TECHNOLOGY: The cloud isn’t as good as a newspaper

Thursday, December 9, 2010

WikiLeaks: The man who kicked the hornet’s nest

As the disclosures continue, a number of questions about the way the world has changed are becoming more clearly framed

* Editorial
* The Guardian, Wednesday 8 December 2010

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The academic Clay Shirky has blogged persuasively this week that the US government should openly use the law against WikiLeaks and others rather than muscle. “Whatever restrictions we eventually end up enacting, we need to keep Wikileaks alive today, while we work through the process democracies always go through to react to change. If it’s OK for a democracy to just decide to run someone off the internet for doing something they wouldn’t prosecute a newspaper for doing, the idea of an internet that further democratizes the public sphere will have taken a mortal blow.” We agree.

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Several interesting points:

* The inet is not as resilient as expected. It’s supposed to route arond failures, but it’s politcially “controlled”.

* The DNS infrastructure is a single point of failure with respect to that political control.

* With this spur the creation and deployment of a peer to peer bittorrent style dns? Will everyone discard DNS in favor of “phone numbers” like People remember 10 digit phone numbers when they need to.

* Will WIKILEAKS create a new genre of “tabloid journalism”?

* “We, The Sheeple” have gotten a real wake up call into their Gooferment and their politicians. Will it change anything?




INTERESTING: “contagious yawning”?

Thursday, December 9, 2010

December 5th, 2010 at 9:24 am
Babies Are Immune to Catching Yawns

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There is now growing evidence, however, that yawning may be a social cue that communicates a message. Anthropologists have suggested it might have evolved as a way of signifying that it is time to go to bed. There are even suggestions that it might have developed a sign of sexual attraction rather than the desire to sleep. Dr Anderson said: “I don’t think there is one primary function, but as adults we have a natural tendency to inhibit yawning because it is seen as being impolite. The contagious yawning might just that our brains see someone else doing it and so it becomes acceptable.”

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Who ever even heard of “contagious yawning”?

And, attaching it to “sexual attraction”?

Was that what all those girls were “signaling” when they yawned while I was pitching them? If I had only known …

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