Archive for the 'Science & Technology' Category

UPDATE TO NSA, GOOGLE, APPLE, ET AL…

March 21st, 2014

[Update, 0038, 21 March--Yes, the tech companies are colluding with the NSA, but they're doing their own spying as well.] Previously…

GEORGE ORWELL MISSED THIS BIT…

March 13th, 2014

FUNNY USE OF THE WORD GOOD

March 3rd, 2014

Yes, I know, friends don’t let friends drink Starbucks. But I’m stuck. There are only two places with wifi open at 6 a.m. on my way to work: McDonald’s and Starbucks, and this is the lesser of two evils. Oh how I miss my Phoenix.

JUST WHEN YOU THINK NOTHING IS THERE…

February 25th, 2014

THE FIRST REVOLUTION…

February 5th, 2014

Via Zen Pencils… Previously…

THE TRUTH ABOUT GINGERS…

January 4th, 2014

SOCIAL MEDIA, SOCIAL DISEASE, SOCIAL SCOURGE…

December 27th, 2013

I ONLY RECOGNIZE THREE NAMES…?

November 2nd, 2013

So I’m reading a piece in the New York Times Sunday Book Review (online, of course) about how technology has changed fiction. Of the 17 writers quoted, I only recognize three names: Margaret Atwood (No. 1 on the list, and placed there I’m betting as the hook to draw readers in); Frederick Forsyth; and Lee […]

STOP WATCHING US…!

October 26th, 2013

[Update -- video added -- at 0839 EDT on 23 October...] [Update at 0825 EDT on 1 October The Guardian has launched a: new hub for all Edward Snowden, NSA and GCHQ-related developments around the world, as controversy over revelations leaked by the whistleblower continue to make headlines As billions of ordinary people argue over […]

YES GLENN, SADLY, THERE ARE MANY…

September 23rd, 2013

Glenn Greenwald asks: Are there really people who can read [of the numerous ways that we have learned that the NSA jeopardizes the privacy rights of Americans and the security of the internet] and think to themselves: I sure do wish Edward Snowden had let us remain ignorant about all of this? A bit further […]

SMART PHONES ARE A GATEWAY DRUG…

September 22nd, 2013

Via Mano Singham…

THE INTERNET MAKES US STUPID AND SAD…

September 9th, 2013

Tim Adams writes: What Ryan knew of relationships, and of women, he had mostly learned from his daily immersion in adult videos, picked from a menu to suit all conceivable tastes, none of which any longer held much curiosity for him. He acknowledged a sadness in himself about all this, but he was addicted all […]

BARACK OBAMA AND THE AVALANCHE OF SHOES…

September 7th, 2013

Glenn Greenwald writes: One big problem the NSA and US government generally have had since our reporting began is that their defenses offered in response to each individual story are quickly proven to be false by the next story, which just further undermines their credibility around the world. That NSA denial I just excerpted above […]

THE INTERNET ENCRYPTION SCAM…

September 5th, 2013

James Ball writes: The files show that the National Security Agency and its UK counterpart GCHQ have broadly compromised the guarantees that internet companies have given consumers to reassure them that their communications, online banking and medical records would be indecipherable to criminals or governments. The agencies, the documents reveal, have adopted a battery of […]

FOUR BILLION CALLS A DAY FOR 25+ YEARS…

September 3rd, 2013

James Ball writes: US law enforcement officers working on anti-drugs operations have had access to a vast database of call records dating back to 1987, supplied by the phone company AT&T, the New York Times has revealed. The project, known as Hemisphere, gives federal and local officers working on drug cases access to a database […]

DOMINION IS A FANTASY…

September 1st, 2013

LAVABIT TAKES FREEDOM STAND… SHUTS DOWN…

August 8th, 2013

Via Boing Boing: My Fellow Users, I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people or walk away from nearly ten years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit. After significant soul searching, I have decided to suspend operations. I wish that I could legally share […]

WELL, SO MUCH FOR WHAT THE BLEEP

July 25th, 2013

DRINK FROM THE FIREHOSE…? PIECE OF CAKE…

June 24th, 2013

Around the turn of the millennium I had a brief conversation with a German physicist visiting Cleveland. One of the topics we touched upon was Internet privacy. He was not at all concerned and told me that “the shear volume of information ensures privacy. No one could possibly sift through it all.” That is not […]

THE CRISIS WAS NOT CREATED JUST FOR US…

June 21st, 2013

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