英國衛報華盛頓郵報因報導 Snowden 事件而拿到 2014 年的普立茲獎後,華盛頓郵報正式公開立場,表達應該將 Snowden 弄回美國受審,而非現在大家在呼籲的特赦:「WashPost Makes History: First Paper to Call for Prosecution of Its Own Source (After Accepting Pulitzer)」。

In doing so, the Washington Post has achieved an ignominious feat in U.S. media history: the first-ever paper to explicitly editorialize for the criminal prosecution of its own source — one on whose back the paper won and eagerly accepted a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. But even more staggering than this act of journalistic treachery against the paper’s own source are the claims made to justify it.


The complication is that Mr. Snowden did more than that. He also pilfered, and leaked, information about a separate overseas NSA Internet-monitoring program, PRISM, that was both clearly legal and not clearly threatening to privacy. (It was also not permanent; the law authorizing it expires next year.)

這從來就不是合法的問題,而是侵犯人權的問題,合法的事情在事後甚至被制定憲法修正案而推翻的事情多的是。美國的女性在 1920 年才擁有投票權 (透過「美國憲法第十九修正案」)。



Hacker News 上看到的文章,講如何用 JavaScript 砍站:「I Don’t Need No Stinking API – Web Scraping in 2016 and Beyond」。

引起注意的是「Beating CAPTCHA」這邊,直接拿 Antigate 的服務 (付費服務) 來打穿 CAPTCHA,看了一下價錢:

Cheapest price on the market - starting from 0.7USD per 1000 images, depending on the daily volume

唔,這服務這好像頗不賴... 記錄起來用 :o

Facebook 操弄 Trending 裡的新聞

看了 GizmodoFacebook 的對話,就有種之前某長輩常說的「沒被抓到就不算犯罪喔~」的感覺:「Former Facebook Workers: We Routinely Suppressed Conservative News」。

Gizmodo 接到前員工的線報後,再加上透過關係問到其他的前員工,證實了標題的消息:

Facebook workers routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservative readers from the social network’s influential “trending” news section, according to a former journalist who worked on the project. This individual says that workers prevented stories about the right-wing CPAC gathering, Mitt Romney, Rand Paul, and other conservative topics from appearing in the highly-influential section, even though they were organically trending among the site’s users.

Several former Facebook “news curators,” as they were known internally, also told Gizmodo that they were instructed to artificially “inject” selected stories into the trending news module, even if they weren’t popular enough to warrant inclusion—or in some cases weren’t trending at all. The former curators, all of whom worked as contractors, also said they were directed not to include news about Facebook itself in the trending module.

當然 Facebook 對於這種沒辦法證實的事情是全盤否認,不過再重複一次某長輩的「沒被抓到就不算犯罪喔~」的經典台詞...

Homebrew 會將安裝資訊送到 Google Analytics 上

Hacker News Daily 上看到 Homebrew 會將安裝資訊送到 Google Analytics 上面:「Homebrew's Anonymous Aggregate User Behaviour Analytics」。

opt-out 的方法有兩個,一個是環境變數,另外一個是透過 git 設定:

If after everything you've read you still wish to opt-out of Homebrew's analytics you may set HOMEBREW_NO_ANALYTICS=1 in your environment or run git config --file="$(brew --repository)/.git/config" --replace-all homebrew.analyticsdisabled true which will prevent analytics from ever being sent when either of them have been set.

Zite 消失後的方案:Nuzzel

在去年十二月七日 Zite 被幹掉後,本來是流竄到 Prismatic 上,結果十二月二十日也關掉了... 之後就找不到能用的推薦引擎了。

用推薦引擎的目的是希望看到更多不同種類的內容:用 Feedly 看 RSS feed,而用 Twitter 追蹤短則的想法,或是用 Facebook 看同溫層的想法。但這些都是「已知」的來源所提供的資訊,沒有辦法發覺其他的文章。

其中一個變通的方法是找像 Hacker News Daily 這樣的 RSS feed 來讀,作者用程式每天算出 Hacker News 上的十大熱門文摘出來,對一般人應該也夠用,但我還是想要找到更多資訊。

Zite 與 Prismatic 是以 Recommendation System 來計算並且推薦,是個還不錯的方法。不過這兩個 app 都已經不在了...

Nuzzel 走了另外一個方向,你可以用 Twitter 與 Facebook 帳號連結,然後提供「朋友」以及「朋友的朋友」發表了什麼連結,依照時間或是數量排序出來:


不過還是覺得有些 app 上的操作怪怪的,但也沒辦法 (?),先用用看吧...

社交工程演練網站 CuttlePhish

Hacker News Daily 上看到的服務:「CuttlePhish」。

CuttlePhish 是個社交工程演練網站,提供演練測試 (Phishing as a Service),付費的方式也很有趣:

Twenty bucks, for up to 100 users. We charge per-batch of emails, (not per-email or per-click). You only pay if somebody clicks one of the links in our emails.

只有在有人點的時候收 USD$20... XD

西班牙的 Google News 將全面停止服務

Google News 大頭 Richard Gingras 的宣佈,由於西班牙通過的新法令要求引用的單位要付費,所以 Google News 決定直接關閉西班牙服務:「An update on Google News in Spain」。

This new legislation requires every Spanish publication to charge services like Google News for showing even the smallest snippet from their publications, whether they want to or not.

咦,隔壁棚不是才剛上演過類似的事情嗎:「German publisher caves to Google News after massive traffic drop」。

Hacker News 的 API

Hacker News 一向是個重要的資訊來源,以往大家要分析 Hacker News 上的文章都是自己硬幹:爬網站的結構後再做後續處理。而現在總算是不用全部硬幹了,官方提供 API 讓大家存取:「Hacker News API」。

透過與 Firebase 的合作 (YC S11,Y Combinator Summer 2011),Hacker News 的資料可以透過 Firebase 提供的 API endpoint 取得了。


Hacker News 上所推薦的各種工具

看到「Tools of The Trade, from Hacker News.」這個,把各種只要跟 Hacker News 有關的工具都列出來了。

已經用了某個工具,要找同質性的替代方案也可以在這邊找... 太過基礎的就只列出來而不會解釋了,像是「Google Analytics」XD

CNN、Fox News、MSNBC (美國三大新聞頻道) 節目的比重...

在「Pew Research Finds Opinion Dominates MSNBC More Than Fox News」這篇看到的,Pew Research Center 對三大新聞頻道 2012 年的年度分析,發現 MSNBC 的談話性節目所佔的時間遠超過一般新聞播報:

在「The Changing TV News Landscape」裡還分析了 2007 年與 2012 年的差異... 趨勢是往綜藝節目走向:用比較低的成本達到收視率,灑狗血比實際跑新聞便宜而且輕鬆。

不過 85% 是怎麼樣... XDDD