The Colonists had a sweet deal in 1775. Great Britain was the second-freest nation on Earth. Switzerland was probably the most free nation, but I would be hard-pressed to identify any other nation in 1775 that was ahead of Great Britain. And in Great Britain’s Empire, the Colonists were by far the freest.
I will say it, loud and clear: The freest society on Earth in 1775 was British North America, with the obvious exception of the slave system. Anyone who was not a slave had incomparable freedom.
The proponents of independence invoked British tyranny in North America. But there was no British tyranny in North America.
Wonder why smart software is often and quite spectacularly stupid? You can get a partial answer in “On Moving from Statistics to Machine Learning, the Final Stage of Grief.” There’s some mathiness in the write up. However, the author who tries to stand up to heteroskedastic errors, offers some useful explanations and good descriptions of the short cuts some of the zippy machine learning systems take.
Amazon’s AWS is a fascinating business case. On one hand, AWS reduces some of the hurdles to modern solution development. On the other hand, it is easy — even for an experienced Certified AWS expert — to forget what’s running, whether a particular service is unnecessary, or what processes are tucked into the corner of Jeff Bezos’ profit making machine. “Our AWS Bill is ~ 2% of revenue. Here’s How We Did It” provides a run down of the money gobblers and provides some helpful guidance. There are screenshots in the Gulf racing colors of orange and blue. There are explanations. Plus, there are useful insights; for example:
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section1. Policy.Free speech is the bedrock of American democracy. Our Founding Fathers protected this sacred right with the First Amendment to the Constitution. The freedom to express and debate ideas is the foundation for all of our rights as a free people.
GOOD: if you create content that offers value, overtime you will be seen even if the search engines are corrupt.
BAD: manipulating backlinks are a death sentence.
UGLY: Google (and individual Google mechanics with no adult oversight) can do whatever they want to you and there is nothing you can do about it with one exception: pay Google extortion fees and be “protected” … for now.