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 dump passwords in favor of credentials that can be used on multiple websites. The Obama administration hopes that multiple trusted ID technologies will emerge, officials said.
In order to justify this initiative, the Commerce Department presented faulty "logic" which was regurgitated by PC World: …continue reading →

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 network. There were plenty of times when my iPhone showed that I had a data signal, but I did not. And there were plenty of times when all I had was voice, no data. What other things might the map be hiding? The cost (for example, taxes on mobile service) perhaps? Tip: Slashdot  continue reading →

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 upgrades" but gives no number for iPhone-related upgrades. This snafu affects all upgrades, not just iPhone4 pre-orders. …continue reading →