Dna Testing


3 mins

I received a DNA test kit for Father’s Day. I’m not going to use it. Here’s why. Submitting a DNA test to Ancestry requires signing up for an account and agreeing to their terms of service. I can imagine lots of people do this without actually reading the ToS. The Ancestry ToS is a contract. When you sign it, you’ve entered into an agreement that allows them to, among other things, take an in-perpetuity license to your DNA.

The Beach


1 mins

Recorded on iPhone Using default Safari browser This transcription has been recorded literally on the beach. I am less than one hundred feet from the water, probably seventy feet from the water. I’m in a lounge chair at the resort in Playa Del Carmen and having a cerveza.  Life is good. - jbminn

Privacy and Trust


4 mins

Recorded on iPhone using the default safari browser. -- All right, here we go. This is a post about privacy and trust in the tech news. Actually, in the news news over the past twenty four hours have been two stories - three stories really, that I have got my attention. First is Facebook’s nefarious trickery in conning what sounds like minors into giving control of their phones to Facebook in exchange for twenty dollars a month.