Mad Data Science
After a long day in the content factory, there’s nothing better than plopping down on the couch and watch TV until we slip into a deep slumber. That sounds very relaxing, right? According to a new study, using media (i.e. playing video games, watching TV, etc.) to decompress might be doing more harm than good for some.
After all of the furor over Facebook’s invasive experiments on users’ news feeds, other startups running the same plays had to be thinking: “What do we do now?” In the case of OkCupid, their version of ass-covering is to come out loud and proud about the games they’ve been playing with their users’ hearts.
OkCupid posted a snarky, image-loaded essay on their blog today called “We Experiment On Human Beings!” where they make a list of hijinxes they’ve pulled on their users without them knowing, all in the name of science. In the post, OkCupid cofounder Christian Rudder points to how offended people were that Facebook published a research report based on manipulating users’ news feeds.
XXX in Tech
Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are a relatively young industry, and like anything that makes the jump from analog to digital — gaming, print news, television, social interaction — the rules for teaching courses in the ol’ brick-and-mortar classroom don’t always apply online.
So, in order to find out how people are really using online Read More
Do you prefer your porn with a side of malware? According to one British researcher, users who visit popular porn sites like PornHub and xHamster have a 42 percent chance of contracting digital STDs (a.k.a. malware) on their computers. Naturally, online porn purveyors sites did not take kindly to the study, which they say overinflated the risk.
Via Gizmodo we have learned of PlaceRaider, the scariest damn Android malware you never want hiding on your cuddly old pal, the full-featured smartphone.
Researchers at the US Naval Surface Warfare Center created PlaceRaider and have dubbed it “visual malware.” It was developed as a proof of concept but would also be a great idea to sell to producers seeking spy gadget ideas for the next James Bond film, because PlaceRaider hints at the future of covert surveillance:
There is no safe way to upload your stuff to The Pirate Bay without taking pains to conceal your IP address. Many who are addicted to torrents know this–unless, apparently, they’re Americans who get their Internet from Comcast or Road Runner.
Torrent Freak reports that researchers from multiple institutions have been logging data from BitTorrent network users for a while. On the surface, their intentions don’t seem nefarious:
From the realm of the utterly unsurprising, Neuroskeptic, a blog about neuroscience, clues us in on a study of Google Trends that confirms what anyone who ever hit puberty has known from age 13 on: to everything there is a season, especially getting naked: