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IBM Develops Algorithm to Predict Where You Live Based on Your Last 200 Tweets

By: Friday March 21, 2014 2:05 pm

IBM researchers have developed an algorithm they claim can determine your home location with 70% accuracy, based on your last 200 tweets. In a paper written by Jalal Mahmud, Jeffrey Nichols and Clemens Drews of the IBM Research Lab in Almaden (PDF), the researchers say their algorithm “uses an ensemble of statistical and heuristic classifiers [...]

New Ubuntu Phone Won’t Truly Be Open Source: Canonical Says Operating System Will Be Open, But Admits Baseband Will Be Closed

By: Friday March 21, 2014 12:11 pm

Many people hoped that the new Ubuntu phone would be truly open source, but according to Privacy International, it’s not to be. Ubuntu has told them that while the operating system will be open source, the baseband will be closed.

As FCC Net Neutrality Deadline Approaches, Netflix CEO Accuses Cable Providers of Degrading Services

By: Friday March 21, 2014 11:17 am

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings accuses the ISPs of allocating insufficient bandwidth to Netflix products, “subjecting consumers who pay a lot of money for high-speed Internet to high buffering rates, long wait times and poor video quality.” Once Netflix agrees to pay connection fees, however, he says “sufficient capacity is made available and high quality service for consumers is restored.”

Bill Gates: In The Future, Tech-Bots Will Take Your Jobs and Ending Corporate Taxes Will Prevent Poverty and Social Unrest

By: Monday March 17, 2014 1:32 pm

Bill Gates, speaking at the American Enterprise Institute, predicted that in the near future technology will progress such that many workers will become superfluous.

NASA Announces First Direct Evidence of Cosmic Inflation After the Big Bang – Should Someone Win the Nobel Prize?

By: Monday March 17, 2014 12:13 pm

NASA announced today that scientists have discovered the strongest confirmation yet of the cosmic inflation theory, which posits that after the Big Bang, “the universe expanded by 100 trillion trillion times, in less than the blink of an eye.”

No Line in Front of Best Buy in Affluent DC Suburb

By: Thursday November 28, 2013 2:09 pm

I was watching CNN this morning and the inevitable wall-to-wall “shoppers go crazy on Black Friday” stories.  Pope Francis’s invocation against the Western economic promotion of “unbridled consumerism” two days ago seemed remarkably well timed. But as I watched video of people camped out on sidewalks in the freezing cold this year and mobs violently [...]

I Bit the Bullet and Installed Ubuntu

By: Thursday November 28, 2013 10:23 am

In an effort both to increase my online privacy and reduce my dependence on companies that give themselves and others access to my computer, I finally decided it was time to install a Linux-based operating system like Ubuntu as my primary OS. The decision came when the graphics card in my Mac laptop made it [...]

On MSNBC With Tamron Hall Discussing Bradley Manning

By: Thursday August 22, 2013 3:38 pm

I was on MSNBC yesterday with Tamron Hall discussing the sentencing of Bradley Manning (prior to the announcement that henceforth she would like to be called Chelsea).

Quid Pro Quo, Richard Clarke?

By: Thursday August 22, 2013 2:16 pm

Almost immediately after the Grayson hearing on NSA surveillance was announced, however, Richard Clarke withdrew. So imagine nobody’s surprise when it was announced yesterday that Clarke would be joining Peter Swire and sockpuppet afficionado Cass Sunstein on President Obama’s new NSA review panel.

Google Monopolistically Pulls YouTube App From Windows Phone — Again

By: Friday August 16, 2013 2:42 pm

The Google/Microsoft war grows uglier. This time, Google is refusing to allow Microsoft to have access to the YouTube API key for an app on Windows phones.

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