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The Transparency Grenade

The Transparency Grenade | Human Condition | Scoop.it

"If you thought WikiLeaks was a disruptive idea, the transparency grenade is going to blow you away. This tiny bit of hardware hidden under the shell shaped like a classic Soviet F1 hand grenade allows you to leak information from anywhere just by pulling a pin. The device is essentially a small computer with a powerful wireless antenna and a microphone. Following 'detonation,' the grenade intercepts local network traffic and captures audio data, then makes the information immediately available online."


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The Legend of The Blind MC

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Dear America, I Saw You Naked

Dear America, I Saw You Naked | Human Condition | Scoop.it
On Jan. 4, 2010, when my boss saw my letter to the editor in the New York Times, we had a little chat. It was rare for the federal security director at Chicago O’Hare to sit down with her floor-level Transportation Security Administration officers—it usually presaged a termination—and so I was nervous as I settled in across the desk...
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KKK Member Walks up to Black Musician in Bar-but It’s Not a Joke, and What Happens Next Will Astound You

KKK Member Walks up to Black Musician in Bar-but It’s Not a Joke, and What Happens Next Will Astound You | Human Condition | Scoop.it
Daryl Davis is no ordinary musician. He’s played with President Clinton and tours the country playing “burnin’ boogie woogie piano” and sharing musical stylings inspired by greats like Fats Domino,...
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Go Ahead, Mess With Texas Instruments

Go Ahead, Mess With Texas Instruments | Human Condition | Scoop.it
Why educational technologies should be more like graphing calculators and less like iPads. An Object Lesson.
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Letters of Note: People simply empty out

Letters of Note: People simply empty out | Human Condition | Scoop.it

They call it "9 to 5." It's never 9 to 5, there's no free lunch break at those places, in fact, at many of them in order to keep your job you don't take lunch. Then there's OVERTIME and the books never seem to get the overtime right and if you complain about that, there's another sucker to take your place.

You know my old saying, "Slavery was never abolished, it was only extended to include all the colors."

And what hurts is the steadily diminishing humanity of those fighting to hold jobs they don't want but fear the alternative worse. People simply empty out. They are bodies with fearful and obedient minds. The color leaves the eye. The voice becomes ugly. And the body. The hair. The fingernails. The shoes. Everything does.

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Schneier on Security: Restoring Trust in Government and the Internet

Schneier on Security: Restoring Trust in Government and the Internet | Human Condition | Scoop.it

Oversight involves meaningful constraints on the NSA, the FBI and others. This will be a combination of things: a court system that acts as a third-party advocate for the rule of law rather than a rubber-stamp organization, a legislature that understands what these organizations are doing and regularly debates requests for increased power, and vibrant public-sector watchdog groups that analyze and debate the government's actions.

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Moxie Marlinspike >> Blog >> We Should All Have Something To Hide

Moxie Marlinspike >> Blog >> We Should All Have Something To Hide | Human Condition | Scoop.it
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The $12 Gongkai Phone « bunnie's blog

The $12 Gongkai Phone « bunnie's blog | Human Condition | Scoop.it
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The price of the means of communication is falling. What are the impacts for the non-Western world?

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xkcd: Is It Worth the Time?

xkcd: Is It Worth the Time? | Human Condition | Scoop.it
James Burns's insight:

Make sure you read the mouseover too.

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Saturday Soapbox: The high cost of free-to-play

Saturday Soapbox: The high cost of free-to-play | Human Condition | Scoop.it
The Dutch called it tulpenwoede. In 1635, as Dutch society was enjoying its golden age, a craze for tulips swept the country. At the height of the fad, a si…
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The bomb that changed my life - swombat.com on startups

The bomb that changed my life - swombat.com on startups | Human Condition | Scoop.it
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Now My Kinect Can Tell Me If I’m Depressed With 90% Accuracy

Now My Kinect Can Tell Me If I’m Depressed With 90% Accuracy | Human Condition | Scoop.it
Kinect may not still be the end-all must have device in the living room for the gamer set but it is still being ...
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Cruel and Unusual Punishment: The Shame of Three Strikes Laws | Politics News | Rolling Stone

Cruel and Unusual Punishment: The Shame of Three Strikes Laws | Politics News | Rolling Stone | Human Condition | Scoop.it
While Wall Street crooks walk, thousands sit in California prisons for life over crimes as trivial as stealing socks
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That “Distressed Baby” Who Tim Armstrong Blamed for AOL Benefit Cuts? She’s My Daughter.

That “Distressed Baby” Who Tim Armstrong Blamed for AOL Benefit Cuts? She’s My Daughter. | Human Condition | Scoop.it
Late last week, Tim Armstrong, the chief executive officer of AOL, landed himself in a media firestorm when he held a town hall with employees to explain why he was paring their retirement benefits. After initially blaming Obamacare for driving up the company’s health care costs, he pointed the finger...
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Will the Growing Militarization of Our Police Doom Community Policing?

Will the Growing Militarization of Our Police Doom Community Policing? | Human Condition | Scoop.it
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A Few Thoughts on Cryptographic Engineering: RSA warns developers not to use RSA products

A Few Thoughts on Cryptographic Engineering: RSA warns developers not to use RSA products | Human Condition | Scoop.it
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The real answer why it was default? The NSA said it should be...

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Groklaw - Forced Exposure ~pj

Groklaw - Forced Exposure ~pj | Human Condition | Scoop.it

"I can't tell how deeply disturbing it is to know that someone, some stranger, has gone through and touched all your underwear, looked at all your photographs of your family, and taken some small piece of jewelry that's been in your family for generations."


"I feel like that now, knowing that persons I don't know can paw through all my thoughts and hopes and plans in my emails with you."

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Observations From a Tipless Restaurant, Part 5: Sex, Power and Tips | Jay Porter

Observations From a Tipless Restaurant, Part 5: Sex, Power and Tips | Jay Porter | Human Condition | Scoop.it
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Your app makes me fat

Your app makes me fat | Human Condition | Scoop.it
In 1999, Professor Baba Shiv (currently at Stanford) and his co-author Alex
Fedorikhin did a simple experiment on 165 grad students.They asked half to
memorize a seven-digit number and the other half to memorize a two-digit number.
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Jaron Lanier: The Internet destroyed the middle class

Jaron Lanier: The Internet destroyed the middle class | Human Condition | Scoop.it
Kodak employed 140,000 people. Instagram, 13. A digital visionary says the Web kills jobs, wealth -- even democracy
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With few other outlets, inmates review prisons on Yelp

With few other outlets, inmates review prisons on Yelp | Human Condition | Scoop.it
The site best known for restaurant reviews has also become a place to report serious abuse.
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Cindy Tam's curator insight, June 10, 2013 9:26 PM

Rehabilitation or Punishment: When we think of someone in prison what do we desire for them?

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201107_Kobayashi.pdf

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I am not a terrorist

What happens when NYPD officers grow suspicious
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Stop externalising your life | James Shakespeare

Stop externalising your life | James Shakespeare | Human Condition | Scoop.it
I design and build websites, I write things in English and computer-speak and I'm an all-round good egg.
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"The key thing to remember is that you are not enriching your experiences by sharing them online; you’re detracting from them because all your efforts are focussed on making them look attractive to other people. Your experience of something, even if similar to the experience of many others, is unique and cannot be reproduced within the constraints of social media. So internalise that experience instead. Think about it. Go home and think about it some more. Write about it in more than 140 characters; on paper even. Paint a picture of it. Talk about it face to face with your friends. Talk about how it made you feel."

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Google Maps a Japanese Nuclear Ghost Town

Google Maps a Japanese Nuclear Ghost Town | Human Condition | Scoop.it
Two years after the the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011, and the following tsunami and nuclear disaster, a large area around the failed Fukushima nuclear plant is still considered an exclusion zone...
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