A missive from my spam filter this evening: Assalamu-Alaikum, I am Abu Bakr, a rebel leader here in Aleppo Syria, I and my second in command came across some parked Trunk box, worth over Thirty Million Dollars, In President Bashar AL-Assad’s allies’ house, kept to procure Chlorofluorocarbon object of gas ozone chemical for troops Destruction, […]
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This morning I got the warning that Adobe Flash Player was unsafe. I did a little checking and found: Mozilla has added all versions of Adobe Flash up to the most recent version 184.108.40.206 to the Firefox blocklist. Security researchers have discovered vulnerabilities in recent versions of Adobe Flash that have not been patched yet […]
I’m watching Gillian Anderson in The Fall on Netflix at the moment and I’m taken with how Anderson’ character plays with the undercurrent of misogamy that runs through each episode.
This is the reason I turn off my Internet connection when I need to accomplish complicated tasks and why, when I do have my modem turned on, I really like Foxfire’s Reader View plugin. Scott Adams shares: There are days when my brain is flying in so many directions that I have to literally chant […]
Cartoonist Scott Adams posits the power of the 30 percent. What would happen if 30% of taxpayers in the United States suddenly decided to ignore their complicated tax returns and instead pay a self-imposed flat tax? And let’s say these folks are working together, so they pick the same flat tax rate. And lets say […]
I encountered a troublingly accurate insight from Jason Fried, of the forward-thinking software firm 37Signals: spam is a way of thinking about life. Unsolicited email is only its most acute expression. “Spam is just throwing a bunch of stuff at the wall to see what sticks,” he told me. “It’s not really communicating. It’s harassing […]
About two years ago I began regularly reading The Guardian and leaving comments on the occasional story. In June of last year I was made a comment on a Steve Bell cartoon. (I don’t recall the exact comment, but I believe I made some reference to the image on the wall behind President Obama, and […]
It’s always nice to encounter scientific backing for advice you’ve been dispensing to your friends for years, whether or not they ever actually asked for it – so I was pleased to learn of a new study lending support to the notion that if you check email less frequently, you’ll be less stressed. As Jesse […]
You might notice that lots of the things you try to do online today seem slow. But it’s not your internet connection, your router or your computer – the internet is on protest. The protest is about the US legislation due to be brought in by the Federal Communication Commission over what’s called “net neutrality”—essentially […]
I had dinner last evening with a former student who alerted me to this action next week. Some of the world’s largest tech firms are planning a “go slow” day next week in protest of proposals that could create fast lanes on the internet for some companies. On 10 September, tech firms including Etsy, FourSquare, […]
From a Google Alert for Jeff Hess.
When they can’t compete, corporations scramble for government protection. The US telecoms industry called on the Federal Communications Commission on Friday to block two cities’ plans to expand high-speed internet services to their residents. USTelecom, which represents telecoms giants Verizon, AT&T and others, wants the FCC to block expansion of two popular municipally owned high-speed […]
So perhaps we [email] addicts should go easier on ourselves. If you can’t stop checking, don’t try to wage war on your impulses: just have a simple system to deal with the interruption swiftly. Here I’ll invoke (not for the first time) the productivity expert David Allen: if an email can be dealt with in […]
Mouse-over: I’d like to find a corpus of writing writing from children in a non-self-selected sample (e.g. handwritten letters to the president from everyone in the same teacher’s 7th grade class every year)–and score the kids today versus the kids 20 years ago on various objective measures of writing quality. I’ve heard the idea that […]
Turn on Caps Lock and fly my pretties, fly…!
Internet service was down for millions of Americans on Wednesday morning after cable company Time Warner suffered a major outage. The company, which has almost 12 million broadband subscribers nationwide, has acknowledged the fault, and says it is “working to restore services to all areas”, but has no estimated time of restoration. Buried at the […]
Many otherwise well-informed people think they have to do something wrong, or stupid, or insecure to get hacked—like clicking on the wrong attachments, or browsing malicious websites. People also think that the NSA and its international partners are the only ones who have turned the internet into a militarized zone. But according to research I […]
I’m all for collecting the sales taxes from online sales, but the sticking point is not who pays the tax, but rather which states (and ultimately which communities) benefit from collecting the tax. Consider this scenario: I live in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, which collects an 8 percent sales tax on all non-food purchases. I have […]
You can count on the big carriers – the Comcasts and the Verizons – to churn up a propaganda storm in coming months, supplementing their mega-million-dollar lobbying campaign in Washington. There will be the usual statements, which often turn out to be misleading or outright false, from official spokespeople. But watch out for the less […]