Archive for the ‘Social Network’ Category

Trolling GCHQ


(indy100) – Harriet Marsden:

While the effects were felt all over the world in almost 100 countries, the NHS was the most terrifyingly significant target for us in Britain – literally, the lifeline of the UK.

Malicious ransomware called ‘WannaCry‘ infected thousands of computers, holding patients’ medical records captive via encryption and demanding a BitCoin payment for their release.

In other equally important news, it was also National Limerick Day. …

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Twitter trolling GCHQ

Quit Social Media. Your Career May Depend on It.


(NYTimes::Preoccupations) – Cal Newport:

I’m a millennial computer scientist who also writes books and runs a blog. Demographically speaking I should be a heavy social media user, but that is not the case. I’ve never had a social media account.

At the moment, this makes me an outlier, but I think many more people should follow my lead and quit these services. There are many issues with social media, from its corrosion of civic life to its cultural shallowness, but the argument I want to make here is more pragmatic: You should quit social media because it can hurt your career. …

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David Saracino: Social media blinders

It Begins


(xkcd) – Randall Munroe:

To make your day more dramatic, post a random minor news story with the comment “It begins.” …

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xkcd 1656: it begins

Stilformen der Menschenverachtung


(SPIEGEL Netzwelt) – Sascha Lobo:

Die AfD denkt laut über Schüsse auf Flüchtlinge nach und eilt weiter von Umfrageerfolg zu Umfrageerfolg. Wie kann das sein? …



Too Many People Have Peed in the Pool


(The Old Friary) – Stephen Fry:

It’s no big deal – as it shouldn’t be. But yes, for anyone interested I have indeed deactivated my twitter account. I’ve ‘left’ twitter before, of course: many people have time off from it whether they are in the public eye or not. Think of it as not much more than leaving a room. I like to believe I haven’t slammed the door, much less stalked off in a huff throwing my toys out of the pram as I go or however one should phrase it. It’s quite simple really: the room had started to smell. Really quite bad. …


Stephen Fry on Twitter

Das Netz und die Dummheit


(SPIEGEL Netzwelt) – Sascha Lobo:

Was sich an Schwachsinn in die sozialen Medien ergießt, ist mittlerweile nicht mehr auszuhalten. Oft scheint es, als sei es gar nicht Hass, sondern vor allem Dummheit, die sich da Bahn bricht. Das hat einen einfachen Grund. …



Socially Stunted


(Tree Lobsters!) – “Hey! Do you know Gern Blanston or Regina Phalange or John Coctostan? Would you like to be friends with them?” …


Tree Lobsters 685: Socially Stunted

Facebook at Work


(Guardian Comments) – Oliver Burkeman:

It is a manifestly terrible idea which, if adopted in your workplace, will undoubtedly transform it into a dystopian hell-hole of paranoia and confusion. …


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Twitter Is Kind of Useless


(ScienceBlogs::Uncertain Principles) – Chad Orzel:

The AAAS annual meeting apparently included some sessions on social media use. This, of course, led to the usual flurry of twittering about the awesomeness of Twitter, and how people who don’t use Twitter are missing out. I was busy with other stuff, so I mostly let it pass, and of course I can’t find representative examples now because Twitter.

The truth is, though, Twitter is kind of useless. Or, rather, it’s only useful for certain kinds of things– it’s social media, and much more social than media. …





(Heise Security) – Fabian Scherschel:

Die Privatssphäre-Einstellungen bei WhatsApp sind kaputt. Kennt man die Telefonnummer eines beliebigen Nutzers, kann man feststellen, wann dieser online war. Mit WhatsSpy und einem Raspberry Pi kann man das sogar dauerhaft protokollieren. …