On the cover of TIME Magazine, they’ve got this stylized sun-looking thing with a very 1950’s kidnapper-note feel, with the headline “FUSION.” As if they needed to hype the topic more, they added “unlimited energy,” “for everyone,” “forever.” Wow. Let’s go out and save the planet, and build a few starships while we’re at it…. [Read More]
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See that over-the-top, anti-Obama comment on Facebook or your favorite blog? It could be a paid Russian troll. See the picture above? He’s serving a life sentence without parole because he started an illegal website. He claims to be a Libertarian, but he certainly made a ton of money (the Feds claim over $100 million)… [Read More]
As a New Year’s resolution, I thought I would look at making 2015 the Year of Neutrality. The idea of Net Neutrality is so absurd that it I thought we might apply it to everything. Here’s just a few I came up with.
The closest my mother and stepfather ever got to the Internet was a WebTV set top box we bought for their kitchen TV. Like most non-technical people, if I talked to them about technology and policy, I lost their attention immediately. This is the reaction people get when I mention “Net Neutrality”. It’s a technology… [Read More]
You know those ubiquitous web links at the bottom of the page on sites like Fox News or CNN? They’re usually titled “from around the web” or “more promoted stories”. They have catchy titles like “The 10 Best Resorts in South America” or “14 Things Surprising Things Your Cat is Telling You”. Everybody says they… [Read More]
A few months ago I got online to pay on a new account I have at U.S. Bank. I pay a certain amount every month, like everyone does on installment loans. U.S. Bank has a full-featured consumer website; I mean it’s got all the bells and whistles. That’s what you’d expect from a bank with… [Read More]
One of the chief benefits of living in a capitalist society is seeing those greedy corporations actually compete for your business. Every so often, we get to enjoy a true cataclysmic battle between titans of commerce, and the one that’s shaping up between Apple and Walmart is a doozy that could put money in your… [Read More]
Futurists have always yearned for the day when The Jetsons is reality, where every home is intelligent, and everyone can have Bill Gates-style home automation. That future is being realized today, with the evolution from computers, to game consoles, to smartphones, and finally, our “stuff”, all connected to the cloud. By “stuff” I mean appliances,… [Read More]
UPDATED: Changed title and wording in last paragraph to remove Joe Biden-sized. It’s more like Joe Biden-brain sized (a headache). Unless you’re a real-life version of Sheldon Cooper, a computer security professional, or, like me, work in the online payment industry, you probably don’t keep up with the latest computer vulnerabilities. A new… [Read More]