As a reader of this blog - you might know that I follow and agree with <a href="https://twitter.com/davewiner" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Dave Winer</a> (who I do not know) .. a lot. In fact, a quick search on Beyond Bridges posts <a href="http://beyondbridges.net/?s=dave+winer" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">reveals 12 separate</a> posts mentioning his name alone.
I had already been looking at this when Robert first announced it, commenting to him through Twitter that since I don’t use Facebook, I couldn’t comment on his blog. A short flurry of exchanges ensued, including being followed by the man himself. Honored, though I suspect that I might need to work hard to have him be a regular listener !
But back to that post by Dave. I popped over to Twitter to share this with Dave – and lo – I discovered he had blocked me. Blocked mind you. Not muted, but blocked.
I’d of course add my favorite (that doesn’t actually exist) — mute-with-timeout, which would allow me to turn off messages from people who might have a reason right now to be angry, but who I’d like to automatically give another chance to communicate with me, after having a chance to cool down.
This suggests that I had obviously done something really really bad.
Sorry Dave. Maybe I ‘@ called you’ a little too much on Twitter, maybe I said something that upset you. My mistake. Apologies. And don’t worry, no need to unblock me, I have other accounts if I really want to see what you are saying on Twitter, but I don’t. Most of my interest in your work lies on Scripting.com anyway, which I still receive through my RSS feed in Feedly – I just won’t @ Call you anymore, because that is the only reason I can come up with as to why I am blocked.
I recently posted <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/innovations/wp/2016/02/16/if-you-hate-telemarketers-youll-love-this-robot-designed-to-waste-their-time/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">this link</a> to a group I belong to. It is about a robot that calls telemarketers and wastes their time. Until then, I had never heard of Jim Florentine, who is "human and wicked" ... so much harder to scale - but well worth a couple of click throughs. Five of them in all. Thanks <a href="https://cyber.law.harvard.edu/people/dsearls" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">'Doc'</a>.
<blockquote>They are pouring their hope into uncertain vessels, and surely know it. Bernie Sanders is an actual radical: He would fundamentally change an economic system that imperfectly but for two centuries made America the wealthiest country in the history of the world. In the young his support is understandable: They have never been taught anything good about capitalism and in their lifetimes have seen it do nothing—nothing—to protect its own reputation.</blockquote>
BTW – I know he might want to do that … but …. we all know that without ‘we the people’ fully supporting him (not just through the election, but after the election), without The Senate, without Congress … well just how much power will he have – and what exactly will he be able to do ?
<a href="http://macdailynews.com/2016/02/26/apples-cook-is-second-most-favorable-tech-ceo-in-poll-of-registered-voters/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">I found this an interesting read.</a> Not for the headline;
Apple’s Cook is second most favorable tech CEO in poll of registered voters
… but rather for some of the comments in the body …
“About four out of 10 respondents (39 percent) said they view the Apple leader favorably. Most of the rest (44 percent) said they hadn’t heard of him or have no opinion.” (love to know the detail of that split.)
“12 percent said they hadn’t heard much about the Apple controversy, and another 12 percent said they’d heard nothing about it.“
“when respondents saw some of Apple’s arguments laid out before them, they grew more likely to support the tech giant’s position in the debate.”
Bottom line – ask people who know nothing about a case what they think and you get the answer you would expect. George Orwell’s Groupthink comes to mind.
Why is Apple a loser? L2 Founder and NYU Stern Professor Scott Galloway calls Tim Cook’s concern about consumers’ privacy disingenuous.
I am not going to waste my time rekeying what he said. It’s not worth my time. Its not even worth my time to relisten to what he said. He is wrong. He is not just wrong because I disagree with him, he is wrong because of the massive over simplification he is making about the situation. He also weakens his argument by introduces a totally unconnected piece of crap at the end of the piece (but that is a different story.)
I heard it and was going to ignore it, but then two days later he produced this …
Breathe deep the gathering gloom,
Watch lights fade from every room.
Bedsitter people look back and lament,
Another day’s useless energy spent.
Impassioned lovers wrestle as one,
Lonely man cries for love and has none.
New mother picks up and suckles her son,
Senior citizens wish they were young.
Cold hearted orb that rules the night,
Removes the colours from our sight.
Red is grey and yellow white.
But we decide which is right.
And which is an illusion?