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A school official, this one the superintendent in Litchfield, is not having his contract renewed by the school board. Why? The school board, officially, won’t say.

“I can’t disclose or discuss the contents of the board’s discussion, or the rationale behind the vote,” said school board chairman Dennis Miller, sounding very much like someone pleading the Fifth Amendment before Congress

Chairman Miller and a majority of the board have decided this is a “personnel matter” and therefore not for the public’s ears.

Well, of course it is a personnel matter. But it involves a public employee, paid for with taxpayer dollars and not only responsible to the citizens of the school district, but in charge of the district.

Yet again, we have a case where elected officials, acting on the public’s behalf, refuse to tell the public the reason for their actions. Such cases are happening too frequently.

The public has limited, but powerful, recourse. It can decide not to renew the employment “contracts” of school board members.

Some argue that they are elected to represent the public, which needs to just trust their judgment. But without knowing their reasoning for such important decisions as the hiring or firing of key personnel, how is that judgment to be assessed?

To his credit, board member John York, one of the two board members who opposed not renewing the contract, said it was more personality than anything else.

Supt. Brian Cochrane also spoke out to the Union Leader. And the world, surprise, didn’t end.

The public doesn’t need great specificity or gory details in such cases. But officials like Miller who won’t explain their actions either don’t care to take the time to do so or they really don’t have a strong case in the first place.

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Zhang Yunbi and Cai Hong

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Publication Date : 10-09-2014

The impact of the Diaoyu Islands dispute on China-Japan ties is diminishing, but pessimism over future relations remains, the latest public opinion poll in both countries showed.

A majority of the public continued to see the significance of the relationship but “the proportion of such people is shrinking to a record low on both sides” – 65 per cent of those polled in China and 70.6 per cent in Japan.

The 10th Public Opinion on China-Japan Relations 2014 survey, co-sponsored by China Daily and the Japanese nonprofit think tank Genron NPO, was released in Tokyo on Tuesday.

The latest poll follows two years of global attention on security policies and territorial disputes between Asia’s two largest economies, as well as Tokyo’s official positions regarding its wartime atrocities.

The annual poll, conducted in July and August this year, gathers responses from a wide spectrum of society.

In China, the survey included 1,539 Chinese residents in the major cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Shenyang and Xi’an, 201 international relations scholars from around the country and 813 university students and faculty members at five top Beijing universities. In Japan, respondents included 1,000 members of the public and 628 intellectuals, mostly with experience of China.

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The U.S. Department of Justice is current prosecuting Ross Ulbricht for being the apparent mastermind of the illegal narcotics website Silk Road, which was run for years on a hidden website. In defending the prosecution, the U.S. Attorneys Office recently filed a very interesting brief explaining how investigators found the computer server that was hosting the Silk Road (SR) server. Although the brief is about the Fourth Amendment, it has very interesting implications for the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the federal computer hacking statute.

The brief explains how the FBI found the SR server:

The Internet protocol (IP) address of the SR Server (the Subject IP Address) was leaking from the site due to an apparent misconfiguration of the user login interface by the site administrator i.e., Ulbricht. FBI agents noticed the leak upon reviewing the data sent back by the Silk Road website when they logged on or attempted to log on as users of the site. A close examination of the headers in this data revealed a certain IP address not associated with the Tor network (the Subject IP Address as the source of some of the data). FBI personnel entered the Subject IP Address directly into an ordinary (non-Tor) web browser, and it brought up a screen associated with the Silk Road login interface, confirming that the IP address belonged to the SR Server.

The FBIs declaration explains that the investigating agent entered miscellaneous information into the login prompt of the Silk Road server and received an error message. A forensic analysis of the error message found that it contained an IP address not associated with Tor. That IP address was the address of the Silk Road server.

The DOJ brief argues that there was nothing unconstitutional or otherwise unlawful about obtaining the inadvertently leaked IP address from the Silk Road server:

There was nothing unconstitutional or otherwise unlawful in the FBIs detection of that leak. The Silk Road website, including its user login interface, was fully accessible to the public, and the FBI was entitled to access it as well. See United States v. Meregildo, 883 F. Supp. 2d 523, 525 (S.D.N.Y. 2012) (noting that web content accessible to the public is not protected by the Fourth Amendment and can be viewed by law enforcement agents without a warrant). The FBI was equally entitled to review the headers of the communications the Silk Road website sent back when the FBI interacted with the user login interface, which is how the Subject IP Address was found.

It does not matter that Ulbricht intended to conceal the IP address of the SR Server from public view. He failed to do so competently, and as a result the IP address was transmitted to another party which turned out to be the FBI who could lawfully take notice of it. See United States v. Borowy, 595 F.3d 1045, 1048 (9th Cir. 2010) (finding that defendant had no legitimate privacy interest in child pornography files posted on peer-sharing website, notwithstanding that defendant had made ineffectual effort to use site feature that would have prevented his files from being shared); United States v. Post , __ F. Supp. 2d __, 2014 WL 345992, at *2-*3 (S.D. Tex. Jan. 30, 2014) (finding that defendant had no legitimate privacy interest in metadata used to identify him that was embedded in file he had posted on Tor website, notwithstanding that he did not realize he was releasing that information and he intended to remain anonymous).

In short, the FBIs location of the SR Server was lawful, and nothing about the way it was accomplished taints any evidence subsequently recovered in the Governments investigation.

I wonder: Does DOJs position that there is nothing . . . unlawful about this procedure mean that DOJ concedes that it would not violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, 18 U.S.C. 1030, the federal computer hacking statute?

The FBIs location of the SR server brings to mind the prosecution of my former client Andrew Auernheimer, aka weev, who readers may recall was criminally prosecuted for his role in visiting website addresses on an AT&T server that AT&T had thought and hoped would not be found by the public. Auernheimers co-conspirator found that AT&T had posted e-mail addresses on its server at IP addresses that the public was not expected to find.

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The New York Times Magazine recentlywondered at lengthif the long-prophecied Libertarian Moment had finally arrived. Why, just look at the prevailing attitudes in America: openness to same-sex marriage and liberalization of drug laws, aversion to long-term overseas military deployments (wars), and um Obama is unpopular so people hate government regulation now, maybe? Sure. Well, no. As we wrote, libertarianism as a package is going to be a hard sell to the public as long as it dismisses concerns over economic insecurity and insists upon dismantling the regulatory state and large social insurance programs. But hey, its great that libertarians and liberals have common ground on and are making headway in social and criminal justice policy.

Who would be the foot soldiers in this Libertarian Moment thats not really arriving? The usual, well-funded thinkers that have given the movement a disproportionately large voice within debates in Washington, D.C., for decades Reason magazine, the Cato Institute along with a few MTV VJs from the 90s. Also: Rand Paul! Rand Paul is the son of a libertarian and is sort of a libertarian himself and is going to be the next president, after all. And then America will finally be the sexy free-market rock n roll paradise of libertarians imagination. There is a plan, folks.

But any political movement is going to need more than just a few magazines and think tanks and a scion whose political future depends on the extent to which hes willing to water down his libertarianism. Meaning: Libertarianism needs a lot more libertarians. If libertarianism is going to be the wave of the future, a significant portion of the American populace should a) know what libertarianism is and then b) subscribe to it.

Right now that portion is 11 percent not nothing, but also 11 percent. Thats the figure according to Pew of Americans who both say they are libertarian and know the definition of the term.

Youd expect, then, that those who know what libertarianism is and call themselves libertarians would be broadly in favor of the whole ideological package: social liberalism, for lack of a better term, anti-police state, anti-interventionist, and hella anti-economic regulation and so forth small government, all around.

Thats not necessarily the case among those 11 percent, Pew finds. The 11 percent are, indeed, more likely than the public overall to say government aid to the poor does more harm than good by making people too dependent on government assistance, and somewhat more likely than the public overall to say government regulation of business does more harm than good.Theyre also more likely than the public overall to support legalizing marijuana.

But on cops and foreign policy? Self-identified libertarians-who-generally-know-what-libertarianism-is are a little more supportive than the public overall of letting police do whatever the hell they want and bombing everyone all the time (although the foreign policy question is spectacularly vague):

And they are about as likely as others to favor allowing the police to stop and search anyone who fits the general description of a crime suspect (42% of libertarians, 41% of the public).

Similarly, self-described libertarians do not differ a great deal from the public in opinions about foreign policy. Libertarianism is generally associated with a less activist foreign policy, yet a greater share of self-described libertarians (43%) than the public (35%) think it is best for the future of our country to be active in world affairs.

Pew ran another math-y thing to figure out which cluster, or political type, these self-identified libertarians are most closely aligned with. Youll never guess which cluster came out on top! It rhymes with Schmusiness Schmonservatives.

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Those who know Shiv Shankar Menon will vouch that he did lots of things, substantial in the immediate neighbourhood and widespread in South Asia, but without making things public. Twenty per cent of Menons job was visible, while 80 pc of his job was not known to the public, says Sheela Bhatt.

National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon has relinquished office to become a free man, after outstanding service of more than four decades.

He had become Indias fourth NSA in January 2010. He had resigned on May 15, 2014, a day before the election results, but was asked to continue till today with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, as is the normal practice.

Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi has surprised many by inviting SAARC leaders for his swearing-in ceremony, loudly announcing his arrival on the national platform. Menon and his boss, Dr Singh, had a different style; they were subtle.

Those who know Menon will vouch that he did lots of things, substantial in the immediate neighbourhood and widespread in South Asia, but without making things public. Twenty per cent of Menons job was visible, while 80 pc of his job was not known to the public.

As NSA he not only advised Dr Singh on internal security and external security, but he also handled the nuclear issue away from public gaze, as he is expected to.

Menon was, in his early days, posted at the Department of Atomic energy in Mumbai. It was an added advantage to his current job. Sometimes the New Delhi establishment underestimates the good thats happening without coming to public attention. As power shifts in New Delhi, its once again time to note a normal but important thing.

Indias nuclear arsenal has dual control. At every step its taken care of by tightly laid down command and control system. Its under lock with two keys at every step and it lies entirely in responsible hands, with civilian authority holding the upper hand.Menon continued to maintain the system without disturbance.

Even now, when democracy has arrived in Pakistan, its nuclear arsenal has more military control. India has in the last 10 years checked and double-checked the reliability of its arsenal. In the last few years, almost every month India has tested some high technology or the other.

Menon has many critics and more than the usual number of adversaries in the capital, but power sat pretty on his shoulders. This man walked the corridors of power using his mind more than the heart. He used to say, There is nothing personal here.

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San Diego, CA (PRWEB) May 08, 2014

Xcelthera Inc, a major innovator in the stem cell research market and one of the first U.S. companies formed for clinical applications of human embryonic stem cell (human ES cell) therapeutic utility for unmet medical needs, and its joint research partner San Diego Regenerative Medicine Institute announced today that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted Patent No. 8,716,017 entitled, Technologies, Methods, and Products of Small Molecule-Directed Tissue and Organ Regeneration from Human Pluripotent Stem Cells. This newly-issued patent is the first among a portfolio of intellectual property of Xcelthera Inc covering PluriXcel human stem cell technology platform for large-scale production of high quality clinical-grade pluripotent human ES cell lines and their functional human neuronal and heart muscle cell therapy products.

Neurodegenerative and heart diseases are major health problems and cost the worldwide healthcare system more than $500 billion annually. The limited capacity of these two cell systems — neurons and cardiomyocytes — for self-repair makes them suitable for stem cell-based neuronal and heart therapies. Nevertheless, to date, the existing markets lack a clinically-suitable human neuronal cell source or cardiomyocyte source with adequate regenerative potential, which has been the major setback in developing safe and effective cell-based therapies for neurodegenerative and heart diseases. Xcelthera proprietary PluriXcel technology allows efficient derivation of clinical-grade human ES cell lines and direct conversion of such pluripotent human ES cells by small molecule induction into a large commercial scale of high quality human neuronal or heart muscle cells, which constitutes clinically representative progress in both human neuronal and cardiac therapeutic products for treating neurodegenerative and heart diseases.

PluriXcel technology of Xcelthera Inc is milestone advancement in stem cell research, offering currently the only available human cell therapy products with the pharmacological capacity to regenerate human neurons and contractile heart muscles that allow restitution of function of the central nervous system (CNS) and heart in the clinic. Through technology license agreement with San Diego Regenerative Medicine Institute, Xcelthera Inc has become the first in the world to hold the proprietary breakthrough technology for large-scale production of high quality clinical-grade pluripotent human ES cell lines and their functional human neuronal and heart cell therapy products for commercial and therapeutic uses.

As neurodegenerative and heart diseases incur exorbitant costs on the healthcare system worldwide, there is a strong focus on providing newer and more efficient solutions for these therapeutic needs. Millions of people are pinning their hopes on stem cell research. PluriXcel technology platform of Xcelthera Inc is incomparable, providing life scientists and clinicians with novel and effective resources to address major health concerns. Such breakthrough stem cell technology has presented human ES cell therapy derivatives as a powerful pharmacologic agent of cellular entity for a wide range of incurable or hitherto untreatable neurodegenerative and heart diseases. Introduction of medical innovations and new business opportunities based on PluriXcel technology will shape the future of medicine by providing pluripotent human ES cell-based technology for human tissue and function restoration, and bringing new therapeutics into the market.

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Xcelthera INC ( is a new biopharmaceutical company moving towards clinical development stage of novel and most advanced stem cell therapy for a wide range of neurological and cardiovascular diseases with leading technology and ground-breaking medical innovation in cell-based regenerative medicine. The Company was recently incorporated in the state of California to commercialize the technologies and products developed, in part, with supports by government grants to the founder, by San Diego Regenerative Medicine Institute (SDRMI), an non-profit 501C3 tax-exempt status independent biomedical research institute that is interested in licensing its PATENT RIGHTS in a manner that will benefit the public by facilitating the distribution of useful products and the utilization of new processes, but is without capacity to commercially develop, manufacture, and distribute any such products or processes. Xcelthera is a major innovator in the stem cell research market and one of the first companies formed for clinical applications of human embryonic stem cell (human ES cell) therapeutic utility for unmet medical needs. The Company is the first to hold the proprietary breakthrough technology for large-scale production of high quality clinical-grade pluripotent human ES cell lines and their functional human neuronal and heart muscle cell therapy products for commercial and therapeutic uses. The Company owns or has exclusive rights in a portfolio of intellectual property or license rights related to its novel PluriXcel human stem cell technology platforms and Xcel prototypes of human stem cell therapy products. The inception of Xcelthera is driven by the urgent need for clinical translation of human ES cell research discoveries and innovations to address unmet medical challenges in major health problems. Xcelthera breakthrough developments in human ES cell research dramatically increase the overall turnover of investments in biomedical sciences to optimal treatment options for a wide range of human diseases. The overall strategy of the Company is to use cutting-edge human stem cell technology to develop clinical-grade functional human neural and cardiac cell therapy products from pluripotent human ES cells as cellular medicine or cellular drugs to provide the next generation of cell-based therapeutic solutions for unmet medical needs in world-wide major health problems. The Company is currently offering Series A Convertible Preferred Stock to accredited investors through equity crowdfunding to raise fund for its pre-IPO business operation and filing confidential IPO as an emerging growth company according to the JOBS Act to create a public market for its common stock and to facilitate its future access to the public equity market and growth of the Company.

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Who isnt curious about Bitcoin, the virtual currency whose origin story is rife withunderground marketplaces, instant millionaires, and massive scams? And the best way to learn more is to start participating yourself.

Sure, you could hit up an exchange and drop four hundred dollars or more on a single bitcoin, but you can also get in for free by mining the coins yourself. Bitcoin has become too hard for regular people to mine, but the world of bitcoin-like altcoins is still wide-open to hobbyist miners. Here’s everything you need to know to get started mining altcoins.

This article assumes youve at least heard of Bitcoin, but you might not have heard of altcoins. Altcoin is a catch-all term for cryptocurrencies based on the Bitcoin system, which arent actually Bitcoin. Because Bitcoin is open-source software, anyone with some development experience can copy it and create their own currency.

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Of course, like Bitcoin, the value of any altcoin is equal only to how much someone will pay you for it. Some altcoins, such as Litecoin, Peercoin, and even Dogecoin have active communities and economiesyou can view a list of altcoins sorted by market cap herebut currently none are even a tenth as valuable as Bitcoins. Many altcoins have a devoted following, but be wary of anyone aggressively hyping a new altcoin or trying to convince you to get in on the ground floorit could just be a modern version of the pump and dump scam thats been around for decades.

The Bitcoin software works this way: Every time somebody spends a bitcoin, that transaction is recorded in a public ledger. For example, if you have 10 bitcoins in your wallet and send 7 to someone else, that transaction goes in the ledger, and everyone knows that your wallet only has 3 bitcoins now. If you try to send somebody else 5 bitcoins tomorrow, that transaction will be rejected because its a matter of public record that your wallet doesnt have the coins.

For the system to work, the public ledger has to be completely trustworthy. It has to be impossible for anyone to record a fraudulent transaction. Bitcoin accomplishes this using cryptography (hence the crypto in cryptocurrency), in a process that requires many computers, all connected in a single peer-to-peer network. In order to incentivize people to participate in this transaction-verifying network, bitcoins are periodically generated and awarded to the machines engaged in maintaining the public ledger.

As bitcoin values have soared over the last couple of years, bitcoin mining has become a very lucrative business. As a result, companies have designed chips solely for running the cryptographic algorithms bitcoin uses for mining. These chips, called ASICs, are so good at mining that its pretty much impossible for normal, general-purpose hardware to compete. Even the burliest desktop PC with huge gaming GPUs wont be able to generate enough money mining bitcoin to cover the cost of the electricity used in the process.

Its still possible to be successful at altcoin mining using traditional PC graphics cards, like AMDs Radeon R9-280.

Because altcoins are less popular, and because many altcoins use a different kind of mining algorithm called scrypt that cant be solved by the ASIC boards, you can still feasibly earn these altcoins by running the mining program on your personal computer. You can then spend the altcoins or swap them for bitcoins at a cryptocurrency exchange.Unlike most altcoins,bitcoins can be spent at a number of e-tailers like and Tiger Direct.

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Recently, the Coin Pursuit cryptocurrency information website has established a reputation within the industry as a no-nonsense resource for digital currency traders and enthusiasts. Their development team has been working on a unique interactive element for their website, designed to complement the original content and resource links Coin Pursuit already provides. Now that beta testing and tweaking have been completed, the company is announcing the official launch of this new service being offered to their readers. They have named it SliceFeeds.

SliceFeeds has a social media network feel to it, with similar personal connectivity features. Whereas many digital currency forums often have long threads where specific and unbiased information is difficult to find, SliceFeeds is being offered up as a cleaner and more efficient alternative. Additionally, it is positioned as a network strictly for cryptocurrency traders and merchants, eliminating the need for users to sort through unrelated or irrelevant information, as they would on the more generalized social media outlets. It offers a tight and focused community setting, where investors, enthusiasts and businesses can learn and educate one another, as well as promote their products and services.

Some of the major features of the network are as follows:

Network Rankings: SliceFeeds’ main page features tables that show, by category, the popularity of digital currency types, wallets and exchanges, and these are updated in real time as members make changes to their personal preferences. User rankingswhich are generated by several factors, such as their number of followers, overall activity and so forthare shown here, as well. Users who earn higher rankings will enjoy higher visibility on this page, which can help generate more interest in their input.

SliceFeeds also has a unique rumor-ranking feature; if a member hears a rumor, they can submit it to their fellow members, who can then vote on its validity. Rumors that have been verified by the network’s membership, based on a percentage of members, will appear in their own ranking table here; debunked rumors will not make the listings at all. Other tips, conversations, links and videos from all members show in this public feed for users to interact and find other members to follow.

Profile Creation: Once a user joins the networksigning up is freethey can adjust several settings on their profile page, effectively creating their own personal network-within-the-network. Privacy settings will allow them to select who sees what they post, from the general public down to just the people who subscribe to their feeds. These settings can be set individually for each category of posts (or Slices, in the network lingo) a user makes, including notes, tips, rumors, conversations, links and videos. From their profile page, they can create slices (similar to a tweet in Twitter) and watch the Slices of the people they follow, arrange their favorite currencies, exchanges and wallets, track their Slice feeds, and see a listing of the people they follow and who follow them.

Monetization: The SliceFeeds network presents a unique opportunity for the monetization of information, goods and services. Since its membership consists of those interested in alternative currencies, it also offers a concentrated and motivated base of customers for sellers who accept them as payment. Merchants can advertise their companies and wares, and bloggers and trading consultants can charge for subscriptions to their more exclusive content.

Privacy and Security: These are very important concepts in the cryptocurrency community. SliceFeeds’ only requirements for membership are a user name and valid email address; no other personal information is required to set up an account. Additionally, no coins are stored on Coin Pursuit or SliceFeeds servers; all transactions are made directly between members. Users who offer subscriptions will need to use their public keys in order to do so, but they are not required for general membership. Absolutely no member information will be shared with any outside parties.

Members will also be able to take advantage of the private messaging system on SliceFeeds. They simply select another member’s profile, and click on the Message User button provided on that member’s profile page.

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In a blog post, White House cybersecurity coordinator Michael Daniel discussed how the U.S. National Security Agency decides whether to keep a cyber security flaw secret, or disclose it to the public.

TORONTO In a bid to make citizens more confident about how the U.S. National Security Agency operates, the agency has revealed that some cyber vulnerabilities are kept secretin the interest of national security.

In a blog post, White House cybersecurity coordinator Michael Daniel discussed how the U.S. National Security Agency decides whether to keep a cyber security flaw secret, or disclose it to the public.

Disclosing a vulnerability can mean that we forego an opportunity to collect crucial intelligence that could thwart a terrorist attack, stop the theft of our nations intellectual property, or even discover more dangerous vulnerabilities that are being used by hackers or other adversaries to exploit our networks, read the blog.

The blog directly references reports that the NSA knew about and exploited the recently discovered Heartbleed bug a flaw in OpenSSL which made it possible for hackers to snoop on encrypted Internet traffic.

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In early April, Bloomberg reported that the NSA decided to keep the major vulnerability secret in the interest of national security. Both the White House and the NSA have denied these claims.

In the blog, Daniel said that building a huge stockpile of undisclosed vulnerabilities would not be in the interest of national security or U.S. citizens but, he goes on to say that collecting some vulnerabilities provides a way to conduct intelligence collection in order to protect national security.

Weighing these tradeoffs is not easy, and so we have established principles to guide agency decision-making in this area, the blog read.

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