Web/Tech

"Grayson Allen's legs again a national topic, which is entirely his fault"

Unless you live in a family of Duke fans like I do, you might not care about the Grayson Allen contretemps or even know about it. But here's a CBS report on the most recent event. The reporter writes:

I'll be honest: I had Duke-Boston College on television Saturday when the incident occurred, and I didn't even blink. Perhaps that's because I was also on social media and not totally focused. Maybe it's because my eyes are bad. Either way, the point's the same. I didn't notice it in real time. And neither did any of the three officials. 

So why did it become a huuuge deal? Because somebody put the video on Twitter. 

I'm not anti-technology. I'm not even opposed to Twitter. (For somebody who is, see "It's Time to Kill Twitter, Before It Kills Us".) I just think that journalists and writers of all kinds should devote less time and attention to a tiny, tiny number of folks who sound off on Twitter. Why does our national conversation have to be driven by them?


"Is SAP Germany's revenge for losing WWII?"

Quora folks have some fun. Sample:

This question shows a complete misunderstanding of what really happened.

WWII was just a decoy.

A cover-up while preparations for SAP were underway.

How do we know?

German inventor Konrad Zuse developed the first programmable computer “Z1” in 1936–1938. See Wikipedia: Z1 (computer).

Only one year later, WWII started in 1939. Wikipedia: World War II

Could that exact timing be just a coincidence?

Final proof: SAP was founded in 1972. Source: SAP (SAP Company History)

1938 to 1972 gives 34 years, just about the time needed to roll out an SAP system.