Saturday, December 12, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
This is an excerpt from the article... (My comments follow.)
You Have Zero Privacy Anyway -- Get Over It
posted by David Adams on Fri 11th Dec 2009 01:25 UTC
[Google CEO Eric ] Schmidt said: "I think judgment matters. If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place. If you really need that kind of privacy, the reality is that search engines -- including Google -- do retain this information for some time and it's important, for example, that we are all subject in the United States to the Patriot Act and it is possible that all that information could be made available to the authorities."
I think the portion of that statement that's sparked the most outrage is the "If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place" part. That's a colossally boneheaded thing to say, and I'll bet Schmidt lives to regret being so glib, if he didn't regret it within minutes of it leaving his mouth. As many people have pointed out, there are a lot of things you could be doing or thinking about that you don't want other people to be watching or to know about, and that are not the least bit inappropriate for you to be doing, such as using the toilet, trying to figure out how to cure your hemorrhoids, or singing Miley Cyrus songs in the shower.
Schmidt's quote deserves a variation on the Fortune Cookie treatment - adding "on line" to the end of the "colossally boneheaded thing to say". Schmidt is absolutely right to suggest that "...maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place" + "on line". Conversely David Adams' argument that "there are lots of things you could be doing" might well be treated in a similar fashion...
- "...using the toilet" + "on line" ??? (I say that if this is your personal practice then your judgement is questionable to begin with.)
- "...how to cure your hemorrohoids" + "on line" ??? (Shouldn't you be discussing this with your doctor - a conversation that is protected by Doctor-Patient confidentiality?)
- "..singing Miley Cyrus songs in the shower" + "on line" ??? (See my first point.)
Posted by William Meloney at 10:03 AM
from Wash Post Politics by R. Jeffrey Smith and Joby Warrick
Highly trained personnel employed with the private security firm formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide sometimes operated side by side with CIA field officers in Iraq and Afghanistan as the agency undertook missions to kill or capture members of insurgent groups in those countries, according to ...Who would you expect? The Salvation Army and the Village People? Now let me see, how do you spell "naive"?
Posted by William Meloney at 8:01 AM
|Average person consumes 34GB of data daily|
|The average person is exposed to some 34GB of electronic data every day, |
according to a recent study. Researchers at the University of California
San Diego said that a recent survey of Americans showed that the
consumers in the US on average look at some 3.4 zettabytes (3,400
trillion gigabytes) of digital information each year. The study added digital information consumed through television,
computer, radio and recorded audio that each person observes. The
intake, however, may not be as evenly spread out as the 34GB per person
figure would suggest. While researchers note that users are spending
more time absorbing electronic information, much of the massive data
load was attributed to richer, more dense digital data sources. The overwhelming majority of the data load came from intake of data from
computer games, movies and television. Gaming in particular accounted
for 54% of all data intake, with high-end PC gaming alone accounting for
38.56% of the total. Researchers suggested that the recent leaps in graphics and processing
power in high performance gaming is causing a smaller percentage of the
population to consume a massive amount of digital information in the
form of richer, more detailed 3D imagery.
Posted by William Meloney at 5:26 AM
Thursday, December 10, 2009
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Posted by William Meloney at 2:05 PM
Monday, December 07, 2009
British singer Jay Sean is topping the U.S. charts with his dong "Down." He is the first Anglo-Asian singer to have a No. 1 single in the U.S. Sean is a Punjabi-Sikh who gave up studying medicine to become a singer. Sean is from Britain and his ancestors are from India. Sometimes you hear that Indian influence in his songs.
Posted by William Meloney at 8:33 AM
Newspapers, too, play the fly-on-the-wall game. Consider what the Times itself did today.
The “Maybe Journalism” piece runs at the bottom of the front page, while at the top is a long story about how President Obama, after long consultations with advisors, reached his decision to escalate the war in Afghanistan. The story is based, says the reporter, on “dozens of interviews with participants as well as a review of notes some of them took during Mr. Obama’s 10 meetings with his national security team. Most of those interviewed spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations, but their accounts have been matched against those of other participants wherever possible.”
We readers are still being asked to trust the word of people who violated the confidentiality of the White House Situation Room and other internal deliberations. I tend to believe the overall thrust of the story — that Obama and his team struggled mightily with this decision — but I don’t have any faith in most of the particulars, including the anonymously sourced direct quotes of the president and others in the deliberations.
Why is this not, in the words of the story about the Hong Kong animators, “depicting events that no journalist actually witnessed — and that may not have even occurred”?
Dan Gillmor in Accuracy, Trust I know the difference between accurate reporting and "Maybe Journalism". I have written many an official report that I knew would potentially be called as evidence in a legal proceeding. I know that such reports are incredibly dull - primarily because they only contain the facts as I know them. They do not contain any presumptions. (e.g. I observed that the Furrier's store window was broken. I observed that the subject was holding a fur coat. I observed that the bank display showed +86 degrees F.) My accounting of this, albeit fictional, circumstance will not sell any "News" - it is dull. It does however tell the truth of the situation. Journalism has become more about selling the "News" than reporting it.
Posted by William Meloney at 6:14 AM