Daveslist #12: Adpocalypse, Def Con, & the Value of Travel

Lots of interesting stuff this week guys. Let's get to it...
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Daveslist #12: Adpocalypse, Def Con, & the Value of Travel
By Daveslist • Issue #12
Lots of interesting stuff this week guys. Let’s get to it…

Fortune cookies have sharp elbows these days.
St. Augustine once said, “The world is a book, and those who don’t travel read only one page.” Truer words were never spoken. This is an old post by Internet standards, but it’s as true and applicable today as it was when it was originally published in 2010. Get out there and see the world.
Ouch. Yeah, this looks bad and sounds bad, but wait till Uber dumps human drivers and see what happens to the numbers then. Are you sensing a theme yet?
Coming in just ahead of Uber’s autonomous trial in Pittsburgh, these Mitsubishi and Renault taxis are on the road in Singapore now. They still have a human engineer in them, though. Until we ditch the human safety net, I say it doesn’t count.
Say what you will about Google, but they definitely have the user experience firmly in mind. Last year it was Mobilegeddon, and this year the benevolent overlord of the Internet is taking aim at intrusive pop-up ads, especially those which completely ruin the mobile experience. You know the ones I’m talking about. The ones that are impossible to close, or that force you to scroll through them to get to the content you want. Go get ‘em, Google.
Here is the optimistic view of automation replacing jobs, and I’m inclined to agree with it. I know so many people who are stuck in jobs they hate who could be doing so much more with their lives if they could only break away. I really encourage you to give this one a read.
Every year I tell myself that this is the year I’ll go to Def Con, and every year I find an excuse to postpone. There’s something terrifying about being in the same room with some of the world’s most dangerous hackers. How bad is it? Every public WiFi network in Vegas should be considered “extremely hostile” for the duration of the conference.
I saw this firsthand in France. Money has a strange way of remaining in the same hands regardless of what’s happening on the world stage. The notion that some families have held incredible wealth for over 700 years is mind boggling to me.
This hits pretty close to home as we all have our eye on a tropical depression that could blow up and hit Florida over the next few days. Rising sea level is a battle we’re losing, and Louisiana and Florida are going to be the first American states where climate driven migration is an almost inevitable reality.
These are some cold statistics here. I can understand wanting a divorce after a lousy vacation, but waiting for Valentine’s Day to drop divorce papers just seems excessive to me. St. Patty’s Day? Yeah, I get that one.
That’s it for this week, guys. I’d love to hear what you think about this week’s links, so hit REPLY and let me know what you loved and hated. As always, feel free to share with whomever you think might enjoy it.
Stay safe and have a tremendous weekend!
DAVE
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