Category Archives: Internet

NIST Makes Sense On Password Protection

Do you hate being forced to change your passwords on a regular basis, even though there’s no need to do so? I do. If nothing else, it forces me to use passwords that are easier to remember–and thus more easier … Continue reading

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Twitter Is Run By Idiots

With the latest Twitter improvement–which pulls random tweets into my timeline out of order–I’ve finally become exasperated with Twitter. Does anyone at that company actually use their own product? I realize the harassment issue is ‘hard’–which is to say, it … Continue reading

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The Difference Between Middlemen and A Real New Economy

One thing about the new economy is that many of these supposedly new jobs are pretty much the same old ones: When I look at the jobs most of the people who left [Amazon] had, these don’t appear to be … Continue reading

Posted in Internet, Transportation

Why The Twitter Icon Uproar Is Sort of Important

Last week, Twitter changed its “Favorite” gold star icon to a “Like” heart icon–and when you like something, the heart does a sparkly starburst thing. People were upset with the change, which inevitably led to self-righteous exclamations of “Don’t you … Continue reading

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I Still Do Not Understand The Economics of ‘Free’ Internet Ads

A couple of years ago, I wondered if the rise of ad blockers and tools that nuke various internet trackers would undermine the ad-based internet model: But while this [ad blocking] brings the Mad Biologist joy, it’s an economic disaster. … Continue reading

Posted in Internet, Publishing

How Does One Even Make an URL Like This?

I receive emails with journal tables of contents, including Emerging Infectious Disease. Here’s the url of an article provided in the article: It resolves to this: Not clear to me why the first version is needed, or how … Continue reading

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The Best ‘Explainer’ of Net Neutrality

We don’t need no stinkin’ Vox. Because we have John Oliver (it’s worth watching):

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