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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

16 February - Surfers' Toys

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  The Impolitic

Darrell Issa stacks the deck

House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa is at it again, holding yet another inane hearing. His first panel of witnesses was solely comprised of male religious leaders whose consciences are inflamed by the new rule on women's health services that include contraception coverage.


Dysfunction junction

One and a half months into the new year and our virtually useless Congress is poised to maybe pass one crap bill:
A tentative deal reached by senior House and Senate leaders, which appears poised to pass absent a last-minute snag, would prolong a payroll tax cut that benefits 160 million Americans, extend unemployment benefits and forestall rate cuts to doctors who treat Medicare patients. The deal drops the GOPers lamebrained demand to drug test for jobless benefits.
Your personal data isn't safe and it's worse than we thought

Read more: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57377984-93/your-personal-data-isnt-safe-and-its-worse-than-we-thought/#ixzz1makFgxlP

Last week, a firestorm hovered over Path, after it was found to be uploading and storing user data from iPhone address books without requesting permission. The company subsequently changed its policy and apologized to users. But the selective outrage irked Michael Arrington, the blogger-turned-investor whose CrunchFund has money in Path. "As a user I'm slightly annoyed by this, and I think the apps doing this should be publicly criticized. But I think all of them should, not just one of them," he wrote. (Read his full post here.)
Arrington had a point. Early testing by The Next WebThe Verge and Venture Beat on other smartphone apps suggest that several also may use personal user data in unauthorized ways.
With Foursquare, for instance, personal address book information got sent to its servers without prior user notification. Foursquare subsequently tweeted its acknowledgment and then updated the app. For the record, the company also says it never stores user data.
You can read the full list compiled by the publications mentioned above, who all deserve kudos for excellent work. The more this issue gets an airing, the faster that developers, small and large, may start to clean up their act.

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