Back doors, mobile phones, persuasion: the NSA does it all

The headlines about the NSA just keep on coming… N.S.A. Foils Much Internet Encryption | NY Times The National Security Agency is winning its long-running secret war on encryption, using supercomputers, technical trickery, court orders and behind-the-scenes persuasion to undermine the major tools protecting the privacy of everyday communications in the Internet age, according to newly disclosed […]

Google launches internet-from-the-sky balloons over NZ

  Nice. Google launched Project Loon in Canterbury, New Zealand.  Loon is “a network of balloons traveling on the edge of space, designed to connect people [to the internet] in rural and remote areas, help fill coverage gaps, and bring people back online after disasters.” Project Loon balloons float in the stratosphere, twice as high as airplanes and […]

A comeback for pneumatic tubes

I kinda love this idea. The Economist reported recently on the concept of using pneumatic pipes to deliver goods. “In the late 19th and early 20th century, underground tubes were used in many cities to speed up the transport of mail between post offices and government buildings. “Letters were put into capsules, the capsules into […]