Eyewash [wod]

Word of the Day:  Eyewash. A Washington Post article describes what from one point of view is “standard practice” of planting disinformation, or from another view a dangerous practice of agencies lying to its own employees.

Right to Know vs. Right to be Forgotten.

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/mar/01/japan-recognises-right-to-be-forgotten-of-man-convicted-of-child-sex-offences   We’ve just talked about removing your private information from online services; this is generally good for protecting your individual privacy.   This is good because you are generally a nice person.   What if the same request is made by a “not so nice person”? It’s nice to be able to forget the […]

Doritos, Pringles, Ripple Cut, RFID Chips Everywhere

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4203148/Company-offers-RFID-microchip-implants-replace-ID-cards.html The same chips embedded in pets to identify them so they can be restored to their owners, are being inserted into bodies of employees so they can be returned to their owners if they should get lost or misplaced.   It is undeniably ironic that Belgium and Switzerland, countries in the EU which so […]

Search Engines, Answer Engines

You’ve seen many “search engines”, including one that has even made its way to become a verb:  “google” is no longer just a site to do searching, but we now routinely use “let’s google that name”.   Nouns become verbs, and verbs become nouns — how many “reads” and “writes” did you do in the […]

Please Forget Me [howto]

Pleeeease release me, let me go. Instructions on how to have Google forget, or at least delete information on your searches. http://www.wired.co.uk/article/google-history-search-tracking-data-how-to-delete Your voice searches are also recorded and available for replay. Deleting your Amazon Alexa and Google Home searches https://www.google.com/amp/bgr.com/2016/12/30/how-to-delete-amazon-echo/amp/ Your library probably keeps a list of everything you borrowed, and your searches as well. […]