Linked: Windows 10 is a security disaster waiting to happen. How will Microsoft clean up its mess?
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Linked: Windows 10 is a security disaster waiting to happen. How will Microsoft clean up its mess?

Ed Bott raises an interesting question about people using PCs that don’t meet the requirements in terms of hardware security for Windows 11 but who own otherwise perfectly fine computers. In 2025, when Microsoft stops patching Windows 10, how many computers will still be out there, in use, connected to the internet, and vulnerable.

But in the quote above, Ed raises another point that maybe we should be thinking about more. What happens to all the hardware that is no longer supported as technology advances? It ends up in a landfill. That’s not good. That’s not even acceptable.

Apple’s Image Scanning Tool is, Well, Complicated
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Apple’s Image Scanning Tool is, Well, Complicated

At first blush, the idea of scanning images synced up to iCloud for child sexual abuse materials against the hash list of known CSAM images seems like a good idea. As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse myself, I want tech companies to takes some initiative to deal with this issue. They also want to scan images on kids’ phones using AI to see if kids are getting into any trouble with sending or receiving sexual material. Again, that sounds like a good thing. But, as the EFF points out, this all requires a backdoor, and backdoors, once created, almost never remain used for just one purpose.

What Might We End up Paying for in 2021?

What Might We End up Paying for in 2021?

The tech predictions by Jefferson Graham on the USA Today website include a couple of tidbits about the possibility of users going over the new Google limits, and thus paying to keep their Gmail accounts, and the possibility of paid podcasts, large podcasts moving to a service similar to Apple Music, and becoming a paid…

Linked: Covid-19 pandemic could change the face of data privacy

Linked: Covid-19 pandemic could change the face of data privacy

There are no easy answers here. If I had the virus and Apple could dip into the location history of my phone and see who I may have come into contact with, and get to those people for early diagnosis, I might want them to do that, right? “According to published reports, the US government…

Why Section 230 Actually Matters For the Internet as we Know It
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Why Section 230 Actually Matters For the Internet as we Know It

I found this article from The Hill to be rather enlightening on the subject of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Because it shows that most of the critics of it, on both sides of the political spectrum, simply don’t understand what it is. Most of them seem to think it either: Frees big…

Do We Teach The Wrong Math?
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Do We Teach The Wrong Math?

I’ve been catching up with some older podcasts that I’ve been meaning to listen to lately, and one of them was a Freakonomics episode entitled “America’s Math Curriculum Doesn’t Add Up” In it, Steve Levitt posits that the math we teach in high school is outdated, and unnecessary in today’s modern age of technology, and…