The state of alternative social networks | Axel’s Blog

So what’s the state of social network alternatives … right now the situation is outright  depressing. has failed to become the new Twitter for years, despite a superior feature set and full Twitter integration. The next Facebook is not even a dot on the horizon –  just one thing is certain, Diaspora’s NOT it.

via The state of alternative social networks | Axel's Blog.

Users from China and Hong Kong have reported that the popular mobile phone message service WeChat, a product of the Chinese web service company Tencent, has censored [zh] sensitive keywords such as the name of recently ousted political leader “Bo Xilai.” Users are asked by the application service to “readjust your text before sending your message” if their messages contain censored words.

via Netizen Report: Malawi & Zambia Regulation Edition – Global Voices Advocacy.

Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone by Adapteva — Kickstarter

Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone by Adapteva — Kickstarter.

Making parallel computing easy to use has been described as “a problem as hard as any that computer science has faced”. With such a big challenge ahead, we need to make sure that every programmer has access to cheap and open parallel hardware and development tools. Inspired by great hardware communities like Raspberry Pi and Arduino, we see a critical need for a truly open, high-performance computing platform that will close the knowledge gap in parallel programing. The goal of the Parallella project is to democratize access to parallel computing. If we can pull this off, who knows what kind of breakthrough applications could arise? Maybe some of them will even change the world in some small but positive way.

The crypto dream

We’re living in a world where it’s possible to visit Tokyo without ever leaving your bed, and where governments go to war with software rather than tanks. Yet in some ways the real future is more Stephen King than William Gibson. The plane landed; nobody was on board.
There are a few amazingly bright spots in this dull landscape — I’ll get to them in due course — but for the most part crypto just hasn’t lived up to its privacy billing. The question is why? What went so terribly wrong? In the rest of this post I’ll try to give a few of my answers to this question.

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Amanda Todd’s mother responds to bullied teen’s video as suicide probe grows

Todd’s notes said the man ordered her to “put on a show for me,” or he would send around the webcam pictures.

Todd said he knew her address, her school, her friends and her family.She said she was later alerted by police that he had followed through with the threat.

“I then got really sick,” she wrote.

via Amanda Todd’s mother responds to bullied teen’s video as suicide probe grows | Canada | News | National Post.

UPDATE: Anonymous set the dogs loose on this poor girls primary tormentor.


I recognize technology as a product of human effort, a product serving no other purpose than to benefit man in general, not merely some men; man in the totality of his humanity, encompassing all his manifold interests and needs, not merely some one particular concem of his. Humanistically viewed, technology is not an end in itself but a means to an end, the end being determined by man. I hence promote a humanistic conception of technology in which the desire to obtain maximum benefits is subordinated to the obligation not to injure human beings or society at large.

A hippocratic Oath for Techies & Policymakers | Max Senges.