Can you hear me? How greater wifi access can empower the disconnected – WikiTribune

People in signal ‘not spots’ and remote areas have another way to seamlessly connect, but many still lack decent internet

Source: Can you hear me? How greater wifi access can empower the disconnected – WikiTribune

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“Not Spots”!

Unfortunately, everything comes at a cost.

As far as I’ve seen, all the public libraries have free internet.

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TECHNOLOGY: “Don’t be evil” should be “Don’t be stupid”!



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SM Boyd via Google News Help Forum <>
3:14 AM (5 hours ago)
to Google

From these posts and many others I’ve seen, Google clearly has NO idea what people were doing with their Google News pages. Google News used to be my home page, but that will change as of tomorrow. I have no use for half of the topics Google THINKS I do, and I have not been able to understand Google’s need to change for the sake of changing over the past few years. It seems as though Google is screwing up their products because “NEW & IMPROVED!!!” is only coming from the GoogleBubble. From all the data I know Google collects, you would think they would know how users are using their products.

To screw up something as basic as a News webpage leaves me wondering if I shouldn’t move away from Google products altogether. Gmail, maps etc. There is never a warning that something fundamental is going to change, it just happens, and users are left wondering how to recover what they’ve set up. I notice Google has demoted the famous “Don’t Be Evil” motto, maybe it’s time for a new one to live by: “Don’t Be Stupid.” They keep shooting themselves in the foot, but the billions keep rolling in, so I guess the actual users don’t matter. Whatever. The internet is much more than Google.

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Maybe this isn’t the biggest tech blunder since IBM ceded the PC to Microsoft or “No one would want a computer in the home”?

But then again, maybe it is.

I was moving from the Apple ecosystem to Google’s.  Maybe like  other feedbackers, I have to completely rethink that?

Like the last election,  Which is the prettiest horse in the glue factory coral.” Google versus Apple? Gasp, maybe even Microsoft gets in the running?


Google, don’t be stupid!

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Google News updates – WikiTribune

The latest Google News update changes many features, including user categorizations; saved selections and easy access to sections

Source: Google News updates – WikiTribune

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And most folks are not very happy about it.

​(Got my first “story” into wikitribune.)


GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Why can’t the USA be more like Estonia?

December 17th, 2017 at 11:54 am
Estonia, the digital republic

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Its government is virtual, borderless, blockchained, and secure. Has this tiny post-Soviet nation found the way of the future?

The Estonian government is so eager to take on big problems that many ambitious techies leave the private sector to join it.

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I asked Kaevats what he saw when he looked at the U.S. Two things, he said. First, a technical mess. Data architecture was too centralized. Citizens didn’t control their own data; it was sold, instead, by brokers. Basic security was lax. “For example, I can tell you my I.D. number—I don’t fucking care,” he said. “You have a Social Security number, which is, like, a big secret.” He laughed. “This does not work!” The U.S. had backward notions of protection, he said, and the result was a bigger problem: a systemic loss of community and trust. “Snowden things and whatnot have done a lot of damage. But they have also proved that these fears are justified.

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There’s a plethora of great ideas in this story. So many that it’s hard to absorb them in one sitting.

I love the citizen is in control of their data. 

In the USA would be IMPOSSIBLE without the (unconstitutional) Social Security “number”.

Why can’t “we” have all these benefits here?

Simple Crony Capitalism. What would all the “info protection”, credit reporting, Gooferment “suppliers”  and consultants to the Gooferment do? All those lost “campaign contributions”! 

And, imagine all the waste, fraud, and abuse that would be found.

If DJT45 wants to drain the swamp, then here’s how to do it.


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INTERESTING: High Country Bandits; more dumb criminals

How “cell tower dumps” caught the High Country Bandits—and why it matters
Fishing expeditions can pay dividends—but do they need a warrant?
by Nate Anderson – Aug 29 2013, 8:00am EDT

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Cell tower dumps don’t provide the precision of GPS tracking, of course, but they can in some cases provide directional and range information from a specific tower at a specific time—close enough to pin people within a few hundred yards. Because warrant applications often remain sealed, however, even judges rarely know how other judges have ruled on them; Owsley was reduced to asking judges he met at conferences whether they had encountered the issue, which is becoming increasingly common.

In the end, Owsley supports the use of tower dumps, so long as agents seek a warrant first and so long as they explain their plan to purge all numbers not germane to the current case. In addition, he argues that those whose records are swept up should be notified after the fact—especially because the records have a bad habit of ending up as evidence in court cases.

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A civil libertarian, like this little L libertarian, is always concerned when the Gooferment starts “fishing”.

In this particular case, I find no fault with what was done or the process.

Maybe they could work on doing it “faster”.

I have little sympathy for criminals. In this case with the facts given, the police seem to have done it “right”.

I’m not sure I understand the need to notify all the “discarded” numbers. Maybe some one can explain?

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HARDWARE: AT&T MIFI Sierra Wireless “UNITE” problem

New AT&T MIFI Sierra Wireless “UNITE”

MTTF about a week.

LOCKED in “shutting down”.

Not easy to get access to the battery. Pulled it and reinserted. Problem solved.

Then, I had to fix what I messed up floundering around.

I popped the SIM thinking that might break the “shutting down” lock. 

No dice. 

I guess when I put it back in I didn’t ram it home. Afraid of breaking it. 

So when it came back up, it whined about “no sim card”.

Easy fix. 

But strike one!


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POLITICAL: The internet is the hope for civilization

A Public ‘Thank You’
by Butler Shaffer

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

~ Margaret Mead

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I think it is correct to say that Western Civilization has collapsed; its creative, liberating, and humanizing foundations destroyed by the collective forces of institutionalized violence. American and European countries – long the seats of Western culture – are at the end of an entropic decline. At the same time, however, I have long suspected that we are in the early stages of a transformation in thinking that is producing major changes in how we live and work with one another in society. The vertically-structured systems of centralized authority are being replaced by horizontal networks that interconnect in decentralized, voluntary ways. The Internet – which has expanded the liberating and creative capacities inhering in Gutenberg’s invention – is the most visible expression of what I think of as the “unfolding civilization.” 

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This is a meme shifting paradigm shifting concept. 

Without the internet in your caculation, you are doomed to failure. 

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SERVICE: AMAZON_CLOUD with the IPAD partially broken by design

Getting Started: MP3 Store and Cloud Player for Web on iPad

Frequently Asked Questions

The Amazon MP3 Store on iPad lets you shop one of the world’s largest DRM-free (digital rights management free) digital music stores and save your purchases for free to Amazon’s online storage service, Amazon Cloud Drive. Purchases stored in Amazon Cloud Drive are available for playback from any iPad, Mac, PC, or Android device and available for download from any Mac, PC, or Android device using the free web browser-based application Amazon Cloud Player.

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OK, first time I’ve “found” a significant flaw in the AMAZON_CLOUD with the IPAD.

You can play your music, BUT, (and there is always a BIG butt), you can’t copy it TO the IPAD.

That means you have to be connected to the INET and play YOUR music, that you’ve bought, with their application.


The quest is now on for a work around.

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No easy workaround.


Why if I buy the song from APPLE_ITUNES does it get downloaded to the IPAD’s version, but if I buy it from AMAZON it can’t be?

Restraint of trade by technology?

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Well it’s there. BUT, (and there is always a BIG butt), you have to go thru ITUNES to get it to the IPAD. The downside is that it makes extra copies on the desktop in ITUNES.


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SOFTWARE: Mac App Store; any “app store”, the implications are scary!


The MacAppStore opened Thursday. I, of course, checked in. And, downloaded some free applications.

After the experience, I’m not so sure I like this.

Maybe my tin foil hat is on too tight, but it seems that the whole concept puts the App Store “vendor” in complete control of what you can get.

In playing with it, I experienced slow downs.

We’ll see what other issues arise.

(1) If I had the source file, that I had downloaded (i.e., DMG, Zip, or make file), then I could always install or reinstall. If there’s no installation file (i.e., it comes by “magic” from the App Store), then I have to go back to the App Store and buy it again. Does that mean I have to pay again? Does the App Store give “receipts”?

(2) During play, the App Store became “unavailable”. Demonstrating that it is itself a single point of failure in the infrastructure.

(3) It’s very “easy” to load your hard drive with apps. (A few dollars or free makes one willing to “try it”. Toss if NG.) BUTT (there’s always a big but) (3a) How do you get rid of all the vestiges of applications? (3b) How much money, time, attention, and effort will be wasted in “applications”? (When you have to go to the store or wait for Amazon, FedEx, or UPS to deliver the disk, you evaluate the “purchase decision” more carefully.)

What else am I missing?

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TECHNOLOGY: SPAM is preventable

Digital Frontlines
We Can’t Get Rid Of Spam
Ed Sperling, 06.28.10, 06:00 AM EDT

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After nearly 15 years of filling inboxes with electronic garbage, the problem only seems to be getting worse.

Spam may well be one of those IT problems that never completely goes away, like rust on a ship. There are filters and services that can keep it to a manageable level, but even those don’t get rid of the problem entirely. Some of it still creeps through spam blockers, ultimately costing companies sizable amounts of money in terms of storage and employee productivity that is used to read it and delete it.

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>We can’t get rid of spam

Sorry, but I disagree. And, with that type of attitude, we will never be rid of it.

Let’s start with the basic features of the internet.

IPv4 doesn’t FORCE full authentication. IPv6 moves us along. No one is really pushing IPv6.

The mail protocol has no real authentication.

Now on to the details. The Peering Points have no economic interest in stopping SPAM or creating a feedback mechanism. The ISPs have some half-hearted “committees” working on “solutions”. (Note, when one domain was cut off spam dropped dramatically, but it was reconnected. Someone’s pocket book get hit?)

BUT, any assumption that “it can’t cured” is a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Like the “user’s chronological age” problem, (i.e., how does a website KNOW there’s a child at the other end of the wire), this solution to SPAM is TOTALLY within the ISP’s control.

(1) Implement a fully authenticate email protocol. (SMTP has served well for decades; time for a face lift.) Turn the smart folks loose on the problem.

(2) End free email service. “Stamps” for email sent and received are essentially micropayments for cryptographic keys.

(3) If the User gets spam, give them a feedback loop to get their money back. That gives the ISP the trail. (Wall Street and most businesses can handle “chargebacks”.) Get after the various ISPs and Websites with email, that pass spam, with a big club — additional expense!

(I have to laugh when I get spam on Yahoo that purports to originate FROM a Yahoo email address. Yahoo doesn’t even bother to parse it’s own email. If the email purports to have originated from within it’s own domain, why is it coming in from the outside. That should be an easy fix.)

(4) Implement a PKI infrastructure and than you know who sent it and can come down hard on that person. Why should email be like writing on a postcard? Could it be that there are economic advantages to allowing snooping?

The software vendor’s are not immune to criticism in this mess. They put out OS and Applications software that buggy and allows this mess to continue.

IMHO, this SHOULD BE a solved problem.

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HARDWARE: Don’t use your employer’s stuff

Employee Has No Right of Expectation of Privacy for Text Messages, Says U.S. Supreme Court   

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The bottom line is that, according to the Supreme Court, Quon had no reason to expect that his text messages on his employer-provided pager would be protected by a shield of privacy, and that the Ontario Police Department’s behavior in looking at the text messages was not an impermissible invasion of Quon’s privacy.

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When hardware and service was expensive, then using your employer’s stuff MIGHT have made sense. Now with most everything dirt cheap, makes no sense at all.

As a matter of fact, it may even make sense to decline their hardware.

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TECHNOLOGY: Why isn’t cable treated like the power company?

In thinking about the MyFy portable hot spot, why don’t we make telephone and cable like the power company?

The electric company has a meter on the side of the house. Just like water. Sewer is “measured” too. (Input = Output)

So why don’t we make the cable company do it the same way.

Phone has an interface box.

Why do we allow them to dictate how we use our “water”?

Why do we allow them to dictate what hardware we have inside our walls?


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