I woke up today to new software on my ipad. It wasn't there last night when the battery died and I plugged in the charger before going to bed. There's new icons for some of my apps, and when I open an app it tells me what changes have been made. Apparently, the dialog box announcing software updates, tap "Install" or "Cancel" is just a formality to make you think you have some control over your IOS device. It's a little disturbing, in light of today's news about the NSA using a counterfeit Facebook server to implant their spyware, codenamed TURBINE, on anyone's computer. More revelations coming to light thanks to Edward (my hero!) Snowden. 20 or 30 years ago, if you had told me that not only would the government have a camera and mic in every household in the country, but that the public would spend their own money to have it, I would have thought it'd make a good sci-fi movie, but never a reality. Yet here we are.