Driving in Atlanta Was NEVER Nice – Now It’s a Nightmare

Some bad things are happening in Atlanta.

First on March 30th there was a fire that took out a 100ft section of I-85 (Reconstruction promises to close side streets in the area!) That major thruway remains closed.

Then on the 17th a section of I-20 buckled, killing on guy on a motorcycle.

On the 19th a sinkhole closed a street in Midtown/

On the 23rd there was a 15-car pile up on I-75 in Bartow County (which is only barely in the Atlanta metropolitan area. But still…)

I think my next trip to Florida will be by way of Alabama.

A Story About Uber Reveals That People Don’t Understand “Free Software/Services”

Uber broke more rules. Tracked more people. Because they could. Uber responds to report that it tracked devices after its app was deleted | TechCrunch

They violated the rules of the Apple App Store, geofenced Cuppertino in the hopes that Apple wouldn’t find out, and only agreed to “fix” the problem when threatened with being yanked from Apples ecosystem.

That isn’t the part that interests me, because at this point I expect Uber is breaking ever rule they can get away with. That is who they are. The interesting part is that people don’t understand that “free” means that you are the product.

A footnote of this story is about the selling of “anonymized data.” Uber was buying data to track their competitor – Lyft.

Selling anonymized data is not uncommon for free services like Unroll.me and its owner Slice — Slice even pitches its powerful data set publicly. But many appear to feel shocked that they were not more clearly informed that if you are not paying with money you still have to pay somehow. Unroll.me CEO Jojo Hedaya said that it was “heartbreaking to see that some of our users were upset to learn about how we monetize our free service.”

He made no indications that it would alter this practice in the future.

As Robert Heinlein point out in one of his novels, “There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.” If you are getting something for free – say a Twitter or Facebook account – then that company is collecting as much data about you as they can and using that data to make money. Or where do you think targeted advertising comes from? That anyone could be confused on this subject in the 21st Century is amazing to me.

Mein Herz Brennt

A little change of pace. Rammstein is a German group defined as Neue Deutsche Härte (New German Hardness). I ran across a version of this song in the soundtrack to the pilot for the TV Show Saving Grace. (Which I think is quite good, at least the first season is. You can find it on Netflix and probably other places as well.)

This is “Mein Herz Brennt” by Rammsetein, from their 2000 album Mutter.

Mein Herz Brennt = My Heart is Burning.

The lyrics and their translation can be found here.

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0

Even in the People’s Republic of Illinois, self-defense works. Police: Intruder shot by Bloomington homeowner | WJBC AM 1230

A woman living in the 700 block of S. Clayton St. told police she heard the home’s security alarm at about 1:30 this morning and entered the garage with a handgun. She reportedly found a man in the garage and shot him after he began a physical altercation.

Police found him a couple of blocks away. They took him to the hospital, and then they took him to jail.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Texans are still armed; home-invaders still getting shot.

You think that memo would have circulated by now. (This is more of a dog-bites-man story than man-bites-dog.) Dallas Homeowner Shoots, Wounds Two Suspected Burglars | NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

So 2 people try to break into a home at 4 in the morning, only to find one armed, Texan (but I repeat myself) homeowner.

Police said they found one of the suspected burglars on the ground and transported the person to Baylor University Medical Center in unknown condition.

They are still searching for the 2nd guy.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Violent and sexual crimes rose in Germany in 2016

German Crime Stats: I wonder if they are as cooked as the British stats used to be. Violent and sexual crimes rose, break-ins fell in 2016: media reports – The Local

Of the violent offences recorded, cases of murder, homicide and voluntary euthanasia rose by 14.3 percent, reaching 2,400 cases, according to Bild. Rape and sexual assault increased by 12.8 percent to more than 7,900 cases. Hundreds of women reported sexual attacks on New Year’s Eve 2015-16 in cities like Cologne, mainly by groups of North African men.