Category Archives: internet

White House Correspondents Nerd Prom

nerd prom

Hardened reporters cringed at Michelle Wolf’s comedy routine at the White House Correspondents dinner. She hit a new low when she played the light side of abortion for laughs. She didn’t get many.

Nerd Prom

And I haven’t seen anyone ridicule women the way Wolf attacked Sarah Huckabee Sanders since um … well, maybe The Donald.

Big Brother Mark Zuckerberg

regulate speech

Big Brother is here and his name is Mark Zuckerberg. Who knew? Last week he promised to use artificial intelligence to regulate speech on Facebook.

You Are the Product on Facebook

cambridge analytica

A company named Cambridge Analytica aquired personal information on 50 million Facebook “friends.” How? Facebook users provided it by answering questions on a personality quiz. And that in turn provided information on their unsuspecting “friends.

 

Facebook Regulation

Facebook is getting hammered for colluding with the Trump campaign by allowing Cambridge Analytica to access its user data. But the Obama campaign was praised for similar data mining in 2012.

Facebook Regulation

Now Reason says Mark Zuckerberg is “going all in on government regulation:”

“The question,” he toldWired‘s Nicholas Thompson, “isn’t ‘Should there be regulation or shouldn’t there be?’ It’s ‘How do you do it?'” On CNN, he said, “I actually am not sure we shouldn’t be regulated. I think in general technology is an increasingly important trend in the world. I think the question is more what is the right regulation rather than ‘yes or no should we be regulated?'”

According to The Wrap Mark Zuckerberg lost another billion since I drew the cartoon.

Google Engineer James Damore

google engineer james damore

There are certain things one doesn’t ask in polite elite society. Lucky for you you’re nowhere near there. You’re in Bokbluster, so I’ll ask:

Is it possible, on average, that girls don’t like math as much as boys? It’s possible, on average. Unless you’re Larry Summers, the former president of Harvard.

Is it possible, on average, that girls are less fond of computer engineering than boys? That’s a possibility too. Unless you’re another Harvard guy, former Google engineer James Damore.

Damore’s Downfall

Damore wrote a 10 page memo (screed to the politically correct among us) asking if it’s possible that women are underrepresented in engineering because of biology rather than bias.

Google management was having none of that. Here’s Google CEO Sundar Pichai:

To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not OK.

Coming down firmly on the side of bias, he fired Damore.