Manufacturers and carriers have been installing what is basically a rootkit on millions of Android, BlackBerry, and Nokia phones to record everything their users do, “ostensibly so carriers and phone manufacturers can do quality control.”
Wired has a video of the software in action, showing how it records a security researcher’s Google search for “hello world” despite using HTTPS (it’s recording keystrokes), as well as every phone number dialed. Numbers are uploaded to Carrier IQ, the company that created this rootkit for carriers and manufacturers, before the phone call is even placed.
More creepy invasion of privacy, and another reason I’m grateful for Apple for not going down this road.
Earlier today I was messing around with Vistaprint and thinking about ordering a couple of coffee mugs with my JM Consulting logo on it. That’s all. I never ordered anything or put in any personal information. All I did was upload a couple different alterations of my logo to see how they looked.
Right after this, I opened a new tab and went to YouTube to watch a video. A few seconds in the banner ad pops up and it says, “Coffee Mugs for Sale.”
What?! Coincidence? Maybe.
How did it know? Did it know? I was using Safari, not Google Chrome, but if the ad did know what I was just looking at a few moments ago, how did it get that information? Did it somehow track the IP address to the other web site?
I have no idea how all that stuff works, but that ad gave me the heeby jeebies. It’s like the All Seeing Eye in Lord of the Rings: there’s no hiding from Google’s ads!
“The iPad 2 starts at $450, users shouldn’t need to shell out another $50 on apps right out of the box. I have 53 apps on my iPad 2 right now, and only paid for like, 2 of them. Also, app prices range from $0.99 all the way up to stinkin $10.99 and beyond. I can’t fathom paying that much for an app, really. I’m not against paying for apps, though – I’ve spent nearly $50 on apps on the Android market – perhaps that’s why I’m hesitant to spend money on iOS apps.”—
This [insert brand of car] cost [however many thousands of dollars], I can’t fathom having to buy things like replacement floor mats, oil changes, gas, batteries, windshield wipers, car registration, or rearview mirror dice for it.
The perception that months and years of hard work and post-sales support are not worth the price of a few coffees, teas, or happy meals is why we can’t have nice things.
Taken from the March 2, 1942 issue of Life, these diagrams and maps detailed how the Axis powers could invade North America following Pearl Harbor. The Axis Plan was imagined in 6 Plans (Plan 1 is above):
Plan 2 has the Japanese invading the West Coast of America via Pearl Harbor and then…
Pretty crazy. I never knew they had a plan to invade the US but it makes sense they would plan ahead. Attacking straight at the coasts doesn’t make sense, but the interesting ones are for them to go up the Mississippi or down through Canada from the Hudson Bay.