Opinion | Elon Musk, the Donald of Silicon Valley - The New York Times    

written by Bret Stephens. added about 14 hours ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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[The Tesla story] is about hubris and credulity — the hubris of the few to pretend they know the future and the credulity of the many to follow them there. Electric vehicles were supposed to be the car of the future because we were running out of oil — until we weren’t. And Musk was supposed to be a visionary because he spoke in visions, for which there will always be a large receptive audience. Casting about for a cause and a savior to believe in is what too many Americans do these days, perhaps as a result of casting off the causes and saviors we used to believe in.
Map Projections Poster    

written by US Geological Survey. added 2 days ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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A map projection is used to portray all or part of the round Earth on a flat surface. This cannot be done without some distortion. Every projection has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. There is no "best" projection. The mapmaker must select the one best suited to the needs, reducing distortion of the most important features.
Your guide to UPI — the world’s most advanced payments system    

written by Sasi Desai, Nipun Jasuja, Piyush Khandekar. added 3 days ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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As our payment solutions evolved, so did our societal structures — from an era where everyone was equal in a community to a society torn apart based on level of access to the formal economy. India is one such land of economic extremes. It sits in the top five list for two categories — (i) maximum number of billionaires, and (ii) maximum number of people living under poverty. In recent years, India’s rapidly growing GDP has created a chasm between a rich minority and a poor majority. The top 1% of India controls over 50% of its wealth, while the bottom half of the country barely scrapes by on 4% of the wealth. This level of inequality is unmatched anywhere in the world (except for South Africa).
Tesla says its factory is safer. But it left injuries off the books | Reveal    

written by Will Evans and Alyssa Jeong Perry. added 4 days ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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There’s one color, though, that some of Tesla’s former safety experts wanted to see more of: yellow – the traditional hue of caution used to mark hazards. Concerned about bone-crunching collisions and the lack of clearly marked pedestrian lanes at the Fremont, California, plant, the general assembly line’s then-lead safety professional went to her boss, who she said told her, “Elon does not like the color yellow.”
Japan's Mercari is an Amazon copycat targeting the US    

written by Julian Littler (2016-11-04). added 6 days ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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In just three years, the flea market app has raised 12.6 billion yen ($122 million based on Nov. 3 exchange rates) in funding, grown to 35 million downloads and now generates monthly sales of 10 billion yen ($97 million) and became a unicorn. Since becoming a unicorn, downloads of the start-up's app have increased from 30 million to 35 million in Japan. Mercari, which also has offices in the U.S and the U.K., has seen U.S. downloads jump to 20 million, doubling since March. The start-up says it is focusing on the No. 1 economy, where it has been charging 10 percent commissions on sold items since Oct. 19. A Mercari spokesperson said its U.S. earnings have risen sixfold since 2015, though it declined to be more specific.
Banks Adopt Military-Style Tactics to Fight Cybercrime - The New York Times    

written by Stacy Cowley. added 6 days ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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When the group figured out what computer system had been used in the leak, a heated argument broke out: Should they cut off its network access immediately? Or set up surveillance and monitor any further transmissions? At the urging of a Navy veteran who runs the cyberattack response group at a large New York bank, the group left the system connected. Image
The human solution to Facebook’s machine-produced problems also won’t work    

written by Doc Searls. added 13 days ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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It helps to recognize that we are still going through early stages in our new Digital Age. Everything we know about digital life, so far, is contained within prototypes such as Facebook’s and Google’s. And all of those prototypes are just projects. If you doubt that, look at your computer and your phone. Both are either new or to some degree already obsolete. Hell, even the new ones are old. Nothing will feel older a year from now than today’s latest Samsung and Apple mobile thingies.
Doc Searls Weblog · GDPR will pop the adtech bubble    

written by Doc Searls. added 13 days ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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And that’s on top of the main problem: tracking people without their knowledge, approval or a court order is just flat-out wrong. The fact that it can be done is no excuse. Nor is the monstrous sum of money made by it. Without adtech, the EU’s GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) would never have happened. But the GDPR did happen, and as a result websites all over the world are suddenly posting notices about their changed privacy policies, use of cookies, and opt-in choices for “relevant” or “interest-based” (translation: tracking-based) advertising. Email lists are doing the same kinds of things.
Facebook and Google’s Dirty Secret: They’re Really Junk Mail Empires    

written by Jason Kint. added 13 days ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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Google and Facebook use this data collection to help micro-target advertising to users across the web. Advertising is 98 percent and 87 percent of Facebook and Google’s respective revenues. Both companies have significant troves of organic data from the use of their sites and products to target this advertising. But they are also able to grow with the entire internet by leveraging web-wide data in real time. In the digital world, big data requires scale, and it loses value quickly as it becomes stale. It’s the web-wide data collection that is the most troubling and outside consumer expectations; and also provides their unique power and influence over the content, traffic, and monetization of the internet.
Our elections are facing more threats online. Our laws must catch up    

written by Ellen Weintraub. added 13 days ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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It has been more than a decade since the commission has fully examined how best to regulate political spending on the Internet — an eternity in online years. Fortunately, requiring disclosure of Internet political spending is not “rocket surgery.” Disclosure rests on firm legal footing, and the FEC is pretty good at making it happen when we have the political will to do so. States such as Maryland and California have also given us models we can work with.
Trump’s Hard-Line Israel Position Exports U.S. Culture War Abroad - The New York Times    

written by Max Fisher. added 13 days ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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Mr. Trump represents the culmination of a trend that pro-Israel groups resisted for years: the loss of Jewish support. Even as Jews grew more liberal, many supported strongly pro-Israel policies. But as “pro-Israel” becomes synonymous with “conservative Republican,” Jews are drifting away. They oppose moving the embassy by almost 3-to-1.
Motherhood in the Age of the Crunchy Instagram Mama    

written by Ashley Abramson. added 17 days ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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There’s always a message being broadcast about how to do things, and more often than not, it’s overwhelmingly binary. Do this or do that. Be this way or be that way. It’s only natural to buy into a message that meets a need we have — and if we’re secure in our identities, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. But to opt into a movement (or product) out of fear instead of excitement or hope always has a cost.
Porn Is Not the Worst Thing on    

written by Anastasia Basil. added 17 days ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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Look at the screenshot above, and read the comment beneath it. Somewhere out there is this girl’s mom, who probably thinks her daughter is watching funny lip-syncs, not leaning into an abyss. In this case, anorexia beckons. Suicide beckoned Dylan. For others, it’s a living hell of self-hate. Zero notifications. Zero new followers. The absence of love — the kind so readily given to other kids via thousands of followers, likes, and hearts — is hard evidence: The world thinks I’m a loser. These are the kids who hashtag their own face with the word ugly. The world, of course, is oblivious. But to kids with an online identity, the rejection feels global.
Porn Is Not the Worst Thing on    

written by Anastasia Basil. added 17 days ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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Tweens and teens have an underdeveloped frontal cortex. They’re impulsive and self-centered. They make terrible decisions and they can be meaner than a bull shark. Also, their conflict-management skills are lousy. Sixth graders have yet to master the skill of fully rinsing conditioner from their hair, and we’re giving them the power of unfettered public expression? Even our President can’t control himself online, and he’s a stable genius. Clearly, we need to be careful who we give power to.
The Dystopic Leftist Youth of Reddit and Facebook – Dark(ish) Web – Medium    

written by Corin Faife. added 17 days ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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Paradoxically, the power of capitalism to improve the lives of ordinary citizens was at its zenith when the system of capitalism faced its greatest threat. In the early Cold War period of the 1950s, Senator Joseph McCarthy was urging Americans to choose sides in an “all-out battle between communistic atheism and Christianity”; over the coming decades, the U.S.-Soviet rivalry would see proxy wars fought between the two powers across the globe — but also a flurry of technological advances that would transform daily life. In the 40-year period from 1950 to 1990, consumers were introduced to the microwave oven, color television, ATM and credit card, contraceptive pill, cellphone, and personal computer, and, in 1989 — the year marking the fall of the Berlin Wall — the World Wide Web itself was invented.
The Dystopic Leftist Youth of Reddit and Facebook    

written by Corin Faife. added 17 days ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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Socialism has always been a heavily charged topic in American public life. In the wake of the Cold War, it became toxic by association, banished to the fringes of mainstream politics, championed by labor unions or campus clubs but seldom by mass movements. Slogans and viral images did not by any stretch bring socialism back, but for a younger, digitally connected generation, they function as a gateway into centuries-old traditions of leftist thought. “Obviously memes aren’t the be-all and end-all of political engagement, but they can often help explain and engage young people in a discourse that they get shut out of,” an 18-year-old student told Broadly in a feature on how meme culture is getting teens into Marxism.
Hey Siri, Should I Give My Children Their Own Smart Speaker?    

written by Stuart Dredge. added 17 days ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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It’s the same with Snapchat and Instagram: apps my sons are still too young for, yet they know and are curious about them. Rather than a blanket don’t-even-mention-them ban on these apps, I’m showing them my feeds, letting them play with the filters and silly effects, and talking about how these apps work and some of the pitfalls to avoid — from judging your value by your number of likes to having snaps go public that you thought were private.
Stock market, investing and emotions    

written by Jim OShaughnessy. added 17 days ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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I know that given the way we are constructed, many investors will react emotionally and heed these warnings and sell their holdings, saying they will “wait until the smoke clears” before they return to the market. I know that over time, most of these investors will not return to the market until well after the bottom, usually when stocks have already dramatically increased in value.
Fourteen maps that chart Bengaluru’s evolution from 19th century to the present    

written by Mohan Raju JS, Jyothi Koduganti and Shriya Anand. added 23 days ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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The history of Bengaluru – as indeed that of any other city – is marked by the constant emergence of new dominant groups, each with its own set of imaginations, from Kempe Gowda in the 16th century to the IT Moghuls of the 21st century. Each distinct phase of history is legible in the urban landscape, especially in its constant, yet dynamic street networks that offer an understanding of city planning, and Bengaluru’s long journey.
A 1x1 tracking pixel was used as evidence of treason against 30,000 Turks, sent tens of thousands to jail    

written by Cory Doctorow. added 23 days ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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Turkish authorities only admitted their mistake when a pair of digital forensics experts called Tuncay Beşikci and Koray Peksayar and a lawyer named Ali Aktaş spoke out about their work the pixel's traces and were noticed by government officials who'd been implicated by the pixel and wanted to clear their names. They believe that the creations of Bylock deliberately mixed their tracking pixel into apps not associated with the Gülenist movement in order to make it useless as evidence of guilt.

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