Digital Identity Guilty By Association, The Worst Type of “Justification”
Apr15

Digital Identity Guilty By Association, The Worst Type of “Justification”

The White House made a big statement about (digital) identity theft on Friday, with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke announcing a public-private sector effort,  National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC). “The administration hopes to see a robust trusted ID market in the U.S. in three to five years,” according to PC World. The trusted ID technologies described in NSTIC would allow online users to...

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What’s Wrong With This Picture?
Feb19

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

This is a map of the United States (it cost us $200 million) that depicts terrestrial mobile wireless coverage. As presented, the coverage appears seamless. I’m here to tell you that is not the case. Last summer, we drove from Seattle to Minneapolis, in a meandering way. There were plenty of times that I had no coverage, period, because I am an AT&T subscriber with a phone that will not function on Verizon’s...

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AT&T Collapses On First Day Of iPhone4 Orders
Jun15

AT&T Collapses On First Day Of iPhone4 Orders

From Gizmodo: AT&T’s online ordering system collapsed today, with Apple and AT&T sales folks reverting to tried-and-true technology: paper. They had to write down pre-order requests. I corroborated the collapse of the online ordering system, by logging in to my AT&T account and attempting to negotiate the pre-order option. Note that AT&T is providing a telephone number for “non iPhone related...

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Apple, It’s Time To Ditch AT&T

Update: AT&T Collapses On iPhone4 Debut I was annoyed at the headlines last week that blamed Apple for AT&T’s lax web security regarding iPad owner emails. I was even more annoyed Sunday when I read AT&T’s “explanation” to customers, where it not only disavowed responsibility for the exploit, reported Wednesday, but said that the really bad guys were the people who identified their security hole....

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Why Is AT&T Thumbing Its Nose At The Copyright Office?

Tech news sources report that AT&T is about to settle a class action suit regarding unlocking cellphones, with Apple iPhones exempted. Engadget writes that AT&T would be required “to provide an unlock code for just about any phone it has sold since March 12, 1999.” What I don’t understand is why a law suit was necessary. In 2006 the Copyright Office ruled that cell phone companies had to allow customers to...

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