Google backs off on previously announced Allo privacy feature

No surprise at all. But does really A.I. have to get all those personal information to work properly? There are two opposite models at work, now: Google’s and Apple’s, with their differential privacy project. Let’s see how it unfolds. For me (and for me only, I’m not speaking for No Rocket Science or inutile at large), it’s a no-go.

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North Korea’s Internet Only Has 28 Websites But They Sure Are Sweet

Ever wondered how North Korea’s internet looks like? Something’s surfaced on Reddit: it appears that North Korea has only 28 websites.

[Those websites] generally all look sort of the same—a little odd and very clearly created by a governing body. In truth, they’re not any weirder than the rest of the world’s websites, though they do have a distinctly bare-bones, antiseptic feel.

(Hat tip to Luca Pagani.)

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Ditching the office to work in paradise as a “digital nomad” has a hidden dark side

The digital nomad movement distinguished itself from straight telecommuting by combining travel and remote work. It was a millennial’s dream, an endless vacation. As the movement grew, tropical cities like Chiang-Mai in Thailand and the island of Bali in Indonesia began to fill up with wanderlusting internet entrepreneurs. (A side benefit was the arbitrage opportunity presented to travelers earning US dollars and is regions where the local currency was weak).

Never heard about Peter Levels, to be honest; but it’s my fault.

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Creative Commons licenses under scrutiny—what does “noncommercial” mean?

By all accounts, Great Minds is an educational stalwart that has developed K-12 curriculum used by schools across the US. The materials developed from the Washington, DC-based nonprofit hold US copyrights but are made publicly available under a Creative Commons (CC) license, which theoretically allows them to be freely shared and reproduced for noncommercial uses as long as the original source is credited. That CC license is known as BY-NC-SA 4.0.

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