10 December 2013

NSA ♥ Facebook

A while back, the Washington Post reported on a set of leaked NSA slides that most people seem to have ignored. There was one interesting piece of data in the report that I think deserves more attention. On the slide titled “Address Books” is a table setting out how many people’s address books have been collected, and how many are “Attributed” — that is, how many allow the NSA to tie an online ID to a real named person. ... Read more

26 November 2013

Mentoring

Texas has some of the safest cities in the US — but the fourth highest incarceration rate of any state. In part, this is because it was one of the first states to establish a “three strikes” law, which (combined with the disastrous “war on drugs”) helped triple the prison population during the 80s and 90s. Things are getting better now, but there’s still a long way to go. In the mean time, it’s conservatively estimated that over 4,600 children in Travis County alone have an incarcerated parent. ... Read more

20 November 2013

Sticker shock

It’s health insurance enrollment time again. I’m enrolling us, because let’s face it, I hate freedom. I’ve been watching the news, and I therefore know that Obamacare is a vile plot to make wealthy people pay a lot more for healthcare so that the undeserving poor can shirk their duty to die quietly of treatable ailments. We’re not part of the 1% — not by a long shot — but I think we’re in the 20%, if that’s a thing, so apparently it’s up to us to pay for those single mothers. ... Read more

17 November 2013

The Sony Ericsson P900

It’s commonly believed by folk in the US that the iPhone was utterly new and without precedent. I think it’s because before the iPhone, smartphones weren’t very popular in the US. Things were different elsewhere in the world, though. In 2005, I had a Sony Ericsson P900, a smartphone launched in 2003. I found it in a closet the other day, and I couldn’t find many screen captures of the P900 software online, so I decided I’d take a few snapshots. ... Read more

5 November 2013

Your Google+ identity is now your business card

Google are apparently hellbent on making your Google+ profile be your publicly visible worldwide profile. With this goal in mind, starting in 2014 Android phones will be displaying your Google+ profile information as caller ID when they receive a call from you. Your Google+ user icon, name, and other information will show up for whoever you call. Not worried yet? Well, consider that my work phone number is a VoIP system which forwards the call to my cell phone. ... Read more

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