Bad Idea, Buffoons, Cry Baby, Hysteria, Internet/Communication, Just Wrong, Liberal Idiocy, Politics
Shifra on December 16, 2018
On December 14, 2017, “net neutrality” was repealed. The head of the FCC, Ajit Pai, received death threats for his approval of this move, and MSM news outlets and Democrats (but I repeat myself) screamed that “the internet as we know it would end.” As usual, they overplayed their hand with hysterical, overwrought drama rather than trying to persuade the public why Obama’s net neutrality rules should remain in place. Now, one year later: U.S. Internet Speeds are Skyrocketing Via Daily Caller. You might not have noticed it, but the internet as we knew it ended a year ago today, at least according to the predictive powers-that-be at CNN and other media organizations. That’s because on Dec. 14, 2017, the...
Tammy on December 30, 2017
Confirmed. The Nigerian Prince who wants your money is lying about every single thing.
Tammy on November 2, 2017
They’re now ‘changing their policy,’ but too little, too late? Via CBS. The investigation into an alleged rape of an American tourist at a Mexican resort in 2010 has uncovered shocking practices by one of the largest hotel review websites around, CBS Pittsburgh reports. According to an investigative report by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, review website TripAdvisor is being accused of removing numerous comments by tourists who claim they were drugged, assaulted, robbed, or even raped at high-end resorts in Mexico. The report says the website has removed any comment that has called the safety of guests at these locations into question. In place of the reviewer’s post were messages from TripAdvisor that claimed the reviews were “inappropriate,” “off-topic,” or...
Pat_S on April 3, 2016
The internet and social media have been touted as democratizing forces. A recent study suggests that knowing there is government and private cyber surveillance results in self-censorship of minority opinions and creating a dominant voice online. Under Surveillance: Examining Facebook’s Spiral of Silence Effects in the Wake of NSA Internet Monitoring Since Edward Snowden exposed the National Security Agency’s use of controversial online surveillance programs in 2013, there has been widespread speculation about the potentially deleterious effects of online government monitoring. This study explores how perceptions and justification of surveillance practices may create a chilling effect on democratic discourse by stifling the expression of minority political views. Using a spiral of silence theoretical framework, knowing one is subject to surveillance...
Tammy on March 30, 2016
Oops. Another reason to trust just Fox Business 😉 Via Boing Boing. CNBC’s Big Crunch blog put up a well-intentioned, but disastrously designed tutorial on secure password creation, which invited users to paste their passwords into a field to have them graded on how difficult it would be to guess them. Teaching users about password strength is very important for so long as we’re still using them as the first line of defense in an increasingly breach-riven Internet where attackers can use offline brute-force techniques against huge corpuses of badly secure passwords leaked by incompetent online service providers, then recycle those passwords to breach an ever-expanding cloud of services that have been wired to the Internet. For example, an attacker...
Tammy on March 25, 2016
Microsoft says it’s “making some adjustments.” Looks like Twitter trolls trained it to repeat bad, bad things. Via Washington Times. Twitter trolls made a dummy out of Microsoft’s artificial intelligence chat robot, which learns through public interaction, by turning it into a pro-Nazi racist within a day of its launch. Tay, the artificial intelligence (AI) robot, had a bug in which it would at first repeat racist comments, then it began to incorporate the language in its own tweets. The tweets have been deleted, Tay has been paused, and Microsoft said it’s “making some adjustments,” the International Business Times reported. “Tay is an artificial intelligent chat bot developed by Microsoft’s Technology and Research and Bing teams to experiment with and...
dennisl59 on December 2, 2015
**Bumped Up From TAMWire. Posted By dennisl59** Here you go: Big Brother Is Watching You… Via Reuters: U.S. government reveals breadth of requests for Internet records The Federal Bureau of Investigation has used a secretive authority to compel Internet and telecommunications firms to hand over customer data including an individual’s complete web browsing history and records of all online purchases, a court filing released Monday shows. The documents are believed to be the first time the government has provided details of its so-called national security letters, which are used by the FBI to conduct electronic surveillance without the need for court approval. The filing made public Monday was the result of an 11-year-old legal battle waged by Nicholas Merrill, founder...
Pat_S on September 14, 2015
On July 1 of this year Chicago implemented a 9% tax for every use of streaming and cloud services such as Netflix. The tax is on consumers but effectively collected by the companies providing the service. The city claims it isn’t a new tax but rather an interpretation of the existing amusement and property lease taxes. A group of Chicago residents have initiated a court challenge to the tax. They argue the amusement tax applied to streaming service is actually a new tax and needed to be voted on by city officials. The lawsuit also claims the tax violates the federal Internet Tax Freedom Act. Chicago’s move portends a nightmare of separate municipalities imposing similar taxes. The tax is expected...
Tammy on December 30, 2013
That’s what the Germans are saying. Here’s the report. Via The Verge. According to a new report from Der Spiegel based on internal NSA documents, the signals intelligence agency’s elite hacking unit (TAO) is able to conduct sophisticated wiretaps in ways that make Hollywood fantasy look more like reality. The report indicates that the NSA, in collaboration with the CIA and FBI, routinely and secretly intercepts shipping deliveries for laptops or other computer accessories in order to implant bugs before they reach their destinations. According to Der Spiegel, the NSA’s TAO group is able to divert shipping deliveries to its own “secret workshops” in a method called interdiction, where agents load malware onto the electronics or install malicious hardware that...
Tammy on October 4, 2013
But don’t worry, the ObamaCare system and all your health and personal information will always be perfectly safe. Via Weekly Standard. A portion of the website of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) was apparently hacked as long as two months ago. SAMHSA is an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). HHS also runs the new Obamacare insurance marketplace, Healthcare.gov. Dozens of pages hawking retail merchandise have been uploaded to the SAMHSA site, ranging from NFL jerseys to Ugg shoes to Armani fragrances. Clicking on the pages in some cases takes users directly to an external website; other times, certain functions seem to operate within the samhsa.gov site. Of the websites investigated, two...
Gina on May 16, 2013
**Bumped Up for Newbies** Gravatar.com is a site related to WordPress and all you have to do is create a free profile there and upload the photo(s) you’d like to use for your Comment picture. Right now most of us have a default blue box thingy, but it’s fun to change it, and gives everyone else a sense of who you are 🙂 Gravatar will automatically make your uploaded photo your avatar, but you must create an account there using the same email you used to create your WordPress account here. Have fun everyone! I look forward to seeing either you or the image you think best represents you 🙂
Tammy on September 19, 2012
I just got a special message from Paypal a little while ago, and it wasn’t completely a surprise since we’ve had two TAM emails about this. I thought there was a larger issue with Paypal and they’ve confirmed, yes, they’ve had a problem with getting renewals done on time. They had some sort of a software glitch from 8/29 through 9/15 which pushed back any renewals on those dates to 5-10 days later. They solved their problem but many involved in that block of time were affected. Some of you have contacted me and/or Gina because you weren’t able to access your TAM account even though nothing had changed with your credit card. We now know this is the reason–you...
Gina on July 14, 2012
As Tammy mentioned on her show, I’m helping run the blog while she’s on vacation so I decided I should start up a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page. Many of you who email me have the very similar issues. Maybe your membership expired and you didn’t know, or you need help with the log in process, etc. So, I think a public FAQ page will answer most of those questions getting you faster solutions when you need them instead of waiting to hear back from me. I’ll be asking Ed to put this as a dedicated icon link in the right hand column as soon as he can but in the meantime you can access the page here: TAMMY BLOG...
Tammy on July 6, 2012
There’s action you may need to take even if you’ve checked and your computer is free of the virus. First, go to the FBI site where they check your computer automatically to make sure it doesn’t have the virus itself. Even if you’re green and clear, watch this video just to be sure your DNS hasn’t been changed at some point in the past. Here is your “DNSBlackout Avoidance Changer” lesson:
Tammy on March 9, 2012
Had the pleasure of speaking with Michelle today on Tammy Radio about her new venture Twitchy.com, Breitbart and Rush. Hope you enjoy it! Program note: Subscribers make this program possible. Please consider joining the Tammy Army–for about $5 a month you’ll keep our independent conservative voice on the air and on the web. Thanks 🙂