September 2010

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Web snooping is a dangerous move

Bruce Schneier: “Why does anyone think that only authorized law enforcement will mine collected internet data or eavesdrop on Skype and IM conversations? These risks are not theoretical.”


First “Potentially Habitable” Planet Announced


Tea & Crackers

Matt Taibbi: “That’s the reality; the rest of this is just noise. It’s just that it’s a lot of noise, and there’s no telling when it’s ever going to end.”


Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Make The Revolution

Anil Dash: “That doesn’t mean it’s ineffective, just that it’s a million small protests instead of one visible act.”


How Radical Is The Administration’s Internet Surveillance Proposal?

Adam Serwer: “Viewed in this context, forcing internet communications companies to reverse engineer their systems for breach by the government is like forcing construction companies to build houses that have cameras in every room.”


Monday, 27 September 2010

Designing an Insecure Internet

Julian Sanchez: “Second, they are basically demanding that providers design their systems for breach.”


Twitter, Facebook, and social activism

Gladwell: “ It makes it easier for activists to express themselves, and harder for that expression to have any impact.”


U.S. Wants to Make It Easier to Wiretap the Internet “They are really asking for the authority to redesign services that take advantage of the unique, and now pervasive, architecture of the Internet”


Sunday, 26 September 2010

Study: Most Americans want wealth distribution similar to Sweden

Raw Story: “All groups – even the wealthiest respondents – desired a more equal distribution of wealth than what they estimated the current United States level to be, while all groups also desired some inequality – even the poorest respondents.”


The biology of business: Homo administrans

The Economist: “Surprisingly, a group member’s testosterone level did not predict his or her status within the group. What the researchers did discover, though, is that the greater the mismatch between testosterone and status, the less effectively a group’s members co-operate.”


Thursday, 23 September 2010

The Microsoft Tanker Has Turned and You Ignore it at Your Own Peril

NewsGrange: “What’s interesting is that most of these apps and services are only one or two iterations removed from really horrible products …”


Monday, 20 September 2010

Distracted Driving Accounted for Nearly 5,500 Roadway Deaths in 2009, Called an ‘Epidemic’

LAist: “not all jurisdictions document whether distraction was a factor in a crash”




The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - 9/20/2001

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c
September 11, 2001

Sunday, 19 September 2010

The Angry Rich and Taxes “And when the tax fight is over, one way or another, you can be sure that the people currently defending the incomes of the elite will go back to demanding cuts in Social Security and aid to the unemployed. America must make hard choices, they’ll say; we all have to be willing to make sacrifices.”


Wednesday, 15 September 2010

What’s Next for Nokia?

Daring Fireball: “Bringing in an executive from a pure-software company like Microsoft may well be the smartest thing the Nokia board could have done.”


Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Microsoft Changes Policy Over Russian Crackdown “The policy could have repercussions beyond Russia because the company indicated that it would apply to other countries as well, though it did not immediately detail which ones.”


Saturday, 11 September 2010

Quran Burning Story: This Is How The Media Embarrass Themselves

Jason Linkins: “Imagine how many times you would have to hit yourself in the head with a ball peen hammer before you would ask a politician from California how they stood on a local zoning issue in Manhattan.”


Friday, 10 September 2010

A Broader Media Problem

Room for Debate: “Such treatment of people who distort things for a living cannot but push the bounds of permissible ideological performance art in ever more extreme directions.”