New AppleTV & George Orwell

Short version: Unless you are wanting to play a few games on your TV, or unless you want to cut the cable cord, the new 1st gen TV is a total pass. Version 1 of the tvOS is, as has become standard practice for Apple’s new products, a big step backwards. The foundation they have set in place has potential… Continue reading

For Your Safety and Security

The fact that you’re reading this has been logged by your government and will be indefinitely retained for future analysis.” Source: Boing Boing And I was thinking: What has the total, blanket surveillance of our country done to the confidentiality of sources for journalists? Kinda limits what gets exposed, I guess.… Continue reading

Keep It on the Milk Carton!

Subtitle: Am I just that much of a jerk in my old age? Californians got a startling late-night introduction to a statewide emergency alert system when their cell phones began buzzing, blaring and flashing with the news that San Diego County siblings had been kidnapped. For many, it was the first time they knew about an all-but-hidden feature on their… Continue reading

Why I Hate Security

We all accept risk every day. We try to make informed decisions about the level of risk to which we are exposed. We drive our cars. We know tens of thousands of people die in the US every year in car accidents. Yet, we drive our cars. We drive them at ridiculous speeds. We choose to go well above the… Continue reading

What Should I Consider Private?

I have rattled the notion of privacy, primarily the loss of privacy in 21st Century America, around in the back of my mind for some time since the advent of the Internet, the horror of 9/11, and the explosive growth of the pervasive surveillance technology that has silently and often invisibly crept into our lives. I have grown increasingly concerned… Continue reading

The Absurdity that Is Air Travel

Image by Getty Images via @daylife I never cease to be amazed at how powerful fear is. Today, going through security from Canada to the US was the most astoundingly absurd security process I’ve ever experienced. It took an entire hour just for security, not including immigration. Each individual person went through the metal detector. But why? They were going… Continue reading

Government Has Lost Its Senses!

On what planet am I living?! A year-long trial of “full body scanner” machines at a UK airport (the kind that display clear images the human body, including genitals and breast implants), was only permitted to go into effect after children under 18 years of age were exempted from the scans. Privacy advocates say the “naked images” would violate Britain’s… Continue reading

Hell Just Got Hotter

So apparently, the wretched experience that is international travel just got even worse: no getting out of your seat for the last hour of flight, no electronics for the entire flight, and only one carry on bag, every passenger gets a full body pat down. Who the hell wants to put up with this! I’m sick of the hassle! It’s… Continue reading

I Love This!

Many websites, particularly media sites, now require registration, usually to gather demographic data about users. If for any reason you don’t want to register but still want to view the site, go to Bug Me Not, which offers valid logins and passwords for hundreds, perhaps thousands, of sites.  Free! I especially get agitated when someone sites a news article through… Continue reading