Posts Tagged ‘online life’

Is this what we want? Internet ‘take down’ and indefinite gagging orders?

I didn’t want to be the one who ‘broke the news’ that, as the Herald on Sunday‘s Kathryn Powley put it in her story ‘Blogger told to stop‘: a blogger has been ordered to remove dozens of posts and comments from her website and issued with a restraining order against a lawyer she harassed on-line. […]

Oh {expletive-deleted}! It’s true. The internet is ‘a TV that watches you.’

Damn. This is what the PRISM whistle blower Ed Snowden told a Washington Post reporter, related here: Code name ‘Verax’: Snowden, in exchanges with Post reporter, made clear he knew risks “The internet is on principle a system that you reveal yourself to in order to fully enjoy, which differentiates it from, say, a music […]

This hoovering up of ‘meta data’ is getting downright creepy

Remember this map from my 2011 post?: Despite that, your honour, I wasn’t ACTUALLY there. Read this and tell me it doesn’t make you just a little antsy … The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America’s largest telecoms providers, under a top […]

Top Posts — May 2013

Some of the most-viewed posts, in order, at in May … So who is Simon Lusk? Richard Nixon’s resignation letter Watchdog issues warning about Sean Wood Property Tutors enterprise Mourning public figures The Right Way In the service of the 9th floor Tag: Cactus Kate How do you spell phishing? A scam targeting Dropbox […]

How many times a day do you look at your smartphone?

I drifted into a discussion last night about smartphone attention. A cited statistic ‘people look at their phone 150 times a day’ struck me as way over the top. But others disagreed. One (obviously a pitiful, addicted soul) even sent me a link in support: An Attempt to Validate the 150x Per Day Number Based […]

Oops, another Whale Oil truth FAIL.

First off, let me say this is NO Big Deal. But I find it mildly interesting and, since that reaches the threshold for blogging … Only an idiot would expect consistency from Cameron Slater In April, prompted by Cameron’s industrial-strength lunatic conspiracy theory that Twitter mention maps revealed undeclared ‘bias’ when journalists communicate with other people […]

Top Posts — April 2013

Some of the most-viewed posts, in order, at in April … John Key is getting a reputation as a liar Quantifying stalkers Watchdog issues warning about Sean Wood Property Tutors enterprise John Key toughens up? “Forearmed is forewarned (sic), I’m going to change.” Judith Collins promotes her tame attack blogger Tag: Cactus Kate How […]

Twitter password IQ test

Oh boy! An intelligence test for Twitter users. Is it a spoof? (Answer: here.) – P Thanks to Nic Wise @fastchicken

tl;dr … and an old joke from Cactus Kate

If you don’t already know, this pithy abbreviation tl;dr means ‘too long; didn’t read’. It’s sometimes used as a bitchy little put-down of someone else’s writing. Lawyer Timothy Tostais describes (PDF here) how the call to shorten (dumb down?) legal advice brings risks … TLDR may not be a new issue for lawyers in offering […]

The dark side of social media

Someone called me a troll yesterday. Well, he worked up to it. First I was said to “have clear troll like tendencies”, then later, as we discussed my criticisms of how he operates some more, out it came: “You are a troll”. Mm-bokay. (Suffice to say, that’s not how I see what I do.) Which […]

Quantifying stalkers

We’ve talked before about my negative view of fake social media profiles and sock puppets, and how I think impersonation of someone (whether well-known or just pretending to be a real person other than yourself) is unacceptable. See: Spoofing David Fisher and Anonymous comment vs IMPERSONATION It’s one thing to consistently use an internet ‘handle’, […]

Top Posts – March 2013

Some of the most-viewed posts, in order, at in March … Calling our haters like Cameron Slater How do you spell phishing? A scam targeting Dropbox users Why has @TheNBR been so #slippery about their apology to Phil Kitchin and @DomPost? Judith Collins promotes her tame attack blogger Facebook as ‘digiphrenia’ or technology that […]

I haz Vodafone LTE in Auckland

I rang Vodafone yesterday and agreed to the extra $10 a month to enable 4G LTE on my iPhone 5. I could see from their coverage map that my home in Howick isn’t “in the zone”, and my Epsom office is on the margin (as it turns out, no dice there either). So I’ve yet […]

Calling out haters like Cameron Slater

Recently, in a post Cameron Slater is social media “beef lasagne” I referred to the tactics of Pakuranga’s political attack blogger: Cameron’s schtick is fizzing up nonsense for the purposes of Shock! Horror! spittle-flecked and dishonest attacks on people with whom he disagrees online. His purpose is to ‘hurt’ them. If by his ravings and […]

Top Posts – February 2013

Some of the most-viewed posts at in February … We was brung up proper! Cameron Slater is social media “beef lasagne” An update on Michael Williams and the Howick Local Board Beware the ubiquitous PDF? Really? Top 10 NZ property investment books – Auckland City Libraries Mr Phil Jones: re-heating cold horseshit Let a […]