P.I.D. Radio 8/5/13: Spies of Life


SPIES HAVE dominated the news of late — the NSA spying scandal has revealed that the US government is basically tracking all our electronic communications. Today we discuss a couple of new revelations. First, CNN reports that the CIA had about three dozen operatives on the ground in Benghazi when the U.S. consulate was attacked last September. Why? They were apparently running guns, shipping missiles from Libya to the rebels in Syria.

What could possibly go wrong?

Second, a secretive joint venture of the NSA, CIA, IRS, FBI, and DEA called the SOD — Special Operations Division — is sending intercepted data to local law enforcement so police can arrest American citizens — who aren’t supposed to be targets of the NSA or CIA ever — for mundane crimes like selling drugs.

Also: Stem cell burgers; big terror threat; hacking smart toilets; and Windows 8 kills Derek’s laptop.

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3 comments on “P.I.D. Radio 8/5/13: Spies of Life

  1. John O'Keefe

    Was listening to your run away from Win 8 segment and I whole heartedly agree. Since you are opening to running Linux, may I suggest System76. They make computers “born to run Linux”. Eventually there will come a time when getting a Windows 7 computer will become more difficult and I don’t see Microsoft letting up from there Win8/UEFI practices.

    On another technicality however, all x86 UEFI’s must include an option to disable “secure boot”, and that should let you install Linux. It’s really only on tablets/ARM based computers that you are truly locked out.

  2. Derek Post author

    Hi, John,

    I disabled secure boot before Windows decided to rewrite itself. A friend who works as an IT specialist hasn’t been able to recover it yet, as far as I know.

  3. John O'Keefe

    Wow, that’s shocking. From everything I heard it was possible with Secure boot disabled. Well my System 76 suggestion still stands then!

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