With all the hubbub about Net Neutrality, privacy going the way of the dodo bird, and just general safety, we figured it’d be time to go over VPNs again! But, more to the point? Shopping for one! Privacy and VPNs Jonathan found PC Magazine’s list of the top 10 VPNs you can get right now, plus goes over what ThatPrivacySite.net has to day!
Its the Slaters! They’ve returned! Talking with the Slaters! – Part 1 Into astronomy? Cognitive science? Just science? This is the show for you! They’re a hoot, and we had a great time with them! 🙂 What are you waiting for? Listen now!
The Slaters talk more about science, astronomy, and HAWAIICON! Never been to HawaiiCon? Maybe you could start looking! Talking with the Slaters! – Part 2 Just announced exclusively on Maui Online? Femi Taylor will be at HawaiiCon this year! http://www.hawaiicon.com/ Some of the books mentioned on the show today! Blade Runner: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep – https://amzn.to/2DRNOco Ready Player One – https://amzn.to/2G6T7GY Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein – https://amzn.to/2I3XUK1 Hyperion – https://amzn.to/2G72Eh7 And a reminder of a good anti-malware utility! https://www.foolishIT.com/
Oh fer cryin’ out loud… 2018 Season of Scams – Part 1 While there’s no specific season for scams in general, there are seasons for specific ones. Holidays and “help us!” scams are one. Now? Tax scams. Stupid scams. For further reading: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-repeats-warning-about-phone-scams https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-scams-consumer-alerts https://www.mauielectric.com/billing-and-payment/understanding-your-bill/fraud-protection-tips http://bigislandnow.com/2018/02/26/electric-companies-warn-of-phone-scams/ http://www.mauinews.com/news/local-news/2018/02/scams-getting-more-sophisticated/ http://www.thegardenisland.com/2018/03/02/hawaii-news/kpd-warns-of-spike-in-scams-2/ Be sure to check with your bank and credit card company for more information about how to deal with scams if you or someone in your family falls for one!
Time for a Net Neutrality update! Net Neutrality Update The Net Neutrality repeal has hit the books. What does that mean? What could it mean? What can you do? SHOULD YOU PANIC? Jonathan, LD, and Sam talk about this to help bring you up to speed with what’s going. Ready for more? https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/02/fccs-net-neutrality-order-was-just-published-so-now-fight-really-begins https://act.freepress.net/call/internet_nn_cra_senate_house/?source=front-slider https://5calls.org/
Human trafficking is bad. But not every effort to stop it helps. SESTA and FOSTA In an effort to reduce the tools human traffickers have, there are two acts being brought up that would undermine Section 230 of the Common Decency Act. Why does that matter? Because websites might have to clamp down on YOU as well. “What?” you ask. “Maybe!” we reply. Further reading: https://cseinstitute.org/fosta-vs-sesta-preserving-status-quo-empowering-victims-trafficking/ https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/02/fosta-would-be-disaster-online-communities http://www.rstreet.org/op-ed/a-prosecutors-case-for-fosta/ http://www.new.swopusa.org/2017/08/11/call-to-actionpress-release-swop-usa-stands-in-direct-opposition-of-disguised-internet-censorship-bill-sesta-s-1963-call-your-state-representatives-and-tell-them-to-fight/ https://cdt.org/insight/frequently-asked-questions-section-230-sex-trafficking-and-current-legislation/
And we continue with eBooks and Audiobooks! E-Books! – Part 2 We talk more about them, and we offer links! Audible* – http://audibletrial.com/mauionline Amazon Kindle store* – http://amzn.to/2ELjMMi Overdrive – https://www.overdrive.com/ B&N Nook – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/b/nook/_/N-1pbl Gutenberg Project – http://www.gutenberg.org/ Libraries Hawaii for Android and iPhone/iPad * Affiliate link! Support Maui Online!
SpaceX and the Falcon Heavy made the news this week, and for good reason! It was a very important test flight that was skillfully marketed with Tesla Roadster payload. Ask Our Astronomer – Part 1 So, what’s up with all that? What’s the big deal? Join Jonathan, LD, Sam, and our special guest Dr. Armstrong as we discuss the test flight in retrospect!
Charities Online and Charity Scams! Its the time of year when we wish peace on earth and goodwill to man. Aaaand its also when scammers try preying on our better inclinations. This hour we talked about charity scams, and how you can protect yourself. In fact, we’ve got more links than you can shake a stick at! FTC’s Charity Scam page – https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0011-charity-scams FTC’s Charity Scam tips- https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0074-giving-charity Charity Watch – https://www.charitywatch.org/home Charity Navigator – https://www.charitynavigator.org/ Guide Star – http://www.guidestar.org/ Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance – http://www.bbb.org/charity
Final Net Neutrality before the FCC vote! Nice Internet we’ve got here. Be a pity if someone ruined it. Oh, wait, someone is trying to… This is the week of the FCC vote to repeal Net Neutrality. Its bad news, and its looking like (barring a miracle) it’ll happen. BUT, we’re not done yet, and there are folks at the ready to take this to court. Have you spoken up yet? Do so now! The EFF – https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/11/today-and-every-day-we-fight-defend-open-internet Battle For The Net – https://www.battleforthenet.com/ Free Press – https://www.freepress.net/