Figures released by Symantec indicate that in July 2017, 55.7 percent of all emails sent were spam. More than half. Ouch. Luckily the spam filters are fairly effective. But if you add to it the way that automated bot-diallers are spraying junk calls around both landline and cellphone networks, other bots write comments for those … More Is the internet being spammed into uselessness?
I spotted some click-bait the other day promising ‘mind bogling’ content. I think they meant ‘boggling’, and I have to say that if they ARE going to troll for views, they could at least proof their own typing. But then I decided it might be intentional, which got me wondering about what ‘bogling’ might possibly … More It’s just mind ‘bogling’, really.
I saw something the other day by Neil de Grasse Tyson, explaining that anybody in the sciences who popularises the field is usually not regarded as a ‘serious’ scientist. He explained that even astrophysics – his field – is at best ‘neutral’ in such attitudes. I recall an episode of The Big Bang Theory where … More So when did popularising science make people bad scientists?
I once knew someone who had to prepare the ‘Your Stars’ column for the local newspaper. It was a serious job that had to be got right. The content arrived from an external service (as a lot of newspaper content of this ilk does) but there was only a certain amount of space for the … More I’m a bit cynical about astrology. No really.
It’s funny how every new gadget, however trivial, comes wrapped in the idea that it is the Way Of The Future. The other week it was smart suitcases that text you from the luggage conveyor in airports. That, I admit, has a pretty good chance of taking off. But what about all the other stuff … More Where’s my flying car, then?
One of New Zealand’s biggest internet service providers had an outage the other day. Big-time. Their answer? They posted a message on their website. You know – the internet’s broken, so to tell people they put a notice on the internet. My own dealings with that company were so bad – so execrably awful – … More Why are all ISP’s total rubbish at customer service?
The latest wave of internet click-bait intrigues me. Apparently there are things ‘scientists’ hate because they can’t explain them. The supposition that ‘scientists’ validate themselves on complete literal knowledge and therefore ‘hate’ what they can’t explain plays on the needs of the credulous. Stupid scientists. It’s so easy to put them in their place. Quite. The reality … More You won’t believe why scientists like this post