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Is there something better than a zombie story? A zombie with lobbyists!
Movie industry lobbyists at the MPAA are trying to resurrect SOPA-style web censorship via a back door. Let's defeat online censorship again. Tell the MPAA to kill the #ZombieSOPA. https://takeaction.withgoogle.com/g-stop-mpaa
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Groklaw cierra por no poder garantizar la privacidad de sus autores ni colaboradores.

La última entrada de Groklaw, publicada en

http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20130818120421175

escrita por su fundadora Pamela Jones, es terrorífico y triste, habla del clima de inseguridad que se vive en EE.UU. ahora mismo, donde un gobierno descontrolado, se ha vuelto contra sus ciudadanos.

Jones explica que no puede seguir realizando su labor en Internet y que no puede confiar en ningún servicio alojado en EE.UU., por lo que ha optado por sólo mantener una cuenta de correo en MyKolab.com (los creadores de Kolab, el backend de correo electrónico de KDE), alojado en Suiza.

Para el que se esté preguntando si todo esto no es una exageración, habrá que hacer notar que la guerra contra la prensa y la libertad de expresión ya es un conflicto declarado. Hace unos días, la policía aeroportuaria británica detuvo a David Miranda, la pareja del periodista Glenn Greenwald (el encargado de hacer público a través del periódico The Guardian las filtraciones de Snowden), fue detenido sin cargos, pero acogiéndose la policía a una de esas oscuras leyes anti-terroristas,  durante horas en el aeropuerto de Heathrow cuando estaba en tránsito desde Alemania a Rio de Janeiro.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/aug/18/david-miranda-detained-uk-nsa

Todo el material informático que llevaba fue confiscado para su posterior análisis. Miranda, que venía de recoger más material sobre Snowden, fue liberado minutos antes de que se cumpliesen las nueve horas, el máximo permitido a la policía antes de tener que realizar un arresto oficial. Las circunstancias extraordinarias y la inquina manifiesta de la detención hacen pensar que el Gobierno Británico pretende lanzar un mensaje de advertencia contra los periodistas que se salgan de tiesto. 

En esa misma línea, miembros de las fuerzas de seguridad del gobierno británico forzaron a The Guardian a destruir equipos en los sótanos del periódico, pensando que así evitarían más filtraciones.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/aug/19/david-miranda-schedule7-danger-reporters

"Han tenido su diversión. Ahora queremos que nos devuelvan las cosas" le dijo el interlocutor gubernamental al director del periódico. Ante la pregunta de si cerrarían el periódico por medios judiciales si seguían publicando las filtraciones de Ed Snowden desde Londres, el interlocutor confirmó que así sería.

Dos "expertos" visitaron el periódico y obligaron a los periodistas involucrados a destruir sus equipos en su presencia, lo cual a lo postre resultó ser inútil, ya que el periódico sigue publicando las filtraciones, simplemente no lo hacen desde Londres, sino desde el extranjero (Greenwald, por ejemplo, vive en Brasil).

En fin, si tenías alguna duda sobre el estado de las cosas y en el mundo en el que te ha tocado vivir, seguramente ya lo tendrás más claro.
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Uni professors letting their hair down for Xmas. They made me laugh (for the good reasons). ;-)
Call Me Maybe - Harvard Economics Department
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A free and open world depends on a free and open web

https://www.google.com/takeaction/
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Some non-native speaker (probably Spanish or Greek) stopped me on the street to get my (financial, not spiritual) support to save bishops from extinction. I knew vocations are low, but I was intrigued by this new effort of preserving those not-so-wild creatures, so I listened what she had to say about saving prelates.

Then she started explaining that bishops are small furry animals that live and dwell in the water. Paraphrasing a famous Spaniard, I said: "You keep saying that word... I do not think that word means what you think it means".
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Are you more honest than a banker? Under what circumstances would you lie, or cheat, and what effect does your deception have on society at large?

RSA Animate: The Truth About Dishonesty

Long story short, science suggests that the bankers that brought the crisis are not evil, they just live in a broken system that makes it easier for them to do things with evil effects. The rest of us are not better than they are. It is the system, not the people, that needs to be changed. (via Carlos Maceda).
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A rational approach to feelings from a spiritual man.

We do not live in the African sabana anymore. The emotions that were helpful then are not usually helpful today.
 
We need to be clear which emotions are harmful and which are helpful; then cultivate those that are conducive to peace of mind. Often, due to a lack of knowledge, we accept anger and hatred as natural parts of our minds. This is an example of ignorance being the source of our problems. To reduce our destructive emotions we strengthen the positive ones; such emotional hygiene can contribute to a healthier society.
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Open and public research results, no matter if positive or negative, are basic for the progress of scientific knowledge and, in the case of medical science, crucial for public health. It is scientifically and ethically wrong to publish only those results that are in line with what the scientists or the funding stakeholders wanted in the first place. That is not good science.

If PharmaCorp funds ten studies of their new MiracleMed and one shows that it is good and nine show that MiracleMed does not work or (worse) that it is bad and full of side-effects we must know about all of them, not just the positive one. 

Please help stopping this bad practice by signing http://www.alltrials.net/. 
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Bad PharmaCorp, bad!
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It is about time that economy drops the axiom that humans are completely rational. This made sense 200 years ago, but behavioural science has proved it to be wrong. 

http://www.standard.co.uk/business/markets/prize-fact-markets-are-irrational-6453708.html

"What we actually need (...) is a new science of macro-economics that starts from the assumption that individuals have severe cognitive limitations, and do not understand much about the complexities of the world in which we live. This means they rely far too heavily on personal prejudices and biased belief, and fall prone to collective swings of euphoria and despair. In good times, they significantly underestimate risk; in bad times like now, they significantly overestimate it. That seems a better explanation of the world in which we live. Feel free to turn it into a computer model and claim a Nobel prize."
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Thanks to this discussion, I have read a bit more on the topic and it seems that many modern academic economists do not assume rational players. Good, and thanks. :-)

Still, I wonder how widespread is this knowledge when writers like Tim Harford and Steve Landsburg or columnists like Anthony Hilton (above) seem to take rationality for granted, and Dan Ariely complains about the lack of understanding of behavioural evidence among mainstream economists. 
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Following the steps of (wonderfully useful) site lmgtfy.com, the lady that got it in the wrong hole brings us an potential classic: 

GOOGLE THAT SH*T - Official Music Video (by Taryn Southern)
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Some of you ask me what I do for a living. Here's a video (17') that says a little about that: 

http://www.youtube.com/user/tlrptel

You can see my computer and even the back of my neck on some frames. ;-)
£12m UK ESRC/EPSRC funded programme with 8 large projects (based at London Knowledge Lab, IOE London). Researching use of technology to enhance maths, alegbra, learning design, autism, ASD, dental, haptics, mobile learning, case-based learning, semantic web, immersive environments, digital inclusion, digital literacy, AI, technology enhanced research, ethics, inquiry learning, multi-touch...
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Lawrence Lessig on citizenship and political corruption. Short (10') and to the point. Worth watching.


Lawrence Lessig hablando de ciudadanía y corrupción política. En inglés subtitulado en español. Corto (10') y al grano. Muy recomendable. 

Ciudadanos, por Lawrence Lessig (subtítulos en español)
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