Although I have not been out of office for so long (CCCamp and some other stuff) my dear office mates had the felling I am permanently on the road.
During the last time I collected some topics I would like to write about, which I will do today. Here are some links I just want to mention quickly.
Spock seems to be the new privacy killer. It harvests data about people from many different sources and users can add tags and even photos of others. This gives me a quite bad gut feeling. A prevention method that most social networks offer might be to make your profile only accessible by other members (well, or not to use any of them at all). A comment on netzpolitik.org (sorry, in German only) gives a hint how to sabotage this platform.
Scary, scary number two: Polar Rose offers face recognition via a browser plugin. It tells you who is in the photo you are looking at. Don't know if it works properly already but I don't like this.
An analysis on Blog Age (German again) shows that many web services make is hard for users to get rid of their account. I recently had a similar experience where I had to mail the support team to delete my account. That's not good practice!
To be no only pessimistic here are some good news: freebase is now in "public alpha" so everybody can read data while adding data is still only allowed to registered users.
Also nice: I can recommend the current CT Quarterly issue which has the title “The Coming Revolution in Scholarly Communication & Cyberinfrastructure”. [via science commons blog]
After some month of waiting: Wikiproteins is online since beginning of August.