Some days the fickle Internet offers up lots of articles of interest, other days few. But somehow I always seem to fall behind. And I’m not sure whether it’s because of some aversion to reading or some inability to think. So instead of reading or thinking this morning, I’ll just ‘hawg’ tabs and blather away in a blot.
First, an article [Link] entitled “How you lock your smartphone can reveal your age” that relates a study on how people “lock” their cellular telephones. Seems that “young” folk lock using the fingerprint and “old” folks lock with a PIN. Very self-confident. Very empirical. Very erroneous.
The researchers appear to have done a pretty good job with analyzing the data. They found a strong correlation between age and daily usage time and they claim that explains why old farts use PINs and young asses use their finger prints.
But they missed one critical thing. As people get older their skin cohesion decreases. Cell wall turn to cheese, as a former high government official who actually had intelligence, used to say. And at some point finger print scanners cease to work reliably. And, of course, when that happens ORFs get testy and say a few things and change over to a PIN.
Next, [Link] an article about an archaeological dig at Çatalhöyük that indicates that a lot of our social problems are caused by living in villages and cities.
Basically the message, once again, is that any time we humans associate with more than 25 (or so) people, we go to pot.
“And I don’t like anyone very much.”
Next, [Link] an Orlando Florida newspaper has come out with a first:
President Trump formally kicks off his 2020 run with a campaign rally Tuesday night in Orlando, Florida. If he’s looking for a new target to criticize, the local Orlando Sentinel just presented itself. “We’re here to announce our endorsement for president in 2020, or, at least, who we’re not endorsing: Donald Trump,” declares an editorial ahead of the rally. “Some readers will wonder how we could possibly eliminate a candidate so far before an election, and before knowing the identity of his opponent,” it adds. But the editors say eliminating Trump from the mix was actually easy: “After 2½ years we’ve seen enough.” Trump, says the editorial, routinely tells lies big and small and has tarnished the standing of the US in the world.
All Hail Fartus Maximus Prevaricator!
Next, on a more positive note, [Link] archaeologists digging in Austria have unearthed three kiloyear old bagels. Admittedly they were rather small, but good things often start out small.
But it does cause us to ask why Austrians have been so Anti-Semitic? Does it have to do with some insecurity over bagel development?
And while we’re on the trail of “anti” stupidity, an article [Link] about a database that indicates just how specious the claims of anti-vax Shmucks (and, yes, I know the combination is redundant as well as odious) actually are.
Bright Idea: let’s transport all ant-vax advocates – and their offspring – to the Sahara and quarantine them there. In groups of 25 or less.
The MegaHard-CERN divorce has begun to have some sense added to it. [Link] As suspected, the CERN NERDs are the good guys and MegaHard is exactly what we thought it was. Yeah LINUX.
Perhaps we need to start rehabilitation programs for Winders users? So they can kick the habit and use a healthy OS?
And raise the tax rate on organizations who use Winders to 125% of income?