Mastering the Internet

By Big Cajun Man | Useful blogging, social media, and networking articles

Chinese mobile phone cameras are not-so-secretly recording users’ activities

It has been widely reported that software and web applications made in China are often built with a “backdoor” feature, allowing the manufacturer or …

Privacy

Analyzing the meta data of Hillary Clinton’s emails | Statistics and Actuarial Science

Throughout the 2016 US presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton’s private email server was a hot topic. A University of Waterloo professor and senior …

Metadata

Windows 98 is 20 years old today: but is it an OS worth celebrating?

Twenty years ago today, Windows 98 was unleashed onto the world. At the time, Microsoft was a very different company, with Bill Gates still CEO – he …

Bill Gates

Why We Need To Talk About Burnout In The Tech Industry

Everyone has stressful days at work. But for some employees, it’s not just once in a while when Monday rolls around; instead, stress is their daily reality. Over time, this can lead to full-on employee burnout.<p>Burnout is especially common in the fast-paced, competitive environment of the tech …

Mental Health

Apple Is Testing a Feature That Could Kill Police iPhone Unlockers

Apple’s new security feature, USB Restricted Mode, is in the iOS 12 Beta, and it could kill the popular iPhone unlocking tools for cops made by Cellebrite and GrayShift.<p><b>This is part of an ongoing Motherboard series on the proliferation of phone cracking technology, the people behind it, and who is</b> …

5 ways to protect your personal finances after a data breach | The Star

Change passwords every 90 days to keep hackers from snooping your online accounts, and make sure you don’t reuse passwords between different accounts.<p>…

Email Is Dangerous

Electronic mail as we know it is drowning in spam, forged phishing mails, and other scams and hacks. It’s going to get worse before it gets better.<p>One week ago, a group of European security researchers warned that two obscure encryption schemes for email were deeply broken. Those schemes, called …

Security

Teen-monitoring app TeenSafe leaks thousands of user IDs and passwords

The data was stored in plaintext<p>Thousands of parental and child accounts on TeenSafe, a teen device-monitoring app, have had their information compromised, according to a report by <i>ZDNet</i>. At least one of the app’s servers, which are hosted by Amazon’s cloud service, was accessible by anyone without …

Information Systems

How a Pioneer of Machine Learning Became One of Its Sharpest Critics

Judea Pearl helped artificial intelligence gain a strong grasp on probability, but laments that it still can't compute cause and effect.<p>Artificial intelligence owes a lot of its smarts to Judea Pearl. In the 1980s he led efforts that allowed machines to reason probabilistically. Now he’s one of the …

Cell phones thrown in the trash are exploding in garbage trucks and dumps

Replacing smartphones has become a yearly or bi-yearly activity for many of us. We upgrade from old and busted to the new hotness with regularity, …

A Security Flaw in a Free Web Service Let Anyone Anonymously Track U.S. Cell Phones

A bug in the free demo version of a service called LocationSmart made it easy for a moderately savvy attacker to anonymously track the location of …

Phone tracking firms LocationSmart and Securus under fire for data breaches

Securus Technologies is a Texas-based company, specializing in providing and monitoring calls to prison inmates. Securus came into the spotlight …

8 ways the iMac changed computing

The iMac made an instant impression when Apple first unveiled it in May 1998. But it didn’t start to really shake things up unitl it began to …

Found Money: What to do? - Canadian Personal Finance Blog

<i>Given I am taking some well deserved rest and relaxation, I decided to find yet another chest nut in my archives and this one from 4 years ago fits</i> …

Confessions of a Tax Season Accountant - Determining the Adjusted Cost Base of Your U.S.Securities

Last week I received an avalanche of tax returns, as my clients finally received their T3 and T5013 tax slips (although many are now being amended). …

When You’re Autistic, Abuse Is Considered Love

Annie Spratt/UnsplashThe trend of allistic parents disrespecting, exploiting, and profiting off of books about their autistic children perpetuates …

The NFL’s plan to protect America from witches | Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Witches, man. Just when you thought we were safe from their malignant influence on America’s virtue, the NFL has proven we are still in real danger from their dark powers. It is fortunate for our country’s moral fiber that the NFL has kept current in their reading, channeling Heinrich Kramer’s 1487 …

New Orleans Saints

Hunting for Content Thieves

I got a good tip from Michael James on how he finds folks that have been stealing his content and passing it off as their own, and it really is quite …

E-Mail

It's a Canadian thing: Why big phone companies still dominate internet services amid cheaper options

There are few things that raise the hackles of Canadian consumers more than the cost of telecom services. But when it comes to rising internet costs …

Telecoms

RDSP, Easter, Thanks Rusty and #MoneyTalk

My wife found a great article about RDSPs, “What happens to our sons and daughters with disabilities when we die?” from Planned Lifetime Advocacy …

moneytalk

Playboy deletes its Facebook accounts

The #DeleteFacebook movement is now in full... swing<p>Playboy issued a press release late Tuesday night to announce its withdrawal from Facebook. It has deactivated the Playboy accounts that Playboy Enterprises manages, directly affecting some 25 million fans, according to the company. Playboy …

My Cow Game Extracted Your Facebook Data

The Cambridge Analytica scandal is drawing attention to malicious data thieves and brokers. But every Facebook app—even the dumb, innocent ones—collected users’ personal data without even trying.<p>For a spell during 2010 and 2011, I was a virtual rancher of clickable cattle on Facebook.<p>It feels like …

Social Media

People were asked to name women tech leaders. They said “Alexa” and “Siri”

The tech industry has a persistent problem with gender inequality, particularly in its leadership ranks, and a new study from LivePerson underscores just how depressingly persistent it truly is. When the company asked a representative sample of 1,000 American consumers whether they could name a …

Bill Gates

Reddit and the Struggle to Detoxify the Internet

How do we fix life online without limiting free speech?<p><b>Audio:</b> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>Which Web sites get the most traffic? According to the ranking service Alexa, the top three sites in the United States, as of this writing, are …

How Trump Consultants Exploited the Facebook Data of Millions

<i>(After this story was published, Facebook came under harsh criticism from lawmakers in the United States and Britain. Read the latest.)</i><p>LONDON — As the upstart voter-profiling company Cambridge Analytica prepared to wade into the 2014 American midterm elections, it had a problem.<p>The firm had secured …

Cambridge Analytica

Meet the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+

Raspberry Pi just celebrated its sixth birthday—that's six years since the launch of the original Raspberry Pi. Since then, it has released various …

More Financial Advice from a Comedian - Canadian Personal Finance Blog

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed LetterKenny Live, and as part of the show is stand-up from K. Trevor Wilson. Mr. Wilson’s comedy is very topical and …

The Man Who Uncovered a New (Old) Way to Fight Cancer

Matthew Vander Heiden helped revive the forgotten — but critical — study of cancer metabolism<p><i>By Sam Apple</i><p>One day last October, MIT biology professor …

Carney calls for crackdown on crypto-currency 'mania'

<b>Crypto-currencies such as Bitcoin should be regulated to crack down on illegal activities and protect the financial system, Mark Carney warned.</b><p>The Bank of England governor said their inherent risks meant investments in digital currencies could lose money.<p>"The time has come to hold the crypto-asset …