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FCC votes to repeal Net Neutrality in the US. Now what?

The funny thing about this event is that people all over the world have a hard for-or-against opinion on it, despite it being an issue isolated to America, and despite it being an issue that won’t end the world.  It shows how far the social media bubbles lead to everyone just parroting each other for in-group affirmation and being unable to have a neutra… Read more

Free speech for me but not for thee: new Twitter rules in effect December 18

Beginning December 18, the postmodern technocrats at the helm, a.k.a. your moral arbiters, are going to double-down on their efforts to shut people up, because apparently they know what’s good for everyone and you don’t.

The good news is that Twitter is being open about their efforts and that you, a possible Twitter user, can preemptively sto… Read more

BitCoin Lightning Network: adding more layers of software increases the surface area of attack

Please do some more research […] when the LN (Lightening (sp) Network) comes out it will address these issues and maintain the 1mb block size which will help it remain decentralized.

The lightening (sp) network coming soon will solve many current problems with Bitcoin.

I don’t think you understand.

“I don’t think you understand… Read more

Twitter’s “Moments” prefaced by “People are”: argumentum ad populum in extremis

I’ve repeatedly written about how Facebook and Twitter “likes” cultivate mob mentality, while also being the primary feedback loop retaining users addicted to the tiny doses of affirmation.

A macro-scale consequence of “likes” is that facts and logic have taken a back seat to popular opinion. It doesn’t necessa… Read more

YouTube demonetization algorithm leaks: Google’s artificial intelligence is artificially biased

Recently leaked screenshots show YouTube’s questionnaires that subjectively determine what videos are acceptable for monetization, and consequently, what videos would appear higher in search and on trending lists.  There’s no money after all if a video has no ads, so demonetized videos will generally be suppressed by the search and tre… Read more

A theory: how BitCoin will be used as a scapegoat for bad monetary policy

Here’s my conspiracy theory in a nutshell:

The hype of cryptocurrencies is backed by governments and banks (Russia and China are explicitly doing so).  Global market psychology is manipulated by driving up cryptocurrencies with an injection of capital (on the scale of 70%+ of the market cap). The sharp rise in the price of cryptos garners widespre… Read more

To the moon, BitCoin! When taxicab drivers are buying it, it must be a sound investment, right? Right?!

As of the time of the writing of this article, BitCoin has eclipsed $15,000 USD/BTC, nearly double its value from a month ago.  Similarly, another cryptocurrency which I tout as technologically better than BitCoin due to its more privacy friendly transactions, Monero, has nearly tripled in the same timeframe.

Just tracking the visits to my post on how to mRead more

Trudeau’s failed trade talks: are Canadians finally seeing through the smoke and mirrors?

All show and no go.  When aesthetic is chosen over practicality and effectiveness, we get the current situation with the Trudeau government.

Not to say that any of the other choices were particularly great at the last election, but it was just a matter of time Canada would embarrass themselves internationally with the choice of Trudeau as Prime Minister, p… Read more

The new Facebook messaging app for kids is another step back for families and society

Parents, if you are not yet informed about all the damage social media causes already to grown adults and teenagers, be sure to check out the dozens of articles I have already written on the subject.  The plethora of evidence from psychological studies and the admissions of guilt from the tech founders themselves, all indicate social media being a leading c… Read more

Jonathan Haidt: Facebook is a social catastrophe

This blog has written on numerous occasions the psychological exploitation and damage Facebook inflicts on its users.

Jonathan Haidt, a psychologist at NYU, reveals findings from studies that demonstrate the negative impact of Facebook, social media and smartphones on the minds of the Internet generation:

 

In addition to Facebook’s cult… Read more