Privacy vs. Safety – OR – To decrypt or not to decrypt

Fair warning, this will most likely be a controversial post.  While I’m generally in favor of a citizen’s right to privacy, and I support companies that actually go to bat for our civil liberties, I’ve gotta side with law enforcement on this one–well, sorta.  Let me be absolutely clear, this isn’t a question of where my political loyalties lie, but …

I’m petitioning the US government to do something smart

Hello there. I’ve created a petition to the US government on their official site that I’d like some support on. The idea behind it (the short version) is to end government corruption stemming from compensation from private entities (like corporations, lobbyists, special interest groups, etc). I think it’d be kind of a good idea to make all campaign donations and …

Random House has turned to the dark side?

Well . . . sort of–at least a little bit.  I just read an article up on i09 about RH’s new eBook-only imprints, and it sounds pretty crappy.  Also, yes, I know that Harry Potter is not published by RH (or one of its imprints).  The picture just seemed too perfect to pass up. (For those that don’t know, imprints …

Impavid judge lambastes cantankerous companies

Judge Robert Scola gets mad props from me today for two reasons.  First, he censored both Apple and Google for using litigation has a never-ending business strategy. I’ve written about this before, but I’ll summarize: litigation to limit competition is shitty for the consumer (that’s us). The second reason he gets “mad props” is for his verbal skillz.  Not only …

Patent trolls, meet the troll slayer

So today I read a news story on Ars Technica about how NewEgg defeated the mighty patent troll, Soverain Software. The timing was perfect!  I’ve been having a stressful few weeks at work, and today was shaping up to be just like the others.  Around lunch time, I decide to see what was going on in technology news. Let me …