Codes on Sites 'Captcha'

The codes, called captchas, are also showing up more often amid a boom in new Web services, ranging from blogging tools to social-networking sites. The trickiest ones “make you not want to go to those sites anymore,” says Scott Reynolds, a 29-year-old software architect in Ocala, Fla., who lambasted the devices on his blog last year. –David Kesmodel –Codes on Sites ‘Captcha’ (Wall Street Journal) I’ve been considering adding a catpcha…

Brad, Angelina and the rise of 'celebrity colonialism'

Over the past six weeks a Western security force has effectively taken over the small African nation of Namibia. A beach resort in Langstrand in Western Namibia has been sealed off with security cordons, and armed security personnel have been keeping both local residents and visiting foreigners at bay. A no-fly zone has been enforced over part of the country. The Westerners have also demanded that the Namibian government severely…

Recently Unearthed E-Mail Reveals What Life Was Like In 1995

“It shows that these forgotten people of the ’90s had many of the same concerns as modern man, such as b-days, and slow periods at work,” Caspari said. “The presence of the archaic slang verbalization ‘what’s up’ appears to indicate that they cared about the immediate welfare of others in their closely knit community, much as we do today.” But the artifact reveals differences as well. According to Caspari, the…

Introduction: The Wealth of Networks seminar

Yochai Benkler’s The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom is a very exciting book. It captures an important set of developments — how new information technologies make it easier for individuals to collaborate in producing cultural content, knowledge, and other information goods. It draws links across apparently disparate subject areas to present a theory of how these technologies are reshaping opportunities for social action. Finally, it…

Losing Their Edge?

In “Are Elite Universities Losing Their Competitive Edge?,” the scholars examine evidence that the Internet — by allowing professors to work with ease with scholars across the country and not just across the quad — is leading to a spreading of academic talent at many more institutions than has been the case in the past. –Scott Jaschik –Losing Their Edge? (Inside Higher Ed)