Multinormal

The Problem with ID Cards

…most scenarios … involve physically handing [an ID card] to a uniformed official where an individual is under some kind of suspicion. Yet the overwhelming majority of times we need to authenticate our identity aren’t like that, because they’re almost all commercial transactions and often online.

From The Guardian.

I suspect it will be companies such as Visa—and not governments—that deliver useful systems that individuals want to use, if for no other reason than that I can easily change my bank within a week—it is nowhere near as quick or easy to change my government or the projects they have commissioned. If my government misuses my identity, who do I complain to—who regulates them? If my bank or credit card company misuses my identity, I have a higher authority to go to.

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February 8, 2009 at 11:20 am

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Inauguration

The Big Picture has some fantastic photos of the inauguration of President Barack Obama. My favourite is the last one: an envelope addressed by Bush simply to “44”.

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January 21, 2009 at 7:16 pm

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Neologisms 2008

The New York Times lists prominent neologisms and phrases from 2008, with lovely typesetting to boot.

My favourites include: “Caribou Barbie”, “DWT”, “Futarchy” and “Burrowing”.

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December 25, 2008 at 2:24 pm

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And/or

That befuddling, nameless thing, that Janus-faced verbal monstrosity.

[That] much-condemned conjunctive-disjunctive crutch of sloppy thinkers.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court and the Kentucky Supreme Court on the phrase “and/or”. (According to the first port of call for sloppy thinkers everywhere, Wikipedia—i.e., my first port of call!)

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December 17, 2008 at 2:40 pm

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The iPhone Isn’t Black

As soon as I wandered out of the land of white folks in suits-and-ties, black and latino kids would rush up to me and gab about the Sidekick. During one trip, a latina middle-schooler stopped me on the sidewalk and asked if I’d gotten the latest firmware update yet. “It has JavaScript support!” she enthused. Browsing the Sidekick user forums bore this out—it was all black and latino schoolchildren.

Aaron Swartz, writing about the Sidekick smartphone.

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December 12, 2008 at 3:53 pm

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It's like living in the future!

Maybe I'm late to this party, but PayPal allows you to send money to people by text message. Apparently the only cost is the price of sending the text message. I guess this would be another excellent reason for locking one's phone with a PIN.

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December 10, 2008 at 1:29 am

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Behind The Scenes

Photos taken behind the scenes in Chicago's Grant Park on the 4th of November 2008.

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November 7, 2008 at 9:57 am

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