APS names

Maybe the image is still too small to read. Basically APS journals now allow authors to include their names in their own languages. For now this option is offered to Chinese, Japanese and Korean authors. Hmmm, should I add this to my next paper (if there's any)? 魏群 (windows people, you probably will only see two squares....)


Facebook privacy issues

After significant protest, Facebook is now allowing users to opt out of Beacon, the advertising system that links purchases from some vendors to facebook newsfeeds. This doesn't address my main concern, however, since this just means that the data won't be published on the newsfeed; Facebook still stores the data, a creepy Google-esque violation of privacy. My understanding of the process is that affiliated vendors ask for an email during a purchase (almost all online transactions ask for an email address), then send this email to Facebook, asking if that email is a user. If so, then the vendor send the purchase info to Facebook, which would then post the details to their newsfeed. So, I've been making sure to make purchases with email addresses unknown to Facebook.

Zuckerberg has updated his blog apology, now with a paragraph at the bottom indicating that Facebook is addressing this main concern:

Last week we changed Beacon to be an opt-in system, and today we're releasing a privacy control to turn off Beacon completely. You can find it here. If you select that you don't want to share some Beacon actions or if you turn off Beacon, then Facebook won't store those actions even when partners send them to Facebook.

I admit I'm skeptical, but it's a start?


Baseball economics

Two deals, one just completed and one still in negotiations, bear mention.

(1) Florida trading away the last members of their championship team (after just 4 years!), for a bunch of (good) prospects.

(2) Boston and NY trying to trade for Johan Santana.

First of all, Jeff Loria is a horrible owner.  He's a cheapskate and liar; there have been several seasons where the amount of revenue sharing received was more than the organization spent on salaries (both major and minor leagues).

Secondly, I kinda hope the Sox don't sign Santana.  Yes he'd be a great addition, and I certainly don't want the Yankees to get him either, but I'm tired of the Sox being the bad guys; it ruins my enjoyment of their accomplishments.  An interesting and well-reasoned opposing viewpoint can be found here.