what the fuck dude.
SIGNAL BOOST! This is too awesome not to reblog!
"Information companies aren’t the same as pharmaceuticals. They don’t need to do clinical trials before they put a product on the market. They can psychologically manipulate their users all they want without being remotely public about exactly what they’re doing. And as the public, we can only guess what the black box is doing."
How To / Why Leave Facebook
All you ever need to know about computers. From The Computer: A Ladybird How It Works Book (1979 edition)
"If you’re using the Internet, you are being experimented on. Period."
NSA considers anyone who researches Tor or Tails to be a target for ongoing suspicion
America’s National Security Agency gathers unfathomable mountains of Internet communications from fiber optic taps and other means, but it says it only retains and searches the communications of “targeted” individuals who’ve done something suspicious. Guess what? If you read Boing Boing, you’ve been targeted. Cory Doctorow digs into Xkeyscore and the NSA’s deep packet inspection rules.
This is one of the biggest NSA stories yet. Please reblog!
Motorola T03 transistor, circa 1950s.
"Not until a machine can write a sonnet or compose a concerto because of thoughts and emotions felt, and not by the chance fall of symbols, could we agree that machine equals brain—that is, not only write it but know that it had written it."
FOR YOUR SAFETY, THE FACT THAT YOU HAVE READ THIS HAS BEEN LOGGED BY YOUR GOVERNMENT AND WILL BE INDEFINITELY RETAINED FOR FUTURE ANALYSIS
"Last week, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS) published a study that conducted a large-scale experiment on Facebook. The authors of the study included an industry researcher from Facebook as well as academics at the University of California, San Francisco and Cornell University. The study employed an experimental design that reduced the amount of positive or negative emotional content in 689,000 Facebook users’ news feeds to test whether emotions are contagious. The study has since spawned a substantial controversy about the methods used, extent of its regulation by academic institutions’ review board, the nature of participants’ informed consent, the ethics of the research design itself, and the need for more explicit opt-in procedures."
Augmented Reality GPS penguins that lead you to the Tokyo aquarium. Forget making phone apps. Japan just won.
I have a mighty need.
It’s cute. Stop.
Social media is hard.
You know how it is: You’re working for an airline’s Twitter account, watching the World Cup match between your home country, the Netherlands, and Mexico, and then you decide to tweet something clever about how the Netherlands narrowly eged out Mexico.
And you almost — almost! — manage to do something pretty clever. The “Departures” sign from the Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam plus the “Adios Amigos!” line. But then you add in the little racist picture of the Mexican.
Because, you know, social media is hard.
[The tweet has, of course, been deleted; the apology, I presume, is forthcoming.]