[weekly linkdump, somewhat edited]
#best news this week
Schedule 30C3 – The 30C3 schedule is out, what a fantastic line up, so tempted…
Orbital | Christmas Chime – We were scared. And scarred for life now.
25 Years of Solid Steel: an oral history of the world’s longest running mix show – Interview with Matt Black and Jonathan More.
Someone’s been siphoning data through a huge security hole in the internet – “Hijacked traffic went all the way to Iceland, where it may have been copied before being released to its intended destination.”
The Ordeal of the PayPal 14 – “Thirteen of the Anonymous participants are nearly done with their case.”
Football Research in an Enlarged Europe – “Welcome to the website of FREE, an innovative and collaborative European research project on football! ”
Ripper Street has been cancelled. What is the BBC thinking? – “The idea of something so beautifully made being crushed by a celebrity reality show is like a flamethrower melting a snowflake.”
How do you figure out how much plastic is in the ocean? – “For every 1000 grams (2 lbs) of plastic bits we removed from the water, we took out 731 grams (1.6 lbs) of ocean life, primarily zooplankton and baby fish.”
Transition Free Press Issue 4 – free to download.
Corruption Perceptions Index 2013 – Results – “The Index scores 177 countries and territories on a scale from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). No country has a perfect score, and two-thirds of countries score below 50. This indicates a serious, worldwide corruption problem. Hover on the map above to see how your country fares.”
UT Documents: Questions/responses for journalists linking to the Pando post – and other matters – Glenn Greenwald responds to the Pando accusations.
Keeping Secrets: Pierre Omidyar, Glenn Greenwald and the privatization of Snowden’s leaks – “Greenwald and Poitras are now the only two people with full access to the complete cache of NSA files, which are said to number anywhere from 50,000 to as many as 200,000 files. That’s right: Snowden doesn’t have the files any more, the Guardian doesn’t have them, the Washington Post doesn’t have them… just Glenn and Laura at the for-profit journalism company created by the founder of eBay.”
ACM Web Science talk, as written – “The network is a place of corporeal metaphors, intellectual landscapes painted out of math. Perhaps we should write about network life like we write about art. Or see it as a kind of magic, best approached with mystical description. We don’t understand what we’re doing, what we’re writing about, our own creation has surpassed the methods of reductionism we used to create it. Isn’t it more honest and true to write about it with a kind of vetted mythology?”
Welche WM-Gruppe die härteste ist – und noch mehr Statistiken – “Machen Sie sich selbst ein Bild darüber, wie stark die einzelnen WM-Gruppen sind.”
«Es kommt zur Machtumkehr» – “Der Kinderpsychiater Michael Winterhoff schlägt in seinem neuen Buch Alarm: Eltern zögen eine Generation von Narzissten und Egomanen heran.”