Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's testimony with EU lawmakers was super awkward
Weber suggested that Facebook’s algorithms are “incomprehensible,” and that perhaps regulation should consider making algorithms public.
data  privacy  facebook 
36 minutes ago
Hervé Falciani: «Les criptomonedes són l’evolució natural dels paradisos fiscals»
…ha advocat per un sistema que separe la gestió de la identitat privada de l’àmbit econòmic mitjançant un mecanisme de pseudoidentitat. «Separar i localitzar les dades és important per al nostre benestar i economia, no poden estar mesclats perquè trauen profit de la nostra informació. Cal aprofitar la tecnologia però no podem deixar que s’aprofite de nosaltres», ha apuntat.
economy  politics  bitcoin 
yesterday
Google’s Selfish Ledger is an unsettling vision of Silicon Valley social engineering
This internal video from 2016 shows a Google concept for how total data collection could reshape society.
data  privacy  Google  blockchain 
yesterday
Viruses, ET and the octopus from space: the return of panspermia
A major paper revives the oft-mocked theory that life on Earth began in a rain of cosmic microbes.
evolution 
2 days ago
Pim Van Lommel: “Hay conciencia después de la muerte”
¿Sabe que el 70 por ciento de los regresados se divorciaron poco después?
consciousness  death 
2 days ago
Chatbots are saints
Although chatbots have been presented as a means of humanizing machine language — of adapting computers to the human world — the real goal all along has been to mechanize human language in order to bring the human more fully into the machine world. Only then can Silicon Valley fulfill its mission of capturing the entirety of human experience as machine-readable, monetizable data.
AI  data 
4 days ago
Peter Diamandis on Overcoming Murphy’s Law | Quote Investigator
“If anything can go wrong, fix it! (To hell with Murphy!)”
10 days ago
¿Quieres un préstamo? Dime qué móvil utilizas y sabré si vas a ser moroso
…una decena de aspectos diferentes… como el dispositivo desde el que se hizo la compra, el sistema operativo, el proveedor de correo electrónico del cliente o la hora a la que se llevó a cabo la adquisición.
surveillance  data  privacy 
10 days ago
Exercise Tiger: The Disastrous D-Day Rehearsal That Cost 800 Lives
General Dwight D. Eisenhower… insisted that live ammunition be used instead of blanks so that his soldiers could feel, see and even smell what a real battlefield looked like.
war 
12 days ago
Jaime Miquel: La perestroika que necesita el Estado
…lo principal ya está escrito en los números de la sociedad: si no es perestroika ahora, será ruptura después.
spain  catalunya  politics 
13 days ago
De-Googling my phone
LineageOS, alternative app stores, free apps, file syncing, etc.
Google  phones 
15 days ago
Corporate Surveillance in Everyday Life
How Thousands of Companies Monitor, Analyze, and Influence the Lives of Billions. Report + Web Publication.
data  surveillance 
16 days ago
El 'spam' cumple 40 años: así se cabrearon las primeras víctimas del correo basura
Gary Thuerk (DEC): “Subrayé unos 400 nombres en el Directorio de ARPANET de unos 2.600 usuarios. Mi jefe de producto, Carl Gartley, las escribió [una por una] en el sistema de correo. Y yo escribí la invitación.”
email  spam 
19 days ago
Choosing a Responsive Email Framework: MJML vs. Foundation for Emails
Building responsive emails isn’t simple at all, it is like taking a time machine back to 2001.
css  email 
20 days ago
True AI is both logically possible and utterly implausible
Luciano Floridi. Singularitarians vs. AItheists. "How some nasty ultraintelligent AI will ever evolve autonomously from the computational skills required to park in a tight spot remains unclear. The truth is that climbing on top of a tree is not a small step towards the Moon; it is the end of the journey."
AI 
22 days ago
Are you really Facebook’s product? The history of a dangerous idea.
If anything, Facebook’s mistake in the Cambridge Analytica case was that it failed to treat users’ data as a valuable product.
facebook  data  privacy 
23 days ago
La polémica de ‘Lolita’
La cultura la crean, básicamente, los grupos privilegiados, uno de cuyos privilegios –y no el menor– es precisamente el de hablar en nombre del conjunto. En el ámbito del género, ello se traduce en una equivalencia implícita que está en la base del patriarcado: la que consiste en tomar lo masculino por lo humano. Precisamente el artículo de Vargas Llosa nos ofrece de ello un ejemplo inmejorable, cuando reclama una literatura que ofrezca una “vía de escape” al “fondo retorcido de lo humano”.
literature  gender 
24 days ago
Navajas en nuestras manos
Quedando esta violación probada [HECHOS PROBADOS en la sentencia], los magistrados llegan a la conclusión de que no hay violación, pidiendo incluso uno de ellos -en el voto particular- que se absuelva a los acusados.
gender 
26 days ago
Lecturas de «Teoría King Kong»
…porque no todos los hombres abusan de las mujeres pero todos los hombres <em>pueden abusar</em> de las mujeres… Nuestra identidad de género es cuando menos machista en potencia, ya que el lugar que ocupamos en la sociedad es privilegiado y está programado para permitirnos ciertos comportamientos abusivos.
gender 
26 days ago
“Fake news” is the newest, fakest justification for the EU link tax
1. Putting a price tag on spreading articles will decrease the circulation of professional news.
2. The link tax will disadvantage small, new and independent publishers.
copyright  politics  EU 
26 days ago
Researchers are keeping pig brains alive outside the body
Yale University neuroscientist Nenad Sestan disclosed that a team he leads had experimented on between 100 and 200 pig brains obtained from a slaughterhouse, restoring their circulation using a system of pumps, heaters, and bags of artificial blood warmed to body temperature. There was no evidence that the disembodied pig brains regained consciousness. However… billions of individual cells in the brains were found to be healthy and capable of normal activity.
animals  science 
27 days ago
Aquell 1986
Més de trenta anys després, la primavera del 86 té escàs glamour per anar explicant-la a classe (ho vaig intentar alguna vegada, sense massa èxit). Per contra, aquest mes de maig se celebrarà el cinquentenari d’aquell 68 que, certament, va tenir una transcendència històrica determinant, que arriba en forma de conseqüències perdurables en els nostres dies […] allò va ser un trencament generacional en què els més joves van qüestionar profundament les formes conservadores de la vida quotidiana, en què van dissoldre les rigideses morals dels seus avis. En certa mesura, els “soixante-huitards” van aconseguir una revolució en què l’individu deixava de restar constrenyit pel sistema de relacions, institucions i creences col·lectives. En aquest sentit, va resultar tot un èxit. Per contra, la trencadissa va servir per clivellar els fonaments de la solidaritat, per afeblir els lligams socials, per dispersar les lluites i customitzar els objectius. L’expansionisme personal va contribuir a estendre la fi de les grans causes comunes, i com a dany col·lateral, encara perdurable, a acabar justificant les desigualtats resultants, en un univers materialista fonamentat en el conformisme que, anys més tard, Margaret Thatcher anomenà <em>“There Is Not Alternative”</em>.
history  politics 
27 days ago
Monkey-selfie lawsuit finally ends: Court affirms adorable macaque can’t sue
Naruto does not have legal standing to file a copyright claim, as a crested macaque is not a person. Photographer agreed to donate 25% of future revenue to the Tangkoko reserve.
animals  copyright 
28 days ago
Cow could soon be largest land mammal left due to human activity
There is a very clear pattern of size-biased extinction that follows the migration of hominims out of Africa […] In North America, for instance, the mean body mass of land-based mammals has shrunk to 7.6kg from 98kg after humans arrived.
animals 
29 days ago
Let’s destroy Bitcoin
Three ways Bitcoin could be brought down, co-opted, or made irrelevant.
1. Government takeover
2. Facebook sneak attack
3. Go forth and multiply
What’s left for Bitcoin to do?
bitcoin 
29 days ago
Oracle's Network Computer: Larry Ellison's Too-Early Idea
Oracle CEO sold the tech world on the Network Computer, a machine designed to kill the PC’s dominance. The problem? It was 15 years too early.
computers 
4 weeks ago
The New York Times (1974): J. D. Salinger Speaks About His Silence
"There is a marvelous peace in not publishing. It's peaceful. Still. Publishing is a terrible invasion of my privacy. I like to write. I love to write. But I write just for myself and my own pleasure."
literature  writing 
5 weeks ago
Cómo llegó la Biblia del Diablo al Gabinete de las Maravillas del excéntrico emperador Rodolfo II
…manuscritos extraños como el Voynich (un libro ilustrado, escrito en un alfabeto desconocido y un idioma incomprensible) y la vara de Moisés, así como lodo del valle de Hebrón, con el que Dios modeló a Adán. Además, heredó el ainkhurn, un supuesto cuerno de unicornio, y la copa de ágata, que la tradición consideraba como el Santo Grial.
history 
5 weeks ago
Beyond #DeleteFacebook: More Thoughts on Embracing the Social Internet Over Social Media
…two additional approaches that individuals can put in place right now to begin their transition from social media to the social internet.
web  socialnetworks 
5 weeks ago
“De-tot-ònim”: un recurs antic però ben viu
Sinònim, antònim, topònim, corònim, orònim, hidrònim, talassònim, endotopònim, exònim exotopònim, fitotopònim, hagiotopònim, tautotopònim, anònim, autònim, pseudònim, al·lònim, autoctònim, biònim, acrònim, antropònim, autoglotònim, hiperònim, hipònim, cohipònim, homònim, heterònim, parònim, epònim, geosinònim, aptònim.
language  catalan 
5 weeks ago
Los silencios de nuestros amigos
Xavier Diez: "…sí sé qué pasará en las consciencias y pensamientos profundos de unos cuantos millones de catalanes que no somos nacionalistas, pero ahora, con más razón que nunca, nos han convertido en independentistas."
spain  catalunya  politics  history 
5 weeks ago
Nerea Barjola: “Alcàsser no deja de suceder y la única forma de pararlo es el feminismo”
Del mismo modo que el relato construido en torno a Jack El Destripador… sirvió para marcar los límites a las mujeres en un momento de transgresión, la narración sobre Alcàsser se utilizó para disciplinar a una generación de mujeres tratando como un suceso lo que es en realidad, dice la autora, “un régimen político”.
5 weeks ago
Inside the Jordan refugee camp that runs on blockchain
“Of course we could do all of what we’re doing today without using blockchain… my personal view is that the eventual end goal is digital ID, and beneficiaries must own and control their data.”
blockchain 
5 weeks ago
In blockchain we trust
The crypto bubble, like the dot-com bubble, is creating the infrastructure that will enable the technologies of the future to be built.
blockchain 
6 weeks ago
Why Zuckerberg’s 14-Year Apology Tour Hasn’t Fixed Facebook
Facebook is not a community; it is a regime of one-sided, highly profitable surveillance.
facebook  privacy 
6 weeks ago
New Theory Suggests Dinosaurs Were Already Dying When Asteroid Hit
New "biotic revenge hypothesis" suggests that dinosaurs were killed off by toxic plants and the inability to recognize its taste.
6 weeks ago
Why Micro.blog is Not Another App.net
It is not an alternative silo: instead, it’s what you build when you believe that the web itself is the great social network.
web  blogging  microblogging 
6 weeks ago
Sleeping Twice A Day is Better, Healthier, and More Natural
A new study details how throughout history sleeping in two big chunks every day actually used to be the normal thing to do […] So what changed? We moved to a society that values mass productivity and efficiency over leisurely personal health.
sleep  health  economy 
6 weeks ago
Mastermind behind EUR 1 billion cyber bank robbery arrested in Spain
Modus operandi: phishing emails to employees → remote control of infected computers → access to internal banking network and ATM servers.
crime 
6 weeks ago
States that are passing laws to govern “smart contracts” have no idea what they’re doing
A smart contract is simply an “if-then” statement. An actual legal contract is much more complex. The bills seem to be little more than pro-crypto posturing meant to attract investment and entrepreneurs.
blockchain 
6 weeks ago
Battiato: Il re del mondo
Nel 1979, Franco Battiato arriva per la prima volta con <em>L'era del cinghiale bianco</em> a quella sintesi tra musica pop, fruibile, e musica colta, temi profondi e ironia, che sono la sua cifra stilistica. “Il Re del mondo” è la canzone paradigmatica dell'album ed è una delle prime che tratta il tema delle illusioni nella vita dell'uomo, rifacendosi ad antichi miti esoterici.
music 
7 weeks ago
'Thousands of Companies Are Spying On You'
Transparency and regulation are the only answer to surveillance capitalism.
surveillance 
7 weeks ago
La no-llegenda de l’Espanya Negra
La paradoxa, és que contràriament al relat que s’intenta imposar a l’opinió pública espanyola, hi ha escassos nacionalistes entre els catalans.
7 weeks ago
It's Time For an RSS Revival
Tired of Twitter? Facebook fatigued? It's time to head back to RSS.
web  RSS 
7 weeks ago
El 'Titanic' y las langostas: una historia sobre Cataluña y la autonomía de lo político
En lo que entendemos como España, en los últimos 200 años, la república ha sido mucho más que la ausencia de rey, ha sido la forma que han tomado las ansias de cambio porque, a poco que se tenga olfato, se entiende que lo monárquico es el parapeto de la oligarquía.
spain  catalunya  politics 
7 weeks ago
Why Porn on the Blockchain Won't Doom Bitcoin
Just as you can write anything you like on the back of a transaction receipt, blockchains allow you to write arbitrary data along with your transaction.
blockchain  bitcoin 
7 weeks ago
Scientists think they found a new human organ—a fluid-filled “shock absorber”
Find needs to be confirmed, but it stands to raise a lot of basic biology questions.
health  biology 
7 weeks ago
The Next Cold War Is Here, and It's All About Data
Weeks before the GDPR goes into effect, the evidence is mounting that the EU’s approach will dominate […] Even in the United States, there are signs of movement toward embracing higher standards for data protection.
data  privacy 
7 weeks ago
System Fonts in CSS
…getting a feature into the spec is one thing and getting it into the browser is quite another. Luckily the adoption of <code>system-ui</code> has been quick.
css  fonts 
7 weeks ago
Every attempt to manage academia makes it worse
…as soon as you try to measure how well people are doing, they will switch to optimising for whatever you’re measuring, rather than putting their best efforts into actually doing good work.
education  organization 
7 weeks ago
Redirect FB algorithms now and 4 lessons from Cambridge Analytica
…correlations have their scientific merits (argh!), humans can be profiled in just 12 likes, anything measured can be used against us, and teachers seem more ethical than scientists.
facebook  surveillance 
7 weeks ago
We Cannot Build Peace on Empty Stomachs
John Boyd Orr, 1945. After all, famine is the greatest of all politicians.
politics  war 
8 weeks ago
Bitcoin's Academic Pedigree
The concept of cryptocurrencies is built from forgotten ideas in research literature. Bitcoin was unusual and successful not because it was on the cutting edge of research on any of its components, but because it combined old ideas from many previously unrelated fields.
bitcoin  blockchain 
8 weeks ago
25 Years of EdTech: Learning objects
Why did learning objects fail? 1) Overengineering 2) Definition debates 3) The reusability paradox 4) Unfamiliarity.
education 
8 weeks ago
Monarquía como la belga o república como la helvética
Jaime Miquel, 2013. España es uno de los Estados más antiguos del mundo, pero nunca ha sido una nación.
politics  spain  catalunya 
8 weeks ago
Jack el Destripador en Lavapiés
Así pues, como el fiscal Torres Dulce y el cineasta Garci supieron ver en su desahogo holmesiano sobre el acabamiento del Madrid decimonónico, también en Lavapiés, Jack el Destripador es emprendedor inmobiliario.
8 weeks ago
Facebook scraped call, text message data for years from Android phones
If you granted permission to read contacts during Facebook's installation before Android 4.1, that also granted access to call and message logs.
facebook  privacy 
8 weeks ago
This Norwegian Town Hasn't Buried a Body Since 1950
Bodies buried in the permafrost were not decomposing because of the extreme cold. Scientists fear the remains of residents who died of the 1918 flu pandemic may still contain live strains of the virus.
8 weeks ago
China’s New Frontiers in Dystopian Tech
Facial-recognition technologies are proliferating, from airports to bathrooms.
8 weeks ago
Oh No We Are Number One: On Being Ranked 1st In The World
Although filling out forms and reporting to bureaucratic entities are tedious and time-consuming, the real victims of all of this are the people we serve: students, patients, citizens.
university  education 
8 weeks ago
‘I made Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare tool’: meet the data war whistleblower
At the end of which Kogan’s app, called thisismydigitallife, gave him permission to access their Facebook profiles. And not just theirs, but their friends’ too. On average, each “seeder” – the people who had taken the personality test, around 320,000 in total – unwittingly gave access to at least 160 other people’s profiles, none of whom would have known or had reason to suspect.
facebook  data  privacy 
9 weeks ago
Facebook y Cambridge Analytica nos ofrecen la última evolución de la democracia
Unas 270.000 personas habían aceptado formar parte del supuesto experimento académico. Gracias a las características de esa app, y a la incapacidad de Facebook de proteger la privacidad de sus usuarios, su alcance fue exponencialmente mayor.
socialnetworks  surveillance  privacy 
9 weeks ago
Laura Freixas: ¿Qué hacemos con Lolita?
La novela de Nabokov debe ser leída, analizada y utilizada para entender cómo el patriarcado manipula en su beneficio, y para nuestra desgracia, la cultura. Pero en ningún caso debe ser sacralizada.
literature  women 
9 weeks ago
Miren Etxezarreta: "Para sostener las pensiones hace falta una reforma fiscal integral"
¿Si la riqueza española se distribuye en torno a un 46% al trabajo y a un 54% al capital, por qué el 75% de los impuestos se pagan por IRPF e IVA, es decir, lo pagan los consumidores y los trabajadores, y no llega al 25% lo que paga el capital?
economy  spain  politics 
9 weeks ago
Project Riese: The Secret Nazi Tunnels in Poland
A massive underground complex and tunnel system. Führer’s intended headquarter or weapons factory?
war  history 
9 weeks ago
El Paquete
El Paquete Semanal (“The Weekly Packet”): a clandestine in-person file-sharing network that distributes hard drives and flash drives full of media across Cuba. Nobody quite knows how it is created.
networking  Cuba 
9 weeks ago
US spy lab hopes to geotag every outdoor photo on social media
Imagine if someone could scan every image on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, then instantly determine where each was taken. The ability to combine this location data with information about who appears in those photos—and any social media contacts tied to them—would make it possible for government agencies to quickly track terrorist groups posting propaganda photos. (And, really, just about anyone else.)
privacy  surveillance  socialnetworks 
9 weeks ago
Portable Computer Pre-History: Portable Before Laptops
DYSEAC (1950, 20 tons) may have been the least-portable “portable” device ever created. It required two separate trailer vans to function.
Van No. 1 contains the control console, input-output, computer, storage, and 12 tons of refrigeration capacity. Its internal dimensions are approximately 39 x 7 x 9 feet and weighs about 12 tons. Van No. 2 contains DC power supplies, 6 tons of refrigeration capacity, and 1,700 cubic feet of spare space. This van also has internal dimensions of 39 x 7 x 9 feet. It weighs 8 tons.
computers 
9 weeks ago
La sembra sagnant de l’aviació feixista
Allò que s’accentuarà i “perfeccionarà” en la Segona Guerra Mundial, va començar a provar-se, i a practicar-se amb assiduïtat, a la Península. I, molt especialment, a l’arc mediterrani.
war  spain  history 
9 weeks ago
Sold: Isaac Newton's Notes on the Philosopher's Stone
The document details a months-long procedure of distillations and additions, heating and coolings, that end with the creation of “the Secret of Secrets,” the philosopher’s stone, which could transform lead into gold.
9 weeks ago
Building a Blockchain
Daniel van Flymen, and then Stephen Downes, have just learnt blockchains by building one. But: "This is just the tip of the iceberg".
blockchain 
10 weeks ago
The story behind the viral photo of a teacher in Ghana showing students Windows on a blackboard
The school has no computers even though students are expected to pass a national exam, including ICT, to progress to high school.
education 
10 weeks ago
Cuando fuimos árabes: la posverdad sobre Al Andalus
Emilio González Ferrín. Ni hubo invasión islámica de la península Ibérica en 711 ni tampoco una reconquista cristiana casi 800 años después.
history  spain 
10 weeks ago
‘Dr. Strangelove’ Is Basically a Documentary
According to Daniel Ellsberg the scenarios involved aren't far from reality.
11 weeks ago
Ethereum’s smart contracts are full of holes
Sergey and colleagues (University College London) used a novel tool to analyze a sample of nearly one million Ethereum smart contracts, flagging around 34,000 as vulnerable.
blockchain 
11 weeks ago
Found: Details of Picasso's Plan for His Most Massive Work of Art
100-foot concrete monument that would have dominated USF campus in Tampa was never made. The State Board of Regents approved it on April 9, 1973, a day after Picasso’s death, but did not agree to fund its estimated $10 million budget.
art 
11 weeks ago
Nokia, Vodafone To Install 4G on the Moon
First cosmic cellular network: module designed to transport and land two Audi rovers will also serve as an LTE base-station, allowing transfer of data and video back to Earth.
space 
11 weeks ago
Manuel Castells: “Los globalizadores han sido nacionalizados. La democracia liberal ha colapsado”
…la red global de locos que se atreven a pensar en otro mundo y a luchar por él, comprometidos y enredados, es la única pócima a nuestros instintos asesinos como especie.
politics 
12 weeks ago
The Epic Story Behind Nokia’s Iconic Ringtone
Tàrrega’s biggest selling point was that he was long-dead. Nokia needed a sound free of expensive copyright claims.
copyright 
12 weeks ago
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