Less Than Super

Yesterday’s Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki, Finland elicited varieties of shock and awe in the US and across European nations, where the consensus for President Trump’s performance was less than super. 
It could be that he is still learning on the job and simply rewriting the book on US-Russia detente in a style of his own. But many political watchers take a more critical view of the proceedings, arguing that Trump’s stance on Russia – expressed both at the NATO meetings and the press conference with Putin – is at odds with the geopolitical and economic interests of America and its allies in the European Union and elsewhere. 
While the Trump administration’s socially conservative and pro-business strategies remain popular with his home base, foreign relations are a different story. Poor relations with long-time allies, tariffs and trade wars have a price.

Via Josh Levine.

Non Truth Decay. Agreed. Still enjoying that misspelled speech moment about "the server" thing. No kidding. That was about something serious.

This your truly decayed, from Helsinki, in the long hot summer of the year 2018. 

Internet Of Thanks

ISACA’s white paper, Assessing IoT, examines the professional ethics involved in balancing these IoT considerations. When you consider the upsides and downsides of IoT, an entirely new governance dimension begins to compel your attention.
Most of you, right now, by now may be familiar with the concept of the “Internet of Things” (IoT)".

Mind and Design

A list of links about trends, design,  web, computing all of that you may find of use. Have a nice week.

Design plagiarism
That’s why I like the phrase “design plagiarism”. Maybe you think Amadeo’s examples do constitute “copying”. But they’re not plagiarism. If you write an article, and then I write my own article about the same topic, that just means you were first. But if I copy your article and just change a few words, that’s plagiarism. There’s a big difference.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Imagine a Twitter where the limit wasn't expressed in the number of characters, but in the number of vertical pixels.

How To Be a Systems Thinker
We all think with metaphors of various sorts, and we use metaphors to deal with complexity, but the way human beings use computers and AI depends on their basic epistemologies—whether they’re accustomed to thinking in systemic terms, whether they’re mainly interested in quantitative issues, whether they’re used to using games of various sorts. .

DARPA Funding in AI-Assisted Cybersecurity
The new DARPA program is called CHESS (Computers and Humans Exploring Software Security),

Innovation Renaissance or Digital Dystopia?
Which brings me to an AI-embracing France. When I first heard about this, I must admit, I was impressed. After all, AI is the future. It will change business, society and life as we know it. Nothing will ever be the same. But, therein lies the issue. Does everything have to change? Does everything have to be digitally transformed?


The Web Marketing Association's 2018 WebAward Competition for Website Development is now accepting entries.  The WebAwards are the standards-defining competition that sets industry benchmarks based on the seven criteria of a successful Web site. It recognizes the individual and team achievements of Web professionals all over the world who create and maintain outstanding Web sites. The Competition Web site is located at www.WebAward.org and the deadline for entry is May 31, 2018.

web awards 2018

Hurry up, honey, and bring excellence to the poll

Online Domains

Influencers. you talk about influencers.

Classic times were never up-righted by influencers but by leaders. Except in general or in local elections times, when every vote counts to ensure a position, there is no such positive things a influencers in real life.

People who lead a consultancy team or people with the strange ability of a Ka to build trust on her, being solely few. To influence from one to another, a highly organized and sophisticated activity in our society, in classic times, a person should be an example. An example to follow up.

Most websites, online domains, user-friendly software and digital places of my youth have influenced myself and some billions of people.too. Blogger may be a clear example. Built upon its own mission, vision and values. Distinct from the others, but integrated. With some adverts, too. To advert there is the need of design, aural or visual design.

But influencers, people or places  may lead or covert highly organized and sophisticated criminal activities

To buy, for no reason., "advertising space or promoted news stories—fake and otherwise—on their platforms, covert influence has become the new money laundering".

Via Cortney Weinbaum


If you're going to commit an illegal act, it's best not to discuss it in e-mail. It's also best to Google tech instructions rather than asking someone else to do it
via Bruce's Blog


Take the failure post-mortems. 

Sure, some of them are "brave." 
  • The ones that candidly: talk about where the company vision was wrong detail
  •  how the product got beat by a competitor convey 
  • where the founders made bad decisions  

The ones that do the above do require some amount of self-reflection. 

 But those are the exceptions.

via Research brief

Accelerated Mobile Pages

Why a subset of HTML you ask? Well, mostly because web developers suck at their jobs and have loaded the web with a ton of JavaScript no one wants. Can't fault Google for wanting to change that. That part I can support. The less JavaScript the better.
One of the principles of the web, neutral or not neutral is the following one: The less JavaScript, libraries included, except for multimedia purposes, the better.

If is not met this requirement, there is the need of a subset. We know that from the ancient DHTML days, remember? Try to understand the Document Object Model, first.

Folks at Google work on Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) , a subtle recover of that old AS1 magic we knew in the past when there was the need to have a choice in between WAP and Flash Lite technologies.

Google works on AMP  understanding the media, that is, mobile. The common user of th web, does not care about tech. And developers work on behalf the ordinary and common people, like you and this yours truly.  That was why web standards were made. It's the audience, stupid.

More on the matter, flavoured with pros and cons : The two faces of AMP, JS on AMP Google AMP is Not a Good Thing, et cetera

Today’s average web developer doesn’t have the faintest clue what he’s doing and can’t do it anyway without sixteen libraries and frameworks. Solve that problem and AMP goes away.

via Quirks


To survive as an independent consultant at any age, and to remain meaningfully employable in digital design, you must bring something different to the table. You must bring value.

Truth is Hard. via Zeldman 

She had a Mind

Over the weekend I saw the documentary about the life of Hedy Lamarr.

A few observations. First, as advertised, she was perfectly beautiful. The kind of beauty that makes you think, viscerally, here is the most beautiful person. And daring, outspoken, brash, brilliant, creative, loved herself, and moved in the world with confidence. She had a mind. And the world doesn't accept that a person can have two gifts. You can't be a mind and a beauty.

Watching this movie and the heroic and tragic life she led, made me look at parallels in my own life. It's why her story has so much to offer practically everyone, because people are much more complex than the stories the world tells about us.

Also, I finally understand her invention. You can encrypt communication by changing frequency at seemingly random times. Both the sender and the receiver know which frequency to tune to at any time, but the enemy doesn't. She thought of using something like a player piano roll to coordinate the two. This method, which she got a patent for, is the basis for wifi, cell phones and Bluetooth.;

via Dave Winner, remarks in bold by this your truñy.

Aspects of Digital Preservation

On Friday January 12 2018 at Noon EST the Internet Society New York Chapter (ISOC-NY), in partnership with the Greater Washington DC Internet Society Chapter (ISOC-DC) presents Digital Preservation: Policy Challenges at Google’s offices in Washington DC.

This event, the first of a series, focuses on the policy aspects of digital preservation: Is there a role for regulators? 

Speakers will be Vint Cerf, Chief Internet Evangelist, Google. Respondents: Michelle Wu, Director of the Law Library, Georgetown Law; and Kate Zwaard, Chief of. National Digital Initiatives, Library of Congress.

Not in New York? This your neither, Comment, while you can.

The event will be webcast live on the Internet Society Livestream Channel with open captioning.
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