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Pollution numérique : Greenpeace pointe du doigt les mauvais élèves
Plus de 4.000 centres de données extrêmement gourmands en énergie, et qui sont bien souvent alimentés par des énergies fossiles donc polluantes : c'est ce que passe en revue chaque année l'ONG Greenpeace dans son rapport sur la pollution numérique, c'est-à-dire l'effet physique de nos connexions numériques sur la planète.
energy  internet  apple  amazon  google  facebook 
january 2017 by juliusbeezer
DSHR's Blog: Lurking Malice in the Cloud
13.7% of Amazon S3 repositories and 5.5% of Google repositories that we inspected turned out to be either compromised or completely malicious. Among those compromised are popular cloud repositories such as Groupon’s official bucket. Altogether, 472 such legitimate repositories were considered to be contaminated, ... infecting 1,306 legitimate websites, including Alexa top 300 sites like groupon.com, Alexa top 5,000 sites like space.com, etc.

The details are in Section 4.2 of the paper. Briefly, many of the compromised repositories had:

a misconfiguration flaw ... which allows arbitrary content to be uploaded and existing data to be modified without proper authorization.

Because the legitimate renters of the bucket had not been sufficiently careful to fully define the bucket's access policy:

by default, ... the cloud only checks whether the authorization key (i.e., access key and secret key) belongs to an S3 user, not the authorized party for this specific bucket: in other words, anyone, as long as she is a legitimate user of the S3, has the right to upload/modify, delete and list the resources in the bucket and download the content.
amazon  google  internet  security 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
Amazon Says It Puts Customers First. But Its Pricing Algorithm Doesn’t. - ProPublica
The costs of simply buying the algorithm-selected choice can add up. The average price difference between what the program recommended and the truly cheapest price was $7.88 for the 250 products we tested. An Amazon customer who bought all the products on our list from the buy box would have paid nearly 20 percent more — or about $1,400 extra — than if they had bought the cheapest items being offered by other vendors.
amazon  business 
september 2016 by juliusbeezer
Monopoly achieved: An invincible Amazon begins raising prices » MobyLives
The Amazon.com story is remarkable. Within living memory, bookselling was a local activity. A major city would have two or three large independent stores selling new books and other large, scruffier stores selling secondhand books. Paperbacks would receive wide if uneven circulation on bus station and drugstore racks. It was not a perfect system, but it had the advantage of being diffuse and thus hard to control. The hippie, black and women’s movements of the 1960s would not have been so successful in challenging authority without the bookstores, which made their ideas widely available and sympathetic in a way that television, for instance, did not.

That transmission system has now been largely dismantled, killed by high rents and new technology. With little discussion, Amazon has skillfully absorbed a large part of the book trade. It sells about one in four new books, and the vast number of independent sellers on its site increases its market share even more. It owns as a separate entity the largest secondhand book network, Abebooks. And of course it has a majority of the e-book market.
bookselling  amazon  monopoly 
april 2016 by juliusbeezer
Google’s iron grip on Android: Controlling open source by any means necessary | Ars Technica
Play Services is a closed source app owned by Google and licensed as part of the Google Apps package. Any feature you see move from "normal" Android to Google Play Services is also moving from open source to closed source. This app pulls off the neat trick of not only enticing users with exclusive, closed source features, but locking in third-party developers with Google's proprietary APIs as well.

Taking the Android app ecosystem from Google seems easy: just get your own app store up and running, convince developers to upload their apps to it, and you're on your way. But the Google APIs that ship with Play Services are out to stop this by convincing developers to weave dependence on Google into their apps. Google's strategy with Google Play Services is to turn the "Android App Ecosystem" into the "Google Play Ecosystem" by making a developer's life as easy as possible on a Google-approved device—and as difficult as possible on a non-Google-approved device.

If you use any Google APIs and try to run your app on a Kindle, or any other non-Google version of AOSP: surprise! Your app is broken. Google's Android is a very high percentage of the Android market, and developers only really care about making their app easily, making it work well, and reaching a wide audience. Google APIs accomplish all that, with the side effect that your app is now dependent on the device having a Google Apps license.
google  android  amazon  openness 
march 2016 by juliusbeezer
Amazon to Spend $10,000,000 on Translation - TRANSLATIONiSTA
I suspect and fear that the translators who are hired in this way will be paid bottom-dollar for their work. After all, this is not a charitable venture; Amazon is running a business, and the point of a business like this is to be profitable, as I would assume AmazonCrossing has been thus far, given the volume of sales Amazon is is in a position to achieve. Several years ago, Amazon set up a portal that allowed translators to bid on translation projects to be published by AmazonCrossing, and while my contacts at Amazon assure me that these gigs do not automatically go to the lowest bidder (there’s someone checking credentials and weighing skill against cost), I don’t know what other purpose a bidding website can have other than to drive prices down, obviously at the translators’ expense. Drive them down to how low? It’s impossible to say, since last I heard Amazon was still requiring the translators who accepted contracts to work for it to sign a non-disclosure agreement. (If they’ve since dropped that requirement, I’d love to hear about it and will publish a statement to that effect right here.)
translation  business  amazon  literature  fren 
october 2015 by juliusbeezer
Stevey's Google Platforms Rant I was at Amazon for about six and a half years,…
His Big Mandate went something along these lines:

1) All teams will henceforth expose their data and functionality through service interfaces.

2) Teams must communicate with each other through these interfaces.

3) There will be no other form of interprocess communication allowed: no direct linking, no direct reads of another team's data store, no shared-memory model, no back-doors whatsoever. The only communication allowed is via service interface calls over the network.

4) It doesn't matter what technology they use. HTTP, Corba, Pubsub, custom protocols -- doesn't matter. Bezos doesn't care.

5) All service interfaces, without exception, must be designed from the ground up to be externalizable. That is to say, the team must plan and design to be able to expose the interface to developers in the outside world. No exceptions.

6) Anyone who doesn't do this will be fired.
amazon  google  programming 
june 2015 by juliusbeezer
Amazon, the greedy giant with small publishers in its grip | Books | The Guardian
working conditions in a UK-based Amazon warehouse showed an undercover worker walking 11 miles on a shift and collecting an order every 33 seconds. According to the BBC website, “experts have told Panorama these 10-and-a-half-hour night shifts could breach the working time regulations because of the long hours and the strenuous nature of the work”.

“I would never work for this company again, I felt like a slave trapped in a big metal cage,” one worker told campaigning group Amazon Anonymous, according to Newsweek. Then there’s the pay, which is below the UK living wage of £7.85 per hour, despite Amazon sales in Britain in 2012 of £4.2bn. Other policies reported in the change.org petition (@AmazonUK: this Christmas, pay your workers a Living Wage) are: 15 minute breaks that start wherever workers are in the giant warehouses, compulsory overtime, a “sack-if-you’re-sick” (three sick breaks in a three-month period) policy, monitoring and timing toilet breaks, getting half a point if you’re one minute late (three points and you’re out), a “performance console” that tracks and logs workers’ activities so they can be sacked if their “pick rate” is too slow, and insecure temporary contracts for thousands of employees.
amazon  work 
february 2015 by juliusbeezer
Amazon’s frightening CIA partnership: Capitalism, corporations and our massive new surveillance state - Salon.com
The decision to boot WikiLeaks was, in fact, one that was made internally, no pressure from the deep state required... And it paid off. A little more than a year later, Amazon was awarded a generous $600 million contract from the CIA to build a cloud computing service that will reportedly “provide all 17 [U.S.] intelligence agencies unprecedented access to an untold number of computers for various on-demand computing, analytic, storage, collaboration and other services.
amazon  wikileaks  security  surveillance 
december 2014 by juliusbeezer
From Google to Amazon: EU goes to war against power of US digital giants | Technology | The Observer
he is in favour of regulation that allows competitors to use the Google platform fairly. The pushback against Amazon has also begun: as of last year, the online retailer can no longer stop independent sellers on its German website from offering their own goods cheaper elsewhere, including on their own websites.
google  amazon  ebooks 
july 2014 by juliusbeezer
Indexing | Indexplural
the Amazon tool called X-Ray (it is said to reveal the bones of the book) along with other “Extras”. They do not add up to what we ordinarily think of as an index. They provide links to sources outside the book such as Wikipedia, for one thing, and there are no page numbers. Hyperlinks take the reader directly to the desired text and neat little graphs indicate the location and length of the citation. Amazon even activates X-Ray in fiction: all the characters, locations, and events in the book are listed and linked.
amazon  indexing  ebooks  bookselling  publishing 
july 2014 by juliusbeezer
How Amazon is holding Hachette hostage | Technology | theguardian.com
Hachette, more than any other publisher in the industry, has had a single minded insistence on DRM since the earliest days. It's likely that every Hachette ebook ever sold has been locked with some company's proprietary DRM, and therein lies the rub.

Under US law (the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act) and its global counterparts (such as the EUCD), only the company that put the DRM on a copyrighted work can remove it. Although you can learn how to remove Amazon's DRM with literally a single, three-word search, it is nevertheless illegal to do so, unless you're Amazon.
ebooks  amazon  copyright  drm 
june 2014 by juliusbeezer
Self-Publishing? READ! | Mike Cane’s xBlog
Pointers to formatting for ePub and mobi formats.
ebooks  amazon 
june 2014 by juliusbeezer
Amazon's Tactics Confirm Its Critics' Worst Suspicions - NYTimes.com
In an effort to exert pressure on Hachette, Amazon began taking down preorder buttons for many Hachette titles. It has also suddenly raised prices on some Hachette books and has changed its page design to more prominently recommend other titles. These moves follow weeks of increasingly hardball tactics. Among other customer-punishing moves, Amazon has increased shipping times for Hachette titles from a few days to weeks.
amazon  censorship 
may 2014 by juliusbeezer
Making Millions in the Digital Middle | Digital Book World
Free represents content that readers can get at no charge, such as book samples, blog posts, free resources, etc. The number $9.99 represents the typical price used to sell digital e-books. To date, most publishers and authors concentrate their efforts on either end of the line. They give away free content to promote their titles and entice readers. Then, they charge consumers around $9.99 or more to purchase a digital e-book.

Notice the wide gap between free and $9.99. I call it the “Digital Middle,” and I believe there are millions of dollars to be made in this middle space. However, this money can’t be realized until publishers and authors stop fixating on long-form content on the left side of the line. The 250-page trade book (and e-book) can still remain the basis for publishing fiction stories and non-fiction ideas. But, the growth opportunity is in the digital middle using shorter-form content at various price points. Someone is already making millions in this middle space…guess who?

Amazon is known as a company that rarely turns a profit. Yet, they’ve found profit in the digital middle with their Kindle Singles division
ebooks  business  amazon 
november 2013 by juliusbeezer
Amazon Founder Says He Clicked on Washington Post by Mistake : The New Yorker
SEATTLE (The Borowitz Report)—Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com, told reporters today that his reported purchase of the Washington Post was a “gigantic mix-up,” explaining that he had clicked on the newspaper by mistake.
newspapers  journalism  funny  amazon 
september 2013 by juliusbeezer
Five things Jeff Bezos should do to reinvent the sinking ship that is the Washington Post — Tech News and Analysis
There’s been a metric ton or so of digital ink spilled over Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his acquisition of the venerable Washington Post since the deal was announced on Monday ... dozens of different interpretations of his potential motivations for the $250-million purchase. Bezos' plans for the newspaper remain a closely guarded secret — but what follows are five things I think the Amazon founder should do to if he wants to re-energize the Post and help blaze a trail towards the newspaper of the future.
newspapers  journalism  amazon 
september 2013 by juliusbeezer
How will Amazon's Bezos change The Washington Post? | Reuters
One idea would be for the Post to offer news via a branded tablet, perhaps given away with a one-year subscription, much as phone companies subsidize handsets, said Thomas Russo, a partner of the Gardner Russo & Gardner investment firm, one of the biggest Washington Post Co shareholders. Amazon for a long time sold its Kindle e-readers at cost, effectively giving away a device through which buyers then access its online trove.
newspapers  amazon  ebooks 
august 2013 by juliusbeezer
Crowdsourced lobby exposé shows Internet giants have footprints on our data privacy laws | Corporate Europe Observatory
One clue to why this happens is that a large share of the 754 MEPs are involved in cross-party groups, used by industry as vehicles for lobbying. There are dozens of such 'MEP-industry forums', funded by and frequently run by Brussels-based lobby industry groups and consultancies. These forums are currently not bound by transparency and ethics rules, in contrast with the officially recognised 'intergroups' for which some very limited rules exist. The key to the effectiveness of these under-the-radar lobby vehicles is that they gain a veneer of respectability by their large MEP membership. Which, for many MEPs, is often driven by a lack of internal expertise on a specific policy area.
privacy  internet  politics  amazon 
february 2013 by juliusbeezer
Amazon Is Ripe For Disruption - Forbes
“Amazon is ripe for disintermediation itself, having done that to bookstores, publishers and distributors, so some plucky publishing startups will start to push Amazon to the sidelines,” says Charman-Anderson. “As soon as consumers feel they have a sensible choice, they will go for it.”
amazon  publishing  ebooks  commenting 
december 2012 by juliusbeezer
Random Shopper — Shipment 1: Linguistics and Dissonance
Darius Kazemi has written a bot that buys him $50 of random crap off Amazon every month using calls to the Wordnik API. So far it's working out great.
amazon  screwmeneutics 
december 2012 by juliusbeezer
Random Shopper — Randomized Consumerism
@Twips2 @SJBerrington Of course someone is already doing this on the intertubes:
funny  cool  amazon 
november 2012 by juliusbeezer
For Publishers The Long Term Is the Only Race Worth Winning | Publishing Perspectives
I’m constantly bumping up against tensions in the book world that expose very paradoxical interests — most of which are related to the omnipresent tension between viewing books as cultural products versus normal economic goods. --Chad Post on the state of the biz in 2012
publishing  translation  ebooks  amazon 
june 2012 by juliusbeezer
Amazon.com: Customer Discussions: I wish I could read a book in French
Amazon customers discuss their reading habits in foreign languages. An eclectic miscellany of approaches. Valuable for that reason.
amazon  français  language  teaching 
may 2012 by juliusbeezer
Statement by amazon web services on bumping wikileaks
There have been reports that a government inquiry prompted us not to serve WikiLeaks any longer. That is inaccurate.
There have also been reports that it was prompted by massive DDOS attacks. That too is inaccurate. There were indeed large-scale DDOS attacks, but they were successfully defended against. Amazon Web Services (AWS) rents computer infrastructure on a self-service basis. AWS does not pre-screen its customers, but it does have terms of service that must be followed. WikiLeaks was not following them. There were several parts they were violating. For example, our terms of service state that “you represent and warrant that you own or otherwise control all of the rights to the content… that use of the content you supply does not violate this policy and will not cause injury to any person or entity.” It’s clear that WikiLeaks doesn’t own or otherwise control all the rights to this classified content.
wikileaks  amazon 
december 2010 by juliusbeezer
Amazon is not Big Brother - Telegraph
My comment, which starkly contradicted the Telegraph's writer Andrew Keen (qu'est
jbcomment  orwell  amazon 
july 2009 by juliusbeezer

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