The problem with all these PRISM denials is: if the US Gov has enough leverage to extract the data; then they obviously have enough leverage to pressure the same companies into denying it’s taking place and therefore we will never know
If targeted ads worked exactly the way they’re sold, we’d all love ‘em to death. We’d only see ads we liked and all data tracking would be opt in. We’d be told exactly what we were giving away and we’d have unlimited access to our own data. We could specify what sort of ads we wanted to see and get to find out exactly how much they earned the collector and its affiliates
When I was child there was no copyright theft. We had apple scrumping though
Not far from where we lived, there was a public footpath, bordering an orchard and when we were about 11 a few of us would climb the fence and sit in the orchard eating the apples. We rarely took any with us, because we were in no hurry. The orchard was surrounded by open fields and obviously many miles from whoever owned it. We lay in the orchard eating and socialising. As time went by our little group dwindled, moving on to secondary school and beyond. None of us ever went back to the orchard. It was never about the Apples. It was about the sharing.
A democratic citizen is not a citizen who can do anything he wants. It’s a citizen who has an obligation at the same time. And just to give you an example, if I may, the freedom of speech, what is the duty associated with it?
Well, if I have the right to speak, I have the duty to let you speak. Now, that’s not so simple. It doesn’t mean just to stop my talking and wait till you’re finished and then come in and get you. It means I have an obligation inwardly — and that’s what we’re speaking about, is the inner dimension. Inwardly, I have to work at listening to you. That means I don’t have to agree with you, but I have to let your thought into my mind in order to have a real democratic exchange between us. And that is a very interesting work of the human being, don’t you think?
In 1789, the year of the French Revolution, Saint Domingue (now Haiti) was the richest colony in the world. The source of this wealth was the exploitation of half a million black slaves who furnished the labor for the sugar, indigo, cotton, cocoa, coffee, and tobacco extracted from over 2,000 plantations. In principle, a series of royal edicts called the code noir (slave code) regulated the conduct of the white slave owners in France’s colonies. The code noir sanctioned corporal punishment, among other things, but in practice even this code’s few admonitions to feed, clothe, and refrain from raping one’s slaves went unenforced, and the plantation owners did as they wished. In fact many worked their slaves to death, since it was usually cheaper to buy than raise a slave. Hence the common proverb of colonialists of those days:
I'm not sure why I've been such a failure on Tumblr
The only followers I have here are ones who’ve followed me from other sites. I can’t pinpoint a single person who’s actually found me here. I used to think that was just because it was the last site I joined and most of the people who were into the sort of thing I shared had already found me. In other words I was making the assumption, I’d reached the limit of all the people who were ever likely to find my stuff interesting. Then I joined Pinterest and quite a few new people found me there, so now I’m back to wondering why I’m so wrong for Tumblr.
Jon Matonis (@JonMatonis) writes in Forbes about the ability to add funds to a credit card (just like what might happen when getting a refund from a merchant). Excerpts:
“[This feature] leverages a little-known type of transaction that is available on the VisaNet system called ‘Original Credit Transaction’. The other major card payment networks have a similar feature too.” “Previously, it was cumbersome for bitcoin account holders to transact in national currencies because they had to go through one or more exchanges and then wait further for funds to arrive in a bank account or other intermediary.” “Withdraw2Card’s] service fee is $9 plus 1.99% (for MtGox USD) with a $1,000 maximum transfer amount.” “By removing friction from the process, bitcoin becomes easier to spend overall because not every merchant will accept bitcoin directly for payment yet and not all transactions demand irreversibility and privacy.”
“The baby is cleaned off, examined and wrapped in a towel. Katie, the Australian midwife, brings the baby to the mother’s face so that she can see her while we are finishing the c-section. The mother makes no expression, but tears roll down her face when she sees her healthy baby.”—MSF obstetrician-gynecologist, Veronica Ades, tells the story of delivering a baby for a patient who has already lost her first two and how women’s reactions to these traumatic experiences in South Sudan differ so massively from those in the U.S., where Veronica is from. (via doctorswithoutborders)
Forbes contributor Jon Matonis (@JonMatonis) weighs in on the buzz over the “dongle explosion” seen recently. Excerpts:
“Apparently, [a card swipe dongle] passes for financial innovation in mobile payments but I file it under the ‘not-disruptive-enough’ category. Truly-disruptive financial innovation is already here with decentralized bitcoin. And, bitcoin doesn’t need a dongle!” “The real action is taking place with solutions that route around the legacy networks by replacing the unit of account, or numéraire”. “Bitcoin certainly has a slot in the digital mobile wallet of the future. Frictionless mobile phone remittances to a worker’s home country, such as Africa, may just be the killer app for bitcoin. I’m sorry but fancier buggy whips and dongles are not disruptive.”
Is it 2012? Yes, it is, but in Sanford, Florida (near Orlando), the clock winds back to the days of Deep South Justice. Unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was hunted down and gunned down for the heinous crime of “carrying Skittles while black.” Charles Blow, in the NYT: Trayvon had left the house he and his father were visiting to walk to the local 7-Eleven. On his way back, he caught the attention of George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old neighborhood watch captain, who was in a sport-utility vehicle. Zimmerman called the police because the boy looked “real suspicious,” according to a 911 call released late Friday. The operator told Zimmerman that officers were being dispatched and not to pursue the boy. Zimmerman apparently pursued him anyway, at some point getting out of his car and confronting the boy. Trayvon had a bag of Skittles and a can of iced tea. Zimmerman had a 9 millimeter handgun.
EFF is asking the Copyright Office for legal exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to allow jailbreaking (or “rooting”) of smartphones, tablets, and game consoles, so that people can run their software of choice on the devices they own
Ten years back, America often found itself isolated, struggling…Lately, we have been finding ourselves in the majority, along with the democratic world, while Russia and China front a dwindling coalition of the unwilling…this reflects a smart, subtle foreign-policy presence in which we have done…
"I was so silly – I tried to be very formal and put on a deep voice to clients over the phone so I didn’t have to meet them and give away how young I was," he says. "I lied about my age. I lied about the size of my team. I lied about my experience. I was so terribly embarassed about it for so long. I should have just owned up."