France Launches French Tech Ticket, A Startup Visa For Foreign Entrepreneurs | TechCrunch. Uh, France. Your politicians and police had better get on the same page. French politicians want to encourage tech startups, and are creating incubators in Paris, giving work visas, cash grants and free office space to tech entrepreneurs. Of course, France also just arrested the executives in charge of Uber in France for operating an illegal taxi service and hiding digital documents. Oops. I am sure that tech geniuses everywhere are just salivating at the possibility of operating a tech startup in France. I wonder if they can get a cell next to the Uber executives?
Tonight%u2019s leap second may cause problems for the Internet | Ars Technica UK. Okay. I get it. The earth's rotation is slowing by milliseconds each year. Our method of measuring time is only as accurate as the physical phenomena against which it is measured. And, every few years, Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) has to add a second. Tonight, at midnight UTC (8 P.M. EST), July 1st will arrive a second late. No big deal, you say? Well, a lot of computer code for a lot of stuff is measured in seconds of time. And, the last time we did this, some high profile websites went down, airline flights got delayed, and who knows what else. So, tonight, I will be hunkered down in the FutureLawyer lair, watching baseball, and hoping the world doesn't end. How about you?
Hunting for Hackers, N.S.A. Secretly Expands Internet Spying at U.S. Border - NYTimes.com. If ever an issue deserved a full airing and public debate, it is the right and duty of government agencies to spy on us to protect us. How do we find a balance between giving the government the tools to fight criminals who want to bring down the computer systems we rely on? Reports that the NSA is monitoring computer traffic internationally to locate and stop computer intrusions into our corporate and government systems without warrants raise some disturbing questions. Who monitors the monitors? The program in question limited the monitoring to addresses and cybersignatures that could be traced to governments. However, the NSA also asked for permission to go after hackers that could not be tied to another government. What do you think?
As our Government is caught in the middle of scandals that cast doubt on its competence and good faith; as we enter another year in which young men and women are dying in conflicts about which many of us don't seem to care; I am compelled to do another post about a day that honors those who have given the ultimate sacrifice (their life) in the armed services. In my day, questions were asked about whether the young men and women dying in VietNam were sacrificing their lives for a cause not worth fighting for. The same questions are being asked today. However, these young men and women do the job out of a sense of duty and love of country and they are to be admired and supported, and not just on Memorial Day. I realize that my readers are probably very well educated and are interested in, and keep up with, current events. I am certain that each of you has a good knowledge of history. However, we have a duty to insist that our Government respect the rights these veterans died for, and we have a duty to educate our countrymen; not the least of which those who seem more interested in their own lives and interests than in the survival of democracy. Make this day a day of remembrance and not just a holiday. Make it a clarion call to arms of the non lethal kind. Cry for dead heroes. Worry for your country. On this Memorial Day, we are all veterans. Every day should be our Memorial Day.
Google exec: It's 'irresponsible' of Apple to make everything expensive - CNET. I am not a fan of Apple nor its products. However, Sundar Pichai recently pushed one of my hot buttons when, in an interview, he called Apple "irresponsible" for charging a lot more for their products. This elitist attitude has permeated the tech field for some time. Somehow Pichai thinks that Google is a better company because it "gives away" free stuff. Apple isn't immune to the elitist disease. Jonny Ive recently accused Motorola of "abdicating its responsibility as a designer" by allowing consumers to customize their phones. Why don't all of you shut up? Just make the best product you can, charge as much as you can get away with, and, if you can increase market share by giving stuff away, do it without whining about how cool you are? What ever happened to the good Capitalist system? Jeez.
BBC Radio 5 live - In Short, Stop the Robots protester: Machines need %u2018moral guideline%u2019. A group protesting at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, argues that robots need to have moral guidelines in their programming. Really? Humans with "moral guidelines" have raped, murdered, committed genocide, started wars, stolen trillions, and more. These guys really want to instill human morality into robots? Perhaps we should be looking to the robots for our moral lessons? Or, perhaps the robots can help us eliminate the humans committing atrocities around the world. I will protest for that.
Hillary Clinton Says Her Email Was Secure; She Can't Know | WIRED. As someone who deals with technology every day, I know that pretty much nothing I do on devices or online is really secure. No matter how many security protocols are used, there is always someone who can breach if they want to enough. And, it is highly unlikely that I would know even if they did, unless they used the information. So, my OMG moment yesterday came when Mrs. Clinton boldly stated that her email server wasn't breached. Really? How does she know? She is apparently unable to set up two email accounts on one phone. Did some IT professional working for her tell her there were no breaches? I would like to hear from that guy or gal. I don't know if it matters that much; but, no one should be persuaded that their email is ever secure completely, wherever it is stored.
Execupundit.com: A Day. If you have been in a hospital recently; but, are now out, you need to read this post by Michael Wade. You have a gift, and you get to decide what to do with it. Will you throw it away by concentrating on the bad things in your life? Or, will you enjoy every moment you have been given. I know what I will do with today. And, you can be sure that playing with a computer gadget will be among my tasks. I will also hold a parrot in my hand and hope that it doesn't bite me. And, I will walk in the grass and on the tarmac, and look up at the blue sky and the shining sun. And, I will hold someone I love. I will tell them that I love them, despite all of my faults and theirs. Then, if God gives me another day, I will do it all over again tomorrow.