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The Siege Perilous 2.0

Posted in Technology on August 15th, 2018

The Siege Perilous 2.0

Mark Ellis, in creating the Playa Crawler, has also created the Siege Perilous 2.0. After all, he’s achieved the Holy Grail of cool and creepy personal conveyances. 😆

Related Reading:

Plato and the Nerd: The Creative Partnership of Humans and Technology (The MIT Press)
King Solomon's Mines
Creepy Presents Bernie Wrightson (Creepy Archives)
Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future
Parallax Prime - Of Dire Chimeras (Volume 1)

Jailed!

Posted in Society, Technology on August 1st, 2018

FB Jailed for "hate speech"
Yep! Facebook Has Jailed Me Again

Yes, it’s true; a few days ago I was jailed by Facebook again – another 30 days during which I cannot post, share, comment, or even “like” someone’s post. Above is the “Hate Speech” I wrote in reply to someone’s post calling for Australia to ban calls from India due to all the scammers constantly calling people there.

The funny part iss that the majority of those Indian scammers are breaking Indian laws when they call other countries. Most, due to maximization of profits, use VOIP to do it and using for VOIP for international calling is actually illegal in India…they want the rupies from it.

— jonolan
Facebook Comment

Now, I being reasonably normal and sensible, rather than rant and rave, I simply requested a review by FB’s monitors / admins. I figured that I just got caught by some algorithm.

Jalied - FB Say's Whites Violate Community StandardsYep Again! Facebook’s Employees Agree

But no! If, and it’s a nested series of if’s, Facebook actually does have people review alleged “Community Standards” violations and if those reviewers actually review the complaint instead of just pushing a button to agree with the algorithm, then those reviewers also believe that my comment constituted “Hate Speech” or that they could use the initial, computer-driven jailing as an excuse to silence me for 30 days.

OK, OK! Maybe it was just a particularly rabid Grammar Nazi. I did, after all, misspell “Rupees.”

Think about that. Read the comment I was jailed for again and think about what this means for people when operatives of the largest communication platform in the world can and do silence people at their whim and are utterly unaccountable for doing so. There is even an escalation process. Nor is their the capability for people to contact Facebook via any means other than their “support” portal.

Related Reading:

Progressive Steps to Syncopation for the Modern Drummer (Ted Reed Publications)
The First Amendment: Cases, Problems, and Materials
The Internet of Money
The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains
Melodious and Progressive Studies for Flute, Book 1

The Fourth Ape

Posted in Humor, Society, Technology on July 22nd, 2018

The Fourth Ape
At Last, The Fourth Ape

Yes, we’ve found the fourth ape or monkey and he’s the culmination and concatenation of the first three. Somehow I don’t think this is what the futurists meant when they waxed poetic about Singularity.

Related Reading:

Social Media: Strategies To Mastering Your Brand- Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat
The Internet of Money
The Onion Book of Known Knowledge: A Definitive Encyclopaedia Of Existing Information
Environment and Society: A Critical Introduction
You Can't Make This Stuff Up: Ridiculously Funny Stories by Real Cops