So Where Have I Been?

That’s rhetorical; I’m not really asking you. This blog went silent for quite a while. While I wasn’t writing here, I was writing. I took back-to-back 10-week writing courses (with mixed results,) and I also wrote a bunch of programming blog posts. Last year I signed up for a work-for-hire spot writing for a Java Programming…

WKRP in Cincinnati

If you’re ancient like me, this is pretty cool. Have a good weekend.

The Protocols of the Elders of Facebook

So last week I gave you some tips on how to protect your data on Facebook. I also threw in a few asides on how I look at Facebook, the information it captures, and how it might have affected the 2016 election. On The Media did a show about this last week. They interviewed Antonio García…

How To Protect Yourself From the Next Cambridge Analytica (Maybe)

So how about that Facebook thing, huh? How can you protect yourself? There are a couple of things you can do to prevent, or at least hamper, the next Cambridge Analytica. (Of course, the next 10 or 13 Cambridge Analyticas have already struck and already have your stuff, but you know what I mean.) Before I…

Merry Christmas!

I apologize for the extended absence. Next year will be a better one for blogging.

Headed for Huxley?

Dystopia is hip again. In The Children of Men humanity’s infertility leads to the rise of an autocratic “Warden” of England. In The Handmaid’s Tale, it leads to a new theocratic state that takes over part of the United States. Both of these books describe a singular event that leads to dystopia. Like the best fiction, they…

Daredevil Fights Fake News

We left off last week with a campaign of fake political ads targeted at Franklin “Foggy” Nelson, Matt(Daredevil) Murdock’s best friend. This subplot spanned several issues and then ended in a three-part story focusing on the “real” villain. The political ads evolved into bizarre news stories: And now you know what made me think of…

The Crime Computer Will Protect You

It’s 1975, and the District Attorney of a major city is facing fierce opposition in his re-election campaign. Desperate to stay ahead and stay in office, he works with national and international law enforcement agencies to develop a comprehensive database of criminals to help law enforcement around the world. A 70’s cinema thriller? An episode…