'JerkTech': Is it free-market, or theft?

by Phil Elmore -- It's called "JerkTech," the application of technology to, well, being a gigantic jerk to people. The term, seemingly only recently coined, leapt into American tech-savvy consumers' consciousness earlier more…

When porn stars call others 'disgusting'

by Phil Elmore -- Never disagree with a porn star online. Your attempt to engage her – on, for example, the microblogging site Twitter – will not be met with rational thought. more…

White, male nerds: What monsters!

by Phil Elmore -- Are you white, male and – even worse – working at a technology company? You are part of the problem. Don't think you are? Well, you're wrong. And more…

The omnipresent police state

by Phil Elmore -- It is called the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, or FISA. Its activities are shrouded in security protections. It is, in fact, frequently referred to as the "secret FISA more…

Is the Internet killing people?

by Phil Elmore -- The Internet is killing people. It's like something out of a science fiction movie: A creature, a being, a demon, invented at a website devoted to horror fiction, more…

Are you vulnerable to Internet blackmail?

by Phil Elmore -- Blackmail: It sounds like something out of a lurid true-crime story or mystery novel. We picture envelopes full of compromising photos, or perhaps espionage in military or corporate more…

Our minders go after e-cigarettes

by Phil Elmore -- We rarely think of smoking as technology, but the delivery mechanism for nicotine has long been a function of technology. We use technology to add filters to cigarettes more…

All software must die

by Phil Elmore -- I've always assumed that George R.R. Martin has a contract with Satan, one of those highly detailed, written-in-blood scrolls of dense verbiage that outlines the fabulous success he more…