Archive for the 'Privacy' Category

Cable Operators Want To Watch You

I’ve just read something on Slashdot that’s served to harden my resolve to never do business with a cable tv provider again. Recently at CableLab’s semi-annual “Innovation Showcase”, the item that was voted “best new product” is something produced by a company called PrimeSense.  It’s something that allows digital devices to “see” a 3-D view […]

Is Ubuntu’s New Firefox Watching You?

According to a recent Slashdot article it very well might be.  Ubuntu recently released a new extension to Firefox alpha 3 called “Multisearch”. The first thing that I don’t like about it is that it installs automatically without any warning about potential privacy problems.  For me that’s a deal-breaker all by itself. Another thing that […]

GPS To Become More Problem Than Benefit

I’ve always thought that GPS systems in vehicles was a very two sided thing.  On the one hand you have the convenience of having reliable navigational aids available on demand.  There’s no need for futzing around with often difficult to manage paper maps, they can locate your position to within a very close margin of […]

Microsoft Sneaks Extension Into Firefox

If you have applied the “Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1” update, you may be surprised (and justifiably pissed) to find out that this update included a new extension being very quietly added to Firefox without your knowledge. It’s called the “Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant (ClickOnce) Firefox Extension” and according to, it gives […]

In France, Disagreeing Can Get You fired

Not long ago a new law was proposed in France known as “Hadopi”.  It’s one of those “three strikes and you’re out” deals where after the third time being caught sharing copyrighted material online, the person involved gets their internet connection yanked permanently. Evidently this is turning the French government into wholesale liquidators of freedom […]