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. There are reports that 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

Advertisements

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

Upcoming presentations at Embiggen Books which you’ll want to see…


Now that Warren and Kirsty have managed to clean up and re-open their superb Melbourne bookshop after a recent plumbing mishap, they've lined up some superb talks and presentations which you're going to want to see. First up, tomorrow (October 13), is Professor Tim Berra, an "acknowledged Darwin expert [and] ... author of over 75 … Continue reading Upcoming presentations at Embiggen Books which you’ll want to see…

SkeptiCamp Melbourne wants you!


Over the past few months, MEHSitP / Melbourne Skeptics have been working behind the scenes to put together SkeptiCamp Melbourne, a grass-roots skeptical event based on the successful BarCamp conference model in which attendees are the presenters. The first Australian SkeptiCamp was held in Sydney earlier this year, drawing roughly one hundred attendees who participated in concurrent talks held in two rooms for several … Continue reading SkeptiCamp Melbourne wants you!

SkeptiCamp Melbourne needs your support!


Earlier this year I and several other Melbourne skeptics had the pleasure of attending the very first SkeptiCamp Australia in Sydney NSW. Whilst we were already toying with the idea of holding a similar event in Melbourne, the success of this event organised by Jason Brown, Dave the Happy Singer and others, convinced us that … Continue reading SkeptiCamp Melbourne needs your support!

Boundaries – Separation of professional and social online identities


Social media plays a pretty big part in my blogging / skeptical / scicom life, as it brings our truly global community together, allowing quite rapid collaboration and communication with thought leaders, content creators, researchers, writers and so-forth. The usual suspects, Twitter and Facebook, have served me well, and I now routinely communicate with other … Continue reading Boundaries – Separation of professional and social online identities