Central banks, big media and big corp show off their market manipulation skills: BitCoin drops 30% off its highs in past 30 days

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.

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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

Facebook is self-inflicted identify theft, now made easier with the Equifax hack

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

Paul Krugman and Keynesian theory got one thing right about hurricane Irma, but it’s not what you think

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

Offline speech recognition in Android will fail immediately if the language input and voice input do not match

If your Android app uses speech recognition (i.e. enables the RecognizerIntent EXTRA_PREFER_OFFLINE), you may run into an issue where the offline recognition immediately fails even though you have the offline language files installed on your device.

Ensure that the language input in Keyboard & Language settings and in the Google Voice Input (whic… Read more

There’s no use arguing BitCoin versus gold

BitCoin and cryptocurrency forums have been reacting emotionally to arguments illustrating the flawed technical fundamentals of cryptocurrencies.

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

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YouTube and Twitter are dropping subscribers and followers, and here’s why

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

When non-tech savvy people talk about BitCoin, is it a sign of a bubble at its peak?

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

cordova-plugin-stripe 1.5.3 manifest merger will fail with update to com.support.android to 26.0.0

If you’ve recently upgraded your Android SDK and end up getting these errors in your Ionic/Cordova projects, you may need to install the cordova-android-support-gradle-release plugin (via cordova plugin add):

Manifest merger failed : Attribute meta-data#android.support.VERSION@value value=(25.3.1) from [com.android.support:appcom
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When Facebook stock rises, humanity falls

On Thursday, July 27, 2017, Facebook’s stock jumped nearly 7% in pre-market hours on news of earnings beating estimates and higher numbers of active users.

Good news for stock speculators, bad news for society.

Facebook, in my opinion, is the most unethical of the big “FANG” tech stocks.  It’s a company whose chief product i… Read more