Saturday, October 24, 2015

chip on my shoulder

Friday, October 23, 2015

Thursday, October 22, 2015

just stop


It’s like a miracle: question your phone and the correct answer is almost immediate.

But this wonder comes with a dark side, too, 
the price we pay for this “free” service.

OK Google announced recently it actually records, 
keeps and archives everything you say into its app.

Siri on the iPhone keeps these recordings for 2 years.

Cortana in Windows doesn’t actually say how long she keeps your voice on file. 

But she does. 

If it seems creepy they are monitoring and storing every detail about you, that’s a good thing. 

It means you haven’t lost your privacy bearings yet.

But even if you turn Google “Voice Activity” off, 
Google still records your voice.

It still archives the recordings, too.

It just tags them with an anonymous identifier so only a subpoena can link it back to your account.

If you hope Apple, MicroSoft and Google will stop recording you, I’m afraid you are out of luck. 

They won't.

Well. There is one solution.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

royal awakening

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

isolated, needy, paranoid and antisocial

It was a cool Saturday evening in the Fall of 1968 
and Jack had a date with Diane. 
nbc universal

He dressed sharp, arrived at her house and rang the door bell 
a little nervous.

“Oh Hi Jack!, please, come in!” Diane's mother said.
“And Jack, don’t you look so nice!”

“She’ll be down in a minute, 
go sit with her Father in the living room.” 

“Would you like something to drink? Lemonade? 
Perhaps iced tea?

“Iced tea, please,” Jack said. 
She brought the iced tea in with a napkin on a tray. 

“So, what are you and Diane planning to do tonight?”
Diane’s Father asked. 

“Oh, we’re going to a movie and 
then we’ll get a hamburger if it’s not past Diane’s curfew.”

Monday, October 19, 2015

animals of all descriptions

For well over a century the Houston Zoo has been a safety zone for children, with gun holders required to leave their weapons in the car.


But no longer, despite over 200,000 school children visiting every year.

A Texas gun lobby has been successful under a new state law that addresses local gun restriction.

The zoo is actually privately owned and believed it could enforce a no-gun policy.

But this is Texas. 

An investigation by the state Attorney General resolved the zoo is built on city land and so the 2nd Amendment should apply.


“Texas Law Shield”--a gun rights group--successfully threatened to sue and the zoo backed down, taking down their restrictive signs at all the entries.

Emboldened with success, 
the St. Louis Zoo and the Dallas Zoo are next.

In 2012 Kentucky law was revised under NRA pressure to permit people to *open* carry their guns in municipal facilities like libraries, parks and zoos.

Who’s next?