Crappy Geofencing

A friend claimed geofencing is the solution to the problem of minor league baseball players clocking in and out for work. (Sure, I had other issues with the plan, but this is specifically about how if all that other stuff is wonderful, how geofencing would fail.) The concept is that when one arrives at a… Continue reading Crappy Geofencing

Lying to Big Data

The reaction people have towards social media companies is to lie. This amuses me because self-reporting is well known as the worst data. The data scientists expect people to lie.[1] Which is why they ignore what you say about yourself and focus on your behavior. So, you need to start having intentionally deceptive behavior. The… Continue reading Lying to Big Data

Automation for iGen

Some topics for talking about the work prospects for G. I know he watches CGP Grey, so this is probably what prompted the question. The concern should not be the number of jobs, but whether the remaining jobs will offer a good standard of living. “What is the comparative advantage of human labor in an… Continue reading Automation for iGen

Some Hawking quotes

My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all. If there is an afterlife, then he has that complete understanding now. One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work.… Continue reading Some Hawking quotes

Outraged? Don’t share

Our attention is the product for Facebook and Twitter. They make money by selling advertising. The more time we spend on the site, the more ads they put in front of us, the more money they make. Outrage makes them the most money. We are more likely to share what outrages us. We have tribalized… Continue reading Outraged? Don’t share

United States v. Microsoft Corp

I found this case interesting: The facts of the case are pretty simple: The cops have a warrant for an e-mail account for someone they suspect is involved in selling drugs. They go to Microsoft to get the information. Microsoft says they’ll give law enforcement the information they have stored in Washington [State], but the… Continue reading United States v. Microsoft Corp