Facebook is Creepy

November 15, 2017

If that wasn’t obvious already, this article drives the point home.

Behind the Facebook profile you’ve built for yourself is another one, a shadow profile, built from the inboxes and smartphones of other Facebook users.


Kiss the Good Times Goodbye

November 14, 2017

The author of this very good article on autonomous vehicles is a former head of Product Development at General Motors, hence the title. I might have renamed the article, “Kiss senseless road deaths goodbye”.

Key paragraph for me:

The tipping point will come when 20 to 30 percent of vehicles are fully autonomous. Countries will look at the accident statistics and figure out that human drivers are causing 99.9 percent of the accidents.

Of course, there will be a transition period. Everyone will have five years to get their car off the road or sell it for scrap or trade it on a module.

h/t to Om Malik’s new link blog.

Steve’s Bike Shop

November 2, 2017

If you don’t understand this tweet, Google it…

I’m thinking NBA players will demand to be hired as contractors very soon…

A Terrorist Attack in Real America

November 1, 2017

Bret Stephens, the NY Times token conservative has a very good article about yesterday’s attack in NYC.

Few of us may go to church or own a gun, and hardly any of us voted for the president. But we are good friends to our neighbors, look out for their children and feel nothing but gratitude for the people who protect us. And we choose to live in a place that we know is a target for fanatics because fanatics will always target the things we prize most: openness, diversity, sky-high ambition and the belief that we are more than simply our racial or religious identities.

Something unreal, as people say, happened in my neighborhood on Tuesday. But we stayed real, and trick-or-treating proceeded on schedule.

It Just Works

October 18, 2017

Typed on my awesome Dell XPS…

Fidget This

October 13, 2017

In zero gravity, courtesy of NASA…

Your Teacher Smokes

October 13, 2017

I like this one from SMBC