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  • Reality TV presidency

    This risk of a reality TV star being President is you get what they know: drama every day about obviously bad decisions that could have been avoided with a modicum of thought before executing them. Personally, I feel like the government works well when it is doing what it needs to do without causing drama.…

  • People forget the new in news

    I see quite a bit of worry about how the mainstream media doesn’t cover Trump and Biden the same way. Biden makes mistakes in the way he speaks and its breathlessly covered for weeks. For months Trump made the same mistakes and barely a story. Why? The news covered Trump’s mistakes and stumbles in 2016…

  • Third parties

    Several United States political parties routinely appear on the presidential ballots every four years. But, I think they go about it all wrong. Let’s say the Libertarian party wins. Chase Oliver becomes president. He’s president with a Congress that’s Democratic or Republican in one or both chambers. He’s going to have a hard time with…

  • 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…