Friday, May 20, 2011

Apple triggers 'religious' reaction in fans' brains, report says

This is not great science because there was not a large enough sample among other things, but who really cares? That Apple has its fanatics is not exactly a news flash.

Firefox add-on with 7m downloads can invade privacy

Because the is not responding to inquiries, it at the least makes the behavior on the extension very suspect. Not so much because it does what it does, but because what it does was not accompanied by an privacy disclosure.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

FAA warns pilots in Las Vegas vicinity on GPS

This is an interesting article about the clash of two technologies. I don't think anyone wants to see GPS impacted. What I don't understand is the hodgepodge that is seemingly being made of the spectrum. Why are these two technologies at odds with each other? Was the race to sell off spectrum to the high bidder ill considered?

I sometimes wish that spectrum could be allocated by impartial bodies whose only concern was the best frequencies being put to work for the highest purposes. Of course with humans who want to put spectrum to use to make profits, this seems to be impossible. Still spectrum allocation by the highest bidder seems to be leaving us with a royal mess that we will all be dealing with for years to come.

I wonder what will happen if all the people in cars in Las Vegas find their GPS units become paperweights during these tests. I guarantee you they don't have the warning systems that aviation does and there may be some unhappy surprises. Nor do they have the maps in their cars that pilots have in their planes. Most people I know no longer carry a map in the car. Do you?

Sunday, May 15, 2011

e-smoking gets social - “You’ll meet more people than ever, just because of the wow factor.”

Jason Healy, founder of Blu, which makes e-cigarettes with sensors that let smokers know when other e-smokers are nearby. The New York Times reports that the socially inclined e-cigarettes will be available for sale next month at a cool $80 for “smart packs” of five.