Category Archives: News

Links from around the web, usually accompanied by ascerbic comments.

Opinion: The Internet is a surveillance state

From CNN: Opinion: The Internet is a surveillance state From the opinion piece: “The Internet is a surveillance state. Whether we admit it to ourselves or not, and whether we like it or not, we’re being tracked all the time. … Continue reading

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US Internet providers start spy program

From RT: US Internet providers start spy program to stop file-sharing From the article: “Starting this week, Internet Service Providers will start throttling connection speeds for customers alleged to be pirating copyright-protected materials. Months after a controversial ‘six-strike’ program was … Continue reading

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You need to watch this episode of Moyers and Company…

A link to an episode of Moyers and Company interviewing Susan Crawford, former special assistant to President Obama for science, technology and innovation and author of “Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age.” Continue reading

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It’s Now Illegal to Unlock Your Cellphone

It’s Now Illegal to Unlock Your Cellphone From the article: “…in short, it is illegal to unlock a phone from a carrier unless you have that carrier’s permission to do so. If you’re wondering what this has to do with … Continue reading

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TPB AFK (The Pirate Bay – Away from Keyboard) Film Available

Disclaimer: Haven’t seen it yet; haven’t even started downloading it (am transferring future SummersTime episodes to the blog right now), but the film detailing the trials of the operators of The Pirate Bay is now available for downloading from…ok, this … Continue reading

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Why Facebook may want to track your location

From CNN: Why Facebook may want to track your location From the article: “Facebook may be working on an app that will let your friends, or even complete strangers, know where you are at all times.” What idiot would install … Continue reading

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Why I’m using a VPN…and why YOU should, too

A dissertation on why a Virtual Private Network is something you should seriously consider, assuming you want any of your on-line actions to be in any way private. Yes, your ISP is spying on you… Continue reading

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Last Andrews sister, Patty, dies in LA aged 94

The Andrews Sisters, from left, Maxene, Patty and LaVerne From the BBC: Last Andrews sister, Patty, dies in LA aged 94 From the article: “The last surviving member of The Andrews Sisters – the popular singing trio of the 1940s … Continue reading

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Congressional Offices Continue to Illegally Download Movies and TV Shows

Yeah, your congresscritter and staff are lovin’ the illegal downloads… Continue reading

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Verizon’s “Six Strikes” Anti-Piracy Measures Unveiled

Information on how my ISP, Verizon, along with the other large ISPs in America, are going to begin allowing a third-party to violate the privacy of all of their customers. Continue reading

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If you have broadband, you need to read this…

If you use the Internet for more than simple email, you need to read this article… Continue reading

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Actor William Windom dies at 88

Link to an obit for William Windom, star of My World and Welcome To It. Continue reading

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Apple account hack raises concern about cloud storage

Read this terrifying article. Continue reading

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Wozniak: ‘I really worry about everything going to the cloud’

From ZDNet: Wozniak: ‘I really worry about everything going to the cloud’ From the article: “Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has expressed serious concerns with the way people’s content is increasingly being held in the cloud, rather than stored locally on … Continue reading

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Can Skype ‘wiretap’ video calls?

From CNN: Can Skype ‘wiretap’ video calls? From the article: “The video calling service Skype recently made a change to how it routes calls. Hackers and bloggers are saying the changes, which push some of the video calling process onto … Continue reading

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Florida lifeguard fired after saving drowning man

From CNN: Florida lifeguard fired after saving drowning man This is why I despise binary, “Zero-tolerance” systems. Each situation is different, and one size NEVER fits all.

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TV Deaths; Kathryn Joosten, Richard Dawson

Links to obits of two fine television actors. Continue reading

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Google to merge user data across services; users can NOT opt out!

From the Associated Press: Google to merge user data across more services From the article: “Google Inc. is overhauling the way it treats user data, linking information across its array of email, video and social-networking services so that information gathered … Continue reading

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Carrier IQ: Your phone’s secret recording device

From CNN: Carrier IQ: Your phone’s secret recording device From the article: “Carrier IQ is a piece of software installed on millions of mobile phones that logs everything their users do, from what websites they browse to what their text … Continue reading

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Danger Mouse co-creator Mark Hall dies

A link to the BBC obituary for Mark Hall, co-creator of Danger Mouse. Continue reading

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