Dumb vs Smart


It seems in many ways dumb devices are better than smart devices:

Why? Security, privacy, and quality.

Anything with a network connection can be hacked: smart TV’s, cars, streaming boxes, appliances, routers and every other smart device, or IoT device, …

Android vs iPhone – behind the scenes

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From the front, the user space, this argument is tired. Both smartphones do whatever you can imagine at this point. Both are amazingly thin and packed full of sensors and features.

Behind the scenes though…. things are very different. Why …

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Samsung TV is Listening To You


Samsung Warns Smart TV Customers That Personal Conversations Will Be Recorded & Shared 

It sucks being right about this. As soon as the devices are listening to us and watching us at all times, there will be no shred of …

Manipulate You Socially

Facebook aren’t the only ones learning about how to exert control over people through social networks:

Air Force research: How to use social media to control people like drones

More proof that you shouldn’t trust or believe most of what …

Google+ Lets You Be Yourselves

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Google has finally reversed their “real names only” policy they were pushing for Google+, which was affecting people’s Youtube and even Gmail usage.

I’m sure they will still make it confusing as hell to understand, and of course, as long …

iWatch Your Health

Finally, mainstream consumer technology has noticed the health of the consumer. Instead of computers just making us fatter, lazier, and more spoiled than ever before, there’s some pushback in the form of wearable health tech, and it looks like Apple …

It’s Not Just the NSA: Police Are Tracking Your Car

It’s Not Just the NSA: Police Are Tracking Your Car – Slashdot.

I told y’allz.


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I build (and then query) databases, and have been doing it for many years.

Facebook, Google, NSA, the cops, drug stores, retailers, the education …

Facebook Is Also Tracking What You Don’t Do

It’s kind of obvious at this point that Facebook is storing, packaging, and selling every bit of data you give them while you use their “free service” to connect with your family, friends, and whatever.

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I think most people get …

Google Maps Personalization Will Hurt…

Google Maps personalization will hurt public space and engagement. – Slate Magazine.uh uh

Auto Data

This is very cool tech – GM and OnStar are on the forefront of using the digital sensor data cars now generate to both help drivers and engineers. A Volt driver started a website to compare his Volt driving data …

We Are Definitely Being Tracked

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It’s been happening for years. Much of it was enabled using this technology you are looking at now (http, html, etc.).

But the big difference now is the slow but steady increase in shared data. Let me explain. …

Facebook Sees The Shark

I have been observing the growth of Facebook in the social space for years now, and after growing more and more frustrated at the ‘facebook effect’ taking place online I’ve decided to start posting about it. My fear is that …

Data Mining Your Past, Present, & Future

Lots of privacy-politics news lately: First off our good buddies at Facebook want even more information, and will happily put it on a timeline and sell it to the highest bidder for you.


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