Tag Archive 'politics'

A few semi-coherent thoughts about this election

I don’t usually write in a serious way about politics, and this essay may prove an excellent example as to why. But these thoughts are banging around inside my head and I need to get them out before next Tuesday. If naughty language puts your knickers in a twist, please don’t read any further. I [...]

When privacy collides with politics, privacy loses

At this point in this especially insane political season there’s still no telling who will end up winning it all next Tuesday. But it’s very clear to me who has already lost: You and me. More specifically, what little personal privacy we may once have had. The amount and scope of data collection employed by [...]

Net Neutrality meets Nut Neutrality

Have you heard the news? Passing Net Neutrality rules will result in the loss of 340,000 jobs in the broadband industry and up to 1.5 million jobs overall by 2020. And if you don’t believe it, I have a fancy-schmancy report that says as much right here. Per IDG News’ Grant Gross: If the FCC [...]

Uncle Sam’s IT dashboard: Your tax dollars at work

US citizens have a brand new tool to gauge how well their government is performing — at least, when it comes to IT. Cringely says it’s about time.

Strip searches, laptop seizures, and other crimes against humanity

Monday’s New York Times has a doozy of a story about Savana Redding, a 19-year-old college student in Arizona whose case is coming before the Supreme Court on April 21. The outcome of that hearing could determine a lot about your privacy rights, or lack thereof.   Six years ago, then-13-year-old Savana was strip searched by [...]

Politics 2.0

The Internet has changed presidential politics forever – and mostly for the better As I write this column, the U.S. presidential race is still tighter than a pair of $2 shoes. But this time around, it might not be hanging chads or hockey moms that determine who wins. It might just be the Internet. [Note: [...]

Politics, YouTube, and how to skin a moose

I did a podcast yesterday with Jeff Powers, the force of nature behind Geekazine.com.  We talked mostly about the YouTube effect on politics and the fact that we haven’t yet had a "Macaca" moment (but there’s still plenty of time), and also about Sarah Palin, Tina Fey, Hulu, and the new crop of amateur video [...]

Real Scoop: Sit on this and spin

Lies, damned lies, and video. A new web site purports to separate the spin and the slime from the truth by analyzing the speech patterns of public figures. Is this too good to be believed? Cringely has a few thoughts.

PBS does a backflip on Palin Poll

Earlier this week (was it only yesterday?) I noted the incredible response to the NOW on PBS show’s Sarah Palin’s qualifications to be VP (or lack thereof). I also noted that for the time being PBS had no plans to change how it conducts online polls (ie, vote early, vote often, tell all your friends). [...]

Stupid email tricks: Hold the Democrats, add the salami

You’d think that by now major political parties, national newspapers, and food franchises would have a handle on email. Of course, you’d be wrong. Cringely details how the Democratic Party, the Wall Street Journal, and Pizza Hut are pulling stupid email tricks out of their, umm, hats.

Five Ways to Rock the Vote

Don’t like the government? Go out and make one of your own. These five Web sites can help you get informed, get active, and get those jokers out of office. (A version of this story first appeared on PCworld.com.) In case you haven’t noticed, it’s an election year. Along with making promises, shaking hands, and [...]

Smoking guns and broken voting machines

(This post originally appeared on Infoworld’s Notes From the Field blog.) by Robert X. Cringely My last post about Sequoia Voting Systems and its painfully stupid e-voting machines inspired both cheers and jeers from the Cringe faithful. Cringester E. N. believes we should all just grow up and accept that mistakes happen (though he seems [...]

Sequoia and e-voting: The best government money can buy

(This post originally appeared on Infoworld’s Notes From the Field blog.) by Robert X. Cringely I don’t know if you’ve noticed lately, but our elected officials are being determined by people who can’t do simple math or write a comprehensible sentence in English. And no, I don’t mean people who voted for Rudy Guiliani. I’m [...]