Their internet service is excruciatingly slow. That, and the electronics boxes they put at the end of each block keep exploding. Maybe their video service will work better, but I am skeptical. Not too much that AT&T has done at the consumer level has worked out too well.
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Some say that miniature invisible alien operatives are trying to control their thoughts
Yep, those two are conflatable. You got it.
I think it's time to put all STEM grads through an English/Philosophy regimen so we can avoid people like you embarrassing yourselves.
We need quality of labor, but instead our (brilliant) politicians and business leaders pursue quantity.
Kids from lower socioeconomic backgrounds have lower IQs, and some say that the races and genders differ in intelligence.
Bennett, I like all of your stuff and this is well-written but...
These apps are just going to increase mass neurosis. We don't need our heads filled with this crap. We need to spend more time thinking about important issues, not the trivia.
"Western man is externalizing himself with gadgets" - William S. Burroughs
We don't need protecting from ourselves. We do not need a hotel tax. In fact, we don't need any taxes except sales tax. But as soon as it is allowed to collect taxes, government invents new reasons to tax. That's because government is in business for itself. We're just the suckers who pay for it
The company makes industrial filters for chemical plants and grease traps.
Lutricia Wood is the head accountant at Sparkler and the data processing manager. She went to business school over 40 years ago in Houston, and started at Sparkler in 1973. Back then punch cards were still somewhat state of the art."
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We've heard this, or variants of it, too many times and are now desensitized to it.
Until you show us a pile of bodies, we're inert.
The web worked when it had a simple standard that worked in every situation.
We've put layers on top of that, and now it's chaos. A bloated, irregular, often incomprehensible chaos designed to allow people to make custom interfaces out of the web.
The whole point of the web, versus having an application for every specific task (like we did on desktops before the 1990s, and like we now do on smartphones), was to have a standard and simplified interface.
The web grew and thrived under that goal. It's become more corporate, nuanced, isolated, sealed-off, etc. under our "new" way.
A good lawyer doesn't slay it; she keeps it alive and milks it for hourly payments.
A friend in need asked me how I would set up and secure a network for a small private middle school/high school.
At first, I did the good geek thing and started closing every hole, making the "perfect" system to keep the kids from doing anything unauthorized.
"That's excellent! Now that they're a legitimate public entity, they can be sued! That gets them out of criminal court, and into profit court err I mean civil court."
I can hear the excited clicking of Mont Blanc pens now...
In the time it took me to type this message, Google earned $1.54 million.
How much do you fine them before it's a rounding error that they fail to notice?
It's not because Google chose to shut down a free service they were offering, or because of privacy concerns. It's because I think that Google is now working against the potential of the open Internet, and because I think that one gets a better product when one is the customer as well as the user."
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I think you're right, despite the waves of vast cynicism in that post.
Another way to put this is that the audience defines the product. Our inattentive public wants news-drama, not news-factuality, so any news service run as a business will quickly start with the Justin Bieber and Jodi Arias stories...