Linkedin privacy simpatia

Dovete stare molto attenti alla vostra Privacy. Mi hanno fato notare che LinkedIn ha silenziosamente attivato un checkbox che consente di usare la vostra foto per…farsi pubblicità!

Per disattivarlo, andate sulle impostazioni, cliccate su Account poi su “Gestisci Social Advertising” e poi deselezionate il box più sotto!

Is Diaspora a Failure? Tech Review

Abut Diasopra, we read from Ars Technica (underline is our):

Diaspora emerged as a response to the privacy concerns raised by mainstream social networking services. The aim of Diaspora is to create an open source social network alternative with decentralized architecture, giving end users more control over their private information and how it is shared with other people. […]

When the first Diaspora code was first published in September, independent reviewers found some serious technical defects, including a number of security weaknesses. […]

  • Diaspora Team is trying to fuel a startup, the domain is a dot-com, so it is unclear what is the true project goal.
  • Diaspora seems slow, and it is difficult to get an access to it.  Who has used it, said the server is “a bit sluggish due to the increase in traffic”; and it is only opened to a small subset of users!
  • does not support IE8, which is the worst thing you can do. I hate IE8, but it is too widely used to avoid implementing a web interface into it.
  • The code is based on Ruby: technically facebook is written in PHP and compiled in a strong optimized version. And neverless, FaceBook has performance issues. So using the slowest dynamic language out of there (Ruby) is not a good idea. I like Ruby, but using it (or Python / PHP) for a such massive project is a bit risky.

Some of my throughts are shared also by Slashdot guys. and someone also said:

Linux got popular initially because Torvalds is an excellent programmer and his project spread through word-of-mouth. Diaspora got discovered because there was a Times article about vaporware.


Anyway the idea of giving more power to the user about their privacy data is an important step. The implementation at the time of writing seems quite bad. If we could get an access in the next few weeks, we will review it again.

So think twice before pointing your interest to Diaspora: it is still too beta in its objectives…and in its philosophy. Sluggish code is the least problem, ever!

Why I am starting to avoid Facebook

Privacy is important: in the last days I have read the following on Slashdot:

“A Facebook employee has given a tell-all interview with some very interesting things about Facebook's internals. Especially interesting are all the things relating to Facebook privacy. Basically, you don't have any. Nearly everything you’ve ever done on the site is recorded into a database. While they fire employees for snooping, more than a few have done it. There’s an internal system to let them log into anyone’s profile, though they have to be able to defend their reason for doing so.[…]

via Slashdot: News for nerds, stuff that matters.

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Il governo, d’accordo con l’opposizione vara un decreto per proteggere la privacy del povero signor “Mario Rossi” (o Bianchi… insomma un nome comune) spiato dai cattivoni di telecom. In pratica si vuole impedire che le scottanti telefonate tra Rossi (Bianchi) e la sua fida commercialista (amante) vengano scoperte.

La cosa parrebbe sensata se non avessimo l’impressione che lo scopo sia VEROSIMILMENTE un’altro.

Infatti un giornare come Repubblica (o il Giornale.. hem…) e’ composto da circa 46 pagine. Le intercettazioni sono 100.000 files.
Non si puo’ pubblicare tutto prima della fine del mondo, e la gente si sa perde interesse dopo circa tre puntate (anche meno…).

Tra questi 100.000 files, e’ probabile che il giornare sia molto piu’ interessato alle intercettazioni di ex veline, calciatori, sign Rossi OPPURE agli intrecci spesso unici (e italiani!) tra politica, mafia ed economia?

Per cui questo decreto sta cercando di salvare che cosa? Perche’ la privacy degli italiani e’ sacra solo quando riguarda ANCHE i politici, mentre nessuno alza un dito quando Report denuncia che H3G incoraggia la messa in onda di video-messaggi a luci rosse, spesso con minorenni?
Comunque la bomba non e’ nei centomila file: basta sapere come Telecom si serviva di questi dati per capire molte cose.
Se si trattava solo di spionaggio industriale (sarebbe il meno) oppure di cose ben piu’ grandi (ricordo che logge massoniche come la Propaganda2 andrebbero a nozze con cose del genere).

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