Category Archives: The Internet
Likely more symbolic than to have the outcome it pleads for I signed the White House petition to “Remove United States District Attorney Carmen Ortiz from office for overreach in the case of Aaron Swartz.”
If you would like to lean a little into the pain of Aaron’s persecution The New York Times article Internet Activist, a Creator of RSS, Is Dead at 26, Apparently a Suicide and Lawrence Lessig’s blog Prosecutor as bully are good places to start.
Sign the White House petition here.
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“On behalf of big media companies, elected leaders almost passed SOPA & PIPA, bills that would have censored the web and destroyed some of the best sites online.
Why did so many politicians side with media companies instead of voters? It’s simple: they thought they could get away with it. Only 41% of Americans voted in the 2010 elections. And turnout for Americans under 30–who overwhelmingly knew about SOPA and opposed it–was just 20.4%.
But this year we can change that, forever. Why? Because the Internet gives us a perfect platform to register and mobilize new voters, and we’re building the tools to make it happen.”
“A cross-disciplinary team of US neuroscientists and cryptographers have developed a password/passkey system that removes the weakest link in any security system: the human user. It’s ingenious: The system still requires that you enter a password, but at no point do you actually remember the password, meaning it can’t be written down and it can’t be obtained via coercion or torture” writes Sebastian Anthony in this Extreme Tech article Unbreakable crypto: Store a 30-character password in your brain’s subconscious memory, worth of a read. Something akin to playing Guitar Hero they say!
On my Mac, MSNBC seemed to be throwing a popup to annoying low-rent ads served by http://content.pulse360.com/. There’s a delay between navigating to MSNBC and the popup launching — which helps blur the connection between the two sites.
Solution: Simply bock popups and this site in particular, right? Not so easy!
- One of our corporate sites requires popups to be enabled.
- Mac’s Parental Controls won’t let you block sites on the admin account.
- There might be browser specific options, but I prefer something global.
If you’re suddenly getting more FB messages than usual, you’ve likely fallen victim to Facebook’s recent shenanigans to stop displaying your real email address of choice and have replaced it, instead, with their own email@example.com address for you — which delivers to Facebook messages, not your regular email. They have forced this on us, rather than inviting us to opt in. Why? Likely to draw down traffic from gmail and other competing services. Read on to learn how you can set things right …