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#Facebook links removed from this web site #DeleteFacebook

I  have removed the links to the Facebook page for this web site and also deleted the Social sharing options as we now know that Facebook used these connections for tracking and surveillance purposes, to drive their use of Facebook as a global propaganda platform.

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Fixing the Starbuck’s app “No stores nearby available” error

Just a tip to help users of the Android version of the Starbuck’s app. If you try to make a mobile order using the app, but you see no stores on the map view and see the error message “No stores nearby available” or similar, there is a fix for this. The problem appears to be that the Starbuck’s app requires “permission” to access the Location information on your phone – but the permission to...

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As tech companies regulate speech, will they lose their safe harbor?

Source: Silicon Valley escalates its war on white supremacy despite free speech concerns – The Washington Post Tech companies have long argued they are not responsible for the content posted by others on their platforms. Under this view, a tech company is not responsible if someone posts threats to kill others or instructions for building a bomb or details on how to hack into government computers. Companies have stood behind this principle, especially in regards...

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Coldstreams.com is migrating to WordPress.com

I will be migrating this blog from self hosting on my virtual server to using WordPress.com. I have already done most of the set up on WordPress and you can see the preliminary web site at https://coldstreams.wordpress.com I plan to set up a server “redirect” so if you access coldstreams.com you will automatically load the coldstreams.wordpress.com web page. I could set this up so that coldstreams.com points directly to the new URL, however, that method...

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“Study: Social media users shy away from opinions”

Study: Social media users shy away from opinions | Technology | KATU.com – Portland News, Sports, Traffic Weather and Breaking News – Portland, Oregon. Study suggests people post what they expect their followers to agree with – in other words, Facebook becomes an echo chamber that stifles discussion and debate. Few people will challenge their “friends” when there are different interpretations or even when the facts are completely wrong. A side effect is that people...

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Did Newsweek really find Bitcoin inventor Satoshi Nakamoto?

Newsweek has posted a cover story by Leah McGrath Goodman, claiming to have located the inventor of Bitcoin, publishing a photo of his house and his car license plate. Goodman ties together weak correlations with one almost fact – saying the individual said “I no longer have any connection” when she allegedly asked him about Bitcoin. But the individual said he was misunderstood, saying his answer was in reference to no longer being involved in...

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Future trends in Information Systems and Technology

This past Saturday I attended an IEEE Computer Society-Seattle sponsored seminar on future trends in information systems and technology. Speakers covered a very wide range of topics.  Here is a bullet point list of some key thoughts from the seminar: The fastest growing market opportunities involve the mobile space. Mobile means smart phones, tablets plus literally billions of devices expected in the years to come that communicate wirelessly. Mobile also means cloud computing. Desktop computers...

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