Yesterday I had my first chance to play with one of Nokia’s Lumia mobile phones running the Windows Phone 8 OS—essentially Windows 8 for touchscreen phones as it uses the same kernel and tile-based user interface as Windows 8.
I was sitting in the McDonald’s at Broadway and Granville when a complete stranger approached me, handed over his brand new Lumia smartphone and asked me how to to get on the Internet.
I might’ve answered, “practice, practice, practice,” but people don’t get that anymore and no one likes a smartass.
Would’ve been a good answer though.
A pack of "corpse flies" (to use my favourite Margaret Atwood term for members of my profession) actually chased 64-year-old Satoshi Nakamoto around Los Angeles today (March 6), after Newsweek reported that the California resident is the inventor of Bitcoin.
At one point, Nakamoto took the time to publicly deny being "involved" with the digital currency.
Don’t like the thought of governments spying on your private Internet communications? I don’t blame you. It turns out the spies don’t like looking at your private parts either.
In the process of eavesdropping on millions of webcam chats, documents reveal the British signal intelligence agency GCHQ was frankly surprised and annoyed that so much of it—as much as 11 percent—was pornographic in nature.
An embarrassment of stolen moments
GCHQ, Britiain’s equivalent of the NSA, has been indiscriminately eavesdropping on webcam chats by the millions and saving them for later analysis.
Until now, it's been widely assumed that the creator of Bitcoin is a person or group using the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto.
Today (March 6), Newsweek published online an article by journalist Leah McGrath Goodman that identifies the inventor as a man living in Temple City, California. And his name is Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto.
Here's an excerpt:
Bill C-13 is called the Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act.
But, according to OpenMedia.ca, it's Canadians who need to be protected from this legislation.
The group's latest video argues the bill will make it easier for the federal government to spy on Canadians' online activities while "threatening free speech on the Internet".
TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) has posted information about next year's flagship conference on its website. The theme will be "Truth and Dare".
The price of attendance is going up, from US$7,500 for TED2014 to US$8,500 for TED2015.
According to the TED site, TED2015 just may be the "most provocative, invigorating, mind-shifting TED yet". The site states:
Tired of people playing games with you? Well, here's one group that you won't hear that statement from.
In fact, the Vancouver Gaymers, a social club for queer gamers and their allies, are celebrating their fifth year of playing games with each other.
Their five-year anniversary party, which will take place at La Fontana Caffé (101–3701 Hastings, Burnaby) on February 28 and costs $10 per person, will include a range of games to choose from, including board games, Wii games, handheld games, and tabletop games. There'll also be a buffet dinner, karaoke, and a special presentation by the hosts.
The Internet is perfect for getting into fights with strangers thousands of kilometres away.
But sometimes it's nice to "act like adults" (kids, this is a load of BS) and behave like decent human beings online.
After all, if students at Vancouver's John Oliver secondary school can "model good digital behaviour" (or at least state their intention to do so), can't we older peeps?
Check out the digital code of conduct that students put together with the help of teachers and administrators:
A Code of Conduct