I’m sure any big data job can be “entertaining” in that regard. I read something once that from something like just 5 likes algorithms were something like 85% accurate at picking individuals out of a data set. What we share might seem anonymous, but it is definitely not. I run a Linux computer at home. Ubuntu 16.04. And the Chrome browser, as a rule. That combination is so rare as to make my identity stick out like a sore thumb in web browser logs. Add in the various add ons that I have enabled in the browser (and that can be detected from the server) and I’m just about unique. That kind of fingerprinting is astoundingly difficult to defeat. When people start sharing “real” data they are going to be so identifiable they might as well be wearing flashing signs “I’m Bobby, with the weird disease and the disfunctional family from North Dakota. There’s only 1 me!”
The Canadian adventure continues to go very well, and art school is fun. The next post will document the end of the semester and then it’s move time. Whee!
Take care, Ben!