The Real Aleppo Gaffe

This isn’t about politics. This is about cognition and the societal biases that interfere with asking questions, and learning from mistakes. Yes, Gary Johnson made an error of thought. However, asking for clarification should not be frowned upon. The gaffe was not made by Johnson but by everyone who judged him for doing what we should all strive to do: seek better understanding. Continue reading

Make that 9%

According to the New York Times, only 9% of Americans voted for Hillary and Trump. Check out their interactive presentation.

Why should 9% of the population dictate to the rest of us that we must pick between these 2 candidates? That seems a bit absurd, especially when the approval ratings for these 2 candidates are so low. Rather, the stipulation should be placed on all of America to take the time to research 3rd party candidates and take them into consideration as well.

YouTube’s De-Monetization Algorithm

Internet Creator’s Guild published a post on Medium explaining YouTube’s De-Monetization Algorithm. YouTube has been doing this since 2012, but is now being more transparent about the process. While the algorithm does not flag many videos, many of the videos it does flag do not actually fit the criteria and monetization is reinstated upon appeal. The criteria that YouTube provides is vague and not useful in determining what is and is not appropriate for advertisers.

The Foos Leaving the Fire

We have previously recommended the Amazon Fire tablet for young coders. However, the best coding game for the Fire tablet, The Foos, will no longer be available for the Fire tablet and will no longer be free. CodeSpark is developing CodeSpark Academy to build on and replace The Foos that will be available on Android, iOS, but will not be on the Amazon App Store. While there are still other coding games at the Amazon App Store such as Scratch Jr., Run Macro, and LightBot, The Foos was my personal favorite.

Sadly, this is one of the issues you run into with proprietary software. You cannot always use the software you want on the hardware you want to run it on. Sometimes, even software that already runs on the hardware you want to run it on will no longer work on the hardware. Richard Stallman would not endorse either The Foos or Amazon Fire.