We can’t expect Facebook to stop terrorists | Richard Barrett | Comment is free | theguardian.com
"This is a serious issue that merits considerable discussion, but there is a clear difference between a social responsibility and a legal requirement. Facebook and similar companies operate in a highly competitive commercial environment, and while no doubt eager to obey the rules, they are not in the security business and we would not want to entrust them with decisions on censorship. Lee Rigby’s murder was completely inexcusable on any grounds, but as the ISC report concluded, it was ultimately unpreventable; as have been other more recent attacks elsewhere in the world. The focus has to be as much on dealing with what drives such behaviour as on reaching out for new ways to prevent it."
terrorism  war_on_terror  Guardian  surveillance  censorship  2014  UK 
4 hours ago
"We will need writers who can remember freedom": Ursula K Le Guin at the National Book Awards - parker higgins dot net
"I think hard times are coming when we will be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now and can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, and even imagine some real grounds for hope. We will need writers who can remember freedom. Poets, visionaries—the realists of a larger reality. Right now, I think we need writers who know the difference between the production of a market commodity and the practice of an art. Developing written material to suit sales strategies in order to maximize corporate profit and advertising revenue is not quite the same thing as responsible book publishing or authorship. … Books, you know, they’re not just commodities. The profit motive often is in conflict with the aims of art. We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art, and very often in our art—the art of words. … We who live by writing and publishing want—and should demand—our fair share of the proceeds. But the name of our beautiful reward is not profit. Its name is freedom."
speech  2014  sf  art  Ursula_Le_Guin  freedom  capitalism 
13 hours ago
Jim Jarmusch: 'Women are my leaders' | David Ehrlich | Film | The Guardian
"These are films that believe everything is connected; theirs is a cinema of culture in conversation with itself. A young Japanese couple obsessed with Elvis. William Blake reborn into the American west. Instruments that resonate with every note that's been played on them, the world bound together by cab rides and cups of coffee. "Each one of us is a set of shifting molecules, spinning in ecstasy," says one character in The Limits of Control. "In the future, worn-out things will be made new again by reconfiguring their molecules.""
interview  cinema  film  Jim_Jarmusch  Guardian  2014 
2 days ago
Winter attraction designed by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen shuts after a day | UK news | The Guardian
Llewelyn-Bowen winter attraction shuts after a day: “the elf who is meant to be Simon Cowell is completely pointless”
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2 days ago
Nigel Farage is a coward, yet Cameron and Miliband are too gutless to attack | Nick Cohen | Comment is free | The Guardian
Nick Cohen: ‘[UKIP] an alliance of the septic & the geriatric: a movement of the empty-headed led by the foul-minded’
from twitter
4 days ago
BBC News - Finland: Typing takes over as handwriting lessons end
BBC News - Finland: Typing takes over as handwriting lessons end —
from twitter
4 days ago
twatted - Who Said It First on Twitter
I was the first person to use the word “twatted” on Twitter.
from twitter_favs
4 days ago
Our secular salvation myth distances us from reality | Giles Fraser | Comment is free | The Guardian
Our secular salvation myth distances us from reality | Giles Fraser: ‘The anthropologist always lives in the present’
from twitter
4 days ago
New Statesman | Tweeting a picture of a house is not an act of class warfare, whatever the Sun says
New Statesman | Tweeting a picture of a house is not an act of class warfare, whatever the Sun says —
from twitter
5 days ago
On The Future of Apple and Google | steve cheney – technology, business & strategy

In 5 years, it’s likely that the notion of an app won’t exist like it does today. Everything around you will feel like an app, whether run on stationary screens like VR, your wearable, or on objects that navigate around you with smart software, like cars, robots and drones.
Steve_Cheney  Apple  Google  mobile  apps  future  2014 
5 days ago
Russell Davies: Inevitable

Digital transformation of your organisation is inevitable. Your organisation will either become digital or be replaced.

That means that marketing/comms will have less or none of the budget, influence and power.

And that services/product will have more or all of the budget, influence and power.
Russell_Davies  digital  2014  marketing  products 
5 days ago
Emily Thornberry - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Wikipedia: ‘Thornberry resigned her shadow cabinet position on 20 November 2014, shortly after polls closed’ —
from twitter
5 days ago
Peter Sellars: ‘The United States is coming close to censorship’ | Music | The Guardian
Peter Sellars: ‘The United States is coming close to censorship’ | Music | The Guardian —
from twitter
6 days ago
Sustainability report: CP Scott's centenary essay | Sustainability | The Guardian
RT : Is this the greatest essay ever written on what a newspaper should be? [93 year wait to be tweeted]
from twitter
7 days ago
The Peripheral by William Gibson – a glorious ride into the future | Books | The Guardian
Guns, drugs, terrorism, time travel and more guns … this story of future London and small-town America is explosive, writes Sam Leith
sf  book_reviews  Guardian  2014  Wiliam_Gibson 
7 days ago
Education secretary Nicky Morgan: 'Arts subjects limit career choices' : News : The Stage
RT : Good job Gove was replaced by someone smart and insightful... Oh, wait a second... Shit..
from twitter
9 days ago
Design education is "tragic", says Jonathan Ive
RT : Jony Ive: "Because to do something new and truly innovative, does require you reject reason."
from twitter
10 days ago
Space in Videos - 2013 - 10 - Rosetta’s twelve-year journey in space
This ESA video … Still marvelling: ‘Rosetta’s twelve-year journey in space’ —
from twitter
11 days ago
About Daniel Edwards | Learning and Innovation
Their director of digital strategy, Daniel Edwards, has been inspiring on both occasions I’ve met with him: .
from twitter
11 days ago
Independent School of the Year 2014! - Stephen Perse Senior
‘Independent School of the Year 2014!’ - The Stephen Perse Foundation. Good, & far too rare, to see such innovation —
from twitter
11 days ago
How big is iCloud? | Asymco
"This would imply that two thirds of iCloud users are paying users (and one third are opting for the 5G plan).

I realize that this attach rate to a paid service is astronomical. Anything over 10% is unheard of. I would say the error in my estimates could be 20% but that still leaves a huge gap to what seems reasonable."
Horace_Dediu  iCloud  2014  Apple  cloud-computing 
11 days ago
First Dog on the Moon on ... when Cameron met Abbott - cartoon | Comment is free | The Guardian
First Dog on the Moon on ... when Cameron met Abbott - cartoon | Comment is free | —
from twitter
12 days ago
Welcome to BFI Southbank online
RT : Since Distant in 2002, every film by Nuri Bilge Ceylan has won a major award at Cannes
from twitter
13 days ago
Russian tanks and troops crossing into Ukraine, says Nato commander | World news | The Guardian
RT : Nato's top military commander claims columns of Russian tanks, artillery and troops have crossed over into Ukraine.
from twitter
13 days ago
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