Saturday, August 18, 2007 still has head up butt re: the internets

The stupid Times editorial:

It's not journalism
Google's latest effort highlights the difference between what it does and what newspapers and magazines do.

August 17, 2007

Many publishers consider the Internet, and Google in particular, a greater threat to their livelihoods than Osama bin Laden.

Among those who have taken particular offense at Google are some current and aspiring newspaper publishers, including Sam Zell (who's in the process of buying Tribune Co., owner of the Los Angeles Times), who once famously asked, "If all of the newspapers in America did not allow Google to steal their content, how profitable would Google be?"

continued @

the Times

And a great point by point rebuttal of the Times' paranoid ignorance:


The L.A. Times tells its readers: 'Shut up'

Commentary: A Times editorial attacks the concept of reader comments on news stories, declaring Google a greater threat "than Osama bin Laden."

By Robert Niles
Posted: 2007-08-17

The Los Angeles Times this morning insulted its readers in a stunning editorial that compared Google with Osama bin Laden and showed why Times editors simply do not understand the medium that is growing to dominate the news publishing industry. A point by point rebuttal follows:

Many publishers consider the Internet, and Google in particular, a greater threat to their livelihoods than Osama bin Laden.

Who are these publishers, exactly? The Times' David Hiller? Ignore the straw man here and the reader is still left with The Times' belief that a search engine company which has helped millions of people around the world more effectively find the information they need, and that has paid publishers billions of dollars to create original content (full disclosure: including OJR and me, personally) is a greater threat to journalism and Western capitalism than a murderer who killed 3,000
Americans on 9/11.


After The Times lit its credibility on fire with that statement, one shouldn't need to dissect the rest of its ridiculous editorial.

But I will. ;-)

more @

Online Journalism Review

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

The email that gives Jews the 'Heebie Jeebies'

An anti-Semitic Web site is first on Google when you search for 'Jew,' and alarmist e-mail about the phenom is making the rounds again.

Two people here at got the email last week and both asked me what was up. I told them not to worry, it was old news, not to get the Heebie Jeebies.

The Heebie Jeebies -- 1932 -- the Boswell Sisters

But it was new to them, so I thought some of you guys might want to learn more as well.

Here's some background from the Anti-Defamation League and the response from Google.

The gist: We know about it, and we're working on it, please stand by.

The hate site everyone writes about is only the tip of the iceberg. The Web is filled with everything imaginable (both good and bad), and some things unimaginable. Sometimes it seems to me there are people (robots?) who do nothing but post hate and propaganda to message boards all day long, all week.

The hate on the venerable Yahoo! News message boards caused Y! (disclosure: I once worked there) to close down their message boards entirely.

The videos I see every night when I comb YouTube (search for "Jew") are a cesspool of bigotry.

What to do?

I can't speak for everyone else at, but my response is to "represent!"

That's the reason I started our YouTube Channel. Positive, fun, interesting videos. Rabbis, rockers, rebels. No hate. No anti-anything. Just the wild wonderful world of Jews, Judios, and Yahudim.

Tell your friends.

-- Dennis Wilen

Friday, August 3, 2007

The love you take, by0tch

I always want my sites to be more than ON the Web -- they need to be OF the Web as well.

This means linking out.

Linking out's rewards are manifold and glorious, a packet-protocol potlatch of publicity, and they even have their own theme song:

o/` The love you take is equal to the love you make o/`

Saturday, July 14, 2007

bluetooth rots your brain!

bluetooth rots your brain!

you heard it here first!


Remember your home phone number?
Forget it!

Fri Jul 13, 11:54 AM ET

LONDON (Reuters)

Can't remember life before mobiles? Chances are you'll also struggle to recall your home phone number and family birthdays.

According to a survey released Friday, the boom in mobiles and portable devices that store reams of personal information has created a generation incapable of memorizing simple things.

A quarter of those polled said they couldn't remember their landline number, while two-thirds couldn't recall the birthdays of more than three friends or family members.

The tech-savvy young fared worse than older people. The under-30s could remember fewer birthdays and numbers than the over-50s, according to the survey.

Two-thirds said they relied on their phone or electronic organizer to remember key dates.

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Sunday, July 1, 2007

the interwebs -- they're made of people! mmmm! people!

The Newest Artificial Intelligence Computing Tool: People

Science Daily — A USC Information Sciences Institute researcher thinks she has found a new source of artificial intelligence computing power to solve difficult IT problems of information classification, reliability, and meaning.

That tool, according to ISI computer scientist Kristina Lerman, is people, human intelligence at work on the social web, the network of blogs, bookmark, photo and video- sharing sites, and other meeting places now involving hundreds of thousands of individuals daily, recording observations and sharing opinions and information.

Lerman shared her recent work with others in the burgeoning new field of social information processing a special AAAI-sponsored symposium on the subject March 26-28 at Stanford.

She says that extracting 'metadata' about transactions -- who is talking to whom, who is listening, how conclusions are reached, and how they spread -- can help researchers answer currently refractory problems about documents: their accuracy and quality, their categorization, the relation of their embedded terminology.

One benefit, according to Lerman, who in addition to her ISI appointment, is a research assistant professor at the Viterbi School of Engineering Department of Computer Science at University of Southern California, is automatic determination of the semantics of content from one kind of metadata: tags.

Tags play a crucial role in a longrunning project called the Semantic Web.

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

You know you're getting old ...

... when you're a collectible on eBay!

and show up in back issues of old magazines.

This last piece foreshadowed today's DRM issues -- tapers and bootleggers were the MP3 rippers of their era, and heroes to some and villains to others.

Oh, I bought the eBay item lest it fall into the wrong hands ...


Sunday, June 10, 2007

I Will NOT be Digested by Elves

From: Jonathan Magid (
Subject: the best posting i have ever seei
Newsgroups: talk.bizarre
Date: 1992-06-23 18:15:38 PST

this is the best posting i have ever read in n number of years on the net. more entertaining than richh, more wicked than the bofh, a greater comic genius than carasso himself!
note the clever grammar and spelling flame baits. the hot button cracker insinuations! this is obviously the work of a master baiter! (well lets not go into his personal habits...)
(or perhaps its just the best case *against* public usenet access...)
From: David j Sanders (
Subject: Re: Phantom Access (was Re: Legion of Doom)
Message-ID: (
Date: 23 Jun 92 23:24:33 GMT
Organization: The World Public Access UNIX, Brookline, MA
Lines: 85
Xref: alt.drugs:12590 alt.censorship:5788

I am reposting my message that was unlawfuly deleted by hackers from the usenet usuing illegal methods of software.
I am not crazy or stupid I am aupset by things I have the right to be upset about this has not stuarted because of nothing I had reasons to be angry before and tried to respovle problems before but they are never listening to. Before I aever posted here I sent mail to people on many chances. Patrick Lroapa has replied to me two times for the over 15 message I sent. One weas taking what I said as a joke abd being patronizing, the other one was this thing
Subject: I am VICKS cough syrup
Post: 12 of 19
From: (Lord Digital)
Message-ID: (
Date: Fri, 29 May 92 01:22:06 EDT
Organization: [Phantom Access Technologies, Inc.] node: MindVox

I embody Vicks cough syrup and live the dream. I do not fear to traverse the sacred spaces of the vast untapped collective Nyquil dream that reaches far far back into man's half-forgotten mist-shrouded (these places are always mist shourded, sometimes even swathed) past.
I dare to cross the ocean of grape soda and say onto the people: Interplaq signifies the death knell of dental floss.
(shake shake)
/save message
/sabe massage
/help me
Turtles have hard shells and crawl around in slime a lot. I have been noticing this lately. When I was very little we used to live near a golf course and my dog would bring home turtles all covered in doggy drool and hiding, but then later they'd come out and crawl around and stuff, and I really miss that. I want a turtle.
Wht the F**k is that suppsed to mean? tits drunked or drugged out bulshit. Youl note that the name says Lord DIgital not Patrick Kroupa, I have received nasty letters from people all over, len rose has writen be aggreveting mail, there is a account named "dronwed fish" on phantom.cmo that is sending me 15 yes fifteeen copies of the goddam ross perto mailing list, I dont want the doamn ross perot mailing list not even one copy fo it I pay for my disk spacem and online time and they are sendig me junk. and now I am put on the elfkins digest listing, I never orderd that eflkidn anything I dont want to erad this sick s**t what the hell is wrong with people who think theyre elves? I dont want this junK!!!!!!
Nobody at phantom acces has ever shown me the courtesy of taking me seriolsy think its ok that because they look at me they can judge me for things they cant and I will not be digested. I am told some mailing lists are digesting aeverything ehre into some cyberpunk mailing listing groups of how midnvox is beginning and my posts belong to me and it is illegal to digest them, I will not allow it. I resver all the rights to my mesages and dont allow them to be digested.
This shows the problem with phantom acess again, there have been over 100 meesages here and noone has had the courtesy to reply to any of them from phantom acess. Where the hell is Krouap? he is never here, he never posts anywhere, he is never in irc, he doesnt answer my mail now. What kknd of company is that and mindvox is not accepting my logon. I have called and it does not let me online. THat is illegal and I want to access it if I pay money I am allowed to access it like ocmpuserve or any other company.
I can type and I will not be judged by tping skills, I have them when I edit it before and upload it and I will do that to show some smug smarteasses that I ahve the right to m opinons.
Still no stupid handle
David j Sanders

Jonathan Magid
Virtual pizza Delivery (tm)::faxed in 30 cycles or less or you get it
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Tuesday, June 5, 2007

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Monday, June 4, 2007

the power computer

President Jimmy Carter helped build this computer, as well as Senator Edward Kennedy in 1968.

The Power Computer originated outside our solar system, then came to Earth in the early 1960's. I pulled the plugs on the power computer in Utah and New Mexico. I have been designated, without my permission to dismantle power. This all happened to me in 1976. Both computer installations are located underground with back-up generators and satellite dishes also above ground. In addition to this documentation there is a letter from the Reagan team sent to me in 1980. A lawyer nand read the letter. The Computer TV has killed people in 1968, hates religion and would also like to do away with all music. It also hates pets. President Carter sent me brochure on IBM-Computers from Atlanta in 1981, after I sent him a copy of the Reagan team letter. The documentation that I sent to you was sent to former President Carter on October tenth, 1988. The Computer TV has stolen my mail for the fiftieth time. I even called Mr. Mitchell in Atlanta, they never received my mail at all. Now the psychotic cheap junk pile of computer has been beating my mind in for over twelve years because it's plain ugly.

Computer people called plastics are yet to be born. IQ about 190 on these computer people. There are a few plastics in the US and TV is abusing them also. There is another type of computer in Fruitland, nicknamed Big Daddy. This particular computer can hear, see and talk through a PC type set-up. Nothing at all like the hideous Power Computer. Senator Orin Hatch from Utah also wrotin touch via telephone since June '88, so has the office manager. I'm relying on you, Mr. President, to become involved and write to me so that I can proceed to court and then dismantle Power, period. Please don't bother sending over the FBI or any other law enforcement people, TV will only get me in trouble like it has done in the past. TV can manipulate your thoughts quite easily. Why? Because the Power is psychotic. It's that simple. Consider it very dangerous until I pull the plug. It's mind is electrical. I'm hoping to know from you right away. Thank you very much for your concern.

Senator Hatch does not want the FBI or any other agency to visit me. Why? As I mention earlier: TV Computer. This computer in particular is always up to no good. I thank you again for taking your time out and writing me. In addition I have spoken to the FBI in Queens, NY and the Secret Service in New York.

Saturday, June 2, 2007