Post PRISM App Permissions

App permission requests feel particularly dirty to me. This isn't a particularly new thing, I've always found them slightly disturbing. In the past, it used to be mainly over my reputation though. Now it's privacy. Well, I don't actually believe I have privacy anymore...so I can't really call it that.

Whatever you call it though, it's the special kind of irritation you get from the uncertainty of why they want access to this or that particular piece of information. In the last couple of weeks, both Google and Twitter have asked for access the my text messages. Do you think the NSA will double pay for the same texts?


When Altruism becomes Profitable

Maybe greed isn't bad and the problem is that we value the wrong things. What if we're greedy for love and the other warm fuzzies. Is servitude the natural behavior of someone greedy for love - or hungry for love, appreciation, validation - recognition, valuation. 

If you love me, it gives me a permission slip to love myself a little bit.

The profitability of altruism is indicative of alignment of moral and economic values.