Gmail 支援第三方軟體掛入了...

以往都是第三方廠商要透過 browser extension 硬掛進去 (當 Gmail 改版的時候又要修),現在 Gmail 直接提供界面讓他們掛進來了:「Do more from your inbox with Gmail Add-ons」。

包括 Gmail 以及 G Suite 都能用 (應該會需要管理員掛進來?):

Knock out action items the minute they hit your inbox. G Suite and Gmail users can check out the G Suite Marketplace to find and install Gmail Add-ons.

另外也可以自己開發掛入:

If you're a developer, you can also easily create add-ons for your app or your organization—write your add-on code once and it will run natively in Gmail on web and Android right away. Learn more.

分析 FCC 對網路中立性的留言,將鄉民與機器人分開來分析

Boing Boing 的立場其實還蠻鮮明的,所以有時候他們的新聞看看就好...

但這篇真的很有趣,把 FCC (美國的聯邦通信委員會) 上兩千兩百萬則對網路中立性的留言拿出來分析,結果發現真人與機器人的差異超明顯 XDDD:「Analysis of 22 million FCC comments show that humans love Net Neutrality and bots really, really hate it」,引用的文章在「Discovering truth through lies on the internet - FCC comments analyzed」這邊。

分析可以發現,真人偏好網路中立,而機器人反對網路中立 XDDD:(其實大家心裡都有底是怎麼玩出來的... 只是這次有機會分析,讓事情更明顯)

Data analysis company Gravwell ingested 22,000,000 comments sent to the FCC's docket on Net Neutrality and posted their preliminary findings, which are that the majority of comments came from bots, and these bots oppose Net Neutrality; of the comments that appear to originate with humans, the vast majority favor Net Neutrality.

文章中列出幾個有趣的現象,像是機器人的 comment 大量重複:

A very small minority of comments are unique -- only 17.4% of the 22,152,276 total. The highest occurrence of a single comment was over 1 million.

甚至是 pornhub.com 的郵件位置 XDDD:

Most comments were submitted in bulk and many come in batches with obviously incorrect information -- over 1,000,000 comments in July claimed to have a pornhub.com email address

然後機器人的 pattern 也很容易辨別:

Bot herders can be observed launching the bots -- there are submissions from people living in the state of "{STATE}" that happen minutes before a large number of comment submissions

這個有點類似「50 Cent Party (五毛黨)」,但是是自動化機器人,而且產出的「品質」不太好 XDDD

EFF 的 Privacy Badger

EFF 推出新的延伸套件 (有 Firefox 與 Google Chrome 版),透過演算法阻擋嘗試追蹤你的單位:「Privacy Badger」。

在官網上有比較技術面的說明:

At a more technical level, Privacy Badger keeps note of the "third party" domains that embed images, scripts and advertising in the pages you visit. If a third party server appears to be tracking you without permission, by using uniquely identifying cookies to collect a record of the pages you visit across multiple sites, Privacy Badger will automatically disallow content from that third party tracker. In some cases a third-party domain provides some important aspect of a page's functionality, such as embedded maps, images, or fonts. In those cases Privacy Badger will allow connections to the third party but will screen out its tracking cookies.

技術上的作法是分析 third party domain 的行為,用演算法阻擋可能的追蹤。與 Ghostery 這類工具使用人力建立清單的方法不太一樣。

裝起來跑看看,感覺還蠻有趣的...

AWS 台北的聚會...

AWS 亞太區的窗口要來台灣,本來是計畫找城邦集團內的人一起聊聊,後來跟 jnlin 提議,直接拉到社群層面辦,讓更多人跳下去用... (而且「前幾天的事情」大家應該會想要找人聊聊?XD)

飲料的部份由敝公司 PIXNET 準備,歡迎來交流。註冊的資訊在:「Amazon Web Service 台北開發者聚會」。

GitHub 今天晚上在台北有聚會!

GitHub 剛剛發信給地址裡有「Taipei」的人,通知大家晚上在台北有聚會... 但是看到信件的時候已經是下午兩點 XD

這是 blog 上的公告:「Taipei Drinkup Tonight!」。(不,天氣太冷了,我要在棉被裡面找周公)

直接借地圖來用:(在「Juliana食尚餐飲運動酒吧」)

有興趣的人可以去聊聊...