President Barack Obama and Republican congressional leaders reached historic agreement Sunday night on a compromise to permit vital U.S. borrowing by the Treasury in exchange for more than $2 trillion in long-term spending cuts. Officials said Republican Speaker John Boehner telephoned Obama at mid-evening to say the agreement had been struck. Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid said that both his party and opposition Republicans gave more ground than they wanted to. He said it'll take members of both political parties to pass the measure.Related: A Completely Sane Visual Guide To The Debt Ceiling Crisis - [The Awl] Here’s How U.S. Spies Will Find You Through Your Pics - [Wired]
More and more digital cameras today don’t just take pictures but also capture what is called metadata — often referred to as data about data — that can include everything from when the picture was taken to what kind of camera was used to where the it was taken. This metadata, often stored in a format calledEXIF, can be used by different programs to understand different aspects of the image — and also by intelligence analysts to understand different aspects of the user who took it, and the people who are in it. Like who they are, what they are doing, and where and when they did it.Is This a UFO On the Bottom of the Ocean? - [Gizmodo]
Swedish sea treasure hunters have found something extraordinary: A 60-foot disc sunk in the bottom of the ocean, with what appears to be 985-foot-long impact tracks leading to it.
While the shape may remind you of the Millennium Falcon, a Cylon Raider or abloody Nazi spaceship from the dark side of the Moon, and the tracks suggest the object destroyed part of seabed on its way to its final position, this could be anything, including a geological formation or, as Lindberg says, some archeological find, some "new Stonehenge."Pic via