Why are there so many top ranked answers for how to get the dye out of your or your kids' hands that just don't help? Dishsoap? Baking soda or toothpaste plus lots of scrubbing? Feh. Well, consider that baking soda does provide great cleaning power and abasion, but vinegar is what they use to disolve the dye .... [Click here to read the rest of this post]Tags: Easter eggs, Kids, Parenting, Tips and Tricks
One of the more irritating oversights in Windows 7 is that when you open configuration files from Windows Explorer (txt, ini, etc), they open in Notepad as expected, but when you go to save, only then do you realize that you didn't have admin rights and your work is wasted.
Sick of .... [Click here to read the rest of this post]Tags: Computers, Powertoys, Text Editors, Tips and Tricks, Windows, Windows Hacks
LexisNexis (which acquired ChoicePoint) is the largest data-broker in the world. They create vast profiles on people and use that information to create various reports that they sell to companies of all kinds. These reports are used to make decisions about renting, insurance and more. In the .... [Click here to read the rest of this post]Tags: Big Business, ChoicePoint, Data Brokering, LexisNexis
Apparently, they put tamper seals on the ports and plugins, but NOT the case itself. Therefore, the university was able .... [Click here to read the rest of this post]Tags: Diebold, Evoting, Sequoia
For anyone who's participated in forums, online games, or any other system where you can communicate with random strangers, you've probably encountered people who make you angry. Some are just people who you don't get along with legitimately, and some are "trolls"; people who toy with others for their amusement.
What makes people trolls is generally the .... [Click here to read the rest of this post]Tags: Consequences, Gaming, Internet, Kids, Parenting
So yesterday, we learned that OnStar tracks you even if you're not a customer and today, we learn that Facebook will track and monitor your web usage without your knowledge or permission… even if you're not logged in.
You can't use rights you don't know about or don't understand. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has posted a summary of your 4th amendment rights to deny the government permission to search you or your belongings (digital or otherwise).
It's good to know what you can .... [Click here to read the rest of this post]Tags: 4th Amendment, Cellphones, EFF, Police, Your Rights
When I teach, I explain how most of the breaches and problems you hear in the world aren't about clever hackers or sophisticated attackers, but instead about weak security. This has just become my new go-to example.
I've always thought that prisoners should be made to work to support themselves and others. Maybe the Chinese have hit on something with this: