Non Tweets Under the Fedora: 12-14-18 Dead Standards, Mueller, Sodom and Google

The death of the Weekly Standard is the end of an error. The Decision of Bill Kristol & co to go full anti-trump might have kept him on TV and will assure him of comfort and entree to all the right parties, but it means unemployment for everyone else at the mag. He got woke … Continue reading Non Tweets Under the Fedora: 12-14-18 Dead Standards, Mueller, Sodom and Google

My Takeaways from the Breitbart Google Video

Saturday morning I spent an hour watching the Google video that Breitbart put out. If you haven't watched it yet it's here There are several things that struck me about this video: The least important observation is that the appearance of the crowd completely confirms the stereotype that people have to tech types which by … Continue reading My Takeaways from the Breitbart Google Video

Unwanted Eyeballs

by baldilocks I think we already knew this. How else to you think those ads are able to show you what you've just been shopping for? While the public has been focused on the ongoing Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandal, Google has largely avoided public scrutiny about its data collection practices despite having the ability to … Continue reading Unwanted Eyeballs

Are We Being Googled?

A majority of Americans wants the government to regulate technology companies—a significant change after revelations that Russia used online services such as Facebook to influence the 2016 election. According to an Axios-Survey Monkey poll, concern about government inaction is up significantly—15 percentage points—in  the past three months. Says Axios: “That's a seismic shift in the … Continue reading Are We Being Googled?

Inconvenient Truths

An Ivy League professor, a Google engineer, and a writer for a leftist publication walked into a bar… Even though they didn’t actually join one another over a round of drinks, the group provided an interesting cocktail of ideas that provided some inconvenient truths and interrupted the annoying noise of news in recent days. Amy … Continue reading Inconvenient Truths

Hoisting the Left on Their Own Proud Legal Petards

Sheldon Cooper:  I came to file a complaint. Somebody has made me feel uncomfortable in the workplace by using language of an inappropriate and sexual nature. Ms. Davis: And who was that? Sheldon Cooper:   You, you dirty birdie. I thought about the things you said to me yesterday, and I realized I'm deeply offended. Now, be … Continue reading Hoisting the Left on Their Own Proud Legal Petards

The party of “the little guy” is the GOP

By John Ruberry I haven't read all of the thousands of John Podesta emails hacked by Wikileaks--has anyone yet?--but what I have read they betray a Democratic Party obsessed with two things: Money and power. Liberal writer Thomas Frank, in his second great (gasp!) Guardian column in less than a week, accurately portrays the modern Democratic Party: … Continue reading The party of “the little guy” is the GOP

I’m Old Enough to Remember when Microsoft was Tech’s Villain

Ford Prefect: We're safe. Arthur Dent: Oh good. Ford Prefect: We're in a small galley cabin in one of the spaceships of the Vogon Constructor Fleet. Arthur Dent: Ah, this is obviously some strange use of the word safe that I wasn't previously aware of. Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy You know … Continue reading I’m Old Enough to Remember when Microsoft was Tech’s Villain

Here we go again – the EU picks a fight with Google

By Steve Eggleston Stop me if you heard this one before - the European Union, flush with soverign political power but essentially bankrupt in the technology world, targets a dominant American technology company to force it to "de-couple" a major part of its business model from the rest of the company's business model. This is … Continue reading Here we go again – the EU picks a fight with Google

Google and unintended consequences

I found this post at the The Thinking Americanist concerning this bit of google news represented by this seemingly innocuous video question: In a post concerning what this means Chris Crum said this: “If, however, your idea of quoting is including an entire article from some other site, or maybe even multiple articles, and you’re … Continue reading Google and unintended consequences

Wolves, Sheep and Sheepdogs revisited

I found most men aren't willing, they bat an eye, or draw a breath before they shoot. I won't. John Wayne, The Shootist 1975 You’ve got no reputation for toughness. Once in your life you had to have hit somebody. Fonzie Happy Days 1975 I saw the story on the Muslim march on Google this … Continue reading Wolves, Sheep and Sheepdogs revisited

Kos’ China and google

Glenn Reports that Daily Kos has decided to try to gimmick Google Second, as a group, we need to find and choose the damaging articles on Republican candidates that we want undecided voters to read. It is only after finding the articles that we can push them up search engine rankings. Ah Kos kids, what … Continue reading Kos’ China and google

The first of thousands to come…

During the Doctor Who special I mentioned yesterday they showed a clip from episode 4 of this year. (Not broadcast in either England or the US yet). The episode features the return of Alex Kingston as professor River Song who keeps meeting the Doctor in different relative timelines. In the clip she points out something … Continue reading The first of thousands to come…

How could I forget the Free Speech Diva…

...when writing about Google and China: As of now (still early morning in Beijing), Google.com.hk is accessible from mainland China although specific search results for sensitive terms result in a browser error - or in other words, are blocked. Same as it's always been for sensitive searches on Google.com from inside mainland China. This is … Continue reading How could I forget the Free Speech Diva…

Erin Burnett thows cold water on the Google Hero stuff…

...she points out on Morning Joe that google gets only 1 1/2% of its revenue from China and has struggled there. She must have read this Wall Street Journal article on the subject. So Apparently google is making lemonade out of lemons here. A pretty smart move. Then again it doesn't change the fact that … Continue reading Erin Burnett thows cold water on the Google Hero stuff…

I’ve got an errand or two to run this morning…

...so blogging might be light. Lucky for everybody others are on the ball: Casey Fiano takes a pause from her pro life blogging to remind us of the small annoyances that the Obama administration brings us: “An international partner”?? This may be an international relief effort — with the United States as usual giving far … Continue reading I’ve got an errand or two to run this morning…

How to recognize dictators from quite a long way away #37

They attack anything that facilitates the uncensored passing of information among people they rule: Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez has announced that he now considers Twitter messages and social networking as terrorist threats. He is quoted in this Spanish-language news report as calling for more state control over the internet. via who else but Glenn. Meanwhile … Continue reading How to recognize dictators from quite a long way away #37

China? Where have I heard this before…

Way back in the hiwired blog days I put up these posts concerning China and google when they first agreed to censor the net for China, contrary to their "Do no Evil policy". We covered China a lot in the HiWired blog days (and kudos to the bosses at HiWired back then for letting us … Continue reading China? Where have I heard this before…