“Medical Journal” Hoax Links Aspergers & Murder

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A “humor” website (I’m not linking and please don’t give them traffic by searching) has headlined an article “New Study Shows 92% Of Convicted Murderers Suffer From Aspergers Syndrome,” citing a nonexistent “study” set to appear in The American Journal of Medicine (AJM). They claimed the results of new research concluded “that roughly 92 percent of murderers fell [Read More...]

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The Most Surprising Thing About the Web, From Its Inventor

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Twenty-five years ago today Tim Berners-Lee first submitted the proposal for what would become the World Wide Web. Today he did an Ask Me Anything on Reddit. My favorite question and answer: [Read more...]

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The Most Commonly Used Password Was …

… yeah, you guessed it: “PASSWORD.” That’s been the winner for a couple years straight, but this year, computer users got wise and upgraded to a foolproof system with an uncrackable password. That would be “123456.” People, people, people … you need to stop doing this. SplashData’s top 25 password list was compiled from data [Read More...]

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Read More Trashy Books! For Free!

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My twin literary passions are at the absolute opposite ends of the spectrum: great literature, and pulp “trash.” I have no interest in almost anything  in between. I love the Western canon: Chaucer, Dante, Shakespeare, Donne, Dickens, Trollope, Yeats, Eliot, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and similar hacks. And I love vintage pulp fiction and comics: Doc Savage, [Read More...]

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The Church Gets dotCatholic

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The Church has taken control of the top-level domain .catholic, which has been in the works since they applied for it last summer. The decision was the anticipated result of ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) radically expanded the number of “dot” extensions, which they are awarding based on consultation with entrails. [Read More...]

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Facebook’s “Shadow Profile” Problem

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...]

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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...]

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Who Was Tom Collins?: Internet Trolls Before the Internet

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...]

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