The FCC is clueless

This. Here’s the kicker:

…but perhaps the most fundamental is a simple misconception, one that persists in the work of the FCC but also of proponents and opponents of network neutrality. It is the false distinction between what they call “edge providers” (YouTube) and “end users” (people who watch videos on YouTube).

I really wish Obama would remove chairmanship from Wheeler. And stop appointing lobbyists.

Overturn ECPA Now

UPDATE: We made it! As of right now, there are 105,628 signatures on the petition. Thank you! Can’t wait to hear what the white house says on this.

Please sign this petition! I’m having trouble believing that it’s taken this long for people to take a minute to sign it. Is the level of apathy about this so great that no one thinks anything they do will make a difference? Or perhaps it’s more “I haven’t done anything wrong, so I have nothing to hide.” Wrong. Do you want privacy? Do you want strangers to know what’s in your medical records? Your bathroom medicine cabinet? Your bedroom?

Yeah. Sign it. http://www.digital4th.org/petition.html

NWS radar images should stop using Flash

weather-mapTo be more accessible, I don’t think it would be that difficult to replace their existing system with one that just uses layered animated gifs with transparency. Even if you had to store a different gif for the different speeds that the radar data can playback, it at least allows for a short period of static file caching and allows for the full website experience on a mobile device. Don’t want to pre-generate the gifs of the radar data? OK. Instead use javascript to generate client-side gifs.

NWS radar image from Portland, ME.

 

Schneier on Security: Court Orders TSA to Answer EPIC

Schneier on Security: Court Orders TSA to Answer EPIC.

Please help the courts force the TSA to consider public comments on full body scanners.

Year ago, EPIC sued the TSA over full body scanners (I was one of the plantiffs), demanding that they follow their own rules and ask for public comment. The court agreed, and ordered the TSA to do that. In response, the TSA has done nothing. Now, a year later, the court has again ordered the TSA to answer EPIC’s position.

Please sign the petition!