Category Archives: Internet

Resistance Watch

Charlie Stross writes, However, Facebook is trying to get eyeballs on ads, as is Twitter, as is Google. To do this, they fine-tune the content they show you to make it more attractive to your eyes—and by ‘attractive’ I do … Continue reading

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Resistance Watch

Two from Monday’s WSJ. 1. David Benoit in a front-page story on Apple writes, A leading activist investor and a pension fund are saying the smartphone maker needs to respond to what some see as a growing public-health crisis of … Continue reading

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Resistance watch

Charles Cooke writes, Any network of self-driving cars would, by definition, necessitate total and unceasing tracking of their occupants. . . The car, far from serving as a liberator, would become a telescreen on wheels — an FBI-approved bug, to … Continue reading

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2018 as a year of resistance

Tyler Cowen predicts some themes for 2018. Many of the biggest events of 2018 will be bound together by a common theme, namely the collision of the virtual internet with the real “flesh and blood” world. This integration is likely … Continue reading

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Social validation media

Orge Castellano writes, The only purpose of these apps — thriving in the attention economy market — is to trigger our brains into the instant gratification lifestyle, ultimately exploiting our mind’s weaknesses. Whether in the form of a like (Facebook), a binary like/dislike format … Continue reading

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Should algorithms receive patents?

David Edwards wrote, the distinction between discovery and invention should be eliminated. This would allow the patent incentive to motivate exploration for previously unknown useful forms of bacteria, plants, animals, materials, molecules, atoms, particles, etc. Previously unknown mathematical formulas and … Continue reading

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Did the Suits win the Internet?

Alan Kay says, this was just like two years before going to PARC. I finished my PhD. I started thinking about this. I said, “If we’re gonna do a personal computer”—and that’s what I wanted PARC to do and that’s … Continue reading

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Today’s communication architecture

Mark Jamison writes, Netflix and other large edge providers are bypassing the internet. More specifically, they are building or leasing their own networks designed to their specific needs and leaving the public internet — the system of networks that only … Continue reading

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The Original Internet Architecture

Tyler Cowen writes, It remains the case that the most significant voluntary censorship issues occur every day in mainstream non-internet society, including what gets on TV, which books are promoted by major publishers, who can rent out the best physical … Continue reading

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Some questions about Google

Salil Mehta writes, On Friday afternoon East Coast Time by surprise, I was completely shut down in all my Google accounts (all of my gmail accounts, blog, all of my university pages that were on google sites, etc.) for no … Continue reading

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