(Sorry people, because here comes a long entry (at least for tumblr standards). I never did this and probably will never do again, so sit tight and read.)
Here on tumblr, people know me for the crude images, juvenile humor, bad temper and whatever this awful blog is about. But I’m feeling like I must step a little out of character and say a couple of things.
All of you probably (at very least the majority of you) aren’t aware of the best thing on the internet. The best site, the best social network, the best sharing device, the one and only place really worth of “being apart”. It’s not Tumblr. It’s not 4Chan. Definitely it’s not Facebook.
Since 2005, and until this day, there was a crazy little thing called “Google Reader”. You might be familiar with the name; It’s the name that inspired this blog title. I pretty much loved it. Now, after some utterly dumb decisions from Google, the service is now changed at the point of being unrecognizable.
To make things simpler, I will explain very briefly what it was: It’s the internet. Your internet. How you wanted to see it. How you wanted to experience it.
Doesn’t sound amazing for you? Fair enough. Now I will say why it is the highest achievement on internet matters:
It has a sharing system.
“Facebook has it”, you may say.
No, I answer.
What Facebook has, and Google is trying to copy, is an “imposition system”. Things you don’t care about, irrelevant acquaintances vacation photos, relatives stupid opinions, yadda yadda, that are thrown on your face like acid, and all you can do is trying the best to ignore and move on with your life. Imposition.
And even when you try to actually share something you still have to deal with the worst problem with any platform. Humans.
All Facebook and other similar sites wants it’s the highest number of humans possible. That’s why they check if you are not a robot.
That’s the problem. Humans do not understand, are unreasonable, annoying, biased, incapable of discuss 3 lines of text without getting flamed and bring Jesus, Hitler, Veganism or whatever they believe with all their presumption to the field. Doesn’t matter if it’s not even applies. They just do. And the worst sin: they don’t have any sense of humor.
Which brings us back to Google Reader.
There weren’t any humans on the site. We were PEOPLE. A real community. A haven where we could really share things, not impose, and talk about them, discover new sites, new blogs, new people, laugh. Grow our internet network together. And whenever some “human” mistakenly makes its way into a thread, we backed up which other. We would repeal him with the most simple, and yet effective, weapon: plain old sarcasm. We were many. We had the power. After years, 6 to be more exact, we became more than friends. We became one. Sounds hippie, I know, but we were not trying to change the world. Just protecting our own.
Sadly, Google gave up their old motto “Don’t be evil” for something more appropriated to the huge corporation they are now and a few advertising bucks. And in the urge of inflating even more the already overpopulated, but soulless, Google+, they killed Google Reader. They killed us.
Some are trying to build up a system for us again. Has potential, could even be better. But what saddens me most it’s this uncalled move from Google it’s the last proof that we will always be hiding on the shadows, that we just can’t afford to not be part of the masses. We can’t fit and will always pay for it. Pay it with our freedom. It’s the victory of Idiocracy. The better for them, the worst for us.
Goodbye, Google Reader, and thank you for all.
(song: Pink Floyd- Wish You Were Here)
UPDATE: Yesterday (March 13, 2013), the ever misguided creature that Google became announced that it will be shutting off Google Reader for good. Off course that I’m sad. but this time I can’t really say I wasn’t expecting it. I always knew that this day would come and actually I’m impressed it took this long.
When Google killed the social functionality they pretty much crippled Google Reader from what it did best. Now it was just a empty husk that still was used because we got stuck to it. For what it does now, reading feeds, there are better alternatives out there.
What will never be mimicked quite as well is the sense of citizenship, sharing, the overall fun and seriousness from a vivid community that everyday, for hours long, got together in the service.
Seeing Google Reader go now is like going to your childhood neighborhood and knowing they’re building a Starbucks on the site of a playground you used to go. Suddenly your mind is flooded from fond memories. The time you won a tag game. The time that you cut a finger and saw your blood for the first time.
The time when you met someone you just knew you had to be at her side at all times even if you didn’t quitely know why.
You see the site where this memories took place, and it’s gone. Gone because some meaningless reason that doesn’t matter. You feel that nobody else gives to that place the appropriate respect it deserves. Worst, the company that created, built, and run the thing for years don’t have the respect. A sad reminder that the times are always changing, more than often for the worst.
PS: Sorry for the broken English. I’m used to write one or two sentences. I tried my best. Don’t be shy to correct me.
PS²: The reason Google gave for killing completely the Reader deserves an article of it’s own, but I’m not the right person to write it. Instead, I will just give a piece of advice, for what it’s worth, from a person that spends more time on the internet than in the real life: Get your shit together Google.
PSVita: It’s a bullshit handheld console, don’t spend your money on it.
Você lembra qual era o celular em voga há 5 anos? E há 10? E há 20?
A empresa japonesa NTT Docomo realizou, por ocasião do seu 20º aniversário, uma exposição que apresenta a evolução dos telemóveis de 1987 até os dias de hoje - dos ‘tijolões’ com grandes botões às telas finas com touchscreen; da ausência de internet à rede 4G.
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Thanksgiving breaks Instagram records
How one teenager helped prep Gazans for an Israeli cyberattack—with the help of Anonymous. Eli Lake reports.
Last week, when the Israel Defense Forces threatened to pull the switch on the Internet in Gaza, Nour Haridy wanted a backup plan. So the 15-year-old high-school student from Cairo went on Twitter and asked in Arabic and English for help on how Gazans could get back online in the event of a shutoff.
Palestinian men inspect the damage of an Israeli airstrike. (Annibale Greco / Corbis)
What happened next shows the fine line between so-called cyberactivism—or using social media and the Internet to fight an information war—and hacking, the often illegal art of breaking into websites, email accounts, and other online domains for profit, fun, or a political cause.
Haridy says he got many responses on Twitter, but the most promising were from people who said they were affiliated with Anonymous, a group of activist hackers that famously attacked the websites of the U.S. Department of Justice and companies it deemed enemies of WikiLeaks such as MasterCard and Amazon.
Haridy soon found himself talking to the Anonymous hackers through a Gaza-specific Internet Relay Chat, a secure mode of communications favored by hackers, activists, and gamers. In those first conversations, Haridy says the hackers from Anonymous agreed to create a step-by-step plan for getting online through either dial-up connection or other means if the Internet were to go down. These instructions were incorporated onto a website Haridy and other cyberactivists created for Vox Palestine to disseminate information to Gazans during the war. “They helped us a lot,” Haridy said in an interview. “Without Anonymous we would not have reached the surface.” Efforts to reach Anonymous were unsuccessful.
But while Haridy was putting the finishing touches on the Vox Palestine website, Anonymous was planning its own counter-offensive it had dubbed #OpIsrael. In a Nov. 17 YouTube message, a man in the group’s telltale disguise of a Spanish jester, read a message warning, “Israel, the angel of death has been called to your cyberspace.” The message claimed that the group had already defaced 10,000 Israeli websites, though Israeli officials dispute this number.
Haridy says he thinks what Anonymous is doing “is necessary,” but says he and his group had nothing to do with the Anonymous attacks. Indeed, the Gaza IRC has a rule urging participants not to discuss “DDOS attacks,” or hacks that disable a website by overwhelming it with requests for information.
A spokesman for the IDF declined to discuss cyberattacks against Israeli websites or Israel’s own cyber-operations in the war. On Monday, at a briefing for journalists, Israel’s ambassador to Washington, Michael Oren, said Israel used computers to text and call cellphones of Palestinians in Gaza to give warnings before airstrikes. Israel’s electronic-warfare capability includes the ability to shut down cell networks and hack into sensitive computers controlling infrastructure like power grids. So far, though, there have only been intermittent outages in Gaza, not a widespread Internet shutdown.
In recent days, Israel came under attack by a kind of malware known as “Xtreme RAT.” The RAT stands for Remote Access Trojan. If opened, the RAT will burrow into the host computer and give control of the machine to the hacker.
Aviv Raff, the chief technology officer for the Israeli cyber-security company Seculert, discovered Xtreme RAT when it infected the personal email of a soldier in the IDF’s spokesman unit and then sent the attack to other emails in that account’s personal-address folder.
One IDF official who asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of the issue said the IDF was aware of the attack, but had taken steps to make sure it did not spread to other email users.
“The latest attacks could be from folks who sympathize with the Palestinians. This could be folks from Peru, Turkey, Greece, or people from the University of Southern California.”
Raff says the IP address of the server initially connected to the RAT was in Gaza, but it has since changed. He also said other targets of the RAT attack were Palestinians affiliated with the political rivals of Hamas, the party that controls Gaza and has waged the rocket war into Israel.
The latest RAT surfaced right before the Gaza conflict began, according to Raff and other Israeli officials. It was serious enough that it prompted Israel’s national police to disconnect its computer network from the Internet after only a few of its computers were infected.
The RAT in recent days has appeared in emails claiming to have urgent information about the Gaza war. “The latest element of this campaign is about the recent conflict,” Raff said. “We got an email from an Israeli politician, who sent me a sample of his email that was infected. The attack came from an IDF officer who got his Gmail account hacked,” he said. The emails urge the recipient to open an attachment related to the latest Israeli operation known as Pillar of Defense. When that attachment is opened, the trojan is unleashed, giving the adversary control of the unlucky computer, Raff said.
One of the frustrating elements for those playing defense in a cyberwar is that it’s difficult to ever know for sure who is launching the attacks. Bob Gourley, a former chief technology officer for the Defense Intelligence Agency, said, “The latest attacks could be from folks who sympathize with the Palestinians. This could be folks from Peru, Turkey, Greece, or people from the University of Southern California.”
The Xtreme RAT, Gourley said, “was fairly sophisticated,” adding that it would be “hard for your average person to do it.” But he also said the Xtreme RAT was not as sophisticated as the cyberweapons developed by advanced governments.
In the meantime, Haridy is trying to get Vox Palestine to become a hub for protests and online petitions against Israel. He says he came of age as a mass movement was forcing Egypt’s long time president, Hosni Mubarak, to step down from power: “That’s what happens when you grow up during a revolution.”
in The Daily Beast | Nov 21, 2012 4:45 AM EST
* Eli Lake is the senior national-security correspondent for Newsweek and the Daily Beast. He previously covered national security and intelligence for the Washington Times. Lake has also been a contributing editor at The New Republic since 2008 and covered diplomacy, intelligence, and the military for the late New York Sun. He has lived in Cairo and traveled to war zones in Sudan, Iraq, and Gaza. He is one of the few journalists to report from all three members of President Bush’s axis of evil: Iraq, Iran, and North Korea.
O GIF acabou de completar 25 anos, mas parece ter passado despercebido a muita gente até há bem pouco tempo. Para o Oxford American Dictionary, 2012 foi mesmo o ano dourado deste formato de ficheiro de imagem que permite fazer pequenas animações em sequência e, por isso, decidiu que GIF é a palavra do ano nos EUA. LER MAIS
O portal Sapo vai disponibilizar uma ferramenta que mostra relações entre pessoas com base no número de vezes que estas foram mencionadas num mesmo artigo ao longo dos 25 anos de produção noticiosa da agência Lusa.
A novidade foi apresentada nesta sexta-feira, no arranque da sexta edição do Codebits, um evento para entusiastas da tecnologia que o Sapo organiza desde 2007 e que neste ano conta com 800 participantes reunidos no Pavilhão Atlântico, em Lisboa.
A visualização interactiva das redes de relações entre pessoas (de chefes de Estado a desportistas, passando por artistas, economistas e políticos) foi criada a partir de cerca de 2,5 milhões de artigos da Lusa, correspondentes à totalidade do arquivo da agência, que foi fundada em finais de 1986 (como sucessora da ANOP) e que começou a publicar a 1 de Janeiro de 1987.
A ferramenta mostrará as personalidades referidas nas notícias, cada uma representada por um círculo. A cor do círculo indica a temática das notícias em que uma dada pessoa surgiu mais vezes. Pessoas que tiverem sido referidas na mesma notícia surgem ligadas por um traço, que é tanto mais grosso quantos mais artigos existirem com menção às duas em simultâneo. O utilizador poderá ver apenas as relações mais frequentes ou optar por ver redes de relações mais fracas.
É possível filtrar a informação exibida com base no mês de publicação dos artigos e nas áreas temáticas em que estes foram categorizados pela Lusa: por exemplo, política, desporto, ciência e tecnologia, saúde e educação. A partir de cada uma das personalidades mostradas, o utilizador pode aceder às notícias em que esta é mencionada.
O trabalho faz parte do projecto REACTION (a sigla para a denominiação inglesa Retrieval, Extraction and Aggregation Computing Technology for Integrating and Organizing News - numa tradução livre, “Tecnologia Computacional de Recolha, Extracção e Agregação para a Integração e Organização de Notícias”). Do REACTION fazem parte, para além do Sapo, laboratórios da Universidade do Porto e da Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, o Centro de Investigação Media e Jornalismo e o PÚBLICO.
Recentemente, o projecto produziu uma análise das palavras mais usadas nos comentários no Facebook de Pedro Passos Coelho e o portal Sapo já tem uma página para a visualização de relações entre personalidades, que assenta na tecnologia agora usada para a visualização do acervo da Lusa.
A ferramenta estará disponível para qualquer utilizador, mas o objectivo do REACTION é criar ferramentas que possam ser usadas em trabalhos de investigação jornalística, explicou ao PÚBLICO Eduarda Mendes Rodrigues, da Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto, durante uma demonstração da tecnologia no Codebits, onde a ferramenta está em mostra num grande ecrã sensível ao toque.
Do ponto de vista académico, notou a investigadora, a análise em larga escala de artigos jornalísticos coloca vários desafios: o processamento de grandes quantidades de dados, a análise de linguagem natural (a linguagem usada por humanos e que os computadores têm dificuldades em compreender) e ainda a construção de formas eficazes para a visualização dos dados.
Nos 2,5 milhões de notícias da Lusa, os computadores identificaram as personalidades referidas e ainda determinaram o cargo (ou cargos) de cada uma. Os algoritmos são capazes, por exemplo, de perceber que em 2009 José Sócrates era primeiro-ministro e que hoje é ex-primeiro-ministro – e a informação referente ao cargo é mostrada quando se visualiza a rede de relações de Sócrates e os artigos correspondentes.
O processo, porém, não está livre de erros: diferentes grafias para o mesmo nome (situação frequente com alguns nomes estrangeiros) ou simples erros ortográficos levam a que, em alguns casos, os computadores tratem uma pessoa como duas entidades distintas. O aperfeiçoamento dos algoritmos para ultrapassar este tipo de problemas é um dos desafios que os investigadores têm pela frente, referiu Eduarda Mendes Rodrigues. O REACTION termina em Setembro de 2013. link