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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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Two-factor authentication fails to address the bigger problems

Lately there has a been a surge in services providing two-factor authentication (2FA).  Google, Apple, many financial institutions and e-mail vendors have started to offer two-factor authentication to its users.

Multi-factor authentication assumes that a password is not enough to log in to an account. A device that needs to be physically held by the … Read more

The truth about SEO and ASO — Part 2: is SEO a BS industry?

Let’s analyze Quora’s most upvoted answer on the question: “To what extent is SEO a bullshit industry?

NON-Bullshit practice of “SEO” is about;

  • adding value to the web
  • creating unique and engaging content
  • improving traffic and conversions (not just rankings)
  • understanding web-site technology (html/css, pro
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The truth about SEO and ASO

Prior to the rise of social media, the popular way to get your product noticed online was through SEO (Search Engine Optimization).

Despite all the self-proclaimed experts saying SEO is not “gaming the system”, optimizing is by definition reverse engineering and exploiting through pattern recognition. It is a cycle of subtle changes, meas… Read more

Polarized politics has infected EVERYTHING: Part 2 – NPMJS (node package manager)

I work a lot with JavaScript nowadays, specifically Node.js for backend applications.  Despite its unusual single-threaded, asynchronous programming paradigms, JavaScript’s wide adoption and extensibility are the main reasons I choose it over other languages.  The possibilities are endless as JavaScript evolves with current technolog… Read more

5 UNUSUAL FORCES DRIVING OUR CLICKBAIT SOCIETY

  1. Social media encourages hyperbole to attract superficial “likes”. Everyone on Facebook is eternally in high school and every day is a popularity contest.
  2. Facebook statuses and Twitter messages allow only a couple of sentences to get a message across. Forget meaningful content, well-thought out proofs or expositions. Instead, use witty p
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Exploiting the “big data” monopoly: YouTube, Google and Facebook are vulnerable in ways small startups are not

“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

Former Google software engineer James Damore points out the politicization of big tech companies

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

Complexity doesn’t sell — “you don’t understand cryptocurrencies” is not an argument

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

The hidden cost of Facebook, Google and other “free” services

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