Nelson Mandela, Madiba - Rest in Peace

May his example remain an enduring light.

American Dissonance Or Renaissance

American Dissonance or Renaissance

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, 
With conquering limbs astride from land to land, 
Here at our sea-washed, sunset- gates shall stand 
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame 
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name 
Mothers of Exile. From her beacon hand 
Glows world-wide welcome, her mild eyes command 
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame. 

#algorithmicEvil - Consumer Advice from US Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee

This excellent Ars Technica article summarizes a report from the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation that explores the practices and policies of consumer data collection companies.

It's conclusions: Consumers ...

#algorithmicEvil - Why social mediation is a really bad practice

An article about the Moto X spawned varied discussions about tracking and privacy. It also got me thinking about the broader implications of the underlying social mediation mechanism that is all but invisible and missing from these discussions.

#algorithmicEvil - Straight from the Google horse's mouth

Here is Google's Eric Schmidt explaining to the Wall Street Journal that Google will soon free us from the drudgery of having to think for ourselves:

The arguments sound very rational, but at their core is Google's willingness to exploit both our laziness and our genuine desire to improve our lives -for the purpose of extracting more information that they can use to pimp out our digital essence.

#algorithmicEvil - Social Mediation Is Worse Than Surveillance and Commercial Exploitation

A friend of mine sent me this link: Microsoft Internal Google Chrome Parody
It's purportedly an internal Microsoft video highlighting Google as a surveillance company bent on exploiting your privacy for commercial gain. As of this writing, the video has racked up over 600,000 views and more than 2,800 comments. 
The video is spot-on.

Discovering Ember.js


My workhouse, Mid-2010, 17-inch MacBook Pro appears to be developing a video hardware problem: with increasing frequency the external video display randomly flashes black, and Expose' displays window icons instead of windows. I think the video driver is either corrupt or the adapter/memory may be on the verge of failing. Because I rely so much on this machine, it's prudent to be on the safe side. So the old MacBook Pro has been replaced by a new, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro.

That's the good news.

Fixing "OpenSSL certificate verify failed" Error with Ruby on OSX Mountain Lion

I spent days trying to correct an OpenSSL issue with the excellent Rails Composer utility and thought I would post the solution here in case it would help someone having the same problem.
This problem started when I replaced my MacBook Pro hard disk drive with an SSD drive and used the occasion to do a clean install of MacOSX Mountain Lion. This allowed me to shed dozens of GB of cruft, and rock a very speedy MBP to boot; but also introduced this infuriating error which would rear its ugly head every time I tried to use Rails Composer as follows:

Brain Pickings on Feynman on Scientific Culture in Modern Society

In order to make progress, one must leave the door to the unknown ajar — ajar only.

#algorithmicEvil - Is Tent the answer?


Conversations change the world.
Every revolution, whether political, scientific, or ideological began as a conversation. The rules, conventions, and ethics of communication can be determined only by those participating. Conversation is too important to trust to any third party.


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