New Middlemen

Platforms that promised to bring convenience to a process or intimacy to a relationship now wedge themselves into the transaction as new middlemen. Then, we’re left to trust in the benevolence of those who have the power to mold our dependencies. Citing a lot of the concerns I mentioned earlier, those people are less responsible and compassionate than we had hoped. In pursuit of convenience, we have opened the door to unscrupulous influence.

Frank Chimero: The Web’s Grain

The Deserving Few

An analysis of compensation data publicly released by Equilar shows little correlation between CEO pay and company performance. Equilar ranked the salaries of 200 highly paid CEOs. When compared to metrics such as revenue, profitability, and stock return, the scattering of data looks pretty random, as though performance doesn't matter. The comparison makes it look as if there is zero relationship between pay and performance.

Eric Chemi and Ariana Giorgi: The Pay-for-Performance Myth

Love the trend line.

Where Can I Buy a Faraday Cage?

After years of speculation that electronics can be accessed by intelligence agencies through a back door, an internal NSA catalog reveals that such methods already exist for numerous end-user devices.

— Der Spiegel: NSA’s ANT Division Catalog of Exploits for Nearly Every Major Software/Hardware/Firmware

I’m starting to think Gene Hackman’s character in Enemy of the State was completely sane.