Scunthorpe problem

“The Scunthorpe problem is the blocking of e-mails, forum posts or search results by a spam filter or search engine because their text contains a string of letters that are shared with an obscene word.”

China loves the lingo of games

“A few years ago, my mom called to ask for my advice on webcams. She explained […] that some of her friends had started sharing videos of themselves singing karaoke. She thought she could do better. […] she remarked: ‘I want to PK them a little.'”

The Ashley Madison Hack Should Scare You, Too

“Every other day, there are new security breaches, and more private information is shared with strangers. Simply proclaiming that all of our secrets will be revealed, or naïvely asserting that you have nothing to hide — this is the behavior of citizens who don’t know history, or who’ve surrendered completely to a modern sense of learned helplessness […]”

Facebook patents technology to help lenders discriminate against borrowers based on social connections

“In a fourth embodiment of the invention, the service provider is a lender. When an individual applies for a loan, the lender examines the credit ratings of members of the individual’s social network who are connected to the individual through authorized nodes. If the average credit rating of these members is at least a minimum credit score, the lender continues to process the loan application. Otherwise, the loan application is rejected.”

Microsoft’s new small print – how your personal data is (ab)used

“‘We will access, disclose and preserve personal data, including your content (such as the content of your emails, other private communications or files in private folders), when we have a good faith belief that doing so is necessary to’, for example, ‘protect their customers’ or ‘enforce the terms governing the use of the services’.”