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- Mark Steyn on America as a banana republic.
- Political views mess up your ability to do math. Probably other things, too. Fascinating study but not surprising. Another example of confirmation bias in action.
- Do you get junk emails from your acquaintances urging you to connect with them on LinkedIn? I used to get a fair number of those and thought, “Wow, for people who supposedly know me, these guys are sure idiots.” Like I’m ever going to join LinkedIn. Like I think it’s just wonderful for acquaintances to give my address to all and sundry. Then I got a fervently apologetic email from one of those folks saying that he hadn’t sent or authorized the emails and that LinkedIn had hacked his address book. Seems there’s now a lawsuit on that. Seems also that LinkedIn doesn’t really “hack” its users; it’s just reaaaallly, realllly fuzzy in the way it gets users’ “permission” to spam everybody they know.
- The New! Improved! iPhone 5 — NSA version!
- Okay, that was funny. This is not. It appears that somebody has already hacked the much-vaunted fingerprint scanner on those new iPhones. World record?
- Also not funny. Creepy. But sort of funny, too. Radio? You want to take over radio stations? That is so twentieth century!
- One way to keep the secret police out of your computer? And another? Whether these are good ideas or not, I can’t say. Can only say that the greatest enemy of the surveillance state is … ticked-off technoids. And maybe other governments.
- One more reason to cut carbs. Well, depending on your proclivities, maybe it’s a reason to eat more of them. In either case: News of the Weird.