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House of Cards

Packets is packets, right?  Wrong. With the demise of the Net Neutrality standards, Internet providers are free to “prioritize” certain kinds of packets over others.  Now this is nothing new.  The TCP/IP protocols already prioritize packets based upon their nature, source and destination.  Latency is not much of a problem for e-mail, file transfer, or…

Die Data, Die

On Facebook’s 10th Anniversary, many people posted short videos taken from their “life” on Facebook.  These included pictures, likes, favorites, etc. from their tenure as Facebook products – um, customers.  It made me realize how much information, and indeed how much trivial but potentially important information is stored on Facebook, and searchable (or subpoenable) about…

State of the [Cyber] Union

On a bitter cold January day, the President of the United States appeared before a joint session of Congress to fulfill his Constitutional obligation to “from time to time give to Congress information of the State of the Union and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” The President…