I read yet another anti-CISPA piece today. I’m not comfortable trying to read it and decide whether it’s a good or bad piece of legislation, but I do understand the problem it’s trying to solve. Those who have tried to paint CISPA as the new SOPA or PIPA are misunderstanding the problem CISPA is trying [...]
So John C Dvorak (I’ll call him John Dvorak because he hates it–John Dvorak John Dvorak John Dvorak) says that cyber warfare, like Y2K, is a bunch of hooey. I lived through Y2K, and I’m fighting the cyber war. He’s wrong on both counts.
John C Dvorak asks what war we’re waging on hackers. While war may not be the best choice of words, because it’s not exactly a conventional war, there’s no question there’s something going on, and we’re not winning it right now. The latest salvo is that someone in China is building a botnet using Macintoshes.
Antivirus vendor Kapersky has identified a new trojan horse targetting Macintoshes. It spreads a botnet based somewhere in China via an infected Microsoft Word document, typically sent as an e-mail attachment. The spin is that if you don’t use Word on your Mac, you’re safe. That’s true–this week. But going forward, it’s going to take [...]
“Companies once felt an obligation to support American workers, even when it wasn’t the best financial choice,” said Betsey Stevenson, the chief economist at the Labor Department until last September. “That’s disappeared. Profits and efficiency have trumped generosity.” Apple Computer, currently the highest-valued company in the country, at its peak employs 1/10 the number of [...]
I was shocked to read today that Google went out and plunked down $12.5 billion for Motorola. I’m sure that other Android phone makers aren’t exactly happy about it–it means Google is going to be competing with them, unless Google just bought Motorola for patents–but I don’t really see how Google had much choice. Google [...]
Lionel is starting up production in the United States again. It’s a limited basis–just a plastic-bodied box car–but it’s something. Interestingly, to me, the plastic bodies are going to be produced in Warminster, Pennsylvania. My dad grew up in the same county, a couple of towns north of Warminster, roughly 12 miles away. The tooling [...]
I got a new book recently about saving energy. I’ve read several of those, but this one had two tips I’ve never seen anywhere else: caulking baseboards and putting child safety covers on electrical outlets. (I’ll post a link after I find it again; with my boys sleeping, I dare not go upstairs and turn [...]
I half-heartedly checked Home Depot’s web site today, and saw they had 429-lumen, 8.6-watt (40W equivalent) LED bulbs at my local store. Finally!
So when I had a chance, I drove over, plunked down my 19 bucks, and brought one home.
It’s not perfect. But I like it an awful lot.
A couple of coworkers were talking about taxes, deficits and the national debt this week.
One of them looked my direction and said, “I’ll bet Dave can figure out how to pay off the
It’s actually not as hard as it sounds.