- Cano to Mariners for $240 Million Over Ten Years→
Thank God for baseball season again. Dave Cameron:
It could also be a total disaster, though. If the other moves don’t come together, or simply aren’t enough to turn a bad team into a good team, the Mariners could easily have the best second baseman in baseball surrounded by a supporting cast that still doesn’t leave them with a better than .500 club. And this team is very vulnerable to injuries, especially to either Cano or Hernandez, who represent a huge chunk of the team’s chances of contention. A prolonged DL stint by either one probably sinks their season.
I hate long contracts. Five years seems like far too long for baseball. (But salary and contract lengths have gotten crazy.) I hope this works out, but then again, Mariners.
Go Ms?❘ ❙ ❚ ❙ ❘
- ‘NSA tracking cellphone locations worldwide, Snowden documents show’→
Barton Gellman and Ashkan Soltani:
The National Security Agency is gathering nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones around the world, according to top-secret documents and interviews with U.S. intelligence officials, enabling the agency to track the movements of individuals — and map their relationships — in ways that would have been previously unimaginable.
Here’s the fun part:
NSA Director Keith Alexander disclosed in Senate testimony in October that the NSA had run a pilot project in 2010 and 2011 to collect “samples” of U.S. cellphone location data. The data collected were never available for intelligence analysis purposes, and the project was discontinued because it had no “operational value,” he said.❘ ❙ ❚ ❙ ❘
- The Information Launches→
$39 a month, or $399 a year.
Good luck with that.❘ ❙ ❚ ❙ ❘
- ‘Australian Spy Agency Offered to Share Data About Ordinary Citizens’→
Ewen MacAskill, James Ball and Katharine Murphy:
Australia’s surveillance agency offered to share information collected about ordinary Australian citizens with its major intelligence partners, according to a secret 2008 document leaked by the US whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The document shows the partners discussing whether or not to share “medical, legal or religious information”, and increases concern that the agency could be operating outside its legal mandate, according to the human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson QC.
See, it’s not just the United States acting all shady.❘ ❙ ❚ ❙ ❘
- ‘That Viral “Poverty Thoughts” Essay Is Totally Ridiculous’→
What Linda is doing here is infuriating. There are people donating to her that don’t realize she’s full of shit. People who have good intentions and big hearts and are attempting to make a difference in the life of a person who, by the sound of it, is living in some pretty dire surroundings. But folks, these are made-up dire surroundings. Stop giving her money.❘ ❙ ❚ ❙ ❘
- ‘The default settings on your device are probably not the best for you’→
But many geeks who do change defaults forget that the majority of people don’t. Those people assume – reasonably – that the device they bought for umpty hundred pounds should already have the ideal setup. Changing defaults isn’t unreasonable. But nor should it be necessary.❘ ❙ ❚ ❙ ❘
- Looking At Why Privacy Matters
With all the NSA revelations that are coming out, and that likely will continue to come out, one of the most important debates is surrounding what privacy we are due. The easiest, and laziest, argument is that privacy only matters to those with things to hide. That’s not only false, but incredibly short-sighted — It is a dismissing argument that people should be ashamed to make.
It’s hard to define exactly why privacy, and strong privacy at that, is of paramount importance.
Marko Polojärvi has the best article on the importance of privacy that I have seen thus far.
You should read the entire article, but just in case you don’t, be sure to take note of these quotes from his post.
If you run a website:
It’s important to understand that Google’s dragnet tracking is not limited to your searches on Google.com. Google offers various “free” services to webmasters like Google Analytics. The webmaster installs a piece of code on the website and that code sends your unique tracking data to Google every time you visit that website.
As a webmaster by using these services you’re literally selling out your visitors (and for zero profit) and contributing to the problem.
And the how this can effect everything when lawmakers are not kept in check:
The British police used data obtained from “internet communications” to arrest around 50 potential royal wedding protestors based on predictions that they might cause annoyance. As I’m writing this there’s also new legislation being passed in the UK that makes any behaviour perceived as potentially ’cause nuisance or annoyance’ a criminal offence.
Well worth your time today to read up.❘ ❙ ❚ ❙ ❘
- ‘Apple’s iOS brings developers 5x more revenue per download than Android’→
For every $1.00 in app download revenue earned by iOS developers, their Android counterparts earn just $0.19, according to data compiled by Business Insider. The gap for up-front and in-app purchases is slightly narrower, with Android bringing in $0.43 for every $1.00 on iOS, while advertising revenue is the closest at $0.77 on the dollar.
The source is, erm, questionable — but that’s a huge disparity even if the data is only close.❘ ❙ ❚ ❙ ❘
- ‘Christmas Special: Mail Plugins Bundle’→
Some solid plugins here, recommended by David Sparks no less. Just started using these and now I’m happy to snag them in a bundle.❘ ❙ ❚ ❙ ❘