1000 GB accounts with a whopping 500 MB limit on attachments. And no ads?! Is this really possible? Think of the bandwidth.
posted by drpynchon
on Dec 14, 2004 -