Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Opus 2015-175: New Terms: TANSTAAFA

You are all familiar with TANSTAAFL (There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch) which I think originated with Robert Heinlein.  Notice that my acronym ends with an “A” not a “L”.  This stands for No Such Thing As a Free App. 

What brings this to mind is an Archie comic that a student left laying around.  On the back it says “Free Archie App”.  Not really.  You may not pay with your credit card but you will pay with your personal information.  When you sign up for an app it asks you for permission to access information on the phone you are using.  This could open up all kinds of areas you don’t want opened.  It could reveal things that you would be outraged about if the NSA were mining your device.  And you give it away free.  And then they will sell it and the world knows all about you.

So, go ahead.  Sign up for that App.  Sometimes they don’t ask for all the access when you sign up.  You might even check it out the first time but have you noticed how often they want you to update?  Sooner or later they sneak it in when they think you are not looking.  Either way, the price is too high for me to pay.

You can keep your free App, Archie.

homo unius libri

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