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Lie to Everyone but Me

January 11th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips If someone could overcome the scientific and logical barriers to backdoors to encryption systems, they would still face one of trusting liars. Many of our elected representatives want our technology companies to build encryption systems with “backdoors.” (Here is a link to one story of such.) These magical backdoors would permit the […]

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Tags: America · Communication · Engineering · Government · Privacy · Security

Stolen Garbage

June 16th, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Someone stole a copy of the OPM database. That database is full of errors. The thieves might make good money with an algorithm that finds and corrects the errors. Someone recently hacked the OPM database. I am certain that all sorts of good information about me is in that database. I’m not […]

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Tags: Competence · Government · Privacy · Security

Privacy and the Benefit of the Doubt

June 5th, 2014 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Privacy is gone. Prevent terrible things happening as a result of an inevitable mistake by earning the benefit of the doubt. Donald Sterling was recorded in a private phone conversation. Boom. The end. No one gave him a break; no one gave him the benefit of the doubt. Why not? Because he […]

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Tags: Privacy

Wearble Computing has been Here

June 17th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Google Glass is causing a panic in some circles as wearable computing is considered by some to be a threat. We all missed the boat as wearable computing has been here for years in the form of hearing aids. Google Glass is going to be the end of civilization as we know […]

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Tags: Privacy · Security · Technology

The War Against the Sensors

April 22nd, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Recent backlash against Google Glass is the first round in the war against the sensors. Is the first round, however, too late? The war has already been lost. Google Glass has not reached the public, but it has already been banned from here and there. The Glass wearer has a a video […]

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Tags: Fear · Greed · Privacy · Technology

A Note about Computer (In)Security

August 27th, 2012 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips If it has software, it can be hacked, i.e., it is not secure. Sorry to write that, but I can’t find any way around it. What a wonderful world. We have computers everywhere. Those computers all run software, which is nothing more than instructions written by persons. And all those persons have […]

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Tags: Privacy · Security · Systems

Sometimes We don’t Want New Technology

July 5th, 2010 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips We don’t accept every new gadget that comes from the mind of an engineer. New uses need to be demonstrated for new technologies to take hold. Either that or new generations come along with different values. New technology comes every day. We immediately accept it into our lives without a thought of […]

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Tags: Adapting · Change · Design · People · Privacy · Technology

The iPhone Prototype

April 29th, 2010 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips An Apple prototype is found in a bar. A stream of events ensue where no one seems to do the right thing. That is too bad. This story won’t seem to die. A basic timeline: Person #1 carries an Apple iPhone prototype out of the facility Person #1 loses the prototype in […]

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Tags: Apple · People · Privacy · Problems

Paper Ballots

November 5th, 2009 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I voted on Tuesday using a paper ballot where I filled an oval with ink to register my vote. This removed one computer from the voting system. I think that was a good thing. I voted on Tuesday. The voting place near my home in Northern Virginia used paper ballots. This felt […]

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Tags: Design · Government · Privacy · Technology · Voting

Big Brother is Probably NOT Watching

July 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips In spite of everything I know about technology, I remain confident that our government is not watching us. There is simply too much incompetence built into the bureaucracy to accomplish such a lofty goal. Consider this blog post a public service announcement: The American government is not watching you. The government isn’t […]

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Tags: Government · Privacy