GeekSpeak for 2012-08-04

Games, Gals, and the Gallantry Gap

Women in gaming, privacy online service, FaceBook’s effect on high school reunions, and the “privacy” question. This is more with Lyle, Al, Miles, and Bonnie.

The Speed of Sound Is Too Slow for Olympic Athletes

“Sprinters in the position farthest from the pistols were getting slower start times, so organizers switched to an electronic tone.”

Sexual Harassment in Online Gaming Stirs Anger - NYTimes.com

When Miranda Pakozdi entered the Cross Assault video game tournament this year, she knew she had a slim chance of winning the $25,000 prize. But she was ready to compete, and promised fans watching online that she would train just as hard as, if not harder than, anyone else…. but…

Sexism in gaming - Boing Boing

Not a new thing for women who game, but it’s great to see the New York Times devote more than a thousand words to it. The hate-filled attacks that followed Anita Sarkeesian’s Kickstarter campaign are part of the story, but so are a number of anecdotes from tournaments that expose “the severity of the harassment that many women experience in virtual gaming communities.”

Sociability's value comes from privacy - Boing Boing

Social networks and services have definitely given us new and seamless ways to communicate with people from across the globe, pushing the boundaries of what in our lives is deemed acceptable to share, but a wall has been hit and the efforts to tear it down have left me uncomfortable. I’m specifically talking about this new move to broadcast what pages and messages we’ve viewed, without our consent. Services like BBM have long been guilty of this, but the idea has seen increased adoption recently with services like FB Messenger and Apple’s iMessage. In fact, this whole push for “passive sharing” has been gaining momentum, with Quora as the latest transgressor.

Ghostery: Keeping Privacy Free for You (Whoever You Are)

AL’s Note: I use Ghostery and love this service. Its a great free way to keep from being tracked.

Olympic Science: The Gear of the 2012 Games

Perhaps we should move back to athletes being nude when they compete. Otherwise its a technology contest and not athletic ability.

Un-Baby Me!

Done with getting baby pictures in your facebook? This app tries to auto-remove them from your feeds.

Hairy Electronic Skin That Lets Robots Feel

What’s cooler than robot hair?