“By the reckoning of a new report by the left-leaning Center for New American Security, we screwed it up from the start when designing the architecture of digital computing — security just wasn’t drawn into those original blueprints,” writes CQ Roll Call’s Tim Starks. Read more about the report, helmed by White House adviser Richard Danzig, over at the Five By Five blog.
Another blog joins CQ Roll Call’s Policy Pulse roster: Energy Xtra, written by Randy Leonard, a longtime reporter on energy and environment issues. The blog will touch upon numerous topics of interest to Technocrat readers, especially where the two beats intersect on science and research issues such as algal fuels or fusion power.
Just in time for tomorrow’s 6th annual happy hour cruise for Stanford University grads in D.C., the antagonistic Silicon Valley blog Valleywag has posted a profane screed against the tech-company feeder school. “It’s time we talk about Stanford as it is: a stuck-up temple to new plutocracy, cronyism, and greed,” writes Sam Biddle.
CQ Roll Call has launched Healthopolis, another Policy Pulse blog to join Five by Five, Technocrat and The Container. Written by Paul Jenks, it will be a platform for health policy news “from the capital and beyond,” including several topics of interest to Technocrat readers, such as health IT and federal science grants.
“The Third Department of the People’s Liberation Army’s General Staff Department” is a mouthful, but you can be sure that you’ll be hearing more of its abbreviated name: 3PLA. Spy-watchers say the agency “is central to China’s military strategy, tasked with monitoring and analyzing much of the world’s communications—including embassy cables, corporate emails and criminal networks—for foreign threats and competitive advantages,” according to the Wall Street Journal.
Brown, speaking at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., in March. (Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
Using bitcoins for transactions was illegal in California until this weekend, until Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that repealed a state law banning the use of “anything but the lawful money of the United States.” For a piece of legislation on such a complex topic, it was surprisingly brief.
In releasing a report on what went wrong with the rollout of HealthCare.gov, two GOP senators put out a rhetoric-heavy news release that criticized the 2010 health care law and scolded the Obama administration for implementing it. But as CQ HealthBeat’s Kerry Young notes, the purpose of the report itself is “at least partly to help the organization’s new chief” — Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell — “keep from repeating the same errors.”
Lawmakers and regulators have been keeping a firm eye on “mall tracking,” or the practice of using shoppers’ smartphones to keep track of their movements or send retail information out to them. This week a big bank announced that it’s getting into the game in a big way, while an official for the Federal Trade Commission offered some more insight into how smartphones make it relatively easy.
The National Institutes of Health is using White House Maker Faire day to remind the world about its new exchange for 3D printer files related to health and science — such as plans for custom lab equipment and scientific models for human anatomy and tiny organisms. The goal is to improve research, assist in repairing and enhancing lab equipment, and help pre-game medical procedures.
The 3D printer community has taken the “human anatomy” thing to the next level, of course. It’s not just about models, it’s also about fabricating actual synthetic body parts. It’s a story best told through video:
Above is the live video stream from the Maker Faire at the White House today. As of 10:55 a.m. it had been showing more than 20 minutes of the Giraffe Cam, which is apparently the point of view of this thing. (If you scroll back to about the 29-minute mark, you can see an interview with the makers, who are from San Diego.)