Words of the decade 2010–2019: Fritinancy edition

In a few weeks, members of the American Dialect Society (and of the word-loving public) will gather in New Orleans and vote on the words of the year and the decade. Ten years ago, the American Dialect Society picked google as its overall winner; my own list back then included blog, Ground Zero, terrorism, and PTSD. New decade, new list. As before, I’m following ADS criteria. To qualify for my list, a word must be: demonstrably new or newly popular in the decade in question widely an...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Science, Technology, Television, Media, Finance, Wikipedia, US, Cisco, Economy, BBC News, Netflix, Pandora, Culture

10 December tax presents for you instead of the IRS

These carolers, dressed in Dickensian attire, are no doubt singing traditional Christmas tunes, not my reworked and tax-themed "O Tannenbaum." (Photo by Chris Waits via Flickr CC) O Tax Year-End (O Tax Year Moves) O Tax Year-End, O Tax Year-End,How are thy days so nearing!O Tax Year Moves, O Tax Year Moves,How are thy days so wearing! Not only in the wintertime,But even in young spring is thy prime.O Tax Year-End, O Tax Year Moves,How are thy days so nearing!   Yes, ...
Tags: Apple, Taxes, Congress, United States, Ira, Sam, Agi, Irs, Internal Revenue Service, Roth, Tannenbaum, TCJA, Chris Waits, Santa Sorry

Brands of the decade: 2010–2019

Ten years ago, when social media and blogging were still new and a rational person was in the White House, I did something ambitious and presumptuous: I published a list of the Brands of the Decade.* And now it’s time to do it again. To qualify for my highly subjective top-12 list, a brand had to meet these guidelines: Founded during the second decade of the 21st century or shortly before or Had a significant impact on the way we do business or live our lives during this decade or ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Lyft, Twitter, Spotify, Music, Science, Technology, London, Sweden, Pinterest, Instagram, Colorado, Film, Washington

More Small Tests Are Happening For Universal Basic Incomes

DevNull127 writes: A video report from NBC News profiles "Springboard to Opportunities," an advocacy group for affordable housing residents that's now also testing $1,000-a-month payments (privately-funded) for 20 women in Mississsippi chosen at random. One senior-living aid making $10.31 an hour says the grants represent "a little freedom". She's using the money to pay down debt — and to visit the father in Pennsylvania who she hasn't seen in 20 years. Meanwhile, CBS MoneyWatch checked in on ...
Tags: Cbs News, Nbc News, Tech, Pennsylvania, Stockton, Yang, Stockton California, Tubbs, Federal Elections Commission, Michael Tubbs, CBS MoneyWatch, Andrew Yang, Mississsippi, Chad Dzizek

How It Works: Active Noise Control

Do you like a quiet car? Most people do, and automakers work hard to turn down the noise in their vehicles' cabins. One way to do that is to make more noise -- and that's the idea behind Active Noise Control. Find out more in my "How It Works" column at the National Post ( [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Technology, Autos, Jil McIntosh

Rare Turf

So, a pastime of mine is using Google maps to explore towns in this great land of ours. Sometimes it's just out of idle curiosity. Sometimes I'll go so far as to imagine relocating there.  "Where are the cool neighborhoods? Where's the place where you can walk to the brewpubs and decent restaurants?"One thing I've noticed is that there are not many places where you can walk to both a grocery store and good eateries in a neighborhood of single-family dwellings. The restaurants and grocery stores ...
Tags: Google, Guns, Tam, Random Musing, Broad Ripple and Environs

Short story: The Shape That Fell From The Cloud

Whoever programs monsters… I no longer have nightmares about the awful images we train AIs to create in the weaponized deepfakes lab. Everybody vulnerable to depression or psychotic breakdowns if filtered out during the selection process, and I’ve gotten used to what we do. After all, our images are designed to induce breakdowns and suicide on specific individuals and groups, so what we get when exposed to them is a glance of their poison. Awful, yes, but not lethal. But after working on the co...
Tags: Future

First volume of Posthuman Studies book series Published

Thee first volume of the new high-class Posthuman Studies book series has just been published by the oldest publishing house in the world, Schwabe publishing (founded 1488). It is written by IEET Affiliate Scholar and renowned sociologist Prof. Steve Fuller, available for 30 € and entitled: Nietzschean Meditations. Untimely Thoughts at the Dawn of the Transhuman Era [Author: [email protected] (IEET)]
Tags: Future, Steve Fuller, Schwabe

Short story: Blue Collar

Of biotech, industry 4.0, and very quick showers. You woke up to the news that the company running your gut microbiota had been acquired by a private equity consortium with plans to close the company and sell its data and IP. Panic rising faster than your wakefulness, you rushed to get a replacement subscription, but all the other companies had jacked up prices within minutes of the announcement. You knew they would go down later, but you needed a way to digest the drought-resistant wheat cakes...
Tags: Congress, Future, Mckinsey

2019 Holiday Gift Guide for Lawyers

Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** It’s already that time of year - time to start shopping for the lawyers on your holiday gift list. Time sure flies, doesn’t it? But, good news! I’ve done the work for you. Here’s my curated holiday gift list for the lawyers in your lives. All you have to do is choose which gifts to buy. So without further ado, here are my recommendations. First, let’s take a look at a few books. If the lawyer in yo...
Tags: Google, New York, Law, Time, Thomson Reuters, Aba, ABA Journal, Michael, Rochester New York, Daily Record--Legal Currents Column, Law & Technology, NBlack, Nicole Black, Sharon D Nelson John W Simek, Susan Smith Blakely, Google Mesh Wifi Router

As sure as today is Cyber Monday, your employees are shopping from work

Today is Cyber Monday, the biggest online shopping day of the holiday season. In fact, it is estimated that today will be the biggest online shopping day ever, with over $9.4 billion in sales. And, guess what? Given that most of those doing the shopping will be spending the majority of their prime shopping hours at work, from where do you think they will be making most of their Cyber Monday purchases. Consider these statistics: 68% of employees use time at work to shop online. 81% of millenni...
Tags: Technology, Law, Jon Hyman, Caleb Woods

The 4 things you cannot do to pro-union employees (hint: number 1 is fire them)

Four former Google employees claim that their ex-employer fired them Thanksgiving week in retaliation for their efforts to organize a labor union. According to CNBC, the NLRB is now investigating the firings. For its part, Google denies that anti-union animus played any roll in the firings. We dismissed four individuals who were engaged in intentional and often repeated violations of our longstanding data security policies, including systematically accessing and disseminating other employees’...
Tags: Google, Law, Nlrb, Cnbc, Jon Hyman, Labor Relations, Markus Spiske

Cyberattack on New Orleans city computers called ‘minimal’

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Officials announced Saturday that no data was held for ransom and that a recovery operation is getting underway after a cyberattack a day earlier triggered a shutdown of city government computers in New Orleans. Chief Information Officer Kim LaGrue, speaking at a news conference with Mayor LaToya Cantrell and others, said […]
Tags: Technology, News, Ap, New Orleans, LaToya Cantrell, Kim LaGrue

Bank Employee Steals Cash, Then Posts Pics of It On Facebook and Instagram

"If you're systematically stealing money from a bank vault, it may not be a good idea to post the evidence on your social media pages," reports CNN: A bank employee in Charlotte, North Carolina, allegedly stole $88,000 from the bank's vault, according to a release from the United States Attorney's Office Western District of North Carolina. And he wasn't bashful about advertising to his social media followers the life of luxury he was funding.... Henderson's numerous Facebook and Instagram photo...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Tech, Cnn, United States, Henderson, Mercedes Benz, U S Attorney s Office, Charlotte North Carolina, Office Western District of North Carolina

Will Tesla's Rooftop Solar Panels Revolutionize the Power Industry?

Long-time Slashdot reader 140Mandak262Jamuna brings news of a triumph for a Tesla power project in South Australia: about 900 residential rooftop solar panels, coupled with storage batteries, "all linked up to central control, to form what they are calling a 'Virtual Power Plant.'" Nothing virtual about it, distributed power plant would have been a better name. That project, designed to link 50,000 homes and their solar panels, is just 2% complete. About 1000 homes. That 2% complete project had...
Tags: Tech, Tesla, South Australia, Slashdot, Will Tesla, Australian Energy Market Operator, Virtual Power Plants

Building Your Own Open Source, Privacy-Protecting Voice Assistant With A Raspberry Pi

PC Magazine's "tech nerd" Whitson Gordon writes that "Once you start using a smart speaker to set reminders, play the news, or turn the lights on, it's hard to go back." But if you want the convenience of voice control without the data-collecting tech giant behind the scenes, an open-source project called Mycroft is a great alternative. And you can run it right on a Raspberry Pi. Mycroft is a free, open-source voice assistant designed to run on Linux-based devices... Mycroft has been around...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Tech, Whitson Gordon, Mycroft, Picroft Using Mycroft

Raspberry Pi Foundation Sells Its 30,000,000th Raspberry Pi

McGruber writes: In a reply to a Twitter post, Raspberry Pi Foundation's CEO Eben Upton announced that they have sold their thirty-millionth Raspberry Pi. "We don't get sales returns from our licensees until month end," Upton acknowledged in a later tweet, but "at the end of November, we were at 29.8Mu, with a monthly run rate of 500-600ku..." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Tags: Tech, Raspberry Pi Foundation, Eben Upton, Upton, McGruber

Why Veteran Entrepreneurs are Suited to Lead in the Tech Industry

“The answer is always yes to the veteran community. If we want to host an event, if we need support, if we need a partner — Capital Factory is there to lend a hand,” noted Craig Cummings on November 12 at Capital Factory’s Veterans in Tech Summit in Austin. Despite the frosty Texas weather, over 100 entrepreneurs and tech professionals gathered to discuss relevant topics such as transitioning to a role in tech after service, leadership traits, and translating a veteran’s valuable experience in...
Tags: Google, Startups, Texas, Technology, Leadership, Microsoft, Startup, Diversity, Austin, Veterans, Dell, Marissa, Expedia, Booz Allen Hamilton, Vrbo, Marcus

Conor Brady Is Selling Bunko at "Dog's First"

Back in 2018, I got an email, over the transom, from someone in Ireland by the name of Conor Brady.I think me and you are very similar. Read your latest blog on vet collusion. This is a big penchant of mine as you will see from my blog and it’s nice to meet someone as mad (if not madder) than me about the whole disgusting situation! Sometimes I feel like a bit of a raving lunatic but as our followers grow and most of us pop up, you know we’re on the right track.OK.I am not sure how we became a ...
Tags: Google, Washington, Pets, Africa, US, San Francisco, Diamond, Gmo, Fox, Ireland, Fda, Tacoma, Shark Tank, Purina, Pedigree, Brady

Volkswagen to bring self-driving electric shuttles to Qatar by 2022

Volkswagen Group and Qatar have agreed to develop a public transit system of autonomous shuttles and buses by 2022 for the capital city of Doha. The agreement signed Saturday by VW Group and the Qatar Investment Authority is an expansive project that will involve four brands under VW Group, including Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Scania, its shared ride service MOIA and Audi subsidiary Autonomous Intelligent Driving, or AID. The aim is to develop the entire transport system, including th...
Tags: Transportation, Tech, Qatar, Automotive, Vw, Qatar Investment Authority, Autonomous Vehicles, Volkswagen, Audi, Qia, Doha, Volkswagen Group, VW Group, Scania, MOIA, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles

The Annual Reese Family Christmas Letter - 2019

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from the Reese family! I’m sorry to report that we weren’t able to achieve our goal of teaching our dogs to bark the notes of The Twelve Days of Christmas. I had this vision of how awesome it would be for the UPS guy to ring the doorbell and have our poodle and Great Dane serenade them with a Christmas song. Maybe next year. Here’s a little rundown of 2019 at the Reese household: Kylee is a sophomore at Hurricane High. I don’t know what kind of ti...
Tags: Google, Utah, Monument Valley, Sport, UPS, Paul Mccartney, Mormon church, Happy Holidays, Jackson, Jack, Costa Rica, Mel, Vegas, Mona Lisa, Aerosmith, Hgtv

Physicists Use Bubbling Quantum Vacuum To Hopscotch Heat Across Empty Space

Long-time Slashdot reader fahrbot-bot quotes Live Science: When you touch a hot surface, you're feeling movement. If you press your hand against a mug of tea, warmth spreads through your fingers. That's the sensation of billions of atoms banging together. Tiny vibrations carry thermal energy from the water to the mug and then into your skin as one molecule knocks into the next, sending it careening into a third -- and so on down the line. Heat can also cross space as waves of radiation, but w...
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Google Launches a Hub for Top Trending Product Searches via @MattGSouthern

Google has launched a home on the web for marketers to discover the top trending product searches across different categories.The post Google Launches a Hub for Top Trending Product Searches via @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.
Tags: Google, News, Seo, Marketing Analytics

Google Reveals Its Top Searches of the Year And, Yes, It's Mostly Memes

The Game of Thrones Starbucks cup debacle. Watching Notre Dame go up in flames. The moment the world fell in love with Baby Yoda. Going through Google’s top searches of the year feels like flipping through a scrapbook of the internet’s collective obsessions. Released this week, the company’s annual “Year in Search”…Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Google Search, Vsco, Hit Or Miss, Tiktok, Baby Yoda, Baby Yoda Going

America Considers Declassifying Military Information on US, Chinese, and Russian Space Programs

Long-time Slashdot reader SonicSpike quotes Defense News: The U.S. Air Force's top civilian and a key member of Congress agreed Saturday on the need to declassify a large amount of information about America's military space programs to both intimidate foes and encourage support among the public. "Declassifying some of what is currently held in secure vaults would be a good idea," Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett said during a panel at the Reagan National Defense Forum. "You would have to be ...
Tags: Congress, China, Russia, US, America, Tech, Air Force, Rogers, Barrett, U S Air Force, Barbara Barrett, Reagan National Defense Forum, Mike Rogers R Ala, Russian Space Programs, Congress for a Space Force

Don’t Worry, We Answered All the Burning Beauty Qs You Googled This Year

Most of us turn to Google every day to get our questions answered. When it comes to beauty, Google makes our life easier by connecting us to a world of trends, tips, and information in only seconds. The company just released Google's 2019 Year in Search, which presents the top trending searches around beauty that captured the world's attention and had a big traffic spike over a sustained period in 2019. To wrap up this year, we've gathered all the top trending beauty-related questions on Google ...
Tags: Google, Beauty, Beauty Trends

Let’s talk Samsung Galaxy S11

We’ve officially entered the mid-December hardware doldrums. Obviously no major hardware maker in its right mind is going to be announcing anything major in the next few weeks, for fear of preemptively cannibalizing holiday sales. Things will, however, heat up immediately after the new year with the kick off of CES. Then, a little over a month later, comes MWC. Sandwiched somewhere in there is the launch of Samsung’s next flagship. This is the device that sets the tone for the company for the...
Tags: Google, Startups, Mobile, South Korea, Hardware, Samsung, Qualcomm, MWC, Samsung Galaxy

3 Steps to a Winning Google Shopping Strategy

The world of paid digital advertising is changing fast. Over the last year alone, marketers have had to adapt to big changes on Facebook's platform. They now have to reckon with the continued growth of Amazon, which is taking an ever-larger bite out of online advertising budgets. Even Google, long the alpha dog in digital marketing, is altering its approach with the changing times. Over the past few years, an interesting trend has emerged. Google Shopping ads steadily are increasing their SE...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Ecommerce, Google Shopping

TikTok owner ByteDance launches new deal with Chinese government

The increasingly popular social media application TikTok has a concerning relationship with the Chinese state. That link became ever the more concerning today, when reports began circulating of a brand new partnership between the company that owns TikTok, ByteDance, and the government of China. ByteDance owns the video-sharing app TikTok, and has established a joint venture with a Chinese state media group, official registration documents show. “The joint venture will focus on partnership in ...
Tags: Security, Post, Business, Technology, News, Privacy, China, Tech, World news, Spying, Surveillance, Beijing, Reuters, Shandong, Picks, Bytedance

Remembering Rene Auberjonois, 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine' Actor

Last weekend saw the death of Rene Auberjonois at age 79, writes Variety. schwit1 quotes their report: Auberjonois was a prolific television actor, appearing as Paul Lewiston in 71 episodes of 'Boston Legal' and as Clayton Runnymede Endicott III in ABC's long-running sitcom 'Benson.' He played Odo in 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,' and carried that role into video games, voicing the same role in 'Harbinger' and 'The Fallen.' He appeared in the movie 'MASH' as Father Mulcahy in the first of sev...
Tags: Abc, Boston, Disney, Tech, Little Mermaid, William Shatner, Oliver, Robert Altman, King Kong, Rene, Odo, Mulcahy, Rene Auberjonois, Auberjonois, Paul Lewiston, Clayton Runnymede Endicott III

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