Tim Boucher

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Data selfie

This looks pretty cool, though I am not a Facebook user for pretty much exactly this reason. Data Selfie: project description from The Next Web. Direct site link.

It makes a predictive personality model based on your observed FB browsing habits, and only stores it on your computer. Let’s you export and delete.

Firefox Multi-Account Containers

Experimenting with this addon: Firefox Multi-Account Containers.

I don’t really even know what I want to do with it tbh.

Firefox Multi-Account Containers lets you keep parts of your online life separated into color-coded tabs that preserve your privacy.

Cookies are separated by container, allowing you to use the web with multiple identities or accounts simultaneously.

It’s more of just a hunch to me at this point. I know it’s important, though I don’t fathom really the practical day-to-day usage. One way to find out, I suppose!

Online D&D character generator

This one is excellent: orcpub.com

Nashi manipulation of social media around Ukraine

February 2012, The Guardian: hacked emails released allegedly to and from a director of the Nashi youth organization, discussing manipulation of social media around Ukraine conflict.

Wikipedia entry on Nashi:

Nashi’s close ties with the Kremlin have been emphasised by Vladislav Surkov (Deputy Presidential Chief of Staff during 1999-2011), who has met the movement’s activists on numerous occasions, delivering speeches and holding private talks. It has been speculated that the Kremlin’s primary goal was to create a paramilitary force to harass and attack Vladimir Putin’s critics as “enemies of the State”.

March 2015, Geopoliticalmonitor.com:

“Beyond the indisputable fact of its existence, few details are known of the Russian government’s program to manipulate Internet opinion. It seems to have evolved in some way from the Nashi, a Kremlin-funded anti-fascist youth group that was founded in 2007 and folded in 2012. Hackers broke into the email account of a Nashi spokesperson in 2012 and discovered that the group had paid out hundreds of thousands of pounds to a network of bloggers, journalists, and freelance commenters to provide flattering coverage of Vladimir Putin and criticize his opponents. A year later, Russian journalists evidently stumbled across another arm of the program while investigating a St. Petersburg company called the Internet Research Agency.”

Links to more information in source article are broken. ^

Wikipedia page on Web brigades:

“In January 2012, a hacktivist group calling itself the Russian arm of Anonymous published a massive collection of email allegedly belonging to former and present leaders of the pro-Kremlin youth organization Nashi (including a number of government officials).[14] Journalists who investigated the leaked information found that the pro-Kremlin movement had engaged in a range of activities including paying commentators to post content and hijacking blog ratings in the fall of 2011.[15][16] The e-mails indicated that members of the “brigades” were paid 85 rubles (about 3 US dollars) or more per comment, depending on whether the comment received replies. Some were paid as much as 600,000 roubles (about US $21,000) for leaving hundreds of comments on negative press articles on the internet, and were presented with iPads. A number of high-profile bloggers were also mentioned as being paid for promoting Nashi and government activities. The Federal Youth Agency, whose head (and the former leader of Nashi) Vasily Yakemenko was the highest-ranking individual targeted by the leaks, refused to comment on authenticity of the e-mails.”

“In fairness there is no conclusive evidence about who is behind the trolling, although Guardian moderators, who deal with 40,000 comments a day, believe there is an orchestrated campaign. Harding, who is inured to the abuse, would simply like better systems to deal with it, as would the moderation and community teams.

A senior moderator said: “We can look at the suspicious tone of certain users, combined with the date they signed up, the time they post and the subjects they post on. Zealous pro-separatist comments in broken English claiming to be from western counties are very common, and there’s a list of tropes we’ve learnt to look out for.”

 

Standard Protocols

Multi-branar agreement underpinning the Universal Free Realms, including access, transfer, and entity rights and privileges.

[This article is a stub. Improve it?]

[Locale] Metal Yurt in the desert

Entities & aspects:

  • Sliding metal door
  • Horse shoe
  • Interior darkness
  • Pedestal
  • Faint candle
  • Dove (still-frame hologram)
  • Dove (animal)
  • Fountain with witching water
  • Exterior desert
  • Holy book
  • Reading wand
  • Palm trees
  • Birdseed
  • Far door (interior)
  • Sky door beyond
  • 3 blobs
  • Pillars of light / crystal

 

Javascript rapid word input tool

I went off on pretty much a tear earlier investigating the possibility of coming up with some kind of rapid communication board which would allow you to input words, not letters.

I went once or twice around the bend, and found the closest match in an app called DocsPlus which gives you the ability to create customizable word-bars. There’s a 28 day free trial. It’s interesting, but my use case is to be able to rapidly paste in the results of these sentence creation actions into Firefox in a spreadsheet. It was too combersome with switching back and forth between tabs to access other word bars.

So I cooked up some Javascript I’m still tinkering with which looks at the moment like this:

Feature tree builder

Create a simple list which outputs to a JSON file features of a web product, app or SaaS.

Queue: Incoming messages

From all sources.

From named sources.

Add new source.

Remove.

Clear all.

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