GDPR Unintended Consequences Part 1 — Increasing WordPress Blog Exposure

I pen this mini-tome on “GDPR Enforcement Day”. The spirit of GDPR is great, but it’s just going to be another Potempkin Village in most organizations much like PCI or SOX. For now, the only thing GDPR has done is made GDPR consulting companies rich, increased the use of javascript on web sites so they… Continue reading

A Word About Tracking On This Site

Since I just railed against Congress for being a bit two-faced about privacy I thought some rud.is site disclosure would be in order. At present, third-party tracking is limited to: Something in my WordPress configuration adding a DNS pre-fetch for fonts.googleapis.com. There are a few more other DNS pre-fetches that I’m also going to try… Continue reading

Tragic Documentation

NOTE: If the usual aggregators are picking this up and there are humans curating said aggregators, this post is/was not intended as something to go into the “data science” aggregation sites. Just personal commentary with code in the event someone stumbles across it and wanted to double check me. These “data-dives” help me cope with… Continue reading

The 🍊 Resistance

I need to be up-front about something: I’m somewhat partially at fault for 🍊 being elected. While I did not vote for him, I could not in any good conscience vote for his Democratic rival. I wrote in a ticket that had one Democrat and one Republican on it. The “who” doesn’t matter and my… Continue reading

North Carolina’s Neighborhood

UPDATE: I’m glad I’m not the only one who was skeptical of this project: http://andrewgelman.com/2017/01/02/constructing-expert-indices-measuring-electoral-integrity-reply-pippa-norris/ When I saw the bombastic headline “North Carolina is no longer classified as a democracy” pop up in my RSS feeds today (article link: http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article122593759.html) I knew it’d help feed polarization bear that’s been getting fat on ‘Murica for the… Continue reading

The Actual, Über, Ultimate Fake News List

It is surprisingly shorter (or longer if you grok regular expressions) than you think it might be: http[s]://.*. Like it or not, bias is everywhere and tis woefully insidious. “Mainstream media” [MSM]; Alt-left; Alt-right; and, everything in-between creates and promotes “fake” news. Hourly. It always has. Due to the speed at which [dis]information travels now,… Continue reading

Jumping on the “Banned” Wagon

>_The parent proposed a committee made up of parents and teachers of different cultural backgrounds come up with a list of books that are inclusive for all students._ Where’s the [ACLU](https://www.aclu.org/issues/free-speech/artistic-expression/banned-books)? They’d be right there if this was an alt-right’er asking to ban books with salacious content they deem (rightly or wrongly) “inappropriate” or “harmful”… Continue reading