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Canid Behavior and Geographic Deposits: Science! ? !

Newspapers are letting loose with a series of giddy articles reporting that dogs prefer to align themselves along a magnetic field when they urinate and defecate. The newspaper articles leave out some details from the research paper (read it here):

In the initial analysis of all data as planned by the researchers, no alignment of [...]

What if they Gave a RSA Conference and Nobody Came?

Just before Christmas 2013 the world found out that RSA, the corporation making millions selling its software to provide security through encryption, had taken millions more in money from the U.S. military’s National Security Agency in order to build a “backdoor” so that the NSA could break any RSA-based encryption to spy on the communications [...]

Identity Theft: How to Build a Hype

How to build a hype:

1. Read a Bureau of Justice Statistics Report, which finds that:

6.7% of U.S. adults were on the receiving end of “identity theft” last year, but this definition includes “attempted misuse” that was unsuccessful, and the most common way adults found out about such activity was to be contacted by [...]

American Military Is Spying On Our Video Game Characters

Back in June of this year, when the spying of the U.S. military’s National Security Agency was first revealed, apologists said it was no big deal because, according to them, only telephone metadata was being collected. To show how far from the truth that excuse is, Edward Snowden has leaked documents proving that the NSA [...]

Another Big New Government Web Site That Doesn’t Work

While the Republican members of the House of Representatives are right to complain about the malfunctions in the federal health care exchange web site, they would do well to deal with the malfunctioning government web site that is developed and maintain under their own roof. [...]

Deanonymization: Definitely Not Delovely

Earlier this evening I found myself perusing Facebook’s privacy policy. Facebook writes in reassuring tones that don’t reassure:

We only provide data to our advertising partners or customers after we have removed your name and any other personally identifying information from it, or have combined it with other people’s data in a way that it [...]

Why Celebrate The 50th Anniversary Of A Time Travel Show?

My son and his buddies all got together this weekend to watch The Day Of The Doctor, the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who. I understand that Doctor Who long ago hit upon a formula of appealing to the audience’s instinctual reaction to predatory pursuit, with a touch of warped reality added alongside playful tweaking [...]

Academic Writing, Then, Becomes A Tool For Warping Perhaps Both Time And Grammar

The frequent, but seemingly random, insertion of “then” and “perhaps” into academic articles suggests a previously unnoticed warping in the space-time continuum. [...]

How To Be Smart

The very smart people at the Harvard Business Review have a new issue out at news stands, with a feature article advising us “How To Make Smarter Decisions”. (Not to be confused with the book Making Smart Decisions published by the Harvard Business Review two years ago – apparently, business leaders didn’t learn to make [...]

The Night Before The Million Mask March, One Newspaper In Eureka Lets in a Guest Op-Ed. That’s all. Nothing Else.

One night before the Million Mask March, taking place in 443 locations, who knows about this event?

You might think, considering that there have been 110 news articles on “Twerking” over the past week alone, that the Million Mask March might generate some interest from America’s “professional” news media.

You’d be wrong. Following up on [...]

Million Mask March: 424 Protests in Dozens of Nations. Why No Major Media Coverage?

If you knew there were more than 400 simultaneous protests being planned worldwide for November 5 2013, would you consider that a matter worthy of a news report?

Is this wave of protests in Europe worth a blurb in the newspaper?

How about these November 5 protests planned across the United States?

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