Archive for the 'The Interwebs' Category

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 […]

SPYING IS ALL FUN AND GAMES UNTIL…

February 16th, 2014

The One Percent get hurt. Mano Singham concludes: Anyone who still clings to the belief that this spying is all or even mostly about fighting terrorism is deluding themselves. Economic and political espionage seems to be the driver, at least in the international arena. When corporate executives realize that their secrets are no longer secret, […]

THE INTERCEPT LAUNCHED…

February 10th, 2014

From Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill: The Intercept has a two-fold mission: one short-term, the other long-term. Our short-term mission is limited but critically important: to provide a platform and an editorial structure in which to aggressively report on the disclosures provided to us by our source, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. We decided […]

VIDEO GAMES UP… PROCREATION DOWN…

February 6th, 2014

A young man at college today has unprecedented sexual opportunities. Unlike his father or grandfather, he is likely attending a school where men are outnumbered by women. Even boys who are not the best-looking or particularly popular now have an excellent chance of finding a woman to date. Nevertheless, as the New York Times reported […]

VIDEO GAMES UP… BOYS’ GRADES DOWN…

January 27th, 2014

Every investigator [Sax’s endnote at this point, No. 16, page 237, cites five studies and provides links to The Guardian and the original government report (which is now decommissioned but may be accessible in an archive). JH] who has correlated the amount of time that a child or adolescent or young adult spends playing video […]

SPANISH GRAMMAR, FROM A TEXT BOOK…? FEH…!

January 21st, 2014

…the agony of defeat is lessened by the comforting knowledge that [the boy] can just hit “Restart” and play [the game] all over again… and again. Today, any boy with a high-speed Internet connection can play in real time against another gamer across town or on the other side of the planet. Sophisticated headsets allow […]

HAPPY FUCKING NSA NEW YEAR…

December 31st, 2013

Mano Singham writes: Does anyone seriously still think that all this is just to counter the efforts of groups of low-budget malcontents with primitive technology? What we are seeing is the attempt by elements within the US government for full-spectrum dominance over the entire world. All of us are just ciphers, with no more privacy […]

SOCIAL MEDIA, SOCIAL DISEASE, SOCIAL SCOURGE…

December 27th, 2013

GOOD…! THEY CAUGHT THE #%$^%&*…

November 27th, 2013

From The Associated Press: The Ohio Attorney General’s office is suing a man accused of texting thousands of unwanted sales messages to people, including many on the National Do Not Call registry. The lawsuit alleges that Darren Sizemore used an automated dialing system to send the unsolicited text messages to consumers across the country in […]

I ONLY RECOGNIZE THREE NAMES…?

November 2nd, 2013

So I’m reading a piece in the New York Times Sunday Book Review (online, of course) about how technology has changed fiction. Of the 17 writers quoted, I only recognize three names: Margaret Atwood (No. 1 on the list, and placed there I’m betting as the hook to draw readers in); Frederick Forsyth; and Lee […]

GLENN GREENWALD GOES ALL REDDIT…

October 1st, 2013

Greenwald begins: This afternoon, along with Guardian US editor-in-chief Janine Gibson, I participated in Reddit’s “ask me anything” feature, where the highest rated questions rise to the top and the guest answers each of them. The questions focused on our NSA reporting, and were largely smart and provocative. I’ll say…

YES GLENN, SADLY, THERE ARE MANY…

September 23rd, 2013

Glenn Greenwald asks: Are there really people who can read [of the numerous ways that we have learned that the NSA jeopardizes the privacy rights of Americans and the security of the internet] and think to themselves: I sure do wish Edward Snowden had let us remain ignorant about all of this? A bit further […]

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