The US Government poses the greatest threat to US trade, all for the illusion of increased security


The United States Government has thrown a cat amongst the pigeons with its ramped up forced data exposure policies affecting travellers to their country.┬áThere are reports┬áthat increasing numbers of travellers are being forced to unlock and hand over their electronic devices to Border Control agents, who may then download an unencrypted clone of your device's … Continue reading The US Government poses the greatest threat to US trade, all for the illusion of increased security

Touchy Professors and Institutional Disinterest


Whilst we'll never know the full story, the recent BuzzFeed article outlining complaints against well-known planet-hunting Astronomer Geoff Marcy by several former UC Berkeley students is representative of a much larger problem. Although I'm disappointed it's Marcy at the center of this, I'm saddened more by the knowledge this is the tip of the iceberg. … Continue reading Touchy Professors and Institutional Disinterest

“Your PC is infected” scam gets nasty


You've probably heard about it, but here's how it works in case you haven't. You receive a phone-call from a pleasant but persistent Indian who says they're "representing" Microsoft or something like that, and they've discovered that YOUR PC is infecting other computers on the Internet, and isn't that horrible, but thank goodness they're here … Continue reading “Your PC is infected” scam gets nasty