Political, data science, and the manipulation of people
Saturday, Mar 17 2018 11:42 | computerScience, DataScience, manipulation, news, politics, Technology
Today's "Ugh" (expression borrowed from George Station) ...From the Guardian:The data analytics firm that worked with Donald Trump’s election team and the winning Brexit campaign harvested millions of Facebook profiles of US voters, in the tech giant’s biggest ever data breach, and used them to build a powerful software program to predict and influence choices at the ballot box.Documents seen
Tuesday, May 9 2017 15:34 | Entertainment, JohnOliver, net neutrality, news, policy, politics, Technology
Seriously, watch this.... and then gofccyourself.com :-)
MBA-speak, with John Oliver
Seems like a good week starts with John Olive and Last Week Tonight. I've queued up the video to the part that I found most funny (Dumbo Heights!!!), but the rest of the video is definitely worth a watch.
Babar married his cousin?!
This past weekend's last week tonight (on the topic of the upcoming french elections) was pretty awesome. Love the film noir ending ;-). I didn't remember that Babar married his cousin...
Welcome to Cod Cape!
With all the craziness happening in the world now, we need a few moments to laugh a bit. So, from today's news, the department of transportation is apologizing for an error in highway signage:From the local news source (just in case the link goes dead in the future):MassDOT apologized to drivers, tourists, and locals Monday for the misprinted sign, which read “Cod Cape” instead of “Cape
Oh man... gets my blood boiling(Last Week Tonight covered Charter Schools this week...)
Brexit or Bremain?
Well, the Brexit vs Bremain (the later being my own invention) voting is upon us soon for people in the UK, so here's a video for you to watch before you head to the polls.That said, I am constantly amazed how similar the US is to the UK. We are our parents kids sometimes...
I know that this is meant to be a humorous news show, but this just is capitalist douchebaggery at its finest. If a company is writing off their debt, that should be it. It should not be resold (with personal identifying information) to just anyone who can create a debt buying company.
Canadian wildfires 2016 :o
Alberta seems like a world away, and Fort McMurray even more so. I remember a few years ago when I traveled up to Edmonton for the orientation of my EdD program at Athabascan University of seeing signs for Fort McMurray. Athabasca was 2 hours north of Edmonton, and Fort McMurray seemed like it was another few hours north (it's a large province). While I've only been to Alberta once, being
Erdowie, Erdowo, Erdogan
Apparently the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has never heard of the Streissand Effect . From the New York Times:If President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey had hoped that summoning the German ambassador would get a video poking fun at him by a German satire program removed from the Internet, he was wrong. Instead, the move had any number of consequences, including provoking
Sunday, Feb 21 2016 03:00 | civics, democracy, Entertainment, news, politics, Society, UnitedStates, voting
Last week on "last week tonight with John Oliver" the main investigative segment of the satirical news show was on voter ID laws. For those of you abroad, in the US you don't have to prove you are who you say you are in order to go vote. You can just go, give the person your street address, and your name, and they'll cross you off as having voted. I've always found this a little odd, that in
Devastation in Syria
It is really nuts to think that this is a man-made disaster. This drone aerial footage shows the devastation in just one Syrian city (Homs). It would be sad enough if this were the outcome of some sort of natural disaster, something like an earthquake, but to think that this is totally preventable and that fellow humans enacted such violence on other humans in our day and age is despicable.
In the news...Free the nipple
Something that showed up on my facebook feed this week The full story at the New York Times
Seems like the giant (120 foot), gold colored statue of Mao which was almost completed in Tongxu County, China is gone :-) Too bad, it could have been a great tourist attraction ;-)According to the New York Times:Just two days after images of a giant gold-colored statue of Mao in the bare fields of Henan Province spread across the Internet, the statue was gone — torn down apparently on the
Well... I guess it's adieu to Zite. Back when Google Reader closed down I was trying to find the best approximation for Google Reader I could find. Zite was one of the things I tried on the iPad. It wasn't bad as a piece of software, it basically took your RSS feeds and presented them sort of like a magazine. You could also pick from a variety of news topics and those were
Adieu Google Reader :(
Come on Google! What the heck? >:-(I was checking my NERCOMP (local conference) tweets a couple days ago and I saw some buzz around Google Reader. I decided to not pay too much attention to it because of lack of energy due to a cold. Yesterday I saw that Google Reader is shutting down. Come on google, what the heck? Google Reader is Powering Down?Google Reader has been
Google IO 2012 thoughts
Google IO just passed by me yesterday. I guess the days where I could stop and be in awe of keynotes at developer conferences are over lol - too much work to do! In any case, I skimmed the news yesterday on Engadget and theVerge, and things seem quite interesting!Here are some quick thoughts on the various announcements:The Nexus 7You know, this was a bit of a "m'eh" for me. Don't
The other day I came across an interesting news report from the Australian news show dateline (click here to view video). The news segment was actually particularly interesting, because it's about 99 superheroes (alluding to the 99 names of God in Islam) from many diverse backgrounds that are fighting evil in the world (one of those evils I guess I religious fundamentalism).I highly recommend that
The bull fights back!
Amazing footage from Spain - this was one awesome bull!
There goes Symbian Guru!
Well, along with the death of the KIN last week, another piece of shocking news came out about the closure of Symbian-Guru. I've known Ricky from my Moderator days over at Howard Forums, and I've been following him on twitter. Anyone who had won't be surprised at the distance between him and Nokia.This morning I also listened to All About Symbian and they had some thoughts on the subject