Facebook is a really cool community for humans!

From Slate here:

Facebook now counts 2 billion monthly users, and roughly 350 million photos are uploaded to the site every day. The company’s research suggests that Facebook holds “the largest facial dataset to date”—powered by DeepFace, Facebook’s deep learning facial recognition system.

Even if Facebook never sells its biometric data troves and keeps them locked in encrypted storage, the company still stands to turn big profits, as businesses look to tailor ads to specific customers based on their mood, age, eye gaze, or other personal attributes that could indicate a propensity to buy.

Facebook has innovated heavily in this space. It’s worked on a feature that can identify a user even if her face is hidden, drawing from other potentially unique identifiers, like body shape, hair, posture, and clothing. The Center for Public Integrity also found that Facebook has patented technologies that can deliver ads based on a person’s perceived emotions.


Why is cost of healthcare never discussed??

From CNBC here:

The Aetna CEO also fired back at those who say going to a single-payer system is a solution, which he said has failed in Vermont and Colorado.

“If we had the time, I’d take you through the logic of why single-payer, ill-defined, doesn’t generate any savings for the American public,” Bertolini said.

“There are no single-payer systems in the version that we think we want to create in this country. … We need to talk about the costs of health care, and getting those costs under control, and that doesn’t happen by changing who pays the bills.

Damned skippy.


Political desperation has forced Chuck Schumer to give a shit!

From CNBC here:

Democrats are calling for harsh new punishments on companies that outsource jobs and a crackdown on currency manipulation, embracing a more populist economic agenda as they seek to win back control of Congress in next year’s midterm elections.

I’m not sure Chuckie’s Wall Street friends are going to be excited about the idea of raising their labor costs by limiting overseas production.

And given Democrats long standing willingness to pass weak legislation with loopholes and then trumpet it as masterful I would not cheer this proposal until all the fine print has been put under a magnifying glass.

Why I love the Internet Giants so much!!

From here via Ian Welsh (read his blog!):

In the three months since Internet monopoly Google announced plans to keep users from accessing “fake news,” the global traffic rankings of a broad range of left-wing, progressive, anti-war and democratic rights organizations have fallen significantly.

Google has taken their corporate motto, the long out of date Do No Evil, and have changed it to Do Evil in Sneaky Ass Fucking Ways to make Money for You and Your Shareholders and then Pretend to not be Evil.

Quit, get a better job, I don’t give a shit

From Digg:

Years of putting out fires 24/7, contending with volatile managers, partying hard and working harder have taken a toll on the mental health of the white-collar workers who built the Uber empire.

The truth is most of these poor beaten down Uber white collar workers started there in the hopes of hitting the jackpot and getting rich.

Of course, it hasn’t worked out because Trevor Kalanick exploded like the giant shit filled douchebag that he is.

I feel bad for the drivers, but the white collar folks, we know why you went to work there and it didn’t happen.