Monthly Archive: February 2016

[Google Project Shield] is an example of what Bruce …

[Google Project Shield] is an example of what Bruce Schneier calls feudal computing, where individuals and groups swear allegiance to a large and powerful “lord” who protects them from bandits and opposing lords. Google launches Project Shield, to protect news sites from DDoS attacks / Boing Boing (View on gamamb.tumblr.com)

One kindergarten teacher explained, “We teach them early to …

One kindergarten teacher explained, “We teach them early to use an axe so they understand it’s a tool, not a weapon.” American capitalism has failed us: We’re overworked, underemployed and more powerless than ever before – Salon.com (View on gamamb.tumblr.com)

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Contracts between [US] police and city authorities, leaked after …

Contracts between [US] police and city authorities, leaked after hackers breached the website of the country’s biggest law enforcement union, contain guarantees that disciplinary records and complaints made against officers are kept secret or even destroyed. Leaked police files contain guarantees disciplinary records will be kept secret | US news | The Guardian (View on gamamb.tumblr.com)

Cebrian analyzed his (and other) crowdsourcing contests with the …

Cebrian analyzed his (and other) crowdsourcing contests with the help of Victor Naroditskiy, a game theory expert at the University of Southampton. The results shocked him. “The expected outcome is for everyone to attack, regardless of how difficult an attack is,” says Cebrian. “It is actually rational for the crowd to be malicious, especially in a competition environment. And I can’t think of any engineering or game theoretic or economic incentive to stop it.” Even worse, their analysis suggests that dissuading attacks, such as by making a crowdsourcing platform more robust or authenticating users, actually makes things worse. “Raising the...

If you could draw a boundary between that which …

If you could draw a boundary between that which is already supported, and that which is not, you would find that all the activity, discussion and drama occurs at that boundary. Feature requests only nibble at the periphery. Bold changes originate elsewhere. Taskwarrior – What Have We Learned From This Open Source Project? (View on gamamb.tumblr.com)

Start an open source project if you want to …

Start an open source project if you want to learn all you can about software design, development, planning, testing, documenting, and delivery; enjoy technical challenges, administrative challenges, compromise, and will be satisfied hoping that someone out there is benefitting from your work. Do not start an open source project if you need praise, warmth and love from your fellow human beings. Taskwarrior – What Have We Learned From This Open Source Project? (View on gamamb.tumblr.com)