The universe (which others call The Twitter) is composed of every word
in the English language; Shakespeare's folios
, line-by-line-by-line; the Exegesis of Philip K. Dick
, exploded; Constantine XI
, in 140 character chunks; Sun Tzu's Art of War
, in its entirety; the chapter headings of JG Ballard
, in abundance; and definitive discographies
of Every. Artist. Ever...
All this, I repeat
, is true, but one hundred forty characters of inalterable wwwtext
cannot correspond to any language, no matter how dialectical or rudimentary it may be. [more inside]
"Dog owners have a dog park where they can show off their dogs, but cat people don't have that," she says. "The Internet is where people who love cats can go to say, 'Look how cute my cat is.'" On cat videos on the Internet
, and maintaining the popularity of Henrí and Maru
, while designers
of the Scratching Post
note how how some owners start writing in a first feline style. [more inside]
Internet dating destroyed my sense of myself as someone I both know and understand and can also put into words
. It had a similarly harmful effect on my sense that other people can accurately know and describe themselves. It left me irritated with the whole field of psychology. I began responding only to people with very short profiles, then began forgoing the profiles altogether...Internet dating alerted me to the fact that our notions of human behaviour and achievement, expressed in the agglomerative text of hundreds of internet dating profiles, are all much the same and therefore boring and not a good way to attract other people. [more inside]
Over the course of the next two months, each participating ISP [*AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon] expects to begin rolling out its version of the [Copyright Alert System] – a system through which ISPs will pass on to their subscribers notices sent by content owners alleging copyright infringement over peer-to-peer networks. Educational alerts will come first, followed by acknowledgement alerts that require the recipients to let their ISP know they have received the notices. For accounts where alleged infringing activity continues, enhanced alerts that contain “mitigation measures” will follow.
- Jill Lesser, Executive Director, Center for Copyright Information [more inside]
Eating Only Dessert: Why your information diet is probably terrible
- "[Clay] Johnson is the author of The Information Diet, a book
with a unique core metaphor: heavily processed information, like heavily processed food, isn’t healthy but for some reason we can’t get enough of it. Email. Social networks. Blogs. Online video. People today consume more information than ever before, and typically only consume the things they really, really like. Johnson compares this to a bad diet. “If you only ate what you want then we’d probably put the dessert section at the top of the menu, rather than at the bottom,” he says. “I think the same thing is happening with journalism: we’re going straight to dessert every time.”" PBS Newshour interview with Johnson
(~6 min. video with full transcript). Previously: Who wants to hear the truth when they can hear they're right?
This is what the internet looks like.
Google hired photographer Connie Zhou
to photograph its data centers for the first time ever, from enormous warehouses in Iowa
to color-coded pipes in Georgia
. You can even check out their security team on Street View
How people profit from your online mugshot and ruin your life forever.
A Gizmodo article, and a recent piece in Wired
magazine, on how mugshots
have turned minor incidents into persistent embarrassments
, and the cottage (extortion) industry that has sprung up in response.
In the wake of the venerable Boston Phoenix changing to a glossy magazine format
and rebranding itself as simply The Phoenix (as well as the ongoing turmoil at the Village Voice
), Salon's Will Doig writes the obituary for the age of the alt-weeklies. The Phoenix responds.
Something is wrong on the internet
(SLImgur). Please add to the list in the comments [more inside]
I was petrified. They had my address. I reported it to the authorities and hoped for the best. Two days later I opened my front door and there was a bunch of dead flowers with my wife's old Twitter username on it. Meeting A Troll
It has never been easier to be an amazing mind-reader.
(SLYT German PSA w/subtitles... any more would be telling)
"Of all the things the Internet was expected to become, it is safe to say that a seed for the proliferation of backup diesel generators was not one of them." Power, Pollution and the Internet
[sl NY Times]
My fellow Oceanians, you know we've always been at war with Eurasia
(Or is it Eastasia?) Either way it's war and we need division to wage it
But now the proles are connecting online bypassing these illusory divisions
Of race, religion and nationality (Sounds grand to me?!) It's a catastrophe!
Rap News (previously) analyzes the ongoing struggle of civil liberties in the Internet Age.
Will it remain the one open frequency where humanity can bypass filters and barriers, or become the greatest spying machine ever imagined?
"Once universally praised for founder Brad Fitzpatrick’s open-source platform and commitment to a free userbase—he once vowed that LiveJournal would always have basic (non-paying or ad-supported) accounts—LiveJournal is known these days mostly for being popular in Russia (the Russian name for blogging is “LJ.”) and Singapore, and for housing gossip blog Oh No They Didn’t."
Timely not real-time.
Rhythm not random.
Moderation not excess.
Knowledge not information.
These are a few of the many characteristics of The Slow Web
Who scrubs the Internet of its awfulness?
Buzzfeed interviews a former employee of the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children
tasked with processing reports of child porn. [Buzzfeed url and title is nsfw, trigger warning for sexual assault & exploitation]
Suppose I could offer you a choice of two technologies for watching TV online. Behind Door Number One sits a free-to-watch service that uses off-the-shelf technology and that buffers just enough of each show to put the live stream on the Internet. Behind Door Number Two lies a subscription service that requires custom-designed hardware and makes dozens of copies of each show. Which sounds easier to build—and to use? More importantly, which is more likely to be legal?
If you went with Door Number One, then you are a sane person, untainted by the depravity of modern copyright law. But you are also wrong. The company behind Door Number One, iCraveTV, was enjoined out of existence a decade ago. The company behind Door Number Two, Aereo, just survived its first round in court and is still going strong.
Why Johnny can't stream: How video copyright went insane
by MeFi's own James Grimmelmann
The Anternet is always up. On the surface, ants and the Internet don't seem to have much in common. But two Stanford researchers have discovered that a species of harvester ants determine how many foragers to send out of the nest in much the same way that Internet protocols discover how much bandwidth is available for the transfer of data. [more inside]
[Some links may contain images and language NSFW] An article
on The Daily Dot
) about tinhatting
, or the belief amongst certain fans that two celebrities are meant to be together but are being kept apart by nefarious forces, has sparked vitriol from the fans of the One Direction
pairing known as Larry Stylinson. [more inside]
Ice Cubes - A Recipe.
The comments offer many helpful tips.
Fifth graders in 1995
predict that we will all be on the internet in the future in this PSA from a Montana elementary school.
Terms of Service; Didn't Read
examines ToS and Privacy Policies for you, rating them from a user rights perspective.
Both inside and outside the walls of Facebook, the story of social games has become one of dead geese and golden eggs, flatlined growth, formulaic games and shady practises. Many warned that the sector was slowing down, but sometimes giants need to fall. It needs to get bad enough before people start to really consider what's next... So what comes next?
Is the Web Driving Us Mad?
(Newsweek, cover) Evidence wise, the verdict isn't looking good. The proof is starting to pile up. [more inside]
The First Photo on the Web
: A story of crossdressing, particle physics, humorous science-based novelty songs, and terrible photoshop.
meowbify the net:
this little app makes the web have more cats. Because there was a need.
(Transformations, Emotional Deconstruction) is a large, wall-based installation created by Sean Hathaway
, consisting of an array of 80 Teddy Ruxpin dolls that speak emotional content gathered from the web via synthetic speech with animated mouths.
In yet another attempt to bring order and usefulness to the comments section of a high traffic news site, Gawker has implemented a new comment system
. They are borrowing the basic concept from Slashdot that most comments will never be seen, and thus the focus is to find the interesting conversations that do occur under the article, and promote them with no regard for chronological order . The system shows some promise, although it clearly has a ways to go as a recent article failed to highlight replies in the comments from the subject of the article.
Also of note, the photo of Nick Denton used in the article is by MeFi's own mathowie
The Mommy-Fight Site.
What does it mean to raise a child in "America’s highest-income, best-educated Census area
? D.C. Urban Moms and Dads
might be as close as it gets to a field guide to parentis Washingtonianis
" [more inside]
is the name of a newly-identified malware program
which utilizes a previously unknown MD5 collision attack
to successfully spoof Microsoft Terminal Services, and install itself as a trusted program using Windows Update, Microsoft has confirmed.
The program appears to have targeted computers in the Middle East, and specifically Iran
; analysts have alleged it is likely created by the same entity
that designed Stuxnet. Flame has been live and actively spying since 2010
, but went undetected until recently, due to sophisticated anti-detection measures. [more inside]
"If you go into a Web browser and type the full city-nickname combination and add a .com, 27 of those URLs will take you to the official team page." Not so