It's one of those three-letter weeks. Identity theft is up, the NSA is getting down, the FBI wants to go real-time, and the RSA conference is just an out-of-control mess. Same ol' same ol'.
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ZDNetGovWeek: Fighting patent trolls, new net-neutrality proposal, and cops ticket 20K people by accident
Oddly enough, the American government and it's family of problem-children, the United States Congress, didn't do anything terribly embarrassing this week. So we're left with actual news. Oh, wait, here's a stupid: in New Zealand, police sent out 20,000 tickets by accident.
The spread of smartphone theft is off the charts. Some US senators have a plan to solve it, but the carriers don't agree. Is the Senate plan a bad idea, or are carriers just trying to bilk their customers out of insurance fees? It's an ugly story no matter how you look at it.
What boggles the mind is not the choice of judges (both are competent and seasoned jurists). Instead, it's that the job is part-time.
It's a low-snark week here at ZDNet Government HQ. The FBI's seemingly silly-sounding quest for malware actually makes sense, and new reports say the NSA is 80 percent less evil. At least it's all Obama's fault. Oh, wait, he just wants to put broadband in schools. All the gov news that's fit to put into bits. Read on...
Is anyone surprised that the appeals system for fixing errors made by Healthcare.gov is itself broken? Nah, didn't think so. NSA gets a new chief with a strong crypto-tech background, and lots more that's shockingly not shocking. This week's headline: gov less stupid than in other weeks.
ZDNetGovWeek: Glitches in the US courts, retail hacking worries, and Australia doesn't like Snowden either
Last week was a big week for the steal-from-and-betray-your-government crowd as the patron saint of hit-and-split-treason spoke out from his secret lair hiding behind Putin's pants. Meanwhile, there was actual real news going on in government throughout the world. Click in and read.
Bitcoins are becoming the "national currency" of criminals the world over and are becoming an increasingly poor investment for legitimate miners.
Net neutrality is pretty much being neutered and President Obama gave a big speech on spying, pretty much saying what you'd expect (except the metadata program might change if they can figure out how). Shocking? No. Confidence inspiring? What do you think?
Why does this sound like the beginning of a Godzilla movie?