Here's a pair of great (JWZ) posts (Kevin Marks) on the Nym Wars, in which Googlers, net users, and sensible people try to convince the G+ team that it's insane to tell people that they must socialize using their "real names," and to then try to adjudicate what a "real name" is. Both link out to the canonical essays produced to date on the subject, such as EFF and boyd, and add a lot of good context.
With abortion banned outright across the American south, one doctor has an idea to serve patients there in need of the procedure: floating clinics in federal waters, out of reach of state law. Dr. Meg Autry, an OB-GYN and professor at the University of California San Francisco, thinks such a project may be feasible. Autry… READ THE REST
The residences of Supreme Court justices have reportedly been blurred on Google's "Street View" feature. This "privacy" feature has the exact opposite effect on these dwellings, highlighting them for protestors—a crystal-clear example of the Streisand Effect in action. The court is hoping to stop these protests against its recent decision to strip Americans of their… READ THE REST
"How Normal Am I" is a website funded by the European Union to show you how algorithms make decisions about you based on what you look like and your facial expressions. Businesses use your face and expression data to decide if you are a good job candidate, how healthy you are, if you are a… READ THE REST
There's a lot of reasons to buy a new smoking piece. Maybe you dropped your old one and that cool glass octopus build doesn't work so well when it's in a million pieces. Perhaps you're making the switch from rolling your own to something a little less cumbersome. Or maybe you just want an upgrade. Whatever… READ THE REST
From ensuring you have enough money for gas this week to keeping up with today's politics, life is far from easy. And everyday things like making dinner, commuting to work, and even lighting candles should be the least of your worries. But when it comes to reaching down into the jar of your favorite candle, unable to… READ THE REST
Gaming is something that most people can appreciate. Whether you're into the classics, a casual gamer, or a die-hard who plays all the time, there are many different ways to enjoy the hobby. But we think it's safe to say, novice or professional, we're all interested in how games even come to be. If you're fascinated by gaming… READ THE REST