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Recently started using Visual Studio Code editor from #Microsoft. I must say, it's nice to see an open, lightweight editor from a company previously associated with heavy weight, locked in tools.

#vscode #microsquish #change

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At Google I/O, Sundar Pichai said they were using AI to groom other AI.

#googleio #google #skynet #2millionsunblock #justsaying

Hey +Google I really enjoy playing with your experiments, and I understand that not all of them will last. And I write software for a living, so I get failing fast and throwing away what doesn't work. It's great for developers, but not so much for the users. But it can also be self defeating.

For example, I'm feeling burned over Spaces. I thought the tool was very neat, and I made use of it for several projects. And I get that it may not be a success, so it's going away.

However, as a user, I can tell you that there is no good way to get data out of these projects. Previously, we could count on Take Out to provide us with access to our data. But that service is not available for Spaces.

So, back to "self defeating". I'm now less inclined to use the next experimental app you put out. And I'm sure I'm not the only one. So, fewer people will use your next experiment out of a lack of trust. So it might be wonderful, but the actual value to users will be artificially dampened.

And I know there are lots of smart people at Google and they already know all this. But for most consumers this "Google risk avoidance" will be subconscious and passive. But for me and probably others, it will take an active, informed decision to start using a new service from Google.


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Burned by another Google "experiment". I liked it as a quick and easy to accumulate information related to a project or event.

Now I need to figure out how to get my data out of the service, because they have not added a module to Takeout for spaces. Guess I'll have to spend this weekend copy and pasting.

#google #googlespaces

“Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness. The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling – their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability. We are many and they are few. They need us more than we need them.”

Arundhati Roy

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The map below was published by, showing the outcome of the 2016 president vote by county. I challenge anyone to take an honest look at this map and tell me that the electoral college failed this country in 2016.

And "it violates our Democratic principals" doesn't work. This is not a democracy. It's a representative republic. The citizens of this country vote for representatives and abdicate their responsibilities to that representative. The individuals selected through these elections show up in Congress every once in a while and do stupid things in your name.

The Electoral Congress work the same way, and using the same rules. The number of electors grandes to a state is directly proportional to the number of representatives a state has in the Federal House and Senate.

Those of you who voted in the primary and were paying attention might have noticed you had to vote for electors. That was you electing your "representative" for the presidential election. When you go and vote on election day, you are not directly voting for President. You are instead communicating your intent to the presidential electors.

Reading The New Confessions of an Economic Hitman feels like reading a contemporary version of Isaac Asimov's Foundation series.

In Asimov's series, The Foundation is a small planet with limited resources. The rest of the occupied plants have slipped into a kind of galactic Dark Ages. The Foundation's coin is knowledge and technology; the sell and operate atomic power sources for planetary governments which have lost the knowledge to do it for themselves. When those planets threaten the Foundation, the power to their warships is disrupted. Through technological means, this small planet with no defenses gains power over the other planets in the galactic region.

Confessions describes a strategy where the government, banking and corporate sectors of the US apply a similar strategy. Foreign governments are convinced to invest in massive infrastructure improvement projects. These projects are designed, implemented and financed through US banks and companies. This leaves there governments of these other countries over extended and in debt to the US. Debts forgiven or deferred result in other compromises, like military bases in the debtor's territory.

In both cases, a foreign government is controlled with out a shot being fired or"regime change".

There's a new film adaptation of Stephen King's "IT" due out in 2017.

2016 marked by a much spike "creepy clown" sightings.

Art mimicking reality?
Art inspiring behavior?
Hollywood's most low pressure ad campaign EV-RE.

Last night on Jeopardy:

Marcy Rhoades:
I'd like Nine Inch Nails for 200, Alex

Alex Trebek:
In 1989's Pretty Hate Machine, Trent Reznor say The Devil wanted to do this:

Marcy Rhoades:.
What is "fuck me in the back of his car"?

Alex Trebek:
That is correct.

Sean Connery:
Suck it, Trebek.

#jeopardy #parody #nineinchnails #nonsequitursaturday

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