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Steam Summer Sale


This magical time in summer, when you simply sit, watching the accumulated Gigabytes idly float by and think of the poor people of #neuland.

13 GB done, fifty more to go. And Steam is overloaded, not giving out much more than 200 MBit/s.

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Pitch Battle and the Eurovision

Britain and the Eurovision have a very reliable history, and it is not really a very successful one (“Still a better result than Germany!”). So, why not try something different?

Pitch Battle is an Acapella Casting Show on BBC One. That is, it’s a casting show for people who can actually sing, because nothing but singing is allowed. Using Pitch Battle to select the Eurovision Entry 2018, or the group – how about that?

Yeah, I thought you’d like that plan.

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Slender Man

First Monday has an interesting essay on the Myth of Slender Man and what it may mean.

The Slender Man, or the operator, appears as a tall man in a black suit with no face. This symbolism is saturated with references to faceless intelligence agents. Combined with the references to surveillance and social control and we have a relevant cultural metaphor of intelligence and security officials trusted to safeguard national security.

The Slender Man narratives began in a time when whistleblowers were leaking information about mass surveillance of North Americans, information sharing between the U.S. National Security Agency and telecommunication companies, and superfluous government secrecy. This notably hit a peak in June 2013 when Edward Snowden coordinated his massive, controversial leak that exposed many of the logics and practices of the NSA to the public (Lyon, 2015).

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Google Chrome integrates Adblocker

The Ad and Adblock situations both are now so bad that even Google considers integrating an Adblocker by default into the Chrome browser.

This is a twofold action. It’s purpose is of course to filter out ads, the worst of the worst in annoyance and the obvious malvertising. It’s purpose is also to take back control on adblocking, because it will let through acceptable ads according to the Coalition for Better Ads standards.

CfBA condemns Popups, Sound, Prestitials and Large Stickies on the Desktop, and more on mobile.

It will be interesting to see if it changes anything. People are truly beyond caring.

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Kyle reviews Prey

Kyle Kingsburg is usually known for his work in distributed systems verification.

But he is also a Gamer, and he reviews Prey (The review is 100% Spoiler, if you care about these things) and in particular the story, the storytelling mechanisms used and their relationship and adequateness for the themes the game touches.

I know nothing about Prey, and am also only mildly interested. But the style of discussion and the view on story and storytelling was reminiscent of literature or theater criticism and review, the kind you get when you listen to Deutschlandradio or NDR Kultur over breakfast.

In a way, #neuland again, because this is precisely not how “high culture” in Germany deals with modern media – but it should.

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