Archive for category ‘Society‘

 
 

Super Bowl …

09. February 2014 • Category: Bitchings, Society • Comment: 0

… just another excuse for the police state to take it to eleven.

USCG in Hudson

Because naval terrorism is all the rage today.

Tower of Pigs

The friendly face of the government of the free and the brave.

Chinooks over WFC

City under siege

Hope?

02. August 2013 • Category: Society • Comment: 0

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(I’ve tried, using google image, to locate the original use of this image to check on copyrights. If you’re the owner, do let me know how I can comply.)

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

Land of the … free?

02. May 2013 • Category: Society • Comment: 0

This is taken in Exchange Place in Jersey City, the notorious hot-bed of international terrorism. It doesn’t make me feel safer, it makes me feel imprisoned. For a western society, I find it rather shameful.

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(Yeah, the statue in the background is pretty stupid too.)

World Pecking Order

14. April 2013 • Category: Society • Comment: 0

The good people of government, this time led by career bureaucrat Barbara Boxer (D-Hollywood), certainly have their priorities straight:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/apr/13/barbara-boxer-aipac-israel-discrimination

So all countries must yield to the interests of the US government (or its private campaign-contributing “partners” of the corporate kind) like when NZ was illegally wiretapping the Megaupload chap on FBIs behalf or when Bush wanted Turkey part of the EU, but the US rolls over when Knesset speaks.

It’s disappointing to see Ron Wyden being one of the co-sponsors (and surprising not seeing Charles Schumer), then again Russ Feingold supported some pretty shady Israel-related things during his DC stint too, so it probably goes with the territory. Govtrack says only 2% chance of being enacted, but as Glen Greenwald points out, that’s not considering that AIPAC is involved. We’ll see.

Meanwhile the empty rhetoric about the global community, the axes of evil and equality under the law drones on. It’s a messed-up world we live in — news at eleven.

Ah, well …

Hope for email privacy in US? Nah…

01. December 2012 • Category: Society • Comment: 0

Shockingly (and likely by accident) the senate judiciary committee did something good wednesday: they approved a bill which would end the utterly insane application of  “abandoned mail”-principle to email kept on servers outside our homes.

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/11/senate-committee-takes-an-important-step-towards-protecting-your-inbox/

Govtrack.us gives it 42% chance of being enacted, but as with all bills limiting the reach of the US government, it won’t become law until it’s been appropriately defanged.   And so life goes on in the land of the  free.