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Kleptocracy Is on the Rise in America - The Atlantic

A fairly long read.  Good stuff.  Depressing.



Meet DeepSqueak, an algorithm built to decode ultrasonic rat squeaks - The Verge

This is so cool.  I had a couple rats I dearly loved and I wish I could have heard their chatter.  Being able to tell when you're stressing your rats and avoid it as much as possible will be great for experimenters.


EPOCH on Vimeo

Probably very bad for epileptics. This is a trippy, intense barrage of aligned satellite imagery.  


New York governor orders probe into Facebook access to data from other apps | Reuters

Yeah, Facebook offers the equivalent of Google Analytics, but for apps. You include Facebook's SDK and it helps track and measure the interactions people have with your app, including installs, uninstalls, usage patterns, etc.  Developers love it of course, and hey, it's free!  That is, all it costs you is the privacy of all of your users.  Just like Google Analytics.


Facebook decided which users are interested in Nazis — and let advertisers target them directly - Los Angeles Times

Seems to me like the only way you could avoid doing this would be to just stop doing microtargeted advertising altogether.  The whole business model lends itself to this kind of abuse.

The known twitter plugin - finally configured.

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Well, I think I've got the Known twitter plugin working.  To get it done I had to go make myself a developer account on twitter, which involved a lot of form-filling-out, and a painful discovery that their interface for signing up didn't actually work on mobile Safari, because stupid interface stuff.  It's unfortunate it's so hard to interface with twitter through open source applications, but it is. Hopefully I can make this post automatically tweet itself...