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The LBC topic this week is online shopping, and this isn't about online shopping, but metamathematical analysis and predications to the London riots and looting which took place in 2011.
Hannah Fry from UCL has a nice video for the analysis. It seems that, yes the riots could be predicted, how the riot would spread, but not the spark to set things off. It turns out that the distribution of rioters travelling to the riots match the distribution of shoppers travelling (or rather retail spending flows).
And as for the five finger discount, or "shopping with violence", matches shopping analysis and also the predator-prey model.
Looking at mobile phone analysis (memo, turn your phone in the airplane mode, or off before rioting), the spread of the "idea to riot" follows the contagion model, and the spark zones matches the recent budget cuts.
Which means I need to look at the new austerity measures a lot more closely…
I've known for a while that the international telecoms companies have wanted to put the Internet genie back in to its bottle so they could charge for access in the same way they make deals between themselves for international calls (they are loosing calls to Skype and more) but I didn't know that the proposal had actually gone to the UN.
If they succeed the internet could get very expensive, and start-ups may be forced away from the market entirely.
So this shot is being fired at anyone who can access the internet then.
The fight for control of the internet has become critical | John Kampfner
If plans to put cyberspace under a secretive UN agency go through, states' censoring of the web will be globally enshrined In horror movies, the scariest moments usually come from the monster you can't see. So the same goes for real life, or at least online life. Over the past few years, largely out of sight, governments have been clawing back freedoms on the internet, turning an invention that was designed to emancipate the individual into a too…
Reading through the Brand Guidelines for the 2012 Games [pdf], I don’t see much that is as unreasonable as the two recent over-zealous enforcements (the chips issue and the police/plastic bags silliness). Given IOC’s promise that this would be the most social Olympics ever, it’s even more surprising that the organisers are constantly on the back foot as social media helps these gaffes spread faster th…
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I mean you might allow a strange man with heavy implements in to your home, near your family, maybe offer him food which neither of you check for poisons and when he has performed certain functions, you pay him with an unguaranteed piece of paper.
Or, you hire a plumber, offer him something to eat while here’s there and pay him with a cheque.
That is societal trust. Security depends on trust. If the vast majority of people were untrustworthy, then policing wouldn’t work. A majority of honest actors are required, and a minority of defectors exist.
This is the argument of “Liars and Outliers” by Bruce Schneier and it goes on in to more detail. Schneier began writing this book as a security focused book, but kept finding his examples and the facts kept bring things away from pure security measures and more towards “Trust”. Societal trust is different from personal trust, societal trust is needed once the small tribe becomes a much large group (Dunbar’s number is in the mix with the switch).
But both personal trust and societal trust can be abused. Defectors of trust exist. (And isn’t defector a lovely slightly neutral word here).
What do you call someone who defies the trust of society, breaks the rules of the group and unashamedly lies about their actions and reasons to their friends?
Then what about whistle-blowers breaking personal and professional trusts? What about creatives breaking social norms in their areas? What about Oskar Schindler?
He lied to those he had professional contacts with. He lied to the officers of the law. He corrupted government finances. To save over a thousand people from the extermination camps.
Ubuntu, as well as being a very good operating system translates roughly from the South African root (not sure which language, sorry) in to English as “pleasure derived from the good fortune of others”. Its direct counterpart is found in German, namely Schadenfreude; “the pleasure derived from the bad fortune of others”.
For the last two weeks, its been a guilty pleasure working its way through the UK after the shock and anger has subsided. All of this has been aimed squarely at Rupert Murdoch.
I’m actually writing about this due to asking about the Loose Bloggers Consortium (LBC) that Grannymar writes with. That and I need a deadline to work with. This week’s topic, nominated by Anu is “Guilty Pleasures”.
And for many in in UK at least, there is pleasure to be derived… let’s ask John Finnemore on the BBC’s “Now Show“…
If you have been living in a cave (or in a compound using only dead letter drops containing USB disks for news updates) for the last few years you would have missed the power of Rupert Murdoch and News International. This man owns media properties throughout the world (and a few satellites above it) most famously a stable of newspapers in the UK and Fox News in the US. The man has had power, power to undermine and control the thrones of power in very high places. Prime Ministers, arguably Presidents, but certainly congressmen and Senators and, if the allegations are true, police were under his sway. And now he is falling from grace because of a child called Milly.
He is currently facing investigations in the UK, and the allegations of possible hacking of the telephones of 9/11 victims and their families have sparked FBI and Senate investigations in the US. Its conceivable that News International, now a US based company, may either be broken up, or will be forced to shed all the Murdoch family members at its heart.
It turns out that hacking a mobile phone, in Ireland at least, is actually pathetically easy. You have to know your victims phone number, say 081-1234567. If you dial 081-5-1234567 you go directly to their voicemail, and can attempt a remote login. Depending on the network the default password is 0000 or 1234. Given that most people dial in to their voicemail account from their registered phone, few people realise that there is a password to be changed and that they can access it from any handset. And if you can get hold of their phone, you can change the password in 20 seconds. Thanks to Brian Greene for the research (and he will never get to borrow my phone).
When someone generally disliked falls, you tend to find a few gleeful at the drop in power. Its a guilty pleasure.
But of course its not my guilty pleasure. Mine is the Transformers toys. I like the way they give you the impression of being one thing, guiding you one way, then uncovering that its something else. Or maybe slight of hand is my pleasure? Maybe. But its not as interesting as the still ongoing news story.