“Big data” is a relatively new domain in software. Programming languages such as Python and R have sharply risen in popularity as they specialize in statistical analysis of large data sets. Fluency in these languages is a requirement for aspiring employees of Alphabet (YouTube/Google) and Facebook.
“Big data” only exist… Read more
James Damore is a former Google (parent company Alphabet) software engineer that was fired for sharing his thoughts on discriminatory hiring practices within the company and his suggestions on how to better attract diverse talent.
To prepare for a series of upcoming blog posts on how big tech and social media firms are becoming increasingly detrimental t… Read more
Saying “you just don’t get it” is a persuasion tactic normally held by stakeholders trying to make the sale. It implies that skeptics are too dumb to understand. It persuades people to side with the cool kids so that they can hurl the same arrogant insult to other naysayers. BitCoin and cryptocurrency holders are supposedly brilliant fo… Read more
In my two previous articles There’s no use arguing BitCoin versus gold and When non-tech savvy people talk about BitCoin, is it a sign of a bubble at its peak? I asserted that BitCoin behaves like a commodity, like gold, and public psychology ultimately determines its value. If the public perceives it as worthless, its value will drop to zero.
A main t… Read more
In yesterday’s post about the Equifax hack, I referenced a video by Computing Forever that describes the technocratic dystopia where the information users voluntarily put in to “free” online services like Facebook is nefariously being used against the users.
Facebook and Google own a large market share of the Internet user base beca… Read more
For the first time in my life I received a call from scammers posing as Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). The call originated from a newly released area code — an immediate sign of a fake. In case they contacted you too, the number is 289-855-2982. The caller’s voice was a text-to-speech engine — another sign of a fake. The impostors were trying to hide the… Read more
To paraphrase a Louis CK comedy bit, let’s assume you were a billionaire. You decide to buy all the pants in the world, and then just burn them. Does this have a positive impact on the economy?
Let’s assume you spent $1 billion to buy all the pants. This represents $1 billion of savings, or stated differently, $1 billion in goods and services produc… Read more
BitCoin and cryptocurrency forums have been reacting emotionally to arguments illustrating the flawed technical fundamentals of cryptocurrencies.
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Just google bitcoin+ponzi, bitcoin+intrinsic value, bitcoin+myspace, etc. All arguments have been made. Honeybadger doesn’t care. It moves onwards & upwards.
Anyone who’s longer
Is it a bug?
Not likely. But the social media tech giants won’t admit to anything to keep their range of excuses open.
Software developers and engineers are aware how absurd a bug would have to be for subscriptions on YouTube or followers on Twitter to suddenly be “lost”. It isn’t the type of data that is volatile. It is data that is sta… Read more
I believe nearly all asset classes are in over-leveraged, debt-fueled bubbles. I believe BitCoin and cryptocurrencies are no exception.
When my folks talk about moving money to BitCoin without much understanding of the technology and its goals such as decentralization and scarcity, I think a market peak has been reached.
The whole “keeping up … Read more