Links for 2015-05-07

  • KillBiller

    Excellent mobile-phone plan comparison site for the Irish market, using apps which you install and which analyse your call history, data usage, etc. over the past month to compute the optimal plan based on your usage. Pretty amazing results in my case! The only downside is the privacy policy, which allows the company to resell your usage data (anonymised, and in aggregate) — I’d really prefer if this wasn’t the case :(

    (tags: mobile-phones shopping tesco emobile 3g 4g ireland plans comparison-shopping killbiller via:its)

  • Family in No poster Says YES to Marriage Equality | Amnesty International

    Beyond the politics, the risks of stock photo usage are pretty evident too:

    “In 2014, as a young family, we did a photo shoot with a photographer friend to get some nice shots for the family album. No money was exchanged – we got nice photos for free, they got nice images for their portfolio. As part of this agreement, we agreed to let them upload them to a stock photo album. We knew that these were available for purchase and we gave permission. Perhaps, naïvely, we imagined that on the off chance that any was ever selected, it might be for a small magazine or website. To confirm, we have not received any money for the photo – then or now, and nor do we expect any. We were surprised and upset to see that the photo was being used as part of a campaign with which we do not agree. We completely support same-sex marriage, and we believe that same-sex couples’ should of course be able to adopt, as we believe that they are equally able to provide children with much-needed love and care. To suggest otherwise is offensive to us, and to many others.”

    (tags: ssm ireland politics amnesty stock-photos ip rights photos campaigns ads)

  • Lambda: Bees with Frickin’ Laser Beams

    a HTTP testing tool in AWS Lambda. nice enough, but still a toy…

    (tags: lambda aws node javascript hacks http load-testing)

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  1. Adam Beecher
    Posted May 8, 2015 at 10:53 | Permalink

    Thanks for the tip about KillBiller. They explictly state in their FAQ that they don’t sell data, but obviously they could change that. I’d be more concerned about their comments on anonymity — if they’re associating their unique ID with your email address, well, that’s just not anonymity. I’ll be giving it a shot anyway, with something discardable of course. :)

  2. Posted May 8, 2015 at 11:16 | Permalink

    Sounds like they keep aggregate data. I’ve been in touch with them on twitter and requested that they spell out exactly what they keep, but I’m broadly ok with it myself ;)

  3. Adam Beecher
    Posted May 8, 2015 at 11:37 | Permalink

    Anything to save dosh. :)