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Book Review: St. Nic, Inc. by S.R. Staley

It’s not Santa Claus vs. the Martians – it’s Santa Claus (sorta) vs. the DEA – which is, come to think of it, almost as nuts… Sam Staley’s latest book is a Christmas story. It’s not, however, the sort of R...
by Scholars & Rogues on Dec 11, 2014

The Home Front, a cyber warrior’s guide

Android users: your phone is under attack. You know that Swype keyboard that’s so much nicer than clicking on each letter? That’s a surveillance device that logs every word you input. Switch to Google Keyboard right now. Swype Keyboard Fr...
by Scholars & Rogues on Oct 22, 2014

Book Review: St. Nic, Inc. by S.R. Staley

It’s not Santa Claus vs. the Martians – it’s Santa Claus (sorta) vs. the DEA – which is, come to think of it, almost as nuts… Sam Staley’s latest book is a Christmas story. It’s not, however, the sort of R...
by Scholars & Rogues on Sep 18, 2014

Facebook tramples human research ethics and gets published by PNAS for the effort

Facebook may have experimented with controlling your emotions without telling you I start out an angry bastard on most days, but that’s just before coffee. After that, I actually lighten up and quite enjoy life and laughter. I’m really no...
by Scholars & Rogues on Jun 28, 2014

New Facebook app update demands unreasonable privacy access – The Tech Curmudgeon

The Borg meet the One App in the Facebook app's latest privacy permissions. Continue reading →...
by Scholars & Rogues on Feb 1, 2014

Hey Facebook – can you tell me who my perfect match is?

Big Data and Social Media: Americans can’t give their privacy away fast enough… Big Data just keeps getting bigger and biggerer, and it seems like if you have enough data you can figure out damned near anything. Last year we … Conti...
by Scholars & Rogues on Nov 4, 2013

The new Mailbox app for iPhone and iPad: so far, a waste of time

Like many of you, I had been hearing about this new app called Mailbox. The buzz said it was a killer mobile app that was in nearly every respect superior to the default e-mail program in iPhone and iPad. So I went to the App Store and signed up, onl...
by Scholars & Rogues on Mar 20, 2013

What must the world’s data growth curve look like?

Vertical, pretty much? In 1993, during my first semester of doctoral work at the University of Colorado, we had a guest speaker from one of the federal administrations in a class talking about this newfangled thing called “the Internet.”...
by Scholars & Rogues on Jan 24, 2013

The Tech Curmudgeon – Wunderlist jumps the shark

What the hell was Wunderlist thinking when they released a bug filled, poorly tested, and badly designed software "update" to their to-do list app three days before Christmas?
by Scholars & Rogues on Dec 29, 2012

Found: the worst fucking online payment system in the world. Yay for me.

I owe my medical provider money. I think. I had some tests run and my insurance doesn’t cover it all, so I owe a few extra bucks. I’m trying, as hard as I can, to pay the bill. And for all I know, I may have already. But I can’t pro...
by Scholars & Rogues on Jul 24, 2012

Target to require retinal scans and DNA samples of all in-store customers

Okay, maybe not yet. But we’re definitely getting there. Check out today’s two-part gotcha. Part 1: Back in 2008 I wrote a piece called “The Smartest Shopping Cart That Ever Lived,” a glimpse into the near-future of GPS meets...
by Scholars & Rogues on Mar 9, 2012


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