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Useful Links To Discussions Within This Thread
~ [livejournal.com profile] no_prey_remains provided a list of links to some key discussions in the most recent news post on LJ.

Two counts of LJ staff members displaying unprofessional (and creepy) behavior
~ posted by [personal profile] reddragdiva

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lyntek: (altair)
LJ gives users the option to cross-post any LJ post/comment they make to Facebook and Twitter...even comments they make on other people's journals and protected entries, with a link back to the original post
~ via [dreamwidth.org profile] chaosraven. Just...ugh. This is why DW is awesome. I use FB to game sometimes, but that's it. Even that already compromises my personal information. Here are a few reasons to abhor Facebook:

Facebook disregards privacy, and says that the modern default is now "social"
~ Facebook makes changes in its code and privacy settings so freaking often, it's hard to keep track. Unfortunately, these changes rarely benefit users, and often default to sharing personal information until the affected users actually take the trouble to fiddle with their confusing Account Settings and choose to opt out. By then, the information had already been shared, mostly to advertisers and application developers.

A software developer showed how much information FB shares
~ and then Facebook sued him.

Trusting FB with your data means also trusting every individual developer whose FB application you've installed
~ FB shares user information with all the apps users have let crawl all over their profiles, and these apps are allowed to keep this information even after the user deletes the application.

FB intentionally makes it difficult to truly delete a user account
~ FB easily lets you deactivate your account, which isn't the same as deleting. It makes it look like deletion, though. And once you've figured out how to actually delete your account, they won't really delete it until after 14 days. If you access your FB account in any way during those 14 days, it gets reactivated and the deletion is canceled. FB also further claims that any IP content that you shared on FB becomes their property as long as it is still being shared by someone else who hasn't deleted their account.

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and founder of FB, is a hacking jerk
~ From the early days of FB: "Mark used his site, TheFacebook.com, to look up members of the site who identified themselves as members of the Crimson. Then he examined a log of failed logins to see if any of the Crimson members had ever entered an incorrect password into TheFacebook.com. If the cases in which they had entered failed logins, Mark tried to use them to access the Crimson members' Harvard email accounts. He successfully accessed two of them. In other words, Mark appears to have used private login data from TheFacebook to hack into the separate email accounts of some TheFacebook users." This [isn't an] [isolated incident], either.

How Dreamwidth's reading page finally convinced me to quit Facebook by [dreamwidth.org profile] dee
~ A user's account of how just about anyone can access highly personal information through FB.

Also, if anyone wants a Dreamwidth invite code, I have a bunch to spare. Just throw me a note/comment/whathaveyou ♥.
lyntek: (altair)
I have very mixed feelings about people using a culture foreign to their own if it's merely for the sake of having something "ethnic" or "exotic" in a story. On one hand, it's extremely flattering that others are taking an interest -- and if the story is engaging enough, it might even get more people to do the same. On the other, it has so much potential for encouraging stereotypes and spreading wrong information.

I just have a lot of feelingz )

This poster is also awesome. Nabbed from [livejournal.com profile] nothingtrue:



And Altair apparently doesn't really mean eagle, but I'mma stop nitpicking now.

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