You Can’t Protect Yourself

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Even if you can protect your financial records, loss of your SSN and other personal information could expose nearly any kind of account you have, not just financial accounts!

Think of all the situations where something is “protected” with the last four digits of your SSN or a credit card. Breaches of a credit agency like this expose exactly the golden master key to recover or access more than a few of your accounts.

Once you’re exposed, you’re exposed for life, not just for the year of free credit monitoring. At least until the system changes… More at TidBITS.

It’s all so true. No matter how much effort you make to protect yourself, organisations still need your personal data for you to live and you cannot make them care as much about your data as you do.

Bodega (avoid)

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The major downside to this concept–should it take off–is that it would put a lot of mom-and-pop stores out of business. In fact, replacing that beloved institution seems explicit in the very name of McDonald’s venture, a Spanish term synonymous with the tiny stores that dot urban landscapes and are commonly run by people originally from Latin America or Asia. Some might bristle at the idea of a Silicon Valley executive appropriating the term “bodega” for a project that could well put lots of immigrants out of work. (One of my coworkers even referred to it as “Bro-dega” to illustrate the disconnect.) More at Fast Company.

The idea isn’t so bad, but the blatant intent and publicising of it suggests they are a couple of (insert your derogatory term here) to me.

What is AI really?

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It’s a catch all for a collection of research and technologies as per this article.

And the part of AI that we see the most is machine learning as described in this article.

When we talk about AI these days, we’re usually referring to some type of machine learning. From being a medical checklist t o picking stocks rto self-driving cars, it’s machine learning. There’s no intelligence as we think of intelligence. The machine isn’t learning in the same way as we learn. Maybe initially, but we seem to be able to understand concept and relate things in a much more dynamic way. I’m not saying that machine learning will never get that sophisticated, but from everything I’ve read, it’s got a ways to go.

Bob

Remembering the computer that gave birth to PC gaming

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Contrarily, my wife was half way through Super Mario Bros. on the Raspberry Pi by the time I’d finished installing the Rise of the Tomb Raider disc.

The truth is, it wasn’t much better in 1991, when I received a Commodore 64 for Christmas, a little after its heyday had come and gone… More at Trusted Reviews.

My brother had one. I was using a terminal plugged into a Hewlett Packard minicomputer at work. I didn’t play much with the C64 because it didn’t seem that much more than a hobby computer. But it was one of the early leaders in the home computer revolution.

Bob

Palm is making a comeback next year

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It isn’t clear exactly what sort of gadgets we can look forward to, but TCL’s marketing manager Stefan Streit said that the portfolio will be designed to appeal to fans of the brand and their much-loved palmtop organizers. I’m hoping that means more than just crummy new smartphones with a Palm logo casually slapped on the back, a la the recent line of uninspired Nokia Android handsets… More at TNW.

Thanks to Bob for the link who says “Interesting, but I can’t see replacing my iPhone. But now I know why I like LG TVs. According to the article, they use PalmOS.”

Personally a name means little to me, just like if Rover or Saab cars came back. For the vast majority of people Palm is a name from the past that they have likely forgotten about and then there are people like me who never really completely liked the OS. It was the best available at the time for me, but always felt short of what it could really be.