Google exec: It's 'irresponsible' of Apple to make everything expensive - CNET. I am not a fan of Apple nor its products. However, Sundar Pichai recently pushed one of my hot buttons when, in an interview, he called Apple "irresponsible" for charging a lot more for their products. This elitist attitude has permeated the tech field for some time. Somehow Pichai thinks that Google is a better company because it "gives away" free stuff. Apple isn't immune to the elitist disease. Jonny Ive recently accused Motorola of "abdicating its responsibility as a designer" by allowing consumers to customize their phones. Why don't all of you shut up? Just make the best product you can, charge as much as you can get away with, and, if you can increase market share by giving stuff away, do it without whining about how cool you are? What ever happened to the good Capitalist system? Jeez.
BBC Radio 5 live - In Short, Stop the Robots protester: Machines need %u2018moral guideline%u2019. A group protesting at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, argues that robots need to have moral guidelines in their programming. Really? Humans with "moral guidelines" have raped, murdered, committed genocide, started wars, stolen trillions, and more. These guys really want to instill human morality into robots? Perhaps we should be looking to the robots for our moral lessons? Or, perhaps the robots can help us eliminate the humans committing atrocities around the world. I will protest for that.
Hillary Clinton Says Her Email Was Secure; She Can't Know | WIRED. As someone who deals with technology every day, I know that pretty much nothing I do on devices or online is really secure. No matter how many security protocols are used, there is always someone who can breach if they want to enough. And, it is highly unlikely that I would know even if they did, unless they used the information. So, my OMG moment yesterday came when Mrs. Clinton boldly stated that her email server wasn't breached. Really? How does she know? She is apparently unable to set up two email accounts on one phone. Did some IT professional working for her tell her there were no breaches? I would like to hear from that guy or gal. I don't know if it matters that much; but, no one should be persuaded that their email is ever secure completely, wherever it is stored.
Execupundit.com: A Day. If you have been in a hospital recently; but, are now out, you need to read this post by Michael Wade. You have a gift, and you get to decide what to do with it. Will you throw it away by concentrating on the bad things in your life? Or, will you enjoy every moment you have been given. I know what I will do with today. And, you can be sure that playing with a computer gadget will be among my tasks. I will also hold a parrot in my hand and hope that it doesn't bite me. And, I will walk in the grass and on the tarmac, and look up at the blue sky and the shining sun. And, I will hold someone I love. I will tell them that I love them, despite all of my faults and theirs. Then, if God gives me another day, I will do it all over again tomorrow.
7 things Net neutrality won't do - CNET. Okay, how many times in the past year have you heard the phrase: "net neutrality" bandied about and not bothered to read any further? You know you have. We live in a world of the Internet, and we don't really care how it is regulated or not regulated. We don't care whether the net is neutral or not. We don't care if the Government or someone else controls the flow of data or not. What do we care about? Will our new episodes of House of Cards stream without a hiccup or not? Of course, any normal person with a broadband connection, whether supplied by a cable company or a satellite company or a phone company (there are still phone companies?) knows how frustrating it is to have blips and jags and black screens in the middle of our programming. Streaming video is not a perfect product yet. Without net neutrality some of our programming streams would likely get better, if, say, Netflix, for more money, got a faster pipe. But, who would pay for that? Would we? Well, that is what free markets are about, no? Now, with net neutrality a real reality again, with the FCC's latest rule making explosion, nobody gets preferential treatment in the flow of information. The catch? There is always a catch right? Now, the regulator isn't the free market. The regulator is your friendly government, which is here to help you. God help us.
Priests post Twitter #ashtag selfies for Ash Wednesday (oh, Lordy) - CNET. I weep for the world. It is over. We live in a time in which Priests post selfies on Ash Wednesday; supposedly to prove that they went to Church? Or maybe our self-absorbed culture has finally reached its selfish hand into the brains of the human beings who are supposed to give wise advice and counsel about our human frailties. It's all in fun, though, so who am I to complain?
Tampa Drug Lawyer on Marijuana Drones | Video. My former student, Casey Ebsary, wrote an article about Government aerial surveillance in 1989 for the Stetson Law Review. It was a cautionary tale about the use of film cameras and long lenses in aircraft to spy on U.S. Citizens. Casey, a former drug prosecutor, and now a defense lawyer, has updated his article to include the use of drones in the current tech explosion. How can a citizen avoid government surveillance in an age in which drones carrying tiny cameras are virtually invisible in the sky? As Casey points out, there are strict rules about the use of drones by citizens. Will there be new rules about the use of drones by law enforcement? The Constitution requires that a balance be struck between the obligation of the government to discover and prosecute crime and the right of citizens to be free from government surveillance. However, history shows us that the line can be fuzzy, and it will be up to lawyers and the courts to draw it, regardless of what the Legislature does.
Execupundit.com: Valentine's Day. Said SWMBO NEVER. I always buy flowers, a teddy bear, chocolate in a heart shaped box, and jewelry. Never leave a stone unturned. Happy Valentine's Day.
Facebook%u2019s %u2018Year in Review%u2019 app swings from merely annoying to tragic - The Washington Post. If it is true that most men lead lives of quiet desperation, then Facebook shouldn't publish it, even to the user, without prior permission. We have all had our posts turned into a Year In Review meme lately; and, for most of us, who tend to err on the side of happy times posts to our Facebook friends, this is like a family photo album, filled with photos of those we like and are happy about. Facebook needs to look more closely at the algorithm, however, and give us the option to decide whether we want such a compendium in our feed. Sure, we get to choose whether we share it; but, for this dad, who lost his daughter during the year, it must have been agonizing to have the Year In Review post thrust in his face, not at a time of his choosing. The fact that he had the courage to write about it says a lot about him, and he should be commended. So, Facebook, what are you going to do about it?