Sousveillance | Existential Technology | eyetap | Steve Mann


Steven Mann
cite is a tenured professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto. Mann holds degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (PhD in Media Arts and Sciences ’97) and McMaster University, where he was also inducted into the McMaster University Alumni Hall of Fame, Alumni Gallery, 2004, in recognition of his career as an inventor and teacher. While at MIT he was one of the founding members of the Wearable Computers group in the Media Lab. In 2004 he was named the recipient of the 2004 Leonardo Award for Excellence for his article Existential Technology, published in Leonardo, Volume 36:1. Mann’s blog is: eyetap


  • Sousveillance; In Jimi Wales’ Wiki
  • Philip Virgo; Plebgate, the Sousveillance society and your Boxing Day Browsing; In Some Trade Rag; 2012-12-21.
    Summary: generic opinement
  • ;
  • Steve Mann; Existential Technology: Wearable Computing Is Not The Real Issue!; In Leonardo; pdf[1] pdf[2]; MIT Press: PDF[1], PDF[2]

    The author presents “Existential Technology” as a new category of in(ter)ventions and as a new theoretical framework for understanding privacy and identity. His thesis is twofold: (1) The unprotected individual has lost ground to invasive surveillance technologies and complex global organizations that undermine the humanistic property of the individual; (2) A way for the individual to be free and collegially assertive in such a world is to be “bound to freedom” by an articulably external force. To that end, the author explores empowerment via self-demotion. He has founded a federally incorporated company and appointed himself to a low enough position to be bound to freedom within that company. His performances and in(ter)ventions over the last 30 years have led him to an understanding of such concepts as individual self-corporatization and submissivity reciprocity for the creation of a balance of bureaucracy.

  • Steve Mann, Jason Nolan, Barry Wellman; Sousveillance: Inventing and Using Wearable Computing Devices for Data Collection in Surveillance Environments; In Surveillance & Society; DATE; Volume 1(3); pages 331-355 (25 pages); ISSN: 1477-7487

    This paper describes using wearable computing devices to perform “sousveillance” (inverse surveillance) as a counter to organizational surveillance. A variety of wearable computing devices generated different kinds of responses, and allowed for the collection of data in different situations. Visible sousveillance often evoked counter-performances by front-line surveillance workers. The juxtaposition of sousveillance with surveillance generates new kinds of information in a social surveillance situation.

  • Surveillance and Society; The international, interdisciplinary, open access, peer-reviewed journal of Surveillance Studies.

Chevrolet MyLink

Chevrolet MyLink


  • Apps
    • Pandora
    • Facebook
    • Stitcher (a podcast streamer)
    • Something about GPS (is “nav” separate or part of this?)
    • Sirius (3 month intro)
  • Capabilities
    • Voice Search by Nuance
    • Song recognition by Gracenote
  • Compatibility
    • Bluetooth list list -> GM Total Connect
      • Does not list 2013 Volt
      • Does list 2012 Volt
      • See the actuality below; Motorola Atrix MB860, MB865, MB866 appear, but cannot download(?)
  • Availability
    • MyLink available the 2012 Chevy Volt and Equinox.
    • Android (link with?)
  • MyLink uses a center-console 7-inch touch screen.


Still unclear what is paywalled and what is bundled with the hardware; under investigation

  • Phone => unclear (hope: binds to your phone as a headset via Bluetooth)
  • Terrestrial Radio => expect: free
  • SiriusXM Radio => expect $/month
  • Stitcher (the MP3 Player?) => expect free
  • CD => They still have CDs?


Based on information, belief and omissions in statements

  • Bluetooth Phone Connectivity
  • USB connectivity (what is expected on the other end?  Mass Storage, MTP?)
  • iOS focused; while Android is mentioned as the primary development platform, the actualities are all iPhones


  • Nav and MyLink conflict for 2012 but maybe not for 2013 cite

Collateral & Documentation

Doesn’t seem to be any official 2013 Volt MyLink documentation available.  But there is for Traverse and Equinox in different years.

Bluetooth Compatibility



Older Actualities

Chevy MyLink interface

Onstar MyLink

SOLVED: temporarily turn off the Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) on the 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche

You want to turn off the Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) on your 2002 Avalanche.


From the manual, page 2-55.

When necessary, you may turn off the automatic headlamp system and the DRL feature by following these steps:

  1. Turn the ignition to RUN.
  2. Press the DOME OVERRIDE button four times within six seconds. After the fourth press of the
    button, a chime will sound informing you the system is off. The system will revert back to the automatic mode when the ignition is turned off and on again.
  3. To return to the automatic mode, push the DOME OVERRIDE button four times within six seconds (the chime will sound), or turn the ignition off and on again.

And separately

The DRL system will come on when the following conditions are met:

  • the ignition is on,
  • the headlamp switch is in automatic headlamp mode,
  • the automatic transmission is not in PARK (P),
  • the light sensor determines it is daytime and
  • the parking brake is released.

When the DRL are on, only your DRL lamps will be on. The taillamps, sidemarker and other lamps won’t be on. The instrument panel won’t be lit up either.


See the note earlier including pointers to the 2002 Owners Manual

Plugless Power, Evatron, MTC Transformers (and SPX)

From the New York Times Wheels Blog and other promotional outlets

  • Plugless Power at Jimi Wales’ Wiki
  • Claim: the Chevy Volt can be ordered with Plugless Power preinstalled (builtin)
    from Evatran Plugless Power Customer Purchase Process
  • (sign up to) Reserve your Plugless Power System (with promotion)
  • Jim Motavalli; A Wireless Charging Solution for the Leaf and Volt; In Wheels blog of The New York Times (NYT); 2012-10-30.

    • <quote>Wireless company Evatran, which makes chargers under the Plugless Power brand name, will shortly announce a partnership with SPX Service Solutions, an official charging supplier for the Chevrolet Volt, to provide residential installations.</quote>
    • Chevrolet Volt
    • Plugless Power
    • Rebecca Hough, chief operating officer of Evatran
    • Kevin Mull, vice president of E.V. solutions at SPX
    • Evatran Statements (Rebecca Hough)
      • Evatran, Apollo Launch Program
      • Includes: receiver on vehicle, floor plate
      • Price: $2,500 (est)
        • Including outdoor installation of receiver on the vehicle
        • indoor installation (garage) plus $1,000-$1,500 (est)
      • Installation
        • Multi-hour (single day?)
        • Two-person team + certified local electrical contractor
        • Building permit needed? unclear
    • SPX Statements (Kevin Mull & SPX Investor Relations)
      • SPX has installed more than 4,000 Level II chargers in North America
      • SPX has distributed 10,000 of Level II chargers
      • “Mostly” for the Volt but also for the Leaf, Ford Focus, Fisker Karma and other cars.
      • SPX also has Daimler as a partner for Mercedes-Benz and Smart
  • Jim Motavalli; Hertz to Test Plugless Power on Nissan Leaf; In Wheels Blog of the New York Times (NYT); 2012-02-02.

    • This test (Plugless Power)
      • Six participants: companies & university
      • 3-month pilot
      • Plugless Power is a brand of MTC Transformers;
      • MTC Transformers; VA, US.
      • Evatran, a subsidiary of MTC
    • Color & Background
      • Jack Hidary, global E.V. leader at Hertz
      • Paula Rivera, a spokeswoman for Hertz
      • Scope: Hertz will have a single charging station for a Nissan Leaf at its headquarters in Park Ridge, NJ
    • Plugless Power
      • aftermarket kits starting late 2012
      • Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf
      • $2,500
      • Rebecca Hough, the chief operating officer at Evatran
      • Vision: wall-mounted screens to guide drivers to optimal parking positions for charging.
      • There are efficiency losses in wireless charging.
      • Apollo Launch Program
    • Some other test (WiTricity)
  • Lin Edwards; Plugless Power soon to arrive for electric and hybrid vehicles; In Phys.Org News; 2010-07-30.


From the articles referenced

Plugless Power E.V. system, which uses inductive charging to wirelessly charge an electric vehicle.

Food-Borne Illness | Patricia Griffin

On the occasion of the Wall Street Journal’s trend article surrounding the release of an unnamed, uncredited, uncited study published by the United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with Patricia Griffin, chief of the Enteric Diseases Epidemiology Branch at the CDC credited as one of the study authors.

  • What is the original citation of the study that triggered the WSJ trend piece?
  • Has Dr. Patricia Griffin published anything else interesting?

I didn’t manage to find the press release or exact study that prompted the piece in the WSJ, but I did find some other fun reading.  But the promotional & summary page for Attribution of Foodborne Illnesses in the U.S., 1998-2008 (to appear 2013-03) contains many of the factoids represented in the WSJ article.  It may be the source for the article.

Of interest is the information architecture, ontology and Bayesian reasoning used for attribution among complex food products (e.g. a hamburger) [2007].



Android for Chevrolet Volt: exists; but OnStar, Chevrolet: poor to none

App Gingerbread Ice Cream Sandwich Jelly Bean Promotion Site
Phone Phone & Tablet
CyanogenMod 9
Phone & Tablet
CyanogenMod 10
Does Not Work
(won’t login)

Phone Phone only
No Tablet
Phone only
No Tablet

Phone Not Supported
No Phone, No Tablet
Not Supported
No Phone, No Tablet

You have to have an active OnStar account to run the apps, so there’s not much one can say about them without that. The reviews of Volt DC are very low.  A perfect app: only permissions required are: Full Network Access and CRUD on the SD Card.

It’s unclear why OnStar RemoteLink needs access to your contact set. Access to Phone State & Identity seems excessive (after all, it’s younger sibling  Volt DC can do without it).

It’s unclear why myChevrolet needs access to the camera without user confirmation.  Access to Phone State & Identity seems excessive as well (after all, it’s younger sibling  Volt DC can do without it).

SOLVED: reset the oil life warning on the 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche

Frequently after an oil change, the oil light will go on.  This is because the service procedure did not include resetting the lifetime timer.  This occurs at JiffyLube frequently; recently it occurred after a dealer-delivered GM megaservice at 86K miles.  Pesky.


  1. Truck is off.
  2. Insert key
  3. Turn to on/run (do not start the engine)
  4. Push the accelerator pedal to the floor 3 times within 5 seconds.
  5. See the warning blink for 5 seconds.
  6. Key off.


From the manual, page 6-17:

To reset the CHANGE ENGINE OIL message, do the following:

  1. Turn the ignition key to RUN with the engine off.
  2. Fully press and release the accelerator pedal three times within five seconds.
  3. If the CHANGE ENGINE OIL message flashes for five seconds, the system is reset.

If the system does not reset, try the procedure once again. If it still does not reset, see your dealer for service.


Folklore, Confusion & Disinformation

Dates for Phasing out MD5-based signatures and 1024-bit moduli | Mozilla

Mozilla; Dates for Phasing out MD5-based signatures and 1024-bit moduli; last updated 2012-09-12 (as seen 2013-01-21).

  • 2013-12-31 – Mozilla will disable or remove all root certificates with RSA key sizes smaller than 2048 bits.
  • Mozilla’s Root Change Process
  • NIST SP 800-57 Recommendation for Key Management; Part 1 (2012-07), Part 2 (2005-08), Part 3(2009-12).
    • minimum key sizes recited inline
  • SP-800-131 DRAFT Recommendation for the Transitioning of Cryptographic Algorithms and Key Sizes SP-800-131A

Thunderbird stops displaying HTML email, maybe after an Enigmail update


  • You typed random characters at Thunderbird because you weren’t watching where the input focus was located
  • You know something has changed in Thunderbird, but you’re unclear what
  • You installed Enigmail
  • Email that you know is available in HTML no longer shows in formatted form
  • Email that contains embedded images does not display the images, just links to the images.


Menu View > Message body as > Original HTML


SOLVED: reporting spam SMS messages on AT&T’s network -> forward to 7726


  • You are on AT&T’s cellular service.
  • You receive an (unwanted) spam SMS message.
  • You wish to report this to make it stop.


  • Forward the SMS message to 7726 (SPAM).
  • The bot responds
  • Forward the phone number to the bot.
  • The bot thanks you.



SOLVED: ssh -Y fails to forward X11 but X11Forwarding=yes


  • ssh -Y fails to forward X11 even though the sshd on the other end is configured with X11Forwarding yes
$ ssh -v -Y
: Sending env XMODIFIERS = @im=none
debug1: Sending env LANG = en_US.utf8
X11 forwarding request failed on channel 0


  1. IPv6 is present or has been recently enabled on the server
  2. There is no IPv6 address bound to the lo interface


The server does not have IPv6 enabled “fully enough.”  Fix this.


$ echo 0 | sudo tee /proc/sys/net/ipv6/conf/lo/disable_ipv6
$ ip addr show lo
1: lo:  mtu 16436 qdisc noqueue state UNKNOWN 
    link/loopback 00:00:00:00:00:00 brd 00:00:00:00:00:00
    inet scope host lo
    inet6 ::1/128 scope host valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever


$ ssh -v -Y
debug1: Sending env LANG = en_US.utf8
Last login: Mon Jan 28 13:01:40 2013 from
debug1: client_input_channel_open: ctype x11 rchan 4 win 65536 max 16384
debug1: client_request_x11: request from ::1 60577
debug1: channel 1: new [x11]
debug1: confirm x11
debug1: client_input_channel_open: ctype x11 rchan 5 win 65536 max 16384
debug1: client_request_x11: request from ::1 60578
debug1: channel 2: new [x11]
debug1: confirm x11

Robots, Employment, Recession, Labor Economics

General opinement and prognostication by academics and para-academics since 2009.

Recent Promotions

  • Bernard Condon and Paul Wiseman; AP IMPACT: Recession, tech kill middle-class jobs; Associated Press, Syndicated into Yahoo! News; 2013-01-23.

    • 3-part series (this is tranche 1)
    • Andrew McAfee
      • Principal research scientist (title; an academic)
      • Center for Digital Business at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
      • Co-author of Race Against the Machine (with Erik Brynjolfsson)
    • Martin Ford
    • Alluded to (poorly or uncited works)
      • Henry Siu  (University of British Columbia), and Nir Jaimovich (Duke University); (uncited) Working Paper; 2010-08.
      • Maarten Goos, University of Leuven in Belgium.
      • Unnamed academics; University of British Columbia and York University in Toronto; study in the area of economics, perhaps labor economics; 2011.
      • Unnamed academics; Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo; 2009; a study in labor economics on the period 2000-2005.
      • The Hackett Group; background factoids.
      • John Haltiwanger and two others (academics); University of Maryland; a study in the labor economics; (private) job caused by young startups.
      • Eleanor Choi and James Spletzer; United States, Department of Labor; 2012-03; a study on hiring  since 1990 (“the 1990s”).
    • Quoted
      • Joseph Stiglitz, Columbia University; gave a color quote: “It doesn’t have political appeal to say the reason we have a problem is we’re so successful in technology. There’s no enemy there.”
      • David Autor, MIT; studies labor economics; gave a color quote: “[Technology causes] cheaper products and cool services, but if you lose your job, that is slim compensation.”
      • Jeff Connally, CEO, CMIT Solutions; a consultancy; gave a color quote: “[In the old days — say, 10 years ago — ] you’d need an assistant pretty early to coordinate everything — or you’d pay a huge opportunity cost for the entrepreneur or the president to set up a meeting, [now technology means] you can look at your calendar and everybody else’s calendar and — bing! — you’ve set up a meeting. [so no assistant gets hired.]“
      • Andrew Schrage, Money Crashers, a finance advice web site; started 2009; has 1 partner, 1 freelance (non-)employee; gave a color quote: “Had I not had access to cloud computing and outsourcing, I estimate that I would have needed 5-10 employees to begin this venture,” Schrage says. “I doubt I would have been able to launch my business.”
      • Peter Lindert, University of California, Davis; an economist; gave a background color recitedin the article “[he] says [that] the computer is more destructive than innovations in the Industrial Revolution because the pace at which it is upending industries makes it hard for people to adapt.”
    • Original Reporting (findings declared)
      • Technology eliminates jobs
      • The vulnerable are doing repetitive tasks; also task “jugglers” (managers)
      • Some numerology about greater earnings than before
      • Startups are job growth; but they need less admin & overhead workers.
      • Self-serve is a trend
      • Union rules won’t help; no country prohibits replacing people with machines
    • Exemplars & Stories
      • Webb Wheel Products; Dwayne Ricketts, President; Cullman AL
      • Sunbird Engineering, Hong Kong; plants in Dongguan; Bill Pike, CEO.
      • Foxconn Technology Group, CN.
      • Roshanne Redmond, a former project manager at a commercial real estate developer; not clear why she is cited except via the former concept
    • Promotions & followons
  • Martin Ford; Paul Krugman is Wrong about the Rise of the Robots; In His Blog; 2013-01-18.
  • ; The End of Labor: How to Protect Workers From the Rise of Robots; In The Atlantic; 2013-01-14.
    Assistant professor of finance, Stony Brook University Blog: Noahpinion.

    • Where is the money going? => China, or robots
    • Redistribution against the machine => EITC, SBIC, SARBOX, light paternalism, capital portfolio ownership, dividends & capital gains, socialist land reforms via stock ownership
    • Memorable Quote:
      • “the great Chinese Labor Dump”
    • References:
  • James Altucher; 10 Reasons Why 2013 Will Be The Year You Quit Your Job; In TechCrunch; 2013-01-12.

    • His usual vapid selfhelp exuberance
  • Editor; Has the ideas machine broken down?; In The Economist; 2013-01-12.

    • Peter Thiel
      credited as:

      • A founder of PayPal, an internet payment company
      • First outside investor in Facebook, a social network
    • Tyler Cowen
      credited as:

    • Robert Gordon
      credited as:

      • An economist at Northwestern University
    • Charles Jones
      credited as:

      • An economist at Stanford University
      • Uncited, unnamed publication circa 2002
        • Studying the period 1950-1993
        • Measured research intensity defined as the share of the workforce labouring in idea-generating industries.
        • For the period (43 years), 80% of income growth was due to rising educational attainment and research intensity.
        • The share of the American economy given over to R&D has expanded by a third since 1975, to almost 3%
    • Pierre Azoulay
      credited as:

      • Of MIT
      • With Benjamin Jones, a study
    • Benjamin Jones
      credited as:

      • Of Northwestern University
      • Uncited, unnamed publication with Pierry Azoulay
        • Find that, though there are more people in research, they are doing less good.
        • Claim: 1950 R&D worker was 7x more productive than a 2000 R&D worker.
        • The burden of knowledge holds them back
        • Age at first innovation (patent?) rose by 1 year 1950-2000.
    • Robert Solow
      credit as:

      • a growth theorist
      • 1987 pithy quip: “you can see the computer age everywhere but in the productivity statistics”
    • Susanto Basu
      credit as:

      • Of Boston College
      • Paper with Jon Fernald
    • John Fernald
      credited as:

      • Of the San Francisco Federal Reserve
      • Uncited, unnamed publication with Susanto Basu
        • Asserts the leg in productivity improvement of IT is 5-15 years.
        • The 2004 drop in productivity was “pre Google” and “pre web”
    • Ray Kurzweil
      credited as

    • Erik Brynjolfsson
      credited as:

    • Andrew McAfee
      credited as:

    • William Nordhaus
      credited as:

      • Of Yale University
      • An uncited statement or publication
        • A declaration that the productivity slowdown starting in the 1970s radiated outwards from the most energy-intensive sectors, a product of the decade’s oil shocks.
    • Paul Romer
      credited as:

      • Then at the University of Rochester
      • An unnamed publication circa 1987
        • Declared whimsical
        • Asserted that with more workers available in developing countries, cutting labour costs in rich ones became less important. Investment in productivity was thus sidelined
        • Evidence offered [some] economic historians comparing 19th-century Britain with America commonly credit relative labour scarcity in America with driving forward the capital-intense and highly productive “American system” of manufacturing
    • Daron Acemoglu
      credited as:

      • Of MIT.
      • Uncited publication with Gino Gancia, Fabrizio Zilibotti.
    • Gino Gancia
      credited as:

      • Of CREi, an economics-research center in Barcelona.
      • Uncited publication with Daron Acemoglu, Fabrizio Zilibotti.
    • Fabrizio Zilibotti
      credited as:

      • Of the University of Zurich
      • Uncited publication with Daron Acemoglu, Gino Gancia
    • Daron Acemoglu, Gino Gancia, Fabrizio Zilibotti
      • Uncited publication
      • Have built a model to vary labor availability & cost against productivity.
      • Asserted results:
        • Initially
          • Firms in rich countries shipping low-skill tasks abroad when offshoring costs little
        • Early
          • This drives apart the wages of skilled and unskilled workers at home.
        • Asymptotic Steady State
          • Offshoring raises wages in less-skilled countries
          • Over time innovation at home more is more valuable
          • Workers at home are in greater demand.
          • The income distribution narrows
          • The economy comes to look more like the post-second-world-war period than the 1970s and their aftermath.
    • Economic Theory & Background (recitals)
      • Growth Theory
        • Extensive growth is a matter of adding more and/or better labor, capital and resources.
        • Intensive growth is powered by the discovery of ever better ways to use workers and resources.
      • Growth accounting
        • Technology is the bit left over after calculating the effect on GDP of things like labor, capital and education
      • Full exploitation of a technology takes more than twenty and maybe fifty years.
        • Containerized shipping: beyond fifty years.
        • Steam engine: beyond forty years.
      • Moore’s Law
        • “the ability to get calculations out of silicon” doubles every 18 months
      • Claims
        • The economy of 2014 is more regulated than it was in 1914.
        • Cleaner operations (environment) is not captured in GDP
        • There is no current “Apollo Program” subsidy to the technology industry
        • Energy is more expensive “now” than it was “then”
        • Sectors immune to productivity improvements of IT (no market pressures)
          • Health Care
          • Education
          • Government
    • Exemplars & Parables
      • Take your own kitchen; cooking is the same as it ever was.
      • Sailboats
      • Railroads
      • Airplanes
      • Medicine & disease; improved sanitation vs molecular medicine
      • Containerized (railroad) shipping.
      • Steam engine
      • Driverless cars
        • DARPA 2004 => zero entrants completed the 240 km/150 miles
        • Google driverless cars; 2012-08 => 500 Mm/310 kmiles
    • Argument
      • Science fiction isn’t a binding commitment on the future roadmap trajectory; it is a celebration of current thinking.
  • Paul Kedrosky; 2013 : WHAT *SHOULD* WE BE WORRIED ABOUT?; In Edge; 2013 (2013-01, but substantially undated).
    Summary: something incoherent and discursive about path dependence and installed base effects; institutions which perform a function for historical reasons but for no other reasons; he uses the parable of the fire department (“a fire department” “all fire departments”) only receive 20% of calls for actual fires, the rest are for (um) “everything but fires.”
  • Jon Evans; What If Technology Is Destroying Jobs Faster Than It Creates Them?; In TechCrunch; 2011-11-12.
    Summary: substantially pointers to other work formatted together with prose

  • N.V. (?); Difference Engine: Luddite Legacy; In The Economist; 2011-11-04.

    • Ned Ludd
      credited as:

      • A legendary hero of the English proletariat
      • Smashed the mechanical knitting looms being introduced at the time for fear of losing their jobs.
    • Laura D’Andrea Tyson
      credited as:

      • An economist at University of California, Berkeley
      • Was chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers during the Clinton administration.
      • Attributed with vague claims about the years it would take to close gaps in employment after the 2008 recession; “yawning gaps” and so forth.
    • Douglas Rushkoff
      credited as:

      • Media theorist
      • Author Program or Be Programmed
      • Author Life Inc.
      • Not clear why he’s in this article
      • Attributed with the retort “nothing in particular” on a hypothetical basis; relative to the concept of replacing “Dilbert”-type white color jobs lost recently. Rhetorically: “What is in store for the Dilberts of today?”
    • Jeremy Rifkin
      credited as:

      • A social critic
      • Author The End of Work of 1995
      • Quote: “In the years ahead more sophisticated software technologies are going to bring civilisation ever closer to a near-workerless world.”
    • Martin Ford
      credited as:

    • Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee
      credited as:

      • From the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
      • Authors of Race Against the Machine
      • Editorial claim <quote>But the authors’ perspective is from an ivory tower rather than from the hands-on world of creating start-ups in Silicon Valley. Their proposals for reform, while spot on in principle, expect rather a lot from the political system and other vested interests.</quote>
    • Marina Gorbis
      credited as:

      • Of the Institute for the Future, an independent think-tank in Palo Alto, CA,
      • Attributed with a belief that people will never be replaced (Why not! “Up with people!”)
    • Economic Theory & Background
      • The Luddite Fallacy

        • one is that machines are tools used by workers to increase their productivity
        • the majority of workers are capable of becoming machine operators
    • Parables & Color
      • Walter Reuther vs Henry Ford on robots
        • “Walter, how are you going to get those robots to pay your union dues”
        • “Henry, how are you going to get them to buy your cars?”
      • The Growth Story
        • Advancing technology exist, in the form of automation and innovation, increases productivity.
        • This, in turn, causes prices to fall, demand to rise, more workers to be hired, and the economy to grow.
      • Sectors subject to low-skill automation and software automation
        • First move the work to India, then to software
        • Radiology on X-ray slides looking for tumors
        • Legal discovery looking for terms
        • Generally & also: workers who perform data-analytics, business-intelligence, decision-making.
      • Families earning their living, paying their rent, putting food on their table; though “Such activities may not create a new wave of billion-dollar businesses”
        • Amazon
        • eBay
        • Apple App Store
        • Google Android Marketplace
  • ; Race Against the Machine


There is a whole stable of these books now listed on Amazon in the “related work” trough…

Installation and Configuration of the Google+ Crossposting WordPress Plugin

Google+ Crossposting

Plugin Google+ Crossposting

Problem Definition

What Is Wanted

  1. Syndicate (cross-post) your blog posts out onto Google+ for distribution
  2. Use the Google+ identity system to facilitate login on your WordPress blog
    • Tie comments to actual persons.
    • Mitigate spam.
    • Promote clear attribution.

What is Convenient

  1. Syndicate (cross-post) your Public posts on Google+ onto your own venue (WordPress blog).

What You Get

  • The convenient stuff (Google+ has a readonly API).

What You Don’t Get

  • The wanted stuff (Google+ doe does not have a write API).

Other Solutions

Are unsuitable; they require you to disclose your Google password to an external service, into scriptware, or to purchase opaque plugins and services.  They aren’t Google API calls so much as mechanized versions of Google login flows.  Ick.  And vastly dangerous.

  • How to Auto Post to Google Plus from WordPress Blog; In WPSquare; undated (probably late 2012), no date appears on the page.
    • There is no Google API that does this; the Google+ API is readonly
    • The WPGPlus Plugin copies your credentials into the plugin
    • The gPressor, from WarriorForum, by special forum distribution
    • NextScripts has a for-pay addon script; requires their hosting+service arrangements
  • TwooglePlus; used copied user credentials; has been disabled by themselves and by Google

Particulars & Provenances

You need

  • Your Google+ ID (a very long number)
  • A server-to-server Google API Key

Acquiring Your Google+ ID

  1. Go to your Google+ experience (sign in).
  2. Go to your Posts
  3. See the URL which of the form

Acquiring a Google API Key

  1. Go to
  2. Read it

Actualities of the key acquisition workflow

Warnings and Gotchas

It is a known effect that the plugin destroys (clears, removes) the Google+ ID and the Google API Key from its settings page if the tokens do not operate without error.  The plugin has no better way of signalling an error than to do this.   So you  need to

  1. Store these items safely some where else as primary storage, not in WordPress
  2. Watch, wait and review to ensure the tokens don’t “disappear”
  3. Realize the connection from Google+ into your blog is shaky at best.



From acquiring the Google API Key for Google+ access.

Judge Dismisses Government Seizure Attempt Of Tewksbury Motel | WBUR

Via ; Judge Dismisses Government Seizure Attempt Of Tewksbury Motel; In WBUR (the NPR affiliate of the Boston area); 2013-01-25


During the four-day trial in November, U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz released a statement saying her office wanted to send a message by going after the motel. But just up the street from the mom-and-pop-run Motel Caswell, the Motel 6, Walmart and Home Depot had all experienced a similar rate of drug crimes, according to Caswell’s attorneys, without the government going after them.


The idea to go after the Motel Caswell sprung from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the trial revealed. The DEA has an agent who testified his job is to seek out targets for forfeiture by watching television news and reading newspapers. When he finds a property where drug crimes occur he goes to the Registry of Deeds. Finding the Motel Caswell had no mortgage and was worth almost $1.5 million, the DEA teamed up with the Tewksbury Police, who were offered 80 percent of the taking, the agent testified.


  • Russell Caswell. 69, owner of (the) Motel Caswell
  • Scott Bullock. Institute of Justice, Russell Caswell’s lawyer
  • Magistrate Judge Judith Dein
  • U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz


; In WBUR (the NPR affiliate of the Boston area); 2013-01-15; on the conduct of U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz in the prosecution of Aaron Swartz.

Offsite Pixel, Optimized CPM, Conversion Management | Facebook


  • Products
  • Conversion linkage
    • desktop
    • mobile
    • offline
  • “no cookies” means
    • no anonymous device id
    • signed in users
    • Facebook User ID
  • Mechanism
    • “pixel” snippet generates a ping when a user takes a desired action.
    • logged in via Facebook
    • Create aggregated and anonymized clusters of users.
  • Benefits
    • Consistent attribution
    • Cross-device attribution
    • Cross-browser (multi-browser)
    • Optimization (unspecified how or what)
  • GTM
    • Driving adoption (unspecified how)
    • Creating effectiveness (vague)
    • Limited to “low hundreds of clients”
    • Move to scale up


  • David Baser, product manager, Facebook
  • Richard Sim, product marketing manager, Facebook
  • Rob Leathern, CEO, Social


Via backfill

Converting Yahoo! Mail to always use SSL

Whereas it’s only straightforward if you know what screens to use …

Specialized Clients

  • Thunderbird uses SSL Yahoo! KB and Mozilla 614826
    • imaps:// (port 993)
    • submit:// (port 587)
  • Android already uses SSL
    • IMAPS off of imaps:// (port 993)
    • SSL/TLS off of smtps:// (port 465)

Webmail (Browser Mail App)

Get yourself signed into Y! Mail in the insecure mode (http)

about:trackers, about:profile | Prospector | Mozilla Labs


  • about:trackers plugin for Firefox & Mozilla technologies
  • about:profile plugin for Firefox & Mozilla technologies
  • mozilla/prospector source code on github
  • Mozilla Prospector <quote>Prospector is a series of experiments from Mozilla Labs focused on analyzing, experimenting and prototyping improvements on how you search and discover content with Firefox.</quote>



  • Ed Lee & Prospector Team (Mozilla Labs); Designs for User Controlled Shared Data; In Their Blog (Mozilla Labs); 2012-11-16.

    • A wireframe is shown in MacOS framing
    • Call to action is a solicitation of feedback on the UX
    • Aaron Druck promises posts about the UX
  • Ed Lee & Prospector Team (Mozilla Labs); New Tab Site Suggestions; In Their Blog (Mozilla Labs); 2012-11-02.
  • Ed Lee & Prospector Team (Mozilla Labs); Ideas on Terms for Shared Firefox Data; In Their Blog (Mozilla Labs); 2012-10-19.

    • Users consumer device asserts terms of use.
    • Plural: terms of use; singular: term of use, a term.
    • Terms against: use over time, use with(without) compensation, use in aggregate, use in isolation
    • Something about terms of use and the effectiveness of the contract metaphor (fancyspeak: power asymmetry between consumer and service provider).
  • Ed Lee (Mozilla Labs); about:trackers – Protecting Shared Firefox Data; In Their Blog (Mozilla Labs); 2012-10-19.

    • <quote>One idea we have is related to the “terms of service” that users often need to agree to before using certain web sites. Except here, we want to flip that around and require web sites to agree to terms before accessing the summarized Firefox data.</quote>
    • Phishing and Malware Protection in Firefox (FAQ)
    • <quote>We’ve put together a proof-of-concept add-on, about:trackers, that explores this idea of policies that allow for cookie blocking and connection blocking. While this add-on shares no data to the web sites with accompanying terms, this experiment gives users some settings to adjust and see if their browsing experience would be positively or negatively affected.</quote>
  • Ed Lee (Mozilla Labs); Improving Firefox with Locally-Analyzed Data; In Their Blog (Mozilla Labs); 2012-10-11.
  • Ed Lee & Prospector Team (Mozilla Labs); about:profile – Analyzing Data in Firefox; In Their Blog (Mozilla Labs); 2012-10-05.

    • Taxonomy providers
    • <quote>All the analysis is done within the add-on and no data is sent out from Firefox, so you can take a look at about:profile even when offline.</quote>


From the source code

$ git clone

$ find prospector/about* | sort


  • From prospector/aboutProfile/data/categories.txt we see that each first level domain name is imputed a position the taxonomy.
    For example: Shopping/Entertainment News/Newspapers/Regional/United_States Shopping/Entertainment Computers/Internet/On_the_Web/Web_Apptrcations/Storage/Free Computers/Programming Computers/Software
  • From prospector/aboutProfile/data/demographics.txt we see that each first level domain name is imputed a vector in the demographics space.
    For example: -1 1.5 -1 1.5 -2.5 -17.5 -2 -1 -1 1.5 1 -1 -1 1 -1 5.5 -1 -1 -1 -2 1.5 6.5 -2 -14 3.5 10 -7 -14 16 -9 11 -3 -14.5 4 37.5 3.5 -14.5 -26 -37.5 0 6.5 -2.5 -1 -1 48 -24.5 -6.5 7.5 24 20.5 -18.5 8.5 25 -8 -23 -32.5 -18.5 -11.5 -7.5 -2.5 11 49 -30 -12 15.5 -12 -22 18 -1 -1 -1 1.5 -2.5 15.5 -2.5 -1 1 -2 -2 2 -1.5 1.5 2.5 5.5 -2.5 25 -1.5 -9.5 -11 -13.5 -8.5 1 -2 1 1 5.5 -5 -4 4 19 -1 -14