Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

Happy 2013!! Hopefully the new year brings lots of opportunities and good health for everyone.

Here are some things that have been on my mind over the past few weeks:
  • Stop spying on me - Rental laptops that were found to have back doors and spyware installed to help track them.  Seems Aaron's lost track of a laptop and showed up at the guy's door to get payments or the laptop.  They even showed him photos from the web cam of him using the laptop.  Problem is that the guy had bought the computer outright a few months before.  Ooops!  So they can remotely turn on the web cam, see whats on the screen and watch all the keystrokes.  Wow, that's like a creeper's dream. 
  • It's ok, nobody else will ever see that video - Surprise, surprise, videos sent via Snapchat and Facebook's Poke don't always disappear.  It's an interesting idea, but you would have to think they are cached someplace in order for the video player to work.  And the various network devices along the way that forward the packets from sender to receiver NEVER store any data.  Maybe the endpoint cache just needs to be cleaned up after it's done playing?  Yeah, that's it.  If Facebook says the video disappears once it's viewed, it's gotta be true ;)
  • I said, stop spying on me - Feds want black boxes in all automobiles by 2014. This is supposedly to allow manufacturers to have access to crash data in order to see how safety features are working.  Sounds like it will be similar to the black boxes in planes.  But it seems some people are looking at this as a huge threat to privacy ... big brother tracking to see where you are going and how fast (i.e. speeding).  Fair argument, but it would be stronger if you didn't have a GPS tracking your every move and a phone and tablet running apps based upon location.