Category: Stupid Technology

STUPID: Voting by Mobile Phone

Information Theory 101: if code touches a bit, it can introduce error. Two counties in Oregon and some jurisdictions in Washington, are offering voting via mobile phone app for overseas armed forces personnel. The app, called “Voatz,” according to a recent MIT paper, has elementary security flaws that would allow someone to see and intercept...

THEY THINK WE’RE STUPID: Let’s not prove them right

This is a story about a) tech company arrogance, b) the “shareholder value” philosophy of business, and c) the misrepresentation of shitty business decisions and poor quality control as “technological necessities” or “the way technology works.” One day, all my outgoing email started bouncing and I got these bounce messages saying they had identified spam...