"Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."
-- Proverbs 29:18, King James Bible (KJV)

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Shrinking Stonehenge Scandal

People who do not understand ancient cultural sites should have nothing to say about what is to be done with them. The Shrinking Stonehenge Scandal is one example.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Zenith Breaks Watch Accuracy Records With New Oscillator (Re-) Invention

At Robb Report, James D. Malcolmson in

Material Breach: The New Zenith Defy Lab Reinvents the Oscillator to Improve on Accuracy

reports on a real watchmaking innovation that

"Zenith breaks mechanical-timekeeping performance barriers with a radically different oscillator system."

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

World Anti-Doping Agency Drops Violation Charges Against Russian Athletes Due to Insufficient Evidence

The World Anti-Doping Agency has dropped violation charges against 95 of 96 Russian athletes. The New York Times quotes Olivier Niggli, the agency’s director general, from an internal agency report:

“The available evidence was insufficient to support the assertion of an antidoping rule violation against these 95 athletes."

We do not comment on the sports politics involved here because we simply have no first-hand information about that, as most commenters also do not, many such commentaries being merely idle speculation and opinion, without supporting factual basis.

Important to note is that protection of athletes should be the top priority of any anti-doping agency and that doping charges should not be levelled at anyone without sufficient evidence. That principle has been applied here by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

As of September 18, 2017 a New Kind of "Oath" of Allegiance: Verizon Wants YOUR Data

Verizon Communications recently purchased AOL and Yahoo and fused them into an entity called Oath Inc., also called "Verizon Digital Network".   We recently accessed our Flickr account and learned there as follows (info in quotation marks was excerpted by us):

"Yahoo is now part of ‘Oath’, a digital and mobile media company with more than 50 brands globally (including Yahoo, HuffPost, Engadget, TechCrunch, Moviefone and Makers), and a member of the Verizon family of companies working to shape the future of media....

We would like to inform you in advance that, as of 18 September 2017, Yahoo and Oath plan to share some user information within the Verizon family of companies which will enable us to integrate our business, allowing us to coordinate more and improve your experiences....

Your information is used to continually deliver innovative, engaging and entertaining products and services to you. We believe that we can more efficiently deliver a better experience to you by sharing user information across the various Oath brands and within our Verizon family of companies. We will use this shared information to integrate and improve our services, and to provide more customised advertising & content, as well as for other analytics purposes.

We will share the same information that our companies have previously collected and used for the development and operation of our products and services. This may include your account registration information (such as your user ID, gender, name, email address, postcode & age), your content and advertising interests, content associated with your account, the types of services you use and how you engage with them, cookie and device IDs, IP addresses, geolocation information and activity information from across our websites, apps, software and other services.

All of the information that we collect about you may be shared across the various Oath brands and within our Verizon family of companies....

Your privacy is important to us. How Yahoo and Oath handle your personal information as well as what information Yahoo shares with third parties outside of the Oath organisation and the Verizon family of companies has not changed. The Yahoo EMEA Terms of Service and Privacy Policy continue to govern your activity when you are on a Yahoo site, using a Yahoo app or interacting with our products, services or technologies.

Integration of Yahoo into the new Oath organisation is an ongoing process. We are carefully managing your data during this period of transition, and we will notify you in accordance with our Privacy Policy as and when additional significant changes occur....

Yahoo users are empowered to shape their privacy preferences. Your ad personalisation opt-out preferences will also be shared and honoured across Oath ad systems. We recommend that users take advantage of these options to optimise their experience; however, should you prefer that Yahoo does not share any personal information with Oath and/or the Verizon family of companies, instructions on how to delete your Yahoo account can be found here."

Our comment: this is the brave new privacy-gutting data-mined world of the transparent user in an Internet where "net neutrality", and the "open Internet", as we have known them, will be throttled shadows of the past....

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

When Art Sells Out: Yayoi Kusama's "Infinity Mirrors" Exhibit in LA at the Broad October 21

See Anna Albaryan at the LA Weekly in
Trying to buy tickets to the Broad's Yayoi Kusama exhibit was a disappointing experience

Thousands of tickets at $25 a clip sold out in nothing flat to economically wily purchasers and many are now available at multiples of that price on Craigs List.

The powers that be in "Art" need to learn better how to deal with the law of supply and demand in marketing their art exhibitions.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Forging Sensible Immigration Law

Immigration law in the USA remains a complex issue.

Even if one is against uncontrolled immigration,
there is no denying that sensible, documented immigration is important.

Consider, for example, this article by Bret Stephens at the New York Times:

If You Want to MAGA, Save DACA

It is one view of many, of course, but it highlights one aspect of America that needs to be taken into consideration in forging sensible immigration law.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Wired Looks at Western Digital SanDisk's Brand New 400GB MicroSD Card: What Can You Use It For?

Wired looks at Western Digital SanDisk's brand new 400GB MicroSD Card. What can you use it for? Take a look at: SanDisk’s 400GB MicroSD Card Can Store an Insane Amount of Data This is not a paid ad but simply our opinion.

Friday, September 01, 2017

Harvard Business Review Says CEOs With Law Degrees Top MBAs

Interesting study published at the Harvard Business Review that suggests that CEOs with Law Degrees top MBAs in certain kinds of effectiveness.