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
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
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
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… Read more
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
Just a warning for those migrating to or starting to develop with Ionic 3 framework, if you create a new project with illegal characters in a package.json “name”, npm dependencies will not install.
You might encounter an error right away when performing “ionic serve” or “ionic cordova run” like:
Error: Cannot find… Read more
After having transitioned from Apache to Nginx as the web service for this blog, I noticed an immediate drop-off from search engine traffic to links outside of the index page. Just attributing it to blind bad luck for a few days, I later realized that permalinks were broken because I didn’t correctly translate the rewrite rules from the Apache confi… Read more