Category Archives: I For One Welcome Our Silicon Valley Overlords

So Now Google Can Record What I’m Saying

I can see the reason for the excitement over Google’s Pixel Buds, which could offer instantaneous spoken language translation. But this does mean Google will be hearing everything you’re saying. Does anyone think they won’t be ‘harvesting data’ from this? … Continue reading

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When Algorithms Censor

First they came for the socialists… (boldface mine): In the three months since Internet monopoly Google announced plans to keep users from accessing “fake news,” the global traffic rankings of a broad range of left-wing, progressive, anti-war and democratic rights … Continue reading

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The Deep Implications of Dumb Transit Ideas

Recently, I’ve come across two very stupid transit ideas, both of which demonstrate lazy pessimism. The one you probably haven’t heard about is Boston Councilman Steve Murphy’s proposal for personal travel pods: The Boston City Council tomorrow considers a proposal … Continue reading

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When Big Data Goes Awry: This Is Worse Than the “Rape Sufferers” List

Yes, some scumbag marketing company really does distribute–for money–a mailing list of probable rape survivors. One might think you can’t get much lower than that, but that’s just demonstrating a lack of imagination (boldface mine): An off-and-on customer of OfficeMax, … Continue reading

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