Posts Tagged ‘government’
  • EU internet users (rest of the world?) regain some hope? EU Parliament votes 663 to 13…rejecting ACTA
    by Mike
    Posted March 10th, 2010 at 12:45 pm
    I don't normally go too deep into politics here because (1) this isn't a politics blog and (2)....I just don't like politics. Pretty good reasons eh? Regardless of your knack for politics however, if there's any ounce of interest in anything digital within your head, you should be at least a little interested/worried about ACTA (anti-counterfeiting trade agreement). The repercussions from such a law have truly wide ranging effects. For those that don't, the main gist is that it's a bill ...
  • Saudi gov’t wants BlackBerry messenger cracked open for “security” reasons. Will RIM budge?
    by Mike
    Posted March 8th, 2010 at 8:38 am
    Terrorists and normal civillians residing in Saudi Arabia have something new to worry about this week -- security in regards to BlackBerry Messenger and BlackBerry handhelds overall. It's no secret that RIM has an amazingly secure platform and network with the BlackBerry. Sadly, the bad guys have realized this too and have made heavy use of the encrypted and untouchable platform, angering many governments around the globe. The Saudi gov't has had enough however and is calling on RIM to let th...
  • Google: “If EU mandates 6-month data retention policy, we’re packin’ up and high steppin’ it outta here”
    by Mike
    Posted March 3rd, 2010 at 9:48 am
    EU residents may want to write/call/email/text their local governments and let them know any bill or law that drops data retention limits from 12 months to 6 is a bad idea. Especially so because if it does pass, Google Street View will be no more. They're stating that if data retention limits are lowered for the original unblurred images from twelve to six months, the accuracy, integrity, and overall usefulness will be dimished. After those 6-months, if Google wants fresh unblurred images, th...
  • Outstanding, censorship being pushed for addition to Digital Economy Bill. We’re all moving to China without actually moving.
    by Mike
    Posted March 2nd, 2010 at 8:15 pm
    What's better than an already over-restrictive and anti-consumer digital based bill moving through an technologically intellectual congress? How about censorship? Yes folks, it appears more countries and governments want to be exactly like China and their "great firewall" in every way. Under the guise of "copyright protection" lawmakers site that such blocking measures would help protect IP and make the planet an overall better place to live. Riiiiight. Regardless of what is being blocked, ...
  • Flash drives return to the Department of Justice.
    by Mike
    Posted February 22nd, 2010 at 3:08 am
    After a brief 15-month hiatus, it looks like personal flash drives will once again be allowed inside the Department of Justice. Spurred by a rash of virus outbreaks and compromised computers, the DoD enacted the ban back in late 2008 to get a grip on the damaging and stubborn malware war path. Don't go all hogwild just yet though, bringing in a bin of flash drives and relying on them for home and work use. The new decree strictly mentions "mission critical" jobs as the only time in which f...
  • No more Google services for Iran? National email system to pick up the slack.
    by Mike
    Posted February 10th, 2010 at 4:55 pm
    While the controversy around Google and China continues to push on, albeit at a more subdued tone, someone else looks to be crawling into the brawl. Iran, the most favorite country in the world has announced today that it plans to completely block any and all access to Gmail. The reasoning given by government officials to the WallStreet Journal claim that it is to "further technological innovation" within the country and that a nationalized email system will be rolled out to everyone. It re...
  • Venezualen president Hugo Chavez equates Twitter and online criticism to terrorism. *rolls eyes*
    by Mike
    Posted February 4th, 2010 at 1:44 pm
    How often do we see government officials lambasting some part of the internet, telling tales of how it's evil and destroying the world? Unless you live in a cave deep underground, away from human civilization, it's an almost weekly occurrence. With that said, we've seen the internet, and more importantly social networking play a big role over the last year in regards to world events. Election revolts in Iran -- need I say more? The latest online protesting is hitting a tad closer to home in...
  • Google finally comes to their senses, eyes pulling out of China due to BS censorship.
    by Mike
    Posted January 12th, 2010 at 9:11 pm
    I've been pretty critical of Google in the past because of their compliance with the Chinese government's oppressive and inhumane regulations that censor peoples' lives and limit the information they can contain. In an indirect way, Google themselves were supporting communism. Thankfully it seems I can start regaining some sleep and putting to rest the malice that I've been feeling. Within the last few weeks, various human rights organizers as well as several other unnamed individuals have ...
  • White House phone inventory goes old school…
    by Mike
    Posted December 14th, 2009 at 9:34 pm
    While we'd like to think of that the White House of all places in the country would employ some sort of high tech form of mobile device inventory, from the picture above we can see that simply isn't the case. No sir. There isn't any advanced monitoring chip, no fingerprint/BlackBerry add-on, and no retina scanner built into the camera. It's good 'ol sticky notes for the fine leaders of our country. The only sad thing that I've come to realize is that a politician ("Rice" in the picture a...
  • Blu-ray “Managed Copies”: December 4th. Players that actually support this crap: 0.
    by Mike
    Posted November 9th, 2009 at 9:18 pm
    Remember high school and all of the various fads and gimmicks that flowed like water out of dam? Ya, it was that evident. Such a comparison can be made with the latest digital rip off titled (politically correct title that is) "Blu-ray Managed Copies". Essentially it is another way movie studios and labels somehow get away with controlling how we use our purchased content. The way this service works is when copying a Blue-ray disc, the player sends out a signal to the "mother ship" via the...
  • Afraid of spying eyes? Want a BlackBerry Tour? Sprint has your back.
    by Mike
    Posted September 14th, 2009 at 12:10 pm
    Consumers and consumer based smartphones are dominating in the current market. But that doesn't mean devices marketed towards corporate users are going away anytime soon. While the recent adoption of cameras on just about every BlackBerry (save for the camera-less 8350i and Bold), cameras seemed to be infiltrating ever nook and cranny of RIM's product line. That is hardly the case though as a newcomer featuring one less piece of glass is very soon coming to Sprint: a camera-less 9630 Tour. ...
  • British Gov’t: We see you…and you…and you…and….
    by Mike
    Posted March 31st, 2009 at 5:59 am
    Do you like privacy?  Are you a Facebook junkie.  Do you live under British government rule?  If yes to all of the above your world is in for a big change very soon.  The British government is building a reputation of that of a spy.  "Why?" you ask.  They are joining many other governments in the big rush to force ISP's to monitor, track, and store user data.  Under the ideal circumstances for the nanny governments, every page visited by every person would be stored allowing greater "...
  • Rate hikes soon coming to a carrier near you.
    by Mike
    Posted March 1st, 2009 at 3:04 pm
    It's no secret the U.S. economy is downright *expletive* right now.  The national debt is escalating daily to points that seem like it will take a small eternity to lower.  The newest fight on our ever shrinking wallets and purses comes by way of the Obama Administrations proposed plan to raise wireless fees to wireless carriers.  At first it seems like a good idea, keep the tax/fee increase away from the customers who can't afford it and instead offload it onto the big corps who can.  U...
  • Once again…government shows itself to be completely technologically incompetent.
    by Mike
    Posted February 7th, 2009 at 6:42 pm
    You know that stimulus package that is floating around Washington.  You know...the one that is inching up towards $1 trillion dollars.  Ah that got the juices flowing.  Inside of that stimulus package was several key technology provisions that would help the U.S. move half a step in the right direction.  However, thanks to the minority Republican party, most of the greatness that could have been, will continue to be a dream.  What all was in there to begin with and what got the chop?  ...
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