Magic Bullet Links Teen Pregnancy to iPhone Location-Tracking

Obama sees no magic bullet to push down gas prices – via Reuters.com – Well, let’s see…It’s easy to TALK about energy independence, but where will the money come from?  Oh, I know!  Stop spending HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS fighting multiple wars and invest a bit into infrastructure, education, and research into domestic energy sources.

Washington teen fakes pregnancy as school project – via Yahoo! News – Not only is this a great prank, it also must have taken a lot of courage for this girl to voluntarily subject herself to the social stigma that goes along with teen pregnancy, all for a social experiment.  I hope she got an “A” on her project.

Why You Should Care About the iPhone Location-Tracking Issue – via Wired Gadget Lab – While this issue is being somewhat blown out of proportion, I still feel it’s necessary to call attention to it.  If you use a cell phone at all, you need to be aware that data about your location could be collected.  Whether or not you’re interesting enough for anybody to give a shit where you go and when you’re there is debatable, but that doesn’t change the fact that this data is immensely valuable.  It boils down to this:  Never assume you are invisible or anonymous.
Now, storing a database with your whole location history in an unencrypted file right on the mobile device AND the computer you connect it to is not only bad data management, it’s also a horrible practice from a security standpoint as well.  At a minimum I expect Apple will cover their ass and add an option to opt out of the location tracking, or at least add an option to wipe the data every so often.

Less Lethal Links

Here’s two links on the same story.
Police Pepper Spray 8-Year-Old in Colorado Elementary School – via AOL News
and,
Colorado police pepper-spray misbehaving boy, 8 – via Yahoo! News
When I first heard about this story but before I learned any details, my first reaction was to think this was another case of law enforcement using excessive force.  After hearing the details, I think this was probably one of the safer courses of action the police could have taken.  There easily could have been much more severe injuries to either the boy or the police officers if they had chosen to physically disarm him instead of using pepper spray.  I still think it presents a potentially dangerous precedent and could serve to desensitize the public to this kind of actions in our schools, but in this case it was warranted.

Non-Lethal Weapons That Still Hurt Like Hell – via ModernMan.com – Since we’re talking about pepper spray, let’s take a look at some of the other less-lethal weapons that are available.

With the links out, it’s less dangerous – 2010-11-05

Violent Video Games: Our Responsibility, Not the Courts – via PCMag.com – The bottom line here is that parents have a responsibility to be aware of and control whatever media their children have access to.  This extends beyond video games to movies, music, and TV as well.

Teen suspended for riding horse to school – via Boston.com – Another school official overreacts to an innocent stunt.

How the AK-47 Rewrote the Rules of Modern Warfare – via Wired.com – As firearms go, the AK-47 is one of the most widely recognized in the world.  Here’s an interesting article on it’s history and engineering behind a design that’s been in use for over 50 years.

Foo Fighters Reunite with Butch Vig – via PrefixMag.com – Foo Fighters are making a new record with the help of Butch Vig, who produced the iconic Nirvana album Nevermind.  While it would be nearly impossible to top the success and historical significance of Nevermind, this new record might be so good that it cures cancer.  True story.    –  p.s.  Nevermind is going to be 20 years old in 2011.  I feel fucking old.