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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Is Steve Jobs clouding my privacy?

By Jim Mullen




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Last week, Steve Jobs, the ailing CEO of Apple, announced a major move to cloud computing. I'm in that cloud right now, typing this on Google Docs. It's a word processor that is on Google's computers, not mine. I can stop typing right now, go to my sister's house, get on her computer and keep typing exactly where I left off. No need to schlep a laptop, a CD, a thumb drive along. I don't even have to save it; it's done automatically every few seconds. And why buy a word processing program when I can use Google's for free? You don't need to drag your computer memories around with you any longer any more than you have to take your own electricity with you when you travel. It'll be there when you get where you're going.

The thing that worries people about the cloud is security. If I put stuff on Apple's cloud, they'll know all about me. They'll have all my passwords. They'll know my business. Right. Like Wal-Mart doesn't? Like American Express doesn't? Let me ask, is there anyone in the entire world richer than the people who run Apple, Google, Microsoft, Cisco, Facebook and Twitter? Do you really think Steve Jobs cares about getting his hands on your measly little checking account? That Bill Gates wants to see pictures of you and your kids at the beach last summer? As a matter of fact, it is in their best interests that the cloud stays secure and hack-proof.

Which is why you'll never find the cloud. It's hidden in thousands of anonymous, windowless, ugly buildings in hundreds of industrial parks around the world. Somewhere in that mass of ugly buildings you fly over when landing at any major airport in the country the cloud is hiding. The companies that run them don't want you to know where they are or what they are doing. They rarely have a company logo on the outside of the building. Sometimes they'll even make up a bogus name that is so unremarkable no one would ever ask what they do or what's inside. A giant, boxlike steel building with "MRLT Corporation" plastered on the side with a half-empty parking lot out front won't attract much attention in most big cities. And if a building called "LMNOP, the First Name in Medical Waste" burns down, it doesn't matter to the cloud. There are thousands more of them backing each other up all the time.

It's not the security of the cloud that worries me, it's the credit card companies that still send me bills with my full name, address and account number on them by snail mail. It's the doctors' offices that still ask me for my Social Security number. They don't seem all that worried that someone may get that information. You don't need a password to get into my mailbox. They are always sending me special offers, again with way too much personal information printed on them. I can't even simply throw them away, because you don't need a six- to eight-digit password to access my garbage. Now I have to shred all that mail or burn it, because I never know who is pawing through my trash. It could just be a laid-off teacher looking for food, but it could also be an identity thief. It's not the cloud that's compromising my identity; it's long-established businesses.

Who hasn't gotten the strange telephone call that asks you if you just bought an iPod in Prague at 2 a.m. local time last night? "No? Can you please cut up that credit card and we'll send you a new one?" It happens to me at least once a year.

"The card is in my wallet," I tell them. "How can a thief buy something without having my card when I can't?" I never get an answer to that question. I'm going to get on the cloud right now and see if I can find an answer.

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Jim Mullen is the author of "It Takes a Village Idiot: Complicating the Simple Life" and "Baby's First Tattoo."


Previously:


The gift of garbage
Johnny Intern, Ph.D.
Twenty-foot fences make good neighbors
You must remember this…
TV experts and real news
Hey caller, where's the fire?
My sad cushy life
Pacemaker, don't you mess around with me
Big Brother is skinny
Flight of the snowbirds
This HDTV needs child support
Dear Future: Where's the dome?
Not so elementary, my dear Watson
A vacation revolution
Your call is very unimportant to us
Life: There's no app for that
Bam! Practical kitchen magic
Poisoning myself
Ban Huck Finn in schools --- even the sanitized version!
$38,000 for traffic and weather updates
2011 Predictions: Nostradamus was a hack
2010: A year of annoying junk
Why do bad things happen to stupid people?
Moving on from movie theaters
Money never sleeps, but it does pass out
President Trump kept it classy
Stalking your college kid won't change a thing
Putting my life in ‘Jeopardy’
Mo' government, mo' problems
iLostIt
Dressed for excess
Expert tease
The mysteries of Jersey
‘You are a toilet, where am I?’
Don't we all cheat at the game of life?
What happens when I forget where Google is?
Don't let the doorman hit you on the way out
Picasso fiasco
Purple (hair) ‘Daze’
Let me hear your body talk
Working from work
Babies deserve clean restrooms, too
3-year-old bear-killers are a thing of the past
Money-making ideas on the fly
Collecting and hoarding
Chain of fools
Please come pick up your acting awards, ESPN commentators, you've earned them
You've been superpoked by the U.S. gov't
e-Readin', e-Writin' and e-Rithmatic
A pose by any other name
Warning: Column contains 2010 spoilers
‘He loves only gold, only gold’
Think about direction, wonder why …
Flushing your money down a diamond-studded toilet
More like ‘wack’ Friday
The good, the ad and the ugly
The desert of the real
Let books be large and in charge
I was insulting people way before the Internet
GPS drill sergeant: Left, right, left!
Butterfly in the sky, you make winds go twice as high
Music to my ears it's not
You don't light up my life
Fair or not: Country living is far from ‘Little House’
A parable for the ‘ages’
Top 100 Cable news stories of the century
Green dumb
A developing story
Thinking outside the lunch box
What's good for the goose is good for the scanner
Newspapers will survive, but network TV?
A really big show of generation gaps
When pigs flu
The reports of our decline have been greatly exaggerated
Mergers and admonitions
Invest in gold: little, yellow, different
Stuck in Folsom Penthouse
Collecting karma
Setting loose the creative ‘juice’
It's all in the numbers
You're damaging your brain with practical skills
The real rat pack
The unspeakable luxury of the Park-O-Matic
Gross-ery shopping



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