Monthly Archives: September 2016

A good outline of risks of Big Data and anti-competitive realities underlying the competitive face of Silicon Valley

A recent article at promarket.org interviews an author of Virtual Competition: The Promise and Perils of the Algorithm-Driven Economy on the anti-competitive realities of much activity in Silicon Valley, with some elaboration of the present and potential risks this poses … Continue reading

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Every person should be able to program for some very basic IT security protections

In this day and age, few can be trusted online, and with increasingly criminal activities or entities embedded within the state, the assumption unfortunately should be that no one should be trusted. There are many situations where the ability to … Continue reading

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Embargoes in science reporting. A tool for good journalism or for government media control?

As discussed in the Scientific American, embargoes originally designed to ensure that journalists could all focus on good journalism in science instead of being the first to break a story, has over generations transformed into an instrument by which public … Continue reading

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A sign that some US police departments might be able/willing to police their own (albeit in the face of overwhelming evidence and exceedingly egregious abuse of power and poor judgement)

The other day, a black man whose car had stalled on the highway was met by police who, instead of helping him, rapidly escalated the situation and ultimately tasered and then shot him, despite posing no threat and holding his … Continue reading

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Obama’s best strategy to influence the election

Obama should recommend African Americans, who have quite a lot of reasons to be pissed off about various things, to commit to turning the other cheek for the next couple months. The same might be said of Americans who practice … Continue reading

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Economic/business costs of discrimination

I have on occasion run into some racists who claim that lack of evidence that businesses do worse if they discriminate is a sort of contrary evidence that discrimination must be well-founded/justified from an economic perspective. Basically, they argue that … Continue reading

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Should Ontario/Toronto follow the Western Canada lead of foreign buyer real estate taxes?

I’ve heard rumblings that Toronto (or at the provincial level, Ontario) may have to follow the lead of Vancouver in charging a foreign buyer tax on real estate, in order to reduce the effects that the Vancouver tax may have … Continue reading

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Possible system-level solution to one aspect of current mind influencing technology-related problems

It would be entirely possible to withdraw all spectrum allocations in presently typical cell phone frequency bands, which are often in the range of a few hundred MHz to several GHz. These can be replaced with frequency band allocations in … Continue reading

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Extremely dodgy influences

The synthetic telepathy operators are encouraging to go build home-made bombs or diffuse information about how to build them. If you want to find this information, it is accessible. Surely, we need to spy on all people at all times … Continue reading

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Unequal treatment before laws on terrorism: hypothetical extremism compared to corporate negligence

Some people believe that anti-terrorism laws brought in by the former government were in no small part motivated by the desire to lump together certain forms of protest by environmentalists or First Nations land rights protectors, in a manner that … Continue reading

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