The Future As Seen By Me In 2010

Well looky here, things one has scanned in eh. (ignore the photo, that's some guy that made some accounting software, not sure what became of him ;) MIKE RIVERSDALE is fuming. The expensive headphones he bought in Sydney three weeks ago have just died. His first reaction is not to randomly spill expletives into his coffee, but to use his iPhone to vent his frustration to his Twitter con- tacts, under the moniker Miramar Mike. "I will also put, 'What should I do?' It's a conversation. I'm reaching out to the people following me." The council predicts hand-held digital devices such as smartphones will rule the world in 2040. They already rule the life of Mr Riversdale, whose company WaveAdept helps businesses adapt - their computing sys- tems to allow staff to work from anywhere - and with anyone. In order of fre- equency, he uses his iPhone to tweet (1136 followers; 8363 tweets since joining), e-mail, make phone calls and use online services, such as checki

The Evolution Of Privacy On Facebook

I'm sure you've all heard the hullabaloo from the digerati* (the people that jump onto the technology as soon as it comes out and leave it it in disdain when "real people" appear ... believe me, it happens) about the changes to Facebook's default privacy settings allowing more and more of the stored data to be accessed by anyone, anything or any app.

So what, some online site changes it's default settings, who cares eh!

Two reasons why "So what":
  1. They have 400 million users
  2. They don't care about any of them
So now we have (conveniently for Facebook):
  • The "flashing 12" problem
  • The "surely they won't do anything bad" issue
  • The "Meh, I don't care" attitude
"Mike, this is all just computers, just too bloody technical for me - leave me be as I have some friends to talk with and a photo to post!!" I tried to tell everyone but it just wasn't getting through. And then I found this ... The Evolution of Privacy on Facebook

Go to the site and click on the graphic to see just how Facebook privacy has been slowly eroded from you.
We start with:

... and currently have:

YES! It's nearly ALL public now.
Not just public to everyone on the Internet, I mean "people" but to any applications people care to write. And they can write applications that bring Facebook information (perhaps when you're away for the weekend) together with your phone number (posted on an online email group from your email signature) which means they get your address and ...

And that's just the simple stuff *I* can think of.

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* I am probably one - you tell me


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