Ever since Richard Nixon, American presidential candidates have railed against China, promising to crack down on human rights abuses or trade policy or some other hot button issue. I’ve always assumed that very serious advisers sit down with each newly elected president and explain the facts of economic life to them about China, because invariably each new president immediately dials back the rhetoric and starts treating China as a valued if sometimes frustrating partner. […] continuedRead more
I registered the domain name bruceb.com on September 11, 1997, exactly four days before the name google.com was registered.
Some people believe Google has done more with its domain name than I have done with mine. They are tiny, bitter people. Pay them no heed.
Twenty years of Bruceb.com! Sure, you’re impressed. […] continuedRead more
Technology in 2017 is just a bit . . . dull. There’s not much going on. You hadn’t really thought about it but now that I mention it, you know it’s true, right?
Choose your metaphor. It’s a plateau. It’s the calm before the storm. We’re in a holding pattern. We’re almost – but not quite – at a couple of tipping points. […] continuedRead more
When you think about the future, you may start to suffer from “abyss gaze,” the depression that settles in when you realize that we’re all doomed. Warren Ellis coined the term in a novella named “Normal,” which tells the story of futurists who suffer nervous breakdowns after discovering that there is no hope for humanity as a result of the trends in whatever area they study. […] continuedRead more
It’s the ten-year anniversary of one of the most important inflection points in history. 2007 was such an eventful year that its significance seems obvious in hindsight, but it’s gone unremarked until Thomas Friedman spelled it out in a new book.
Thomas Friedman, the well-known and controversial New York Times columnist, released Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations a few weeks ago. […] continuedRead more
Yahoo is in free fall. It is negotiating a sale of its Internet business to Verizon but that sale is in jeopardy, likely at least to be renegotiated to lower the price by one or two billion dollars and perhaps on the verge of collapse into acrimony and lawsuits. In that case, Yahoo is effectively dead – oh, it will continue to exist in some diminished form but its decline will be quick and ugly. […] continuedRead more
If you have any illusion that privacy means anything, forget it. If you are targeted for surveillance, there is nothing you can do to prevent it. Every keystroke on your computer will be logged. Everything you do on a phone – every message, every call, everything – will be intercepted. There are no tricks that will be sufficient to let you hide. […] continuedRead more
There are three points that are frequently overlooked in the debate about the FBI’s demand that Apple provide custom access to a terrorist’s locked iPhone.
• Apple is not defying a court order
• The FBI is seeking a broad precedent
• The tool requested by the FBI would compromise Apple in other countries
These are not the only issues in this debate. […] continuedRead more
Tomorrow night I’m making rice flake-crusted hake for dinner for the two of us, served with sauteed daikon radish and yuzu-soy sauce.
The next night I’ll prepare flat iron steaks with ramps, fingerling potatoes, and shaved asparagus salad, and a little dill crème fraiche on the side.
I’m not a cook. […] continuedRead more
The hacking attack against Sony Pictures might be the most significant corporate intrusion in history – and the first salvo in a new and dangerous escalation of cyberattacks against governments and businesses.
On the Monday before Thanksgiving, Sony Pictures’ employees – all of them – discovered that their Windows computers were unusable, displaying the threatening image above. […] continuedRead more
The New York Times takes its role very seriously as the national newspaper and the last bastion of serious long-form investigative journalism. This week it introduced Today’s Paper, an attractive web-based layout of the contents of the printed paper for each day, available to subscribers to the print or digital editions of the Times. […] continuedRead more
The news is full of the technical problems that have kept many people from navigating the web site set up for the Affordable Care Act marketplace. I don’t want to discuss the politics of the Affordable Care Act, but there is one aspect of the technical problem that is familiar from long experience: it’s very difficult to introduce a new service and have sufficient capacity for it to start successfully. […] continuedRead more