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Let’s assume for a moment that the Democrats actually won the Presidential election, and that the Republicans retain a slim majority in the Senate, effectively stymieing efforts of the Biden/Harris/Biden administration to significantly transform America for the next couple of years. Two thoughts occur to me, along with the possibility of a synergistic relationship. First, […]

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This big story will dispel them. Last week, Ant Financial, the financial arm of Chinese tech company Alibaba, was going to have the largest Initial Public Offering (IPO) of stock in history, divided between the stock exchanges in Hong Kong and Shanghai. The finance company, which includes Alipay, accounts for a majority of consumer payments […]

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I’ve been a supporter for years, but I hardly ever use it because every time I come back I get too frustrated by ridiculous load times. I’m on a Ethernet using a 1Gbit/s fiber optic connection, and Ricochet is orders of magnitude slower than any other web site I ever load. Just look at this […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they welcome CNN’s Wolf Blitzer getting a reality check on police work. They also shudder as the far left starts lining up for cabinet spots in a possible Biden administration. And as the Girl Scouts delete an innocuous tweet congratulating Amy Coney Barrett because of complaints from lefties, Jim implores Americans to stand up for themselves and tell the mob to go pound sand.

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I wanted to watch the Tucker Carlson interview with Tony Bobulinski yesterday. I searched for it on YouTube and found it. However, after Tucker’s brief introduction the video shutdown to the YouTube equivalent of the Microsoft Blue Screen of Death. A message appears stating that a problem has occurred and that I should try back […]

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Join hosts Joe Selvaggi and Pioneer Institute’s Mary Connaughton, and guest, former Mass. Secretary of Transportation Jim Aloisi, as they discuss the I90 Allston Multimodal Project, its long-term benefits, and their concerns for the metro west commuters and communities during the project’s decade-long construction.

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Join host Joe Selvaggi and security technologist Prof. Bruce Schneier as they discuss risks associated with car telematics as well as how best to ensure public safety in the future of the internet of everything.

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So I watched this (sort of) documentary on Netflix called The Social Dilemma, and I’m wondering if anybody else here has watched it and has any thoughts on it. Its structure is commentary from various individuals who were involved in in social media companies, and a (less successful imho) parallel illustrative story. And also Matrix […]

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The Olden Days of Gender Reveal

 

So, now there is this enormous fire surging across a part of Southern California because someone’s gender reveal party included a smoke bomb that exploded into blue or pink smoke and then set fire to the surrounding chaparral. In the first place, if you’ve ever lived in SoCal you should know never to use anything flammable out there in the brush. It’s just a fire waiting to happen. I haven’t lived in the area in 25 years, but we called it home from 1974 to 1996 (with a couple of years in the middle up in western Idaho). The native plants catch on fire. Do not do things that might cause one of those fires. Sigh…

I also wonder when the “Gender Reveal” became a “thing?” We have five children, born between 1976 and 1984–all of my prenatal care was at the Navy Hospital in San Diego, because this was during my husband’s active duty years. (Yes, yes, it was considered somewhat of a bizarre thing that we would go on reproducing after we had the first two: boy, then girl. But actually, we intended to have six. My body just let me know that five would be plenty.)

Join Jim and Greg as they cheer what appears to be a major antibody discovery from the University of Pittsburgh that could be a huge asset in the fight against COVID. They also spotlight the “party of science” figures like Kamala Harris and North Carolina U.S. Senate hopeful Cal Cunningham saying they would not trust a COVID vaccine announced prior to the election. And they have fun with Kamala promising what would happen in a “Harris administration” before suddenly remembering she’s not actually the nominee.

My iPhone, My Enemy

 

I have been around computers since I was nine, so I know what early adoption of system updates can lead to. There was one update I am aware of that would permanently disable any device that received it. I have no idea how the manufacturer compensated their victims in that case. So on every new device part of my nesting routine is to make sure that automatic updates are turned off. Let them destroy someone else’s device, I need mine running.

So then I received a notification on my iPhone that I should leave the phone on overnight for an important update, the defective COVID-19 exposure detection app rejected by the UK because Apple and Google could not reliably distinguish between a signal three feet away and one 30 feet away with maybe a wall or two between, has now been integrated into iOS but, the message assured, use of the app would be entirely opt-in. So if I update my iPhone the defective app proposed to Europe to decide who is shoved pell-mell into forced quarantine will become a part of my configuration.

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On Monday night, my iPhone turned off and wouldn’t turn back on. That’s just a minor personal inconvenience with a straightforward, if not pricy, solution—right? So the next morning, I scheduled an appointment at a repair shop for that afternoon and tried to log in for work. And that’s where the “minor personal inconvenience” snowballed. […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they serve up three crazy martinis! First, Jim explains why it’s so weird for Joe Biden to have no public events today and to continue the basement campaign just two months before the election. They also explain why Biden’s recent insistence that he will not ban fracking runs contrary to his repeated promises during the primary season to stop fracking and even shut down fossil fuels entirely. And they welcome a new cable news channel that claims to be focused on facts and not opinion but they also explain the challenges of keeping that promise.

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As I’ve mentioned before, I write computer software. I’ve programmed in a variety of domains, from banking to international funds transfer to telecom. Want a blast from the past? A much younger me led the team that implemented the Tandem computer network behind JCPenney’s experimental Telaction shopping system, way back in 1987. (Telaction flopped after […]

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Join Jim and Greg for four big stories today! After a classic Jim rant on young people being offended by text messages with periods, they applaud the first night of the Republican National Convention and explain why they believe it was so effective. They also chronicle the epic fall of Jerry Falwell, Jr. and the lessons from this sordid saga. And they hammer House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for calling Republicans “domestic enemies” and “enemies of the state.”

Join host Joe Selvaggi as he talks with Hannah Mamuszka, expert in diagnostic science, about the state of COVID-19 testing technology and its implications for a safer return to school and work in the fall.

Hannah Mamuszka is Founder & CEO of ALVA10, a healthcare technology firm. Hannah has spent her 20+ year career in diagnostics – both in pharma and at diagnostics companies, in the lab and on the business side. She believes that the challenges of diagnostic technology fully impacting patient care are more commercial than technical, and conceived of ALVA10 to create a mechanism to pull technology into healthcare by aligning incentives through data. She regularly speaks on issues regarding advancement of technology in healthcare, is on the Board of Directors for two diagnostic companies and writes a column on the value of diagnostics for the Journal of Precision Medicine.

Join Jim and Greg as they’re glad to see Kellyanne and George Conway end their ugly public debates, leave their jobs, and focus on their family. They also unload on Virginia’s public health director for announcing the COVID vaccine will mandatory for residents there. And they hammer Kamala Harris for her political tap dance in trying to explain why she called for more cops a decade ago but now promises to carry the banner for Black Lives Matter.

This week on “The Learning Curve,” Cara and Gerard are joined by Julia Freeland Fisher, director of education research at the Clayton Christensen Institute. Julia shares how her liberal arts and law school background has informed her career path and views on education reform, and how her work with the late Professor Christensen and Michael Horn on disruptive innovation and education technology have provided fresh insights. Julia discusses the promise and scalability of online learning even prior to COVID-19, and shares her views on the power of professional networks, relationships, and technology for closing what she views as the “social gap,” which is also the topic of her book, Who You Know: Unlocking Innovations That Expand Students’ Networks. Lastly, she offers analysis on digital learning models across the country that are addressing this gap and advancing social mobility.

Stories of the Week: With his party’s anti-charter school platform proposals, is Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden sacrificing the best interests of America’s underprivileged schoolchildren? The EducationNext annual survey results show an interesting linkage between populism and views on education policy; and that an increasing percentage of parents are open to enrolling their child in some online high school courses.

Join Jim and Greg as they hammer New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for referring to COVID as a metaphor and for continuing to portray himself as some sort of disease conqueror when his state suffered far more than any other. They also discuss John Kasich crossing over to endorse Joe Biden and why his arguments that Biden won’t cave in to the far left has already been proven false. And they have fun with Albion College’s insane rule that students have to stay in a 4.5 mile perimeter for the entire semester.