Wednesday, January 02
Conspiracy Theory Corner
- Is Obama's blatantly unconstitutional Operation Choke Point responsible for the recent rash of payment deplatforming? (One Angry Gamer)
Originally aimed at illegally stamping out the Second Amendment, claims are that it is still alive and being used to target the First.
I'm skeptical, but Operation Choke Point was real, has not so far as I know been verified as having been dismantled, and worked in precisely this way, so I'm not dismissing this either.
(Remember Rule One.)
- California could soon have its own version of the internet. (Wired)
That is to say, the internet, only
fuckedit gives you cancer.
- DBS Bank in Singapore is using AI and big data in a way that is NOT AT ALL CREEPY. (ZDNet)
The way AI personal assistants work at the moment is completely messed up and counterproductive.
- Ten predictions about the media for 2019. (Tech Crunch)
Summary: Everyone will be trying to buy everyone else and/or stab everyone else in the back, while violating customer privacy and making a whole lot of crap. Also blockchain.
- Ultima Thule is shaped like a peanut. The first high-resolution images should be received tomorrow, but it will take until September 2020 for all the flyby data to be received.
I know how that feels, New Horizons. I've been waiting for my fibre internet connection nearly as long as you've been alive.
Update: I looked up Ultima Thule on Twitter to see if the first high-res images have come in yet and instead I find idiots bitching about Space Nazis. (Newsweek)
Update: Had better luck on Ars Technica.
Social Media News
- Not the usual "look how this social network screwed up this time" story; instead, this is something that we can only see because of social media.
Almost perfect mirror images.
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I used to have the same problem--high-speed internet coming from two directions, but stopping at the next town over. I eventually solved the problem by moving away--they connected the two lines the next year.
Of course, at the time "high-speed" meant 1Mbps ADSL vs 53.6K dialup.
Posted by: Rick C at Wednesday, January 02 2019 05:17 PM (Iwkd4)
Posted by: Rick C at Thursday, January 03 2019 02:01 AM (Q/JG2)
Posted by: Ed Hering at Thursday, January 03 2019 04:54 AM (/cXdK)
Great, California wants to follow France and create an Internet counterpart that will be useful for checking the weather and ordering train tickets....And not much else.
Okay, maybe they will manage to give it a few more functionality. But seriously, if California really wants to follow Saudi Arabia in having a version of the Internet that is acceptable to their sensibilities...Are they going to start server farms through which all traffic are checked and filtered before traveling in and out of the state?
Posted by: cxt217 at Friday, January 04 2019 09:37 AM (LMsTt)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, January 04 2019 07:23 PM (PiXy!)
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