Justice Department Upset over Apple Encryption

Apple encryption means the company cannot hand the Feds real-time interceptions of text messages. The headline in the New York Times reads: “Apple and Other Tech Companies Tangle With U.S. Over Access to Data.” In an investigation involving guns and drugs, the Justice Department obtained a court order this summer demanding that Apple turn over, in real time, text messages between suspects using iPhones. Apple’s response: Its iMessage system was encrypted and the company could not comply. Government Read more […]

Woman Decides Fixing Sexism Worse than Problem

A woman who wrote about sexism in the tech industry says that fixing sexism can make things worse. I thought this report by Ashe Schow in the Washington Examiner was quite fascinating: “Woman who helped launch the current uproar over sexism in tech is sorry.” Fixing sexism, it turns out, is a bit complicated. In the first place, I’m not sure the problem was correctly identified, from what I read in the story: In 2013, Elissa Shevinsky wrote an article titled “That’s it, I’m finished Read more […]

Support for Big Business Means Opposing Free Markets

Why won’t Republicans oppose those in Big Business who hate them? I don’t necessarily support the packaging of this essay at USA Today, but he makes some devastatingly good points I’ve tried to emphasize over and over in discussing things within the economy. The Republicans have a real opportunity to connect with voters and win big in 2016. But to do so, they’ll have to get over their traditional love for Big Business. Will they be smart enough to do that? The prospects don’t look especially Read more […]

Silicon Valley Snubs Barack Obama

Major CEOs of Silicon Valley are upset about how Obama has refused to reform the NSA. As most readers will be aware, Silicon Valley has major left-wing, pro-Obama credentials. On gender and biology, many tech companies want to replace reality with virtual fantasy. They are ready to display the liberal self-righteousness that is Obama’s outspoken religious preference. Nevertheless, Silicon Valley is not happy with Barack Obama. As the San Francisco Chronicle reports, “Obama acknowledges Read more […]

Tech Businesses: No Tech Toys for Our Children’s Education

How do the people at tech businesses want their children educated? I don’t have a link for it now, but I remember reading that Steve Jobs did not allow his children to have iPads and other electronic toys. He didn’t think they were good for their intellectual development. That was interesting to me because a local public school had provided Chromebooks for all students, and I had read of high schools providing iPads. But now I see a similar story. The New York Times reports, “A Silicon Read more […]

Government Threatened Yahoo To Make It Violate Constitution and Users’ Privacy

It was 2008 and no one knew that the government threatened Yahoo. Until now. One of the tools of the terror security state (or insecurity state) is that they can bind you to secrecy so that you are completely isolated in your struggle with the government. The Washington Post reports, The U.S. government threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 a day in 2008 if it failed to comply with a broad demand to hand over user communications — a request the company believed was unconstitutional — according Read more […]

Where Did Those Snipers Attacking The Power Grid Come From If They Weren’t Terrorists?

Bet you never heard about this one… a group of snipers shot up a California power station, knocking it out of commission for a month. It was, without question (given the facts here) a pretty professional job. From Business Insider: This is scary. The Wall Street Journal’s Rebecca Smith reports that a former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chairman is acknowledging for the first time that a group of snipers shot up a Silicon Valley substation for 19 minutes last year, knocking out 17 transformers Read more […]