Submitted by Blake on September 12, 2015 - 12:14pm
Most of us get to be thoroughly relieved that our emails weren't in the Ashley Madison database. But don’t get too comfortable. Whatever secrets you have, even the ones you don’t think of as secret, are more likely than you think to get dumped on the Internet. It's not your fault, and there’s largely nothing you can do about it.
Welcome to the age of organizational doxing.
From Ashley Madison, Organizational Doxing, and the End of Online Privacy - The Atlantic
Submitted by Blake on September 12, 2015 - 12:09pm
Shakespeare has not lost his place in this new world, just as, despite the grim jeremiads of the cultural pessimists, he has not lost his place in colleges and universities. On the contrary, his works (and even his image) turn up everywhere, and students continue to flock to courses that teach him, even when those courses are not required.
But as I have discovered in my teaching, it is a different Shakespeare from the one with whom I first fell in love.
From Teaching a Different Shakespeare Than the One I Love - The New York Times
Submitted by Blake on September 12, 2015 - 10:05am
Open source is the foundation on which the Internet is built. For its continued success, it's critical to incorporate diverse voices and engage people with different experiences, talents, and viewpoints. Otherwise we risk a world of technology created by, and supporting, a non-inclusive and hostile monoculture.
Together we can make things better. OS4W aims to be a resource for connecting all women, including women of color and transgender women, to open source projects that are welcoming, inclusive, and appreciative of diversity in their contributors.
Let's start changing things and making the world of open source a better place for everyone.
From OS4W: Open Source for Women
Submitted by Blake on September 12, 2015 - 9:43am
Google is working with the social media service Twitter and major news publishers like The Guardian and The New York Times to create a new kind of web link and article storage system that would load online news articles and digital magazine pieces in a few milliseconds, according to several people involved in the project. That is a fraction of the five to 10 seconds it can take to load a typical website.
From Google, Twitter and Publishers Seek Faster Web - The New York Times
Submitted by Blake on September 12, 2015 - 9:42am
For regular folks, like me that want to make stuff and get work done, it is not an easy feat to do so with 100% privacy. To keep private you should spend a lot of time and work on it to setup and maintain the complicated systems. You have to change burner phones all the time and live like Harold from Person of Interest.
From Is it futile to un-Google? - Tasos Sangiotis
Submitted by Blake on September 12, 2015 - 9:39am
Today, the project sits in a kind of limbo. On one hand, Google has scanned an impressive thirty million volumes, putting it in a league with the world’s larger libraries (the library of Congress has around thirty-seven million books). That is a serious accomplishment. But while the corpus is impressive, most of it remains inaccessible. Searches of out-of-print books often yield mere snippets of the text—there is no way to gain access to the whole book. The thrilling thing about Google Books, it seemed to me, was not just the opportunity to read a line here or there; it was the possibility of exploring the full text of millions of out-of-print books and periodicals that had no real commercial value but nonetheless represented a treasure trove for the public. In other words, it would be the world’s first online library worthy of that name.
From What Ever Happened to Google Books? - The New Yorker
Submitted by Blake on September 11, 2015 - 8:58pm
The average scientist is not statistically more likely than a member of the general public to have an artistic or crafty hobby. But members of the National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society -- elite societies of scientists, membership in which is based on professional accomplishments and discoveries -- are 1.7 and 1.9 times more likely to have an artistic or crafty hobby than the average scientist is. And Nobel prize winning scientists are 2.85 times more likely than the average scientist to have an artistic or crafty hobby.
From The Correlation Between Arts and Crafts and a Nobel Prize
Submitted by Blake on September 11, 2015 - 3:00pm
And almost everyone gets it wrong. This is the most remarkable thing about “The Road Not Taken”—not its immense popularity (which is remarkable enough), but the fact that it is popular for what seem to be the wrong reasons. It’s worth pausing here to underscore a truth so obvious that it is often taken for granted: Most widely celebrated artistic projects are known for being essentially what they purport to be.
From Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” Is Our Most Misread Poem
Submitted by Blake on September 11, 2015 - 11:29am
The data shows that libraries are needed, and in fact usage has steadily increased, yet funding remains stagnant. Rather than implementing short-term gaps in service by leasing space to nonprofits, the city should be finding ways to fund fully-functioning libraries that offer an array of free services for all members of their communities.
From Where Have All the Libraries Gone? | Nonprofit Quarterly
Submitted by Blake on September 11, 2015 - 11:20am
A public library in Lebanon finds itself at the center of a complicated debate over internet privacy and safety, after questions from the Department of Homeland Security led the library to think twice about participating in the global anonymous web-surfing network known as Tor.
“I was surprised at the reaction,” said Sean Fleming, director of the Lebanon Public Libraries, who turned off a Tor server last month until the library’s board of trustees can decided whether to proceed with the project.
From Lebanon library at center of internet privacy debate in shutting off its Tor server | Concord Monitor
Submitted by Blake on September 10, 2015 - 4:44pm
From Richie | Data is not an asset, it’s a liability
Submitted by Blake on September 10, 2015 - 4:43pm
Is it possible that the literary sensibility—person—that produced a clutch of novels under the name Thomas Pynchon has had a fat new novel out since April, under a different name, only to encounter a virtual vacuum of notice? That relative anonymity may have been expected, or might even have been among its aspirations, to prove a point?
From [Theory] | The Fiction Atop the Fiction, by Art Winslow | Harper's Magazine
Submitted by Blake on September 10, 2015 - 4:42pm
This post is to announce the start of a new mathematics journal, to be called Discrete Analysis. While in most respects it will be just like any other journal, it will be unusual in one important way: it will be purely an arXiv overlay journal. That is, rather than publishing, or even electronically hosting, papers, it will consist of a list of links to arXiv preprints. Other than that, the journal will be entirely conventional: authors will submit links to arXiv preprints, and then the editors of the journal will find referees, using their quick opinions and more detailed reports in the usual way in order to decide which papers will be accepted.
From Discrete Analysis — an arXiv overlay journal | Gowers's Weblog
Submitted by Blake on September 10, 2015 - 12:55pm
A Cwmgwili library manager has offered his tongue-in-cheek thanks to Barack Obama after the US President appeared to steal his idea.
Steve Jeacock, Labour’s Carmarthen East and Dinefwr candidate for next year’s Assembly elections, instigated a scheme in Killay to ensure every primary school child in the area was made a member of the library.
The scheme won the Gold Award at the Welsh Libraries Marketing Awards and was adopted by the Welsh Government as a pilot project two years ago under the title, Every Child a Library Member.
From ‘Thanks Obama – that was my idea’ (From South Wales Guardian)
Submitted by Blake on September 10, 2015 - 12:54pm
Submitted by Blake on September 10, 2015 - 8:53am
Working with Library Journal, we reached out to academic faculty and librarians across the U.S. and received roughly one thousand survey responses. The objective of the survey was to see if faculty and librarians were on the same page when it comes to understanding the purpose and essential functions of an academic library: Do they communicate their respective needs to each other? Is there room for improvement?
From Bridging the Library/Faculty Gap « The Gale Blog
Submitted by Blake on September 9, 2015 - 8:20pm
The Bibliotheca Anonoma is a research library tasked with collecting, documenting, and safeguarding the grand legacy of Internet Folklife: The shared experiences of mankind in a limitless digital network, a virtual universe which has engendered civilizations, culture, trade... and warfare.
From Home · bibanon/bibanon Wiki
Submitted by Blake on September 9, 2015 - 8:19pm
Submitted by Blake on September 9, 2015 - 6:19pm
Submitted by Blake on September 8, 2015 - 9:11pm
The biggest internet players count users as their users, not users in general. Interoperability is a detriment to such plays for dominancy. So there are clear financial incentives to move away from a more open and decentralized internet to one that is much more centralized. Facebook would like its users to see Facebook as ‘the internet’ and Google wouldn’t mind it if their users did the same thing and so on. It’s their users after all. But users are not to be owned by any one company and the whole power of the internet and the world wide web is that it’s peer to peer, in principle all computers connected to it are each others equals, servers one moment, clients the next.
From We're heading Straight for AOL 2.0 · Jacques Mattheij