March 8, 2009 |
The defendant was an immense man, well over 300 pounds, but in the gravity of his sorrow and shame he seemed larger still. He hunched forward in the sturdy wooden armchair that barely contained him, sobbing softly into tissue after tissue, a leg bouncing nervously under the table. In the first pew of spectators sat his wife, looking stricken, absently twisting her wedding band. The room was a sepulcher. Witnesses spoke softly of events so painful that many lost their composure. When a hospital emergency room nurse described how the defendant had behaved after the...
June 6, 2013 |
The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio and video chats, photographs, e-mails, documents, and connection logs that enable analysts to track foreign targets, according to a top-secret document obtained by The Washington Post. The program, code-named PRISM, has not been made public until now. It may be the first of its kind. The NSA prides itself on stealing...
May 16, 2013 |
We've gotten a lot of questions from readers lately about chip-and-PIN credit cards, also known as EMV cards (for Europay, MasterCard and Visa, the originators of the technology). Although they're almost universal in Europe, credit card companies have yet to widely offer them to American customers. For travelers headed around the globe, here are the basics: What is a chip-and-PIN card? A chip-and-PIN card looks pretty much like the plastic you're used to. But it's embedded with a special chip...
May 19, 2013 |
VIRGINIANS HAVE LONG regarded the attorney general in Richmond as the commonwealth's top law-and-order enforcer. That changed in 2010 when the incumbent, Ken Cuccinelli II (R), took office. A former state senator, Mr. Cuccinelli remade the job into a platform for ideological and social activism, launching attacks on abortion, climate-change science and the Obama administration's health-care law. The two Democrats running for their party's nomination for attorney general, in a June 11 primary, are intent on steering...
June 7, 2013 |
Expanded government surveillance was cast as a price of war in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Yet nearly a dozen years later, the war on terrorism is showing signs of ebbing while the surveillance systems created to fight it continue unabated. If anything, they are becoming more powerful. That's because the nation went to a war footing at a time of profound technological change that fueled an explosion of personal data. Governments and businesses have developed the ability to...
February 2, 2010
Prism, January edition As the only engineer in the Senate, Ted Kaufman (D-Del.) emphasizes the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education: "Young people today, kids in middle school and high school, want to make a difference. The problem is, they don't view engineering and science as the way to make a difference. " So says Kaufman in "One in a Hundred," a profile in the most recent issue of Prism, the magazine of the American Society for Engineering Education.