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What You Can Do That Google Can’t

This summer, Google bragged about its latest generation of server technology: “From Firehose, our first in-house datacenter network, ten years ago to our latest-generation Jupiter network, we’ve increased the capacity of a single datacenter network more than 100x. Our current generation — Jupiter fabrics — can deliver more than 1 Petabit/sec of total bisection bandwidth. […]

How to Obtain a Positive Result with the Magic of Data Visualization

  Hint #43: select your sample. The caption on this word cloud reads “Comments: ‘Positive’ (N=75).”  Look at how positive the positive comments are.

The Right Wing Art Degree Context Of Dawn Perlmutter’s “Expert” Testimony About Ritual Murder

Yesterday, I described the huge gulf between wild assertions being made of a blue moon Wiccan ritual murder down in Pensacola, Florida and the actual facts that are publicly known about the case of the killing last week of Voncile Smith and her sons Richard and John. Police are saying that they believe the crime […]

Fact Check: Did Sean Hyman use the Bible to Predict Best Buy Stocks Sinking to $11 a Share?

Today I received a spam e-mail message linking to the conservative website “NewsMax,” on which the following claim was made:

What the Bible Says About Money (Shocking)

Most people know Sean Hyman from his regular appearances on Fox Business, CNBC, and Bloomberg Television, but what they don’t know is that Sean is a former pastor, […]

Which Revolution Media Group Is Getting Its Revolting Act On For The 2016 Election?

Revolution Media Group in San Francisco is “a new breed of agency that draws outside the box” and “harnesses beauty & brains” in order to embody “the simple idea of getting back to basics — working with a handful of talented people and keeping things honest… through wide-eyed creativity and meticulous craftsmanship”.

The people who […]

Moneyed, but Popular? Jeb Bush’s #RightToRise Hashtag Swamped by Hard Rock Band

Jeb Bush’s campaigns are gloating right now. Sure, Jeb Bush’s official campaign, which is limited to accepting only a few thousand dollars per donor, is doing poorly: it has raised just $11.4 million so far this year. But Jeb Bush’s shadow Super PAC campaign, with which it is in close coordination in possible violation of […]

The Weakness Of Email Marketing: Your Snake Oil Leaves A Slimy Record

The more politicians use this tactic, the less likely we are to pay attention when an urgent threat really does emerge. Like the boy who cried “wolf”, the politicians who cry “Nuclear Iran” have hurt their own cause, using cheap tactics to grab attention instead of holding serious language in reserve for when it is genuinely necessary. […]

The Fear Machine at Work, Summer 2015

Number of distinct stories in American newspapers speculating about a July 4 terrorist attack on American soil, June 1 – July 4, 2015: 136

Number of actual terrorist attacks on American soil, July 4 2015: 0

Source: Proquest Newsstand

The Supreme Court Has Silenced Us, Say Anti-Equality Bigots

Opponents of marriage equality are saying loudly that they have been silenced. […]

Is An Anthropological Study of Atheists Possible?

From what I’ve seen of this special journal issue on the anthropology of atheists, I’m not seeing the ground for building any single agenda for ethnographically studying atheist cultures. […]

5 Things USA Today Says You Need to Know (and 5 Things that Come a lot Closer to Meeting that Need)

USA Today is back, grinding out its daily “5 things you need to know” article. Here are today’s entries; according to USA Today, apparently I need to know that:

1. “N.Y. escapee is in the hospital”. I don’t need to know this. Even if I lived in New York State, I wouldn’t have needed to […]