SITE: comments fixed for real, new server coming

Finally, a real fix for the commenting bug that crops up from time to time. Recently, as well as a year and a half ago, WordPress comments would timeout or give NGINX 504 gateway errors. There were two issues, both related to over zealous security settings: Modsecurity was treating the comment submission, by some versions […]

Android privacy controls appear, disappear in 4.3 – 4.4 transition

Apparently what “the Google” gives, “the Google” can take away. Recently Android was being lauded for adding additional privacy controls to Android 4.3+, allowing users to install apps while denying some of the apps’ attempts to collect the user’s data. This feature was accessible by installing a tool like App Ops Launcher (pictured above.) However, […]

The street lights really ARE tracking you

Reuters has reported that overhead street lights are being retrofitted with multi-sensor capabilities. One such platform being used is known as Netsense by Sensity. The Sensity site describes the platform thusly: NetSense integrates LED lighting, sensors, high-speed networking, cloud computing, and big data analytics into a single, MultiService Platform (MSP). With NetSense you get distributed […]

28c3: the FreedomBox

This lightning talk from the recent 28C3 conference in Berlin is a general introduction and status update on the development of the FreedomBox project. The FreedomBox is a personal server running a free software operating system and free applications, designed to preserve personal privacy by providing a secure platform upon which federated social networks can […]

Google tracking expands, threatens privacy

Google appears poised to commence a program of tracking all users across all their services. The company will not allow you to opt-out. For example, they will pair info gained through their email service with search logs, ostensibly to target ads better. Of course such info is individually identifiable and stored for at least 9 […]