It's even worse than it appears.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Since people are talking about regulating Facebook, how about requiring them to support the basic features of the web in their posts. So you can add links to what you write there. I don't do much writing on Facebook because they're basically killing what I love most about the web. I can't support that.#
Assume Amazon, Google and Apple are listening to every word, grunt, angry utterance, fight with your SO, toilet flush, door opening and closing in your house through their speaker products. And remembering them. If you're not into the whole surveillance thing, unplug it, and put it away somewhere safe. I wouldn't just throw it out, I'm pretty sure it retains its ability to phone home on your behalf. Imagine what the Chinese version of these devices might do. #
BTW, it's not a good idea to have big tech companies control the cash flowing into news orgs, because more and more news is going to have to look at them unfavorably. We don't want them to have any more leverage than they already have.#
Poll: When Trump and Kim Jong Un get together, they will talk about...#
For those who have been following my eye infection saga, here and on Facebook, I am happy to report that the eye is now clear. I'm wearing the contact lens. No double vision. But I have to keep an eye on it. 💥#
Want to know what new scandal the Bannons are working on now? We're so preoccupied with what happened two years ago. Time waits for no one. I suggest reading this piece written just before the election. #
Pro tip. If you want to know what I think about something, search my blog. If I have an opinion it will be there. For example, what I think of Battlestar Galactica. #
I'm still using Facebook. I knew what they were doing all along. I'm happy everyone else knows it now too. That said, please also use your blog!#
Re Trump congratulating Putin even though his advisors put DO NOT CONGRATULATE on the crib sheet. Lots of people are like that. You say please don't do this. They aren't really listening. So all that registers is the thing that you didn't want them to do, not the fact that you don't want them to do it. #
I had to explain to a non-technical friend the significance of Google breaking HTTP in their browser. I offered an analogy. I've been building and living in a house for 24 years. Some of the annexes are falling apart. Others have skeletal remains, and others have become porn sites because I forgot to go to City Hall and re-register the deed for that part of the property (a rule with no exceptions). Honestly, it's a mess. But the core house is fine. Lots of parties and dinners happen there, and we have great photos of them all lining the corridors. It's a huge house for one person, but I call it home. I like it. Then Google comes into the house, uninvited, and says that electricity is too dangerous. We're going to run on new kind of power in our world. I honestly never think about the electricity. What? They say you may not remember where all the wires are buried, but you must dig them up and replace them and rebuild your whole house from the ground up with the new system. Since this neighborhood doesn't support the new kind of power, Google continues, you'll have to move the whole thing, too. Hope you don't mind. Hold on a minute. Here's the thing -- I don't have to do what they say. I can go on living in the house and have parties just like before and stick with the original way of powering the place. Right where it is. No need to change neighborhoods. It's just that people who use the new Google-powered system will get a big warning when they come to visit. "This place is awful," the warning will say. "It has terrorists. If you go inside they'll probably kill you." To which I say, whatever. #

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