Computer Issues

Get Rich, Quick! A Guide For The Watchers

It's OK, I only recognized Martha Stewart, also.
Quick — name these
famous insider traders!

There’s all kinds of things that bother me about the recent coverage of the NSA surveillance issues. For example, us Canadians have known about it forever — that’s why our Universities have had policies against allowing student data to be transmitted to servers in the States since the Patriot Act was first passed.

Now, as my man PK reminded us recently, knowing something that will be public a tiny bit before other people find out can be extremely valuable.

So why hasn’t anyone pointed out that those in the know could be making money hand over fist, with almost no chance of getting caught, in a socially destructive way? Isn’t this at least as worrisome as the potential blackmail/panopticon effect on democracy/selective harassment issues?

Computer Issues

How To Autopost From WordPress to Google+

Short answer:

you don’t.

“At present Google+ API (released in September 2011) provides read-only access to public data, hence posts only go one way.”

If you read the reviews for the hacky WP extension mentioned there, you discover that it’s totally broken. In the words of a reviewer as of April 2013,

“This worked one time, several months ago, and since then has failed every time. This may not be the fault of the developer, but of Google, who closed the option to post that was exploited by this plugin (not positive that’s the case, but it DID work one time for me).”


There are tons of elegant plugins, with full API support for pushing WP content to your Facebook¬†profile. Isn’t this a barrier to Google+ adoption, or at least a drag on its traction? Or is the Google juggernaut powerful enough to get people to post there natively/manually?