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The Stalker Economy

December 4, 2013

The Stalker Economy

“Surveillance is the business model of the Internet ….”

– “‘Stalker economy’ here to stay,” Bruce Schneier, CNN

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Et Tu, Skype? Yipe.

October 16, 2013

Et Tu, Skype? Yipe.

“Skype is being investigated by Luxembourg’s data protection commissioner over concerns about its secret involvement with the US National Security Agency (NSA) spy programme Prism, the Guardian has learned.

The Microsoft-owned internet chat company could potentially face criminal and administrative sanctions, including a ban on passing users’ communications covertly to the US signals Intelligence agency.

Skype itself is headquartered in the European country, and could also be fined if an investigation concludes that the data sharing is found in violation of the country’s data-protection laws.”

– “Skype under investigation in Luxembourg over link to NSA,” Ryan Gallagher The Guardian

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Apple’s True Believers

July 18, 2013

Apple's True Believers

“As everyone knows, the world-religion of the educated and prosperous in the twenty-first century is Apple, with its Vatican in Cupertino and its cathedrals in the light-filled Apple Stores that draw pilgrims gripping iPhones and iPads like rosaries. Apple’s flock is secured against heresy by censors who rule the online App Store; only applications with Apple’s imprimatur are allowed on an iPhone. Programmers risk excommunication—with all their works condemned to being listed in an Index of Prohibited Software—if they violate canon law by bypassing Apple’s banking system or ignoring its infallible doctrine.”

– “Faith and Works at Apple,” Edward Mendelson, New York Review of Books blog

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iCat

May 28, 2013

iCat

The iPad as cat toy. Because your cat is bored with her iPod.

“Cat-App Fever: 3 Ways to Turn Your iPad Into a Cat Toy,” Lore Sjöberg, Wired

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MOOC: Mock Education

April 29, 2013

MOOC Mock Education

“The online education utopians ignore the fact that free learning has existed for decades in the form of the public library and despite that availability, every kid within bicycling distance to his local branch didn’t turn into a self taught entrepreneur. Suggesting that online courses are the cure-all for our educational needs is like saying all you have to do to teach kids in the ghetto is give away textbooks on the corner.”

– “Why online education is mostly a fantasy,” Francisco Dao, PandoDaily

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Google Street View Hyperlapse (Dramamine recommended)

April 16, 2013

“Hyper-lapse photography – a technique combining time-lapse and sweeping camera movements typically focused on a point-of-interest …. Creating them requires precision and many hours stitching together photos taken from carefully mapped locations. We aimed at making the process simpler by using Google Street View as an aid, but quickly discovered that it could be used as the source material. It worked so well, we decided to design a very usable UI around our engine and release Google Street View Hyperlapse.”

– Teehan+Lax Labs

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What Should I Read Next?

March 24, 2013

What Should I Read Next?

What Should I Read Next? (WSIRN), “the easiest to use book recommendation system online,” was developed and is maintained by Andrew Chapman and Paul Lenz of Thoughtplay Ltd., and employs “a collaborative filtering system, using our own bespoke algorithm called ‘Incidence Bias Weighting’ and partly using association rules.” This labor of love has been up and running since 2005.

While Amazon recommends titles based on past buying behavior, Chapman and Lenz don’t, observing “you don’t always buy items for yourself, do you?” WSIRN links to Amazon so you can, though. “We’re not trying to urge you to buy particular bestsellers or anything like that,” they say, “we simply want to help people share their favorite items with each other.”

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Cherry Blossom Webcam

March 21, 2013

Cherry Blossom Webcam

Cherry blossoms along the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC. It’s that time again — or is it? March temperatures have been colder than expected, so the National Park Service has pushed its peak bloom forecast from next week to April 3rd through 6th. Keep track of bloom progress with the National Park Service Cherry Blossom Webcam.

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Internet Surveillance

March 19, 2013

Internet Surveillance
“The Internet is a surveillance state. Whether we admit it to ourselves or not, and whether we like it or not, we’re being tracked all the time. Google tracks us, both on its pages and on other pages it has access to. Facebook does the same; it even tracks non-Facebook users. Apple tracks us on our iPhones and iPads. One reporter used a tool called Collusion to track who was tracking him; 105 companies tracked his Internet use during one 36-hour period.”

– “The Internet is a surveillance state,” Bruce Schneier, CNN Opinion

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Orangutans & iPads

January 25, 2013


Orangutans at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo are using iPads. That explains lots of blog comment threads ….

Seriously, this is a giant evolutionary step for our caged simian cousins. App-groping apes will become just as productive as iPad-toting humans, spending hours with Facebook and Angry Birds.

More:

“What Happens When You Give an Orangutan an iPad?,” Leah Binkovitz, Around the Mall blog

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