18
Oct 10

404 Privacy Not Found

The curious thing to me about the Facebook apps ‘leaking data’ story is not that’s its happening, but rather the low levels of digital literacy (or the fact that this has been happening for years) by the public:

Many of the most popular applications, or “apps,” on the social-networking site Facebook Inc. have been transmitting identifying information—in effect, providing access to people’s names and, in some cases, their friends’ names—to dozens of advertising and Internet tracking companies, a Wall Street Journal investigation has found.

The issue affects tens of millions of Facebook app users, including people who set their profiles to Facebook’s strictest privacy settings. The practice breaks Facebook’s rules, and renews questions about its ability to keep identifiable information about its users’ activities secure.

The difference in the past was that the cost of acquiring this data was substantial enough to make it not worth the effort.  The amount of data freely available and the decreased cost of computing power make it a trivial effort.  This is only going to become more prevalent as online providers look to monetize the sale of data.  The problem is that data is being used in ways that the average internet user cannot comprehend, and therefore cannot make an informed decision to opt-in or opt-out.

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04
Mar 10

Yes, Ronald Reagan Belongs on Our Currency

Let me start off by saying that Reagan is the President of my youth, the President that as a child I trusted to keep the missiles from falling, who grieved the astronauts, and who “ at the time, I thought “ single-handedly defeated communism.   You can solidly put me down in the   “not a fan  column.   Yet I still think he deserves a place on our currency.

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03
Feb 10

Daily Links for January 15th through February 3rd

All excerpts are quoted from the respective link(s).

  • The Future of Search: Social Relevancy Rank – What we are about to get is a Social Relevancy Rank. Whenever you search streams of activity, the results will be ordered not chronologically but by how relevant each is to you based on your social graph. That is, people who matter more to you will bubble up. How does this work? Well, there will be a formula, just as there is a formula for Page Rank.
  • Saturday Evening Post Covers – Fine Art Reproductions of Iconic Illustrations – The complete archive of the Saturday Evening Post cover illustrations has been opened and hundreds of these iconic images are available as fine art reproductions. The remastered images are published as fine articles available on paper or canvas. These classic images recall a simpler time as well as representing the golden age of illustration. In addition to the complete archive of Norman Rockwell covers, we offer hundereds of other timeless cover illustrations.
  • Here’s Why Attempts To Cut The Deficit Will Definitely Make The Nation Poorer – Unfortunately, he’s got it backwards. The deficits he decries actually help to sustain demand and create jobs, thereby supporting the economy — not destroying it. And he reflects a commonly held belief that growing government debt represents a burden on our children and grandchildren, implicitly suggesting that future generations will have to reduce consumption in order to pay the taxes required to pay off the outstanding debt. Related to this is the fallacy that too much bond issuance will create a “debtors’ revolt”, whereby “the markets” will force the country to pay higher interest rates in order to “fund” its spending.
  • iPhone 3G S Carries $178.96 BOM and Manufacturing Cost, iSuppli Teardown Reveals  – iSuppli – My Observation: Apple's cost to add 3G capability to the iPod Touch would be under $30, based on iSuppli's tear-down of the iPhone 3GS.
  • 20+ mind-blowing social media statistics revisited | Blog | Econsultancy
  • The Data Digest: Trending Consumers’ Interest In Netbooks – What we see is that consumers are mostly interested in netbooks as a second or third PC that they could use while on the go, or that they consider giving one to their children.
  • iPad or Kindle: will our wallets decide? — Engadget – In quite a few ways, Apple's iPad and iBooks announcement today was a shot across the bow of Amazon's Kindle. Sure, Apple played nice, even saying that Amazon has done a "great job of pioneering" the e-book space, but you can't help but think that Apple thinks of itself as the evolution of the Kindle, not mere competition. Steve Jobs says that Apple is going to "stand on their shoulders," and that doesn't sound quite as benign as perhaps he meant it. So, how do the devices stack up, specifically as book consuming devices? Well, for starters, one of these things costs a whole lot more than the other… let's break it down after the break.
  • Psychological Tests for Student Use
  • Social Influence Marketing Trends
  • Razorfish – Fluent – The Social Influence Marketing Report
  • Understand Your Customers’ Social Behaviors – Applying Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs to participation with Online Social Media.
  • The social behavior incentive (how your app can be as addictive as Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare) – So, how can you make your own app addictive?
  • Timeline of Personhood Rights and Powers [Corporate versus Personal] – A pdf timeline.
  • Political math: 37 > 63 – James Fallows – Senators representing 63 percent of the public vote for the bill; those representing 37 percent vote against it. The bill fails.
  • Transparency: State-by-state Abortion Rates – Transparency – GOOD – Congress is trying to wrap up health-care reform this week. One of the major issues in the bill has been whether it would provide government funding for abortions, which—as with anything to do with the abortion issue—has resulted in much vitriol. In thinking about the debate, it's good to have a grasp on the scope of the issue. This is a graphic of the abortion rates around the country.
  • The Indispensible Ideas of 2009 – Harvard Business Review – 2009 was a year of unprecedented change. The global economic crisis caused us to reevaluate every aspect of business, from strategy to innovation to managing resources. Throughout all of this, Harvard Business Press remained a trusted source for the best ideas and advice on weathering tough economic times.

    Selected by leading business publications worldwide, below are the Harvard Business Press books that topped 2009’s "Best of" lists. These titles not only wowed the critics, they also helped thousands of managers like you survive and thrive in today’s complex business world.

  • A Writing Revolution § SEEDMAGAZINE.COM – In our analysis, we considered an author’s text “published” if 100 or more people read it. (Reaching 100 people may seem inconsequential, but new-media messages are often re-broadcast by recipients, and then by their recipients, and so on. In this way, a message can “go viral,” reaching millions.) Extrapolation of the Twitter-author curve (the dashed line) predicts that every person will publish in 2013. That is the ceiling: 100 percent participation. Provided current growth continues, the prediction of imminence is robust. Increasing the stringency of the criterion for “publishing” from 100 to 1,000 readers would reduce new-media authorship tenfold, but merely delays the predicted 100 percent participation by a year under this model.

03
Dec 09

The Problem with Afghanistan

I’ll make this brief.We are not the first nation to tackle Afghanistan, and we will likely not be the last.

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28
Nov 09

Daily Links for November 27th through November 28th

All excerpts are quoted from the respective link(s).

  • Visual Literacy: An E-Learning Tutorial on Visualization for Communication, Engineering and Business – The Visual-Literacy.org e-learning course will be used as an online leveling course as well as a blended skill-building course for students of fourteen different university courses in four universities (for more than 500 students). These courses require advanced analytical and conceptual visualization skills in order to transform abstract thought efficiently into graphic, tangible forms and to manage the topic complexity and the problems addressed in each class.
  • Think Progress » REPORT: At Least 40 GOP Lawmakers Fail A Principle Of The ‘Purity Test’ – [The] resolution, if adopted, would boot key Republican candidates running for the Senate next year. National Republicans recruited Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Rep. Mike Castle (R-DE) to run for the Senate, even though they have bucked conservative orthodoxy in the past.

    ThinkProgress has conducted an analysis that finds at least 40 current Republican members of Congress have violated at least one principle of the purity test[.]

  • Baltimore City Paper: Crash Course: The Maryland Millionaire Count, Tax Scams, and Train Wrecks – In a capitalist system, investors make money not despite hiring workers, but because they hire workers who, if they are adequately managed, create value in excess of the wages and benefits they are paid. This value is called "profit," and the business' owner gets to keep that, after paying taxes.

    In a properly functioning capitalist economy, rich people don't "create jobs" for workers; workers, upon having jobs, create rich people.

    That's how the system works, in theory.

  • Report Says Police and Catholic Church Hid Abuse in Dublin – NYTimes.com – But rather than helping the victims, the church was concerned only with “the maintenance of secrecy, the avoidance of scandal, the protection of the reputation of the church, and the preservation of its assets,” said the 700-page report, prepared by a group appointed by the Irish government and called the Commission of Investigation Into the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin.
  • The Origin of Big | The Loom | Discover Magazine – If the scientists are right, they may have discovered one of the big ironies in evolution. Lunge-feeding may have allowed whales to become the biggest animals ever to roam the planet. But this was not an open-ended invitation.r. Once whales got large enough, lunge feeding itself became so costly it prevented them from getting any bigger. Perhaps some day another animal will evolve a new strategy that will let it get even bigger than a blue whale. But for the animal kingdom as we know it, we may be sharing the planet with the biggest species it can offer.