Day: April 3, 2020

How my first digital date helped me survive self-isolation

Online dating is nothing new. But now, it’s the only dating.

So while couples face the terrifying prospect of being trapped together for weeks, singles either embrace solitude or search for digital love.

I try the latter.

My online romance begins on Hinge, “the dating app designed to be deleted.” The company has kept its slogan since non-essential human contact became a crime. It still wants you to meet off-app but now only online.

Credit: Hinge
Hinge now sends users tips on how to date in self-isolation

I broke up with my girlfriend just before the outbreak, and still can’t

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Are you overengineering your cloud apps?

Those of us who owned motorcycles over the years know that a “bone stock” bike won’t be stock for long. It’s common to replace the exhaust system with aftermarket, much louder pipes. Also, the seat is often swapped out for something more comfortable and stylish. Don’t forget a windshield, fuel management systems, and upgraded handlebars.

With that you’ve spent about one-fourth of the cost of the motorcycle on a bunch of stuff that does not add anything to the core functionality of the motorcycle. We do it because we can, not because we should.

The same can be said about

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New coronavirus-era surveillance and biometric systems pose logistical, privacy problems

As the COVID-19 pandemic grips the globe, new surveillance methods are already raising new privacy and security challenges despite the still-early days of this crisis. Chief among these potential problems is the sudden turn by the government toward using geolocation data to track millions of Americans’ cell phones in monitoring the spread of the disease.

Silicon Valley giants, including Alphabet, Amazon and Facebook, have already been called into the White House to brainstorm ways to use geolocation, public media scraping and other technologies to track users in ways that ostensibly don’t violate users’ privacy. Meanwhile, phone carriers across Europe are

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