“Our minds can be hijacked” Part 3: to regulate or not to regulate?

This article follows Parts 1 and 2 of a four part commentary on The Guardian’s article “Our minds can be hijacked”.

The widespread negative social ramifications of smart phones and social media gives way to the question: to regulate or not to regulate? Should we trust people with weaponized legislation to be moral arbiters?

The inven… Read more

3 ways of increasing your chances of winning in Lotto 6/49 and Lotto Max

If you didn’t know already, the lottery is one of the worst ways to gamble. Lotto 6/49 and Lotto Max generally return less than 50 cents per dollar you put in over the long run.

Check out the EV calculator to compute an estimated expectation for any given jackpot.

If you must play, then there are ways to maximize your expected value.  These tips revolve … Read more

“Our minds can be hijacked” Part 2: psychology meets technology

This article follows Part 1 of a four part commentary on The Guardian’s article “Our minds can be hijacked”.

A common joke on the Internet goes something like this:

1980: “I bet there will be flying cars in the future!”

2017: Twitter increases 140 character limit on messages to 280 [or other mundane social media “in

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“Our minds can be hijacked”: the concept of anti-social media hits mainstream news

I have long ranted about the negative social ramifications of Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and other forms of social media.

This opinion is slowly making its way into the mainstream. The Guardian released an article this month “Our minds can be hijacked”: the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia.

Aside from the political bias that is d… Read more

Project Veritas confirms the manipulation of YouTube’s trending algorithms

One James confirms the suspicion of another James.

James O’Keefe III and his team at Project Veritas has verified what many other rational thinkers, including James Damore, have long theorized about big tech companies. Companies such as Alphabet (YouTube, Google) and Facebook have had their internal offices infiltrated with postmodernist zeal… Read more

3 ways social media has made you a worse person

1. You don’t really care about anyone but you and your self image, but you like giving the impression to your social network that you’re such a caring person:

 

2. Your first inclination at a nice dinner or momentous occasion is to take a picture rather than soak in the experience.

 

3. You struggle to read up to this point. Your attenti

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Max Keiser goes insane at Nexus Conference Part 2: closing statement is an own-goal against BitCoin

Yesterday, I refuted Max Keiser’s most unemotional, well-thought out argument during the Keiser vs. Schiff debate at the 2017 Nexus Conference.

Today, I’m posting a correction.

Keiser’s most unemotional, well-thought out argument actually happens in his closing statement, where he made a strong case against BitCoin:

You did

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Max Keiser goes insane at Nexus Conference! Why his strongest argument for BitCoin is weak

BitCoin cheerleader Max Keiser recently “debated” gold bug Peter Schiff at the Nexus Conference.  It wasn’t a debate.  It was a comedy show.

Just to clarify right away, I am not making a case for gold over cryptocurrencies. My position is that both are overinflated by the debt bubble (see There’s no use arguing BitCoin vs. gold)… Read more

The Yahoo! and Equifax hacks teach the Internet a valuable lesson, but the students aren’t listening

Yahoo! recently revealed that all of its 3 billion accounts were compromised, up from its initial estimate of 1 billion.

“Whether it’s 1 billion or 3 billion is largely immaterial. Assume it affects you,” Curry said. “Privacy is really the victim here.”

Yahoo first disclosed the breach in December . The stolen informat

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Ontario’s ban on StubHub scalper bots will backfire on the consumer

Another day, another overreaching bill being passed in Ontario, Canada.

This time it’s a “consumer protection bill” proposed by the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services:

TORONTO — Ontario is set to introduce ticket sale legislation today that would ban so-called scalper bots and impose new rules on reselling ticke

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