Cable company lobbying is the latest threat to your Internet privacy

Right now, most of the content you view on the web is encrypted (for any sites where you see the little padlock on your browser). This means that intermediaries can’t see what you’re seeing or sending. However, which sites you visit is information that your ISP still can see. When you go to a website (or connect […]

Elections, government, and tech

In case you missed it, back in July the Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, created a new position (the Election Threats Executive) to oversee and coordinate election security efforts across the various intelligence agencies, and appointed Shelby Pierson as the first in that role. Facebook, Twitter, and Google are all working hard to improve […]

It’s not just Hong Kong, pay attention to Russian protests

For many weeks now, we’ve been kept abreast of the protests in Hong Kong, ever since Beijing tried to push through a bill allowing extradition to the mainland, and then tabled it instead of removing the proposed legislation all together. We’re not even half way into the “one country, two systems” 50 year plan, and […]

AI is getting really good, but it’s probably not as good as you think

AI startup DeepMind, acquired by Google in 2014 and most famous for its crushing prowess in games like Chess and Go, is setting its sights on real scientific problems, but its successes and failures point to how much data is really required for modern AI to accomplish anything meaningful. Their current project is to predict […]

Amazon.com doesn’t really know what it’s selling you

It’s important to remember that, first and foremost, Amazon is a retailer — which means it behaves like a retailer. If you’ve shopped at a department store in the last decade, you may have noticed that many of the staff are not employees of the store, but of the brand. So, for example, if you […]

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Representation for U.S. Expats

U.S. Expats Need Congressional Representation “Taxation without representation” was one of the thoughts at the forefront of the American experiment. The Times (UK) just published an article [subscription required] suggesting that the UK’s Liberal Democrats are proposing that British expats have their own seats in Parliament.

The First 3 Things You Should Outsource

Let’s face it, if you’re running a business, you’re busy. And if it’s a small business, you’re probably really busy. The best advice for any business, anywhere, anytime, of any size, is to focus on your core competencies. What this really means is stop spending time on things that aren’t directly key to your business. […]

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Argentina’s Protectionism

Not content with ruining their beef industry, Argentina has decided to take their protectionist agenda to the next level.

G20 Global Tax Overhaul — Once in A Century

U.S. tech companies are urging the OECD to urge the G20 to not close “tax loopholes”. The G20 tax reform project was announced last summer, billed as the “once in a century” opportunity to overhaul the global tax system. While the work has the backing of all G20 nations, it has been most enthusiastically championed […]

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Top 10 Global Risks

Each year the World Economic Forum releases their Global Risks Report. Let’s take a look at the Top 10 Risks for 2014. Since 2006, the Global Risks report has been calling attention to global risks that can be systemic in nature, causing breakdowns of entire systems and not only their component parts … to provide […]

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Is The Print Ad Dead?

Recently on a LinkedIn group, someone started a conversation on whether or not print advertizing is dead.

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Sometimes, things which seem like they shouldn’t be that hard actually aren’t that hard, but it’s hard to figure out how easy they are. Configuring Subversion to run over Apache on a MediaTemple dv 4.0 server is one of those things. It’s actually pretty easy, but if you don’t know what you’re doing, then finding […]