Posted March 30, 2012 The US House of Representatives on Wednesday voted down a bid to stop telecommunications companies from demanding Facebook logins from prospective job applicants. This isn’t decisive at all—one Rep (Perlmutter) tried to tack on a privacy-related amendment to a completely unrelated FCC reform bill. Wouldn’t have protected anybody. But we’ll keep an [...]
Posted March 26, 2012 Last week, US counter-terrorism officials were granted permission to increase the period of time they can retain information about citizens, even if those citizens aren’t tied to terrorism. Here’s my writeup. I can only repeat the headline for Wired’s cover story: Watch what you say. BTW, do read the Wired piece [...]
Posted March 22, 2012 Fujitsu says it has created a system that can recognise when somebody is being victimized by a phone scammer, by combining voice intonation analysis with keyword recognition. Read the full story on Naked Security.
Posted March 20, 2012 It doesn’t quite stretch to smartphones yet, but the US Federal Aviation Administration has announced they’re going to take a “fresh look” at using personal devices such as e-readers and tablets during takeoff on planes. Here’s the article.
Posted March 16, 2012 You think malvertising’s bad on Google now? It used to be a whole lot worse. It’s all good, but it’s also happy smiley PR, given how much shenanigans Google itself gets into over ads. Here’s the story.
Posted March 19, 2012 Think a passphrase of multiple, random dictionary words is as unguessable as long strings of gibberish, but easier to remember? Not necessarily, according to a recent study. Read the story on Naked Security.
Posted March 15, 2012 I know doctors who roll their eyes at the idea of HIPAA. They resent the way the legislation slows down the delivery of care to their patients. I can sympathize, but this $1.5m fine, the first ever to be carried out under HIPAA/HITECH, should make it clear: The onus is on [...]
Yeah, we know you’d rather just talk about your skills, and yes, we know, you don’t like to actually, like, talk to people, but, well, do you want the job? Yes? Then get over that introverted, antisocial techie thing. Here’s the article on HP Input/Output. Read it! Love it! Roll around in it!