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  • On using Wikipedia in schools

    In Students are told not to use Wikipedia for research. But it’s a trustworthy source, Rachel Cunneen and Mathieu O’Niel nicely unpack their case for the headline. In a online polylogue in response to that piece, I wrote, “You always have a choice: to help or to hurt.” That’s what my mom told me, a zillion years… Continue reading

  • First iPhone mention?

    I wrote this fake story on January 24, 2005, in an email to Peter Hirshberg after we jokingly came up with it during a phone call. Far as I know, it was the first mention of the word “iPhone.” Apple introduces one-button iPhone Shuffle To nobody’s surprise, Apple’s long-awaited entry into the telephony market is… Continue reading

  • Trend of the Day: NFT

    NFTs—Non-Fungible Tokens—are hot shit. Wikipedia explains (at that link), A non-fungible token (NFT) is a special type of cryptographic token that represents something unique. Unlike cryptocurrencies such bitcoin and many network or utility tokens,[a], NFTs are not mutually interchangeable and are thus not fungible in nature[1][2] Non-fungible tokens are used to create verifiable[how?] artificial scarcity in the digital domain, as well as digital ownership, and… Continue reading

  • A meteor miss

    So yesterday evening, not long after sundown, we drove out to our usual spot in the countryside west of Santa Barbara to watch a big launch of a big rocket — NROL-71 — from Vandenberg Air Force Base. The launch had been scrubbed three times already, the last one only seven seconds from ignition. Just… Continue reading

  • #ThomasFire Tuesday

    Here is the extent of the Thomas Fire, via VIIRS readings going back a week: Here are the active margins of the fire alone. The distance from one end to the other is about 40 miles: We also see it’s eleven or twelve separate fires at this point. The ones happening in the back country… Continue reading

  • The Daily Tab for 2017_06_06

    Required viewing: A Good American, a documentary on Bill Binney and the NSA by @FriedrichMoser. IMHO, this is the real Snowden movie. And I say that with full respect for Snowden. Please watch it. (Disclosure: I have spent quality time with both Bill and Fritz, and believe in both.) Bonus dude: @KirkWiebe, also ex-NSA and a colleague of Bill’s.… Continue reading

  • Linklings

    Old radio towers toppled as American Dream site preparations continue – News – NorthJersey.com Misses the real story. These were the towers that radiated 50,000 watts of WHN, WMGM, WFAN, WEVD and WEPN, all on 1050am, until several years ago, when an identical set of three towers were built a couple miles east of these.… Continue reading

  • Spring links

    Crocuses are showing up next to sidewalks in New York, so it must be Spring, which seems like a good time to finish a pile of links I started compiling in December and forgot about. Here goes… Photography Mattresses, Brooms, and Art in Bulk, Tahtakale, Istanbul: Commerce Direct and Unadorned. By Stephen Lewis in Bubkes.… Continue reading

  • Link pile-up

    Photography Snowcrystals.com, by Ken Libbrecht of Caltech. Follow the links. Amazing stuff. Alexey Kltijov‘s also amazing snowflake shots, with an explanation of technique Freedom vs. Surveillance Eben Moglen: Snowden and the Future. Three brilliant speeches so far, with one more to come. Are access and correction tools, opt-out buttons, and privacy dashboards the right solutions to… Continue reading

  • And one click to close the tab

    — when I see this kind of stuff pop over what I came to read: Continue reading

  • Daily Outline

    Fashion XOAB, a new sock company started by @RickLevine (the quietest and most enterprising Cluetrain co-author) and his brother Neil. Dig the Kickstarter, which wasted no time reaching its $30k goal. The video rocks too. Follow progress: @XOABsocks. These Sci-Fi Dresses Were Made Using Mega-Magnets. By Liz Stinson in Wired. As a bonus, they erase… Continue reading

  • Daily Outline

    War Syria crisis: US isolated as British MPs vote against air strikes — live updates. In The Guardian. Health Why We Can and Must Focus on Preventing Alzheimer’s. By David Perlmutter in The Daily Beast. Pull-quote: “…to a very significant degree Alzheimer’s disease is preventable. Research clearly shows that up to 54% of Alzheimer’s cases… Continue reading

  • 2013_06_24 Link Pile

    How to value personal data, by Ctrl-Shift World Economic Forum Sharing Economy Position Paper, at Collaborative Consumption Attention Economy vs. Intention Economy, a diagram by Robert Bashor. Also part of The system dynamics of an intention economy. How does GHCQ’s Internet surveillance work? by Ewen MacAskill, Julian Borger, Nick Hopkins, Nick Davies and James Ball… Continue reading

  • 2013_06_20 link pile

    The Deteriorata, which parodies The Desiderata, much as The Gluetrain Manifesto parodied The Cluetrain Manifesto. My fave line from another parody, perhaps by the same guy, of the “Markets are conversations” line: “Markets are money.” QR codes aren’t dead yet. By yours truly in Harvard Business Review. I’ll also be keynoting an upcoming iAB thing,… Continue reading

  • 2013_06_18 Link Pile

    Quote of the Day: There is no way to build a mirror world without a network of decentralized cooperating agents. — Phil Windley My keynote talk at KuppingerCole‘s EIC conference in May. (Registration required.) American Customer Satisfaction Index Google’s Loon Project Puts Balloon Technology in Spotlight: Future stratospheric systems could change how the world goes… Continue reading

  • 2013_06_14 link pile

    Where TIME Lost the Plot on Snowden and Spying Guardian pieces The NSA surveillance fallout should be a turning point for the tech industry, by Dan Gillmor On PRISM, partisanship and propaganda: Addressing many of the issues arising from last week’s NSA stories, by Glenn Greenwald Investigate Booz Allen Hamilton, not Edward Snowden: The firm… Continue reading

  • 2013_06_13 link pile

    Apple beefs up privacy protections in iOS 7. Here’s one reason: iOS 7 users aren’t just consumers; they are customers — of Apple. And, with its finger on the pulse of the market, Apple knows that customers don’t like being tracked like animals. (Note: I’m no fan of silos, and Apple has one here. But… Continue reading

  • 2013_06_11 link pile

    To the internet giants, you’re not a customer. You’re just another user. — Yahoo, Microsoft, Google et al don’t really offer ‘free’ email and it’s naive to expect any form of customer service from them, by John Naughton in The Guardian Monster gas cloud could unveil Milky Way’s black-hole hub, in Physics World. Exclusive Testimony… Continue reading

  • 2013_06_06 link pile

    Price-gouging cable companies are our latter-day robber barons: Monopolistic cable providers make internet access an unaffordable luxury for tens of millions of Americans, by Heidi Moore in The Guardian. A cool conference I’d like to attend, but probably won’t. How to destroy the future: From the Cuban missile crisis to a fossil fuels frenzy, the… Continue reading

  • 2013_06_03 link pile

    Personal cloud innovation happens at the edges, by Jeff Kramer Gartner Says the Personal Cloud Will Replace the Personal Computer as the Center of Users’ Digital Lives by 2014. A bit aggressive. From March 2012. Photos of Florence, shot from about 25,000 feet up, en route from Newark to Rome via Munich Innovations in Digital… Continue reading