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December 2010


From Schneier on Security

An Honest Privacy Policy

An Honest Privacy Policy

Funny:

The data we collect is strictly anonymous, unless you've been kind enough to give us your name, email address, or other identifying information. And even if you have been that kind, we promise we won't sell that information…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smart Swarms Book Reviewed

Smart Swarms Book  Reviewed

Just read: The Smart Swarm: How Understanding Flocks, Schools, and Colonies Can Make Us Better at Communicating, Decision Making, and Getting Things Done.  by Peter Miller.   We used swarm and complexity technologies in the enterprise…


From Wild WebMink

? Delicious Fiction

? Delicious Fiction

Cory Doctorow


From Schneier on Security

This Suspicious Photography Stuff Is Confusing

This Suspicious Photography Stuff Is Confusing

See:

Last week, Metro Transit Police received a report from a rider about suspicious behavior at the L'Enfant Plaza station and on an Orange Line train to Vienna. The rider told Metro he saw two men acting suspiciously and …


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 27 December 2010

Interesting Links 27 December 2010

If you are like me and like most teachers you are still on vacation. You have had enough of celebrations and eating large meals and finally have some time to think. If you read a lot of blogs you will notice that a lot of people…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IPhone Apps Resources

IPhone Apps Resources

A good post on Apps and other resources for the IPhone.   Worth a look.


From Wild WebMink

links for 2010-12-26

links for 2010-12-26

WPHNA World Public Health Nutrition Association Very interesting article (series of articles really) that asserts that the whole concept of using a "food pyramid" to direct nutrition is bad. Excellent proposal at the end. (tags…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Recorded Future Visualizes Foreign Relations via VIP Travels

Recorded Future Visualizes Foreign Relations via VIP Travels

I have mentioned the Recorded Future company here a number of times.  Their innovative methods allows you you analyze specific time dimension relationships among online data, resulting in some particularly unique insights.  They…


From Wild WebMink

Kids

Kids


From Schneier on Security

Garfield Comic

Garfield Comic

Merry Christmas.


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

An old-fashioned ASCII Art image to wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Maligayang Pasko at Manigong Bagong Taon

Boas Festas e Feliz Ano Novo

Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva i s Novim Godom

Joyeux Noël …


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Make your own programmable digital thermometer in an hour

Make your own programmable digital thermometer in an hour

I make my own yogourt because I cannot stand commercial yogourt. You can make your own yogourt in less than 30 mintues: heat milk to 112F (34C), mix in a small quantity of yogourt, leave the container of warm milk in a blanket…


From Wild WebMink

? Hope You Weren

? Hope You Weren

A very happy Christmas to you! Oh, and: @MitchBennMitch Benn Here's my rule: if only Christians can say "Christmas" then only Vikings can say "Thursday"… about 8 hours ago via Twitter for iPhoneRetweetReply


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Great Flying Squid Photo

Friday Squid Blogging: Great Flying Squid Photo

Great photo.


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Nativity

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Nativity

Merry Christmas.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Printable Paper Batteries

Printable Paper Batteries

Printable paper batteries.  Advances in an idea that has been proposed for some time.  Its practicality of economical manufacture has been suspect, but is improving.


From Schneier on Security

PlugBot

PlugBot

Interesting:

PlugBot is a hardware bot. It's a covert penetration testing device designed for use during physical penetration tests. PlugBot is a tiny computer that looks like a power adapter; this small size allows it to go…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Miracle of the Marketplace

Miracle of the Marketplace

In Cape Diem, a comparison of 1964 and 2010 in the purchase of typical home appliances and the discovery that the marketplace now allows much more value for equivalent dollars.  That is before considering all the technology innovation…


From Wild WebMink

links for 2010-12-24

links for 2010-12-24

What is Traitorware? Useful, clear explanation of the threat we all face from the trust we place in device (and software) suppliers who don't trust us. (tags: Traitorware Privacy Software identity) JCP EC minutes (public): October…


From Schneier on Security

Cyberwar Movie Plot from an Actual Thriller Writer

Cyberwar Movie Plot from an Actual Thriller Writer

It could make a good movie.


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Math and Psych of Waiting in Line

The Math and Psych of Waiting in Line

Short post in Flowingdata about both the statistics and psychology of waiting in a line.  Companies that deal in local customer service figured this out a long time ago.  In particular pioneered by early theme parks like Disney…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Facebook Tips

Facebook Tips

In ComputerWorld : Fixing Facebook, Tips and Tricks for Handling Common Complaints " ... If you like Facebook but don't like the way it handles privacy and annoying applications, here are some simple fixes .... ".  Well done…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kroger Coupon App

Kroger Coupon App

In Supermarket News:  Kroger has launched an IPhone and Android coupon App.  " ... lets customers download coupons to their loyalty cards from their Androids or iPhones. Food Lion earlier launched an iPhone app for coupons and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Enterprise Information Management

Enterprise Information Management

Interesting talk, have not been introduced to the complexities of what is called EIMScott Vogan, Capgemini, from Business Intelligence NetworkScott Vogan, who leads the North American EIM Practice for Capgemini, discusses the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bibliovorous

Bibliovorous

I see that colleague Mark Lacy has a new Blog. Bibliovorous - Book-Eating and Related Vices - over 2000 books read since 1971


From Wild WebMink

links for 2010-12-23

links for 2010-12-23

Privacy Icons: Alpha Release I like this initiative to create symbols to represent the most relevant aspects of provacy policies, so that people don't need to read all the detail on every site (always at least a page away anyway)…


From Schneier on Security

Interview with the European Union Privacy Chief

Interview with the European Union Privacy Chief

Interesting interview with Viviane Reding, the vice president of the EU Justice Commission and head of privacy regulation:

The basic values in Europe are that we have the right to our own private, personal data. It's mine. And…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

High School Computing Is Boring

High School Computing Is Boring

Periodically I check the list of searches that lead people to this blog. And there are a lot of different items. I’m always supposed at how many people are searching on my name for example. But most of the searches are what you…


From Wild WebMink

The Typhoid Mary Of Three-Strikes

The Typhoid Mary Of Three-Strikes

Over the last year, we saw them spring up all over the world, notably in Australia and in France but also in many other countries. It seemed odd that so many legislatures should simultaneously feel the urge to create extrajudicial…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

FCC Draws Line in the Net Neutrality Sand

FCC Draws Line in the Net Neutrality Sand

In what is arguably the end of the beginning of the fights over net neutrality, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted yesterday, 3-2 to establish rules intended to "preserve the Internet as an open network enabling…