Prying parents: Phone monitoring apps flourish in S. Korea

“Last month, South Korea’s Korea Communications Commission, which has sweeping powers covering the telecommunications industry, required telecoms companies and parents to ensure Smart Sheriff or one of the other monitoring apps is installed when anyone aged 18 years or under gets a new smartphone.”


“PirateBox is a DIY anonymous offline file-sharing and communications system built with free software and inexpensive off-the-shelf hardware.”

An Asshole Theory of Technology

“[The Apple Watch] is, in this view, a tool for correcting problems created by the device to which it must be paired to operate. The Apple Watch is supposed to be a filter between you and your gaping attention-suck hellworld smartphone; we will give it permission to intervene because it is slightly easier to look at while reducing our what’s-going-on-over-there-by-which-I-mean-in-my-pocket anxiety just enough to keep us sane. It provides a slight buzz, hopefully just enough, at a lower social cost. So it’s a little like… methadone?”

Hidden backdoor API to root privileges in Apple OS X

“The Admin framework in Apple OS X contains a hidden backdoor API to root privileges. It’s been there for several years (at least since 2011), I found it in October 2014 and it can be exploited to escalate privileges to root from any user account in the system.


Apple has now released OS X 10.10.3 where the issue is resolved.”

Corrupt Personalization

“If I use the dominant forms of communication online today (Facebook, Google, Twitter, YouTube, etc.) I can expect content customized for others to use my name and my words without my consent, in ways I wouldn’t approve of.”

Biglaw Firm Makes Big Joke Out Of Work/Life Balance

“…the arbiters of the firm’s annual April Fools’ email decided it would be in good fun to announce a new email policy similar to those considered or adopted in Europe. In France and Germany, for example, emails to employees after work hours have been banned, or may soon be banned. Doesn’t that sound awesome?”