Show and Tell – Wednesday, 15 Nov 2017

We Know Where You Live

Big Brother Isn't Just Watching: Workplace Surveillance Can Track Your Every Move | World News | the Guardian – These techniques are just new versions of old ideas. Scientific management has ruled the workplace for the past hundred years or so. The inclination to treat people like this is tied up with the drive to extract as much value from them as possible. People are not people under these terms. They are units, opportunities, capital.

Right on Cue, DOJ Says Encryption ‘Surely Costs Lives' | the Mac Observer – I published a piece on encryption, and Dropbox alternatives last week. The Mac Observer is making some good points that put me on side.

DOJ: Strong Encryption That We Don't Have Access to Is “unreasonable” | Ars Technica – More on the fallacy of the week. False equivalence is rampant throughout this current run of stories on encryption. What is encouraging, however, is that nobody seems to be buying this nonsense. The so-called case for a back door is incoherent at best.

How Facebook Figures Out Everyone You've Ever Met – The lengths to which Facebook go have become so creepy that people are convinced they are listening to everything we say. Recently the hosts of Reply All spent an entire episode trying to convince people they aren’t literally listening. The point is they don’t need to, with so much self surveillance happening Facebook has all the context it needs to know what you are talking about.

Idle At Work

Fuck Twitter | Macdrifter – I like decisiveness. There a has been a lot written about Twitter lately, this piece is unique. I am unequivocally awful at Twitter, I have never made an effort. In fact, I didn’t have an account of my own until this year. And, I don’t give any compelling reason to follow me. It used to be because I thought there was a clue in the name. Now people are telling me it's worse.

How Social Media Endangers Knowledge | WIRED – This is not a new concern, it is just beg mainstreamed.

Social networks, though, have since colonized the web for television’s values. From Facebook to Instagram, the medium refocuses our attention on videos and images, rewarding emotional appeals—‘like’ buttons—over rational ones. Instead of a quest for knowledge, it engages us in an endless zest for instant approval from an audience, for which we are constantly but unconsciouly performing. (It’s telling that, while Google began life as a PhD thesis, Facebook started as a tool to judge classmates’ appearances.) It reduces our curiosity by showing us exactly what we already want and think, based on our profiles and preferences. Enlightenment’s motto of ‘Dare to know’ has become ‘Dare not to care to know.’

A Major Vulnerability Has Frozen Hundreds of Millions of Dollars of Ethereum | TechCrunch – It’s all fun and games, until its not. Virtual currency is like all monetary systems, vulnerable in different ways. By design, it also makes some people rich at the expense of others

What Also Floats on Water

The Ins and Outs of Apple's New File System, APFS | the Mac Security Blog – A little more detail on the new file system APFS. With everything now upgraded around here, I am yet to meet with any trouble. Neither have I noticed any amazing difference.

Using iPhone X TrueDepth Camera to Find Your Ideal Specs | Mac Rumors – This illustrates, excuse the pun, the divergence of use cases for this tech. One fork includes usefulness, the other concern. Where they will ultimately come together is through manipulation. Our economic and political system, not to mention our social milieu mean that it is inevitable that this technology will be used to track people for one reason or another. On the other hand, your new glasses will look better on your face.

Hackers Claim to Break Face ID a Week After iPhone X Release | WIRED – Two kinds of hype around this device.

Now Look Here

Future Perfect: What Will Universities Look Like in 2030? | Times Higher Education – This fits the trend. Everything is about robots, right?

Who Controls AI in Higher Ed, and Why It Matters (Part 1) | EdSurge News – The same forces that control everything else, what a surprise.

And Now, For Something Completely Different

Apple's ten years of iPhone mocked by Samsung – In case you missed it. An antidote is in order when you can’t seem to get away from the noise. The iPhone fetish is in overdrive at the moment. Some of the stuff I have read has been ridiculous. I’m not going to call them out here, but I read one article that suggested the iPhone 7 was ‘garbage’ now that the iPhone X is out. If that is not losing perspective, I don’t know what is.