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Fun with n-grams and the internet's other discussion site

You may have heard about n-grams, which identify particular strings of text in a large corpus (an n=3 n-gram could be "plate of beans"). You probably have played with Google Ngram search which lets you look through millions of books to see the first use of the phrase, or when it was most popular (though be warned, recent research shows some limitations, such as the false popularity of a certain expletive in the 1700s). The newest is the Reddit ngram search by 538, which lets you chart the rise and fall of things progressive and regressive. I await more insights in the discussion...
posted by blahblahblah on Nov 22, 2015 - 20 comments

Nerd nostalgia

Developments like wikis and Facebook walls and comments sections were supposed to open the Internet to everyone, “using the Web the way it’s meant to be used.” Ten years in, and it sometimes seems those technologies only opened us up: to quantification, to monetization, to tracking, to abuse. Given these rather disappointing developments, it’s little surprise that some look back at Web 1.0 with longing.

The counterintuitive, GIF-tastic plan to redeem the modern Internet (SLWaPo)
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Nov 15, 2015 - 46 comments

How First Nations kids built their own internet infrastructure

Three years ago, the people living in the Ochiichagwe'Babigo'Ining Ojibway Nation in Ontario would crowd in each other’s homes and outside the band office to access what little internet the community had. There was dial-up, there was expensive cellular data, and there was some service from an internet provider in a neighboring town; when the network went down, it would sometimes take weeks for a technician to come and fix the issue. The community’s kids—itching to get their gaming systems online and scroll through Facebook on their phones—weren’t having it. [more inside]
posted by sciatrix on Nov 9, 2015 - 8 comments

"Women and cats will do as they please."

Blue Monday - a sci-fi short story by Laurie Penny for Motherboard all about cats, Internet videos, and emotional contagions.
posted by The Whelk on Oct 31, 2015 - 11 comments

The video is 3 minutes and 59 seconds long.

Despite the press conference, the case was fairly low profile. It received more attention back in Canada than it did in Los Angeles, where the suspicious disappearance of a young woman — though not exactly common — wasn’t a rarity either. And with no news to report as the days went on, coverage of her disappearance basically ceased. That was, until February 13, when the LAPD summoned the public’s help again. This time, the department released a video. They wouldn’t confirm it at the time, but the video was taken by the Cecil Hotel’s elevator security camera in the early hours of February 1. It was, it turns out, the last known footage of Lam. And it was so strange, so creepy, so inexplicable that the release turned the case inside out.
posted by Rustic Etruscan on Oct 31, 2015 - 46 comments

Twitch Installs Arch Linux

Twitch Installs Arch Linux Remember how chaotic Twitch Plays Pokemon was? Now we have a much harder challenge: install Arch Linux. Every ten seconds, the most popular keystroke in Twitch chat will be entered into an Arch Linux virtual machine. [more inside]
posted by tonycpsu on Oct 30, 2015 - 48 comments

"I felt like, 'Whoa!'"

Called "2g Tuesday, Facebook will give employees super slow internet speeds once a week so they can better understand markets like India
posted by artsandsci on Oct 28, 2015 - 61 comments

You've Got Mail

Relive the excitement of connecting to the internet with the noise of a 56k modem, from Monkey Dust
posted by growabrain on Oct 16, 2015 - 61 comments

Network Effect

networkeffect.io appears to be an internet art installation, with themes of connectedness and impermanence.
Caveat: Chrome only, and requires sound. Even so, worth it.
posted by ChrisR on Oct 6, 2015 - 18 comments

CJEU Strikes Down Safe Harbour Data Sharing

Europe's top court, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), has struck down the 15-year-old Safe Harbour agreement that allowed the free flow of information between the US and EU.
posted by XtinaS on Oct 6, 2015 - 22 comments

Common Peeple

Everyone you know will be able to rate you on the terrifying ‘Yelp for people’ — whether you want them to or not
posted by Artw on Sep 30, 2015 - 623 comments

Writer's 'fertility shaming' Facebook post goes viral

On September 20th, Ann Arbor-based freelance writer Emily Bingham, 33, wrote a post on Facebook that went on to be shared more than 40,000 times. Why? Because it touched on something that many, many women related to - namely, how often they're asked about their personal reproductive plans. [more inside]
posted by Xavier Xavier on Sep 28, 2015 - 192 comments

Of course I'd like to sit around and chat... but someone's listening in

Fresh from The Intercept (that fearless vanguard of journalism helmed by Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras): disturbing documents exposing the unfathomable reach of the United Kingdom's GCHQ in its quest for total awareness of global internet traffic. A hundred billion user actions logged per day. A "Black Hole" database of 1.1 trillion logs. Frightening programs like KARMA POLICE, MEMORY HOLE, and MUTANT BROTH that correlate the kilo-crore corpus -- IP addresses, cookies, forum posts, search histories, emails, and passwords all compiled and cross-referenced into a real-time "diary" that gives penetrating insight into the relationships, beliefs, and desires of every web user on the planet. Internal documents suggest only widespread encryption can threaten the regime -- a movement the UK is determined to subdue (previously). [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Sep 26, 2015 - 105 comments

Hope is the thing with fur

"Before we enter into the question of cat videos, we must talk about cats themselves. Cat videos are the crystallisation of all that human beings love about cats, the crux of which is centred in the fact that cats are both beautiful and absurd. Their natural beauty and majesty are eternally just one tiny slip away from total humiliation, and this precarious condition fills us with a sympathetic panic and delight, for it exactly mirrors our own." Maria Bustillos on how cats won the internet.
posted by Athanassiel on Sep 21, 2015 - 42 comments

Locked Tight

In fact, women have never once asked me why my account is locked—and unlike some of my male editors, they’ve never recommended opening it up. They understand that the online world has become a horror show, and that men largely drive that horror.
Stacey May Fowles: I am afraid of men on the Internet.
posted by MartinWisse on Sep 21, 2015 - 98 comments

"We Own You"

Confessions of an Anonymous Free to Play Producer
posted by Artw on Sep 17, 2015 - 48 comments

Below the line

Instead of websites shutting their comment sections, might they want to keep them in order to remain in control of the conversation?
posted by mippy on Sep 17, 2015 - 15 comments

How the Net was Won

The ARPANET came before it. And the World Wide Web and browser technology would later make it accessible for the masses. But in between, a small Ann Arbor-based group labored on the NSFNET in relative obscurity to build—and ultimately to save—the Internet.
posted by infini on Sep 17, 2015 - 12 comments

Replace X with Y

Here is the Chrome extension Word Replacer II, and here is the Firefox extension FoxReplace. You can use them to replace words on web pages you visit with other words of your choosing. They could be used to duplicate the action of previous extension cloud-to-butt, or you might think of other things you could do with it. There's another extension for Chrome that automatically changes all uses of "millennials" to "snake people".
posted by JHarris on Sep 15, 2015 - 40 comments

"I’m Sarah Nyberg, and I Was A Teenage Edgelord."

"​I got out, and it’s not too late for you." - Sarah Nyberg on being the subject of an online hate mob. Meanwhile Zoe Quinn talks about sympathy for her abusers, and actions turned out to have consequences for internet troll Joshua Goldberg.
posted by Artw on Sep 14, 2015 - 244 comments

It’s disturbia out there.

The First-Person Industrial Complex: The Internet prizes the harrowing personal essay. But sometimes telling your story comes with a price. (Slate)
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Sep 14, 2015 - 17 comments

The last believers in an ordered universe.

"It is simply easier for some people to believe that the United States government has concocted a vast conspiracy to take away all of our guns than it is to believe that it is too easy for a mentally ill person to acquire one and shoot anyone they want. And now those same people are taking it out on the families of the victims of gun violence after a tragedy." What Do You Say To A Roanoke Truther? Ben Collins, The Daily Beast
posted by The Whelk on Sep 13, 2015 - 77 comments

"I caught this transparent gecko in my French press turned iridescent"

On /r/SubredditSimulator, all the posts and comments are made by bots. These bots generate text using Markov chains trained on humans' comments from different subreddits. Their posts are at times ordinary, surreal, revealing, and even self-aware. [more inside]
posted by Rangi on Aug 30, 2015 - 20 comments

Because the Internet needs more

Rice University Fondren Library maintain a guide to cat videos on the web. But what do they think? Meanwhile, in the UK Labour Party leadership contest, socialists cannot vote, but cats can. And people like watching cat videos on TV. And as for Tinder for cats? There's an app for that. But, why so popular? And why does Larry Ellison like them? So do you want more? Why not go on a cat holiday, or run away and join the cat circus?
posted by Wordshore on Aug 28, 2015 - 9 comments

someone in a casual setting doing a thing on their device

These are all very different services. Several of them are cool and useful, but it’s hard to tell them apart. - Send In The Clones
posted by Potomac Avenue on Aug 26, 2015 - 62 comments

Crazy like a (Fire)Fox

While it used to be the leading alternative to Internet Explorer (and others), Firefox has seen its market share erode steadily since the 2008 debut of Google Chrome. The Mozilla Foundation has made several oft-controversial bids at relevancy, including native video chat, Pocket integration, a mobile browser (and OS), a UI overhaul, and a rapid release schedule that's reached version 40 (and counting). But the latest proposal -- part of a reboot of the stalled Electrolysis multiprocessing project -- will prove the most daunting. Although it will modernize the browser's architecture, it also deprecates the longtime XUL framework in favor of more limited and Chrome-like "web extensions" -- requiring Firefox's vast catalog of powerful add-ons to be rewritten from scratch or cease functioning. While developers will have until 2017 to fully adapt, opinion is divided -- NoScript's Giorgio Maone reassures doubters, while the DownThemAll! team says "it feels like I just learned my dear old friend Firefox is going to die." [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Aug 22, 2015 - 216 comments

The websites you were browsing, twenty years ago

InternetDir95 is a twitter account, tweeting "Every website from the Internet International Directory, published 1995". This was the year Yahoo! was founded (March), Windows 95 was launched (August), the DVD announced (September), and ebay was founded (September). Perhaps redundantly, the twitter account profile also says "many dead links". Twitter account by Jeff Thompson.
posted by Wordshore on Aug 19, 2015 - 39 comments

Shhh

Following up on their promise last month to release the data they hacked from Ashley Madison (the online infidelity-enablement site) hackers have released a ship-load personal information on ASM users. The hackers claim it is more of an attack on the shady business practices of the corporation than the users. (Though in contrast to other hacks, it looks like ASM managed to do a better job of storing passwords semi-securely). But certainly a lot of people's private issues are now public, including 10,000 folks with government emails, and many writers are warning: "Don't be smug, this is only the beginning. And Wired has some useful advice on checking out if you or a loved one is among the hacked data: Don't.
posted by Potomac Avenue on Aug 19, 2015 - 396 comments

A love letter to the Internet of old

Cameron's World is a web-collage of text and images excavated from the buried neighbourhoods of archived GeoCities pages (1994–2009). (music autoplays)
posted by curious nu on Aug 18, 2015 - 24 comments

Blackhat 2015 Keynote

End of the Internet Dream? - by Jennifer Granick This field should be in the lead in evolving a race, class, age, and religiously open society, but it hasn’t been. We could conscientiously try to do this better. We could, and in my opinion should, commit to cultivating talent in unconventional places.

Today, the physical design and the business models that fund the communications networks we use have changed in ways that facilitate rather than defeat censorship and control.
posted by CrystalDave on Aug 18, 2015 - 49 comments

Targeted Advertising Considered Harmful

"The best thing that you, as a user, can do to get better ad-supported content is to install a tracking protection tool." - Don Marti [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges on Aug 4, 2015 - 25 comments

Complex Systems Break in Complex Ways

The RISKS Digest Turns 30: In February 1985 Adele Goldberg, the President of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), published a letter in the Communications of the ACM expressing concern with humanity’s “increasingly critical dependence on the use of computers” and the risks associated with complex computer and software systems. On August 1st 1985 Stanford Research Institute's Peter G. Neumann responded by creating RISKS@SRI-CRL. [more inside]
posted by JoeZydeco on Aug 1, 2015 - 15 comments

(Figuratively) METAL vs. (Literally) METAL

Metal band logo CAPTCHAs
posted by overeducated_alligator on Jul 28, 2015 - 26 comments

Web Accessibility Is For Everyone

For most of us, the internet is functionally a necessity, with much of our lives lived on or enabled by the Web. But for the disabled, the internet is too often an unfriendly, inaccessible place, with many sites and services not being designed to support accessibility. But Web accessibility needs to be for everyone, in our ever more connected world, not only from the standpoint of letting the disabled into an increasingly important public accommodation, but because accessibility is just good design. (SLSlate)
posted by NoxAeternum on Jul 23, 2015 - 33 comments

do it for the vine

Black users on Vine: celebrating blackness 6 seconds at a time. [more inside]
posted by standardasparagus on Jul 22, 2015 - 10 comments

“The moderatocracy lives on inside us all.”

When the Internet’s ‘Moderators’ Are Anything But [New York Times] The title suggests a steward of civility and decency. But online, unpaid moderators can become a force for mayhem. [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Jul 21, 2015 - 60 comments

Your Phone Knows if You're Depressed

A new study from Northwestern University examined the potential link between cell phone use and depression. "The study found a depressed person’s average daily phone usage clocked in at 68 mins, whereas non-depressed individual’s came in at 17 mins." source [more inside]
posted by schnee on Jul 21, 2015 - 44 comments

Exponential Hangover

Web Design: The First 100 Years
So despite appearances, despite the feeling that things are accelerating and changing faster than ever, I want to make the shocking prediction that the Internet of 2060 is going to look recognizably the same as the Internet today.
Unless we screw it up.
[more inside]
posted by CrystalDave on Jul 21, 2015 - 42 comments

Crank That

The Influencer: A Decade of Soulja Boy
posted by edeezy on Jul 16, 2015 - 13 comments

All of the commenting, none of the comments.

"When a user submits a comment, echochamber.js will save the comment to the user's LocalStorage, so when they return to the page, they can be confident that their voice is being heard, and feel engaged with your very engaging content. It does not make any HTTP requests. Since LocalStorage is only local, you and your database need not be burdened with other people's opinions."
posted by NoraReed on Jul 14, 2015 - 95 comments

Because The Internet Is Made Of Cats

“Trash Cat” by Kelsey Goldych is an animated short about cats and trashcans
posted by The Whelk on Jul 14, 2015 - 15 comments

What We Comment About When We Comment About Commenting

Queer women's web magazine Autostraddle, one of the few sites where it's safe to break the rule of "don't read the comments", muses about online commenting culture and how the move to social media commentary affects communities on comment-heavy sites like itself.
posted by divabat on Jul 9, 2015 - 13 comments

I Was An Invisible Girlfriend and Boyfriend

I'd like to try crowdsourced intimacy. lol :) This is an article about an invisible girlfriend and boyfriend job.
posted by internet fraud detective squad, station number 9 on Jul 9, 2015 - 23 comments

The Cookie Conundrum

Writing at FiveThirtyEight.com, Sam Dean argues that until very recently, there has been no way to meaningfully measure web traffic. For advertisers and site owners, "just having a number that everyone can point to as an acceptable proxy of reality is more important than how accurate that number may be." [more inside]
posted by kewb on Jul 9, 2015 - 10 comments

#Hashtag Government

Jun, a small Andalusian town founded by the Romans 2,200 years ago, is using Twitter to reduce bureaucracy, serve its citizens, and run a more efficient administration.
posted by infini on Jul 8, 2015 - 13 comments

We fuck up. All of us.

Last March, activist Asam Ahmad posted a critique of call-out culture, arguing that public call-outs for bad behavior on social media are an ineffective as well as toxic method of furthering social justice. Instead, he advocates Ngọc Loan Trần's concept of calling-in, which emphasizes compassion and kindness while holding people accountable for their actions. While call-out culture is often criticized based on its effects on more privileged people, it can also have negative consequences for marginalized groups. For example, language policing can stifle discussion about social injustice. [more inside]
posted by sciatrix on Jul 1, 2015 - 71 comments

A Global Neuromancer

"I merely want to remind us that cyberspace is a literary invention and does not really exist, however much time we spend on the computer every day. There is no such space radically different from the empirical, material room we are sitting in, nor do we leave our bodies behind when we enter it, something one rather tends to associate with drugs or the rapture. But it is a literary construction we tend to believe in; and, like the concept of immaterial labor, there are certainly historical reasons for its appearance at the dawn of postmodernity which greatly transcend the technological fact of computer development or the invention of the Internet." - Fredric Jameson looks back on Neuromancer by William Gibson
posted by jammy on Jul 1, 2015 - 218 comments

"Mr. The Plague, he's around, and one of my friends hollers at him"

Hackers was a financial flop, but its hilariously over-the-top early CGI visuals, oddly prescient view on technology, and glam-cyberpunk aesthetic rendered it a cult classic. To honor its 20th anniversary—at a time dogged by newfound fears about what the future of technology holds—we thought it would be fitting to bring together a group of actual hackers to screen and discuss the film. - Hackers watch "Hackers"
posted by Artw on Jun 26, 2015 - 89 comments

Lisa is the first to admit that she doesn’t really want them to go away.

Troll Detective: Who set Jessica Chambers on fire? The internet is trying to find out.
Six months ago, a teenager was burned alive in a tiny Mississippi town. Police say they still don’t know who killed her or why, leaving the mystery in the hands of amateur online sleuths who may be doing more harm than good. When does a private tragedy become a public pastime?

Background: Jessica Chambers case: Six months later
posted by andoatnp on Jun 25, 2015 - 22 comments

this is literally the most srs bsns question ever.

A Linguist Explains How We Write Sarcasm on the Internet (SLTheToast)
posted by NoraReed on Jun 22, 2015 - 66 comments

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