I’ve come to the conclusion that Nature provides the best metaphor for technology. Today’s posting talks about the seemingly unstoppable tidal wave of tracking. Whether it’s by the government or corporations, the ability to know where we are, what we’re doing, and how to capitalize on that info is just too enticing.
If you follow us on Twitter (@Syzygy3 – and why wouldn’t you?), you know we posted two articles from the Wall Street Journal about finding alternatives to cable/satellite for your TV viewing experience (postings on 7.18.14). Considering how much TV I watch on a regular basis, this is a topic that always peaks my interest. You know what I discovered after reading these articles? Cable TV has become one of the best bargains around. Hang with me here.
This is why the Internet should give people pause. Not saying to boycott the online world, just take a moment before you click on anything. We posted earlier this week about a scam utilizing a spoofed FTC.gov email address. Pretty sure those who blithely pay attention to their emails got caught in the scam (it was a pretty good phishing email). Don’t want to say it serves them right, but it serves them right.
I’m not aware of any successful business that was built on benevolence. Businesses are built on profit. Some choose to make less profit by charging less and/or giving consumers more; others maximize profits by charging more and/or giving consumers less. As a consumer, I’m all for the former and begrudgingly accept the latter. But I’m fine with either model, because at the end of the day, I make the final choice to give my money to certain businesses in return for their goods/services.
It’s amazing how a growing workload will derail even our most fervent plans to maintain a consistent social media presence. It’s a good and bad deal (way more good than bad), but we have missed posting regular content on our various outlets (blog, Twitter [@Syzygy3], and Facebook [like us]). So we have resolved (we’ve typed this before) to make a more concerted effort to get materials out there (we have a backlog of about 50 articles on which we want to comment).
By Sean C. O’Rourke, Principal, Syzygy 3, Inc.
In the good ol’ days of the Internet (nee the World Wide Web), SPAM seemed to be the biggest threat to users. In reality, SPAM just threatened to overwhelm your inbox. But it proved yet again that the “bad” guys would always be ahead of the “good” guys.
There’s a quote – not sure who said it – that goes (paraphrasing here): “Learn from my mistakes so you can make your own, then teach someone not to make either of our mistakes.” It’s how species progress (and how we learned not to stick our hands directly into the fire pit). And while the human race has made tremendous strides, can you imagine how far along we’d be if we strictly followed that advice?
Mea culpa. We’ve been remiss in updating our blog. Fact is, our other social avenues (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) have proven quicker to disseminate information, but we know our loyal blog readers shouldn’t be punished. So we’re back at it, with a real doozy.
The merits of the Affordable Care Act (nee Obamacare) as law, policy, etc. are being amply handled elsewhere. Our input on the topic is about the catastrophe that is the technology behind the federal website and the associated design elements.