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  • Profile of a hacktivist who first helped with elections in Iran
    Slashdot links to a Newsweek article that is well worth the read. A lot of criticism has been flying around lately against clicktivists and slacktivists. This is a reminder that there are programmers quietly working on pieces and parts to support real social change.
  • How the internet has changed language
    BBC via Slashdot
  • Next version of Ubuntu gets a name–Natty Narwhal
    Ryan Paul at Ars Technica has some good perspective on the rather silly, even for Canonical, name and the plans around the release that are a bit more serious. There is more evidence, beyond the big announcement yesterday about multitouch coming in Meerkat, that the roadmap will pay more attention to mobile computing. Whether that will be at the expense of the traditional desktop remains to be seen but count me as one of the skeptics.
  • Court OKs covert iPhone recording
    As David Kravets at Wired explains, the fact it was an iPhone is incidental as it wasn’t a call that was recorded. The ruling in the 2nd Circuit is apparently consistent with other recent rulings that I have to imagine are about recording in public or semi-public spaces not over telephone lines which is traditionally scrutinized much more closely.
  • Mobile super computing
    According to the article to which Slashdot links, this is rather different than the mobile cloud about which I posted yesterday. This refinement of an existing approach combines the horsepower of true super computers with the convenience of mobile devices. Essentially, most of the heavy lifting is done before sending what reads like a intermediate result or cheaper to run, partially pre-digested simulation to the phone. A small but interesting space of what-if changes can be made and re-run at decent speeds on the less capable devices.

2 Replies to “feeds | grep links > Profile of a Hacktivist, How the Internet Changed Language, Natty Narwhals, and More”

  1. That “hacktivist” promotes security through obscurity and prevents people from getting access to real privacy-enabling technology. The tor website has sourcecode and specs – haystack’s has neither.

    1. I don’t disagree. I admit to not looking into Haystack that closely but will completely concur with your endorsement of Tor over most anything else. Especially now that DuckDuckGo has set up an exit enclave so you can search with leaving Tor.

      My interest was more in the human side of the story, of a young man’s shift in interest and motivation from the usual things that occupy members of his generation and gender towards my socially aware pursuits. I am also pleased to see a more mainstream outlet pay attention to this particular kind of story given how often hackers are portrayed as socially and politically inept at best and downright selfish at worst.

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