Sunday, February 26, 2012

In Attack on Vatican Web Site, a Glimpse of Hackers’ Tactics

SAN FRANCISCO — The elusive hacker movement known asAnonymous has carried out Internet attacks on well-known organizations like Sony and PBS. In August, the group went after its most prominent target yet: the Vatican.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

"Online Data Helping Campaigns Customize Ads"
Political campaigns, which have borrowed tricks from Madison Avenue for decades, are now fully engaged on the latest technological frontier in advertising: aiming specific ads at potential supporters based on where they live, the Web sites they visit and their voting records.


Saturday, February 18, 2012

Re: Syria

For those of you who still doubt
 Obama did the right thing in Libya,
 just look at all the dead innocents in Syria now: 


@NYTIMES: February 19, 2012
"Two Senators Say U.S. Should Arm Syrian Rebels
KABUL, Afghanistan — With the Syrian government continuing its deadly crackdown on its citizens, two senior American senators who were on their way to the Middle East spoke out strongly on Sunday in favor of arming the Syrian opposition forces.

The senators, John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, both Republicans, laid out a series of diplomatic, humanitarian and military aid proposals that would put the United States squarely behind the effort to topple President Bashar al-Assad of Syria. The senators, both of whom are on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said that rebel fighters deserved to be armed and that helping them take on the Syrian government would aid Washington’s effort to weaken Iran.

"2012: Year of #Birthcontrol Moms?"

‎#Democrats win this issue easy @ Mr. #GOP; & Mrs.GOP agrees with me too: "2012: Year of #Birthcontrol Moms?"
‎" >Hasn’t been a front-burner political issue since the Supreme Court decided Griswold v. Connecticut in 1965.
>But then Rick Santorum said states ought to have the right to outlaw the sale of contraception.
>And Susan G. Komen for the Cure yanked its funding for Planned Parenthood.
>And the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops teed off on President Barack Obama’s contraception policy.
>And House 
Republicans invited a panel of five men — and no women — to debate the issue.
>And a prominent Santorum supporter pined for the days when “the gals” put aspirin “between their knees” to ward off pregnancy.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Monday, February 6, 2012

The Death of the Cyberflâneur : By EVGENY MOROZOV

~~ The internet grows up. Now far from its wild west type free wheeling eclectic early days, the web today is a place of functions-- and not so much  a place of recreations.~~ TP


NYT -op-ed :The Death of the Cyberflâneur