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Technology

A quick review of my technology (FANG+T) market predictions

About four months ago, I made a prediction that Netflix (NFLX) was about to replicate the cryptocurrency curve in terms of valuation, or more appropriately, overvaluation:

My estimate for BTC’s value is close to $0 (but not exactly $0). NFLX on the other hand at least produces something not easily replicable, so while it may not be valued close to $0,

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Extortion e-mail scams are on the rise again: the importance of using unique passwords

Have you been getting spam mail that looks like this recently?

I know [password redacted] one of your password. Lets get directly to the purpose. You may not know me and you are most likely thinking why you’re getting this e mail? No one has compensated me to check about you.

Well, I installed a software on the xxx vids (sex sites) web-site and you know what

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Why mining cryptocurrency is unprofitable — an anecdote

Long story short:

  • had a particular machine mining XMR for less than a year
  • the CPU fans have worn out their bearings after spinning non-stop during that time
  • fans are now making loud high-pitched noises, filling my living quarters with unbearable noise, while simultaneous threatening a fried CPU

The cost of replacing the fans?  About twice as much as the eq… Read more

Facebook launching dating service, maximizing social dysfunction

Facebook’s announcement of dating features on its platform deserves a genuine laugh.

The platform notorious for increased social anxiety, psychological manipulation and damage, invasion of privacy, and erosion of public discourse, thinks it can “solve” the matchmaking problem.

I suppose it’s a valiant attempt at exp… Read more

Facebook incriminates itself, but that doesn’t matter when the lawmakers are on your side

Consider it a shareholders meeting.

With Mark Zuckerberg testifying in front of the U.S. Senate in what is looking to be the frontrunning dog-and-pony show of 2018, it is laughable to see the feigned concern of government officials in the wake of Facebook’s antics that include but are not limited to censorship, biased algorithms and selling privacy … Read more

Poorly designed convenience technology strikes again: risk $50,000 to save 5 seconds with keyless car starters

A good follow up to Thursday Thoughts: more reasons not to fully trust technology with your life and Another Tesla Autopilot fatality: man selflessly gives up his life to train AI, the popularity of trivial, high-priced conveniences continues to plague modern society.

People are extending their poor spending choices past the impractical thousand d… Read more

Thursday Thoughts: more reasons not to fully trust technology with your life

Add Panera Bread to the growing list of companies that can’t even secure your basic personal data

Joining Equifax, Uber, FedEx, DHS, Saks Fifth Avenue, and more, Panera was found to be negligent of its customers’ data, leaving full names, e-mails, home addresses, phone numbers and credit card information exposed in plain text off of its websi… Read more

Another Tesla Autopilot fatality: man selflessly gives up his life to train AI

Another naive software engineer bites the dust in Silicon Valley for not heeding the warning signs this blog has pointed out: outside of games with rigid rules and a finite set of moves, current AI is mostly just plain stupid.

In the awe of AI like AlphaZero, believing that AI will take over the world because of its dominance in linearly defined subjects such as … Read more

Okay, maybe it’s time to fear, AlphaZero is here

In No need to fear, AI domination is not near, I stated:

Only when a self-learning AI can teach itself the complexities of the world from first principles should we fear AI growing a mind of its own.

In the world of chess, poker, Go and Shogi, I suppose we do have something to fear because there have been significant leaps in achieving game theory optimal play us… Read more

The pot calling the kettle black Part 2: Tim Cook criticizes Facebook for out-Appling Apple

In a prior article I wrote about a different pot, George Soros, calling the same kettle, Facebook, black, noting the similar approaches of both parties profiting off of propaganda, whether it be through the Open Society Foundation, media and academia on Soros’ end or social media on Zuckerberg’s end.

Recently, Tim Cook has come out in favouRead more