Window Washers

From DaringFireball: Why in the world would a web browser’s software updater be doing anything at all at the root level of the boot volume?….This is like hiring someone to wash your windows and finding out they damaged the foundation of your house. And people wonder why Apple requires Chrome to be a sandboxed app […]

My Town is Famous

Per ArsTechnica: Gizmodo on Monday published an email exchange between the chief of police in one New Jersey town and Ring showing that Ring edited out certain key terms of a draft press release before the town published it, as the company frequently does. The town of Ewing, New Jersey, in March said it would be using […]

Credit Karma’s “Glitch”

Privacy legislation has to be something addressed in the next 10 years. The EU did GDPR and, aside from problems this country could learn from, that seems a good a blueprint as any. New: Credit Karma says a “glitch” allowed users to see other people’s full credit reports and user profiles. — Zack Whittaker (@zackwhittaker) […]

Tech Buzzwords Explained

Tech buzzwords explained: AI- bunch of IF statements Blockchain- database Cloud- Somebody else’s computer IoT- Internet of Toasters Big data: Slightly too tedious for MS Excel. Data science: MS Access. Algorithm: Probably something about terrorists. — Pranay Pathole (@PPathole) June 26, 2019

Campus Delivery Robot

Prompted by a note from Listener Zach, we discuss the trend of “autonomous food delivery vehicles” on college campuses. Some of the highlights: “A non-robot way would be: a fixed program that says go forward 10 feet, turn right 90 degrees, go left 10 feet….it would never make it.” “I don’t know if I want […]

Bodies in Seats

An amazingly powerful read. From The Verge: At Facebook’s worst-performing content moderation site, operated by Cognizant in Tampa, FL one contractor has died, others have developed PTSD and fear for their lives.