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HumanIT M'books

Facebook, third-world countries (raise your hand now, USA!), and Mississippi . . . and e-commerce

So, these thoughts have been spinning around in my brain for a long time, waiting to come out some how. Maybe now is the time and here is the place.

As you can find, if you care to look, Facebook has become the Internet for third-world countries. I suggest we should add Mississippi and other chronically under-served communities to that list.

When I say that Facebook has become the Internet what I mean is this. If you remember or research AOL and the birth of the Web, you will see that for many/most people, when they turned on their computer they thought that whatever they were looking at was “the Internet”, or “the Web”, or whatever it is that other people talked about when they referenced “going online”, “surfing the Web”, or whatever. Well, through no fault of their own, they adopted this mistaken belief because no one was there to correct them, to educate them, to set them straight. Instead, they were victims of marketing, advertising, and other weapons of capitalism and profiteers and were given brand names and logos instead of proper terminology, vocabulary, and useful knowledge.

That led to AOL = The Internet for a large segment of the first generation of civilian Internet users. This presented many problems. For one, people who had problems with AOL would tell technical support that their Internet went down. Well, did it really? No, the problem was with AOL. And people would assume that the Internet was only as big as AOL presented it to be, and looked, physically, a certain way, because that’s how AOL thought it should look.

And it wasn’t just AOL. Don’t get me wrong. Any profiteer who had the opportunity to define the essential Internet or World Wide Web experience as their own certainly did so with vigor. In essence, they took what was free and good, slapped a bunch of gawdy dressing on it, limited it, created tiers of service for it for which they could charge lots of money, and began selling it to people.

I blame the technologists, in the end, for not heading this off in the first place, or at least responding strongly in a way to neutralize this manipulation and deception of the masses by telecommunications companies. I tried to do my part, as a person who was inside technology and could see what was happening, and thinking about what the logical consequences would be. So I started writing and blogging, voting with my dollars for online ventures that were ethical and sane and in the community’s best interest, and voting against companies that only sought to hurt the freedom of the collective commons that the Internet and the Web brought clear to us. That’s why I was a Google supporter in the beginning. That’s why I deleted my Facebook account. That’s why I did everything I did online the way I did it. I even wrote a college paper on it! 🙂

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America Society

We need a passenger rail system in the United States of America.

The tech giants should be investing in a rail system in the United States. Electric cars are fine and useful. But it seems like there’s a lot of bang for your buck in a comprehensive rail system. I don’t understand why this isn’t happening already.

In fact I think something like this is necessary if we were ever to have or even pretend to have a unified country.

And if we aren’t trying to become unified then why don’t we break apart into separate, independent nations?

Pick one, for fuck’s sake so we can get on with it!!!

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2020 Politics

Free civic engagement tools – Vote.org

http://blog.alijnabavi.info/2019/09/24/free-civic-engagement-tools-vote-org/

That guy sure posts great stuff! 🙂👍

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Good News News Society Uncategorized

Benefits

https://plus.codes/benefits

This is a prime example of how Google is (or was/has been) different.

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News

Tesla Wraps Up Worst Week Since 2016 as Musk Sows Fresh Doubts – Bloomberg

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-17/musk-s-bombshell-tesla-tweet-wasn-t-reviewed-by-anyone-nyt-says

I think Elon Musk needs to have a serious multi-day confab with Arianna Huffington, in a very calm, serene location.

Mr. Musk, please, on behalf of the world, I ask you to do this or something similar. 🙂 This is workable! 🕉️☸️

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Society

The Video Wars of 2027 – Mozilla Hacks – the Web developer blog

https://hacks.mozilla.org/2018/08/the-video-wars-of-2027/

This is part of a much larger issue that is also referenced within this article, notably the Sonny Bono act, and really is critical to cultural development, affecting our way of life even though most people don’t recognize it.

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Android 9: Pie

Android robot 2014.svg

I loves me some new OSes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_Pie

Installing now.

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Let’s enjoy Google’s Project Fi together! 🙂

Here’s a referral code to get a $20 credit when you join Project Fi! Redeem it at https://g.co/fi/r/05Y8WU

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Technology is not doing itself any favors

Check out @slpng_giants’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/slpng_giants/status/1025215428442959872?s=09

People are not paying enough attention to detail. It is important to get algorithms correct. We have people designing systems with a lack of information, insight, wisdom, experience, patience….

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Announcement Regarding Terminology

It remains inappropriate to refer to a computer on a desk as anything other than a PC, which is “personal computer”.  That does not refer to a particular brand or microchip architecture.  If you mean to refer to a specific operating system, such as Windows, Mac OS, etc., then say that instead so people who think will understand what you are trying to say.