Stephen Arnold: Search Atlas Demonstrates Google Search Bias by Location

Search Atlas Demonstrates Google Search Bias by Location An article at Wired reminds us that Google Search is not the objective source of information it appears to many users. We learn that “A New Tool Shows How Google Results Vary Around the World.” Researchers and PhD students Rodrigo Ochigame of MIT and Katherine Ye of …

Stephen Arnold: Online Anonymity: Maybe a Less Than Stellar Idea

Online Anonymity: Maybe a Less Than Stellar Idea On one hand, there is a veritable industrial revolution in identifying, tracking, and pinpointing online users. On the other hand, there is the confection of online anonymity. The idea is that by obfuscation, using a fake name, or hijacking an account set up for one’s 75 year …

Stephen Arnold: A Xoogler Wants to Do Search: Channeling Exalead and Smoking InfinitySearch?

A Xoogler Wants to Do Search: Channeling Exalead and Smoking InfinitySearch? Remember Exalead. This was a search engine created by a person who was asked to join the Google. The system was very good: 64 bit architecture, timely indexing of new and previously indexed sites, and novel features like searching via text for a specific …

Stephen Arnold: Microsoft Percept: Perception in the Azure Cloud

Microsoft Percept: Perception in the Azure Cloud Does your printer work? The printer is fine and our Apple Minis and laptops have zero problem generating hard copy. What about people joining a Teams meeting when those individuals are not 365 paying customers? Have you plugged in a second or third monitor and wondered where the …

Stephen Arnold: How Do You Spell Control? Maybe Google?

How Do You Spell Control? Maybe Google? The lack of a standardized format has made it difficult to manage vulnerabilities in open source software. Now, SiliconAngle reports, “Google Announces Unified Schema to Make Sharing Vulnerabilities Easier.” Writer Duncan Riley explains: “Google LLC today announced a unified schema for describing vulnerabilities precisely to make it easier …

Stephen E. Arnold: Cheap, Convenient, and Much Too Easy: Fabricated Twitter Trends

Cheap, Convenient, and Much Too Easy: Fabricated Twitter Trends Here is some news out of Turkey that perked our ears. News EPFL reports, “Mass Scale Manipulation of Twitter Trends Discovered.” Is Turkey an outlier when it comes to digital baloney? Perhaps a little, for now, but this problem recently uncovered by researchers appears to occur …

Stephen Arnold: SPACtacular Palantir Tech Gets More Attention: This Is Good?

SPACtacular Palantir Tech Gets More Attention: This Is Good? Palantir is working to expand its public-private partnership operations beyond security into the healthcare field. Some say the company has fallen short in its efforts to peddle security software to officials in Europe, so the data-rich field of government-managed healthcare is the next logical step. Apparently …

Stephen Arnold: Google and Unreliable Results: Like the Jack Benny One Liner, I Am Thinking, I Am Thinking

  Google and Unreliable Results: Like the Jack Benny One Liner, I Am Thinking, I Am Thinking read a “real” news story called “Google Is Starting to Warn Users When It Doesn’t Have a Reliable Answer.”  (No, I will not ask, What’s reliable mean.) Here’s the statement which snagged my attention in the write up: …