The Actuator – May 20th

I don’t want to alarm you, but Memorial Day is this coming Monday. I know. It feels as if we skipped most of March, and all of April. But here we are. I hope you’re able to enjoy the coming holiday with family and friends in some manner.

As always, here's a bunch of links I hope you find useful. Enjoy!

Here's Who Just Voted to Let the FBI Seize Your Online Search History Without a Warrant
I don’t understand how anyone believes it is OK to allow law enforcement access to your data without a warrant. 

Twitter announces employees will be allowed to work from home ‘forever’
Can’t wait for the updated job description “100% work from home, must live in Bay Area.”

Linux is Most Used OS in Microsoft Azure – over 50 percent of VM cores
I’ve been hearing this statistic for a while now, but never in a public announcement. Now you know why Microsoft loves Linux.

Our weird behavior during the pandemic is messing with AI models
Machine learning doesn’t work well when events suddenly no longer follow the normal pattern.

Elon Musk restarts Tesla production in defiance of county lockdown
I understand his frustration, but Musk is setting a bad example here. 

An outbreak of Coronavirus trojans and scams
Raising awareness of the many types of scams floating around right now. Don’t let your friends or family be a victim.

DoorDash and Pizza Arbitrage
Insights on how DoorDash, Grubhub, and Yelp operate.

It took us an hour to hike up to Goat’s Rock, but the view was worth the effort.

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  • A problem with relying on A.I. and/or algorithms to predict what will be the hot new thing selling on the market this afternoon or tomorrow or next year is that the A.I. actually has no "I".  Without intelligence, it'll be pretty challenging to understand that if model A changes drastically, then all the predictions based on it are out the window.

    A pandemic occurs, based on a virus?  Intelligent folks would learn from the last four months and write new algorithms to cover that contingency in the future. 

    What will they do when a large asteroid hits the Earth?  Or when there's a Carrington Event with little advance warning?  Yes, each possible scenario could be analyzed and predictions built for it.  But the cost-benefit analysis on the work might suggest the ROI for the work is not high enough to warrant the new scripts.  It's a roll of those fancy new Solarwinds dice, right?  

    I don't think I have time for the predictions and failures and successes.  I don't roll when stakes are that high.  I'm happy just playing to play the game of "Will it rain when I want to go for a walk at lunch?"

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  • A problem with relying on A.I. and/or algorithms to predict what will be the hot new thing selling on the market this afternoon or tomorrow or next year is that the A.I. actually has no "I".  Without intelligence, it'll be pretty challenging to understand that if model A changes drastically, then all the predictions based on it are out the window.

    A pandemic occurs, based on a virus?  Intelligent folks would learn from the last four months and write new algorithms to cover that contingency in the future. 

    What will they do when a large asteroid hits the Earth?  Or when there's a Carrington Event with little advance warning?  Yes, each possible scenario could be analyzed and predictions built for it.  But the cost-benefit analysis on the work might suggest the ROI for the work is not high enough to warrant the new scripts.  It's a roll of those fancy new Solarwinds dice, right?  

    I don't think I have time for the predictions and failures and successes.  I don't roll when stakes are that high.  I'm happy just playing to play the game of "Will it rain when I want to go for a walk at lunch?"

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