The folks at The H Security blog have made much ado about nothing in warning that "Skype with care – Microsoft is reading everything you write". It is inflammatory, factually stretched, and frankly it is poorly thought out.
I blogged a bit about ever more reasons why software should be secured at the beginning of the lifecycle, not at the end. Adrian Bridgwater posted it as a guest article on ComputerWeekly.
There was an article in the Economist ("In praise of a second (or third) passport; Multiple identities are natural. Citizenship laws should catch up") in January 2012 that talked about the benefits of dual citizenship and some of the issues with being an immigrant—even a contributing immigrant. Here's some of my story.
As the father of a few boys, Legos are a part of our lives. But Legos today are not what you remember if you're, say, over the age of 25. They're anti-creative vehicles for various merchandise franchises. The important word there is anti-creative. They blunt and impair the creative abilities, they don't help kids create. Legos don't teach kids that anything can be created. They teach the exact opposite. They discourage the use of imagination and they encourage passive obedience to instructions. Modern Legos teach as much about creativity as assembling IKEA furniture teaches about interior design.