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Jun 09 2014

Why I distrust Apple, in one short video

Okay, seriously. I know that WWDC is a sales pitch moreso than a tech demo. But this supercut of superlatives tweaks every nerve I have as regards manipulative language. There’s not a lot of actual innovation in their new iteration, that I can see, just a nice coat of paint slapped on the same old …

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Mar 21 2014

Twitter blocked in Turkey; activists graffiti alternate DNS workaround

Graffiti on a turkish wall reading 'DNS: 8.8.8.8 Alternatif: 8.8.4.4'

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey has instated a ban of Twitter ostensibly over concerns that it hosts pornography, but from all appearances actually in response to repeated leaks of damning recordings of government officials. However, the way that the ban is implemented is very rudimentary — the government has forced all ISPs in …

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Mar 04 2014

Fraudster skeptic Brian Dunning’s shell game

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It’s been known for quite some time that Brian Dunning is dirty. From 2006 to 2007, he and his brother set up their joint venture Kessler’s Flying Circus as part of the eBay affiliates program wherein you get commission from every sale if someone purchased something after clicking on a banner ad on your site. …

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Dec 28 2013

Much ado about cyber-nothing

Pictured: wanted cyber-criminal "The Hamburgler"

I’ve been drowned in the world of tech over this holiday season. It is, after all, my lifeblood, as well as my hobby — it’s how I pay the bills and help keep this family afloat. So time has been in short supply for anything but work, and I’ve been choosing (as I mentioned recently) …

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Dec 16 2013

Twitter: Fixed it for you

Dear Twitter, I noticed you’re having a hard time balancing user issues with dealing with harassment and dealing with privacy. I further noticed you had a good idea for a change to a function that solves one class of issues, but that had side-effects that made another class of issues dramatically worse. I think I …

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Nov 17 2013

On not being completely free to curate

I just attended Skepticon 6, and had a number of excellent and thought-provoking conversations with some people I’ve admired, some people I’ve long since befriended, and some people I’d never met before but am glad to have met now. It was a great experience, a few issues aside which I’ll, naturally, have to talk more …

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Sep 22 2013

You are free to choose how to use the internet

I’d like remind everyone that you are free to curate your internet experience however you please. When your internet experience starts to suck because people are trying to make your life miserable, you are free to deal with that as you see fit. You are free to withdraw from a space. You are free to …

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Aug 24 2013

The Ada Initiative recognizes the feminist fight in the skeptical and secular communities

Two days ago, I was pleasantly surprised on Twitter (a rarity, to be sure) when The Ada Initiative tweeted the following: For every Dawkins, there are a dozen skeptics like @pzmyers @rebeccawatson @lousycanuck @szvan and @ashleyfmiller http://t.co/oakiGWipLY — The Ada Initiative (@adainitiative) August 22, 2013 And @GretaChristina @jennifurret @Mowgli3 @Chris_Calvey and many more making skepticism …

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Aug 14 2013

Google offers travel grants for female computer developers

Google has done something decidedly not-evil (despite recent major missteps), and put together a travel grants program for several computer science conferences aimed at encouraging women entering fields under the T umbrella in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). As part of Google’s ongoing commitment to encourage women to excel in computing and technology, we …

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Jul 09 2013

CONvergence – Real World vs the Internet

It’s a false dichotomy. End of panel. Thank you all for coming! Actually, it’s a bit more complicated than that. You’ll want to listen to this one, especially where we draw significantly on our personal experiences and discuss how the lines are blurring, and how “meatspace” is not really all that distinguishable from the internet. …

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