How long before they make camera glasses for kids?
How long before they make camera glasses for kids?
Developing countries attract nomads with a lower cost of living. Though nomads contribute to local economies, their higher incomes also raise housing costs, displacing residents, according to a growing (but in my view, mostly false) consensus. (I'm quoted in the article.)
While digital nomads bring fresh money, emerging economies must balance this against protecting longtime natives from being priced out of their own neighborhoods, according to Isabela De los Rios Hernández, writing for Harvard International Review.
The article summarizes Twitter's first year in a single sentence: "It’s been a disaster." Read it here.
I followed our Berber friend's recipe to the letter, except I used my sourdough starter instead of yeast. Super delicious!!
The essential problem is that cyber attack techniques that exploit human decision-making evolve faster than our thinking about how to effect change in the behavior of employees. It’s time to change faster.
I made them with sourdough starter, home-made kefir cream and piloncillo. They're very tangy and sour, with an incredible flavor.
It appears that China's economy will never even come close to matching the size of the US economy, despite China's much larger population. The US GDP is over $26 trillion, while the Chinese GDP is less than $18 trillion.
On a per-capita GDP basis (a general measure of the average economic wealth of citizens), China's economy is about average, globally. The Chinese people are, on average, significantly poorer than Mexicans and even Russians.
The Guardian Opinion headline, "Why are young people all growing mullets? I’ve been inspired by a much better hairstyle," joins a noxious trend of using a universal quantifier -- "all" or "every," for example -- to refer to a subset that is actually a minority.
It's sloppy and unprofessional. And it's a lie.
The percentage of "young people" "growing mullets" is in fact a minority. The trend may or may not be growing. But even "most" is a lie. "All" is a ridiculous and obvious lie.
Pointing this out pegs me as a stuffy scold. After all, the piece is frivolous, the topic irrelevant.
But I fear the motivation for such flabby language is that in today's media landscape, professional media competes with social media in the global contest for eyeballs. And so professional media feels the need to loosen standards, dumb down language and lie casually to compete with the everyday speech patterns of people who aren't expected to use dictionaries or adhere to AP style.
And what is gained? The headline, "Why are young people growing mullets?" serves the headline's purpose perfectly. The addition of "all" does nothing more than to colloquialize -- a deliberate and lazy lie designed to be relatable to a public that deliberately and casually lies in everyday speech.
I don't know when legitimate news publications started doing this. But now they all do it.
See how wrong that is?
Here's me taking a picture of cooked agave (ready to be fermented and distilled into mezcal) in the Oaxaca Valley, and the resulting picture. (First picture by my friend, Leo. Second picture by me.)
The post-Twitter social scene just got a little simpler with the announced closure of Pebble, the social network formerly known as T2.
The app maxed out at 3,000 daily active users and 20,000 registered users, but fell to 1,000 daily users after changing the name from T2, according to TechCrunch.
The service closes November 1, according to Mashable.
I was one of those daily users, and felt like the interface improved a bit after the re-branding. But, in general, I think fewer is better when it comes to social networks.
ChatGPT and other mainstream LLMs sparked a revolution in generative AI this year. But their safeguards against misuse left an opening for alternative LLMs designed specifically to boost cyberattacks. Tools like WormGPT and FraudGPT emerged on the dark web, offering AI-powered capabilities to automate phishing, gather intelligence on victims, and generate malware. These tools make it easier for unsophisticated hackers to launch attacks by generating persuasive phishing emails or custom malware code. Here's my article on SecurityIntelligence telling you all you need to know.
Watch and listen to TWiG hosts Jason Howell, Jeff Jarvis and Ant Pruitt, and guest ME, as we run our yappers about Google's 25th birthday, Meta Ray-Bans, the Amazon and Google antitrust trial, YouTube voice cloning, the WGA writer's strike, Meta AI bots, book scanning for AI, folding laptop screens, pay to play Tinder subs and more!!
Placing AirTags in luggage gives you a sense of control -- a false sense of control, it turns out.
We flew Sunday and Monday from San Francisco to Dallas, Dallas to Madrid, then Madrid to Marrakech. We booked all flights through American Airlines, but the final two legs were served by the Spanish airline, Iberia.
American transferred our four bags in Dallas, but Iberia loaded only three of them, leaving one in Dallas. I know this because I have an AirTag in each of our suitcases.
When we called Iberia, they gave us a 900 number to call, and implied that it was an Iberian number. When we called, we learned that it was in fact the general number number for American Airlines, which has no access to our luggage.
We we called again, Iberia told us that there's nothing they can do; we all have to wait for the airport, somehow. When we offered to tell them exactly where in DFW Terminal D the luggage is, they had no interest, as they have no intention of doing anything about our lost luggage.
And so our AirTags give up up-to-the-minute reports on exactly where our luggage is, the knowledge is useless. It's in the control of Iberian Airlines, which has no intention of delivering our luggage.
In the worldwide battle against malicious cyberattacks, there is no organization more central to the fight than the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). And recent years have proven that the bureau still has some surprises up its sleeve.
No matter how many companies demand that their employees return to the office, the shift to remote work that occurred during the pandemic isn't going anywhere. I explain why in my Future of Work newsletter.
As drone-powered cyberattacks transition from theoretical to practical to (in the future) widespread, the time is now to safeguard against this emerging threat. Read my details and advice at SecurityIntelligence.
Silicon Valley’s tech giants intend to mainstream AI-powered note-taking and journaling. This could open up a whole new connection between the data we collect and the lives we lead. Read my column and get the details at Computerworld.com.
Here's a no-filter look at my hike today in Italy's Vittorio Veneto. The "hiking trail" is really and old path from the ancient village to the church.
The "normal" high tide in Venice is actually higher than some sidewalks.
The download speed at Terminal B of the San José Mineta International Airport is fast enough, but look at the upload speed! For an airport, this is really fast.
Nice!! That means I get four system-wide upgrades (which I can use on flights to Europe), free domestic upgrades for life, two free bags to check for life, more miles per dollar spent for life and this nifty luggage tag. : )
I got to do This Week in Google with hosts Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis and Ant Pruitt where we illuminated, explored and shat upon the subjects of CAPTCHAs, Threads, Spotify, Podcating generally, Elon Musk matters, Canadian blunders, unpopular opinions, real estate tools, Meta money and so much more.
Two of the biggest unresolved questions in business this year are whether remote work is here to stay and how AI will affect jobs. We're starting to get some clues about the answers.