« we need to talk about ted »

This is my rant against TED, placebo politics, « innovation, » middlebrow megachurch infotainment, etc., given at TEDx San Diego at their invitation (thank you to Jack Abbott and Felena Hanson). It’s very difficult to do anything interesting within the format, and even this seems like far too much of a ‘TED talk’, especially to me.

viaBRATTON.INFO – talks – « we need to talk about ted ».

Google is the new Bell Labs

Google just acquired its 8th robotics company in the past few years with the acquisition of Boston Dynamics and it got me thinking, is anyone else truly investing in deep technological research? What about Apple, or Microsoft, what are they doing?

Google is the new Bell Labs.

Why Google isn’t our Bell Labs

that Bell Labs operated in no small part for the public good, producing IP like UNIX and C that entered the public domain. In fact, despite being a part of a state sanctioned monopoly, Bell Labs produced a staggering amount of freely-available knowledge that moved entire industries forward.

Google, as a publicly traded company, has an obligation to maximize profit for shareholders — and there’s nothing wrong with that! But to assume that Google would freely release its IP in the same way that Bell Labs did just seems willfully ignorant of the fundamental differences between a publicly traded company and a state-sanctioned monopoly.

Why Google isn’t our Bell Labs.

Chantage à la webcam : j’ai essayé de coincer mon brouteur – Le nouvel Observateur

Les brouteurs sont des cyberescrocs qui soutirent de l’argent à leurs web victimes par la séduction et le chantage. Ils gagnent ainsi leur « brou », leur pain en dialecte ivoirien. L’un d’eux m’a écrit pendant deux mois. Mais il ne savait pas que je savais.

Chantage à la webcam : j’ai essayé de coincer mon brouteur – Le nouvel Observateur.

NSA : un juge américain estime la collecte de données contraire à la Constitution

Il s’agit de la première décision de justice depuis la révélation du programme d’écoute grâce aux documents transmis par Edward Snowden

NSA : un juge américain estime la collecte de données contraire à la Constitution.