That means you can friend someone but you don’t see their updates. That way, it appears that you’re paying attention to them when you’re really not. Just like everyone does all the time in real life to maintain their sanity.
As duplicitous and sad as “fake following” sounds — and let’s be honest: the whole idea’s pathetic on a number of levels — for a certain kind of user, I can see why there’s a desire for this functionality. Especially on a site like FriendFeed, which has quickly become the platform of choice for the web’s least interesting narcissists — and the slow-witted woodland creatures who enjoy grooming their fur — this is a major breakthrough in the makebelieve friendship space. Yes, primate culture may be primitive, but it is not without its evolving needs.
Thing is, “fake following” is also not so far off from a more wholesome feature that I’ve been begging for on social networks for years now:
Any application that lets you “friend,” “follow,” or otherwise observe another user should include a prominent (and silent) “PAUSE” button.
I’ve been thinking about a “Pause” button for this weblog – the vacation was a very welcome break….
The Mobile Marketing Association has published its guidelines for advertising pushed over Bluetooth connections, and considers anyone who hasn’t opted out to be fair game for spammers.
The guidelines are now available for public review until 26 September, and take a distinct step beyond the UK’s Direct Marketing Association (DMA) rules in that they consider any handset left in “discoverable” mode to be implicitly giving permission for pushed adverts – something the DMA explicitly rejects.
The document (pdf) has been produced by the “Proximity Committee”, a part of the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA), and is mostly concerned with an explanation of what Bluetooth is and how it can effectively be used. It says that IMS Research reckons that in the US more than 60 per cent of handsets sport Bluetooth and 70 per cent in Europe, making it an attractive channel for pushed advertising.
Oh look, something useful that people use and enjoy, let’s fuck it and make it annoying….
The article mentions a website where “they’d love to hear your comments”, but I wouldn’t bother – there’s no point in trying to talk to spammers.
Most of the big movie studios and many online movie retailers are preparing to to launch a new initiative tentatively called Open Market, first proposed last year by Sony Pictures, we’ve learned. All of the major studios besides those associated with Walt Disney are already on board and will be part of the announcements made next month.
At this point I stopped reading, looked at the name, and guessed that they wanted to close the market to anything but their own scheme. It turns out to be a correct guess:
Open Market is a set of policy decisions and a software and services framework that will allow interoperability of various formats and DRM schemes that are currently splintering the market. That splintering locks users into a single store and format, and is putting a stranglehold on widespread adoption of movie sales online. Multiple sources have indicated that the studios are putting their weight behind the initiative to avoid the fate of the music industry and as a last ditch effort to stop or slow non-DRM movie sales.
A key part of Open Market will be a neutral third party to manage device registrations and movie purchases/rentals to ensure interoperability. This “domain” provider will manage services that let users register devices (PCs, televisions, mobile devices, etc.). Any movie purchased from any service provider can then be watched on a registered device.
So unless you “register” your computer, TV, phone or DVD player with them, you won’t be able to use them?
Yeah, people will really like that and stop using torrents right away.
Also, take a look at the slides in the PDF: “iTunes is best example of the problem”… let me translate for you: “the iTunes business model works, but we‘re not making any money, Apple is. We hate that.”
Almost everyone forgets a Web site password once in a while. When you do, you click on the familiar “Forgot your password?” link and, after entering your pet’s name, identifying your high school mascot or answering some other seemingly obscure questions, you can get back into your account.
But there’s a problem: A criminal can do that, too. With the help of social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace, personal trivia is getting less obscure all the time. You’d be surprised how easily someone can uncover Fido’s name or your alma mater with a little creative searching.
Some security researchers are beginning to sound the alarm about “password resetting” tools, suggesting they could be the weakest link in Web security.
I change my cat’s name every 3 months just to be on the safe side; yet ironically, that just seems to make my cat increasingly insecure.
*ZA kiad w’-exùn ya tijuh, da ya-gAr’-eduketan zA da wa-tAgan lidla, kaz ‘ban iagnaran an wa-tAg kurrap…
In many large or even medium-sized IT projects, there exists a thermocline of truth, a line drawn across the organizational chart that represents a barrier to accurate information regarding the project’s progress. Those below this level tend to know how well the project is actually going; those above it tend to have a more optimistic (if unrealistic) view.
And every now and then this is visible to the outside world. Example: NASA
Wow — a leading Republican appears to have just inadvertently admitted that the GOP’s spin machine set up to counter Barack Obama during the convention is a propaganda machine spewing nothing but lies.
The GOPer in question is Colorado GOP chairman Dick Wadhams, who accidentally made the admission when describing the GOP’s war room in Denver set up to hammer Obama during convention week.
Wadhams described the GOP’s outfit thusly to the Denver Post: “Just consider this the Ministry of Truth.”
Um, as anybody who has ever read George Orwell knows, the Ministry of Truth exists to disseminate false propaganda about how great the ruling regime is, continuously rewriting both history and the present-day facts in order to maintain total control over the population.
It makes me wonder if Republicans have anything above a elementary school education when it comes to the history of totalitarian movements.
Last year, in an unusual display of ignorance, Fox News’ Sean Hannity announced that he would begin offering “Enemy of the State” awards to liberals he disapproves of. Hannity, never accused of being the sharpest crayon in the box, had no idea that the phrase has Stalinist origins, and quietly renamed his on-air segment, “Enemy of the Week.”
From the UK Telegraph:
“The US money supply has experienced the sharpest contraction in modern history, heightening the risk of a Wall Street crunch and a severe economic slowdown in coming months. Data compiled by Lombard Street Research shows that the M3 ”broad money” aggregates fell by almost $50bn in July, the biggest one-month fall since modern records began in 1959.
“Monthly data for July show that the broad money growth has almost collapsed,” said Gabriel Stein, the group’s leading monetary economist.” (Ambrose Evans-Pritchard,”Sharp US Money Supply contraction points to a Wall Street crunch ahead”, UK Telegraph)
The Telegraph confirms what many of the doomsayers have been saying for more than a year now; we’re facing a severe bout of deflation. The persistent credit-drain from rising foreclosures and deleveraging financial institutions is shrinking the money supply. Now it’s visible in the data. Bernanke’s low interest rates haven’t stopped the hemorrhaging; deflation is spreading like Kudzu. According to Evans-Pritchard, “The growth in bank loans has turned negative” (while) “the overall debt burden in the US economy is currently at record levels, raising concerns that a recession – if it occurs – could set off a sharp downward spiral.”