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FB’s unethical behavior

via James G: http://laboratorium.net/archive/2014/06/28/as_flies_to_wanton_boys Basically: FB researchers, along with researchers from UCSF, manipulated users feeds to make them sad or happy (or neither, the control group). They were indeed able (and did) make people sad because of their manipulation. When I was a grad student at UMich School of Information, a PhD student there was […]

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h264 and Wikimedia – clout

This is the fourth of a few specific sub-topic posts on the h264 and Wikimedia RFC. Overall theme post. Topic 1: downstream users. Topic 2: Free Software implementation Topic 3: webRTC [19:47:54] <lvillaWMF> we have no clout [19:47:57] <lvillaWMF> because we have no content [19:48:12] <lvillaWMF> when it comes time to choose the next winning […]

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h264 and Wikimedia – webRTC influence

This is the third of a few specific sub-topic posts on the h264 and Wikimedia RFC. Overall theme post. Topic 1: downstream users. Topic 2: Free Software implementation This is going on RIGHT NOW. The WMF decision on our RFC *will* have an effect on it, but it will only be a choice of “bad” […]

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h264 and WMF – Free Software Implementation

This is the second of a few specific sub-topic posts on the h264 and Wikimedia RFC. Overall theme post. Topic 1: downstream users. During the first IRC Office Hours on January 16th (log here) robla (my manager) said something that caught my eye: [19:19:10] <robla> brion: I don’t think we can say for sure we’ll […]

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  3. New York users: Free Culture Salon

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h264 and Wikimedia – downstream users

This is the first of a few specific sub-topic posts on the h264 and Wikimedia RFC. Overall theme post. The spirit of the license. The spirit of the community. When individuals contribute to Wikipedia/media Commons, they are given a pretty explicit explanation that the content they are contributing will be available for use not only […]

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h264 and Wikimedia

The Wikimedia Foundation (multimedia team) just opened a “Request for Comments” on adding the use of MP4/h264 to WMF-hosted wikis. It closes on February 14th, 2014. This basically is asking the community if the WMF should support the use of a patent-encumbered video encoding format so that we can provide video to users on devices […]

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  3. End of year crowdfunding

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anti-spying VPS options?

Are there any VPS options that are any better on privacy wrt NSA man in the middle attacks or similar? My guess is “no” but I’d love to be proven wrong. I’m also thinking of stuff like the dead-man’s-switch that eg rsync.net does with their canary text.

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  1. blog stats transparency

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Shoemaker

Treat everyone as though they make your shoes.
h/t: Zeph

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blog stats transparency

I’m re-transitioning to a maiki-hosted piwik installation for blog stats. See all the sites hosted (including maiki’s (of course), mike’s, susan’s, judy’s, maira’s, etc) on the list of sites page. This is me. My wordpress.com nee “JetPack” stats over the past 30 days, for greater transparency’s sake: (related: anyone know how to import wordpress.com nee […]

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SFFCU is the best

The San Francisco Fire Credit Union is the best financial institution. Wow, pretty big assertion there, eh? Yeah, and I mean it. Not only do they have decently competitive interest rates, are a credit union, help the community, but they also send their members OpenPGP encrypted documents. Let that sink in. Yep, my credit union […]

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