Pedestrian avoidance software feature cost extra

The base model of this Volvo can park itself. Having it miss pedestrians along the way is an optional add-on.

(If you really want a revenue stream then stand up the app to offer acceleration for free but couple it with an electronic payment system for pay-per-brake.)

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May 27, 2015

CareFirst medical data breach affects 1.1million people

… many of them state of Maryland employees who had to divulge personal data as a condition of getting affordable health insurance.

The banner news is that CareFirst, a large… more

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May 21, 2015

John Deere and copyrights run amok

Quoting the linked article,

John Deere is trying to convince the Copyright Office that farmers don’t really own the tractors they buy from them. They argue that the computer code that runs the… more

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May 18, 2015

Supply the gold and you can make the rules

The role of Google in liberal politics – especially President Obama’s campaign – is highlighted in this article. Besides providing cash, they provided big infrastructure and small nuances… more

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March 29, 2015

RadioShack customer data could go on bankruptcy auction block

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March 25, 2015

Google skews search results to serve its own interests

But of course, there is no real news in that revelation.

Two Wall Street Journal articles address this in some detail. One details an FTC probe into Google practices (including the… more

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March 20, 2015

UM leadership maintains business as usual via off shore accounts

We have often written of what levels of misdirection in accounting are enabled by leadership’s array of foundations, which take off the state books a lot of the things… more

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December 13, 2014

How your pharmacy records are outed

Regulars here know that most privacy laws are just window dressing around an active industry based on the trade of your personal information. Here is an accessible summary of one way that happens… more

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December 10, 2014

Don’t piss off those who own your data

There is no news in this for folks who follow privacy issues here, but it is a nice reminder. Uber triggered an internet kerfuffle when its CEO suggested consumers should find and weaponize data… more

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November 19, 2014

Car makers promise to be responsible with your data

Major auto makers address the question of how to deal with your data. They promise to be good.

Remember, cars are no longer something that gets value for a company up front – now that… more

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November 13, 2014