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[Draft] How Prism could be actually a good option

Last week, a whistle blower revealed that the NSA claims within the US intelligence community (IC) to have direct and exhaustive access to the data servers of many large US-based digital services. Most reactions that I’ve read are either from … Continue reading

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On troll and coffee

Evgeny Morozov publish couple of days ago a hatchet piece on Tim O’Reilly. It’s both well documented, and surprisingly vitriolic as explained by Tim himself, with his disarming kindness. I have little to add on the topic that isn’t in the … Continue reading

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Three lines of code to avoid being creepy

I like to read papers detailing how targeted marketing is Terminator’s SkyNet, or at least getting there. The wild speculations in there make SciFi features like the ‘Enhance’ button rather petty. They are very revealing of targeting mistakes and misunderstandings. … Continue reading

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WTF stupid questions

Most of my friends. Well, the younger, meaner ones. Well, there’s actually a dozen of them, max. Let’s call them my… noisier friends like to post screen grabs of stupid things that people say on Tumblr. It used to be … Continue reading

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What doctors do

I know I’m not a doctor but after talking to many, working for a health-focused start-up for a year and a half and teaching statistics to many, there are things about medical practice and health that are better understood from … Continue reading

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Two common mistakes

I came across two common mistakes daily, and I wanted to spell them out simply. The first one is a classic reasoning mistake: If many of A are B, then many of B should be A. That is only true … Continue reading

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Why I left Quora

The last post on this blog was about Quora, a promissing community, so much so I had since left this blog unmonitored. For almost two years, I was an active member. Last week, I came across a series of heinous and prejudiced … Continue reading

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Financial bubbles

I wanted to write this article for a long time, but the dogfight between Dan Gillmor and Chris Dixon triggered it. I spent my first years as a grad student wondering how bubbles were even possible: there were rumours about it in … Continue reading

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You do not need invites to see what Quora is about

Ce billet est disponible en français. For days, I saw requests for invitations to Quora everywhere. I was surprised because, after sending links to friends and seen bloggers include more links (me included), I was sure that the site was … Continue reading

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See you on Quora

Since last post, I got used to the idea that I am an independent consultant (I already had a company); to make it happen, I’ve met many web entrepreneurs who asked what I would do. Truth be told, my answer … Continue reading

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