GeekSpeak for 2012-01-28

Easy Privacy Come, Easy Privacy Go

Supreme Court privacy decisions, Google privacy changes, EU privacy protections, oh my! Miles and Lyle publicly take your calls and comments while talking about privacy.

Supreme Court Holds Warrantless GPS Tracking Unconstitutional

“All nine justices of the Supreme Court ruled on Monday that police officers violated the Fourth Amendment rule against unreasonable search and seizure when they attached a GPS device to a suspect’s car and tracked it for 28 days without a warrant. But the court was split down the middle on the reasoning.”

Europe Proposes a "Right to be Forgotten"

“European Union Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding has proposed a sweeping reform of the EU’s data protection rules, claiming that the proposed rules will both cost less for governments and corporations to administer and simultaneously strengthen online privacy rights.”

Android Malware May Have Infected 5 Million Users

“The largest-ever Android malware campaign may have duped as many as 5 million users into downloading infected apps from Google’s Android Market, Symantec said today.”

Mauna Loa Observatory

Listener Ely from Ashville NorthCarolina suggested visting… Mauna Loa Observatory (MLO) is a premier atmospheric research facility that has been continuously monitoring and collecting data related to atmospheric change since the 1950’s.

Geek Term: Rootkit "rooted"

A rootkit is a stealthy type of malicious software (malware) designed to hide the existence of certain processes or programs from normal methods of detection and enables continued privileged access to a computer. The term rootkit is a concatenation of “root” (the traditional name of the privileged account on Unix operating systems) and the word “kit” (which refers to the software components that implement the tool). The term “rootkit” has negative connotations through its association with malware.

Watch 131 Years of Global Warming in 26 Seconds

Hal from Santa Cruz suggested this video.
“From our friends at NASA comes this amazing 26-second video, depicting how temperatures around the globe have warmed since 1880. That year is what scientists call the beginning of the “modern record.””

Google tracks you. We don't. An illustrated guide.

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