Rejoinders ‘R’ Us,…Mike Caulfield on Scanning the Facebook Feed as a Rebuttal Shopping Experience — Hapgood

The Stream is a weird place. Your Facebook feed, for example, is a series of posts by various people that in some ways resembles a forum, but in other ways it’s not at all like a forum. When you post something to Facebook, there’s not an explicit prompt you are responding to, which seems non-problematic […]

via Scanning the Facebook Feed as a Rebuttal Shopping Experience — Hapgood

The American election, the morning after: American Brexit edition — Bryan Alexander

I propose resurrecting the T-shirt based on I’m with Stuipid design, the hand pointing to the person on the left, with the words 2016 emblazoned across the top. ‘Cuz that’s about what this hostage situation feels like up in these here United States. Here now a well thought out essay by Bryan Alexander.

I woke up at 6 am EST to find my fellow Americans had elected Donald Trump pre… presi – presid- … Damn. It’s actually hard to say. Saying or writing “Drumpf” isn’t quite as funny as it once was. I have many reactions and thoughts, starting with this: I also have many personal thoughts about […]

via The American election, the morning after: American Brexit edition — Bryan Alexander

Trouble With Twitter, Reddit, Or The Rest Of The Internet This Morning? It’s Not Just You. — Consumerist

Update: Dyn reports that as of about 9:30 a.m., service has been restored and affected sites and services should start returning to normal. Read on to see what happened and how big it was. Original story: Users of dozens of popular sites and services — including Spotify, Twitter, Github, Reddit, Airbnb, and others — are…

via Trouble With Twitter, Reddit, Or The Rest Of The Internet This Morning? It’s Not Just You. — Consumerist

I found out reading on Gizmodo, that root level DNS servers are the ones most often attacked. One work around is to use the DNS of a very large cloud services/hosting company say like Google. Their DNS servers are and for starters.  According to a single comment on the Gizmodo article, Google’s DNS almost never gets attacked with a denial of service.

Reminder: Customer service and human dignity — Jon Udell

It’s been a decade since I interviewed Paul English on the subject of customer service and human dignity (audio). He was CTO and co-founder at kayak but in this interview we talked more about GetHuman. It had begun as a list of cheats to help you hack through the automated defenses of corporate customer service […]

via Customer service and human dignity — Jon Udell

I remember the links and postings some years back that Jon mentions in this posting. All the phone trees were slightly different, but people were way more interested in getting to a person at their bank. So that was my first introduction for the customer service tree workaround. Now it seems like things are even more elaborate than just getting to a customer representative. If you’re willing to pay you can do all sorts of creative things to get in touch with a customer rep. I think something similar to this might have been posted on prior to it being folded into the Consumer Reports enterprise.

An ounce of follow-up is worth a pound of cure.

You just found out your credit or debit card info has been used by someone else to make a fraudulent purchase. There are so many different people you can call, each involved in some aspect of this theft. There’s your bank that issued the card, the credit card network the issuer uses for that card,…

via Who Am I Supposed To Call When My Credit Card Info Is Stolen? — Consumerist

Work with your bank first and foremost and do it immediately. Time is not on your side when disputing a fraudulant charge to a credit card. Once you got the wheels rolling with your credit card issuer, at the very least add your incident to the FBI list of Internet Crimes. They may not investigate  your individual incident but use it ganged up with others to link related incidents. If they don’t know about  yours, they may not have enough info to link up. So at the least report it to the FBI too. Then take necessary precautions to protect your personal identifying info.

CORNAMI’s sea-of-cores solution may defuse data explosion | EE Times

A couple of years ago, I wrote about a company called SVIRAL that appeared to have cracked one of the toughest problems in computing today — that of creating software programs that can effectively use multiple processing cores and threads without requiring programmers to have PhDs in computer science (see Startup Cracks MultiCore, Thread Programming Problem).via CORNAMI’s sea-of-cores solution may defuse data explosion | EE Times

Boy howdy, it seems like the ghosts of massively parallel multi-core architectures is back in teh nooz’s ;^)

And by that I mean the likes of companies past like Tilera perhaps?