Monthly archive for June 2013

 
 

Public smartphone chargers

18. June 2013 • Category: Society, Technology • Comment: 0

In this era of government mass surveillance and identity theft, I’m hoping people think twice before plugging their smartphone into a public charger, be it AT&Ts Street Charge network, a public charger in the airport or a treadmill in your local gym. Most of the pins of the (old) iPhones 30 pin dock connector is meant to transfer data and you can’t tell from looking at it, if they will, when you plug your phone in. Whether by design of the “charging station” or because somebody hacked it is really not important.

Same goes for the lightning connector and the various incarnations of USB-based connectors used on Android devices.

It’s certainly unlikely, but not impossible and if you’re anything like me, you’re carrying a huge amount of personal data that you’d probably prefer to keep to yourself. Smartphones are powerful tools, but “big gun makes big hole in foot.” So keep that smartphone charged from home.

That is all.

NSAs craving of phone records

06. June 2013 • Category: Society • Comment: 0

Everybody else is talking about it so why shouldn’t I …

OK, call me paranoid (I shan’t deny it), but why do NSA want “trunk identifiers” and “comprehensive communication routing information” … unless they already have the raw voice data, but need to attach names/numbers to it. Admittedly, I know nothing about voice technology, but I really don’t see how call routing information could otherwise interest them.

While we’re at it, I really wish the last hold-outs, who still insist that Obama is the justice-loving, constitution-defending, Nobel decorated, Democratic Messiah, would just give it up and admit that he’s no different than the previous president. You have four more stages to cover …

Update: Hilarious pic.twitter.com/ghRH1Zf8py