July 29, 2015 0 Comments AUTHOR: Kevin CATEGORIES: Security, Software, Technology

Windows 10’s New Privacy Statement Is Uhhh… Interesting

Just in case you were considering upgrading to Windows 10 , take a look at what you’re agreeing to by installing it…

we will access, disclose and preserve personal data, including your content (such as the content of your emails, other private communications or files in private folders), when we have a good faith belief that doing so is necessary to:
1. comply with applicable law or respond to valid legal process, including from law enforcement or other government agencies;

2. protect our customers, for example to prevent spam or attempts to defraud users of the services, or to help prevent the loss of life or serious injury of anyone;

3. operate and maintain the security of our services, including to prevent or stop an attack on our computer systems or networks; or

4. protect the rights or property of Microsoft, including enforcing the terms governing the use of the services – however, if we receive information indicating that someone is using our services to traffic in stolen intellectual or physical property of Microsoft, we will not inspect a customer’s private content ourselves, but we may refer the matter to law enforcement.”

Though this is likely mostly geared towards their online services like Hotmail and SkyDrive, this is taken directly from Microsoft’s main privacy statement and does not include a specific exception for Windows 10. So legally speaking the two are one and the same.

What Microsoft doesn’t make clear is exactly who determines when they are acting to protect their customers or their intellectual property rights. You are essentially trusting them that they will only use this when someone they consider trustworthy thinks it’s acceptable.


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July 28, 2015 2 Comments AUTHOR: Kevin CATEGORIES: Misc

3 Reasons Why The Upcoming HOV Toll Is Actually a Good Thing

Let me preface this with the fact that I do not own a car. Never have. I live and pay taxes in the core of Toronto where I usually walk, bike, or take the TTC . That’s not to say I don’t drive though – I use Zipcar pretty heavily to get around the GTA and am all too familiar with the nightmares of the Gardiner, DVP, and 401.

The 2015 PanAm games created a media frenzy around the impending traffic disaster that had everybody (myself included) completely up in arms. But the Toronto Star did some polling and in reality, it really wasn’t that bad.

So now Kathleen Wynne has decided that the HOV lanes are here to stay, but with a bit of a twist. Instead of requiring 3 people in the vehicle, you now have the option of having 2 people or paying a toll (called HOT – High Occupancy Toll). Sounds crazy, right? Well…not really. Consider this:

July 22, 2015 0 Comments AUTHOR: Kevin CATEGORIES: Music Tags: , , , ,

New Mix: Late Night Sessions @ 373 Niagara

After taking a bit of a break from gigging last year, I’m happy to announce a new project that my buddy Kurtbradd and I are launching in the coming months. We’ll be playing under the name Oddly Enough and will have some dates coming up in the Toronto area in Fall 2015. I had an impromptu party with some friends and recorded a bit of it to give a taste of the kind of sound we’ll be bringing. Check it out.