FedEx offering $5 and all you have to do is, gulp, reinstall or reactivate Flash

FedEx offering $5 and all you have to do is, gulp, reinstall or reactivate Flash

Testing the limits of what a customer might do for gettiing $5 off.

03/24/17

This seems rather extreme

This seems rather extreme

A “Top News” tweet from TechCrunch, pictured above, informs me that Alaska Airlines is killing off Virgin America … and Richard Branson?

03/23/17

FCC clears path for carriers to block more robocalls

FCC clears path for carriers to block more robocalls

The FCC this morning voted 3-0 to give carriers new regulatory cover to combat annoying and oftentimes fraudulent robocalls.

03/23/17

Know your encryption workarounds: a paper

Know your encryption workarounds: a paper

Security experts Bruce Schneier and Orin Kerr have collaborated on a paper that seeks to establish a common understanding of encryption workarounds.

03/22/17

Google News: Brady jerseys more important than Trump/Russia or Supreme Court

Google News: Brady jerseys more important than Trump/Russia or Supreme Court

An exercise in news judgment that has to be seen to be believed.

03/20/17

‘Don’t be this guy’

‘Don’t be this guy’

No wonder people from Massachusetts get called that name we all find kind of amusing but I still shouldn’t print on this website for networking professionals.

03/15/17

Appeals court rules Americans have no legal recourse if hacked by foreign governments

Appeals court rules Americans have no legal recourse if hacked by foreign governments

An appeals court in Washington, D.C., yesterday upheld a lower court ruling denying an American citizen the right to sue the government of Ethiopia for hacking his home computer.

03/15/17

Too lazy to fill out a March Madness bracket? Technology has you covered

Too lazy to fill out a March Madness bracket? Technology has you covered

You couldn’t care less but want to look like you care. Well, ESPN the website has just the feature for you: “Autofill a bracket.”

03/13/17

IBM pledge: Not only does Notes/Domino live, there’s no end in sight

IBM pledge: Not only does Notes/Domino live, there’s no end in sight

It’s interesting to see IBM, which bought Lotus in 1995, pledging to support Domino and Notes for, well, an open-ended long period of time.

03/10/17

Q&A site Stack Overflow has answer to nagging question … about Stack Overflow

Q&A site Stack Overflow has answer to nagging question … about Stack Overflow

A systems administrator was showering the other day (maybe not literally) when he had this thought: “I’ve never actually seen Stack Overflow’s front page. I wonder what percentage of their traffic requests are to simply...

03/09/17

Trump broke his H-1B promise. Now what?

Trump broke his H-1B promise. Now what?

On the campaign trail, candidate Donald Trump was so determined to present himself as the solution to H-1B visa abuse that he promised to launch an investigation on day one of his administration. That hasn't happened.

03/03/17

‘Paging Dr. VT320, paging Dr. VT320’

‘Paging Dr. VT320, paging Dr. VT320’

The use of a 30-year-old Digital Equipment Corp. VT320 terminal to support a hospital paging system has sparked a debate about how old is too old.

03/02/17

Border agents go all Monty Python on visa-holding software engineer

Border agents go all Monty Python on visa-holding software engineer

There have been more egregious episodes of U.S. border agents hassling and/or needlessly detaining valid visa-holders since the White House changed hands, but perhaps none has been more bizarre – or even darkly comical – than this one....

02/28/17

Senator to file bill requiring border agents to get a warrant before searching phones

Senator to file bill requiring border agents to get a warrant before searching phones

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has signaled his intention to file legislation that would require customs and law enforcement agencies to acquire a warrant before compelling access to a U.S. traveler’s electronic device.

02/22/17

Many still want their software packaged

Many still want their software packaged

Motherboard has an interesting look at the somewhat surprising survival of physical software in shrink-wrapped boxes, which continues to account for roughly a third of software sales.

02/13/17

As third RSA Conference without ‘booth babes’ nears, no one seems to miss them

As third RSA Conference without ‘booth babes’ nears, no one seems to miss them

In March 2015, RSA Conference organizers made news by contractually insisting that vendors pitch their wares without the help of “booth babes,” a first such ban for the technology industry.

02/09/17

Geekiest alarm clock ever?

Geekiest alarm clock ever?

Everyone knows what to do when life gives you lemons. Well, the same can apply when technology cries wolf at four in the morning, according to a contributor to Reddit’s section devoted to systems administration.

02/08/17

Emoji and hashtag creators scoff at 17th Century pretenders

Emoji and hashtag creators scoff at 17th Century pretenders

Archivists in Slovakia have stumbled upon 17th Century examples of what the Daily Mail of London last week trumpeted as perhaps the first emoji and hashtag, claims that are being met with dismissive smiles by the actual creators of...

02/07/17

Tech leaders decry Trump’s Muslim ban

Tech leaders decry Trump’s Muslim ban

Taking to President Trump’s favored communications platform, Twitter, a who’s who of prominent technology and business leaders are speaking out against the new administration’s ban on Muslims from certain countries entering the United...

01/29/17

Tech world not immune to fake news

Tech world not immune to fake news

Yes, the term “fake news” has already been politicized to the point of near-meaninglessness, but before it is relegated to the dustbin of our lexicon, allow me to note that the practice itself has been around for eons and is no...

01/24/17

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