This is news cast 136.
In the intro, just a reminder that there will be no show on the 30th. There will be a feature cast on the 26th, it may even come out a little early, and one on the 2nd, assuming I get some writing done in the coming week.
In this week’s news, in the wake of a push to investigate voting errors in Union Count, NJ Professor Felten receives a threatening letter from the voting systems vendor, Sequoia. The county received their own letter and backed down. Even though the investigation was cancelled, Felten posted details of the problem and part of Sequoia’s response. Also, a silicon based high temperature super conductor, the CBc will experiment with DRM-free, BitTorrent distribution of a new video program, and Schneier contemplates the challenges of teaching a hacking mindset.
Following up this week, the 700Mhz spectrum auction winds up. The d block reserve was unmet and there is a question of fraud or misinformation. Google did not win any licenses but Verizon and AT&T did.
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