Oct 14, 2013
commented on Hillary Clinton Says We Need a "Sensible Adult Conversation” About NSA Surveillance
It's not clear who she's talking to, and who this "adult conversation" is referencing. If she's talking to pro-privacy advocates about needing an adult conversation, that's patronizing and rude. If she's talking to the administration and the organizations responsible for overstepping the boundaries of common sense, I'm more impressed.
We do not pursue to be governed and the vacuum cleaner approach to data collection is not okay. There are long-standing accepted routes to collect data, with strict restrictions on how that data is to be acquired and used. Support a case with data, don't collect data and create cases. That's inexcusable. And yes, we can imagine all sorts of extreme cases and I hope that when one of those presents itself in reality, someone will be willing to stand up, break the law if necessary, and hope the public and the courts will understand after the fact.
Sep 13, 2013
commented on Friday's Morning News Ends Well
>> The Twitter of Tomorrow: "Imagine the value for Oreo if users didn’t have to click on its tweet in order to see its revered Super Bowl Twitter ad but, rather, it was simply part of their stream."
So, Tumblr and Facebook, then? I can hardly imagine what it might be like to have a 3rd option for having ads pushed at me.
Aug 14, 2013
commented on Morning News: Death in Egypt, Pot Rules, Gmail, Horrible People, and a Kitten Cam
>Google says Gmail users have no "reasonable expectation" that their emails are confidential.
Regardless of what their filing might suggest, users absolutely have a reasonable expectation of privacy and confidentiality. Whether companies responsible for ensuring and delivering on that expectation are willing to do so is another matter.
Aug 2, 2013
commented on The Friday Morning News
@20 - A common explanation for deer hunting is to control their population keeping the overall herds healthy as well as preventing damage to the habitat and ecosystems they live in. Are there reports of untended octopus breeding out of control and endangering the waters for humans and other forms of life?
Additionally, and not that this seems to have any bearing in practice, Octopuses are generally found to be significantly intelligent. Not "dolphin smart" but much more than "deer smart."
When I was about 6, my family rescued a baby white-tailed deer we rescued from a river in Oregon. It's mother had been killed and left to die upstream and it was literally lying on a rock in the middle of the water. We had a few acres of farmland in Kent and brought it home. After bottlefeeding it for a few weeks, it became a healthy, happy, playful baby deer. It played tag with the dogs, cuddled with our horse, and would follow us kids around like a puppy. We even brought him to show & tell at school.
One day I came home from school and my mother was crying. The deer had died after a neighbor, petting him over the fence, fed him some ferns that little deer are apparently not supposed to eat. We buried him on the edge of the woods near the house.