In memory of AK-47 mastermind

by Phil Elmore -- His name was Mikhail Kalshnikov. He was 94 years old. He died this week a hero of Russia, having lent his name and his engineering skill to the more…

Filter what you say on Facebook … please!

by Phil Elmore -- It's the sort of headline that grabs attention but doesn't exactly tell the whole story: "Tourist walks off pier while browsing Facebook." The Guardian reported yesterday that a more…

Automation and liberals' greed

by Phil Elmore -- You've heard the story. According to Kent Basson, it "is generally assumed that the word 'sabotage' [has] its origins in the French word sabot, which refers to a more…

Suicidal, 'gay' … and a raging jerk

by Phil Elmore -- His name is Nick Starr, and he's apparently a raging jerk. Starr is the Google Glass "fanatic" who walked into a Seattle café in November and was subsequently more…

Beware cyber-scammers – now more than ever

by Phil Elmore -- The next time you see an ASCII art helicopter in the comments of a YouTube video could be your last. The Google-owned video-sharing giant announced recently that it more…

The selfie: Marker on the road to narcissism

by Phil Elmore -- If you've ever held your smartphone away from your body and taken your own picture, you've participated in a cultural phenomenon. It's called the "selfie" – those pictures more…

What'll they find in your browser history?

by Phil Elmore -- His name was Gareth Williams. He is dead. His body was found decomposing inside a padlocked duffel bag in his own bathtub. As Williams worked for British Intelligence more…

Words are out – pictures are in

by Phil Elmore -- It's an old argument. Does the invention or progression of technology invalidate the protections of the Bill of Rights? And even as we debate this with liberals, with more…

Liberals: Technological ignoramuses

by Phil Elmore -- Don't be misled by recent news concerning America's monitoring of Angela Merkel's wireless phone. Germany's chancellor is crying foul over the latest revelation concerning the NSA's penchant for more…

Today's culture of total surveillance

by Phil Elmore -- A federal appeals court in Pennsylvania ruled this week that probable cause – and a warrant – are required before using GPS tracking on a suspect's vehicle. The more…