Dead Wild Roses: Autonomous Vehicles

      The dour feminist in me would like to point out that women are still struggling toward full autonomy in society after some 2000 years of ‘civilization’ ( :/ ), but the hot topic of self driving vehicles has crossed my desk and merits a comment or two with regards to society. A healthy ...

Dead Wild Roses: Just A Friendly Reminder – Fight for Net Neutrality

The fight to maintain Net Neutrality has been raging.  You have not heard about it because it is not in the big companies interests for you to know about it.  Think it isn’t a big deal?   Please partake in the observed behaviour of said companies and remind yourself that these infractions happened during the time ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Meta Musical Interlude – Eye Tracking A Pianist

Being a piano student and slowly learning the craft I found it fascinating to see the differences between how two pianists tackled and tracked their music. Filed under: Music, Technology and Computers Tagged: Eye Tracking, The DWR Friday Meta Musical Interlude

Dead Wild Roses: Scripting, Colours, and Online Services, Oh My!

Hard hitting social commentary to resume soon on DWR. Today, I have a bit of personal fluff that I hope will bring a smile to your day. TL;DR version provided at the end if you’re pressed for time. Just scroll all the way down. I do not do well with real world objects or processes. ...

Dead Wild Roses: Efficiently Grinding the Precariate – Scheduling Efficiencies – Weapons of Math Destruction

     I’m currently reading a book called Weapons of Math Destruction, inside Cathy O’Neil details how ‘Big Data’ (via the use of opaque algorithms) is increasing inequality and threatening democracy in the industrialized world. About half-way done and the sad word of the day that I’ve learned from the book is this – This untidy ...

Dead Wild Roses: Our Families, Technology and Having the ‘Right’ Experience

We can lump this video in with the others that attempt to shed light on issues in society that matter while discreetly hawking their wares in the background.  The best form of advertising?  I’m not sure, but the commercial makes space for some thinking about how generational experiences are becoming increasingly stratified and foreign to ...

Dead Wild Roses: In Which Intransigentia tries playing Video Games

How I (mostly) feel about video games I grew up playing with Barbies and reading books, and didn’t really use a computer for anything other than basic word processing until around the turn of the century. On top of that, I have really bad hand-eye coordination, and not great depth perception, so simulated 3D environments ...

Dead Wild Roses: Probably the Only Way Our Family Will Get Bigger – Robostyle!

The idea of having to be responsible 24/7 for the life of another is, frankly, quite repulsive.  I’m not sure as to the reasons why our society has a fetish for raising children, but it needs to stop.  There are too many of us human types on the planet anyways. However, Buddy the robot, is ...

Dead Wild Roses: Jonathan Zittrain – Wikipedia Works Well in Practice, Just Not In Theory

It is kind of amazing how Wikipedia manages to survive given all the anti-reality tendencies of the human race.  Religion, extreme right and left politics – wikipedia manages to muddle through most of the time and present a version of truth that is mostly acceptable.  More amazing is that the editors are more or less, ...

Dead Wild Roses: People are the Weakest Link – Security Camera Madness.

Ask any IT professional about security and you can almost always prepare yourself for a story or three about people using strongly encrypted passwords such as ‘password’ or ‘admin’.  Or if it is a particularly good day, helping people understand that encrypted functions exist…  Here is story from CBC.ca about how fallible people actually are ...

Dead Wild Roses: Humans Need Not Apply

I’ll treasure my special snowflake status as a special needs teacher until the teaching profession succumbs to the efficient robo-teachers of the future. :>  I’m guessing that behavioural robot teachers will air-deploy Valium and whatever else is required to maintain the learning environment.   Filed under: Technology and Computers Tagged: Robots, Technology

Dead Wild Roses: Weapons, Death and Top 5 Lists

We, as a species have had the capacity to end ourselves quite completely since the late 1940′s.  We often have our greatest minds working highly creative ways of ending human life.  What bothers me the most about this quick video is the amount of ingenuity necessary to bring these designs from the blackboard to reality ...

Dead Wild Roses: Big Brother and You – Lawrence Lessig on Privacy Rights.

Some relevant background given the recent publicity of how much our governments pry into our personal lives. Whatever your take on recent revelations about government spying on our phone calls and Internet activity, there’s no denying that Big Brother is bigger and less brotherly than we thought. What’s the resulting cost to our privacy — ...

Dead Wild Roses: There Is No Laser Removal For That – Your Digital Tattoo

Yet another reminder about the permanence of your digital comings and goings.  Some of the reasons mentioned here are why I choose to blog under a pseudonym 🙂   Filed under: Internet, Technology and Computers Tagged: idenity protection, Online Presence, the interwebs

Dead Wild Roses: Not enough faces, not enough palms

An explosion and/or fire at Shaw Court in Calgary has knocked out a significant quantity of telecommunications equipment, affecting not only bank machines and radio stations, but stuff like 911 service and the program that tells ambulances which hospital they should take a patient to. Calgary Fire Department spokesperson Jayson Doyscher tells OpenFile: “the sprinklers ...

Dead Wild Roses: I love the new Copyright Math – TED Talks Rob Reid

I’m thinking we may need to investigate the MPAA’s claims about piracy and copyright… Oh and we get redefine terms as well: Filed under: Internet, Media, Technology and Computers Tagged: Copyright, Humour, MPAA, MPAA Histronics, Piracy

Dead Wild Roses: Fleecing the Apple Faithful – The Ipad 3 errr…or Ipad.

Apple Sheep – fall in!  The next exceedingly incremental step of the latest Apple generative tech monolith is available.   Blah blah blah better video, better camera.  But hoo-boy, if you like the Ipad(3?) then just wait till the ipad(s?) comes out.  I would have focused more on the generative aspects of Apple technology, but ...

Dead Wild Roses: Vic Toews You Were Warned – Anonymous steps up for the Canadian People

Let’s let Anonymous do the talking, hopefully Vic you get the message. Let’s get this viral, stat. Transcript here. H/T to JJ where I saw the video. Filed under: Ethics, Internet, Technology and Computers Tagged: Anonymous, Canadian Internet Privacy, Trampling on our RIghts, Vic Toews