Category Archives: Technology

More, Please

This just went up in Marsha Blackburn’s district after she voted to let your ISP sell your browser history: Crowdfunded billboards appear in districts of lawmakers who voted to gut Internet privacy and allow ISPs to sell consumer data If … Continue reading

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“OK, Google…”

This is both funny and alarming: if you have a Google-branded AI device or android phone, this commercial could trigger it into reading the Wikipedia page for the Whopper. Now, of course, someone could edit the wiki to have it … Continue reading

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*You* Are the Product

We’ve long said that what sets Facebook aside is not that they sell ads that are directed towards you, it is that they harvest and mine your data and sell that to the ad agencies. And you give them this … Continue reading

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Is There Nothing The Invisible Hand Cannot Do?

Bill Gates has a bright idea: Tax Robots. “In a recent interview with Quartz, Gates said that a robot tax could finance jobs taking care of elderly people or working with kids in schools, for which needs are unmet and … Continue reading

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Some Stupid for Your Coffee?

THE PRESIDENT:  You’ve never seen so much paper on a President’s desk.  (Laughter.)  That’s because we’re negotiating lots of deals for our country, which will be tremendous.   All quibbles about grammar aside, those were the words notorious anti-technology luddite … Continue reading

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Remember, You Are The Product

Somewhere, Mark Faceberg is frowning. The innertubes of things strikes again: Vizio, the most popular TV maker in America, has been caught spying on its customers’ viewing habits. Software on 11 million of its TVs recorded everything people watched, and … Continue reading

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It’s Gonna Happen

This is why you should always have a non-geek in technology companies when setting features: My #Google responded to every #OkGoogle. I’m closing app. 😤 #SuperBowl — Amanda C. (@AmandaStarshine) February 5, 2017 This sort of response was popping up … Continue reading

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Terry Pratchett Left Us Too Soon (Duh)

It’s not quite The Luggage, but damn! Here’s the story. I have an elderly friend who is quite active, but needs help carrying heavy things. This technology would help her remain independent for a long time to come.

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There’s An App for That

NBC: While it would be easy enough to avoid Trump’s hotels or golf resorts, Trump has less-obvious ties to many other businesses. So a Democratic super PAC created an app to help would-be boycotters identify hundreds of Trump-related companies. The … Continue reading

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Trump: Make Spam Great Again

Tiger Beat on the Potomac (Thanks Charlie!) tells us that Deadbeat Donald has not mastered the fine art of email: Data from email tracking firm Return Path shows 60 percent of Trump’s fundraising emails were kicked into recipients’ spam folders, … Continue reading

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