Archive for the 'Technology' Category

But Whose Truths?

Posted in Politics, Society, Technology on March 9th, 2015

Google modifies, tweaks, and just plain changes its search algorithm on a regular basis, most often to disrupt the effectiveness of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) efforts. Now, however, a Google research team is trying to change  the algorithm, to measure the “trustworthiness” of a page, rather than its reputation across the web.

The system – which is has not yet gone live – counts the number of “incorrect” facts within a page to determine its ranking in search results instead of its reputation or popularity, as measured by incoming links, across the web.

Google Cuff Censors
Google – The Internet’s Gatekeeper

This, of course, begs the questions of whose facts? Whose truths? Who will decide what is innacurate and, hence, to be downlisted and effectively censored by Google?

Google’s answers are that facts that the web unanimously agrees upon are considered to be a reasonable proxy for truth. Web pages that dissent from this consensus by containing contradictory information are to be bumped down the rankings, effectively censoring them by removing them from the bulk of the web’s users.

So, insofar as the internet’s greatest gatekeeper, Google is concerned, consensus reality will be the only reality. And, of course, Google will be the arbiter of that consensus.

I guess, if Google’s plan is allowed to be implemented, nobody will read where you wrote, “And yet it moves.

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Dissent

Why Firefox?

Posted in Humor, Technology on December 15th, 2014

My default or “go to” web browser is Firefox and has been so for quite a number of years…pretty much since Netscape went away.

Firefoxy babe in the grass
Why Do I Use Firefox?

I could discuss the technical issue w/ Chrome or Internet Explorer, or I could frame it in sociopolitical activist terms…but, really! What better reason is there than the trope shown above?

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Product Placement

Posted in Humor, Society, Technology on December 6th, 2014

Apple has always excelled at marketing and advertisements. Even their choice of “White” as the color scheme for their devices was a masterstroke, as anyone can attest who’s seen the sea of people walking around with Apple’s pale earbud cords dangling from their heads.

Apple's iTit
Apple’s iTit – Best Product Placement Ever!

Now, with their new iTit, they’ve raised the bar once again. And, as a added benefit, this Apple offering may be the first new technology in decades that actually brings people together instead of isolating them in individual worlds of personal distraction. :-P

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