OHM Philosophy Technical

GIGO is a Thing, or Why Freedom of Speech Isn’t Free

In computer science, garbage in, garbage out (GIGO) describes the concept that flawed, or nonsense input data produces nonsense output or “garbage”. The principle also applies more generally to all analysis and logic, in that arguments are unsound if their premises are flawed. Wikipedia entry on GIGO As a libertarian I used to believe some pretty crazy things. I believed that a dollar was something you worked for, for …

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OHM Technical

The Orange Hate-Monkey Accosted Me on YouTube

The Trump ads have to go away Google. Now. Not later, now. More generally, I want to be able to remove ads for users and subjects, for causes which can be enumerated to Google as an ad provider. I never want to see the Orange Hate-Monkey’s face on any screen, ever, and I definitely am …

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Humor Technical

The Unappreciated Art of the Troll

“To make a deliberately offensive or provocative online posting with the aim of upsetting someone or eliciting an angry response from them.”   “To fish by trailing a baited line along behind a boat.” Google search result for trolling Everyone has their nervous tic, that thing that they just can’t keep themselves from doing. Popping gum, clicking …

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Humor Technical

Phacebook Phishing

For the last three or four days in a row I have logged onto Facebook and found friendship invites from pretty young girls who want to get to know me. Women who want to be my friend. In each case I promptly report the profile to Facebook for review as fake, and I then delete …

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Humor Philosophy Technical

The definition of Secure and Insecure

When I walked up to these public terminals  a few minutes ago, the couple next to me helpfully offered the advice “that one is broken”. A few quick keystrokes later I discovered that the problem was the touchscreen interface was registering false touches. Probably the result of previous abuse. While I was amusing myself with …

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Humor Technical

Hey Google! Blogger Interface Needs a Patch!

For the last few weeks I’ve been getting spam comments from Blogger. Yes, that’s right. Blogger is spamming me with comments, if sources for the spam are to be believed. The problem is a little more involved than that. Not only is the self-identified user Blogger spamming me, but the landing page for marking comments from …

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Podcast Technical

What is Technology Doing to Us?

Waking Up With Sam Harris #71 – What is Technology Doing to Us? (with Tristan Harris)At 1:05:30 in the episode Tristan Harris concludes with what am I being steered to do? Through much of this episode I was marvelling at the gloom and doom being harped about endlessly. So we wake up to doughnuts by …

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Humor Technical

Those Halcyon Days of the Rolodex

Jim Wright over at Stonekettle Station on Facebook is a frequent read of mine. I have moved his notifications to view first in the Facebook interface. Why? Because he makes me laugh, and I need a good laugh these days. Today was no exception, Once upon a time an address book was a simple list of …

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