Techerous

My name is Bill, I am a recent graduate in Information Sciences and Technology from Penn State University and this is a place for me to post or give my 2 cents on the fascinating world of technology. I am now working for a pretty big technology related company whose name I will leave out just to avoid any possible complications, however far-fetched them happening may be. Music gets included from time to time as well.

April 23, 2014 7:49 pm
futuramb:


NYPD Twitter Campaign Catastrophically Backfires Within Minutes Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, vocativ.com
NYPD Twitter Campaign Catastrophically Backfires Within MinutesThey called for city residents to tweet pictures of themselves posing with police officers using #myNYPD. The result was a huge bust, but not in a good way The New York Police Departme…

What can we learn? If you have a negative reputation, don’t think that a social media campaign can help you… At least not without thinking deep about the rhetoric you use!

I think we need to add another “rule” to the internet, when trying to get participation or viral advertising, imagine the most cynical, ironic response possible and assume that is most of what you will get.

futuramb:

NYPD Twitter Campaign Catastrophically Backfires Within Minutes
Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, vocativ.com

NYPD Twitter Campaign Catastrophically Backfires Within MinutesThey called for city residents to tweet pictures of themselves posing with police officers using #myNYPD. The result was a huge bust, but not in a good way The New York Police Departme…

What can we learn? If you have a negative reputation, don’t think that a social media campaign can help you… At least not without thinking deep about the rhetoric you use!

I think we need to add another “rule” to the internet, when trying to get participation or viral advertising, imagine the most cynical, ironic response possible and assume that is most of what you will get.

April 22, 2014 10:24 pm
Facebook's friend problem

I entered college at the same time as the author and have seen myself and friends experience the same struggles as are described here.  Such a large portion of our lives became dedicated to this platform that almost perfectly replicated the structure we lived in online and are now finding ourselves in an environment that skews differently.  We now feel the need to adjust our online presence to our new environment and in order to remain relevant Facebook must give us the tools to do so.  

April 20, 2014 9:30 am
analyticisms:

This interesting fact (and chart) kicked off a few thoughts and questions for us:
Cable companies are failing as content providers.
Cable companies moan about their core business being killed by cord cutting options (e.g., Netflix, Hulu, P2P) but they are benefiting from these because of they control a vast majority of the broadband that these cord cutters are using.Granted, it’s probably not as much revenue vs. the cable subscribers they are losing but they raped them (sorry, we meant reaped these benefits) for so long with bundles that it’s kind of hypocritical (IOHO).
In our experience, the quality of the broadband offering is pretty terrible.  But then they had lowered the bar so much with their cable customer service that we barely bothered to get aggravated about it.


I think a lot of the issue here comes from the monopolistic nature of these industries. I agree that the broadband providers are failing as content providers and think that the 3rd party apps you mentioned play a role in that.

analyticisms:

This interesting fact (and chart) kicked off a few thoughts and questions for us:

  1. Cable companies are failing as content providers.
  2. Cable companies moan about their core business being killed by cord cutting options (e.g., Netflix, Hulu, P2P) but they are benefiting from these because of they control a vast majority of the broadband that these cord cutters are using.Granted, it’s probably not as much revenue vs. the cable subscribers they are losing but they raped them (sorry, we meant reaped these benefits) for so long with bundles that it’s kind of hypocritical (IOHO).
  3. In our experience, the quality of the broadband offering is pretty terrible.  But then they had lowered the bar so much with their cable customer service that we barely bothered to get aggravated about it.

I think a lot of the issue here comes from the monopolistic nature of these industries. I agree that the broadband providers are failing as content providers and think that the 3rd party apps you mentioned play a role in that.

April 19, 2014 10:39 am
Wearables, Drones Scare Americans - InformationWeek

techheat:

Google has some public relations to do. People remain wary of tech breakthroughs including care-giving robots and drones, Pew research …

Via InformationWeek

I find the headline misleading.  If you read the article, it seems to be more specific scenarios that scare people rather than the idea of drones and wearables themselves.  Besides that I think drones have gotten a bad rep in that everyone at least subconsciously associates them with their military application.

April 18, 2014 5:15 pm

mashable:

The New York International Auto Show will open to the public on Friday, giving car fans direct access to the future of automobiles. Here are 6 must-see cars.

Any word on whether there’s anything about the Open Automotive Alliance or Carplay there this year?

April 13, 2014 8:32 pm
5 rules for using the Internet after ‘Heartbleed’

Even without Heartbleed this are pretty good suggestions.

April 9, 2014 10:45 pm
The Heartbleed Hit List: The Passwords You Need to Change Right Now

Here’s the article I’m guessing everyone has actually been looking for in regards to the Heartbleed issue.  It is understandable that not all sites have reported their status as doing so prior to patching the vulnerability increases their risk of attack.  Nonetheless, please look here for the list of sites who are now secure and who you never had to worry about.  It is important to change your passwords on these sites and any others where you used the same password as they may have been taken.

April 8, 2014 10:39 pm
Urgent security update

staff:

Bad news. A major vulnerability, known as “Heartbleed,” has been disclosed for the technology that powers encryption across the majority of the internet. That includes Tumblr.

We have no evidence of any breach and, like most networks, our team took immediate action to fix the issue.

But this…

I’m guessing most people have heard about this by now.  This is an issue on the server-side so don’t change your password unless instructed by that site to do so.  Changing it before they have patched the issue just leaves your new password equally vulnerable.

April 7, 2014 12:15 am April 6, 2014 11:05 pm
thisistheverge:

Exclusive: this is Android TV Google’s plans for the living room come into focus with a simple TV interface, apps, and games

The end of the article says it perfectly, unless there is direct integration with Chromecast, as in it gets this skin, I’m not buying. I’m not getting Roku or any of the other set-top boxes, why would I shell out for this?

thisistheverge:

Exclusive: this is Android TV
Google’s plans for the living room come into focus with a simple TV interface, apps, and games

The end of the article says it perfectly, unless there is direct integration with Chromecast, as in it gets this skin, I’m not buying. I’m not getting Roku or any of the other set-top boxes, why would I shell out for this?