Wise Guys on WHO Radio - January 30, 2016
Please note: These show notes may be in various stages of completion -- ranging from brainstormed notes through to well-polished monologues. Please excuse anything that may seem rough around the edges, as it may only be a first draft of a thought and not be fully representative of what was said on the air.
In the news this week
You can still pay to get it
What a bizarre circumstance and a pretty obvious violation of common sense
Everywhere the global manufacturer looks, it sees signs of pending or imminent economic trouble
Smartphones have reached a near-saturation point among the economies where they are plausible and affordable. That forces Apple to look for "what's next", which is the curse of technology giants: It takes a lot of good decisions to stay in the lead, and it's very hard to build long streaks of good decisions when operating on the cutting edge.
Streaming audio still has trouble going up against terrestrial or hybrid terrestrial/streaming competitors
White House cybersecurity strategist says we need better ways of developing software that are more rigorous than current standards
Street-smart social media
Be on alert: There are lots of fraudulent Facebook friend requests going around right now. Don't accept them from people you don't know.
That might actually beat the recognition rates of a lot of credulous human beings
Dispatches from the flying-car future
They're practicing to deliver Internet access to far-flung users
Politics of technology
Voter targeting is growing ever more sophisticated -- which is why I was surprised by a very poorly-targeted visit from a campaign volunteer yesterday.
The Iowa Republican and Democratic parties got together to set up an accountable method of collecting caucus results -- it's unfortunate the campaign wants to opt out of a good-faith arrangement that shows the parties can actually work together.
Brian's Big Picture
Please don't let the increasing complexity of virtually everything in modern life frighten you into the arms of simpletons who want to take high office. High levels of complexity call for sophisticated leaders, not dunces who think everything can be reduced to the absurd. There are some outrageously dumb people running for President and other high offices right now -- that, or they're playing dumb, which is just as bad. Don't let them win.
Internet of Things (IoT): The idea that practically everything can be connected to the Internet and integrated with related things