The mystery of the missing Boeing 777

On Saturday, Malaysian Airlines flight 370, flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 227 passengers, just vanished.  As of right now, no one has found any debris.  An oil slick that was slighted turned out to be ship fuel.  The sea is shallow.  But still, nothing.

Terrorism is an obvious explanation.  Four passengers were carrying stolen passports.  They have been identified as Iranians, but sources say they were using the passports in an immigration scheme, not terrorism.  But who knows?  Some suspect a missile attack, possibly from North Korea.  But satellite surveillance detected no explosion.  Some are saying the plane was just stolen, to be used in a later 9-11 style attack.

Surely the intense searching will find something soon.  But right now, it’s a mystery. [Read more…]

Music and Politics

Music streaming site Pandora is claiming that it can tell how their listeners will vote according to the music they like.  They plan to use this information to sell political advertising.

Why would candidates buy advertising to attract voters who already are likely to vote for them?

At any rate, after the jump, read how internet sites are trying to get into your head so as to target you for advertisers.

And then we can play a game.  What are some politically conservative songs?  What are some politically liberal songs? [Read more…]

Technologies of Glory

Brandon Bennett writes about those who relate human technological prowess to man becoming god.   He then makes an interesting application of Luther’s Theology of the Cross. [Read more…]

Getting information about a person just by staring

There is a new app that would give anyone access to  facial recognition software.  Use Google Glasses to look at someone, whereupon you will then tap into that person’s online profiles, social media networks, relationship status, arrest records, and whatever else is online.  Right now, Google is not allowing this app for use on its glasses, but the potential is there and the software can potentially be used on other devices.

This is being called “The End of Privacy.”  The app seems to have been written for guys in bars trying to pick up women.

Again, I ask, if it would be wrong for the government to violate people’s privacy like this, why is it OK for corporate America or individuals wearing geeky-looking glasses to violate people’s privacy?

[Read more…]

What NSA can learn from your “Angry Birds” app

According to secret documents released by Edward Snowden, certain cellphone apps–including the popular game “Angry Birds”– are “leaky,” allowing the NSA to tap into your smartphone and its treasure trove of information about you. [Read more…]

Google invading your car

If you have a newish car, you can already integrate it with your smartphone, answering your cell with a button on your steering wheel and carrying on cellphone conversations through your car’s speakers.  You can even buy “apps” for your car.  But when your car is your phone and your computer, outside entities are getting their hooks into you.  The price of getting information from the web is that the web is getting information on you.

Now Google has announced new initiatives with auto manufacturers, turning cars into Android devices.  This will allow Google–along with its client companies and its government snoopers–to collect all kinds of personal information about the drivers.  Google will be able to place ads– tailor made just for you and your buying weaknesses–right into your car.

Won’t that be a great advance in automotive technology? [Read more…]


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