Longform tweets, toots, and other stuff

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  • Fake missing children posts

    I don’t get it. A few people shared posts claiming the same photo of a child from different cities was missing. It got me looking into the phenomenon. Law enforcement agencies are calling it a scam, but I am failing to see how anyone gains. Other than perhaps aiding a kidnapper or waste police time.…

  • Facebook cloning

    Someone copying the name of another person on social media is annoying, but I don’t think of it as hacking. Anyone can make an account. Social media companies made verification methods precisely because clones are easy to make and when do so about someone famous, it could lead to a devaluation of a brand. For…

  • Data ocean security

    As data moves to the cloud, the security moves from my computers to someone else’s. That’s fine. Even with “MY” computers, I don’t have full control over everything, so rather than trusting my coworkers to do the right thing, I’m trusting others. My clients operate in an ecosystem. At my start here, we were highly…

  • Mobile PDF

    Portable Document Format is a useful tool for creating printer consistent documents. In a print-centric world, they made a ton of sense. The output should match the designer vision. The assumption was the Internet was just the vehicle to get instructions to the printer. The world has changed. After my printer died 5 years ago,…

  • Data is full of bias

    Stumbled on an article about the job market will demand data skills because of A.I. A big part of that is that it will rely on good, quality data, which will require people who can ensure that the systems are fed that. Specifically this caught my eye: “Data underpins all of the large language models.…

  • AI black box magic

    Reading an email about C3 AI being developed to locate extremists. This nugget to start put me off. Siebel: This is the first time we’ve done things in computer science that weren’t a mathematical certainty, other than random number generators. Everything else we’ve done in computer science, up until this day, has been deterministic. Every…

  • Generative AI instead of search

    About 6 months ago, I played a bit with large language models. It was interesting. The responses were like a middle school kid didn’t read the book, but tried to summarize the Cliff Notes. The past couple days, there has a been a problem in another IT area affecting my ability to do my work.…

  • Return to personal archiving

    A prior habit saved so many possibly interesting things that I mostly never returned to. Think of it like instead of hundreds of open tabs, I collected thousands of items. Most recently the tool to collect them was Pocket, but I’ve abandoned huge troves of items in other bookmarking sites or apps. Evernote, Diigo, Instapaper,…

  • U.S. foreign aid & immigration

    The United States uses foreign policy to save money. Wars are expensive. A single Hellfire missile costs more than my annual salary. That’s one shot. It doesn’t include the operational costs to get the missile in place to fire it. The superior firepower makes winning likely, but we don’t have a great track record of…