Linkdump: Dubya, Sexy Kinects and Spy vs. Spy

November 29, 2010 - by jacksonwest

Jim Pick noticed that the scary warning pages set up by the United States Department of Justice for domains seized under new copyright policing powers were running Google Analytics. Classy! The latest from Wikileaks is that yes, the Chinese Communist Party did have a hand in promoting industrial espionage efforts that affected Google and dozens of other companies. Then again, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ordered surveillance on key members of the United Nations. Good times. Folks in Australia can read all about it now that the site has been removed from the national blacklist. Or at least they could if the site had managed to stay up during the wave of interest.

A Ruby newbie has whipped up a DropBox clone, RubyDrop, on github. Node notables, however, are enjoying Mark Nottingham's htracr which uses Node.js and RaphaelJS visualizations to tune the TCP Initial Congestion Window and track HTTP pipelining "in the wild." Want to quickly roll your own Node.js app? Try the new jsapp.us to get started immediately. And hide the children, Slashdong's Kyle Machulis makes a laudably earnest but ultimately anti-climactic attempt at making Microsoft's Kinnect literally sexy. If anyone asks, just say you're reading it for the article.

Scientific proof that the longer a comment thread gets, the more likely it is to just be a small group of angry people yelling at each other. Interns for Lady Gaga and some other musicians are taking a break from the Facebook and Twitters until Alicia Keys reaches a fundraising goal for her Keep a Child Alive charity. Does this mean if we don't donate, there will be that many fewer vapid celebrities on Twitter? Apparently not: George W. Bush is headed to Facebook's headquarters to give a live video interview. Don't worry, you can rest assured it won't exactly be Frost-Nixon. Or even Matt Lauer.

The New York Times relates the story of a New York City online eyeglass retailer who sees better search traffic the worse he treats his customers, leaving Rich Skrenta wondering about the fate of algorithmic search and Get Satisfaction's Thor Muller clarifying how his company addressed the matter. Finally, an over-the-top but informative primer on how to make your PowerPoint presentations a little less boring.

And isn't it always hilarious when you see Hollywood A-Listers appearing in foreign commercials for sweet, hard currency paydays:

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Photo by David Young.

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