A Nice Day For A Purple Wedding



The latest episode of Game of Thrones has broken the record for the most people sharing a file simultaneously via BitTorrent. More than 193,000 people shared a single copy yesterday evening, and roughly 1.5 million people downloaded the episode during the first day.

These are unprecedented numbers – never before have 193,418 people shared a single file simultaneously. The previous record was set last year, when the season finale of Game of Thrones had 171,572 people sharing on a single tracker.

Just keep leaving that money on the table, HBO.

"Is it political if I tell you that if we burn coal, you’re going to warm the atmosphere? Or is that a statement of fact that you’ve made political? It’s a scientific statement. The fact that there are elements of society that have made it political, that’s a whole other thing."

Neil deGrasse Tyson (via socio-logic)

(Source: alwaysmoneyinthebnanastand, via chartier)

Urgent security update


Bad news: A major vulnerability has been disclosed for the technology that powers encryption across the majority of the internet. That includes Tumblr. Our team took immediate action to fix the issue, but you should still take some time to change your password, not only here but on any other sites you visit. 

You should also strongly consider enabling two-factor authentication. It’ll go a long way to ensure that no one besides you can access your account. Thanks, and take care.



The easy way to keep your medical records private

Opt out of the NHS England care.data programme.

NB: If you don’t opt out, private companies will have access to your medical records, ‘anonymised’ but complete with your NHS number, date of birth, postcode, ethnicity and gender.

Emo cow #partylikeits2006 (at Harvey Nichols)

Emo cow #partylikeits2006 (at Harvey Nichols)

Oil can. (at Zizzi)

Oil can. (at Zizzi)

The meaning of open

It’s easy to read this and find examples of Google’s “open always wins” idealism giving way to the “traditional” business logic that is so strongly argued against throughout, but my favourite part is the irony in the opening paragraph:

"At Google we believe that open systems win … Many companies will claim roughly the same thing since they know that declaring themselves to be open is both good for their brand and completely without risk. After all, in our industry there is no clear definition of what open really means."

Demanding More Transparency & Accountability


By: Yahoo Public Policy

Today, a broad coalition of stakeholders calls for surveillance reform through “The Day We Fight Back”, and collectively voices opposition to government surveillance online without appropriate transparency and accountability.

We at Yahoo will continue to protect the…