About Me:
I work at the University of Notre Dame in the Office of Information Technology. I'm divorced, with two grown children and 5 grandchildren. I'm a lifelong liberal and a "nonbeliever."
About Me:
I work at the University of Notre Dame in the Office of Information Technology. I'm divorced, with two grown children and 5 grandchildren. I'm a lifelong liberal and a "nonbeliever."

Over Easy: Who Hacked Sony? Maybe Not North Korea!

By: Friday December 26, 2014 5:00 am

President Obama, after announcing that North Korea hacked Sony according to the FBI, has followed with an attempt to calm the anger at North Korea. He declared last Sunday that in his opinion it wasn’t an act of war, but an act of “cybervandalism” and promises a “proportional” response. But you don’t have to look far to find a lot of skepticism about North Korea’s role in the attack from a lot of cybersecurity experts.

Over Easy: The Monkey Selfie Is Back!

By: Friday December 19, 2014 5:00 am

“We need to stop assuming that every image, sound recording, or innovation is owned, or even ownable. There are things that do not belong to anyone—they can be used by all.”

Over Easy: The Torture Report

By: Friday December 12, 2014 5:00 am

What did we learn on Tuesday that we didn’t already know? We received details that we previously did not have, but it has been common knowledge for a long time that we “tortured some folks” with impunity, and with the approval of all three branches of the United States government.

Over Easy: ISPs Favor Regulation — When It Helps Them

By: Friday December 5, 2014 5:00 am

Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are vehemently against regulation when it will even remotely constrain their anti-competitive behavior — such as being regulated under Title II of the Telecommunications Act for net neutrality — but they’re quite happy to support regulations that protect their iron grip on the broadband market.

Over Easy: Black Friday Edition, Shop ‘Til You Drop

By: Friday November 28, 2014 5:19 am

Based on data from previous Black Fridays, many Black Friday sales started on Thanksgiving evening, and will continue throughout the weekend and into Cyber Monday. This year saw opening hours creep increasingly back into Thanksgiving Day. K-Mart opened at 6:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving. Several retailers (Macy’s, Best Buy, Kohl’s, Sears, J.C. Penney) opened at 5:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. The way the trend is going, we’ll soon be calling Thanksgiving “Black Thursday.”

Your ISP May Be Up to No Good

By: Friday November 14, 2014 4:30 pm

A network tampering activity implemented by a popular Internet Service Provider (ISP) and in development by another has come under some scrutiny.

Verizon has been quietly tracking the Internet activity of more than 100 million cellular customers by inserting “supercookies” into their cell phone web browsing — powerful markers that even sophisticated users find it difficult to evade. The tracker functions even if a customer uses a private browsing mode or clears cookies. Privacy advocates say this tracking can expose our Internet behavior to outsiders, including to government intelligence services, and also may violate federal telecommunications and wiretapping laws. (AT&T’s program is not as sophisticated, and is still being developed and tested, so is not yet being deployed.)

Stranger in a Strange Land

By: Friday November 7, 2014 5:55 pm

Apologies in advance if I misstate anything, or bore to tears those who are familiar with Bar Mitzvahs. Corrections are welcome, and as always, there’s no such thing as off topic! I badly needed a break from politics today.

My son’s second wife of four years and her three beautiful children are Jewish. The oldest boy, a bright and engaging 13 year old, will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah tomorrow, and because this is comparable in importance to a wedding, family will gather from near and far to attend all of the related events.

Over Easy: FDL Is Friendships

By: Friday October 24, 2014 5:05 pm

The primary mission and purpose of Firedoglake is political commentary and activism from a left-leaning “progressive” point of view. But Firedoglake is other things to many of us, and one of the most important is friendship and a sense of community, a shared experience despite our differing circumstances and backgrounds.

Please donate $10 or more(!) today, so Over Easy (with eggs!) will continue to be a morning place for news, commentary, and friendships old and new!

Habitat Homes for Deserving Families

By: Friday October 10, 2014 3:36 pm

Most people are familiar with Habitat for Humanity, an organization that builds homes for families using mostly volunteer labor and often donated or discounted materials. President Jimmy Carter did a lot to make people aware of the good work they do by his involvement with this fine organization. In addition to building homes, Habitat “deconstructs” homes and uses the recovered materials in other building projects. Finally, Habitat operates ReStores that are run by volunteers, and that accept contributions of a variety of new or recycled household items (paint, flooring, light fixtures, etc.) that they then resell to the public.

I recently worked on a Habitat house for the second time (the first time was many years ago).

Are Privacy Concerns Generational?

By: Sunday September 21, 2014 6:55 pm

On Monday I came across a post at Techdirt about the reaction to Apple putting a U2 album in iCloud users’ storage space. The post described how after a backlash, Apple created a bit of code that would allow iPhone users to delete the unwanted freebie.

A bit of background: On September 9th, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that the mega-band U2 decided to release its latest album free on iTunes…

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