No, you’re not being paranoid. Sites really are watching your every move
Sites log your keystrokes and mouse movements in real time, before you click submit.
surveillance  privacy 
Renuncia a Lucifer (O cómo la Contrarreforma dirige la política española)

La Contrarreforma es a España lo que la Ilustración es a Francia, la revolución industrial al Reino Unido, el romanticismo a Alemania o el liberalismo a Estados Unidos.
politics  history  spain 
2 days ago
3 Dangerous Ideas From Ray Kurzweil
1. The nation-state will soon be irrelevant.
2. We’ll hit longevity escape velocity before we realize we’ve hit it.
3. Technology will help us define and actualize human freedoms.
7 days ago
How Facebook Figures Out Everyone You've Ever Met
Shadow profiles, contacts info and the creepy PYMK algorithm.
facebook  fb  privacy 
8 days ago
The end of the cloud is coming
Peer-to-peer is where we’re inevitably going.
internet  web  p2p 
9 days ago
André Staltz: The Web began dying in 2014, here's how
In the Trinet [GOOG+FB+AMZN], we will have even more vivid exchange of information between people, but we will sacrifice freedom. Many of us will wake up to the tragedy of this tradeoff only once it is reality.
internet  web  facebook  amazon  google 
10 days ago
The Future Of Distributed Ledger Technology Is Not Blockchain. It's Hashgraph. A Conversation with Leemon Baird
Not only does Leemon appear to have solved the problem of scalability with significantly improved throughput, security, and fairness, but he has done so while eliminating the need for the type of massive computation and unsustainable energy consumption characteristic of industry leaders like Bitcoin and Ethereum.
blockchain  hashgraph 
10 days ago
No hay mal que por bien no venga: lecciones de la crisis catalana
La encuesta de Sigma Dos y la asunción —¿involuntaria?— de un marco democrático.
politics  spain  catalunya 
13 days ago
How To Lie To Yourself And Others With Statistics
Misusing statistics is one of the most powerful ways to lie..
15 days ago
Samuel Earle: Capitalismo vs. Privacidad
El capitalismo informacional ha convertido Internet en un medio de control social […] Los datos, si se deben recopilar, deben democratizarse, no filtrarse a través de algoritmos secretos para obtener beneficios privados. Hasta que se rompa el control tiránico de Internet, en el capitalismo informacional los peligros solo se profundizarán. Como con todas las tiranías, las vidas de los ciudadanos serán cada vez más transparentes, mientras que las actividades de los poderosos serán cada vez más opacas.
privacy  economy 
15 days ago
How Twitter Secretly Benefits From Bots and Fake Accounts
Fake accounts are not deleted in order to preserve user numbers for investors.
twitter  economy 
15 days ago
Why people get religious about Bitcoin
Internet’s original sin, blockchain heresies and Bitcoin’s power to transform society as an article of faith.
blockchain  bitcoin 
18 days ago
"I Forgot My PIN": An Epic Tale of Losing $30,000 in Bitcoin
Blockchain Futures Lab director tried everything, from hypnosis to hacking.
24 days ago
House Taken Over, by Julio Cortázar (1944), illustrated by Juan Fresán (1969)
Casa tomada. English translation and commentary.
These drawings are particularly interesting in that they are not limited to the mere translation of the narrated space into one of the possible floor-plans of the house, but they really use the floor-plan as the scenario of the narration, turning it into one of the characters of the story. In this way these illustrations represent a literary and graphic antecedent of that family of works where “theatrical staging” is itself part of the narration […]
25 days ago
Mariano Fernández Enguita: “S’ha de pacificar l’educació”
En març de 2017 va presentar a la Subcomissió d’Educació del Congrés dels Diputats el document <em>Un compromiso razonable para un pacto educativo útil</em>, en el qual aborda alguns dels problemes més conflictius de la història de l’educació espanyola, com ara la presència de la religió en l’escola, la <em>comprehensivitat</em> de l’educació o el paper del professorat, sempre tractant els conflictes sense complaure ningú i acompanyant cada diagnòstic amb una proposta de solució.
27 days ago
How Money Became the Measure of Everything
Two centuries ago, America pioneered a way of thinking that puts human well-being in economic terms.
economy  politics 
4 weeks ago
Catalonia plots digital government in exile in bid for independence
Estonia – already the world’s most digitally advanced society – plans eight data embassies that will each store copies of the government’s critical data to reboot in the case of physical or cyber attack. The first embassy, based in a cage in a high-security data centre in Betzdorf, Luxembourg, comes online at the start of 2018.
politics  internet  catalunya  cyberspace 
4 weeks ago
The Original ‘Nightmare’ Was a Demon That Sat on Your Chest and Suffocated You
Maere, mara, mahr, mahrt, mårt—by any name, it was and still is a terrifying visitor […] something known to sneak into people’s rooms at night, plop down on their bodies, and give them bad dreams […] the victim would feel a heavy weight […] and lose the ability to move.
sleep  dreaming 
4 weeks ago
13 things I learned from six years at the Guardian – Mary Hamilton
About data, people, platforms, quality journalism, transparency and complexity…
4 weeks ago
How Social Media Endangers Knowledge
…the web created an alternative space that threatened television’s grip on society. Social networks, though, have since colonized the web for television’s values.
facebook  internet  wikipedia  socialnetworks 
4 weeks ago
Una aplicación inconstitucional del artículo 155
Joaquín Urías, profesor de Derecho Constitucional y ex-letrado del Tribunal Constitucional. ¿Una carta blanca para usurpar las competencias de cualquier comunidad autónoma con la que discrepe?
politics  spain  catalunya 
4 weeks ago
Xavier Diez: D’escoles i adoctrinaments
Catalunya ha fet la seva pròpia evolució com a democràcia occidental (i capitalista) d’acord amb paràmetres continentals […] El sistema educatiu, contràriament al que molts pensen o somien, no té la capacitat de modelar els marcs mentals dels nostres alumnes.
politics  catalunya  spain 
4 weeks ago
Gilliam’s Dick: A Fictional Review of Ubik
So now, at long last, we finally get to see that lost classic of SF cinema: Terry Gilliam’s hitherto unreleased 1979 adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s classic '60s science fiction novel UBIK.
cinema  literature  sci-fi 
4 weeks ago
Pañuelos valencianos o cerrojos turcos
El Nou d'Octubre como spoiler del futuro turco que nos espera si no reaccionamos. La Transición valenciana fue de las más violentas de España. Pero puede que todo no sean motivos para el duelo. No estamos solos y somos más.
politics  spain 
5 weeks ago
Mobile ad technique allows stalkers to follow you around a city for less than $1000
By placing ads that only get served if a target is on a given block, the attacker can trace the target's movements in space and time. Ad networks also allow attackers to enumerate the apps installed on the target's device and retrieve sensitive demographic data.
privacy  surveillance 
5 weeks ago
Why the World Is (Still) Better Than You Think—New Evidence For Abundance
We pay 10x more attention to negative news than positive news.
earth  history 
5 weeks ago
Does Our Survival Depend on Relentless Exponential Growth?
If we decide that limitless exponential growth on a finite planet is unsustainable, we need to plan for the transition to a new way of living before our ability to accelerate runs out. If we require new technologies or fields of study to enable this growth to continue, we must focus our efforts on these before anything else. If we want to survive the 21st century without major catastrophe, we don’t have a choice but to understand it. Almost by default, we’re all accelerationists now.
earth  history 
5 weeks ago
Fernando López Agudín: Rajoy, el timo de la estampita constitucional
Toda constitución es el reflejo jurídico de una correlación de fuerzas sociales y territoriales.
politics  spain  catalunya 
5 weeks ago
Jordi Muñoz: "El independentismo se ha convertido en un elemento estructural de la sociedad catalana"
La cerrazón del Estado es lo que ha hecho posible todo esto. Es lo que ha empujado al centroderecha catalanista de orden hacia el independentismo. Y a defender la desobediencia, con el mundo de la antigua Convergència moviéndose hacia postulados históricamente defendidos por la izquierda independentista. No significa que no haya contradicciones entre ambos actores. Pero esta coincidencia de sectores ideológicos tan diferentes también debería hacer reflexionar a la gente del resto del Estado que contempla el independentismo desde prismas oxidados.
catalunya  spain  politics 
5 weeks ago
L'evolució del gènere Homo
Canvis de paradigma i irrupció de la paleogenòmica.
evolution  science 
5 weeks ago
Joe Reginella’s Memorials to Disasters That Never Happened
Brooklyn Bridge Elephant Stampede and Giant Octopus Staten Island Ferry Disaster.
5 weeks ago
The Seven Deadly Sins of AI Predictions
Mistaken extrapolations, limited imagination and other common mistakes.
6 weeks ago
Saint Nicholas original tomb discovered in Turkey
His remains were taken during the crusades to either Venice or Bari.
7 weeks ago
Norway wants to bury other countries’ carbon emissions beneath its continental shelf
The technology (Carbon Capture and Storage) had been around for decades.
energy  earth 
7 weeks ago
Ireland's Famine Follies
Thousands of Irish were employed by the government in purposeless projects.
7 weeks ago
Physicists find we’re not living in a computer simulation
Storing information about a couple of hundred electrons would require a computer memory that would physically require more atoms than exist in the universe.
7 weeks ago
Free/open, end-to-end encrypted, zero-knowledge shared text editor.
software  text  editor 
8 weeks ago
Clickbait and impact: how academia has been hacked
Essentially the same metrics as Buzzfeed posts and Instagram selfies.
8 weeks ago
Tres libros para repensar las ciudades
La ciudad del siglo XX es hija de dos tecnologías: coche y ascensor. La del siglo XXI es aún un misterio.
urbanism  cities 
8 weeks ago
Por qué me hice separatista
Recorte del Estatut, cambio generacional y bloqueo de España.
politics  spain  catalunya 
8 weeks ago
The clickbait economics of online media encourage carelessness and drama
Amazon, “potentially deadly bomb ingredients” and the threat that algorithms pose to journalism.
8 weeks ago
Geneva Police Confiscate Euro Bills Clogging Up Toilets

Swiss prosecutors are trying to figure out why someone apparently attempted to flush tens of thousands of euros down the toilet at a Geneva branch of UBS Group AG.
9 weeks ago
A pile of trash in the ocean has grown to the size of France—and some people want it recognized as a nation

Now with former US vice president Al Gore signing up as the country’s first citizen and more than 100,000 signing the petition to be granted citizenship, the campaign has submitted its application earlier this month to the United Nations to recognize the Trash Isles as the world’s 196th country.
9 weeks ago
Represión (Manuel Castells)
La insoportable levedad de la democracia española.
politics  spain  catalunya 
9 weeks ago
Irma rompe la ejemplar Defensa Civil cubana contra los huracanes
En los últimos 20 años apenas han muerto cubanos en los 19 huracanes que han sacudido la isla.
climate  politics 
10 weeks ago
Explained Simply: How DeepMind taught AI to play video games
How a neural network learnt to play Atari games by itself using Reinforcement Learning.
AI  gaming 
11 weeks ago
5 Reasons the UN Is Jumping on the Blockchain Bandwagon
Distributing aid, trading of greenhouse gases, identity, remittances, smart contracts.
11 weeks ago
The Mysterious Erdstalls Tunnels
Two thousand "goblin holes" across Europe, mostly Bavaria and Austria.
11 weeks ago
The French Film Critic Who Saw Jerry Lewis’s Infamous Holocaust Movie—and Loved It

It’s not pretending to be realistic at all. Instead, it has a very obvious fairy-tale feeling… There are no fairies here, but there details like in the Grimm brothers
11 weeks ago
Bomb shelter business booms as Trump and North Korea posture

“I think of myself as a modern-day Henry Ford, coming out with a shelter that everyone can afford,” Hubbard said.
11 weeks ago
Everything you need to know about WWII bomb disposals in Germany

In 2011 it was estimated that over 5,500 unexploded bombs or weapons including shells, grenades, mines, and ammunition from the Second World War that need to be defused are uncovered each year. The daily average is 15, most of them aerial bombs.
11 weeks ago
Philip K. Dick: A Visionary Among the Charlatans
Stanislaw Lem on Dick's world of preestablished disharmony.
literature  sci-fi 
12 weeks ago
Ellen Pao: This Is How Sexism Works in Silicon Valley
If you had the opportunity to have workers who were overeducated, underpaid, and highly experienced, whom you could dump all the menial tasks you didn’t want to do on, whom you could get to clean up all the problems, and whom you could create a second class out of, wouldn’t you want them to stay?
august 2017
"Un buen vino hace el mejor sermón": esto sale cuando las máquinas crean refranes

Aunque muchas combinaciones de palabras no tengan un sentido, parece que la máquina entendió el armazón exterior que tienen muchos refranes
ai  language 
august 2017
Ahorro del hogar
A principis de l'any 1959, tot just set anys després de la desaparició de les cartilles de racionament, l'empresa Compañía Española de Propaganda Comercial posava en marxa les llibretes de l'Ahorro del hogar a Barcelona i València […] Els comerços adherits incentivaven els seus clients regalant-los cupons per un valor que estava en funció de la despesa realitzada.
august 2017
Por qué el archienemigo de los drones repartidores es el hombre del tiempo

Actualmente, los informes del tiempo para la aviación se realizan en áreas cercanas a los aeropuertos y respecto a las altas altitudes por las que suelen moverse los aviones. Una información que de nada servirá a los futuros drones que volarán en ciudades y a alturas que no sobrepasarán los 20 metros.
weather  robots 
august 2017
Cómo consiguió Minotauro El Señor de los Anillos
<bockquote>Los Muchnik habían publicado <i>El Hobbit</i>, pero tuvo escasa repercusión y por problemas económicos nunca pudieron ponerse manos a la obra y editar <i>El señor de los anillos</i>, por lo que se les esfumó el plazo de tenencia de los derechos sin poder sacarlo a la luz. Fue una llamada providencial, porque Porrúa ofreció sobre la marcha 1.500 dólares por los tres volúmenes y se los quedó en el acto. Si hubiera tardado dos horas más, los habría perdido […]
literature  Tolkien 
august 2017
El paper de la violència en la Transició

Les xifres de morts més consensuades oscil·len entre 600 i 700 assassinats en 2.000-3.000 accions violentes entre 1973-1982. A tall d’exemple, la guerra d’independència Eslovena de 1991 suposà 62 morts. Un període com el conegut historiogràficament a l’estat com el “pistolerisme” representà, entre 1917 i 1923, no més de 500 víctimes. No té cap sentit, si no és per motivacions propagandístiques, titllar de “pacífic” i “exemplar” el procés en què una dictadura totalitària esdevingué l’actual democràcia espanyola. Ara bé, i aquí arriba la novetat, Casals considera que, si bé la violència tenia una motivació clara de desestabilitzar l’estat (ja fos per fer-lo involucionar, ja fos per redirigir-lo cap a la ruptura radical amb el franquisme), es produí la paradoxa que ajudà a consolidar la democràcia més o menys dissenyada per franquistes i opositors disposats a transigir. La pressió de les armes, en un moment delicat de canvi històric i social, a parer de l’historiador feu guanyar partidaris del sistema democràtic. El fet que cada setmana es produïssin morts, enterraments, trets o bombes, lluny de buscar sortides radicals va empènyer una opinió pública en procés de formació i modernització a abjurar de la solució armada, a emancipar-se d’una història que, com repetien els manuals escolars d’història, semblava destinada a la tragèdia. I, el fet cert és que l’estat, amb el pas dels anys i la consolidació de les institucions, va passar a esdevenir un dels estats amb menor taxes d’homicidi del món.
spain  politics 
august 2017
Catalunya: ¿patria o muerte? (Manuel Castells)

Y así fue como se fue gestando, por agravio y humillación, un amplio movimiento social independentista que desbordó el tibio nacionalismo de CiU hasta soñar con un nuevo país que superara las miserias de la crisis económica y política en España. Como analizó Marina Subirats, ante la esperanza que en el resto de España representaron el 15-M y otros movimientos sociales, en Catalunya fue el independentismo, ampliamente mayoritario entre los jóvenes, el que alumbró la llama de otra vida posible, por utópico que fuera ese proyecto.
spain  catalunya  politics 
august 2017
Breastfeeding rates are a marker of social class in the US

Breast milk has become a luxury good, another example of what the sociologist Elizabeth Currid-Halkett calls inconspicuous consumption: the investments in intangibles like health and education that increase social capital for the modern wealthy. And because these costs are largely invisible, it’s easy to frame breastfeeding as a free good equally available to all. The truth is much more complicated.
sociology  health 
august 2017
Es fácil encontrar tu rastro en el laberinto de datos 'anónimos' de las tecnológicas

La comunicadora Svea Eckert y el experto en análisis de datos Andreas Dewes obtuvieron los datos de búsquedas, supuestamente anónimos, de más de tres millones de teutones. Los estudiaron hasta sacar pistas sobre la vida de sus dueños: desde las preferencias pornográficas de un juez a la medicación utilizada por un político.
surveillance  privacy 
august 2017
SS Richard Montgomery: The Thames’ Ticking Time Bomb
On 20 August 1944, an American ship carrying huge amount of explosives ran aground on a sandbank in the Thames Estuary […] One analysis suggest that spontaneous detonation of the entire cargo would hurl a column of water and debris 3 km into the air, and send a tsunami up the Thames.
august 2017
No, Facebook Did Not Panic and Shut Down an AI Program That Was Getting Dangerously Smart

When Facebook directed two of these semi-intelligent bots to talk to each other, FastCo reported, the programmers realized they had made an error by not incentivizing the chatbots to communicate according to human-comprehensible rules of the English language. In their attempts to learn from each other, the bots thus began chatting back and forth in a derived shorthand—but while it might look creepy, that’s all it was.
bots  AI 
august 2017
When Will AI Be Better Than Humans at Everything? 352 AI Experts Answer
Aggregate forecast: 50% chance that unaided machines can accomplish every task better and more cheaply than human workers within 45 years.
AI  robots 
july 2017
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