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How Apple keeps track of the programs you install on your Mac

It probably doesn’t come as news but I just got curious why this little program called gkoverride wants to call someone through my firewall when I try to install a patch for SPSS and I found a pretty good explanation on Zdziarski’s Blog of Things saying that Apple basically checks new program installations for security purposes. However, without asking they also keep track of the programs users install — in the name of security. Most users probably care more about security than about privacy but I think it should be made more clear and transparent and it would be important to also provide alternative security mechanisms — as suggested by Zdziarski.

The chief contribution of formal game theory to our understanding of rationality

After a half century of extremely sophisticated mathematical work on this problem, we can say that the chief contribution of formal game theory to our understanding of rationality has been to demonstrate rather convincingly (if not mathematically) that there is no satisfactory definition of “optimal” rationality in the presence of opportunities for outguessing and outwitting.

Herbert A. Simon, Bounded rationality in social science: Today and tomorrow, Mind & Society 1 (2000), no. 1, 25–39.

Rainbow zebra crossings in front of Russian embassies

This is viral: In protest against the prohibition of “homosexual propaganda” activist have started to paint zebra crossings in front of Russian embassies in the colours of the rainbow.

Below you can see the rainbow in front of the Russian embassy in Oslo, Norway:

Picture taken from http://www.queer.de