Archive for the ‘Web’ Category

Google and Facebook Have Failed Us


(Atlantic Tech) – Alexis Madrigal:

The world’s most powerful information gatekeepers neglected their duties in Las Vegas. Again. …

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A. Paul Weber: Das Gerücht


Refresh Types


(xkcd) – Randall Munroe:

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Randall Munroe: xkcd 1854: Refresh Types

Torching the Modern-Day Library of Alexandria


(The Atlantic) – James Somers:

Somewhere at Google there is a database containing 25 million books and nobody is allowed to read them. …

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Burning Library of Alexandria



(SPIEGEL Netzwelt) – Sascha Lobo:

Der Diskurs im Netz ist kaputt – und damit zu einem verheerenden Modell auch für den politischen Diskurs der Gegenwart geworden. Die Verhaltensweisen der Trolle werden politisch hoffähig, von Donald Trump bis Frauke Petry. …


Frauke Petry

Mehr Schweiger, weniger Seehofer


(SPIEGEL Netzwelt) – Sascha Lobo:

Die sozialen Medien zeigen, was die Gesellschaft bewegt. Jetzt eskaliert die Flüchtlingsdebatte. Rassisten fühlen sich durch die Hetze im Netz ermutigt. Wer auch nur einen Funken Empathie besitzt, muss sich dem entgegenstellen. …


Til Schweiger



(SPIEGEL Netzwelt) – Sascha Lobo:

Je wichtiger die digitale Vernetzung wird, desto intensiver beschäftigt sich die Öffentlichkeit mit dem Internet und moderner Technik. Dabei wird vor allem Bullshit produziert.

Die häufigsten Geschmacksrichtungen des Bullshits sind: Ideologie-, Kontrast-, Wichtigkeits-, Betonungs- und Definitions-Bullshit. …



Healthy Google


(Slate::Bad Astronomy) – Phil Plait:

Google have updated their search results about health conditions. They now provide information that’s curated and vetted by doctors, including the Mayo Clinic!

That’s fantastic. So, for example, when you Google “measles,” the first couple of results are (as usual) news items, then links to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Mayo Clinic, and Wikipedia. I’ll note that when I dug down a few pages in the results list, there still wasn’t a single anti-vax site to be seen. Nice. …


Google on measles



(xkcd) – Randall Munroe:

If you do things right, it can take people a while before they realize that your “API documentation” is just instructions for how to look at your website. …


xkcd 1481: API

Encrypt the Web for Free


(The Intercept) – Micah Lee:

If we’ve learned one thing from the Snowden revelations, it’s that what can be spied on will be spied on. Since the advent of what used to be known as the World Wide Web, it has been a relatively simple matter for network attackers – whether it’s the NSA, Chinese intelligence, your employer, your university, abusive partners, or teenage hackers on the same public WiFi as you – to spy on almost everything you do online.

HTTPS, the technology that encrypts traffic between browsers and websites, fixes this problem – anyone listening in on that stream of data between you and, say, your Gmail window or bank’s web site would get nothing but useless random characters – but is woefully under-used. The ambitious new non-profit Let’s Encrypt aims to make the process of deploying HTTPS not only fast, simple, and free, but completely automatic. …


Let’s Encrypt

Einstein’s Papers Online


(Preposterous Universe) – Sean Carroll:

If any scientist in recent memory deserves to have every one of their words captured and distributed widely, it’s Albert Einstein. Surprisingly, many of his writings have been hard to get a hold of, especially in English; he wrote an awful lot, and mostly in German. The Einstein Papers Project has been working heroically to correct that, and the release of the Digital Einstein Papers, an open resource that puts the master’s words just a click away, marks a major step forward. …


Digital Einstein Papers