The dark side of Internet of Things, FBI and China, and other government disappointments

DAVID GEWIRTZ | March 1, 2016

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Europol has finally figured out something I wrote about four years ago, the FBI seems to be taking the NSA's place in the "keep quiet and shut up" department, and no one is listening to the White House about data center energy efficiency (or much of anything else, it seems). It's another week in that slapstick world we call government.

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