Tech companies are sending your secrets to crowdsourced armies of low-paid workers on Amazon Mechanical Turk | Fusion

Tech companies are sending your secrets to crowdsourced armies of low-paid workers; Kashmir Hill; In Fusion; 2015-03-31.


  • Invisible Boyfriend
    • an app
    • Kyle Tabor, founder, Invisible Boyfriend
  • Ellie Shechert, reporter, Jezebel.
    • Used the service
    • Wrote an article exposing the practice
  • Crowdsource
    • St. Louis, MO
  • Concept: workforce as a service
  • Similar to, but … different
    • Siri
    • Cortana
  • Crowdflower
  • Kaleigh Rogers, eporter, Motherboard
    • another story
  • Walter S. Lasecki
    • Ph.D. candidate
    • University of Rochester
  • Walter S. Lasecki, Jaime Teevan, Ece Kamarl; Information Extraction and Manipulation Threats in Crowd-Powered Systems; In Proceedings of Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW); 2014-02-15; 9 pages.

The Eternal Return of BuzzFeed | The Atlantic

The Eternal Return of BuzzFeed; Adrienne LaFrance, Robinson Meyer; In The Atlantic; 2015-04-15.
Teaser: What the online juggernaut can learn from Time, USA Today, and MTV

tl;dr → BuzzFeed is like Time, USA Today & MTV which all came before.


How to secure SSH login with one-time passwords on Linux | Xmodulo

How to secure SSH login with one-time passwords on Linux; Editor; In Xmodulo; 2015-03-30.


  • OTPW
  • Integrates via PAM
  • Not available on Fedora or Red Hat (you have to build from source).


  • git clone
  • The Makefile requires manual editing


  • otpw-gen
  • ~/.otpw contains (hashed) pregenerated passwords)



UsePrivilegeSeparation yes
ChallengeResponseAuthentication yes
UsePAM yes
PubkeyAuthentication yes
PasswordAuthentication no

/usr/sbin/sshd tries to write to user’s home directory, which is not allowed by default SELinux policy. You must manually update the SELinux policy.

Google Tells Brick-And-Mortars To Adapt To ‘Micro-Moments’ Marketing | GeoMarketing

Google Tells Brick-And-Mortars To Adapt To ‘Micro-Moments’ Marketing; ; In GeoMarketing; 2015-04-15.

Original Sources



Google Begins SMB Outreach For Digital Presence Management, Custom Listings Hub; ; In GeoMarketing; 2015-03-25.

Google Attempts Customer Service Rebound With Small Biz Clients; ; In GeoMarketing; 2015-03-04.

  • Local Advertising Conference; Borrell Associates; 2015-02.
  • Joe DeMike, Customer Experience Lab, Google.
  • Chronicle of Google’s past product failures
    • Google Places
      • $25/month
      • set-and-forget
    • Adwords Express, 2010-12
      • Originally named Boost.
      • Something about a conflict with Boost Mobile (a separate company)
      • Renamed
    • Adwords; 2011-04-05
      • Something about phone service for SMBs
      • <quote>Google found that many of its SMB customers were still struggling with AdWords. Google found that offering an intensive, personal training program over a video call could overcome an SMB owner’s struggle with learning AdWords.</quote>
    • Get Your Business Online

Android Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Example | Truiton

Android Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Example; (Truiton); In Their Blog; 2015-04-23.


  • Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)
  • Android Bluetooth Low Energy
  • API 18 (Android 4.3) => introduced
  • API 21 => “improved” (made useable)
  • BluetoothLeScanner
    • startScan
  • BluetoothAdapter
  • <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.BLUETOOTH"/>
    <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.BLUETOOTH_ADMIN"/>
    <uses-feature android:name="android.hardware.bluetooth_le" android:required="true"/>
  • There’s a (long) compilable(?) listingfor a discovery service on the page.
  • BluetoothGattCharacteristic
  • Generic Attribute Profile (GATT) of Bluetooth
  • ScanSettings.SCAN_MODE_LOW_POWER
  • BluetoothGattCallback

The hazards of predictive computing | The World Economic Forum

The hazards of predictive computing; Michael Cowling; In The World Economic Forum; 2015-04-02.

The hazards of presumptive computing; ; In The Conversation; 2015-03-31.



  • “the tank parable”
    • attributed to Elieler Yudkowsky
    • The training set was cloudy-plus-tank vs sunny-minus-tank.
    • The algo learned cloudy-vs-sunny not tank presence.
    • Eliezer Yudkowski (Machine Intelligence Research Institute); Artificial Intelligence as a Positive and Negative Factor in Global Risk; In Global Catastrophic Risks; editors: Nick Bostrom, Milan M. Ćirković; 2008; pages 308–345 (46 pages).
      The tank parable is unsourced; page 16; Section 7.2 An Example of Technical Failure
  • the wife parable
    • <quote> I noticed my wife was quite quiet on the way home. I looked over at her and asked what was up and she said “nothing, I’m fine”, at which point I knew I was in trouble!</quote>
  • Google email autocomplete
  • Google email “did you mean to attach” warns you if you haven’t done both.

Probabilistic programming does in 50 lines of code what used to take thousands | PhysOrg

Probabilistic programming does in 50 lines of code what used to take thousands; press release; Massachusetts Institute of technology (MIT); 2015-04-13.


  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Conference; hosted at MIT; 2015-06.
  • Picture, a programming language
  • Title
    • not shown
  • Authors
    • Tejas Kulkarni, graduate student, MIT
    • Josh Tenenbaum, professor of brain and cognitive sciences MIT
    • Vikash Mansinghka, staff, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT
    • Pushmeet Kohli, Microsoft.


Sometimes things stay stuck | Ev Williams, Medium answers Chris Dixon


tl;dr => free & open always wins in the long run; in the long run we are all dead.


Earthquakes, Hurricanes, and Mobile Communication Patterns in the New York Metro Area: Collective Behavior during Extreme Events | Small, Becker, Cáceres, Urbanek

Christopher Small (Columbia), Richard Becker, Ramón Cáceres, Simon Urbanek (AT&T); Earthquakes, Hurricanes, and Mobile Communication Patterns in the New York Metro Area: Collective Behavior during Extreme Events; arXiv:1504.02463;; 2015-04-09; landing