Privacy (policy), the thing that nobody actualy reads

Ever read one of the privacy policies that you have to agree with, before you can install software or use a (online) service ?
Check some of the most used, Google’s privacy policy and Apple’s privacy policy.

Also interesting is the recent lawsuit (class act) against some of the most used apps on iOS. If you read the class act document, you will notice that Apple makes life easy for app programmers to access personal data (like your address book) on your iOS device (ipad, ipod etc). Apple offers standard code plus description for accessing your address book.

So what privacy do they respect ?

Greetz, M.

Voedsel verspilling

In een wereld waar voedsel steeds niet voor iedereen even beschikbaar is, gooien wij in het westen grote hoeveelheden ongebruikt weg. Dit kan ook anders !

In Nederland wordt jaarlijks voedsel met een totale waarde van meer dan vier miljard euro op de vuilnisbelt gegooid. Maar veel daarvan is nog prima eetbaar. We onderzoeken waarom Nederlanders zoveel eten verspillen.

Bekijk de uitzending van Zembla over dit thema op uitzending gemist.

Greetz, M.

Must read : The Shallows by Nicholas Carr

The Shallows by Nicholas Carr (isbn: 9780393072228)
[Dutch : Het ondiepe, hoe onze hersenen omgaan met internet]

Building on the insights of thinkers from Plato to McLuhan, Carr makes a convincing case that every information technology carries an intellectual ethic — a set of assumptions about the nature of knowledge and intelligence. He explains how the printed book served to focus our attention, promoting deep and creative thought. In stark contrast, the Internet encourages the rapid, distracted sampling of small bits of information from many sources. Its ethic is the ethic of the industrialist, an ethic of speed and efficiency, of optimized production and consumption — and now the Net is remaking us in its own image. We are becoming ever more adept at scanning and skimming, but what we are losing is our capacity for concentration, contemplation, and reflection.

How does our brain handle information and what effect does the digital age have on the way we consume, process and handle information. Open your eyes and decide for yourself if the digital ages is the progress we seek.

greetz,
M.

The Future of Light Is the LED

Since the first of September 2011 the EU has banned the 60 Watts light bulb (75 and 100 Watt bulbs were already banned). Here’s an interesting story I read on Wired : The Future of Light Is the LED

Note that the latest LEDs are not so environmentally friendly as they seem !

So the LEDs found in current household applications are blue diodes daubed with a powdered coating called a phosphor, which includes rare-earth elements that filter blue light.

greetz, M.