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creation of a more responsible padlock

I have been cleaning up my flat in preparation for the move when I ran across a few small TSA locks.  Sure I have used them when traveling to and from the United States but it certainly seemed to be … Continue reading

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airplane data security

When I think about airlines I think about a lot of things but I don’t think of high tech. That isn’t very realistic as jet engines are pretty high tech devices and the ability to book reservations over the internet is … Continue reading

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facial scans coming to an airport near you

We want to protect you from the world. I think that a lot of people want to do the right thing and protect others from bad things. Sometimes this takes shape in the form of a law or a rule that … Continue reading

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safe computing – weak case for weakening encryption

You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. William J. H. Boetcker This quote has been often misattributed to Abraham Lincoln.  This is actually a very relevant thought with the respect to economics.  Indeed you cannot improve everybody’s lot … Continue reading

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Big brother is watching (you buy underwear)

Edward Snowden raised the stakes of privacy in June 2013 when he released the scope of the internet and phone surveillance by American intelligence agencies.  We learned quite a bit about what types of data collections were being done. Phone records … Continue reading

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how much are your friends worth?

I sometimes wonder why exactly Google or Microsoft, or well their search engines are interested in my queries about cats, recipes or Java syntax interests.  I suppose the cookies that are left on my hard disk while shopping are interesting … Continue reading

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Analyzing web traffic

Are we alone in the universe?  Well, that question is up for grabs but the question of am I alone on the Internet is quite answerable.   Simply Google any noun or term and it is easy to see that you … Continue reading

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i am NOT paranoid

As the saying goes “Just because you are paranoid doesn’t mean that they are not out to get you” Just when you thought that companies were content to track us with cookies, tracking cookies, web beacons or website trackers they … Continue reading

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Artificial Intelligence or better profiling

Not that long ago, I was looking for a new job and was using Google mail to send out my resume.  It was late and I was trying to get everything done so I could make dinner.  In my haste … Continue reading

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