What do we learn from a new Study on the consumption of Fake News?

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A formal study entitled “Selective Exposure to Misinformation: Evidence from the consumption of fake news during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign” has been published this month. Just to be totally clear here, the term is a reference to misinformation – news that is presented as true, but is instead partially or wholly false, and so … Read more

Debating Islam on Facebook – The Shallow end vs the Deep end of the pool

There are two specific Facebook groups I’m in that have rather similar names, but are dominated by very different views. One, entitled ATHEISM DEBUNKED BY MUSLIMEEN (their caps not mine) is dominated by various strands of Islamic thought, and rather bizarrely has  a rule against logic and reason. No really, it reads, “Members are requested not to involve in … Read more

Spanner – Google’s GPS-powered database

Have you ever wondered how Google manages to cope with the ever increasing volumes of data? Well, we have some new insights. Google has published a paper about Spanner, their scalable, multi-version, globally-distributed, and synchronously-replicated database. It is the first system (so they claim) to distribute data at global scale and support externally-consistent distributed transactions. The … Read more

QR codes on your roof

In what appears to be a smart move, Facebook has painted their QR code on the roof of one of their buildings. (If curious, it is one of their Menlo Campus buildings). It would appear that they are now betting on Google Earth serving up a satellite images with this in it, and so gain … Read more