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Shelly sent me this: Facebook’s New Terms Of Service: “We Can Do Anything We Want With Your Content. Forever.”

Facebook’s terms of service (TOS) used to say that when you closed an account on their network, any rights they claimed to the original content you uploaded would expire. Not anymore.

Now, anything you upload to Facebook can be used by Facebook in any way they deem fit, forever, no matter what you do later. Want to close your account? Good for you, but Facebook still has the right to do whatever it wants with your old content. They can even sublicense it if they want.

ALL my students should be reading this. And people laugh at me when I say that I don’t like sites like FB where you cannot remove your content and take it with you. Content mobility is a right. IMHO. But this just makes it even worserer. If you don’t care about what happens to your content, you probably aren’t old enough to be allowed to run free on the internet.

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Slashdot | Why Does Skype Read the BIOS?
“Myria at pagetable.com, among others, noticed that Skype reads the machine’s BIOS code on startup. This probably would’ve gone unnoticed if the operation didn’t fail on 64-bit windows. From the post: ‘It’s dumping your system BIOS, which usually includes your motherboard’s serial number, and pipes it to the Skype application. I have no idea what they’re using it for, or whether they send anything to their servers, but I bet whatever they’re doing is no good given their track record… If they hadn’t been ignorant of Win64’s lack of NTVDM, nobody would’ve noticed this happening.’”

[more at pagetable.com » Blog Archive » Skype Reads Your BIOS and Motherboard Serial Number]

I have never been a fan of skype, evern since I noticed skype related things happening on my computer when I had skype turned off. But most people laughed at me… well some were laughing about other things and I just took it as read. Anyway… I don’t say skype is evil, because I didn’t do any of these tests, but if someone wants to confirm that fact and assert it publicly, I’d not be shocked.

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Ex-Lemmingworks. ##.

I was watching CBC this morning, and they were talking about the new law requiring labeling of cosmetics. They were interviewing someone from Environmental Working Group || Public Interest Watchdog and this person mentioned their report Skin Deep which talks about toxins in everything from toothpaste to shampoo. I don’t use soaps or personal products unless I know that they are as toxin free as possible, that goes for dishwasher powder and laundry soap. Something to think about!

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Ex-Lemmingworks. ##.

I saw this in /. this morning and it reminds me of ZeroKnowledge (Slashdot | ZeroKnowledge to Discontinue Anonymity Service
) who had a great anonymous service that died under 9/11 attack on privacy of communications: DEMO: VaporStream to raise eyebrows

Void Communications had better be ready for a call from Department of Homeland Security. Why? Because in a world where a bottle of shampoo is considered a risk to commercial aviation it’s likely that federal security officials will see red flags in a service designed to provide any two people — say, Osama bin Laden and his right-hand man in the U.S. — with an electronic communications channel that leaves not a trace of its contents or the identities of the participants.
Key to Void’s Web-based VaporStream service is the fact that at no time does the body of the message and the header information appear together, thus leaving no record of the interaction on any computer or server. The message cannot be forwarded, edited, printed or saved, and, once it’s been read, it disappears; nothing is cached anywhere. No attachments allowed.

Remember, you have no right to have a private conversation in many parts of the world. And perhaps here too.

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Ex-Lemmingworks. ##.

Just talked to my dad on the phone. He was calling with birthday greetings, singing his version of Happy Birthday. My present was to be told that dinner had been paid for at Gamelle. I’ve never eaten there, as it is slightly out of our budget range, but we’d planned to go for lunch at some point. Time for a pastis, a bottle of Gigondas, some frog’s legs!

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Ex-Lemmingworks. ##.

There’s a new issue of The Harrow: Original Works of Fantasy and Horror  Vol. 9, No. 2 is now available online!

[I’ve been working with the harrow since the beginning of the century, btw.]

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Ex-Lemmingworks. ##.

Transdisciplinary Studies
Sense Publishers

Edited by: Jeremy Hunsinger and Jason Nolan

Aims and Scope:

Transdisciplinary Studies is an internationally oriented book series created to generate new theories and practices to extricate transdisciplinary research from the confining discourses of traditional disciplinarities. Within transdisciplinary domains, this series will publish empirically grounded, theoretically sound work seeking to identify and solve global problems that conventional disciplinary perspectives cannot capture. Transdisciplinary Studies seeks to accentuate those aspects of scholarly research which cut across todays learned disciplines in an effort to define new axiologies and forms of praxis. This series intends to promote a new appreciation for transdisciplinary research to audiences that are seeking ways of understanding complex, global problems that many now realize disciplinary perspectives cannot fully address. Scholars, policy makers, educators and researchers working to address issues in technology studies, public finance, discourse studies, professional ethics, political analysis, learning, ecological systems, modern medicine, and other fields clearly are ready to begin investing in transdisciplinary models of research. It is for those many different audiences in these diverse fields that we hope to reach, not merely with topical research, but also through considering new epistemic and ontological foundations for of transdisciplinary research.

Editorial Board:

Professor Megan Boler
Associate Professor
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

Professor Geoffrey C. Bowker
Regis and Dianne McKenna Professor for the Center for Science, Technology and Society
Center for Science, Technology and Society, Santa Clara University

Professor Timothy W. Luke
University Distinguished Professor
Political Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Professor Wendy Martin
The George and Ronya Kozmetsky Chair in Transdisciplinary Studies
Claremont Graduate School

Professor Dr. Helga Nowotny Ph.D.
Wissenschaftszentrum Wien (Science Center Vienna)

Professor Joel Weiss
Senior Fellow
Knowledge Media Design Institute, University of Toronto

Books in the Series:
Towards Humane Technologies: Biotechnology, new media, and ethics (Forthcoming)
Edited by: Naomi Sunderland, Peter Isaacs, Phil Graham, and Bernard McKenna

VHS Movies

Mar. 31st, 2006 07:43 am
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Originally published at .... You can comment here or there.

I don’t have a VHS machine any more, and tried to give away these tapes. But my sister doesn’t have one either. And I’m not shipping them up to my dad’s. If anyone’s interested in these tapes, and lives in Toronto, and wanted to come by to pick them up, and promise to not sell them on Ebay, it would be great. I’ll probably dump them in our school’s bin for stuff people may want… but I thought I’d give folks online a chance first. Post a comment claiming the ones you want. First come… though if you say ALL of them, and some folks want a few, I’ll probably spread the love.

Apocalypse Now
Mystery Men
Beat the Devil (bogart)
We’re No Angels (bogart)
Blue Velvet (Lynch)
Life of Brian
Name of the Rose
To Kill a Mocking Bird

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