Facebook’s “Shadow Profile” Problem

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Sometimes it takes a big screwup to reveal a bigger problem. The news that Facebook maintains so-called “shadow profiles” of both users and–some allege–non-users is not new. Privacy groups started raising red flags about the policy at least two years ago, but the details remained obscure. A “shadow profile” is, basically, extra data on you [Read More...]

Disqus and Combox Blacklisting

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It looks like it’s time for my quarterly reminder that there is a combox policy, and that dialog with trolls is not part of my job description. I know a lot of bloggers just have a free and open comment policy: anything goes! I don’t. If you’re too tired to check out the whole combox [Read More...]

Who Was Tom Collins?: Internet Trolls Before the Internet

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It’s been a rough week here at Casa McD, so last night I settled in with an Adult Beverage and a couple episodes of Archer (these two things go together like peanut butter and jelly) and decided to look up a man who brought so much happiness to my life: Mr. Tom Collins. Turns out [Read More...]

Streamageddon: Your Netflix Queue Just Got Shorter

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Mayday is Doomsday for lovers of classic films on Netflix. Today, the Warner/MGM library of classic films–the stuff I actually watch–vanished from the service. My queue was 49 films lighter this morning, and I’m feeling a little grumpy about it, particularly since I was preparing to cut my cable TV at the end of May. [Read More...]

Instagram, Vine, and Porn: What Parents Should Know

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This post contains mature images that have been obscured, but may still offend some readers. As Vine, Twitter’s new 6-second-video sharing service is swept up and spun around by the inevitable pornado, it’s worth looking at how Instagram handled a similar issue, and where they’ve failed. Social networks and porn don’t mix well. For a [Read More...]

Meet the New Mega …

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… worse than the old Mega? The MegaUpload saga exploded a year ago when 76 law enforcement agents, a couple of helicopters, and quite possibly sharks with laser beams on their frickin’ heads raided hacker/entrepreneur Kim Dotcom’s sprawling New Zealand lair, complete with 18 luxury cars, a panic room (it took them hours to find Dotcom), [Read More...]

“It’s not real: it’s Twitter”

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Yet another tempest in tweetcup exploded on Twitter yesterday after conservative columnist Michelle Malkin called out brain-dead fake-thug rapper “The Game” for his offensive album cover. The artwork depicts Jesus as a black gangsta type, mixing imagery of the Sacred Heart with typical thug-life iconography. It was offensive, and calculated to be so. It’s pure [Read More...]

The Tweeting Pope

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It just sounds strange, doesn’t it? Like the bishop of Rome is outside my window, tweeting along with the birds. But it’s not the sound of birds: it’s the voice of Peter, echoing down the millennia, and finding a new wineskin for the new wine of the gospel. The news is all over the net today, [Read More...]


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