November 16th, 2012
Episode 288 of 424 episodes
On this week's Byte: Interviews: Rick Chen, the co-founder of Pozible - one of Australia's pre-eminent crowd funding platforms Tom Dickins - an independent local musician who has used Pozible to fund his projects. Now that the mainstream media hype has died down, Asher Wolf of Cryptoparty (among many other things) discusses trolling and its place in society. Stephen Conroy has announced the scrapping of its planned mandatory internet filter, to be replaced by a targeted filter - with a lot of conjecture as to why. Changes at Microsoft - Steven Sinofsky - the executive in charge of Windows - has left the company. Facebook has been accused of changing its Edgerank algorithm (which filters what gets shown on your wall). Is it a method of upselling its promoted pages? Dangerous Minds says yes, but TechCrunch says no. You can check out the original feed algorithm for your Facebook profile here. "GIF" has been named as Word of the Year by the Oxford American Dictionary as a verb (as in "to GIF"). It beat out such strong competition as "Gangnam" and "YOLO". Incidentally, how do you pronounce GIF? Bitch Media has started a petition to pressure Google to allow then to use Google Apps (Google don't like the word "bitch" , apparently) Students in Sydney have cracked the NSW public transport ticketing algorithm, allowing them to print the magnetic-stripe tickets themselves. Will they use their new powers for good or evil…? Events coming up: Second ever Drupalchix meetup in North Melbourne on November 17 TEDx Melbourne presents TEDxMelbourneWomen: "The Space Between" on December 2 Presented by Georgia Webster and Warren Davies. http://profiles.google.com/byteintoit http://twitter.com/byteintoit http://friendfeed.com/byteintoit
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