We Know Where You Live
How One Woman's Digital Life Was Weaponized Against Her | WIRED — Commenting on the ills of social media is a thing at the moment.
New Research: Understanding the Root Cause of Account Takeover | Google Online Security Blog — Google is one big permeative contradiction. On the one hand, they are at the centre of so many security and privacy issues. On the other, the provide a lot of insight into these issues more generally. If you are a Google app user, keeping up on this stuff is a good idea. The stated motivation for this research:
More than 15% of Internet users have reported experiencing the takeover of an email or social networking account. However, despite its familiarity, there is a dearth of research about the root causes of hijacking.
The actual publication can be found here
The Internet of Shit Is so Manifestly Insecure That People Are Staying Away From It in Droves | Boing Boing — Beware geeks enthusing about never having to reach for the light switch again. Although, Apple fans will just tell you the answer is HomeKit
The Drone Zone in Higher Education | University Business Magazine — Because this is what everyone associates with drones. Safety, and security. Nothing like an autonomous surveillance vehicle flying overhead to make you feel safe. We know who is selling these ideas, but who is buying?
Idle at Work
How to Draft a Dissertation in a Year | GradHacker — I don’t necessarily agree with the methods, and others are just plain obvious. What works for some, will not for others. Nonetheless, I have no doubt there are people breezing through here looking for shortcuts. If nothing else p, take from this the idea you need a plan
What Else Floats on Water
Command-E | All This — A knowledge base document has been doing the rounds, highlighting the depth of keyboard shortcuts available on the Mac. Dr Drang offers a way into it with one shortcut in particular. There is something oddly delightful about this site, these unique meditations on detail will not be for everyone, but I couldn’t tell you how much I pick up from them. If you just want the support document for the full list of shortcuts, look here
The Fairly Incomplete & Rather Badly Illustrated
Five Technologies That Will Rock Your World | the New York Times — Voice interaction, it turns out, is a mere stepping stone to a more intimate UI.
Facebook, Google and Others Join the Trust Project, an Effort to Increase Transparency Around Online News | TechCrunch — Yep, you read that right. Transparency is their modus operandi. That’s what they say. Must be true.
The Bright Side of Life
K Machine on the App Store — I can’t help stumbling across interesting music apps. I decided I will add a music app of the week to this collection of links. This is a mixed media app. A sampler, sequencer, and beat maker. If you have problems with inertia, or you were traumatised in the nineties by psychedelic screen savers, this app isn’t for you. If you had the opposite experience, check it out.
And Now, For Something Completely Different
Dupes Gather at Sold-Out Flat Earth International Conference | Boing Boing — What is most remarkable about a flat earth belief system is, these people have somehow convinced themselves (those who are convinced I mean, not the ones who are cashing in on the dupes) that the kind of epic collaboration necessary to maintain such a hoax is possible.