What happens when people become trained to think of information and entertainment as something they receive and not something they create?
Source: The Amazingness of Instant | Scott Adams’ Blog
Facebook and Google are squaring off to determine which company can act more like a three-year-old. Cringely says they both could use a good spanking
When you come right down to it, it’s not Google’s data or Facebook’s data. It’s our data. And we should be able to do whatever we want with it.
Source: Google vs Facebook: Adult supervision desperately needed | InfoWorld
Surprise! Facebook apps are sharing users’ personal info with advertisers. How many more ways can it violate your privacy?
Source: Is Facebook evil or merely incompetent? | InfoWorld
RICHARD FEYNMAN, Nobel laureate and physicist extraordinaire, called it a “magic number” and its value “one of the greatest damn mysteries of physics”.
Source: Ye cannae change the laws of physics | The Economist
For every well educated, informed, conscientious voter who puts the needs of the nation above their own petty concerns (and really, let me know if you find this person), there is one ignorant uniformed moron, one party hack, one perpetually angry asshole whose only goal is to gum up the works, one guy who votes at random, one guy who forgot to vote, one guy who didn’t vote in protest, one guy who didn’t vote because he was stoned, one guy who didn’t vote because he figures it doesn’t matter, one guy who didn’t vote because he was in prison, and one guy who didn’t vote because the space alien Jesus in his head told him voting booths are really experiments by government scientists to steal our precious bodily fluids.
Source: Stonekettle Station: The Election: What Does It All Mean?
not only do monarchies work, they are probably among the most successful and stable forms of government known to humanity: they are compatible with multiple other forms of government through constitutions (democracy and democratic socialism), and they provide a core of civic tradition and sense of shared history which, if harnessed appropriately, is massively conducive to productive democratic participation.
the FBI tricked some guy into thinking he was helping al-Qaeda plan an attack on Washington, DC’s subway system.
Source: The war on commuters: Panic! We got our man | The Economist
How foiling a terrorist plot leads to increased insecurity and local police intrusion into normal people’s lives.
The finding: People who dodge questions artfully are liked and trusted more than people who respond to questions truthfully but with less polish.
Source: Defend Your Research: People Often Trust Eloquence More Than Honesty