I think I finally understand why Trump is doing so well (he recently pulled even with Hillary Clinton). It's only after years of shows like American Idol and America's Got Talent that his rise is possible. These shows got Americans used to the idea that they could vote with no actual consequences. In most cases (with very few exceptions), people with minimal talent are voted on and selected as "the winner", then almost immediately return to obscurity. In some cases (remember Sanjaya Malakar) there was an actual campaign to rig the vote so that a thoroughly undeserving candidate would win. …

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Hey fellas, Do you think it's possible to live in a organized society that doesn't have a government? And why? I can't remeber when I lost faith in our current system, it's been a while for sure. Year after year is getting more clearer to me that we need radical changes in the way we live. We need to evolve in manners to evolve in consciousness. The government that should, theoretically, protect and provide for the population are often caught protecting and providing for large coorporations while restricting the power and liberties of the people. I don't believe that any …

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The election is over and it looks like fear loses, at least for now. Our former Conservative government, led by Stephen Harper, went down in flames to the Liberals, led by Justin Trudeau. Thus ends a decade of Conservative rule that was slowly turning Canada into the US. One of Trudeau's campaign promises was to replace Canada's first-past-the-post electoral system with some sort of proportional voting. This would prevent what has so frequently happened - a splitting of the left/central vote between the Liberals and the NDP (social democrats) allowing the Conservatives to win (sometimes big) with less than 50% …

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So, a bunch of US financial institutes have been hacked. Nothing new there, if we are being brutally honest. The newsworthyness in this particular case comes courtesy of one of those organisations apparently being none other than JP Morgan Chase. USA Today reported yesterday that a federal law enforcement official had told the media outlet, unofficially, that Russian hackers were behind the series of breaches which resulted in the loss of "sensitive data." JP Morgan Chase did not confirmed the accuracy of the report, but a spokesperson did tell USA Today that it uses "multiple layers of defense to counteract …

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According to a [report](http://www.fireeye.com/resources/pdfs/fireeye-operation-ke3chang.pdf) from researchers at US security outfit FireEye, a number of computers belonging to diplomats attending the G20 summit in Russia three months ago, including at least five European foreign ministries, were successfully targeted by Chinese hackers. FireEye researchers had monitored a server, one of 23, used by the Ke3chang group in August. This enabled them to observe the malware in action, although FireEye says no data was stolen as far as they were aware during this period of observation. Naturally the security firm contacted the relevant authorities as soon as it realised what was underway. The …

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A Freedom of Information request from staff at the UK offices of the Huffington Post has revealed, according to a BBC report on the story, that more than 300,000 attempts were made to access pornographic websites from the Houses of Parliament during the last 12 months. Of course, just looking at the headlines or even the figures quoted in the stories that follow them doesn't always reveal the bigger picture. Often, sadly, all you are left with is something of a blank canvas. The original Huffington Post [story](http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/09/03/parliament-porn-websites_n_3859837.html?utm_hp_ref=uk) reported how authorities had "acknowledged that users of the Parliamentary Network servers, …

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IT Security experts Barracuda Labs recently researched the business of selling Twitter followers to those companies which cannot wait to build organic follower growth. Despite the purchasing of Twitter followers being an explicit breach of the Twitter terms and conditions of use, punishable by the deletion of the account concerned, the lure of instant followers seems to appeal to what you might call the 'lazy SEO' demographic. ![dweb-romneytwitter](/attachments/small/0/dweb-romneytwitter.jpg "align-right") Interestingly, the accounts used to sell fake followers are usually fake themselves. As was the case with the more than 70,000 such randomly sampled accounts analysed by researchers at Barracuda Labs. …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]16800[/ATTACH]The Swedish chief prosecutor Eva Finne dismissed a warrant for the arrest of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange less than a day after the warrant for charges of rape and molestation was issued. Finne declared, "I don't think there is reason to suspect that he has committed rape." She did not address the molestation charge, but presumably regards it as also unlikely. When the warrant, involving two young women Assange had encountered in Stockholm and Enköping, was first issued, statements from Wikileaks called the charges "without basis" and charged that it was one of a series of "dirty tricks" aimed at …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]16604[/ATTACH]The White House administration is asking allied Western governments to consider criminal charges against WikiLeaks founder, Australian-born [URL="http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/06/07/100607fa_fact_khatchadourian"]Julian Assange[/URL]. Assange is currently in hiding, due to the furor over WikiLeaks' release last month of the [URL="http://wikileaks.org/wiki/Afghan_War_Diary,_2004-2010"]Afghan War Diary[/URL], thousands of secret documents involving the war in Afghanistan from 2004 through 2009. WikiLeaks has an additional 15,000 documents which it has not released yet, and has said it is reviewing them before releasing them. The Department of Justice is currently investigating the case and considering criminal charges against those involved. It is negotiating through diplomatic channels the possibility of other countries …

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Michael Reagan, the eldest son of former US President Ronald Reagan, has accused people who use email services from Apple, AOL, Google, Hotmail and Yahoo! of "supporting the Obama, Pelosi and Reid liberal agenda" and ultimately "hurting our country". His answer, for those supporters of what he calls true "Reagan Conservative Values" is [URL="http://www.reagan.com/emailintro.htm"]the first conservative email service provider[/URL]. [attach]16341[/attach]In a truly bizarre attack on some of the most successful and popular providers of email across the planet, Michael Reagan insists that every time someone with conservative political views uses their email from these companies they are "helping the liberals". …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]16516[/ATTACH]On Thursday, Federal Communications Commission chair [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julius_Genachowski"]Julius Genachowski[/URL] said the he found the idea of Internet service providers offering faster speeds for users willing to pay extra fees "unacceptable." His statement was in reaction to rumors earlier this week that [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story302325.html"]Google and Verizon were working on an agreement[/URL] that would open the way for Verizon offering such a distinction in service. The Commission has been working on its own talks with large Internet service provider and content companies, but news that Google and Verizon might be working on a deal of their own brought the talks to a halt. [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story302391.html"]Google …

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Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, has asked the British public to help decide which laws should be repealed by way of what can only be described as an exercise in crowdsourcing via the government sponsored '[URL="http://yourfreedom.hmg.gov.uk/repealing-unnecessary-laws"]Your Freedom[/URL]' website. However, it seems the great British public are not taking this journey into online democracy in action quite as seriously as the politicians would have hoped. [attach]15673[/attach] "The Coalition Government is committed to restoring and defending your freedom" Clegg says "and we're asking you to participate." Which is nice, as is the notion that "Rules in society create …

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UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, has just sat down after speaking for an hour to deliver the coalition Government's 'Emergency Budget' to a crowded and noisy House of Commons - and it's not good news for the games industry. Of interest to those in the IT industry in general are the following announcements: The proposed [URL="http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/mar/24/budget-2010-video-games-tax-relief"]video games industry tax relief[/URL] announced by the previous Chancellor earlier in the year, and worth an estimated £1 billion a year to games developers, has been abolished. The [URL="http://www.broadbandchoices.co.uk/landline-levy-will-fund-superfast-broadband-for-all-16062009.html"]landline levy[/URL] which was also proposed in that same previous budget, estimated to cost …

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Martha Lane Fox, who co-founded lastminute.com, has [URL="http://www.number10.gov.uk/news/latest-news"]been appointed[/URL] as the new UK Digital Champion by Prime Minister David Cameron. As part of the coaltion Government's drive to increase transparency and accountability, the Internet entrepreneur will be tasked with encouraging as many people as possible to go online, and improving the convenience and efficiency of public services by driving online delivery. She will be supported in this endeavour by the Cabinet Office. Lane-Fox will also sit on the Efficiency Board, which is co-chaired by Cabinet Office Minister, Francis Maude, and Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, and which oversees …

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The Twitter account of the Conservative MP for Suffolk Coastal, Therese Coffey, has been well and truly hacked it would appear. According to [URL="http://www.londonspinonline.com/2010/06/exclusive-hackers-seize-top-torys.html"]London Spin[/URL] "The attackers bombarded social media users with sexually explicit messages and comments after gaining access to her Blog, Facebook and Twitter account details". Although the Facebook account would seem to be back under Tory control, with a message apologising that her account had been hacked and stating that she has the email address "of the person who has hacked in" which will enable her to "do something about it" the [URL="http://twitter.com/theresecoffey"]Twitter account[/URL] would appear to …

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The House Ways and Means Committee meets today for a hearing looking at the potential revenue that could come from regulated Internet gambling. The committee will be discussing Rep. Jim McDermott’s (D-WA) proposed '[URL="http://waysandmeans.house.gov/Hearings/hearingDetails.aspx?NewsID=11179"]Internet Gambling Regulation and Tax Enforcement Act[/URL]' that concentrates upon the revenue that might be generated from online gambling taxes. It is thought that over a five year period a legalised online gambling industry could create some 32,000 jobs and $57.5 billion in tax revenue. However, analysts at the [URL="http://www.cei.org"]Competitive Enterprise Institute[/URL] are urging Congress to reform the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) before doing anything …

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I'm a huge fan of the president. I loved how his campaign used social media to help drive him to victory in 2008. I think he's generally a smart, well-informed and extremely articulate man, but today he said something incredibly stupid about the iPad and I have to say something. [URL="http://mashable.com/2010/05/09/obama-ipads-distraction/"]Mashable reports[/URL] the president while speaking on misinformation in general blamed the iPad in part for the spread of inaccurate ideas: “With iPods and iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations — none of which I know how to work — information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather …

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Perhaps taking the lead from Connecticut Republicans who set up [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story232782.html"]fake[/URL] Twitter accounts and websites for their Democratic opponents, other political campaigns are doing it, too. In California, an intern for the campaign of Beth Krom for Congress noticed that the website of incumbent Representative John Campbell had a misspelled link: CampbellforCongres.com, with a missing s. "Krom's supporters bought the misspelled domain name and redirected it to Krom's website," explained [URL="http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/politics/-What-a-Difference-an-S-Makes-82787812.html"]NBC News[/URL]. Moreover, the link was unnoticed from mid-November until just the other day, when the OC Register's [URL="http://m.ocregister.com/ocregister/db_13184/contentdetail.htm;jsessionid=02141C15DEFDBB6D996A11E3865BB252?contentguid=5DV5H10z&storycount=813&detailindex=0&pn=&ps="]blog[/URL] pointed it out. On the other hand, Republican Rita Meyer, candidate …

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For a while it looked like the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story252590.html"]Google threat[/URL] to pull out of China was just a load of hot air, and pretty late hot air at that considering [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story253371.html"]it had taken years[/URL] for the search giant to realise that [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4434.html"]state censorship is a bad thing[/URL]. But that has all changed now that Google landed a well aimed kick right to the Chinese commercial nads by 'delaying' the launch of a couple of new [URL="http://www.itpro.co.uk/blogs/daveyw/2009/09/09/battle-of-the-apps-android-v-apple/"]Android[/URL] OS powered mobile devices. Although there is, as of yet, no official response from China over this latest move it has previously stated that Google …

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A new search engine officially launches today, the same day as the World Climate Summit in Copenhagen commences. According to [URL="http://www.ecosia.org"]Ecosia[/URL] you can help battle climate change by switching away from Google and here's how. Not only will the new guy on the search block give 80% of the advertising revenue it earns to a World Wildlife Fund environmental protection project to help save the Amazon rain forest (and therefore reduce global warming and save polar bears in case you were wondering) but it also reckons each search will use much less electricity than Google Ecosia will also be running …

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It would seem that there is something of an ongoing battle in the world of online Chinese gaming, and World of Warcraft is right in the midst of it. As I [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story220683.html"]reported[/URL] back in July, the company behind World of Warcraft (Blizzard Entertainment) was having problems in getting The Burning Crusade expansion pack up and running in China. Best not even mention Wrath of the Lich King then. It's all a little, well a lot, complicated and just a tad political, of course. Here's [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story220683.html"]what I said[/URL] a few months ago: "A planned upgrade to the game which involved moving …

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Twitter, Inc., has shut down 33 fake Twitter accounts created by Republicans using the names of Democratic state representatives, but fake websites using the Democrats' names are still up. The story was [URL="http://current.com/177fi4c"]reported[/URL] in the Hartford [I]Advocate[/I], an alternative newsweekly. State Republican Chairman Chris Healy told the paper that it was the Connecticut Republicans' idea. Twitter announced [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story220598.html"]earlier this year[/URL] that it planned to verify the accounts of people such as public officials, after several cases of Twitter impersonations. According to the paper, a Democratic legislative leader reported the accounts to Twitter, which replied, "A person may not impersonate others …

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It would appear that a political activist from New York has been arrested by the FBI in connection with helping orchestrate G20 summit protesters in Pittsburgh. According to [URL="http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/oct/04/man-arrested-twitter-g20-us"]The Guardian[/URL] the man, Eliot Madison from Queens, has been charged with hindering prosecution after helping G20 protesters evade police by using Twitter. Along with another man, Madison is said to have been tracked by law enforcement agents to a motel room during the summt, where he was found in front of a row of laptops and emergency frequency radio scanners. The official police documents say that both men were using Twitter …

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The 2008 presidential election featured a new emphasis on using the Internet, ranging from raising money to [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story219553.html"]advertising[/URL] to getting support. It's still going on. Facebook, in particular, due to the ease in which people can set up affinity groups, is proving to be a new source of online activism, according to a [URL="http://www.houmatoday.com/article/20091015/ARTICLES/910149903?Title=Causes-and-protests-catch-fire-in-Facebook-groups"]recent article[/URL]. "Facebook’s features, such as the ability to add real-world events to a group or fan page, the ability to send a message to up to 5,000 members on a group page and the built-in discussion boards, make it an all-in-one stop for the connected protester," …

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The High Court in the UK will this Friday decide if an appeal against the Home Office backed decision to extradite Gary McKinnon on hacking charges to the US is to be upheld or, as seems likely, not. McKinnon has been accused of what US prosecutors refer to the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry2863.html"]biggest military computer hack of all time[/URL] after hacking into US military computers right after the 9/11 attacks. He is said to have deleted files, [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3877.html"]bringing the station to a standstill[/URL], at the New Jersey Naval Base that has responsibility for supplying munitions to the Atlantic Fleet. McKinnon, a former systems …

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With some [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3427.html"]11.5 million subscribers[/URL] playing it worldwide, there is no denying that World of Warcraft is one popular online game. Nowhere more so than in China, where it has been reported around 5 million of those subscribers are based. It should [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4434.html"]come as no surprise[/URL] that not everyone in China is a fan, however. Unfortunately for game developers Blizzard Entertainment it would appear that the Chinese government might be in the dislike camp, no surprise there then. A planned upgrade to the game which involved moving to a new operator in China, an online gaming outfit by the name …

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The privacy invading nonsense that is the controversial UK ID Card Scheme could be scrapped by this time next year. With the chances of the Labour Party being returned to power looking very slim indeed, the chances are that a Conservative Government will be voted in. Which is good news for privacy campaigners as the Shadow Home Secretary, Chris Grayling MP, has confirmed that his party will [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4298.html"]scrap the ID Card Scheme[/URL] if and when it gets elected. The suppliers which have been bidding for the contracts to [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/23096/53/"]provide ID Cards[/URL] have all been contacted by Mr Grayling who has …

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Everyone knows that China is not exactly the most Internet friendly country, in fact the Chinese government pretty much hates it. Despite being a truly [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry1269.html"]connected superpower[/URL], the Chinese government has already [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry1407.html"]declared war on Internet porn[/URL]. Of course, the Internet is a cool tool when used as a weapon by the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry2427.html"]army of Chinese government sponsored hackers[/URL] against other countries. Now it seems that the Chinese authorities are turning their weapons of mass censorship on all citizens. It seems that as from next month, every PC sold in China will have Green Dam software installed. Green what? Well, the …

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Across Europe people have been voting in the European Parliamentary elections, and it looks likely that a pirate or two will have got elected in Sweden. I voted nice and early this morning, with candidates representing the three main political parties here in the UK as well as a rather long list of somewhat oddball ones representing many diverse religious and political viewpoints. However, there were no pirates on the ballot paper. But that is only because I do not live in Sweden where the Pirate Party has been gathering momentum during the last month. The Swedish Pirate Party is …

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Last week, former UK Prime Minister and current Quartet Envoy to the Middle East on behalf of the EU, UN, US and Russia, [URL="http://www.tonyblairoffice.org/"]Tony Blair[/URL] was hacked. Well, the [URL="http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Tony-Blair-Faith-Foundation/53370916629"]Tony Blair Faith Foundation on Facebook[/URL] was hacked according to reports at any rate. It seems that the site was flooded with abusive messages aimed at Tony and Cherie Blair rather than those promoting an understanding of world peace as the Foundation intended. One message said "Your legacy was sealed a long time ago. You can bang your Christian drum for as long as you like" while another commented "Tony Blair …

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