Links for 6th May 2009

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. Unmasking Social-Network Users

    ""The structure of the network around you is so rich, and there are so many different possibilities, that even though you have millions of people participating in the network, we all end up with different networks around us," says Shmatikov. "Once you deal with sufficiently sophisticated human behavior, whether you're talking about purchases people make or movies they view or–in this case–friends they make and how they behave socially, people tend to be fairly unique. Every person does a few quirky, individual things which end up being strongly identifying.""

    Tagged with: privacyanonymitynetworksocialanalysisuniquebehaviourtrends

  2. Capital sees rise in terror stops

    "The Metropolitan Police used section 44 of the Terrorism Act more than 170,000 times in 2008 to stop people in London. That compares to almost 72,000 anti-terror stop and searches carried out in the previous year.

    The Met said anti-terror searches had been more widely used since the planting of two car bombs in central London in July 2007. Of all the stops last year, only 65 led to arrests for terror offences, a success rate of just 0.035%." Enjoy this year's council tax hikes, folks.

    Tagged with: uklondonpoliceterrorismparanoiacreeping-fascismsurveillance

  3. Start-Up Promises 1 Billion Gallons of Algal Fuel By 2025

    "While Sapphire’s high-profile aviation tests have gotten the headlines, the company says that because its biofuel is a “drop in” fuel chemically identical to crude oil, it is compatible with anything on the road or in the air right now. It also plays nicely with existing refineries and pipelines. That’s another benefit over ethanol, which is corrosive and typically transported to terminals via truck or rail and then mixed with regular gasoline.

    “We are 100-percent convinced that the only way to address climate and energy security is to use the same infrastructure we already have,” Sapphire’s Zenk said." Hmmmn.

    Tagged with: algaealternativeoilfuelbiofuelSapphireclimatechangecarbon-neutralinfrastructure

  4. Mud Rooms, Red Letters, and Real Priorities

    "This is why I say priorities can only be observed. In my book, a priority is not simply a good idea; it’s a condition of reality that, when observed, causes you to reject every other thing in the universe — real, imagined, or prospective — in order to ensure that things related to the priority stay alive.

    Even though their influence informs every decision we make on the most tactical level, thinking about priorities happens at a strategic, “why am I here?” level. Right? Maybe? Disagree? Pretty sure you can make priorities like biscuits or shuffle them around like Monopoly pieces?

    Got news for you, Jack: if it moves, it’s not a priority. It’s just a thing you haven’t done yet. "

    Tagged with: productivityorganizationprioritiesdecision-makingmotivation

  5. Cracking WEP and WPA Wireless Networks

    For research purposes only, folks – and just remember that if I can find this stuff, so can that kid in the Marilyn Manson hoody who lives a few doors down from you.

    Tagged with: internetwifinetworkencryptioncrackingwpawepaircracktutorialsecurity

  6. Could we shut the net down?

    "Mueller says he finds it hard to think of a reason why we might want to shut down the internet. Even the biggest cyber-attacks cause much less economic damage than closing the internet would. What's more, he points out, malicious attempts to disable the internet are testimony to the difficulty of the task: the biggest attack in history came in February 2007, and you probably didn't even notice."

    Tagged with: internettenacityshutdowncensorshiprobustness

  7. Forging Ahead – How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love eBay

    "Our greatest fear was that the Internet would democratize antiquities trafficking and lead to widespread looting. This seemed a logical outcome of a system in which anyone could open up an eBay site and sell artifacts dug up by locals anywhere in the world. We feared that an unorganized but massive looting campaign was about to begin, with everything from potsherds to pieces of the Great Wall on the auction block for a few dollars. But a very curious thing has happened. It appears that electronic buying and selling has actually hurt the antiquities trade.

    How is it possible? The short answer is that many of the primary "producers" of the objects have shifted from looting sites to faking antiquities. I've been tracking eBay antiquities for years now, and from what I can tell, this shift began around 2000, about five years after eBay was established."

    Tagged with: ebayeconomicsarchaeologyforgeryantiquitiesmarkets

  8. Aristotle’s Choice Of Money Revisited

    "What Aristotle described as good money 2,000 years ago has not changed, sound money must be a good medium of exchange as well as a store of value. Assets such as oil or land once weren’t considered to be good forms of money due to poor physical or liquidity constraints, have received renewed interest thanks to novel ideas and innovative technology. The internet and various pooled products (ETF) on world markets enabled those once immobile and/or illiquid goods to be transacted with ease, speed, transparency and low cost amongst world buyers and sellers.

    The role of fiat money is vanishing. This morning, I sold Newmont Mining to book a hotel in Hong Kong without owning dollars for long. I don’t own many dollars, or euros or yuans. Fiat money carries a hefty premium for being a good currency but bad store of value. There is no reason to keep any money without intrinsic value."

    Tagged with: moneyfiatcurrencysharesstockseconomicsfinanceexchange

  9. Let’s Use the Internet to <strike>Subvert</strike> Enhance Democracy!

    "… let's assume for a moment that we could come up with a system that only allowed for legitimate votes, and we could have 100% confidence in that fact. Let's assume that this system enabled votes to be easy to cast and easy to count. This system would probably work fine for big, high-profile elections like the presidency and congress, because the candidates and the parties are already doing everything they can to mobilize their troops to vote for their person. Where the tyranny of the minority would come into play would be the smaller races, such as school board, county sheriff, and other local ballots. These are races that are much more easily swayed by an organized group that represents a small minority of the voters but can swing the vote their direction if they're determined enough. This is something that happens already every election, with manual voting, but with electronic voting, it would happen much more."

    Tagged with: internetactivismdemocracypoliticssocialnetworkinghackingelections

Leave a Reply