So well played, Zuck. You’ve saved a corrupted sham democracy from its own paid trolls. That’ll show your critics you take your responsibilities seriously.
If you are stuck for a resolution for next year, PZ Myers has a suggestion:
Just so you know, 31 December is #TwitterEvacuationDay, when many people are making the jump to alternative micro-blogging media, or just throwing up their hands in disgust and giving it all up. It’s the only way to make Twitter wake up, I think…or at the very least, to personally escape the toxic trap.
I’m recommending that everyone make the leap to Mastodon — or, I hope, that at least some of my friends get an account there. Really, it’s just like Twitter — the interface is exactly like Tweetdeck, if you’re familiar with that. The big difference is that, instead of one giant central server for everyone, it’s distributed among many smaller servers, or instances.
I had abandoned Twitter, and was happily using GNU Social, long before Mastodon was a thing. But Mastodon and GS instances can talk to each other, so which platform you prefer really is just a matter of personal preference.
But if you are still on Twitter, December 31st is a good time to join the Fediverse.
Non-alcoholic beverage slinger Long Island Iced Tea Corp, which is publicly traded and wasn’t performing particularly well financially, decided to rename itself this week to Long Blockchain – and its share price soared 289 per cent.
I should start a company called “The e-Cyber Blockchain Business”. With a name like that, I won’t need a product.
Around 200 Brussels taxi drivers staged a protest against the private hire app Uber on Tuesday morning. The drivers are unhappy about what they see as unfair competition from the app posing a threat to their jobs.
I find that my sympathies tend to be with the taxi drivers when it comes to disputes about Uber.
Ultimately, Uber is nothing more than a minicab firm with an automated dispatcher and underpaid drivers. I don’t really see why people keep getting so excited by this.
If Google was a person, it would have had a restraining order for stalking slapped on it by now.
Too often we focus on technology and forget the structures of law, ownership and power that technology operates within. Dazzled by the astonishing pace of technological advance we can easily think that information technology is itself the solution. Instead we must think about the purpose, power and politics of information technology, and not presume some in-built positive aim.
Magic is arcane – in the original meaning of the world. It’s occult – again, in the original meaning of the world. It’s difficult, dangerous, and often quite impractical despite its theoretical incredible power.
…Ever tried to set up a Sendmail server?
Facebook has begun conducting a pilot where it solicits intimate photographs of women – and it will soon offer the service in the United Kingdom. Anxious exes who fear their former partner is set on revenge porn will be urged to upload photographs of themselves nude.
There are already plenty of candidates for worst idea of 2017. It’s nice to see that the Zuck doesn’t want to be left out.
The last thing many of us want to hear after an attack on our values as a democracy, is that the very values of our civilisation must be curtailed.
Microsoft is externalising costs on to their customers. They are externalising the financial costs of quality assurance and testing. They are externalising the political costs of setting standards, sticking to them and enforcing them amongst developers.
Microsoft is shifting the burden of support to the end users by demanding an unrealistic level of compliance with constantly evolving standards and specifications that still move faster than developers can cope.
We not only let Microsoft get away with this, millions of people regularly savage digital laggards using social media on Microsoft’s behalf. There’s an army of True Believers out there piling up the wood, matchbooks at the ready.