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August 11, 2017

Overnight Open Thread (11 Aug 2017)


Offended

Jon Gabriel: You're offended by this column? So (bleeping) what? Too many "sensitive" people out there these days.

Tech Companies

I hope they all get it good and hard. No one expects the Google Inquisition, but it's coming.

In the new Internet version, we know these big companies are gathering specific personal information about our habits and preferences, far more than anyone has ever done, but we accept it because we think they're just going to use it to sell us stuff, which might sometimes be annoying but isn't ominous. But if we think there is a wider purpose, if we think they're going to use our information for social engineering or political manipulation-will that break the bargain?

Um, they already are using it for political manipulation.

James Damore has an 'above decent' chance of winning his legal case against Google. I hope he does win. I'm sure Google will pull out all the stops gathering info that they are privy too via devices/software on the judges, lawyers, and jurors involved with the case.

Fish Riddle

Perseid Meteor Shower

Sadly for me, I'm gonna have cloud cover for the Perseid Meteor Shower this weekend.

Missile Defense

How the U.S. would stop missiles headed to Guam.

Dynatron

Knowledge

This simple philosophical puzzle shows how difficult it is to know something.

Fuel Economy Standards

I'd rather they get rid of the damn ethanol from gas first which would increase MPG. The next step for EPA to relax fuel economy standards: public comment period.

Vaping

NYC ignores science in war on vaping. You don't say. E-cigs deny politicians their tax revenue and hinder product that Big Pharma pushes via endorsement of politicians.

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