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And the LEAST safest smartphone is…

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Does your smartphone appear on this list?
1. Samsung Galaxy Mini
2. HTC Desire
3. Sony Ericsson Xperia X10
4. Sanyo Zio
5. HTC Wildfire
6. Samsung Epic 4G
7. LG Optimus S
8. Samsung Galaxy S
9. Motorola Droid X
10. LG Optimus One
11. Motorola Droid 2
12. HTC Evo 4
Those are the least safe smartphones you can find.
If you’re asking, “did researchers only study Android phones?” Nope. Androids are just that bad and the popular operating system (OS) is to blame.
Remember pulling that Android phone fresh out of the box? Bad news: your software may have already 300 days old. Out-of-date versions of OS leaves your personal and business data accessible to hackers.
The reason no iPhone appears on the above list is Apple’s ability to push software updates to all of its mobile devices simultaneously. They detect vulnerabilities and quickly correct them.
Of the top three Android manufacturers–Samsung is the worst offender by far, then HTC, then Motorola.

My phone is the safest of them all; it’s attached to a wall.

Lethbridge East MLA Bridget Pastoor did what is considered by many to be political betrayal.  Bridget is no longer a Liberal after “crossing the floor” to join the rival Tories. 

Bridget insists it’s the right thing to do - she’s doing it for her constituents.  Her constituents aren’t ready to thank her yet.

Rock listener Brent Poole says, “She got elected with a liberal set of values behind her.  Didn’t she used to be a nurse? Now she’s with a party that want’s to gut out the system and replace it with a for profit setup.”

Some will argue it’s more difficult, nearly impossible even, to achieve goals from the opposition position.  When you’re surrounded by that many Tories in the legislature, yes, of course that’s true.  But is jumping ship the answer?

Another Rock listener, K.E.McIntosh was more empathetic and perhaps optimistic: “ I think it’s the only valid move for Liberals beyond her. Their leader is a conservative whereas (Prem. Alison) Redford is likely the most left the Tories will ever have in leadership.”

When dealing with the devil, to get something you have to give something up.  For your new political power, do you not have to surrender the general ideologies that got you elected in the first place?  Are the Tories suddenly interested in helping you achieve your Liberal-branded goals?  Doubtful. 

A 3rd Rock 106 listener, Ralph, declared that Bridget Pastoor was, “throwing democracy in the face of the people.  It’s unacceptable.  It goes against what the intent to vote is all about.”

So, is this political betrayal?  Ultimately, Bridget Pastoor’s actions will be the answer.  If she delivers on the promises that got her elected, does it matter what political flag she’s waving while doing it?

It’s a lot of trust to ask of consituents.  Too much, perhaps.


When Halloween Kids Revolt

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Hell hath no fury like a kid in costume scorned.

A dude in Oshawa, Ontario elected not to hand out candy this Halloween which prompted a letter from the kids in the hood expressing their displeasure.

Clearly parental editing was involved.

But the story doesn’t end there. Then came the retort via kijiji:

“Dear Children of Entitlement (and likely their parents), you have gone ahead and reminded me of why I do not want children and why I weep for the future.”

Good for him.

I for one enjoy Halloween: the costumes, decorations and the goodies. However, where is it written that every homeowner needs to be home, stocked with junk food.

Participation in Halloween is voluntary, not compulsary. You have the freedom to dress up. Others have the freedom to not dress up. You have the freedom to go door to door begging for candy. Others have the freedom to deactivate their doorbell and hide in the den. Neither action is wrong. There’s no need to ridicule those who participate and there’s no need to harass those who opt out.

Same goes for another tradition soon approaching: Christmas.

Listen. I celebrate Christmas. I’m not offended if you don’t so don’t be offended by those of us who do.

I guess what I’m trying to say is… check yourself; before you wreck yourself.