The Linkspam Menace (9 November, 2012)

  • Money for Nothing, and the Chicks (work) for Free: “ At this point I don’t care if someone thinks we’re asking too much, too often and I have not yet actually HEARD someone say that, I just made it up in my head. Then I had to notice it, and figure out how to tell that voice to shut the fuck up.”
  • English Proficiency Index (EPI) Report 2012: ”The gap between men and women is widest in the Middle East and North Africa, where female scores are considerably higher. This highlights the fact that English could prove key to greater opportunities for women in developing nations. Other countries where men are far worse than women are Italy and China.”
  • Lindy West at Back Fence PDX: Lindy West talks about her experience with nasty commenters.
  • Hacker’s Demo Shows How Easily Credit Cards Can Be Read Through Clothes And Wallets – Forbes: “Pull out your credit card and flip it over. If the back is marked with the words ‘PayPass,’ ‘Blink,’ that triangle of nested arcs that serves as the universal symbol for wireless data or a few other obscure icons, Kristin Paget says it’s vulnerable to an uber-stealthy form of pickpocketing. As she showed on a Washington D.C. stage Saturday, she can read all the data she needs to make a fraudulent transaction off that card with just a few hundred dollars worth of equipment, and do it invisibly through your wallet, purse, or pocket.”
  • Terence Eden has started writing The Python Pals, a modern version of the old Byte Brothers programming novels featuring two sisters using Python. There are two stories so far: The Morse Code Mystery and The Python Pals Write a Wrong.

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Thanks to everyone who suggested links.

3 thoughts on “The Linkspam Menace (9 November, 2012)

  1. Amber

    Once again I’m left wondering why the heck journalists feel the need to mention transitions and birth names every time a trans person does something notable, regardless of whether it’s actually relevant.

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