June 2013

Sunday, 16 June 2013

The NSA has snared us in its trap

John Naughton: “We’re so hooked on the services provided by Google et al that we can’t contemplate boycotting them, whether or not they’re collaborating with the Feds.”


Friday, 14 June 2013

The NSA surveillance fallout should be a turning point for the tech industry

Dan Gillmor: “For the rest of us, it’s time to look for services and products that provide us with more security.”


Tuesday, 11 June 2013

where “nothing to hide” fails as logic

dana boyd: “I know that I’m filing my taxes to the best of my ability and yet, I also know that if I became a target of interest from the IRS, they’d inevitably find some checkbox I forgot to check or some subtle miscalculation that I didn’t see. And so what makes an audit intimidating and scary is not because I have something to hide but because proving oneself to be innocent takes time, money, effort, and emotional grit.”


Monday, 10 June 2013

The Bomb Didn’t Beat Japan… Stalin Did

Foreign Policy: “The war, in short, has been a catastrophe and, worst of all, you’ve been lying to your people about how bad the situation really is. They will be shocked by news of surrender. So which would you rather do? Admit that you failed badly? Issue a statement that says that you miscalculated spectacularly, made repeated mistakes, and did enormous damage to the nation? Or would you rather blame the loss on an amazing scientific breakthrough that no one could have predicted?”


NSA has massive database of Americans’ phone calls

USA Today: “Updated 5/11/2006 10:38 AM ET”


Sunday, 9 June 2013

How To Spot The Legacy Code Writer In Your Company (Hint: It’s You)

Arialdo Martini: “I started thinking that my mission is always to refactor systems (even when my boss just asks me to add a feature), and that I should be refactoring deeply, at the point that adding the requested feature should be a natural consequence, almost a collateral effect.”


Inside the United States

Global Post: “This is satire.”