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Month: February 2020

Missing logic: United Airlines blames climate change for their terrible on time performance

Missing logic: United Airlines blames climate change for their terrible on time performance

United Airlines blames climate change for lousy on time performance in 2019. Which is a total bull shit argument as United was #1 in 2018 and some how, climate only impacted United in 2019, unlike high scorers Delta and Alaska Airlines. PR staff spin nonsense to deflect blame from poor management.

Politics: The enduring Scandinavian socialism fantasy

Politics: The enduring Scandinavian socialism fantasy

Some politicians and popular memes assert that Scandinavian socialism is a model for the world. Except the Scandinavian governments themselves note they are not socialist countries. They are free market economies with high taxes supporting a large social safety net; they are not socialist countries. If the U.S. had the same tax structure as Denmark, then you would pay an income tax of 55.9% above $65,000/year in income.

Privacy: Tech companies make it very difficult for consumers to review and delete collected data

Privacy: Tech companies make it very difficult for consumers to review and delete collected data

California’s new privacy law permits consumers to request access to and the deletion of data collected by businesses. To comply with the law, many companies are accused of designing consumer facing user interfaces that are near impossible to use. Some are so bad that consumers have gained access to other’s private data.

Privacy: Android and its app ecosystem are a massive surveillance system, invading all of your privacy

Privacy: Android and its app ecosystem are a massive surveillance system, invading all of your privacy

Behind the scenes, seemingly benign Android apps are scooping up huge amounts of private data about your life and sharing with third parties. We need to assume, apparently, that 100% of Android apps are spyware. This is why Android apps are “free” – when its free, you are the product.

Privacy: Clearview AI has scraped 3 billion face photos from the Internet, mostly from social media

Privacy: Clearview AI has scraped 3 billion face photos from the Internet, mostly from social media

The photos of all of us have been amassed to create a massive database. A photo of our face can be submitted and it will identify the person (claimed 99% accuracy) and return information about each of us and all photos of us they have found online, even back to when we were kids. They scraped all of our photos from – social media posts. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more – possibly even personal web sites. If your photo is on social media, you are in their database. There is no way to request removal, even if the photo is of a child whose information is protected by the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.