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Water Cooler / "deepfakes for text"
« on: February 15, 2019, 09:25:27 AM »
New AI fake text generator may be too dangerous to release, say creators

Traffic / Google to spend $13 billion on US real estate in 2019
« on: February 13, 2019, 08:16:24 PM »
"These new investments will give us the capacity to hire tens of thousands of employees, and enable the creation of more than 10,000 new construction jobs in Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Texas, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Virginia," Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in a blog post.

Traffic / Russia Russia Russia
« on: February 09, 2019, 03:36:06 PM »
Russia Russia Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian news reports say that Google has agreed with national authorities to delete links to websites banned in Russia. The newspaper says Google has already removed about 70 percent of the banned websites from its search results.

Web Development / Does anyone has experience with ClickFunnels
« on: February 09, 2019, 03:27:42 PM »
I have a potential client that writes:
So, no we do not use a shopping cart.  In ClickFunnels I create a checkout page which is integrated with our Stripe account and on our website the memberships are set up using levels in Paid Memberships Pro and so any option selected takes you to the Checkout page in Paid Memberships Pro.  For the new events like Florida 2020 I have created my own page on our site using Gravity Forms and they have a checkout widget which we use which is integrated, again, with out Stripe account.

THAT is Greek to me

Economics & Investing / How An Italian Debt Crisis Could Take Down The EU
« on: February 05, 2019, 12:31:50 PM »
Italy's $1.7 trillion pile of public debt - the third largest sovereign debt pool in Europe - is threatening to set off a chain reaction that could hammer banks from Rome, to Madrid, to Frankfurt - and beyond.

Traffic / The Fall Of Facebook Has Only Just Begun
« on: January 28, 2019, 12:38:19 PM »
Use your favorite search engine...

Water Cooler / “Fourth Industrial Revolution”
« on: January 28, 2019, 11:58:58 AM »
...panel discussions about building “human-centered A.I.” for the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” — Davos-speak for the corporate adoption of machine learning and other advanced technology — and talk about the need to provide a safety net for people who lose their jobs as a result of automation.

But in private settings, including meetings with the leaders of the many consulting and technology firms whose pop-up storefronts line the Davos Promenade, these executives tell a different story: They are racing to automate their own work forces to stay ahead of the competition, with little regard for the impact on workers.

Traffic / China Blocks Microsoft's Bing Search Engine
« on: January 24, 2019, 12:04:54 PM »
State-owned telecom China Unicom has confirmed the order came from within the government, which said it had spotted "illegal content" on the search engine, though it's still unclear what triggered the ban because China's Cyberspace Administration has refused to comment. However, the New York Times pointed out that the ban followed a viral social media post by former journalist Fang Kecheng, who accused dominant Chinese search engine Baidu - which sops up 70% of China's search traffic - of favoring its own products in its search results. The viral post is believed to have driven more traffic to Bing. [zerohedge]

Water Cooler / Caterers At UK Airports Are Stockpiling In-Flight Meals
« on: January 22, 2019, 01:03:20 PM »
Caterers At UK Airports Are Stockpiling In-Flight Meals To Prepare For 'No Deal' Brexit

Gate Gourmet, an airline services company that supplies 10 airports in the UK, has filled warehouses across the country with enough supplies to give them a 10-day buffer following a hard Brexit, which the company's executives fear could be disruptive to their supply chain.

"Amazon today announced an acquisition that underscores how it also hopes to have a more direct — and more commercial — role in the world of healthcare in the coming years."

PillPack is a full-service pharmacy

I'm not interested in JEFF knowing my health issues!


Traffic / Google Moved $23 Billion To Bermuda Tax Haven In 2017
« on: January 04, 2019, 01:07:55 PM »
The DIDS strategy, which is 100% legal, allows Google to avoid US income taxes and European withholding taxes.


"Do no evil"?  More like "Pay no taxes"

"We recognize that global growth has slowed but we are very surprised by the magnitude of the headwind, which is what might be seen in a severe recession,"


Water Cooler / Important message about JavaScript
« on: December 17, 2018, 02:59:11 PM »
It's a joke folks

Traffic / Facebook Filed A Patent To Calculate Your Future Location
« on: December 12, 2018, 04:33:41 PM »
The methods described in three Facebook patent applications use your historical location data — and others’ — to figure out where you’ll go next.

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