Why do spammers spam? I try to explain it using the Moralization Gap

Don’t spammers know they are irritating the rest of us? Lately, I have been thinking a little bit on why spammers spam. I have never conducted a large study of this, all of my research about their own explanations comes from my memory of articles I have read and videos I have seen of convicted…


Microsoft, the NSA, the Backfire Effect and how we all make bad decisions

A couple of weeks ago, I read a blog post on the Wall Street Journal where they were commenting on comments made by Brad Smith, Microsoft’s top legal counsel. His comments were in response to latest revelations that the NSA sometimes sniffs network traffic between data centers: Microsoft’s top lawyer compared the National Security Agency…


I worry more about being hacked than being tracked, and I am in the majority

This is going to be a long post. Please read through the whole thing before you comment. I have been following this NSA spy-story for several months now ever since Edward Snowden started revealing back in the summer that the US government was spying on everyone. At the time, I wasn’t sure how I felt…


Humor–Opinions on Internet Privacy

I saw this  a few months ago and meant to post it back then, so I am posting it now. Via XKCD.    


Humor–NSA spying

Via Dilbert.


Humorous, or not-so-humorous, cartoon on the roll-out of healthcare.gov

I found the following cartoon today on Reason.   If you’re not familiar with the situation, the US government rolled out a website, healthcare.gov, where people can go to sign up for health insurance which is mandated for individuals before the end of 2013 (not sure if that still applies or the deadline has been…


How is my password manager experiment working so far?

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote that I had started experimenting with a password manager. I thought I’d give an update on how it’s working for me so far. Here’s what I do: I use my Windows 8 laptop as my main machine at work. Most of the time when I want to save…