Sony has been going crazy trying to keep clever users from unlocking the PS3 to run homebrew (like the Wii hack which I love!).
First of all, companies are trying everything they can, but in the end it won't amount to much. Consider that all it takes is one person anywhere in the world to figure out the encryption codes (not the real .... [Click here to read the rest of this post]Tags: Big Business, Gaming, Homebrew, PS3, Sony
awesome terrible. Apparently a UK immigration officer added his wife to the no-fly list when she was out of country effectively stranding her.
Based on the lack of details and the fact that she could have just taken a ferry not an airplane, this story doesn't really seem that likely, but it's making the rounds and the most important issue here .... [Click here to read the rest of this post]Tags: Accountability, No-Fly List, TSA
I'm fairly ambivalent about the whole Wikileaks issue. I've long been a supporter of whistleblowing in general as companies and the governement should be held accountable for abuses and wrong-doing and often it's only fully public scandals that allow that to happen (though sometimes not even then).
Anyway, as to whether Wikileaks has done anything wrong, one must first ask if there was .... [Click here to read the rest of this post]Tags: Bank of America, Banks, Easter eggs, Money, Wikileaks
If you read this site much, you probably know I have a "guilty till proven innocent" attitude when it comes to new technology, particularly wireless technology. That's why it's no surprise to me (and hopefully no surprise to you), that they've discovered they can break into and steal cars that use wireless entry and ignition.Keyless Entry, Keyless Ignition, Oops, Physical Security
You know a good way to spot a terrorist? Look for someone who looks and acts like one (like they do in Israel)!
I know this ridiculous concept of banning profiling came out of the dark days of racism where people were profiles on things that didn't matter like the color of your skin. But that doesn't mean that profiling is wrong.
People .... [Click here to read the rest of this post]Tags: Airports, Backscatter Xray, Israel, Physical Security, TSA
So last night I get a phone call saying they're my bank and asking to verify information. As you should always do under such circumstances, I refused and asked for a number where I could call her back. When she provided it, I looked it up online, but found nothing. So I called the bank at .... [Click here to read the rest of this post]Tags: Credit Cards
The Federal Trade Commission proposed a new standard of privacy in American Industry recently:
It'd be nice if they could post an actual picture of a backscatter scan instead of a full x-ray, but this is still pretty cool. I personally wouldn't buy one since I'd rather not be scanned at all than try to make a statement after the fact..... [Click here to read the rest of this post]Tags: 4th Amendment, Backscatter Xray, TSA
I am constantly telling people to lock down their privacy settings because if you keep this stuff visible, this kind of story becomes possible. Apparently there was a debt collector that spammed friends and family of a debtor in order to pressure her to pay.
Also a series of current articles and links about the issue here.
And finally a story of a pat down that's been resurrected from 2002 by Penn of Penn and Teller..... [Click here to read the rest of this post]Tags: Backscatter Xray, Physical Security, TSA