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Thursday September 3rd, 2020 day edition

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FILE PHOTO: Edward Snowden gestures as he speaks via livestream at Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal, November 4, 2019.

(Reuters) - Seven years after former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the mass surveillance of Americans’ telephone records, an appeals court has found the program was unlawful - and that the U.S. intelligence leaders who publicly defended it were not telling the truth.

In a ruling handed down on Wednesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said the warrantless telephone dragnet that secretly collected millions of Americans’ telephone records violated the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and may well have been unconstitutional.

“I never imagined that I would live to see our courts condemn the NSA’s activities as unlawful and in the same ruling credit me for exposing them,” Snowden said in a message posted to Twitter.

Up until that moment, top intelligence officials publicly insisted the NSA never knowingly collected information on Americans at all.

The ruling will not affect the convictions of Moalin and his fellow defendants; the court ruled the illegal surveillance did not taint the evidence introduced at their trial.

Nevertheless, watchdog groups including the American Civil Liberties Union, which helped bring the case to appeal, welcomed the judges’ verdict on the NSA’s spy program. »

Coronavirus has fuelled authoritarian trends around the world, Australia's Dfat warns

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Covid-19 has fuelled protectionist and authoritarian trends around the world as some countries take advantage of the pandemic to erode the rule of law, Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade warns.

But in a written submission to the committee ahead of the hearing, Dfat says the pandemic has heightened pre-existing risks to Australian interests.

“Global supply chains and international trade have been disrupted, major power strategic competition has sharpened, and protectionist and authoritarian trends have been reinforced,” the submission says. »

Nvidia's RTX 3090 GPU Can Play Games in 8K at 60 FPS

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The result is consistent 60 FPS (frames per second) at 4K with RTX turned on.

Meanwhile, the RTX 3090 is what Nvidia calls a “BFGPU,” a massive $1,499 graphics card with 24GB of GDDR6X memory at 19.5Gbps. Jensen proudly boasted that the RTX 3090 can play games at 8K in 60 FPS.

The RTX 3090 and 3080 both use two 8-pin power connectors, while the RTX 2070 uses a single eight-pin connector. »