Seems that people are waking up and re-descovering the true power of a free web, where you have to be an active part in making your information diet…
Here’s a quote from a recent Wired article:
Five years ago, when Ben Wolf took over The Old Reader, he offered a prescient insight: “How long will it be before your Facebook stream is so full of promoted content, bizarre algorithmic decisions, and tracking cookie based shopping cart reminders that you won’t be getting any valuable information,” Wolf wrote. “For as little as $60, a business can promote a page to Facebook users. It won’t be long before your news feed is worthless.”
Which, well, here we are. Not only that, but two-thirds of Americans get at least some of their news from social media, according to a recent Pew Research Center study, leaving traditional sources behind.
Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway—With Me in It – a Wired.com post on the security of the automotive industry. Personally I’m really scared by this since the general approach I see is driven by a “We Can Do This!” mentality other than a safer – and more conscious – attention to all the risks that this kind of software, linked on an unsecure network, attempts to human lives;
The Web we have to save – a wonderful post. A melting one. True in every word and broken hope. Thinking about it, maybe it deserved to be given a post on his own;
Researcher Natalia Ivanova was parsing this data when she noticed something strange: several bacteria had really short genes, around 200 nucleotides long, a far cry from the more typical 800-900 nucleotide length she was expecting. Short genes mean short proteins, and in this case, seemingly nonfunctional ones. The only way to make it coherent was if “stop” codons didn’t actually mean “stop”.
Ivanova experimented computationally with various codon reassignments, and ultimately found that things looked a lot more normal if “opal” was translated as a glycine amino acid. In other words, “the same word means different things in different organisms,” says Eddy Rubin, JGI’s Director. The microbial world is multilingual.
If you read regularly my blog you’ll have probably read the quoted article, or some mentions to it somewhere on the web in the last week.
Even so I think it’s important to put an accent on the question and ask ourself to really evaluate our purchasing behaviour consequences …
Every time we buy a locked down product containing a non-replaceable battery with a finite cycle count, we’re voicing our opinion on how long our things should last. But is it an informed decision? When you buy something, how often do you really step back and ask how long it should last?
If we want long-lasting products that retain their value, we have to support products that do so.
Today, we choose. If we choose the Retina display over the existing MacBook Pro, the next generation of Mac laptops will likely be less repairable still. When that happens, we won’t be able to blame Apple. We’ll have to blame ourselves.