Epson and HP each introduced a new approach to the inkjet printer ink dillemma. Epsons features five new EcoTank models that have huge ink reservoirs with enough ink for up to two years of printing. Hewlett-Packard (HP) introduced “Instant Ink,” which charges you not for the ink you use, but for the number of pages you print each month. His results may not be surprising, but one of the printers gave him an unpleasant surprise. Read Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves #165 for the thrilling conclusion to Desktop Printer Ink Wars 2016 (continued from last week).
FBI Director James Comey has warned that encryption threatens to take us to a place where his organization and U.S. surveillance organizations are "going dark." Bryan Chaffin was recently reminded that in the context of history, the ability to surveil everything is a new development, and that we should keep claims from the FBI and others in context.
The Federal Trade Commission fined Verizon US$1.35 million for an egregious breach of customer privacy and an even worse breach of trust. Bryan Chaffin argues that such a fine isn't even a slap on the wrist, and it shows that the FCC's fangs need to grow to keep pace with the ever-larger size of the mega-corporations it theoretically regulates.
Take this easy true/false quiz to figure out what's going on with the Apple, the FBI and smartphone encryption.
Apple's iPhone is incredibly easy to use. So much so that its operation is indistinguishable from magic. Starting with extremely sophisticated silicon and working its way up through layers of abstraction, encryption technology and security and privacy measures in iOS, it is so complicated that few outside Apple understand its working principles. That's turning into a big problem for governments.
Meet Congressman David Jolly (R-FL), the latest elected representative keen to demonstrate his lack of understanding on encryption and security. Mr. Jolly announced Thursday that he introduced a bill to the U.S. House of Representatives titled "No Taxpayer Support for Apple Act."
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne thinks that Apple should leave car building to the car industry. They're complex devices, after all. Plus, he has just the company for the job. Because he's an "Apple Freak" who owns one of everything Apple makes, Mr. Marchionne thinks Fiat Chrysler would be a great manufacturing partner for Apple.
Dr. Mac was (understandably) excited when two printer manufacturers — HP and Epson — each offered him a printer to test with their new ink initiatives — HP's Instant Ink and Epson's EcoTank — which were created to make the whole ink replacement thing more convenient and affordable.
Apple's business model is based on the idea that ever more people will be interested in ever more new products in the future. But as the middle class disappears and robots slowly displace workers, who will be left to fuel Apple's growth?
The directors of the CIA and NSA blamed the press for educating terrorists on the important of encryption. Bryan Chaffin thinks this is both dangerous and foolish commentary, and it shows our top intelligence people are learning the wrong lessons from reality.
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