Map-tastic: All trails, roads, streets, and highways in Canada

The concentration along the 401 in Ontario is particularly striking – this is the primary zone of population and commerce and Canada’s “arterial” connection to the U.S. economy. Pete Zeihan (I think correctly) characterizes Vancouver as a “City State”, and the Maritimes as “another planet”. Sorry Canada, I love ya but you can’t get rid Read More …

Agricultural Applications of Nanotechnology

Giraldo et al (2019) have examined the potential use of nanotechnology in plants to improve crop yields and increase the stability and resilience of the world’s food supply. The underlying concept involves the application of embedded or “wearable” smart plant sensors that could provide feedback on environmental changes and pathogen-related stresses in real time. This Read More …

Another Microsoft Cloud Server Compromised

A vpnMentor research team discovered a massive data breach of a Microsoft Cloud Server, potentially impacting 65% of all U.S. households. The database contained information on household member names, ages, income levels, and marital status. Although Microsoft has purportedly shutdown the server and notified their client, it has declined to notify the public of the Read More …

Postgres 9.x+ on CentOS 7

Overview The default version of Postgres in the official repo for RHEL/CentOS 7 is version 9.2.x.  Many applications like Atlassian Confluence/Jira no longer support version <9.4.  This tutorial describes how to setup the official Postgres repo. and installed your desired version. Download and Install Repository Download the latest version of the pgdg repo for CentOS/RHEL Read More …

Salesforce: More Reasons to Distrust the “Cloud” aka Someone Else’s Server

Increasing numbers of businesses and individuals are flocking to “turnkey” cloud-based solutions – lured by their rich features, user friendliness, and ease of deployment. But there is a very dark side to abdicating one’s information management and physical hosting to the control of private third party data vendors. Cloud-based Customer Relationship Management (CRM) giant Salesforce Read More …

Data Science Illustrates the Failure of Progressive Social Policies

“A picture is worth a thousand words.” So with that thought in mind, I present the “Shit Map” of San Francisco, California The “Shit Map” is designed to allow residents of the Bay Area to self-report sightings of human feces in places where it should not be (e.g. a sidewalk say). In addition to graphically Read More …

The Rule of Law Index: 2017-2018

The World Justice Project (WJP) has published the results of an ambitious and challenging project to rank the world’s nations according to their effectiveness in achieving the “Rule of Law”. For the study year, the United States ranks #19, down one rank from last year. It’s always important to understand the methods and criteria used Read More …

Surprise, Surprise, Facebook Monetizing User Data

U.K. lawmakers released  a trove of documents revealing that Facebook has been monetizing (selling) confidential user data.  This should surprise…..absolutely no one.  The only real question is why is Facebook being targeted alone, and why now? Google is known to have been monetizing user data for years – it’s right there in all of those Read More …