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Jeremy Cherfas

Note to Self: Transcribing Podcasts – India, Ink.

Just by accident found this piece on transcribing podcasts with IBM's Watson. I wonder how it compares with SwiftScribe? Need to give it a try, because as I attempt more complex stories it certainly helps to have a bit of text in addition to notes and markers on the audio.

Jeremy Cherfas

The Decentralized Social Web

Terrific video of a talk on by Keith J. Grant, who kept remarkably cool during his live demos.

Jeremy Cherfas

Jeremy Cherfas

Why Facebook is in a hole over data mining | John Naughton

One could, for example, imagine an honest business model – in which people paid an annual subscription for a service that did not rely on targeting people on the basis of the 98 data-points that the company holds on every user. All it would need is for Facebook users to fork out $20 a year for the pleasure of sharing LOLcats with one another.

What’s the likelihood of that happening? You know the answer. Which is why Zuck will continue to keep mum about the sordid reality underpinning his money machine.

Jeremy Cherfas

YouTube Demonetization: The Great Platform Problem

Interesting piece on "owning" your distribution channels. .

Now, here’s the thing I’ll tell you—if I was running this site on, say, Medium or Tumblr, it would not have buckled. But to me, I think that independence from platforms is a hugely important thing to have in 2017. If you can spin up the server yourself and figure out a way to cobble together funding, you may miss out on some of the perks of larger sites, but you call the shots. 

Jeremy Cherfas

Why Are So Many Fascist Monuments Still Standing in Italy? | The New Yorker

As Rosalia Vittorini, the head of Italy’s chapter of the preservationist organization docomomo, once said when asked how Italians feel about living among relics of dictatorship: “Why do you think they think anything at all about it?”

Jeremy Cherfas

Trump, authenticity and the Tory succession

Interesting piece on, among other things, Jacob Rees-Mogg

 [H]e’s authentic all right, but that will never make him a populist hero — because he’s not faking it.

I suppose things really have come to this.

Jeremy Cherfas

How to fix stuck Mac OS X clipboard – won’t copy/paste anything new

I thought I was losing my mind, but this fixed it, and restored me to sanity ... once I remembered to quit and restart the application I was writing in.

Jeremy Cherfas

Jeremy Cherfas