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Jeff Bezos Protests Invasion of His Privacy, as Amazon Builds Surveillance State
On Thursday, Bezos published emails in which the Enquirer’s parent company explicitly threatened to publish intimate photographs of Bezos and his mistress, which were apparently exchanged between the two through their iPhones, unless Bezos agreed to a series of demands involving silence about the company’s conduct.

In a perfect world, none of the sexually salacious material the Enquirer was threatening to release would be incriminating or embarrassing to Bezos: it involves consensual sex between adults...
If Bezos were the political victim of surveillance state abuses, it would be scandalous and dangerous. It would also be deeply ironic.

That’s because Amazon, the company that has made Bezos the planet’s richest human being, is a critical partner for the U.S. Government in building an ever-more invasive, militarized and sprawling surveillance state. Indeed, one of the largest components of Amazon’s business, and thus one of the most important sources of Bezos’ vast wealth and power, is working with the Pentagon and the NSA to empower the U.S. Government with more potent and more sophisticated weapons, including surveillance weapons.
privacy  surveillance  amazon  irony  politics  us 
february 2019 by juliusbeezer
Ah, the bitter of a paywalled article about (the social construction of ignorance) n…
irony  OpenAccess  agnotology 
february 2019 by juliusbeezer
How to wear a cycling cap + video |
I'd like to propose a new rule: that any cycling journalist citing the "rules" is awarded the Phillippa Space prize for services to cliché and inflated word countery, and docked ten shillings from their wages. I suppose these "rules" might once have been amusing as a satire of the vanities of sporting cyclists; what irony that they are now cited as though they were written to be obeyed.
cycling  dccomment  satire  irony 
march 2017 by juliusbeezer
Enjoy the of agonizing about our era from a (mostly) paywalled platform
PostTruth  irony  openaccess 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
Critics protest handling of rights to hacktivist Aaron Swartz's writings
In an open letter, the editors and dozens of other signatories say the restrictions represent a “disconnect” between Swartz’s activism and the publishers’ own rights. “And while you may have labored with all good intentions to ‘compile’ his work in elegant and mobile form, you have done so in a way that nevertheless asserts certain ‘rights’ over that work as well as over its presentation and dissemination in these particular editions in a way that, if perfectly ‘legal,’ is also intellectually and morally dishonest,” the letter reads.

The book includes a selection of Swartz’s writings on topics such as computers, politics and media, and opens with an original introduction by Lawrence Lessig, the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School. Swartz’s blog posts are available for free online.

Eileen A. Joy, the founding director of punctum books who wrote the open letter, said in an interview that she was loath to criticize the two publishers, but that their actions -- while perfectly legal -- are “morally and ethically and ironically out of whack with [Swartz’s] own wishes and what he stood for, which was full open access for all knowledge.”
openaccess  copyright  openness  irony 
april 2016 by juliusbeezer
Courts docs show how Google slices users into “millions of buckets” — Medium
This wild west of unrestrained online profiling can’t go on indefinitely. It is particularly ironic that the National Security Agency — despite all the recent controversy — is subject to far tighter legal oversight than online advertisers like Google or Facebook.
google  facebook  privacy  surveillance  irony 
may 2015 by juliusbeezer
Will the Supreme Court Look Behind the Curtain of Lethal Injection? - The Intercept
“Death by lethal injection” is a sick perversion of medical knowledge, and ethical pharmaceutical companies quite rightly object to their products being used in this manner. Furthermore the “technique” relies on the craft skill of obtaining venous access which requires training and practice to achieve reliably. As this training should never be forthcoming from any ethical body—”First do no harm” being an irreducible ethical principle handed down from Hippocrates ~BCE 325—the method must naturally fall into desuetude.
As a European observer, content that the practical, legal and philosophical problems with the death penalty have been recognised across our continent, I hope I do not intrude too far into the grief of others when I observe that it seems an irony that American culture, obsessed as it is by the use of small arms, seems unable to produce a fast-moving bullet when one is apparently required.
law  death_penalty  dccomment  irony 
may 2015 by juliusbeezer
Why Do Many Reasonable People Doubt Science? - National Geographic Magazine
[note irony of "fluoridation as uncontested science" opening]

"Americans fall into two basic camps, Kahan says. Those with a more “egalitarian” and “communitarian” mind-set are generally suspicious of industry; they’re likely to see the risks of climate change. In contrast, people with a “hierarchical” and “individualistic” mind-set respect leaders of industry and don’t like government interfering in their affairs; they’re apt to reject warnings about climate change, because they know what accepting them could lead to—some kind of tax or regulation to limit emissions.

In the U.S., climate change somehow has become a litmus test that identifies you as belonging to one or the other of these two antagonistic tribes. When we argue about it, Kahan says, we’re actually arguing about who we are, what our crowd is. We’re thinking, People like us believe this. People like that do not believe this. For a hierarchical individualist, Kahan says, it’s not irrational to reject established climate science: Accepting it wouldn’t change the world, but it might get him thrown out of his tribe.

“Take a barber in a rural town in South Carolina,” Kahan has written. “Is it a good idea for him to implore his customers to sign a petition urging Congress to take action on climate change? No. If he does, he will find himself out of a job, just as his former congressman, Bob Inglis, did when he himself proposed such action.”
psychology  science  ebm  politics  us  climatechange  irony 
february 2015 by juliusbeezer
La liberté de la presse n'a pas que des amis dans le défilé parisien - Libération
Plusieurs dignitaires étrangers présents ce dimanche pour manifester entre République et Nation représentent des pays où un journal comme Charlie Hebdo n'aurait guère eu de chances de paraître.
CharlieHebdo  irony  journalism  censorship 
january 2015 by juliusbeezer
Lord Ballyedmond was suing helicopter manufacturer | World news |
A Northern Ireland peer who was killed along with three other men after one of his luxury helicopters crashed in thick fog near a village on the Norfolk-Suffolk border was suing the aircraft's manufacturer, it has emerged.
march 2014 by juliusbeezer
How ironic are the open access irony awards?
The best form of critique is immanent critique; making people aware of the boundaries that structure and limit their thought and practice from within. Critiques of others are easier to ignore than criticism that sits within the bounds of that which it criticises.

For those reasons, I don’t really hold with the whole “OA irony” stuff.
openaccess  irony 
february 2014 by juliusbeezer
Academie des technologies
It is surely an irony that the links to PDFs of parts of this report give 404s a mere 3 years later...

"Longévité des supports numériques : les données que nous voulons garder vont-elles s'effacer ?
Pourquoi s'intéresser à la préservation à long terme de l’information numérique, alors que les capacités de stockage n'ont jamais été aussi vastes et bon marché?"
linkrot  archiving  irony 
november 2013 by juliusbeezer
Media Lens - The Mystery Of The Missing Clocks
Chomsky argues, for example, that George Orwell's Animal Farm and 1984 were embraced as great novels, and standard school texts, not because they were particularly profound, but because they attacked the Soviet Union:

‘Fame, Fortune and Respect await those who reveal the crimes of official enemies; those who undertake the vastly more important task of raising a mirror to their own societies can expect quite different treatment. George Orwell is famous for Animal Farm and 1984, which focus on the official enemy. Had he addressed the more interesting and significant question of thought control in relatively free and democratic societies, it would not have been appreciated, and instead of wide acclaim, he would have faced silent dismissal or obloquy.’ (Noam Chomsky, Deterring Democracy, Hill And Wang, 1992, p.372)
orwell  writing  irony 
september 2013 by juliusbeezer
If someone hits a paywall in the forest, does it make a sound?: The Open Access Button | The Student Blog
This idea was a browser-based tool which tracks how often readers are denied access to academic research, where in the world they were or their profession and why they were looking for that research... we took our idea to the BMJ Hack weekend where we found a crack team of developers to help make our dream a reality. Forty hours later, we had our prototype.
openaccess  irony 
august 2013 by juliusbeezer
Sarah Stillman: The Use and Abuse of Civil Forfeiture : The New Yorker
whether, in the absence of a judicial finding of guilt, the state should be able to take possession of your property—has been debated since before American independence. In the Colonial period, the English Crown issued “writs of assistance” that permitted customs officials to enter homes or vessels and seize whatever they deemed contraband. As the legal scholars Eric Blumenson and Eva Nilsen have noted, these writs were “among the key grievances that triggered the American Revolution.”
irony  orwell 
august 2013 by juliusbeezer
Untitled (
UBC maths department's robots.txt excludes because it "keeps files too long"
july 2013 by juliusbeezer
Internet Archive: Digital Library of Free Books, Movies, Music & Wayback Machine
UBC maths department's robots.txt excludes because it "keeps files too long"
july 2013 by juliusbeezer
Patients are urged to boycott trials that do not guarantee publication | BMJ
Hint to BMJ geniuses—paywalling your political exhortations may not be the most effective strategy:
irony  openaccess 
january 2013 by juliusbeezer
The great Open Access swindle | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog
It would indeed be a strange irony if those of us who have been calling for open access because of a belief in wider access and a more democratic knowledge society end up creating a self-perpetuating elite.

--useful critique of current Gold/author pays OA models flying around at present
openaccess  sciencepublishing  irony 
october 2012 by juliusbeezer
Who Owns You?: In the Meantime...
The real danger is not loss of freedom or the rise of state-sponsored monopoly. It is, rather, the loss of irony.
october 2012 by juliusbeezer
Aaron Sorkin versus reality -
He has a limited bag of tricks. Even his sparkling banter is one-note. His characters always say exactly, precisely what they mean, at all times. There’s no subtext, no irony, nothing ever left unspoken in his dialogue. His characters don’t even get to be sarcastic without someone asking them if they’re being sarcastic. Everyone alternates between speechifying, quipping and dumbly setting up other people’s quips. It’s exhausting.
writing  funny  irony 
july 2012 by juliusbeezer
Nothing in Their Heads | Psychology Today
Bargh obliged to self-publish 1996 work or lose debate before it had even begun:
irony  oa 
march 2012 by juliusbeezer
the irony awards: a list of paywalled papers discussing online collaboration
openaccess  irony 
february 2012 by juliusbeezer
Accessible medical research | BMJ
Editorial launching service entitled "Accessible medical research" is paywalled...
march 2011 by juliusbeezer
Weather supercomputer used to predict climate change is one of Britain's worst polluters | Mail Online
A fine irony: MetOffice computer responsible for 9000 tonnes of CO2 emissions/year: though Mail story wrong as per
august 2009 by juliusbeezer

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