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: This ‘Just IN’

By: Friday January 30, 2015 5:00 am

The Indianapolis Star revealed on Monday that Republican Governor Mike Pence plans to launch a state-run news agency to provide pre-written stories to news outlets in the state. This announcement was met with a storm of criticism, from Republicans and Democrats, some of it quite amusing.

Over Easy: The Latest Website Tracking You?

By: Friday January 23, 2015 5:00 am

On Tuesday the Associated Press revealed that the Affordable Care Act’s enrollment website is secretly sending consumers’ personal data to private companies that specialize in advertising and analyzing Internet data, for both performance and marketing purposes.

Food Sunday: Ham Bone, Beans and Greens Soup

By: Sunday January 18, 2015 5:00 am

I first came across the recipe for this yummy soup a couple of summers ago when a neighbor gifted me with a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) basket on a weekend when she was out of town. It was overflowing with a dozen different vegetables in generous amounts, and I wanted to use them up before [...]

Over Easy: “Zombie Cookies” Have 9 Lives!

By: Friday January 16, 2015 5:00 am

Last November at Over Easy we talked about a new kind of tracking cookie, in the form of a unique identifying number, that Verizon and AT&T were inserting into Web traffic from those carriers’ cell phones to monitor our behavior on our mobile devices where traditional tracking cookies are not as effective. An online company called Turn uses this tracking number to “respawn” cookies that users have attempted to delete.

Over Easy: Kirby Delauter and the Streisand Effect

By: Friday January 9, 2015 5:00 am

A Council member in Frederick County, Maryland who didn’t want his name in a news story is experiencing his very own version of the Streisand Effect*.

Over Easy: “Do Not Call” for the Internet?

By: Friday January 2, 2015 5:00 am

[A]n industry working group is expected to propose detailed rules governing how the privacy switch should work. The group includes experts but is dominated by Internet giants like Adobe, Apple, Facebook, Google and Yahoo. It is poised to recommend a carve-out that would effectively free them from honoring “Do Not Track” requests.

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.

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