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GNC-2010-12-27 #638 Raining Cats and Dogs

Posted by geeknews at 12:52 AM on December 28, 2010

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Mobile 3d?
Panasonic AF100
Logitech Google TV still a go!
Spot Beam Internet comes to Europe.
FiRe
Gift Tips.
300 Million for all the AOL CD’s
iPad App for Disabled Kids.
Chinese Stealth Fighter Outed.
Body Scanner at your Airport?
Paul Colligan Predictions and Outcomes.
Verification Hell.
Apple Suit on Privacy Violations.
RIM iPhon Response in 2007!
US re-opens rare metal mine.
Stuxnet Over-sped Centrifuges :)
Net Neutrality Complaint?
iPad Competition?
Time Warner protects Porn P2P Violators.
CityVille 16.8 Million Daily?
Are we 400,000 years old?
Gas Saving Tech by Ford?
CMCS wants payment of music previews.
Swiss not happy with US forced IPRED.
Get your own Steve Jobs Figure.
TSA Goes after Pilot concerned about Security.
Massive Storm on Saturn.
Geek Culture Dying?
Indian Sat Launch Fails.
Pre-Exchange Gifts?
Twas the Shuttles Last Christmas.
VidTonic
Time Lapse Snow Storm.
Camcorder Software.
Boxee, Roku, Apple TV Debate.
Canadian Airborne Internet in 2011.
Amazon Christmas Stats!

Google Acted Illegally in UK

Posted by Andrew at 8:40 AM on November 3, 2010

Google LogoThe UK’s Information Commissioner today confirmed that Google breached UK’s Data Protection Act when the Street View cars captured personal data while collecting wi-fi network information.

As a result of this, Google will be required to sign an undertaking to take steps to ensure that breaches of the Act don’t re-occur.  Google will then be audited in nine month’s time to confirm that the required policies and training has taken place. Finally, once any legal obstacles have been cleared, Google will have to delete the personal data from the UK.

Currently, the Information Commissioner does not intend to fine Google, but will take further action if necessary

Information Commissioner's OfficeThe Commissioner, Christopher Graham said,  “It is my view that the collection of this information was not fair or lawful and constitutes a significant breach of the first principle of the Data Protection Act.  The most appropriate and proportionate regulatory action in these circumstances is to get written legal assurance from Google that this will not happen again – and to follow this up with an ICO audit.”

What’s interesting about this is that the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) had previously decided not to take action against Google because the sample data shown to the ICO was considered to be fragmentary and therefore unlikely to constitute personal data.

However, Google’s Alan Eustace admitted on Google’s own blog that, “A number of external regulators have inspected the data as part of their investigations (seven of which have now been concluded). It’s clear from those inspections that whilst most of the data is fragmentary, in some instances entire emails and URLs were captured, as well as passwords.”

The Commissioner then infers that because this happened in other countries, it happened in the UK, even if most of the data was fragmentary.  You can read the Commissioner’s letter to Google Inc here.

Personally, I’m pleased that Google is being held to account.  Far too often it seems that big business gets away with abusing our personal information.

GNC-2010-11-01 #623 On the Road Again

Posted by geeknews at 9:01 PM on November 1, 2010

I have a fantastic show for you tonight one that you will not want to miss. Lots going on in the Privacy front that you need to get up to speed. Big thank you to all of the Insiders you all are making a difference and it is appreciated. Will have a double insider for you this week. Have had a pretty fast adaption back to the new time zone, guess my body never caught up while I was at home.

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Windows XP Business Adoption thru 2014.
Update to iPad coming Soon.
Sony Bluray Player and Google TV.
NYC gets 4G!
Gmail on Twitter.
Hate Facebook?
Cablevision pays off Fox.
Google TV and Karaoke?
Other P2P Sites dramatic Increase in Usage.
Facebook puts developers in Time Out Box.
Texting under the Covers.
Anti-Cyberbullying 101
Assume the Position (I did).
Xbox 1 Billion Viewer Hours per Month!
T-Mobile new Data Plans.
Roku kills Playon!
Robot to the Moon?
Twitter Ads in Stream.
Devs running from OpenOffice.
North Korea and battle against Technology.
Where you late for work in the UK?
FOIA becoming Political?
Blogger in Canada sued for Linking.
EFF Suing Government.
You cannot Patent Genes.
ACTA and Secondary Liability.
NYC 311 Calls Data Mining.
Geocities available for download.
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iPad helps disabled child.
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Horse, Barn Door, Oops

Posted by susabelle at 5:13 PM on October 13, 2010

Every other week, it seems, we hear about some Facebook change or other that opens up more privacy concerns.  The most recent change is Facebook “Groups,” which I’ve looked into but don’t quite understand.  I had filtered some of my friends through the available “lists” function, which worked just fine for me.  But apparently that was too complicated, so Groups was rolled out, which is incredibly easy to use, but is also a big gaping hole in the privacy wall many have built.  Turns out you can create groups and add people to them without their permission. Yes, that person can then remove themselves from a group they’ve been added to, but that whole “opt out” thing just sets a lot of people’s nerves on edge.  I rather agree; I’d rather be opting in than opting out.

But the truth is, nothing about Facebook considers individuals’ privacy.  It has never considered privacy concerns at more than a superficial level, and that is not likely to change.  Whether that is right or wrong, if you signed up for Facebook and have posted on Facebook and have used Facebook, your privacy is like the horse out the barn door — long gone.

All the privacy settings employed fully will still make it possible for people to find you.  It’s all about associations, and how others who are in your inner circle protect their privacy.  And considering I have quite a few people on my friends’ list who are not geeks or are young and/or immature or just ignorant about how it all works, then it is inevitable that more people will know about my comings and goings, and my attitude, than I might realize.

It’s one thing to draw graffiti on the wall with a Sharpie.  It’s a whole other to draw that graffiti and signing it with your full name and hometown and finishing it off with a picture of yourself next to your graffiti.

Of course, now that the horse is out of the barn, what can you do?  You can pretend you never owned a horse and burn down the barn to remove all evidence (i.e., leave Facebook and cancel your account) but the reality is, the forensic science of today would easily find evidence of the horse and what exactly you were doing in that barn.  Once it’s gone, it’s gone.  And even caution up front and vigilance along the way has not saved most people; I’m about as cautious as they come and I have found myself exposed in more ways than I’d like.

The best advice, always, is to be careful what you post online.  If you don’t want a particular someone seeing something, then don’t post it, anywhere.  Period.  Because things have a way of finding their way to the person you lease want to see it.  There is truly no such thing as anonymous on the web, much less on Facebook.  The web is an open book, and anyone can find and read that open book.

GNC-2010-08-26 #605 Hotel Broadband SUCKS!

Posted by geeknews at 7:27 PM on August 26, 2010

Hotels in Large part do not care about their guest and over the past couple of years bandwidth has continued to decline at every place I stay it is quite discouraging. Start complaining loudly where ever you stay and hopefully we can reverse the trend. Headed for Honolulu on Saturday ready for a few days at home.

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Movie prices on the Rise.
Netflix on iPhone and iPod Touch.
iTunes getting Social.
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Uploading Sync via Wi-Fi.
1-4 USB Devices contains Malware.
Cannon EOS 60d.
Apple Movie Rentals .99 cents?
H.264 License.
Planets on the Move.
Cell Phone bills drop 50%?
Artificial Cornea Replacement.
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Garmin Recall.
Video Half Million Asteroids.
Legal Threat on TechDirt.
BMI continues being Greedy.
Classic Music Initiative.
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Mili iPhone4 Charger.
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Human Rocket.
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GNC-2010-08-23 #604 Some Feedback from Feedback!

Posted by geeknews at 7:51 PM on August 23, 2010

Some Feedback from the listener survey if you do not want to listen jump to 16:30. Typical trip in progress I am crazy busy as usual. Nothing spectacular going on. Everyone that submitted links tonight for the show a big Thank You!

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Intel and Mcaffe.
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Verizon finally responds to criticism.
Pick a NASA Soundtrack.
North Korea spins Twitter Propoganda.
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Google Testing Dynamic Search.
Dish Network launching Streaming Service.
Director wants cut of Hulu IPO.
Did Malware Crash Airplane.
Speak out in India get Arrested.
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German Citizens Tracked by RFID.
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Geek Pen.
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Lost the Collection.
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Virtual Router Rocks.
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Privacy in a Public World

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 7:24 AM on August 20, 2010

Facebook rolled out Places late on Aug 18, it allows you to check in where you are through Facebook. In its default mode it also allows your friends to check you in. Lifehacker has a good article on how to adjust your privacy settings for Places to a level you are comfortable with.

This again brought out the issue of privacy. Some of the answers to the issue of privacy by those who believe being public is best ranged from impractical to absurd, such as don’t be on these social sites, to change your name, which is what Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt suggested in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. (if you are unable to get the Wall Street Journal article PC world has a good review of it ) On the other side, privacy evangelist can sound like members of a lunatic fringe group, when they talk about things like RFID tags being the work of the devil.

Both sides are trivializing an issue which can very serious for a lot of people, especially women who have been in an abusive relationship, it is important that their lives remain private. In fact for them it really can be a matter of life or death. However they should be able to participate in social media sites to connect with their friends, like anyone else. If they can’t then the abuser wins. How public or private someone is should be an individual’s choice. They should be able to control that privacy level how ever they see fit. My biggest fear is that the decision making is being taken away from the individual. Just because I make part of my life public doesn’t mean I have given up my right to privacy in other parts of my life.

Anytime an application or website is created or changed in a way that affects a person privacy, that change should be made clear and public. It should not be hidden in the middle of a 65 page software license agreement. Each person should make their own choice on how public or private they want to be and it shouldn’t be a decision made others. I have made a choice to be public in most areas of my life, I however don’t presume that I have the right to make that choice for someone else.


GNC-2010-08-20 #603 Do you want to be a Star!

Posted by geeknews at 1:30 AM on August 20, 2010

Moving forward, I have decided to add as many as 5 shows to the line up here at Geek News Central, host will have to agree to a two year commitment and have to carry their own weight and bring new fresh content to the site. This show remains same format, new shows to GNC will be unique and live under the GNC banner head. I have a very important survey for you to fill out. Link is directly below this paragraph. I want to find out what it would take to make you be a insider.

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Intel Buys McAfee?
PS3 Jailbreak.
Is that a Radio in your Arm?
3 Apps for Gmail.
Tablets in Schools.
Bad Spelling on Immigration Documents.
Gmail on iPad update.
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Sputnik at 50.
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Creating a new online Identity.
Wikileaks Legal Challenges.
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Adobe Flash and Google TV.
PogoPlug goes Wireless.
Adobe Bug.
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GNC-2010-08-06 #599 Next One big 600!

Posted by geeknews at 1:04 AM on August 6, 2010

Show 600 is right around the corner, we will have a lot of fun with the show, hope you will tune in. Have you checked out the show at Justin.tv/geeknews yet? Be sure to give it a listen and follow the show over their when you can. Headed to the west coast on Monday night so will be doing the show in the afternoon here. Lot’s of action here in Hawaii have something major league cooking details when I can.

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Amazing Space Photo!
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SpaceX adding heavy lift capability.
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Google WiFi – Wrong But No Big Deal

Posted by Andrew at 6:51 AM on July 29, 2010

Information Commissioner's Office logoThe UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office has issued a press release on Google’s collection of WiFi data that was obtained by the StreetView cars as they drove round.

In what appears to be a holding statement, the ICO says that it has reviewed samples of collected data at Google premises and confirms that the samples do not include any “meaningful personal details“.  Additionally, the information cannot be connected to an identified individual and it is unlikely to cause any harm.

However, the ICO confirms that collecting the information was wrong but there is nothing further in the press release to indicate if any penalties will be levied against Google.  Apparently the Information Commissioner will be taking a “responsible and proportionate approach.”