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Digital Spies in Your Home (Not Mine)

Written by Gary North on March 25, 2017

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The Internet of Things is a buzz phrase for digital monitoring. I am a fan of the IoT with respect to commercial enterprises such as airplane maintenance. But I will not let IoT consumer products into my home. The problem should be obvious. If I can monitor what my appliances are doing, so can the […]

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Help! Cut-and-Paste PDF Files Glitch

Written by Gary North on January 21, 2017

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I have hit a digital wall. I cannot do a cut and paste of any PDF document into Word, WordPerfect, or any other text page. The extracted PDF text goes vertical in ASCII: a single line of words down the page. Paragraphs disappear. Take a look. I sent this screencast to a professional PDF specialist […]

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Robot Lawyer Overturns 160,000 Parking Tickets

Written by Gary North on November 15, 2016

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Computers are on the side of liberty. A 19-year-old programmer has created a digital robot that has overturned 160,000 parking tickets in London in one year. The city had to make refunds. This is going to spread. It is going to create havoc for city governments. To read the full story, click the link.

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Have You Been Hacked?

Written by Gary North on October 1, 2016

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The breach at Yahoo is said to be huge. Supposedly, 500 million names/emails were stolen. My first response: How is it possible that Yahoo has been so unprofitable? Any outfit with 500 million names ought to be very profitable. Verizon just paid $4.8 billion for Yahoo. They did not know about the stolen emails. Oops. […]

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Surrendering Your Privacy, Digit by Digit

Written by Gary North on August 20, 2016

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We are losing our privacy forever. Most people just don’t care. We can see this with the free upgrade to Windows 10. It went on for a year. It was difficult not to accept the upgrade. You had to take steps to avoid it or the promotion. I sent out instructions on how to avoid […]

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Free Money from the Robots!

Written by Gary North on June 4, 2016

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Here is a headline: This AI expert says that a robot economy will force us to give people unconditional free money. The article is in Business Insider. In the future, giving people unconditional free money might be the fairest way to deal with a robot-powered economy. At least, that’s what data scientist and artificial intelligence […]

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Minority Report’s Mall Scene . . . It’s Almost Here

Written by Gary North on June 4, 2016

You recall this: It’s coming to a mall near you. The technology is here. Nearly 250 million video surveillance cameras have been installed throughout the world, and chances are you’ve been seen by several of them today. Most people barely notice their presence anymore — on the streets, inside stores, and even within our homes. […]

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Moses’ Law and Moore’s Law: More!

Written by Gary North on April 16, 2016

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And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied; Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the LORD thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. . . And thou […]

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