Category Archives: Internet

Want to Know What Privilege Looks Like? The ‘Tell Someone “No”, Get Called a Whore’ Edition

A while ago, I got an email from a science aggregator offering me a chance to crosspost for…free. To paraphrase the wisdom of the philosopher Tone Loc, I get paid to do the blog thing (actually, that’s not the case … Continue reading

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Why I Think Yahoo’s Mayer Is a Bad CEO: The Flickr Edition

It has nothing to with issues of work-life balance or the whole work-from-home controversy. Nope. In a word, Flickr. Flickr, a picture storage and web display site, now owned by Yahoo, used to be a very good product (note: this … Continue reading

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We Didn’t Give Away Our Information–It Was Extorted From Us (The Death of Contracts)

In the discussion surrounding the NSA spying revelations, I’ve seen a few people mention how people have freely given away their personal information. For instance, David Sirota writes: As I noted on CNN, when it comes to civil liberties, the … Continue reading

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Internet Killed the Video (and Radio) Star

In a very interesting interview, Jaron Lanier describes something that annoys me to no end (boldface mine): I’m quite concerned that in the future someone might not know what author they’re reading. You see that with music. You would think … Continue reading

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How to Make Your Browser Run Faster, and How That Will Alter Internet Economics

A while ago, I bemoaned all the crap on webpages that eat up memory and make your browser (or computer) sluggish. I recently came across a add-on that really helps, Ghostery (note: I have no financial ties to Ghostery). It … Continue reading

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I Want This Job

Well, not really, but this Onion send-up of TED talks and social media is really funny:

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More Glimpses of Our Coming Neo-Liberal Dystopia: The Sluggish Internet Edition

While not as outrageous as the inability to reliably provide electrical power less than ten miles from the supposed Capital of the Free World, the reality is that the U.S. internet infrastructure sucks–and we have very limited goals in improving … Continue reading

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The Free Internet Really Isn’t Free

Alexis Madrigal recently argued that if you don’t pay for software, such as Instagram, then they will ‘take your stuff’ in order to make money. While Instagram took your stuff rather clumsily by changing the terms of use to allow … Continue reading

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Sometimes Science Fiction Does Predict the Future: The Mars Trilogy Edition

A while ago, I finished reading The Mars Triology by Edgar Rice Burroughs and which serve as the basis for the recent movie, John Carter. This part from The Warlord of Mars is very prescient: The aide took us to … Continue reading

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