I have written numerous times about the zippy young PhD with an attitude. After my talk about declining “findability”, Zippy (not his real name) spoke with me after my talk. He had one point and repeated it to me several times: “Search is good enough.”
If accurate, Germany is moving ahead of the Five Eyes’ group in terms of access to online data. “New German Law Would Force ISPs to Allow Secret Service to Install Trojans on User Devices” reports:
A new law being proposed in Germany would see all 19 federal state intelligence agencies in Germany granted the power to spy on German citizens through the use of Trojans. The new law would force internet service providers (ISPs) to install government hardware at their data centers which would reroute data to law enforcement, and then on to its intended destination so the target is blissfully unaware that their communications and even software updates are being proxied.
Palantir Technologies is super secretive. The company plans to become publicly held. Does secret and public match up for you?
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.
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:
Section 1. 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.