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What Your Web Browsing Habits Say About How You Will Vote

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Listen to podcasts? You're more likely to be liberal and to vote. Play fantasy football? You may or may not vote, but chances are very high that you're Republican. These are just a few of the broad conclusions that were gleaned from volumes of consumer data about browsing habits, political leanings and voter turnouts.

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Good Morning! Go ASCII Yourself, Please.

Friday, May 09, 2014

This is silly and fun. The ASCII webcam will show you live video of yourself rendered in ASCII. The upshot is that you can take one of these newfangled selfies everyone seems to be raving about, but with your visage rendered in text symbols. Here's me, waving: 

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The Numbers Behind "The Skip"

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Paul Lamere is a blogger who writes about music and technology. So it makes sense he'd write about Spotify. His latest article is about "the skip," the practice of skipping songs when listening to spotify, and it's so granular that gets more and more fascinating as it goes along.

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The wikiHow Guide to Stopping a Wedding

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

wikiHow (lowercase 'w' is deliberate) wants to be the Wikipedia of how-to guides. And, as of a couple years ago, it had over 150,000 articles and north of 35 million visitors a month. But just like Wikipedia or any other wiki-based community, there will always be a problem of quality control. Take, for example, today's amazing deep internet find, the wikiHow article on how to stop a wedding.

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TLDR #24 - The Million Dollar Homepage

Monday, May 05, 2014

In 2005, Alex Tew was a 21-year-old entrepreneur who wanted to make a million dollars before college. The only problem was he had literally nothing of value to sell. So he made The Million Dollar Homepage -- possibly the most ambitiously garish website ever created.

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4chan Security Breach: Hacker Hacks Hackers

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Yesterday, Christopher Poole, better known as ‘moot’ and the founder of 4chan, confirmed that the popular imageboard had been hacked last week. In his blog post, moot explained that the hacker had gained access to “administrative functions and information from one of our databases.” This information included the credentials of three 4chan Pass users, a twenty dollar a year subscription that allows users to bypass captchas when posting or reporting posts. Fortunately, 4chan does not store any of their user’s payment information, which is handled by Stripe.

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The Anti-SOPA Dream Team is Considering A Reunion Against the FCC's Proposed Net Neutrality Rules

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Just over two years ago, the Internet (that's big 'I' Internet) launched a coordinated campaign against Congressman Lamar Smith's Stop Online Piracy Act. The bill, it was feared, would kill the open, free Internet as we know it and stifle innovative new technologies and businesses by forcing ISPs to block domains that hosted potentially copyright infringing material. On January 18th, 2012, Wikipedia, Google, Mozilla, Craigslist, and thousands more, blacked out their homepages in protest of SOPA, a move that eventually spurred lawmakers to abandon the change. According to the Wall St. Journal, these heavyweights are considering a reunion tour.

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Code Babes, The Worst Thing On The Internet This Week

Friday, April 25, 2014

A website that teaches you how to do basic coding via instructional videos led by half-naked, double-entendre spewing women. Blech.

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E-Commerce and Free Speech

Friday, April 25, 2014

If the process of unmasking anonymous negative commenters is too easy, then defamation lawsuits could be used to intimidate consumers. If it’s too hard to find out who’s slandering your business online, then business owners are basically being told to sit there and take it. Alex Goldmark of WNYC’s New Tech City takes a closer look at both sides of this complicated issue.

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Good Work Getting Kicked In the Head There, Pal

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

This is how the internet handles celebrity, unless of course you're a cat.

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The CAPTCHA is Dead! (Eventually, maybe, sort of.)

Monday, April 21, 2014

No one particularly loves CAPTCHA's, those tiny boxes that make you type in hard to read pieces of text to prove that you're a human being. 

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TLDR #22 - What Happens When You Tell The Whole Internet Your Password

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Earlier this week, a commenter named Y. Woodman Brown posted his online passwords in the Washington Post comments section to show just how little his online security mattered to him. It was quickly picked up by the press as an example of online security hubris. Naturally, we had to find him. Alex talks to Y. Woodman Brown and the person who hijacked his Twitter account after the passwords were posted.

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You Can Be Critical Of Art On the Internet Without Being A Misogynist Jerk

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Edit: I embarrassingly misspelled Eugenia Williamson "Eugenia Williams" initially. I have now fixed. I regret the error.

Last week, PJ and I wrote an article in response to a failed interview between Boston Magazine writer Eugenia Williamson and former child star-turned Velvet Underground parodist Macaulay Culkin. I read the article as fairly mean spirited, viciously personal, and not particularly illuminating of its subject. But in writing the article about it, I strove to keep my critique measured and specific. The larger internet picked up on the story, and didn't make a similar effort.

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TLDR #22 - What Happens When You Tell The Whole Internet Your Password

Friday, April 18, 2014

Earlier this week, a commenter named Y. Woodman Brown posted his online passwords in the Washington Post comments section to show just how little his online security mattered to him. It was quickly picked up by the press as an example of online security hubris. Naturally, we had to find him. Alex talks to Y. Woodman Brown and the person who hijacked his Twitter account after the passwords were posted.

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Field Recordings From a Virtual World

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Triple A video game titles (meaning the ones that cost hundreds of millions of dollars and have huge launches) are always trying to push for greater and greater verisimilitude. This is one of the reasons that there is a new round of consoles every 7 years or so, and why sound design in games is ever evolving to better evoke a sense of place. These audio environments are now interesting enough that at least one person has decided to record these habitats for posterity.

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TLDR #21 - There Is No Such Thing As Silence

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Continuing our expose into the very hush-hush world of Silence, we look at an app that promises to deliver you four minutes and thirty-three seconds of silence. PJ talks to Larry Larson, who helped design the 4'33" app.

 

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A Time Machine Built From TV's "The Office"

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Too many things on the Internet get called amazing. I wish I could retract every time I called something amazing, so that I could call this amazing and have it mean something. Joe Sabia has created "The Office Time Machine." Enter any year (all the way back through BC) and you'll get an Office clip that includes a reference to that year. 

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The Shifting State of Internet Governance

Friday, March 21, 2014

The seemingly arcane business of running the web recently made headlines when the United States government agreed to cede control of the Internet's global address book, also known as the Domain Name System (DNS). Bob talks with Bloomberg Businessweek's Brendan Greeley about the move and the future of internet governance.

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