Posts Tagged ‘information’
Sure there are reasons to save this "tracking" data... It's just that most of them are Orwellian nightmares. But as a German Green party politician, Malte Spitz, recently learned, we are already continually being tracked whether we volunteer to be or not. Cellphone companies do not typically divulge how much information they collect, so Mr. [...]
Google this week launched a significant change in search algorithm intended to push down low-quality, SEO'd-out-the-ass content farms in favor of less spammy sites with more useful information. NYT article here, and the original Google announcement is here. Google says the change "noticeably impacts 11.8% of our queries." So far, it's US-only, [...]
This may be the first time I ever gave a shit about Twitter. The request was approved by a magistrate judge in Alexandria, Virginia where a federal grand jury is looking into charges against WikiLeaks related to its acquisition and publishing of U.S. government classified information. The court order came with a gag order that prevented Twitter [...]
Christopher Maag, writing for credit.com, says that any attempt to maintain your privacy online is doomed. Deleting cookies won't work, banning cookies won't work, and using privacy tools won't work, either. Even after you set your browser to delete existing cookies and ban new ones, download super-cookies and use the tools created by [...]
The CIA has launched a taskforce to assess the impact of 250,000 leaked US diplomatic cables. Its name? WikiLeaks Task Force, or WTF for short. The group will be charged with scouring the released documents to survey damage caused by the disclosures. One of the most embarrassing revelations was that the US state department had drawn up a [...]
In a post from last August, author Edward Hasbrouck explains why he and the ACLU are suing the US Department of Homeland Security to force them to disclose traveler records in response to Freedom of Information Act requests: I'm suing the government because of the significance of commercial airline reservations and the DHS "Automated Targeting [...]
Josh Klein -- the fellow who trained crows to collect quarters and wrote an article for MAKE on how to toilet train your cat... and Bill Jensen wrote a new book called Hacking Work -- an "instruction manual for getting your work done faster, more efficiently, and with more fun no matter what your company manual says." It came out last week [...]
An anonymous photographer snapped this delightful pic of a way minatory sign on the chain-link outside a Lockheed-Martin factory. I love that they prohibit "gathering of information" -- I wonder what Claude Shannon would have to say about that. I'd love to see the court case, in any event, provided I wasn't the defendant.
Samy Kamkar, an open source developer whose motto is "think bad, do good" has released an API called "evercookie." Evercookie sets a nigh-undeletable tracking cookie in your browser, storing the information in eight separate ways; if you try to delete it but leave even one copy of the data around, it will repopulate itself using that last [...]
Preliminary new DNA results from the 900 year old Starchild Skull, providing information that a percentage of the DNA in the bone may not be from Earth.
If you have any kind of sentimental attachment to the familiar, red-bordered ATI brand with its friendly curvy letters, then dig out your mourning gear. Yep, it turns out that all the rumors were 100% true. AMD is axing the ATI brand for good, and it's now official. AMD says the decision to drop the 25-year-old brand was made after polling a [...]