Rants, Raves, and Rhetoric v4

Tag: import

  • Multiple Guess

    Security Watch: The myth of online anonymity – CNET reviews: In his talk, Kazwetz mentioned several studies on gender use of keywords which, when weighted–with specific numerical values for male and different numerical values for female–can determine the gender of the author. Sounds too simple to be true, but research (including Gender, Genre, and Writing…

  • Going “nuclear” over use of “nucular”

    Why does Bush go “nucular”? By Kate Taylor – Slate Magazine: To say “the word is spelled (x), and therefore should be pronounced (y)” doesn’t make any sense. Spelling is not a legitimate basis for determining pronunciation, for the following reasons: 1) English spelling is highly irregular. For example, “move”, “dove”, and “cove” are spelled…

  • Size Matters?

    Heh… Character-for-character, password length is more important for security than complexity. Requiring complexity but allowing passwords to remain short makes passwords more vulnerable to attack than simply requiring easier-to-remember, longer passwords. Password size does matter I am not sure I understand the debate here. Why can’t it be a little of both? Roger is arguing…

  • Blue Chicago

    I am at the 2006 WebCT Users Conference. It has been a blast! Wow! I love Chicago. I should have arranged to stay a couple weeks. 🙁 Though, I understand the hotel is about $430 a night? A little too rich for me. I have pictures. Some semi-incriminating and most benign. I just need to…

  • Circle of Friends

    Americans’ circle of friends is shrinking, new study shows | Science Blog: Americans’ circle of close confidants has shrunk dramatically in the past two decades and the number of people who say they have no one with whom to discuss important matters has more than doubled, according to a new study by sociologists at Duke…

  • Online vs. Print

    People are all over discounting email as a useful communication medium. The only difference between email and paper memos is the ability to send them so quickly. In another job, I usually sent important emails to my boss who then rewrote them to make them more palatable for the wide public. In the end, knowing…

  • The Importance of User Experience

    The Importance of User Experience, originally uploaded by soldierant. Bryce Glass’ diagram on usability and user experience.

  • A Penny for Your Thoughts, and 1.4 Cents for the Penny

    This is a great story. The slowness the U.S. Mint is reacting to change is costing them. More than just the cost of the metals go into making pennies, so we could easily be close to 2 cents to produce a single penny. However, the U. S. Mint doesn’t exactly sell the money it makes,…

  • Highlighting

    Why, oh why, doesn’t Adobe include the highlighter tool in Acrobat Reader? I understand the intent of the tool. For the person creating the document to highlight the important parts. Perhaps though the people reading the document would like to highlight the important parts. For an off-computer example, students highlight parts of text books. So…