Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Outside the bubble, things are different. We're not egging on startups that willingly flout regulations. We're wary of artificial intelligence and its potential to eliminate jobs. We're dubious of tech leaders' promises to make their products safe for their kids to use. We are all sick of the jokes that no longer feel funny: lines about the lack of women in tech, about obscenely rich 20-somethings, about awkward coders with bad people skills, about "hustling" and growth at any cost. It all feels inappropriate. But this backlash against tech is difficult to see from inside the Silicon Valley bubble. And it's not hard to understand how we got here.

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In 2008, it was Wall Street bankers. In 2017, tech workers are the world's villain. "It's the exact same story of too many people with too much money. That breeds arrogance, bad behavior, and jealousy, and society just loves to take it down," the investor said. As a result, investors are avoiding anything that feels risky. Hunter Walk, a partner with venture capital firm Homebrew, which invested in Bodega, attributes the backlash to a broader response to power.

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I loathe silicon valley for their spreading this idea that "privacy is outdated".

Just because they realized they can get rich by cyber stalking everyone and selling your secrets and tastes to marketers, that doesn't mean it's outdated, it just means they've figure out a way to steal it from you.

I also loathe the way they force new tech on you. You used to be able to just plug an ipod into a laptop and use it like a hard drive, drag and drop files back and forth. Then apple decided they wanted everyone subscribing to their "cloud" and use that to move everything between any devices. Everything got more complicated, and if you resisted the change they made it harder and harder to do simple things.

I'm all for new tech that actually improves on old tech. But if it's worse in any way, it shoudnt be forced on us.

Like in tesla's new Model 3, everything is controlled on an ipad. That is an inferior control surface for driving. But all the geeks think "well touchscreens made phones better, therefore they must make EVERYTHING better!" And good luck trying to tell any of them that the newest tech isn't always better.

#1 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-12-19 05:46 PM | Reply

Cell phones, CDs, memory sticks, Lotus123, Word, Solidworks, Matlab, Ipods, flat screen TVs, are freaking cool.

You have a choice whether you join facebook, gmail, or whatever. Its not all bad, although many ads are now obnoxiously intrusive.

Not so with credit bureaus, they intrude whether you like it or not. They're not responsible for losing your personal data either. Lock-em up.

#2 | Posted by bayviking at 2017-12-20 05:44 PM | Reply

The reason the commoners, especially Liberals, have begun to hate Silicon Valley people is because they have proven beyond a reasonable doubt that rich people and not rich people are the same, the only difference is accessibility. When a regular Joe all of a sudden gets a lot of popularity and money, they do the same things that regular Joes bitch about rich people doing. And people who discriminate against the rich can't stand that their logic is proven to be 100% wrong. The rich aren't just a bunch of entitled people who were born into money and never had to work in their lives. They are regular people. I know, it's not what you want to hear. But not wanting to hear it doesn't make it any less true.

#3 | Posted by humtake at 2017-12-21 12:22 PM | Reply

" They're not responsible for losing your personal data either."

What makes you think they LOST it? It's obviously worth millions of dollars to someone.

Could another division of the same company be selling it on the black market to boost the company's bottom line?

What?

You actually believe what some corporate PR shill is telling you?? We lost your personal info... boo hoo..

#4 | Posted by Pegasus at 2017-12-21 01:22 PM | Reply

There are plenty of open-source tech that consumers could be using but are not. Linux distributions have come a long way in regards to user-friendliness. I prefer Debian because its development is community based and the OS is very stable. Yeah, installing commercial software onto a Debian OS is difficult, but this is by design (---- the man!).

Here are some free and open source alternatives for everyday to advanced computing:
R or Python for computing instead of Excel,
Latex instead of Word or Powerpoint,
Gimp instead of Photoshop,
Inkscape instead of Illustrator,
QGIS instead of ESRI's ArcMap.

Save money, and your privacy!

#5 | Posted by horstngraben at 2017-12-21 02:32 PM | Reply

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