## ODonnellWeb – Tag Internet

The Internet Needs To End

Posted on 09/05/2018 in misc • Tagged with Internet, Facebook, Twitter

Photo of endoftheinternet.com

I was reading the news online recently and realized something. I've been making an effort to get my news from the local paper via their online edition. By online edition I mean a digital representation of the day's newspaper, not the website. I literally flip through the pages, just like …


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How to find source of Adchoices ads on Android phones

Posted on 05/29/2018 in misc • Tagged with Internet, Google

Phone Screenshot

For the last week I've been vexed by a damn pop-up ad that took over my phone screen. The ads were for legit companies like Gerber Life Insurance and Honda. So I wasn't dealing with some skeevy malware, this was a legit ad network that had made it onto my …


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Is Generation X Bailing on Facebook?

Posted on 03/27/2018 in misc • Tagged with Internet, Facebook, Privacy

Gen X chart

As I've written previously, I've changed how I use Facebook. It's mostly about Groups and Events for me. I unfollowed everybody except my wife and kids. Now, when I want to check in with my friends I simply go straight to their walls or I use the "New Posts" filter …


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Facebook Was Not Hacked

Posted on 03/20/2018 in misc • Tagged with Internet, Facebook, Privacy

Crepy Facebook Eye Image

Facebook was not hacked by Cambridge Analytics. Hacking implies that CA broke into their data or otherwise circumvented Facebook somehow to get personal data on 5 million Americans. What actually happened is far, far worse.

The system worked exactly as designed. Facebook is in the data collection and sales business …


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City

Posted on 03/02/2018 in misc • Tagged with Internet, Facebook, Twitter, Books

City Book Cover

I read City by Clifford Simak recently. If you haven't read it, it is a dystopian cold war era novel in which man abandons the cities due to fear of nuclear war. Society breaks down as everybody lives in isolation, population dwindles, and eventually most humans abandons the earth, leaving …


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The Problem With Algorithms

Posted on 02/18/2018 in misc • Tagged with Internet, Facebook, Twitter, Medtronic

Algorithms

Facebook's algorithms are in the news a lot these days, and with good reason. But this isn't about Facebook. I've been thinking about algorithms in general lately. This has been brought on by my wife's insulin pump, the Medtronic 670G. It's the first closed loop pump approved by the FDA …


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