I continue to be baffled, personally, by the rise of all this talking-furniture crap:
Amazon proceeded to announce a new $60 Amazon Basics Microwave, which of course, has Alexa built in. Yes, you still have to put the popcorn in the box yourself, but if you’re too lazy to hit one button, you can ask Alexa to get the popping started.
If I am standing at the microwave already—to put the food in it—why in this or any other world would it be easier, better, etc. to talk to the thing rather than simply to tap a few buttons?
What is wrong with people?
Bean Hollow State Beach. I’ve been indoors too much lately.
This moron has to go. Now.
Nike’s sales jumped 31% when they introduced the Colin Kaepernick ads.
If you burned your shoes…sorry you don’t have shoes anymore, I guess?
The people burning their shoes in objection to Nike’s Colin Kaepernick ads realize that they’re only destroying their own property, right? They understand that Nike has already received the money for those shoes, don’t they?
The New York Times asks: Should You Track Your Teen’s Location?
UPDATE: Also, here is even more No.
Yuval Noah Harari lays out a sobering scenario in The Atlantic in which vast swaths of humanity are relegated to a “useless class,” and in which AI and machine learning permit new and extremely powerful authoritarian social structures:
Currently, humans risk becoming similar to domesticated animals. We have bred docile cows that produce enormous amounts of milk but are otherwise far inferior to their wild ancestors. They are less agile, less curious, and less resourceful. We are now creating tame humans who produce enormous amounts of data and function as efficient chips in a huge data-processing mechanism, but they hardly maximize their human potential.
I generally like and have no problem with the keyboard on my 2016 MacBook Pro. However, I am constantly typing semicolons when I mean to type commas, and spaces when I am trying to hit a key on the bottom row. Pretty annoying.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has upheld an FCC ruling which posits that markets with a single ISP can be classified as “competitive.” Meanwhile, I fondly remember when words had meanings which weren’t their own opposites.
Our Dear Leader, The Dishonorable Resident Dump, has ordered Google to do more to let stupid people read stupid bovine excrement, written by stupid bovines (presumably with their hooves). The move is largely seen as a token gesture toward the powerful Stupid People lobby, given the fact that Stupid People can’t read words.
Several non-dumb people familiar with the matter placed their palms upon their faces, looked down at the ground, wept, and prayed for Bob Mueller to Bring The Ruckus Al-Freaking-Ready.
This headline needed a little adjustment.
Without fail, any article with the word “millenials” in the title is entirely vapid.
I use Gmail every day (sadly) for work, and I still can never tell which icon goes with “archive” and which one goes with “mark as read.” Google’s UI design remains horrendous.
Why am I still seeing smart people concede to the assertion that Twitter’s antogonism toward third-party apps is based on the fact that those apps can’t show ads? Um, Twitter could require them to show ads. Not a credible argument in any way.
Child Attempts to Obviate Mother’s Prohibition on Stealing Cookies By Stealing All Cookies, Thereby Hoping to Render Mother’s Prohibition Nonsensical; Mother Angry Anyway, Because Child Is Stupid and Is Missing The Point
Democracy would seem to have a tiny flaw: the whole thing goes a tad awry when a significant proportion of the adult population decides to opt for willful stupidity.
Google Voice’s iOS app has “a new look and feel.” Nice. Now maybe they can add a feature or improve the service in some way, for the first time since 2009.
No! Seriously? Things with computers in them can be hacked? Who knew!?
I’m thinking Apple might want to register itunesconnect.com at this point. There might be a massive risk of phishing attack there which may lead to a massive PR catastrophe. Just saying.
I really love the new approach media companies are taking when they discover I am running an ad blocker: they want to teach me how to turn it off. How nice of them!
Drive like you’ve never seen a car before. Because that’s how everyone else is driving.
The assumption has always been that AI would kill us all with Terminator robots or something. Reality will be far more prosaic, but no less terrifying. Imagine AI-based malware infecting air traffic control systems. Or nuclear facilities.