Author Archives: David K.

What the Hobby Lobby Ruling Means for America – The New York Times

If the court follows the logic of its Hobby Lobby decision in the decades to come, it’s not so hard to imagine a job market where people must interview employers about their religious and political views. Or where people who … Continue reading

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Windows. And Skyrim. Again.

I’m on vacation. At a beach. I don’t find the beach compelling. So I’m bored. Bored, but with a computer. Unfortunately, for this exercise, the computer is a MacBook Pro. And I want to play Skyrim. I’ve been having just … Continue reading

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Coronavirus in N.Y.C.: Why Closing Public Schools Is a ‘Last Resort’ – The New York Times

New York City has the largest public school system in the United States, a vast district with about 750,000 children who are poor, including around 114,000 who are homeless. For such students, school may be the only place they can … Continue reading

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Ebay (and PayPal); Is This Really the Best We Can Do?

I see various Ebay competitors advertising on TV. It’s not hard to see why. It’s 2020, and Ebay’s web site hasn’t fundamentally changed for 20 years. Their incestuous relationship with PayPal, and all its attendant problems, is legendary. I have … Continue reading

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SETI@home Search for Alien Life Project Shuts Down After 21 Years

SETI@home has announced that they will no longer be distributing new work to clients starting on March 31st as they have enough data and want to focus on completing their back-end analysis of the data. Source: SETI@home Search for Alien … Continue reading

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An American who was quarantined to check for signs of coronavirus says he’s facing more than $2,600 in bills from his government-mandated hospital stay

Frank Wucinski and his 3-year-old daughter Annabel evacuated Wuhan, China, in February and were then quarantined at Marine Corps Station Miramar, near San Diego, for two weeks. Source: An American who was quarantined to check for signs of coronavirus says … Continue reading

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Barbra Streisand on Why Trump Must Be Defeated in 2020 (Column) – Variety

Every morning I wake up, holding my breath while I turn on my phone to see the latest news. I think to myself, “It can’t be worse than yesterday.” But when the news loads, I think, “Ohhhhh, yes, it is … Continue reading

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Ah… Windows, My Old “Friend”

I didn’t want to be here again. I swore I was done with Windows. But, here I am. Years ago, I picked up Skyrim on a Steam sale, and immediately fell in love with it. I got pretty far along … Continue reading

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Modern Recruiting, Thanks to LinkedIn

Big Company HR person 1: “Why aren’t we getting good candidates for our open positions? I know! Let’s buy a high-powered HR software to help us qualify applicants through a pipeline, and push them to it from LinkedIn.” Big Company … Continue reading

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Operating System “Ecology”

Back in my days of playing AD&D, each month, Dragon Magazine would feature an “The Ecology of…” some mythical beast. The article would read like a National Geographic treatment of what the creature eats, what places they inhabited, and so … Continue reading

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