Researchers are relying on unreliable, self-reported data for studies showing too much screen time is bad for you. That same unreliability problem has plagued nutrition studies.
“Expediting changes” means “shutting down faster.” “Sunsetting” means “shutting down.” Corporatespeak is a means of evading accountability.
I like Google+ but I’m glad to see it shutting down sooner. Dragging it out just makes it more irritating.
Just look at these crocheted AirPod cases and die from cute.
The Army sees interacting with gamers at conventions and online as a powerful recruiting tool. As part of that initiative, it’s outfitted an 18-wheeler with the latest, greatest consoles and PCs, and is wheeling it around to gaming conferences. Meanwhile, teachers have to drive for Uber to survive, and they have to buy school supplies out of their own pockets.
Alibaba’s AI voice assistant for customer service navigates interruptions and other tricky features of human conversation to field millions of requests a day.. The only thing it handles is package delivery inquiries — for now.
History comes full circle as IBM sells off Notes to prepare for its Red Hat acquisition. 20+ years ago IBM looked to its Lotus acquisition to help transform its stodgy corporate culture; now it’s doing the same with Red Hat.
WordPress 5.0 is here. I don’t like the Gutenberg editor, or the Twenty Nineteen theme. And I couldn’t even upgrade mitchwagner.com — which is good because I acquired common sense while waiting for the upgrade to fail, and decided I’ll just be smart and wait for the first patch. And then wait a little while longer, to see if the patch has any bugs.
Apple has trouble selling new phones because its old phones are too good. Unlike Android phones, which become obsolete rapidly, iPhones just keep on keeping on.
The main reason I chose to upgrade this year is because I got tired of lugging around a big-ass iPhone 7 Plus. If I’d gone instead for the iPhone 7 two years ago, i’d still be using it.
I still see many people using phones that appear to be the iPhone 6. That’s a four-year-old phone.
While the U.S. routinely asks allies to extradite drug lords, arms dealers and other criminals, arresting a major Chinese executive like this is rare — if not unprecedented.
“The timing and manner of this is shocking,” Andrew Gilholm, director of North Asia analysis at Control Risks Group, said by phone. “It’s not often the phrase OMG appears in our internal email discussions. ”
Earlier I said Verizon’s recent decision is bullshit because banning porn leads to banning content about LGBTQ rights and lactation. It also leads to blocking content about contraception, sex education, sex worker advocacy, trans rights and other issues.
But the porn ban is also bullshit because we don’t need, or want, Verizon protecting us from porn. Nope. We can avoid porn on our own if we want, and if we want to look at porn, it’s none of Verizon’s business.
The decision doesn’t even make sense from a business standpoint. Porn filters could solve whatever problem Verizon is looking to solve.
I enjoy sharing midcentury ads and photos, particularly from the 70s. These are entirely G-rated and wholesome (maybe the occasional PG-rated image for the 70s. The entire decade of the 70s was PG at best.) I get a lot of them from Tumblr blogs. And two of my favorite Tumblr blogs for those things also run porn. I hope those guys don’t disappear because of Tumblr’s decision.
Giuliani made a typo in a tweet and rather than just accept responsibility he accuses Twitter of conspiring against him. What an idiot. And he runs a cybersecurity firm and advises Trump on cybersecurity issues.
“Facebook will now freely allow developers to build competitors to its features upon its own platform. Today Facebook announced it will drop Platform Policy section 4.1, which stipulates ‘Add something unique to the community. Don’t replicate core functionality that Facebook already provides.'” I’d love to see an add-on that turns the News Feed into a real blogging platform, that I can publish to from WordPress. A boy can dream, can’t he?
“The New York Police Department on Tuesday unveiled plans to deploy 14 [drones] and to train 29 officers to operate them, opening an intense debate about whether an agency previously criticized for illegally surveilling citizens should possess such powerful technology.”
Cops say the drones would be used for monitoring big crowds, investigating hazardous waste spills, handling hostage situations and reaching remote crime scenes, among other jobs. “They will not be used for routine police patrols, unlawful surveillance or to enforce traffic laws, the officials said. Nor will they be equipped with weapons…. ”
But civil rights activists are concerned about “mission creep” — spying on black and Hispanic neighborhoods, and exploitation by the Trump administration to target illegal immigrants.
The word in question starts with F and rhymes with “fire truck.”
By the way, you may well ask why I chose not to use the actual word in the headline, article, or above description. It’s because I thought it would fucking well be better without it.
E Ink’s new digital paper is more like the real thing. You can draw on it with pens brushes, markers and stamps, and the displays are lightweight, bendable and flexible.
John Hennessy, the chair of Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc., was recently asked whether Google providing a search engine in China that censored results would provide a net benefit for Chinese users. “I don’t know the answer to that. I think it’s — I think it’s a legitimate question,” he responded. “Anybody who does business in China compromises some of their core values. Every single company, because the laws in China are quite a bit different than they are in our own country.”
Hennessy’s remarks were in relation to Project Dragonfly, a once-secret project within Google to build a version of its search engine that meets the demands of the ruling Chinese Communist Party — namely, that Google proactively censor “sensitive” speech and comply with China’s data provenance and surveillance laws.
I worked as a research scientist at Google when Dragonfly was revealed — including to most Google employees — and resigned in protest after a month of internally fighting for clarification. That’s part of why I object to this constant drift of conversations about Dragonfly from concrete, indefensible details toward the vague language of difficult compromise.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella turned the company around by focusing on its core strength in business services; betting big on the cloud; ditching failing lines, mainly the handset business; and opening up the culture.
Really an amazing turnaround; in the technology industry, dominant technology companies in decline, like Microsoft was, don’t make a comeback. I can only think of two examples other than Microsoft: Apple, which required the return of its charismatic founder, and IBM 25 years ago.
Starbucks is succumbing to pressure and putting porn filters on its public WiFi. An organization called Enough is Enough has been giving Starbucks grief for failing to protect its customers from porn. Enough is Enough says that public WiFi networks “are attracting pedophiles and sex offenders” and put children at risk. This sounds like bullshit to me from people looking to enrich themselves by scaring parents.