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+ - Let The Campaign Edit Wars Begin

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Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Megan Garber writes that in high school, Paul Ryan's classmates voted him as his class's "biggest brown noser," a juicy tidbit that is a source of delight for his political opponents but considered an irrelevant piece of youthful trivia to his supporters. "But it's also a tension that will play out, repeatedly, in the most comprehensive narrative we have about Paul Ryan as a person and a politician and a policy-maker: his Wikipedia page," writes Garber. Late last night, just as news of the Ryan choice leaked in the political press — the first substantial edit to that page removed the "brown noser" mention which had been on the page since June 16. The Wikipedia deletion has given rise to a whole discussion of whether the mention is a partisan attack, whether "brown noser" is a pejorative, and whether an old high school opinion survey is notable or relevant. As of this writing, "brown noser" stands as does a maybe-mitigating piece of Ryan-as-high-schooler trivia: that he was also voted prom king. But that equilibrium could change, again, in an instant. "Today is the glory day for the Paul Ryan Wikipedia page," writes Garber. "Yesterday, it saw just 10 [edits]. Today, however — early on a Saturday morning, East Coast time — it's already received hundreds of revisions. And the official news of the Ryan selection, of course, is just over an hour old." Now Ryan's page is ready to host debates about biographical details and their epistemological relevance. "Like so many before it, will be a place of debate and dissent and derision. But it will also be a place where people can come together to discuss information and policy and the intersection between the two — a town square for the digital age.""

+ - Anonymous Cowards, Deanonymized-> 1

Submitted by mbstone
mbstone (457308) writes "Arvind Narayanan writes: What if authors can be identified based on nothing but a comparison of the content they publish to other web content they have previously authored? Naryanan has a new paper to be presented at the 33rd IEEE Symposium on Security & Privacy. Just as individual telegraphers could be identified by other telegraphers from their "fists," Naryanan posits that an author's habitual choices of words, such as, for example, the frequency with which the author uses "since" as opposed to "because," can be processed through an algorithm to identify the author's writing. Fortunately, and for now, manually altering one's writing style is effective as a countermeasure."
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Comment: Article is trolling for page hits (Score 5, Interesting) 146

by Bushwuly (#38522238) Attached to: HP TouchPad Go: $99?
I'm typing this on a TouchPad now, and follow webOS news pretty regularly hoping for positive news. However, the original source that this article supposedly refers to ( specifically states that:

... the fact that this tablet will never see the light of day puts a rather large damper on the party.

P.S. The only one of these ever sold was on eBay a month or so ago for over $700

The Media

+ - Panopticon Society and the Moral Power of an Image

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Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes "James Fallows writes that you don't have to idealize everything about the Occupy movement to recognize the stoic resolve of the protesters at UC Davis being pepper sprayed as a moral drama that the protesters clearly won. "The self-control they show, while being assaulted, reminds me of grainy TV footage I saw as a kid, of black civil rights protestors being fire-hosed by Bull Connor's policemen in Alabama. Or of course the Tank Man in Tiananmen Square," writes Fallows. "Such images can have tremendous, lasting power." We can't imagine all the effects of the panopticon society but one benefit to the modern protest movement is the omnipresence of cameras as police officials, protestors, and nearly all onlookers are recording whatever goes on bringing greater accountability and a reality-test for police claims that they "had" to use excessive force. "What's new is that now the perception war occurs simultaneously with the physical struggle. There's almost parity," writes Andrew Sprung. "You have a truncheon or gun, I have a camera. You inflict pain, I inflict infamy.""

+ - Using Hackers and/or Technology as an Excuse-> 1

Submitted by Bushwuly
Bushwuly (585191) writes "Congressman Anthony Weiner admitted today to lying about posting lewd pictures to women on his Twitter feed. Originally, Weiner insisted that hackers had accessed his account in an attempt to embarrass him. Even commentators on Slashdot pushed the idea that the Congressman's account was hacked. Considering that Sony has made claims that Anonymous was behind the breech of the Playstation Network, it seems like blaming "hackers" is the new "my dog ate my homework". What other examples can you recall of people in the public eye trying to use hackers and/or technology as an excuse for poor behavior?"
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+ - ASK SLASHDOT: How to build a personal cloud? 1

Submitted by MotorMachineMercenar
MotorMachineMercenar (124135) writes "Recent announcements from Google, Apple, MS, etc. about cloud services have left me cold: most of them would require me to pay fees, get attached at the hip to a service provider, or don't offer everything I want so I'd have to sign up for several services. Perhaps most importantly, I would be at the mercy of fickle service providers who might go offline without warning. So I've thought about building my own personal cloud for my music, movies, TV series and photos.

I could provide the server with my desktop PC, could use one of my internet domains to host FTP or whatever else is needed for the cloud. I would like to push and pull all the content to/from my devices, mainly desktop and laptop PCs and Android phone. It would be ideal if I could share the content with friends as well. Open source would be a huge plus.

Is there anything like this available already, or is there anything in alpha or beta?"

Human resources are human first, and resources second. -- J. Garbers