One particularly welcome dividend from the blimp flight over the NSA data-center in Bluffdale, Utah is a much-needed piece of stock art.
The "collect it all" agency has built a mind-bogglingly gigantic and secretive data-center in Bluffdale, a short drive from Salt Lake City. It's not easy to get a look at, either: Westercon chair Dave Doering drove me out there on Monday for a photographic expedition that didn't capture anything like a prizewinning photo.
Since the Snowden story broke, journalists have pined for decent stock art to illustrate stories about the NSA's mass surviellance program. One of the go-to images to date has been EFF's Screaming Eagle NSA/AT&T graphic. But now, thanks to EFF and the other orgs that flew the freedom blimp over Bluffdale, we have an actual, high-rez, clear photo of the main NSA data-collection facility.
EFF's photo weighs in at a whopping 5184x3456, and is released under a CC0 license with no restrictions on use.
Businesses like Adobe Stock use large, visible watermarks to deter copyright infringement; a new paper presented by Google Researchers to the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition shows that these watermarks can be reliably detected and undetectably erased by software.
US court records are not copyrighted, but the US court system operates a paywall called “PACER” that is supposed to recoup the costs of serving text files on the internet; charging $0.10/page for access to the public domain, and illegally profiting to the tune of $80,000,000/year.
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