Welcome to the New, Slow Internet

net_neutrality_handcuffedThe FCC is from the government and they’re here to help with your slow, sub-standard, unfair internet.

Welcome the Internet to the speed of regulation, denying millions of Americans the full potential of innovation and unfettered access. It’s now controlled and managed by a government that can’t even launch a functional ObamaCare website, an FCC whose website can’t even handle the simple task of accurately recording public comments, and an IRS that loses emails.

FCC interference in the Internet marketplace will hurt the very consumers proponents claim to protect. In most cases, net neutrality rules are either unnecessary or will limit innovative business practices by smaller firms, rather than abuses by Internet Service Providers. Even worse, the rules shift additional costs back to consumers and away from companies through bans on sponsored-data plans and other pro-consumer practices.

Left-Wing Funded Lobbying

Left-wing Ford Foundation and George Soros’s Open Society Foundation have provided financial assistance to groups supporting the Obama administration’s “net neutrality” agenda, donating $196 million and at least five individuals from these groups have ascended to key positions at the White House and FCC, according to a new report.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said the Internet was “simply too important to be left without rules and a referee on the field.” In contrast, Republican FCC commissioner Ajit Pai, a vocal critic of the plan and one of the votes against it, said the FCC was “turning its back on Internet” because “President Obama told us to do so,” back in October, 2014.

Media Coverage?

The Media Research Center found that broadcast news networks spent only three minutes, 38 seconds covering Obama’s proposal in nearly three months of coverage following his announcement, despite the plan’s major implications for free speech and the economy.

What About Taxes?

The Internet Tax Freedom Act bans taxes on Internet access, although that bill expires in October. While Congress is expected to renew that legislation, it’s conceivable that states could eventually push Congress for the ability to tax Internet service now that it has been deemed a vital public utility.

“Read my lips. More Internet taxes are coming. It’s just a matter of when,” FCC Commissioner Pai said.

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Show Notes With Jack Heath – February 2nd, 2015

Looking for a cheap tablet?

How about an $84 Amazon Fire HD? The Fire HD 6 goes anywhere with its pocketable design–featuring a beautiful 6″ HD display,  unsurpassed reliability in its class. Watch movies, read books, download Apps. It’s a full Android tablet.

http://bit.ly/1zMvD4I

Bill Gates is worried about artificial intelligence too.

He has a warning for humanity: Beware of artificial intelligence in
the coming decades, before it’s too late.

IBM’s Watson supercomputer has moved on from besting Jeopardy
contestants to conducting medical research and diagnosis, and
researchers earlier this month detailed a new computer program that
can beat anyone at poker.

Musk in October called AI development “summoning the demon,” and
has invested in the space to keep his eye on it.

http://cnet.co/165sijA

Expect Faster Internet

If your ISP doesn’t provide download speeds
of 25Mbps, it can no longer tell you you’re getting broadband
internet.

The Federal Communications Commission has just voted to change the
definition of “broadband”, raising the minimum download speed from
4Mbps to 25Mbps and the minimum upload speed from 1Mbps to 3Mbps.

http://bit.ly/1wVZ7We

Right to Be Forgotten in Europe is Extending Worldwide

Europe’s highest court ruled that anyone with connections to Europe could
ask that links about themselves be removed from search results.

A judge ordered Google’s French subsidiary to pay daily fines of
roughly $1,100 until links to the defamatory content were removed
from all searches worldwide.

http://nyti.ms/1Aii7Wj

Movie Making With an iPhone 5S

How one of the best films at Sundance was shot using an iPhone
5S. Add a steadycam rig, a special lens and a lot of post-editing
work and you’ve got a real movie.

http://bit.ly/1Aijswe

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The Year of the Hospital Hack, Smartphones Changing Our Brains

The Lesson of the Sony Hack: We Should All Jump to the ‘Erasable
Internet’

This month’s news provides yet another occasion for a friendly
public-service reminder to anyone who uses a digital device to say
anything to anyone, ever. Don’t do it. Don’t email, don’t text,
don’t update, don’t send photos.

At least, don’t do it if you have any expectation that what you say
will remain private — a sentiment that’s usually taken for granted
in human communication, but that we should all throw to the winds,
at least until we figure out a way to completely rethink how we
store and manage our digital data.

http://nyti.ms/1Ac7Qug

2015 Could Be the Year of the Hospital Hack. Health-care organizations often store medical records and other information
insecurely.

Medical organizations across the world are switching to electronic
medical records, and computer security is not always a high enough
priority during the process, says Leonard. Easy and fast access to
medical information often trumps security.

http://bit.ly/1GV0RXm

Smartphone use ‘changing our brains’

Our brains are adapting to touchscreen smartphone technology say
researchers who have carried out a study on human volunteers.

They found distinct differences between smartphone users and people
who used ‘conventional’ cellphones. Smartphone users had more
attuned fingers and thumbs, based on their EEG readings.

Study author Arko Ghosh, from the Institute of Neuroinformatics of
the University of Zurich, said: “I was really surprised by the
scale of the changes introduced by the use of smartphones.”

http://bbc.in/1rUyRQ6

Socialism in Decline: France waves discreet goodbye to 75 percent
super-tax

One adviser warned it was a Socialist step too far that would turn
France into “Cuba without sun”.

Hollande first floated the 75-percent super-tax on earnings over 1
million euros ($1.2 million) a year in his 2012 campaign to oust
his conservative rival Nicolas Sarkozy. It fired up left-wing
voters and helped him unseat the incumbent.

The Finance Ministry estimates the proceeds from the tax amounted
to 260 million euros in its first year and 160 million in the
second.

http://yhoo.it/1tJcQou

Do you use online reviews? TripAdvisor Fined $610,000 in Italy for
Failing to Prevent Fake Reviews

The Italian authorities had investigated whether negative reviews
on the company’s site had been made by individuals who did not
visit the hotels and restaurants that they had rated, according to
a regulatory statement.

http://nyti.ms/1Hv8u71

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Craig Peterson Show Notes December 15, 2014

Do Paperless Airplanes Make sense?

United Airlines buys iPhone 6 Plus for all its flight attendants to
handle payments, manuals, emails & more. United Airlines shared that
it has renewed its iPad pilot program which it calls “a move toward
creating paperless aircraft and flight decks.”

http://bit.ly/134SqcE

Sony Was Hacked in February and Chose to Stay Silent.

Businesses just can’t afford to ignore security risks.

http://bit.ly/134T9us

Top ISIS Tweeter? A Food Executive from India.

The man operating the account is an executive in Bangalore called
Mehdi who works for an Indian food conglomerate.

In a phone interview, Mehdi said he would have gone to join Islamic
State himself, but that he was constrained by his family who are
financially dependent on him: “If I had a chance to leave
everything and join them I might have,” he said. But “my family
needs me here.”

He tweeted: “Islamic State brought peace, autonomy, zero
corruption, low crime-rate.”

http://on.mash.to/1yPDqZ2

Facebook Envisions Artificial Intelligence

That Keeps You From Uploading Embarrassing Pics. No more Drunk Selfies.

What else will they find?

http://wrd.cm/16njndK

No Need for a Driver’s License.

Iowa’s smartphone driver’s license is a big step toward all-digital wallets.

Easy-to-hack? Easier-to-fake?

http://bit.ly/134VBky

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Easy-to-Use Tools to Keep Your Online Privacy

There are a few tools basic tools that will help you keep your privacy online — no matter what happens. My family and I use these tools every chance we get (ok, there are times you have to use Google…) and I’ve talked to their inventors over the years. I highly recommend them.

Privacy-Aware Browser

I really like the Epic browser. Although it is based on Google’s Chrome browser, it is truly designed to keep your information private.

  1. It’s Free!
  2. No Data Collection
  3. Always-On Extreme Private Browsing
  4. Actively Blocks thousands of websites, ad & social networks, search engines, etc. from tracking you
  5. Fingerprinting Protection
  6. Build-in AdBlock
  7. Encrypted data preference (WiFi protection)
  8. One-Click Proxy Surfing to hide your IP Address

Non-Tracking Search Engine

Search engines are continually trying to track who you are, what you’ve been looking for and where you’re going online. Ever notice how you search for something on Google and then every website you go to seems to have ads related to what you searched for? It isn’t an accident. Your searching and browsing history is a product that the search engines sell to marketers and others.
DuckDuckGo is a special search engine that doesn’t track you or sell your search information. They “put privacy first,” and that means that they just don’t compromise your security. Ever.

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