Archive for the 'The Interwebs' Category

WHICH STATE, WHICH COMMUNITY, BENEFITS?

July 21st, 2014

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 […]

THE FCC WILL FENCE IN THE COMMONS…

July 16th, 2014

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 […]

PUT DOWN THE SOCIAL MEDIA…

July 16th, 2014

30 days ago, I made the decision to give up social media for a month. Well, here I am, reporting that I’m still alive and that the past month has been life changing – the most successful month of my existence. [snip...] The benefits were immediately apparent. With a mind free to wander and explore, […]

DAN GILMORE GOING UNDER THE RADAR…

July 6th, 2014

“We are seeing an increase in walled gardens created by giants like Facebook and Apple,” said one of 1,400 respondents in a depressing new survey from Pew on the future of online liberty. “Commercialization of the internet, paradoxically, is the biggest challenge to the growth of the internet.” To me, it feels deeply wrong to […]

SHE’S READY TO DIE FOR ALLAH JESUS…

July 6th, 2014

Via Pharyngula… Also…

OHIO HAS 110 NATURAL LAKES, SO SHUT UP…!

June 19th, 2014

This past weekend, while blogging from the lobby of the Lafayette Hotel in my hometown of Marietta, a tourist started a conversation that wandered greatly, as all good conversations do, and at one point he asked me if I knew that Ohio had no natural lakes. I gave him my best quizzical look and said […]

WIKIPEDIA CURTAILS SHILS…

June 17th, 2014

Today, we’re making an important change to our Terms of Use. This change will clarify and strengthen the prohibition against concealing paid editing on all Wikimedia projects. Half a billion people use Wikipedia every month as their source of knowledge. Wikipedia’s community editors work tirelessly at maintaining the accuracy, transparency, and objectivity of the articles, […]

LINKEDIN RUN BY EVIL WORTHLESS FECKS…

June 14th, 2014

A federal judge said on Thursday that LinkedIn must face a lawsuit by customers who claimed it violated their privacy by accessing their external email accounts, downloading their contacts’ email addresses and soliciting business from those contacts. US district judge Lucy Koh, in San Jose, California, found that while customers consented to LinkedIn’s sending an […]

TEMPTING, BUT NOT A SOLUTION…

June 8th, 2014

In the middle of a lecture a student pulls out a deck of cards and begins to play solitaire. The teacher halts the lecture and inquires as to the reason for the student’s actions. The student replies, “Oh, I forgot my laptop today.” If what we have to teach (and at the college level what […]

THE INFINITE AND UNFATHOMABLE SADNESS…

May 20th, 2014

BY THE CHAINS OF THE CONSTITUTION

May 19th, 2014

My sole motive is to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them. The U.S. government, in conspiracy with client states, chiefest among them the Five Eyes–the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand–have inflicted upon the world a system of secret, pervasive surveillance […]

I DON’T CARE IF CONVERSATIONS ARE NOT CIVIL…

April 15th, 2014

I think that the conversation, regardless of any rancor, venom or bile that may be spewed, in important because we build our communities with our conversations and if we shut down the conversations because a few trolls haven’t left the playground, then we endanger the social health of the community. A choke hold on comments […]

IS IT REAL OR IS IT THE NSA…?

April 5th, 2014

Glenn Greenwald writes: This week, the Associated Press exposed a secret program run by the U.S. Agency for International Development to create “a Twitter-like Cuban communications network” run through “secret shell companies” in order to create the false appearance of being a privately owned operation. Unbeknownst to the service’s Cuban users was the fact that […]

STUPID SPAMMERS…

April 1st, 2014

Like everyone, I get gushes of sewage in my spam box everyday, and occasionally I go down there to muck out the filth so that I can make sure that the filters haven’t inadvertently trapped an important communication. The other day, this bit of stupidity popped up from a lying sack of shit who might, […]

UPDATE TO NSA, GOOGLE, APPLE, ET AL…

March 21st, 2014

[Update, 0038, 21 March--Yes, the tech companies are colluding with the NSA, but they're doing their own spying as well.] Previously…

GEORGE ORWELL MISSED THIS BIT…

March 13th, 2014

SHERRY CHANDLER IS TOO DANGEROUS…?

March 7th, 2014

FUNNY USE OF THE WORD GOOD

March 3rd, 2014

Yes, I know, friends don’t let friends drink Starbucks. But I’m stuck. There are only two places with wifi open at 6 a.m. on my way to work: McDonald’s and Starbucks, and this is the lesser of two evils. Oh how I miss my Phoenix.

WHY DOES DROPBOX NEED ARBITRATION…?

February 21st, 2014

Could it be that Dropbox has been letting government snoops riffle our drawers? From an email this morning: Hi Jeff, We want to let you know about some upcoming updates to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. These updates will go into effect on March 24, 2014. You can find more details on our […]

TROLLOLOGY AND THE DARK TETRAD…

February 17th, 2014

Comment trolls are Machiavellian, narcissistic, psychopathic and sadistic. Who’d have thunk it? Erin Buckels, University of Manitoba; Paul Trapnell, University of Winnipeg and Delroy Paulhus University of British Columbia, did. They wrote that: In two online studies (total N = 1,215), respondents completed personality inventories and a survey of their Internet commenting styles. Overall, strong […]

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