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Hardware & Technology / Android based e-ink tablet
« on: April 20, 2019, 03:02:05 AM »
I'm thinking I'd like to get a largish e-ink tablet to read from, something around 10 inches.  They run on the more expensive side which makes me reluctant to make the purchase.  We'd be using it mostly to read the newspaper.  Anyone here have experience with one?

Water Cooler / 11% of Americans Think HTML Is an STD
« on: April 18, 2019, 12:08:15 AM »

23% thought an “MP3” was a “Star Wars” robot
18% identified “Blu-ray” as a marine animal
15% said they believed “software” is comfortable clothing
12% said “USB” is the acronym for a European country

Traffic / Apparently Zuckerberg has been leveraging Facebook data
« on: April 17, 2019, 01:56:45 AM »
Mark Zuckerberg leveraged Facebook user data to fight rivals and help friends, leaked documents show

I'm shocked!

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg oversaw plans to consolidate the social network’s power and control competitors by treating its users’ data as a bargaining chip, while publicly proclaiming to be protecting that data, according to about 4,000 pages of leaked company documents largely spanning 2011 to 2015...

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg oversaw plans to consolidate the social network’s power and control competitors by treating its users’ data as a bargaining chip, while publicly proclaiming to be protecting that data, according to about 4,000 pages of leaked company documents largely spanning 2011 to 2015 and obtained by NBC News.

The documents, which include emails, webchats, presentations, spreadsheets and meeting summaries, show how Zuckerberg, along with his board and management team, found ways to tap Facebook’s trove of user data — including information about friends, relationships and photos — as leverage over companies it partnered with.


In some cases, Facebook would reward favored companies by giving them access to the data of its users. In other cases, it would deny user-data access to rival companies or apps.

For example, Facebook gave Amazon extended access to user data because it was spending money on Facebook advertising and partnering with the social network on the launch of its Fire smartphone. In another case, Facebook discussed cutting off access to user data for a messaging app that had grown too popular and was viewed as a competitor, according to the documents.


Torvalds told Linux Journal that the internet eliminates all the social cues that are usually part of communications, so "nobody can hear you being subtle."

"It's easy to miss humor and sarcasm, but it's also very easy to overlook the reaction of the recipient, so you get things like flame wars, etc., that might not happen as easily with face-to-face interaction," he said.

Torvalds said the same issues can crop up with email, too, but he believes email is more necessary and often communicating real information, which is not always so with social media.

"The whole 'liking' and 'sharing' model is just garbage. There is no effort and no quality control. In fact, it's all geared to the reverse of quality control, with lowest common denominator targets, and click-bait, and things designed to generate an emotional response, often one of moral outrage," he said.

"Some people confuse privacy and anonymity and think they go hand in hand, and that protecting privacy means that you need to protect anonymity. I think that's wrong. Anonymity is important if you're a whistle-blower, but if you cannot prove your identity, your crazy rant on some social-media platform shouldn't be visible, and you shouldn't be able to share it or like it," he said.



  • In recent months, Amazon has been more aggressively enforcing its policy of suspending ads if the product being promoted doesn’t make money.
  • It’s part of a series of recent moves by Amazon to help the company reach record profits.
  • The change poses a challenge for Amazon, because its ad business is very lucrative and growing rapidly.

As Amazon steps up its effort to show Wall Street it can generate profits, the e-commerce giant is aggressively blocking money-losing products from advertising on its site.

In recent months, Amazon has been telling more vendors, or brand owners who sell their goods wholesale, that if Amazon can’t sell those products to consumers at a profit, it won’t let them pay to promote the items. For example, if a $5 water bottle costs Amazon that amount to store, pack and ship, the maker of the water bottle won’t be allowed to advertise it.

All this is for products Amazon is buying from vendors to sell directly to consumers.  This seems to be another move in the direction of unloading to third party sellers.

Marketplaces / Etailz CEO gone
« on: March 13, 2019, 05:05:09 PM »

Etailz, a third-party seller on marketplaces such as Amazon, was acquired by Trans World in 2016 for $75 million.

Etailz reduced staff by more than 20 percent after Trans World reported $14 million in third-quarter losses last year.

Etailz indicated the layoffs were part of “a strategic realignment, which will better position the company to provide world-class service, marketing and sales to both existing and new partners.”

Water Cooler / Youtube Channels you like?
« on: March 06, 2019, 06:43:24 PM »
I  know some of us are not into video format, but there are some channels I enjoy.

Here is one I like: The History Guy

He's a historian who tells interesting tails from the past, I find them informative and entertaining.  The videos are short, from 5 to 15 minutes.  Historic documents and photos are shown, but one can just listen and still get the full story.  It is a great channel to play in the background while getting mundane tasks done.


Australia's parliament passed controversial legislation on Thursday that will allow the country's intelligence and law enforcement agencies to demand access to end-to-end encrypted digital communications. This means that Australian authorities will be able to compel tech companies like Facebook and Apple to make backdoors in their secure messaging platforms, including WhatsApp and iMessage. Cryptographers and privacy advocates—who have long been staunch opponents of encryption backdoors on public safety and human rights grounds—warn that the legislation poses serious risks, and will have real consequences that reverberate far beyond the land down under.

To my knowledge this is the first time a Western/Fist World country has required total access and the penalties are high (even prison) for non-compliance.

Marketplaces / Pretty dark Blackhat techniques on Amazon
« on: February 22, 2019, 11:43:22 PM »
Lots of people are complaining about these techniques happening to them.  Amazon  needs to do a better job policing their policing.

The New Black Hat Tactics Amazon Sellers Are Using To Take Out Their Competition

Economics & Investing / At what age do you want to retire?
« on: February 21, 2019, 06:53:28 PM »
And what will that mean to you?

I personally know a lot of people who call themselves retired but are still doing part time work.  I guess in my mind retirement would be the ability to make work decisions without having to worry about the economics of those choices.   Realistically, I won't be able to get there for another 20 years.


Alphbaet Inc. GOOGL, -0.16% GOOG, -0.18% shares fell more than 2% in the extended session Monday after the company beat Wall Street estimates for earnings and revenue. The company reported fourth-quarter net income of $8.95 billion, or $12.77 a share, compared with losses of $3.02 billion, or $4.35 a share, in the year-ago period. Changes to the U.S. tax code resulted in a $9.9 billion expense in the fourth quarter of 2017. Revenue rose to $39.28 billion from $32.32 billion in the year-ago period. Analysts surveyed by FactSet had estimated earnings of $10.86 a share on revenue of $38.9 billion. For the first quarter, analysts models earnings of $10.45 a share on sales of $37.2 billion. Alphabet stock has gained 2% in the past year, with the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.47% falling 2%.

Water Cooler / Amazon - wait, there is a blank space, lets sell it!
« on: January 31, 2019, 10:36:29 PM »

Traffic / Does this make anybody else a little sad?
« on: January 29, 2019, 01:01:41 AM » - 403 Forbidden

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