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Rugged Insider

Big Brother, Mobile technology, and Privacy

Rugged Insider offers something a little different this month.  With the NSA and PRISM scandals, there has been much talk in the media about how modern technology is subverting individual privacy.  What almost everybody has missed is that technology is also robbing authoritarian governments of their privacy as well. See below for link.

Also, this month:

      • Quotes from Albert Einstein
      • Google thinks the screen is as obsolete as the keyboard.  We link to their latest project to create the future.
        • The national security threat of counterfeit parts is also in the news again. In addition to a provocative new article, we link to some past posts about this danger to the supply chain.

The big news around here is our new ROCKY RS11, the Lightest, Thinnest, Fully Rugged Laptop in the World!  You can see it at Autotestcon at Schaumburg, IL, September 16-19 or simply click on the image in upper right-hand column.

See you next month!

Quote of the Month

Albert Einstein didn’t just fundamentally alter our concepts of time and space, he also made a lot of quote-worthy quips. Here’s a few of our favorites:

“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?”  

“Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding into nothing that is something, wearing stripes with plaid comes easy.”

“Information is not knowledge.”

“Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted.”

Big Brother, We are Watching You: An Opinion


Technology has rendered privacy obsolete.  That’s bad news for Big Brother.

Read Here


Google is preparing for screenless computers


Get ready for “a giant distributed neural network.”

Read Here


United States: Counterfeits Can Kill U.S. Troops. So Why Isn’t Congress And DoD Doing More To Stop it?


Actually, they are doing
something about it.

Read Here

Related articles:

COTS – the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Recycling, COTS & National Security



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