Archives for November 2013

о животноводстве

30 November 2013 | Culturology, Design, Politics | No Comments

осколки пропаганды, всякой-разной. достаточно занимательно, конечно же.


another Twitter-sized platform

29 November 2013 | Economics, Facebook, Internet, Software | No Comments

или вот другой аспект такой эволюции: как известно, руководство популярного сервиса по обмену фотографиями и короткими сообщениями Snapchat вновь отклонило предложение Facebook о покупке (размером в 3 миллиарда долларов, на минуточку — и не только).

другими словами, какие объемы прибыли и как именно планирует зарабатывать Snapchat? где находится их отправная точка?

The big potential for Snapchat, our insider went on, is to become the “start app” for a whole new generation of Internet users. Teenagers don’t really use the web these days, the insider explained. They don’t use email. And some are using Facebook less (anecdotally, because it’s more web-based and un-cool because their parents are there). They use their mobile phones. And they communicate over the phones with texts and app-based messaging services like Snapchat, WhatsApp, and Instagram.

Because of this teen behavior, the insider explained, Snapchat believes it can become one of the key “platforms” from which the next generation of Internet users[1] will use the Internet.

наше поведение определяет метаморфозы в используемых сервисах[2]. которые — в свою очередь — снова меняют нас самих.

  1. но есть нюанс.  ↩

  2. например, от машин до коммуникаций.  ↩


для всех, даром

28 November 2013 | Economics, Politics | No Comments

а вообще, конечно, приятно наблюдать, как коммунизм шагает по планете:

There are other reasons, ethical and instrumental, for supporting a move towards a basic income. Psychologists (e.g., Frohlich and Oppenheimer, 1992) have shown that people with basic security work harder, are more productive, and are more altruistic and tolerant. They also have more confidence, which means they will be more likely to bargain for decent wages and working conditions, and join organisations that wish to do so. And people with basic security do more work that is not labour, such as caring for relatives and their communities. In having more control over their time, they can be more rational and plan their lives better. Progressives should wake up.

все так. сегодня же работа — это обычное рабство.


наполняет паруса

27 November 2013 | Art | 1 Comment

волшебница Юстина Копанья пишет картины, что движутся на нас прочь из тесных рам.



26 November 2013 | Copyright, Politics, Science | 1 Comment

и заодно хороший образчик количественного анализа одного переговорного процесса.

неизменно восхищаюсь, как точно математика расставляет акценты, убирает все лишнее. можно ли не любить?


respect and protect

26 November 2013 | Politics, Privacy | No Comments

к слову о праве на личную жизнь и неприкосновенность онлайн-коммуникаций — вот небольшой экскурс за кулисы.


посмотреть на мир

26 November 2013 | Literature | No Comments

вот он, поэтический рост:

Поэзия — продукт наших чувств. Есть жутко показательный анекдот про Элиота. Одна дама, которая сидела рядом с ним за столом, спросила его: «Не правда ли, чудный вечер?» — «Да, особенно если видеть ужас его изнанки», — ответил Элиот.

В тридцатых никто не сомневался в том, что писать вообще нужно. А сейчас все дело в удовольствии, поэтому дилемма одна: что приятнее — писать стихи или трахаться?

уж Одену-то ли не знать.


во всей вселенной пахнет нефтью

26 November 2013 | Culturology, Economics | 1 Comment

из интервью Марка Эндриссена:

SERWER: But people love their cars. They have their stuff in their cars, the car seats for their baby, their Frisbees, their golf clubs—it’s their second home. People aren’t going to give that up, are they?

ANDREESSEN: Ask a kid. Take teenagers 20 years ago and ask them would they rather have a car or a computer? And the answer would have been 100% of the time they’d rather have a car, because a car represents freedom, right?

Today, ask kids if they’d rather have a smartphone or a car if they had to pick and 100% would say smartphones. Because smartphones represent freedom. There’s a huge social behavior reorientation that’s already happening. And you can see it through that. And I’m not saying nobody can own cars. If people want to own cars, they can own cars. But there is a new generation coming where freedom is defined by “I can do anything I want, whenever I want. If I want a ride, I get a ride, but I don’t have to worry. I don’t have to make car payments. I don’t have to worry about insurance. I have complete flexibility.” That is freedom too.

ну да. и последствия этой трансформации отчетливее всего чувствует рынок топлива, к слову сказать:

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Commission has released the latest report on Traffic Volume Trends, data through September. Travel on all roads and streets changed by 1.5% (3.7 billion vehicle miles) for September 2013 as compared with September 2012. Travel for the month is estimated to be 241.7 billion vehicle miles. Cumulative Travel for 2013 changed by 0.4% (9.8 billion vehicle miles). Cumulative estimate for the year is 2233.9 billion vehicle miles of travel (PDF report). Both the civilian population-adjusted data (age 16-and-over) and total population-adjusted data are fractionally above the post-financial crisis lows set in June.

появление мобильных рабочих мест избавило нас от необходимости ежедневно накручивать километры на четыре колеса. и это и есть свобода, о которой выше. да и не только работа, конечно же:

A couple of recent academic papers by Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute shed light on some social megatrends shaping our transportation habits. The authors note that over the past 25 years, “there was a substantial reduction in the percentage of young people who have a driver’s licence.” Their data show that in 2008, only 31 per cent of 16-year-olds had a driver’s licence compared to 46 per cent in 1983[1].


With social media applications like Facebook, Skype, and Twitter – as well as physically-immobilizing, multiplayer online video games – it’s easier to make the connection that Internet use has something to do with the lower propensity of youth to get a drivers’ license, the researchers state. Mr. Sivak and Mr. Schoettle conclude that all that virtual contact “reduces the need for actual contact among young people.”

A reduction in the need for contact means less need for driving – ergo, less need for oil. Virtual contact through the Internet, whether it’s applied in business or pleasure, is a partial substitute for driving and flying. Here’s the megatrend: At the margin of consumption, the Internet is virtualizing barrels of oil in the same way that other physical media, such as CDs, DVDs and newspapers, are being displaced by networked bits and bytes.

замечательнейшие тенденции (в том числе, кстати, и тренды в рыночной капитализации тоже очень показательны).


  1. так же:

    25 years ago young people between the ages of 21-34 used to buy 38% of all the new vehicles sold in the US. This has changed dramatically since then and now these young people only buy 27% of the new cars sold. Interestingly the share of American 19-year-olds without a driver licence has increased from 12.7% in 1983 to more than 30% in 2010.



великая русская идея

25 November 2013 | Culturology | 1 Comment

кстати, скажите, а почему вопрос самоопределения Украины так занимает обычных россиян?


всевидящее око

25 November 2013 | Politics, Privacy, Security | No Comments

welcome to the brave new world:

Strange new off-white boxes popping up in downtown Seattle use wi-fi networks that can record the last 1,000 locations of a person using their cellphone’s MAC address, but the Department of Homeland Security – which funded the network to the tune of $2.7 million dollars – has refused to address the nightmare privacy implications of a system that could lead to the permanent tracking of an entire city’s population.

есть и подробности:

[A]s new documents reveal, the grid is far deeper than the media is telling you. The Seattle DHS spy system ultimately ties in with an enormous stealth database that acts as an intelligence hub for all of your personal data.

я бы сказал, что это пиздец.