Today ad blocking is the biggest boycott in human history. According to PageFair’s 2017 Adblock Report, at least 615 million devices now block ads. That’s larger than the human population of North America. (Where ad blocking continues to rise, by the way.)
Software engineers go crazy for the most ridiculous things. We like to think that we’re hyper-rational, but when we have to choose a technology, we end up in a kind of frenzy — bouncing from one person’s Hacker News comment to another’s blog post until, in a stupor, we float helplessly toward the brightest light and lay prone in front of it, oblivious to what we were looking for in the first place.
Of all the things that went down in the factors that lead to this hack, Verizon Wireless is what I was massively unprepared for. After talking at length with customer service reps, I learned that the hacker did not need to give them my pin number or my social security number and was able to get approval to takeover my cell phone number with simple billing information. This blew my mind and seemed negligent beyond all possible reason but it’s what they do. The main thing that struck me by the hack was the extraction speed possible in the current cryptocurrency ecosystem. $8,000 in 15 minutes is faster and more lucrative than robbing a suburban bank.
On typecasting the worst of our respective parties as the ones who wreak havoc, in Milo Yiannopoulos vs. Occupy Oakland … “There’s no good guys here. I mean who are we rooting for? … The media portrays every conservative like Milo and every Democrat like Occupy and that’s not true. I don’t know any conservatives who are as bad as Milo and I don’t know any Democrat friends who would burn a Starbucks to protest hate speech.”