ruff linkage 201504

[weekly linkdump, somewhat edited from my delicious]


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#biggest news this week

How to Catch a Terrorist – “The N.S.A. claims it needs access to all our phone records. But is that the best way to catch a terrorist?”

#watch and

Bitter Lake: Adam Curtis’s extraordinary career in clips – “From That’s Life to The Power of Nightmares and All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace we take a look at the filmmaker’s greatest moments ahead of the iPlayer launch of Bitter Lake”

META HIP HOP – Totally meta


We Should All Step Back from Security Journalism – “I am stepping back from reporting on hacking/databreach stories, and restricting my assistance to other journalists to advice. (But please, journalists, absolutely feel free to ask me for advice!) I can’t look at the specific data another journalist has, and I can’t pass it along to a security expert, without feeling like there’s risk to the journalists I work with, the security experts, and myself.”

Doomsday Clock moves two minutes closer to midnight – “The iconic Doomsday Clock, considered a metaphor for the dangers faced by the world, was pushed ahead by two minutes over concerns about worsening climate change and the world’s failure to reduce nuclear weapons, a trans-Atlantic group of prominent scientists announced.”

aphex twin Diskhat ALL Prepared1mixed [snr2mix] – Free music from aphex twin, nuff said.

Barrett Brown Sentenced to Five Years, Vows to Keep Investigating Government Wrongdoing – “The U.S. government decided today that because I did such a good job investigating the cyber-industrial complex, they’re now going to send me to investigate the prison-industrial complex”

Barrett Brown’s allocution / sentencing statement – see above.

Pirating the 2015 Oscars HD Edition – “Pirates are now watching films at higher quality than the industry insiders voting on them.”

james patterson’s latest novel self-destructs in 24 hours – “for the launch of james patterson’s latest book ‘private vegas’, the famed american author has decided to take the usual eagerness of peeling through the pages of one of his novels to an unprecedented level. adrenaline-loving enthusiasts will have to race against the clock for the ‘most thrilling reading experience ever’ — a self-destructing book that disappears in just 24 hours.”

Government is strangely nonplussed when World of Warcraft gold is used for IRL drugs – “When it comes to virtual currencies, the law makes few allowances for context or art.”

Are You “Internet Sexual”? – “Welcome to Chaturbate, where live-cam performers engage in the wild and the weird. But watch it long enough and you realize that social media has created a whole new sexual persuasion. So, how “internet sexual” are you?”

Why the modern world is bad for your brain – “In an era of email, text messages, Facebook and Twitter, we’re all required to do several things at once. But this constant multitasking is taking its toll. Here neuroscientist Daniel J Levitin explains how our addiction to technology is making us less efficient”

Fish on ecstasy: Runoff from music festival contaminates rivers – “Post-fest analysis also found caffeine, ketamine, other substances in river.”

Charlie Hebdo Attackers Radicalized in Search for Identity – “How did three, seemingly normal sons of immigrant families turn into radicalized and vicious murderers? SPIEGEL went to Paris to find out. The resulting image is one of an identity search gone horribly wrong.”

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