Technology

Justice Scalia and the Genetic Panopticon

I haven't always been that kind to Justice Scalia (or to Justice Scalia's hats), but I do think he's a very good writer, and so I'm glad to be able to quote him saying something I agree with. If you…




If You’re Greek, Someone Probably Just Stole Your Identity

Potential math-test question for Greek children: If someone steals nine million computer files containing the personal data of Greek citizens, and the population of Greece is 11 million, what percentage of Greek citizens have had their personal data stolen? The…



$100 Million Security System Breached by Drunken Jet Skier

Multiply this by about 1,000 to get an idea of the problem with our entire approach to security post-9/11. Sorry—I meant 1,000 times the wasted money, although I imagine that 1,000 drunken jet skiers could wreak a lot of havoc…



Two More Plaintiffs Are Mad at Siri Now

As I mentioned earlier, somebody sued Apple earlier this month claiming that the electronic assistant "Siri" who lurks in each iPhone 4S does not work as advertised. Two weeks later – but only a day or two after the first…



Non-Standard Explanation Offered for Bugging Wife’s Bedroom

According to this report in the Beaver County Times, a 66-year-old Raccoon Township man has been charged with invasion of privacy and felony interception of communications for hiding a listening device under his wife's bed. (Yes, the fact that this…