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By Charles Miller Last week I noted that privacy and the individual’s right to it is a hotly debated issue. I briefly summarized how under US law in 1928 the Supreme Court ruled that nothing said on a telephone could be private. In 1967, that court reversed itself, declaring that citizens should have a right [...]

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By Charles Miller The acclaimed historian, author, and Librarian of Congress Daniel Boorstin said: “The unintended consequences of man’s enterprises have and will always be more potent, more widespread, and more influential than those he intended.” A recent example of this is the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (GDPR) that came into [...]

The Evolutionary Stages of Computer Hacking

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By Charles Miller When it comes to computer viruses or malware, the question is often asked, “Why’d they do that?” Many decades ago, my second-grade elementary school teacher, Miss Lucy Tipton, had the answer to that type of question. She explained that anytime you ask a question beginning with “why did she…,” “when will they…,” [...]

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By Charles Miller The Absurd Extremes to Which Legacy Software Can Lead This week marks an anniversary of sorts, one that Microsoft would probably love to forget but at the same time one that perfectly exemplifies the software industry’s “legacy problem.” It was on September 5, 2007 that Microsoft Silverlight was released with much fanfare. [...]

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By Charles Miller Cookies Inherently Sneaky But Not All-Powerful Cookies are among the most misunderstood aspects of computer technology. Depending on who you listen to, cookies may have been explained as evil and intrusive spying mechanisms tracking your every move on the net (actually, that is the NSA) or cookies may have been described as [...]

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By Charles Miller   Best Identity Theft Defense: Keep Info Need-to-Know   One day, while in the States, I was visiting an office and the receptionist was filling in some obligatory paperwork. “Name?” she asked. “Address? Phone Number?” Then she asked, “What’s your Social Security number?” “It’s private,” I responded. Much to my surprise and [...]

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By Charles Miller A friend of mine told me a joke that made me laugh out loud: All automobiles today are equipped with emergency flashers (also known as I-can-park-anywhere-I-wanta-park lights), but that was not the joke. The joke was that someone asked their mechanic, “Did you fix my flashers, and do they work now?” The [...]

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By Charles Miller   Election Hacking Probe Reveals Depths of US Domestic Surveillance Some people reading this might think I have too much time on my hands, but let me assure readers this is not the case. Soon after the US Justice Department handed down an indictment of some folks named Boris, Ivan, Aleksey, Dmitriy, [...]

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By Charles Miller   Understanding Solid-State Computer Drives   Many new laptop computers are now being sold with Solid State Drives (SSD) in place of the traditional mechanical drives with motor and spinning disks. Once these SSDs were quite expensive, but prices have come down to the point that SSDs are commonplace in new laptop [...]

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By Charles Miller   “Sell It and Forget It” Policies Leave Tech Customers Vulnerable   A client of mine recently had a bad experience with Hewlett-Packard. She had a very expensive and relatively new color laser printer with a minor problem that should have been easily repairable, but HP told her that parts were unavailable [...]

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