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Any Other Windows 10 Horror Stories Out There?

Two weeks ago, I “upgraded” from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10, drawn by the promise of…

a) talking to a computer like Jean-Luc Picard, and

b) relief from the slow, pointless Start screen.

For two weeks, I tried to make Windows 10 work. I enjoyed calling out “Hey, Cortana” for about fifteen minutes, and a […]

What You Can Do That Google Can’t

This summer, Google bragged about its latest generation of server technology: “From Firehose, our first in-house datacenter network, ten years ago to our latest-generation Jupiter network, we’ve increased the capacity of a single datacenter network more than 100x. Our current generation — Jupiter fabrics — can deliver more than 1 Petabit/sec of total bisection bandwidth. […]

New iPhone App Is Mindful For You Automatically, So You Don’t Have To Be

The idea, say the people at Spire, is that people need a machine to be mindful, so that people don’t have to go through the work of learning self-control. […]

Churches Using Facial Recognition Software To Control Their Members

Researchers from places like the American Religious Identification Survey and the Pew Center on Religion and Public life find that, as the years progress, more and more Americans are declaring themselves to belong to no particular religion, and to have no interest in going to church. In response, religious leaders scratch their heads as if […]

Results, Not Rhetoric, From Rick Perry

Over the weekend, Rick Perry issued a challenge to Hillary Clinton. He tweeted that “Americans want results not rhetoric.”

As Governor of Texas, Rick Perry certainly got results.

– At the end of his term of Governor, Texas began to lose tens of thousands of jobs per month, as the boom-and-bust cycles of the oil […]

House Democrats Fail To Block Amendment Banning License Plate Surveillance Cameras By Department of Transportation

Why are so many congressional Democrats consistently opposed to legislation that would protect Americans from unconstitutional search and seizure by automatic license plate readers, and why do most congressional Republicans support the legislation, when they have demonstrated such strong contempt for constitutional rights in other occasions? […]

Skylock Introduces Us To The Idiotic Side Of The Internet Of Things

Skylock makes your bicycle part of the Internet of Things, so what could be the problem? Well… […]

Bipartisan Group Passes Amendment Banning FBI From Forcing Weak Backdoors To Encryption

The House has passed an amendment that bans the Department of Justice from approaching technology companies and forcing them, or even requesting to, install backdoor evasions of encryption software. […]

Bill To Somewhat Diminish NSA Spying Passed By U.S. House. Is This Good News?

Given that the history of the NSA surveillance program is thick with deception and coverups, we would do well to regard the passage of the USA Freedom Act, and other proposed reforms, with skepticism. […]

Why Doesn’t Your U.S. Rep Support The End Warrantless Surveillance of Americans Act?

Yesterday, a Democrat and two Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced the End Warrantless Surveillance of Americans Act, H.R. 2233. The bill would, if passed, prohibit the government from forcing software and technology companies to create “back doors” – secret means through which government agents can enter supposedly secure information systems to search […]

Market Automation Leaves Travelers Hungry In LaGuardia Airport

Cotto’s automated market system doesn’t even work reliably. When I tried it this morning, the restaurant’s credit card system wasn’t initializing properly. […]