“Google employees demand the company pull out of Pentagon AI project”

I was trying to intelligently respond to this issue, but in reading the comments on the Verge article, I found a rebuttal that is much more concise and well reasoned than anything I could come up with. So here is commenter asarathy’s response:

This attitude is so entitled and naive. Sure, the company should be careful in engaging in out right evil like say identifying which citizens to round up for the Purge, but to act as if there is no place for Google to help in defense of what is their home country is silly. Yes I get they are an international company but they are an American company and there are places where it makes sense to leverage it’s talents for it’s defense.

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“Some of our biggest companies have spent almost half their earnings to buy back their own stock, and another third or more to pay dividends. That doesn’t leave a lot left to raise pay or invest in the workers or make new investments to ensure a company’s future success” Clinton said. “These trends need to change.”

via Hillary Clinton Says On-Demand Economy Raises Hard Questions About Workplace Protections | TechCrunch.

And all of them over pay their executives. Is Meg Whitman really worth $20 million? Is she really worth 100 engineers? But that’s peanuts compared to Tim Cook.

“Making drivers into employees, not contractors, could hurt Uber’s business” – The Verge

“The company could also be on the hook for payroll tax, unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation, and state taxes.”

– Ben Popper – Making drivers into employees, not contractors, could hurt Uber’s business – The Verge

It’s kind of amazing that Uber isn’t on the hook for any of this now. Is the American economy really sustainable with this new contractor model? I doubt it.

The Biggest Cry Baby of All Time

Nilay Petal complaining about how utterly miserable his life is because playing music is just soooooooo hard these days.

All of the stress and panic I feel when I have to pull out a smartphone and open an app and pick a playlist and select my AirPlay or Bluetooth speakers and wait for it all to work…

Sarcasm? Probably, but the article is written so badly that it’s not clear. Yes, I know, my writing is worse, but it’s not my full time job.

“First world problem” doesn’t even begin to scratch at the outskirts of describing how utterly inane this article is.

Also, nice way to blame it on Apple with what is now a time honored tradition of click-bait headlines at the Verge, “Apple Music and the terrible return of DRM”.

Microsoft Wants Your Phone to be Your Computer

Continuum for Phones – YouTube

Two things going on here:

  1. Using USB-C to connect your phone to a screen (which can charge your phone as your phone drives the display)
  2. Responsive Design going beyond websites into apps so that now one app can run anywhere

There is also a third thing which hasn’t been explored much and that is “dual screen” which means your phone screen can be doing something different from the big screen it’s attached to. This whole idea is certainly not new, but all the previous attempts have failed. If this works (requires new hardware that has not been announced yet) Microsoft will have pulled off something truly great – a bunch of dumb screens driven by one smart device.