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July 23, 2011 1:24 PM

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #57

Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see?

My friends: Alistair Croll (BitCurrent, Year One Labs, GigaOM, Human 2.0, the author of Complete Web Monitoring and Managing Bandwidth: Deploying QOS in Enterprise Networks), Hugh McGuire (The Book Oven, LibriVox, iambik, PressBooks, Media Hacks) and I decided that every week or so the three of us are going to share one link for one another (for a total of six links) that each individual feels the other person "must see".

Check out these six links that we're recommending to one another:

  • Why I will never pursue cheating again - A Computer Scientist in a Business School. "This week is all about cheating. First up: Panos Ipeirotis is a professor at NYU who wrote a detailed post about rampant plagiarism and how he tried to tackle it, using tools that try to detect content copied from elsewhere. It was too effective: he found that nearly a quarter of students had cheated, and by trying to enforce them, he claims his bonus and student evaluation dropped significantly. The original post (which I've linked to) has since been taken down pending legal review; check in later if it comes back. But, far more interesting is the online debate that started at Y Combinator's Hacker News. Panos is now fielding objections and challenges from many of his students. (Full disclosure: Panos is teaching a session for me at O'Reilly's Strata JumpStart conference in September, but I found this post independently)" (Alistair for Hugh).
  • Collusion - @toolness. "There's a lot of confusion about how much you can be tracked as you use the Web. Basically, if a site embeds content from a third party (such as an advertiser) then that advertiser can tell when you visit other sites into which they also inject content. Collusion is a Firefox plug-in that maps how you're being tracked as you surf. Even if you don't have Firefox, click the 'Click Here' link at left for an example of just how well your online movements are tracked as you travel from site to site." (Alistair for Mitch).
  • Jim Henson's Fantastic World - Museum Of The Moving Image. "For some reason, I'm willing to wager Alistair is a big Jim (Muppets) Henson fan. If any of you readers are, and if you find yourself in NYC, why not pop over to the Museum of the Moving Image to see the Henson exhibit?" (Hugh for Alistair).
  • Cell Phones - XKCD. "Does cancer cause cell phones? A webcomic from the always-brilliant xkcd." (Hugh for Mitch).
  • Social Media History Becomes a New Job Hurdle - The New York Times. "A recruiter recently told me that 80% of resumes have lies in them. Think about that for just one second: that means that 80% of the people you have employed started off with a lie (some big, some small). For years, I've been saying that Social Media is the new resume. Yes, I'm aware that it is not kosher for HR to snoop through an individual's social media activity, but it's public and there for the world to see. This article pushes the idea just a little bit further. If you thought jumping through the hurdles of a credit check and criminal background check seemed a little over-the-top, think about how you would fare passing a Social Media background check." (Mitch for Alistair).
  • Periodic Table of Typefaces - Behance. "You can talk up design and architecture all you want, I'm a sucker for a beautiful font. I love fonts and typefaces (and I know Hugh does too). If you've never seen the documentary, Helvetica, you're missing out, so check it out. Neutraface, Gotham and yes, even Helvetica. I love it!" (Mitch for Hugh).

Now it's your turn: in the comment section below pick one thing that you saw this week that inspired you and share it.

By Mitch Joel


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