Category Archives: Technology

NYTimes Falls For Trump’s Latest Conspiracy Theory

Death of the Media NYTimes breathlessly tells us: “The post went up quietly on Facebook’s internal message board last week. Titled ‘We Have a Problem With Political Diversity,’ it quickly took off inside the social network. ‘We are a political monoculture … Continue reading

Posted in Comrade Preznint Stupid, The Russian Usurper, Conspiracy Theorists, Death of the Media, Facebook or Faceberg, Silicon Valley, Social Media, Technology, The Google | 5 Comments

Tech and the Media to the Rescue (Maybe?)

This might be too little, too late, but “NewsGuard Technologies, a new service that uses trained journalists to rate thousands of news and information sites, is launching its first product today: web extensions that let users view vetted, non-partisan trust … Continue reading

Posted in 4th Reich, media, Technology | 4 Comments

The Russians Are Here, The Russians Are Here!

It should come as a surprise to exactly no one that the Russians are ready for an encore performance of their smash success in undermining our democracy. Microsoft (!) discovered that Russian hacking group APT28 had set up a number … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 Pie Fight, Technology | 2 Comments

Little Kremlin-on-the-Potomac

I’ve been waiting for the MIT Download newsletter thingie to arrive because I knew that they would take an informed look at the Russian Hackers indictment from a technical perspective than our (failed) media: Humans let the hackers in: The … Continue reading

Posted in Little-Kremlin-on-the-Potomac, Technology | 2 Comments

Somewhere, Gary Numan is Laughing

And as long as we are talking about financial stuff, this story in Bloomberg is showing us that there is a sea change in our culture: more people are prioritizing mobile phones, etc., than mobile cars: “The sea change has … Continue reading

Posted in Technology | 8 Comments

There’s An App For That

Has your underwear been breached? “Under Armour Inc. said on Thursday that data from some 150 million MyFitnessPal diet and fitness app accounts was compromised in February, in one of the biggest hacks in history, sending shares of the athletic … Continue reading

Posted in Technology | 4 Comments

Somewhere Jeff Bezos is Laughing

The Verge Reports… So Alexa decided to laugh randomly while I was in the kitchen. Freaked @SnootyJuicer and I out. I thought a kid was laughing behind me. pic.twitter.com/6dblzkiQHp — CaptHandlebar (@CaptHandlebar) February 23, 2018 “Amazon Alexa users are saying … Continue reading

Posted in Technology | 7 Comments

News That Will Drive You To Drink

Happy Hour News Briefs Ars Technica alerts us to the world’s dumbest super criminals: “Yesterday, federal prosecutors unsealed a new indictment against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort. The indictment contains new evidence that Manafort hid millions of dollars in … Continue reading

Posted in People Dumber than Dolphins, Technology | 13 Comments

Open Tab: The Truth is Out There (Really?)

This feature on Buzzfeed is both fascinating and disturbing. Aviv Ovadya was one of the first techies to identify fake news as a problem, says he is worried about an information apocalypse in which people give up on finding the … Continue reading

Posted in Technology | 5 Comments

‘Thanks for Shopping’ — UPDATED

No Apu joke here. From the LATimes: Amazon Go is the company’s most ambitious effort to change the way people shop in stores and a play for the struggling $550-billion U.S. convenience store industry. Amazon hopes the cashier-less technology will … Continue reading

Posted in Bad Tech, Technology | 11 Comments