Category: Technology

Stephen King Just Quit Facebook – Should You?

Author Stephen King is the latest celeb to leave Facebook. I can’t blame him. It’s like being connected to trash TV 24/7 Only you can answer that question for yourself – but frankly, if we’re just talking about what is good for you – you probably should. I’ve done...

Insecure Apple – OxFam Inequality – and better Social Networks

Just some quick updates that don’t necessarily have to do with a fixed impeachment trial. 1) When Apple wanted to protect user data by encrypting backups- the FBI and the U.S. justice department put the quabbash on the idea. Why? Because they are already looking at your data and...

Clearview A.I. and the End of Personal Liberty in America and England

Clearview A.I. is a new facial recognition company that scrapes the photo data from social media websites and complies it for law enforcement, government, and other clients. It is backed by Peter Thiel, a big Trump supporter – and is already in use by large numbers of police and...

A Few Questions to Ask Yourself – but you probably won’t bother

Question 1: Why are there five times as many empty(unoccupied) houses/apartments in as there are homeless people in San Francisco? (Source: https://sf.curbed.com/2019/12/3/20993251/san-francisco-bay-area-vacant-homes-per-homeless-count)   Question 2: How does the US Presidential Democratic Primary system work? Why does it matter? (Source: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/how-fivethirtyeight-2020-primary-model-works/)   Question 3: Why have we ignored that our...

Bitcoin – Get Rich or At Least Have Fun Watching the Ride

A few years ago – I set up a bitcoin wallet, but I didn’t really have $100 to spend on something that was probably going to be replaced by something else – I saw the value proposition of Bitcoin, but the interface and use was too clunky. I set...

Getting Left Behind – A Technological Cautionary Tale

I was riding high in 2011 and 2012. I was living in Africa and traveling the world with an office in Istanbul, an office in Morocco, and a fake office in Hawaii – just because it was the only way to stay connected to my home. I was publishing...

It’s Probably Too Late – We’ve already fucked ourselves.

I was that ten year old kid in the early 1980s with a subscription to OMNI. I’ve been fascinated with the topics that magazine covered ever since. I’ve been following the rise of machine intelligence and the human quest to live forever (even if within a machine’s databanks)for most...

Blogging is Dead. Why am I still blogging?

The more I look at it, the more I see that blogging and user generated content in general – are dead things. When I say dead, I don’t mean they are gone, obviously they are not – but the model for making money from these things is dead and...

Elon Musk’s Greatest Fear is My Greatest Hope – Artificial Intelligence

I’ve all but given up on God or Aliens rescuing us from ourselves. Let’s face it, human beings are pretty fucking awful. The very things that caused us to rise up from the muck and become fairly extraordinary animals are the same things which ultimately will probably destroy us....

Cutting the Laptop Cord – Reviewing my iPad Pro 12.7

For the past two weeks, I’ve been pretty happily existing without a desktop or laptop computer. Maybe it’s been longer than that but I had to use the laptop for a few things that I haven’t learned to do yet on my tablet – so let’s just call it...