Teens Addicted to Juul Flavor Pods Have Parents Furious: Devil’s Playbook - Bloomberg  

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It was Friday, one of the last before school started, and the first home game would be played that night at Stanford Stadium. Burke was a die-hard fan. He’d had season tickets, with the same seats in the upper deck, for years. And for as long as he could remember, the same person had had the seats right in front of him: Jim Steyer. Many people knew Steyer because of his younger brother, Tom, the billionaire founder of the San Francisco hedge fund Farallon Capital Management and a former member of Stanford’s board of trustees (and later a candidate for the Democratic Party nomination for president). Jim was eminent in his own right, as a civil rights professor at Stanford and longtime advocate for children.
Bill Gates’s Carefully Curated Dad-Geek Image Unravels in Two Weeks - Bloomberg  

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This was also supposed to be a year of focus on climate change for Bill, with the billionaire raising a call to arms via the February launch of his book, “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster,” and rallying global leaders and regular consumers to invest in green-tech research, fix carbon regulations and buy more electric cars and less meat. Instead, he got a few months of book touring before the world’s eyes darted to his divorce.
米 パイプラインのサイバー攻撃 “ロシアの集団が関与” FBI | サイバー攻撃 | NHKニュース  

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Jobs Report April 2021: U.S. Added 266,000 Positions as Hiring Slowed  

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She said she has been making less than half of her previous salary, creating something of an inescapable cycle: She cannot afford to send her son to day care for more than two days a week, and her child-care responsibilities are preventing her from taking a full-time job. In addition, she said, she has an autoimmune illness, making the possibility of contracting Covid-19 in the workplace especially harrowing.
Seeing the Real Faces of Silicon Valley - The New York Times  

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“We never had these opportunities back home, in Iran. I know that — I don’t want to complain,” she added. “When I tell people I’m living in the Bay Area, they say: ‘You’re so lucky — it must be like heaven! You must be so rich.’” But the emotional toll can be weighty. “We are sometimes happy, but also very anxious, very stressed. You have to be worried if you lose your job, because the cost of living is very high, and it’s very competitive. It’s not that easy — come here, live in California, become a millionaire. It’s not that simple
Stevey's Google Platforms Rant  

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You wouldn't really think that an online bookstore needs to be an extensible, programmable platform. Would you? Well, the first big thing Bezos realized is that the infrastructure they'd built for selling and shipping books and sundry could be transformed an excellent repurposable computing platform. So now they have the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, and the Amazon Elastic MapReduce, and the Amazon Relational Database Service, and a whole passel' o' other services browsable at These services host the backends for some pretty successful companies, reddit being my personal favorite of the bunch. The other big realization he had was that he can't always build the right thing. I think Larry Tesler might have struck some kind of chord in Bezos when he said his mom couldn't use the goddamn website. It's not even super clear whose mom he was talking about, and doesn't really matter, because nobody's mom can use the goddamn website. In fact I myself find the website disturbingly daunting, and I worked there for over half a decade. I've just learned to kinda defocus my eyes and concentrate on the million or so pixels near the center of the page above the fold.
Google’s Plan for the Future of Work: Privacy Robots and Balloon Walls - The New York Times  

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Google is trying to get a handle on how employees will react to so-called hybrid work. In July, the company asked workers how many days a week they would need to come to the office to be effective. The answers were divided evenly in a range of zero to five days a week, said Mr. Radcliffe. The majority of Google employees are in no hurry to return. In its annual survey of employees called Googlegeist, about 70 percent of roughly 110,000 employees surveyed said they had a “favorable” view about working from home compared with roughly 15 percent who had an “unfavorable” opinion.
Jonathan Ive and the Future of Apple | The New Yorker  

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His [Jony Ive's] roots are working class: his paternal grandfather and great-grandfather were skilled metalworkers. His father, Michael, now retired, was a secondary-school teacher of design and technology, and then a government adviser on design education. Ive’s mother was a theology teacher and, later, a therapist; his younger sister became a consultant for nonprofits in London. Marc Newson sees an economic similarity between Ive’s upbringing and his own. “Neither of us came from particularly privileged backgrounds,” he said, when we met. “A lot of what I’ve done has been an effort to try to have the things that I didn’t own when I was a child.” Newson was carrying a six-thousand-dollar Louis Vuitton backpack, of his own design. Ive, the owner of a jet, was twenty-one before he experienced air travel.
Changes at Basecamp  

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This may look like compression. A reduction, an elimination. And it is. It's precisely that. We're compressing X to allow for expansion in Y. A return to whole minds that can focus fully on the work we choose to do. A return to a low-ceremony steady state where we can make decisions and move on. A return to personal responsibility and good faith trust in one another to do our own individual jobs well. A return to why we started the company. A return to what we do best.
Basecamp's new etiquette regarding societal politics at work  

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By trying to have the debates around such incredibly sensitive societal politics inside the company, we're setting ourselves up for strife, with little chance of actually changing anyone's mind. These types of discussions are so difficult that even if we were having them at the best of times, together in person, with trust batteries fully charged, we'd struggle. And we have none of those advantages right now, so it's not a surprise the results have been poor.
OPEC Is Cautious About All That Unused Oil Stored Around the World - Bloomberg  

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The group concentrated on stock levels in the OECD because, as I’ve written before, they are the most visible. The U.S. provides detailed numbers on a weekly basis, and most of the other members report inventory levels monthly. That’s in stark contrast to countries like China, where inventory is regarded as a state secret and not reported at all.
Global Middle Class Income 2021: Covid Hits Prospects in Emerging Markets  

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Taken together, Pew’s middle-income and upper-middle-income brackets encompass roughly 2.5 billion people—or a third of the world’s population. Buried inside these big numbers are many personal stories. Here we bring you four, from India, Brazil, South Africa, and Thailand. They’re tales of hard-won successes that evaporated overnight, along with well-paying jobs. Of once-­accessible luxuries, like steak for dinner or home internet access, now out of reach. Of dreams deferred, whether an automobile or an apartment.
ビジネス特集 「半沢頭取」が語る銀行 “いまの延長線上に未来はない” | NHKニュース  

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Wall Street: Archegos Collapse Is Business as Usual, Not a Disaster - Bloomberg  

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Although some banks may have made unfortunate decisions, it’s not true this risk was hidden or that there are not good systems to manage the risk. The first line of defense is the credit departments, which much approve all counterparties. These analysts had full insight into Archegos’ capital position, position sizes, risk management, processes, strategy and other factors. The credit department is not allowed to share this information with traders or prime brokerage staff, but it does examine this information carefully before approval and monitors it rigorously afterwards.
Japan's Nuclear Past Complicates Its Green Future - Bloomberg  

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On many fronts, nuclear power remains an almost perfect solution for a resource-poor island nation like Japan: it requires minimal overseas fuel, takes up little land—unlike solar and onshore wind—and produces carbon-free power around the clock. In fact, the government was targeting atomic energy to eventually be its main source of electricity right up until the Fukushima disaster. Yet some 39% of Japanese people want all nuclear plants closed, according to a February survey.
Biggest Players in the Short-Selling Game Are Getting a Pass - Bloomberg  

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While securities lending accounted for $652 million, or just 4%, of BlackRock’s revenue in the fourth quarter of 2020, there’s little cost involved and the risks are low because borrowers have to put up collateral that equals or exceeds the value of the loan. At both BlackRock and State Street Corp., the second-largest custody bank, the value of securities on loan as of Dec. 31 jumped at least 20% from a year earlier, to $352 billion and $441 billion, respectively. ... “It’s very important to remember that institutional investors earn substantial returns from participating in the securities-lending market,” Citadel’s Griffin said at the GameStop hearing. “That accrues to the benefit of pension plans, of ETFs, of other pools of institutional lending that participate in the securities lending market.”
Hong Kong's Trusted Independent Judiciary Approaches Its Twilight - Bloomberg  

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Just how awkward a matter this is for Hong Kong authorities could be seen in how officials tied themselves in knots last year over the question of “separation of powers” — a doctrine that underpins Western constitutional democracy and is disliked by the Communist Party, since it implies a power base that is beyond the party’s control. This left Chief Executive Carrie Lam insisting illogically that Hong Kong both has no separation of powers and, as the Basic Law states, an independent judiciary.
What to Watch as China Rolls Out Economic Plan to Overtake U.S. - Bloomberg  

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Alongside its work report for this year, the government will also release economic goals for 2021-2025. The five-year plan is a hangover from the planned-economy era, when specific targets for output of steel and other products were set. Since then the document has become mainly a list of general aspirations, but it sets the tone of policy and includes some numerical targets.
Inflation 2021: Malnutrition and Hunger Fears Rise as Food Prices Soar Globally - Bloomberg  

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The increases might not be immediately obvious to shoppers. Instead of raising the sticker price, retailers may cut back on multi-buy deals or special promotions. Last year, the number of grocery items sold on promotion in the U.S. dropped by 20 percentage points, according to NielsenIQ data, partly because pandemic-driven logistical challenges squeezed supply.
Trapped in Germany’s COVID nightmare – POLITICO  

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The immunization delays, he warned, are throttling Germany’s economy, a fact the country’s political class seems to take in stride as they bemoan the inevitability of it all on television. The violations of citizens’ basic rights, be they to run a business, receive an education or simply meet with friends in the park, is only temporary, they assure us.
Thomas Piketty Goes Global  | The New Yorker  

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And yet theory-of-everything treatises like Piketty’s ultimately seek provocation, not practicality, and Piketty concludes that such proposals are not enough to achieve true liberation. “It seems obvious that the only way to transcend capitalism and ownership society is to work out some way of transcending the nation-state,” he writes. We’ll need “a true participatory and internationalist socialism,” he says, in order to free humanity from the contradictions of capitalism in which it is so harmfully enmeshed.
福島原発事故から10年 農水産物などの風評被害今も続く | 東日本大震災 | NHKニュース  

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Contentious Hunt for Covid’s Origin Points to China Animal Trade  

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They cited a 2004 survey by the China Wildlife Conservation Association that found 46% of urban residents had consumed wildlife and 2.7% were regular consumers. A January 2017 survey found 52% of markets they investigated were trading wildlife, while 40% of restaurants were providing wild animal dishes.
Contentious Hunt for Covid’s Origin Points to China Animal Trade  

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“The main conclusion from this stage of the work -- and it’s not over yet of course -- is that the exact same pathway by which SARS emerged was alive and well for the emergence of Covid,” said Daszak, who is also president of EcoHealth Alliance, a New York-based nonprofit that works to prevent viral outbreaks around the world.
Trader Buys $36 Million of Copper and Gets Painted Rocks Instead  

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Normally, in such cases of non-delivery a trading house could make a claim against a cargo’s insurance policy. But Mercuria found that just one out of seven contracts used by the Turkish company to insure the cargo was real. The rest had been forged.
Quantum-Computing Startup IonQ Plans Public Debut in $2 Billion SPAC Merger - WSJ  

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The money raised from the transaction will be used to help IonQ manufacture a quantum-computing machine that works at room temperature and is about the size of an Xbox videogame console, Mr. Chapman said. That would be significantly smaller than early-stage machines on the market today, without requiring the supercooling necessary to achieve quantum mechanical effects. IonQ expects the device to be completed in 2023.
The Weeknd Boycotts Future Grammys as 2021 Show Nears - The New York Times  

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A member of Tchen’s task force, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss its work, portrayed the role of the committees as contradicting the academy’s public position that awards are fully decided by industry peers. “The idea came through,” this person said, “that they do not want it just voted on by the hobbledehoy of the music industry.”
今どきファックスを多用する会社の本音「実はメールのほうがシステムは弱い」(週刊SPA!) - Yahoo!ニュース  

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The Spawn of craigslist Like most VCs that focus... - The Gong Show  

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I put together this pic that visualizes how entrepreneurs have tried to carve out niches from craigslist, some more successful than others. This is in no way a comprehensive list (feel free to add to it in the comments below), and in some places, one might argue that craigslist is getting whipped (homeaway? others?). Also, some companies may have been founded early enough that craigslist wasn’t an original competitor. Regardless, it’s amazing how craigslist’s broad, horizontal approach to creating marketplaces is successful overall.
Disney makes 55% profit on consumer product sales. Will Netflix get on the same strategy?  

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For Disney, consumer products are the earnings gifts that keep on giving — even during a pandemic. While revenue tied to its theme parks and cruise ships tumbled more than 40% in the fiscal year that ended in early October, merchandise licensing and retail revenues were down just 7%. In the latest quarter, Disney earned about 55 cents in profit for every dollar of consumer-product sales. This line of business consistently contributes more than $1.5 billion of operating income per year, and licensing carries much higher margins than producing a series that viewers binge in one sitting. In 2012, the Hollywood Reporter said that lifetime sales of “Star Wars” licensed goods had reached $20 billion, and that was before Disney acquired it.
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Supermicro Hack: How China Exploited a U.S. Tech Supplier Over Years  

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Two people with direct knowledge said the manipulation combined two pieces of code: The first was embedded in instructions that manage the order of the startup and can’t be easily erased or updated. That code fetched additional instructions that were tucked into the BIOS chip’s unused memory, where they were unlikely to be found even by security-conscious customers. When the server was turned on, the implant would load into the machine’s main memory, where it kept sending out data periodically.
Tesla (TSLA), Cloudfare (NET) Breached in Verkada Security Camera Hack - Bloomberg  

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The hackers’ methods were unsophisticated: they gained access to Verkada through a “Super Admin” account, allowing them to peer into the cameras of all of its customers. Kottmann says they found a user name and password for an administrator account publicly exposed on the internet. After Bloomberg contacted Verkada, the hackers lost access to the video feeds and archives, Kottmann said.
Re:Re:Re:Re:…あなたもずっと“返信メール”で送った? 今も残るガラケーの空気とあの頃のメール  

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ガラケーの頃は本体のストレージ容量が限られていたため、端末内部でも古いメールから順次消去される仕組みになっていた。重要なメールが自動的に消えないようにするには、「保護」の操作が必要だったのである。  しかし大切なメールを保護したところで、それは機種変更までの短い命だった。キャリアによっては受信メールの「引っ越し」が可能なケースもあったが、仕組みの違うスマホにはさすがに移せなかった。だから「あの頃のメール」は押し入れを探り、古いケーブルで充電しないと表示できない。  携帯電話の普及以来、我々は仕事や友人関係、そして恋のメッセージまで、全部をポケットに入れて持ち歩くようになった。ただのつまらない文字列でも、当時の画面に当時のフォントで表示されると、よみがえる記憶があるかもしれない
Pfizer (PFE) Has a Moral Dilemma: Deciding Where the Vaccines Will Go - Bloomberg  

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In late December a flurry of news stories from the Middle East revealed that Pfizer had contracted to sell millions of doses to countries in previously unreported deals. Dubai got its first doses flown in from Belgium and announced it would aim to inoculate 70% of its 3.3 million people with the Pfizer vaccine. Officials in Saudi Arabia told TV broadcaster Al Arabiya they were expecting 3 million Pfizer doses, with a third of those to be delivered by the end of February. Oman ordered 370,000, paying $30 a shot for early supplies arriving in December and $24 a shot for later shipments, the health minister told a government news outlet. This appeared to be one of the highest prices outside Israel, though lack of disclosure makes it impossible to say for sure.
Melvin Capital Improves From GameStop Reddit Struggle - Bloomberg  

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He did 129 wash trades on 68 days over roughly 10 months, representing about 5.4% of the volume during that period. “On the days that Mr Horn executed wash trades, on average they accounted for 39.4% of the total market volume in McKay shares.” As far as I can tell no one told him to do this, and it ended when Stifel noticed he was doing it and told him to stop. His motivation seems to have been … sort of charmingly innocent?
Airline Titans Gordon Bethune and Bob Crandall Weigh In on Future of Flight - Bloomberg  

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That being said, both Crandall and Bethune said one of the lessons the airline industry should learn from this crisis is that large-scale share buybacks are ill-advised. It’s a cash-intensive business, and there’s always the risk of some kind of unexpected crisis, Bethune said. Crandall went a step further and said buybacks should be prohibited at all companies, in every industry. “It's a popular tactic because it makes the executives rich,” he said. “Airlines absolutely should be prohibited from buying back stock. They should be at the top of the list. We know that airlines always have a liquidity problem and are always turning to the government.”
Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Letter Doesn't Take Reddit, Bitcoin Bait - Bloomberg  

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Maybe Buffett’s style doesn’t fit the current moment, but a moment is all it is. Value investing has cycled in and out of fashion, and as fad securities sold off this week, there’s talk that it may be back “in” again. In any case, “energy” isn’t what earned Buffett his celebrity. It was patience, conviction, a sense of duty to his partners and a rejection of complex profit adjustments that are so often used to obscure and confuse. That philosophy should never go out of style.
What the New Japanese Whisky Regulations Actually Mean for Collectors - Bloomberg  

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Logistically, this is because the country doesn’t possess a ton of grain distilleries to produce the lighter, filler liquid that makes up the majority of the volume of a blend. A whisky’s robustness and weight comes from the malt, which often is produced domestically. Philosophically, the notion of provenance is actually a secondary consideration in this part of the world. Blending is the true art. It’s why Japanese whisky houses are more likely to champion master blenders than distillers on marketing material. And it’s also why Nikka is confident about preserving the precise blend of Whiskey From the Barrel, even if it means shedding the words “Japanese whisky” from its moniker.
Off the rails: Inside the craziest meeting of the Trump presidency - Axios  

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Giuliani told Trump he was going to come over to the White House. The president, having forgotten about the others on the line, hung up and cut multiple people off the call. Herschmann, Cipollone and Lyons left the Oval Office, but soon discovered that the Powell entourage had made their way to the president’s residence. They followed them upstairs, to the Yellow Oval Room, Trump's living room, where they were joined by Giuliani and Meadows. Trump sat beside Powell in armchairs facing the door, separated by a round, wooden antique table. Giuliani sat in an armchair to the right of them, while Byrne and Meadows sat on a couch. Byrne wolfed down pigs in a blanket and little meatballs on toothpicks that staff had set on the coffee table.
After Fukushima, Japan Can’t Quit Its Dirty Dependence on Coal - Bloomberg  

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Much of what he says comes down to this: Coal is integral to Japan’s energy security and economic health. If there's a difference between Sugiyama and the officials from METI, it's only that he’s more direct about the competition with China, a superpower whose industry is supported by cheap, coal-fired power. “It’s a subtle point, so I must be careful,” he says. “If you lose economic ability in this Japanese geopolitical location, it’s very dangerous for the existence of the nation.”
Bill Gates-Led Fund Backs Tech to Use Natural Gas Without the Carbon Impact - Bloomberg  

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C-Zero can make about 10 kilograms of hydrogen per day in a small pilot plant. The next step is to build a demonstration unit that can make 100 kg of the gas per day, followed by a commercial unit that is capable of producing more than 1,000 kg per day. Most clean-energy startups fail at the scaling stage.
Capitalism Is Struggling With the Language of Climate Change - Bloomberg  

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Terminology issues may even reflect a shortage of climate expertise across the top echelons of business and government. Among the 1,188 board members of the 100 largest U.S. companies, for example, only three had climate expertise and only 6% offered broader environmental expertise, according to a new study from the New York University’s Stern Business School. In the last U.S. Congress, less than 10% of elected officials had scientific qualifications. In Britain, which will host the crucial COP26 climate conference in November, only 16% of members of parliament have backgrounds in science.
This Is How Tim Cook Transformed Apple (AAPL) After Steve Jobs - Bloomberg  

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Cook was willing to do what was necessary to protect Apple’s China-centric supply chain, even if that meant letting Trump spin falsehoods. Trump told the Wall Street Journal in mid-2017 that Cook personally promised to build “three big plants, beautiful plants” in the U.S., which was false as well, and which Apple declined to correct. After the photo op in Austin, Trump tweeted, “Today I opened a major Apple Manufacturing plant in Texas that will bring high paying jobs back to America.” Apple let that one slide, too.
The Case of the Serial Sperm Donor - The New York Times  

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What compels a sperm donor to donate so profusely? In 2013, a journal article by the Donor Sibling Registry identified three main motives, at least for average donors: money, generosity and the desire to pass along their DNA. “I think you have to look at No. 3, passing on their genes to have children,” said Ms. Kramer, the registry’s executive director. “Is it part of some men’s DNA to do this? What makes a man donate for six years? Ten years? If each donation can create between 4 and 24 kids, they can do the math. Why wouldn’t they think twice about this?”
Many South Asian Americans Tap Into Their Community To Kick-Start Their Political Careers | FiveThirtyEight  

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As you can see in the chart below, Kulkarni successfully appealed to the South Asian American community, raising more than half of his money from other South Asian Americans during his first run in 2018, as is typical of many first-time candidates. He started out his 2020 run with the support of many South Asian American donors, too, although with his higher profile and more support from the Democratic Party, he was able to diversify his base of financial support. Still, by the end of his 2020 run, about a third of his funding from individual contributors came from South Asian Americans.
Warning Signal: the messaging app’s new features are causing internal turmoil - The Verge  

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Marlinspike played down the potential of crypto payments in Signal, saying only that the company had done some “design explorations” around the idea. But significant engineering resources have been devoted to developing MobileCoin integrations in recent quarters, former employees said. “If we did decide we wanted to put payments into Signal, we would try to think really carefully about how we did that,” Marlinspike said. “It’s hard to be totally hypothetical.”
‘A Total Failure’: The Proud Boys Now Mock Trump  

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The Proud Boys’ anger toward Mr. Trump has heightened after he did nothing to help those in the group who face legal action for the Capitol violence. On Wednesday, a Proud Boy leader, Joseph Biggs, 37, was arrested in Florida and charged with unlawful entry and corruptly obstructing an official proceeding in the riot. At least four other members of the group also face charges stemming from the attack.
The Puzzling Dismissal Of Aadhaar Review Despite Pendency Of Larger Bench Reference On Money Bill Issue  

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It is settled that 'the decision on a question of law on which the judgment of the Court is based has been reversed or modified by the subsequent decision of a superior court in any other case, shall not be a ground for the review of such judgment"." However, nothing stopped the Court to keep the petitions pending till a larger bench decides the very same issue now before it. By doing so, the court could have avoided a perception that it is sweeping the review petitions under the carpet.
Jack Ma Emerges for First Time Since Ant, Alibaba Crackdown - Bloomberg  

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The [Chinese] government has increasingly sought to exert influence over the extent to which companies from Tencent Holdings Ltd. to ByteDance Ltd. amass data and direct commerce and media. The same month Ant’s IPO was scuttled, the nation’s top antitrust watchdog published new guidelines warning tech giants against monopolistic practices from forced exclusive arrangements to collusion on data. While Ant and Alibaba have borne the brunt of that assault since November, investors have since sold off peers from Tencent to Meituan. Both stocks rallied more than 3% on Wednesday.
What If You Could Do It All Over? | The New Yorker  

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On the one hand, we understand that we could have turned out any number of ways; we know that we aren’t the only possible versions of ourselves. But, on the other, we feel that there is some fundamental light within us—a filament that burns, with its own special character, from birth to death. We want to think that, whoever we might have been, we would have burned with the same light.
What Do We Want from Poetry in Times of Crisis? | The New Yorker  

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Pandemics are disconcerting because they reveal that people are not only more similar than they like to think but, in some essential ways, identical—made up of the same cells, the same weaknesses. At the same time, they’re disconcerting because they point out demographic differences we’re ordinarily able to ignore, like the chasms between rich and poor. Anthologies, with their diverse voices but convergent ideas, envision a public sphere in which solidarity doesn’t require uniformity. They show us bound—literally—by sympathy and ideals rather than mere biology.
The Hard Crowd | The New Yorker  

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I never wrote about most of the people from the Blue Lamp. The bar is gone. The main characters have died. Perhaps I feared that if I transformed them into fiction I’d lose my grasp on the real place, the evidence of which has evaporated. Or perhaps a person can write about things only when she is no longer the person who experienced them, and that transition is not yet complete. In this sense, a conversion narrative is built into every autobiography: the writer purports to be the one who remembers, who saw, who did, who felt, but the writer is no longer that person. In writing things down, she is reborn. And yet still defined by the actions she took, even if she now distances herself from them. In all a writer’s supposed self-exposure, her claim to authentic experience, the thing she leaves out is the galling idea that her life might become a subject put to paper. Might fill the pages of a book.
Broken News | The New Yorker  

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“The Newsroom” is the inverse of “Veep”: it’s so naïve it’s cynical. Sorkin’s fantasy is of a cabal of proud, disdainful brainiacs, a “media élite” who swallow accusations of arrogance and shoot them back as lava. But if the storytelling were more confident, it could take a breath and deliver drama, not just talking points. Instead, the deck stays stacked. Whenever McAvoy delivers a speech or slices up a right-winger, the ensemble beams at him, their eyes glowing as if they were cultists. The series turns Will McAvoy into the equivalent of the character Karen Cartwright, on “Smash,” the performer who the show keeps insisting is God’s gift to Broadway. Can you blame me for rooting for McAvoy’s enemies, all those flyover morons, venal bean-counters, sorority girls, and gun-toting bimbos? Like a political party, a TV show is nothing without a loyal opposition. ♦
Accusations of Bias Swirl Around Capitol Police After Attack | Time  

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Civil rights organizations have criticized the difference in law enforcement’s response to those protests and the violent mob on Jan. 6. About 80 people involved in the Capitol breach have been arrested so far, according to the most recent data released by the MPD and the Capitol Police. Most of the arrests were for violating the 6 p.m. curfew, the city’s police chief Robert Contee III said. In the aftermath of the Capitol assault, a video emerged showing an officer gently escorting a woman down the building’s stairs by holding her hand.
Is the staggeringly profitable business of scientific publishing bad for science? | Science | The Guardian  

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Scientists occasionally questioned the fairness of this hugely profitable business to which they supplied their work for free, but it was university librarians who first realised the trap in the market Maxwell had created. The librarians used university funds to buy journals on behalf of scientists. Maxwell was well aware of this. “Scientists are not as price-conscious as other professionals, mainly because they are not spending their own money,” he told his publication Global Business in a 1988 interview. And since there was no way to swap one journal for another, cheaper one, the result was, Maxwell continued, “a perpetual financing machine”. Librarians were locked into a series of thousands of tiny monopolies. There were now more than a million scientific articles being published a year, and they had to buy all of them at whatever price the publishers wanted.
Is the staggeringly profitable business of scientific publishing bad for science? | Science | The Guardian  

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What he created was a venue for scientific blockbusters, and scientists began shaping their work on his terms. “Lewin was clever. He realised scientists are very vain, and wanted to be part of this selective members club; Cell was ‘it’, and you had to get your paper in there,” Schekman said. “I was subject to this kind of pressure, too.” He ended up publishing some of his Nobel-cited work in Cell.
Georgia Trump Fans Say the 2020 Election Was a Sham. Will They Vote in This One? | The New Yorker  

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I spoke with a G.O.P. strategist in Georgia, who asked not to be named, about the way that Loeffler and Perdue were handling this misinformation. The strategist told me a story about two other senators from Georgia, both Democrats, who held office decades ago. “When Sam Nunn first got to the U.S. Senate, he told Senator Herman Talmadge that he got all sorts of crazy letters from constituents talking about seeing space aliens and such,” the strategist recalled. “He asked the senior senator what to do about those. Talmadge said, ‘Sam, you answer every one of those letters. Without the nut vote, you won’t carry a county in Georgia.’ ” The Republican Party in the state is split between those who believe the election was stolen, such as Marjorie Taylor Greene, who endorsed Loeffler and whom the strategist described to me as “fucking crazy,” and those who regard the allegations of theft as “absolutely bonkers,” the strategist said. He didn’t think the senators had succeeded in pleasing either side. “Loeffler and Perdue tried to feed the nuts with their attack on Raffensperger,” he said. “The nuts spit it out.”
The CARES superdole was a huge success - Slow Boring  

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It would of course be absurd to be satisfied with any of those interim outcomes, whether on health care or retirement security or civil rights, and it’s just the same with Unemployment Insurance. But successful movements claim victories as victories, highlight the ways in which their victories have helped people and debunked critics’ fears, and move on to build the case for new things. Politicians who do the spadework of getting things done should be praised and not ignored, and while journalists should of course highlight shortcomings, we should also bring perspective to bear. We had more articles written about benefit administration problems than we did about the reduction in poverty — that doesn’t make sense journalistically and it’s not politically constructive.
Why Matthew Yglesias Left Vox - The Atlantic  

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The New York Times, New York, The Intercept, Vox, Slate, The New Republic, and other outlets are today less ideologically diverse in their staff and less tolerant of contentious challenges to the dominant viewpoint of college-educated progressives than they have been in the recent past. I fear that in the short term, Americans will encounter less rigorous and more polarizing journalism. In the long term, a dearth of ideological diversity risks consequences we cannot fully anticipate.
‘Epistemic Closure?’ Those Are Fighting Words for Conservatives - The New York Times  

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Mr. Bartlett, who lost his job at the National Center for Policy Analysis, a conservative research institute, after accusing George W. Bush of betraying the Reagan legacy, said in an interview: “Every intellectual movement needs to constantly question itself; otherwise it becomes stale. But conservatives have sort of reached a position of intellectual closure. They don’t think there are any new ideas of particular interest to them. Their philosophy is fully formed. The only question is how best to implement conservative ideas in the political debate.”
How Putting on a Mask Raised Naomi Osaka’s Voice - The New York Times  

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Within minutes, the WTA’s chief executive, Steve Simon, called Duguid to salvage her participation. Simon, along with other tennis and tournament officials, eventually agreed to pause the tournament. “I have never, ever experienced the quickness and the united front for these leaders to come together on what was a very, very critical moment,” Stacey Allaster, the tournament director for the U.S. Open, said. It was an unmistakable display of Osaka’s power within the sport, an authority that is still heavily predicated upon winning.
Blackwater, Iraq and President Trump's Pardon - The New York Times  

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A prominent Iraqi lawyer, Tariq Harb, said, “It’s very painful to see the killers released.” “The fact is they were not punished because they killed Iraqis,” he said. “They were punished for violating the American rules of engagement.” Ali al-Bayati, a member of Iraq’s human rights commission, said the pardons were an indication that no country is serious about prosecuting war crimes. “This hurts us a lot,” Mr. al-Bayati said. “But the accused are American, and the law is American, and the president is American, and we can’t do anything.”
Leaving Hong Kong: A family’s wrenching decision to emigrate  

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the old Hong Kong, the one that had neon signs instead of LED lights everywhere, and where planes descended uncomfortably close to the city’s rooftops before landing on a tiny strip on the Kowloon peninsula rather than over the wilderness of Lantau Island where the new, modern airport was built. “When you look at it, you know that it was taken during that period, and it’s significant. It’s all changed,” Willie said of the picture. He preferred the old Hong Kong, he explained in a separate conversation. Its transformation into a glitzy finance hub makes it easier for him to leave. “When you ask me what I miss most about Hong Kong, well, it no longer exists,” he said.
Why we need Ubuntu  

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If someone really wants Windows, they should buy it; but they should not have to pay for it simply because there isn't a viable alternative. Windows is as bad as a sealed iPhone- there's nothing wrong with it, but curious people should have a choice to explore the richer world that we've created. They should have access to alarm clocks, radios, and software they can pry open. Ubuntu must become widespread- so much that every one of those curious kids has access to it. It should be marketed as a "viable alternative to Windows for the curious". I consider it a grave error in the educational system if a school adopts Windows instead.
Chronicles of KGP: Nostalgia — Memories of the Formative Years of my Life | by Students' Alumni Cell, IIT Kharagpur | Medium  

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At the end of two weeks, we were all formally introduced to the senior residents of RK Hall in an exciting program call the Freshers’ Intro, where we were allowed to show our skills at singing, dancing, acting, etc. After the program was done, we found we had made several friends — our own batchmates, who had endured the weeks together, and our seniors, who we no longer had to call “Sir”. Ragging was officially prohibited, and the experience we went through made us stronger and made us friends. It was never taken to an extreme (unless you consider being stared by a smoking, smiling Partho Swami as an extreme — but he became a good friend from whom several of us learnt a lot!).
Education, Not Income, Predicted Who Would Vote For Trump | FiveThirtyEight  

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By contrast, Clinton struggled (relatively speaking) in majority-minority communities with lower education levels. Among the 19 majority-minority countries where 15 percent or less of the population has a bachelor’s degree, she won by an average of only 7 percentage points, less than Obama’s 10-point average margin of victory in 2012. We need to be slightly careful here because of the potential ecological fallacy — it’s not clear if minority voters shifted away from Clinton in these counties or if the white voters who live there did. Still, Trump probably gained overall among Latino and black voters compared to Romney, and it’s worth investigating divisions within those communities instead of treating their votes as monolithic.
This Japanese Shop Is 1,020 Years Old. It Knows a Bit About Surviving Crises  

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The Japanese companies that have endured the longest have often been defined by an aversion to risk — shaped in part by past crises — and an accumulation of large cash reserves. It is a common trait among Japanese enterprises and part of the reason that the country has so far avoided the high bankruptcy rates of the United States during the pandemic. Even when they “make some profits,” said Tomohiro Ota, an analyst at Goldman Sachs, “they do not increase their capital expenditure.”
Govt for wider consultations before allowing postal ballots for NRIs - india news - Hindustan Times  

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The Commission has requested the government to make necessary amendments at the earliest “which will go a long way in not only facilitating the exercise of the right of overseas electors but also further boosting the image of the country internationally.” A bill to extend the facility of proxy voting to overseas Indians had lapsed following the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha in 2019.
@ChrisBloomstran on $TSLA's inclusion in the S&P 500  

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Our example has Tesla’s market cap growing over the next decade at “only” 10% per year to a like $2T. Car companies, with the exception of Ferrari, which makes three cars per year, don’t trade for one times sales. They trade for less. 42/ Toyota, which earns a 6% margin and 6% on capital, trades itself at an all-time-high $215B on revenues of $280B in 2019, less in 2020. 43/ Auto manufacturers trade for less than sales because they make ~3% net margins and earn that same ~3% on capital and revenues grow at ~3%. We can call the industry 3x3x3 (new material here folks). The car business is a bad business, and that’s what Tesla is trying to disrupt? 44/ The best case for shareholders: If Tesla grows the aforementioned sales for the next decade by 28% to $335B (it won’t), the stock will trade for no more than 1x sales, because it’s a CAR company. 45/
‘We want them infected’: Trump appointee demanded ‘herd immunity’ strategy, emails reveal - POLITICO  

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"So the bottom line is if it is more infectiouness [sic] now, the issue is who cares?" Alexander wrote in a July 3 email to the health department's top communications officials. "If it is causing more cases in young, my word is who cares…as long as we make sensible decisions, and protect the elderely [sic] and nursing homes, we must go on with life….who cares if we test more and get more positive tests." "How can this be researched and proven true or false?" Caputo asked Alexander in one July 25 email exchange, after Alexander had emailed Hahn and nine top communications officials across HHS and FDA about the value of herd immunity. Alexander wrote back with data that he said he'd pulled from several studies, including a link to a June 30 Quanta Magazine article about the "tricky math" of herd immunity.
Read the full transcript of Mark Zuckerberg’s leaked internal Facebook meetings - The Verge  

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So I turn it down, and our board was super upset. Our whole management team basically quit. [laughter] So once you can get through that, if you’re like — when you’re like 21 or 22 and all these experienced people around you say that you’re going to regret the decision that you’re making for the rest of your life, and they all quit and walk out and then you basically have no team and you get through that, that leaves you with a lot of confidence that you — [laughter] that you can make long-term decisions and that they can work out over time. So I mean ... I think I am lucky because of the structure that we have. I think some people don’t have the flexibility to focus on what they think is right over the long term because there really are near-term constraints…
The Scourge of Hygiene Theater - The Atlantic  

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By funneling our anxieties into empty cleaning rituals, we lose focus on the more common modes of COVID-19 transmission and the most crucial policies to stop this plague. “My point is not to relax, but rather to focus on what matters and what works,” Goldman said. “Masks, social distancing, and moving activities outdoors. That’s it. That’s how we protect ourselves. That’s how we beat this thing.”
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इस पूरे प्रकरण में पुलिस की भूमिका पर भी कई सवाल उठ रहे हैं. एक सवाल यह भी है कि जब12 मार्च को ही दिल्ली सरकार ने एडवाइज़री जारी कर दी थी कि 50 से ज्यादा लोगों के किसी भी आयोजन की इजाजत नहीं है फिर भी 13 से 15 मार्च के बीच इतने बड़े पैमाने पर लोग इकट्ठा हुए, धारा 144 का उल्लंघन किया. मरकज से चंद कदम की दूरी पर ही पुलिस थाना है. देशव्यापी लॉकडाउन 23 मार्च को घोषित होने के बाद मरकज के भीतर इतनी बड़ी संख्या में लोगों को रहने दिया गया जिसे 31 तारीख यानि आठ दिन बाद निकालने की कार्रवाई शुरू हुई. इससे स्थिति और ज्यादा बिगड़ गई.पिछले 4 दिनों में देश में कोरोना पीड़ितों की संख्या दोगुनी हो गई है.
Tesla and its Host of Issues – Economics 243 Fall 2018  

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So what is Tesla’s alternative business strategy? Well for one by asking consumers to put a deposit down on vehicles before they have even begun production allows Tesla to acquire valuable financial capital. 400,000 consumers already made $1,000 deposits on the Model 3 giving Tesla an extra $400,000,000 in financial assets
Did Masks Work? — The 1918 Flu Pandemic and the Meaning of Layered Interventions  

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This was not simply a question of “mask or no mask,” but of design, construction, supply, and use. The wearer needed to use a well-designed mask properly, and change masks frequently. Therefore, most of the expert complaints about masks around the Spanish Flu pandemic in the US seemed to be about the users and reliable access to steady supplies of properly constructed masks, not the concept of wearing a mask.
The Birth of the New American Aristocracy - The Atlantic  

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In Trump, the age of unreason has at last found its hero. The “self-made man” is always the idol of those who aren’t quite making it. He is the sacred embodiment of the American dream, the guy who answers to nobody, the poor man’s idea of a rich man. It’s the educated phonies this group can’t stand. With his utter lack of policy knowledge and belligerent commitment to maintaining his ignorance, Trump is the perfect representative for a population whose idea of good governance is just to scramble the eggheads. When reason becomes the enemy of the common man, the common man becomes the enemy of reason.
Barack Obama Opens Up About Writing 'A Promised Land'  

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The actual writing remained a painful process, requiring him to really “work at it” and “grind it out.” “This is a really important piece of business that I’ve tried to transmit to my girls and anybody who asks me about writing,” he says. “You just have to get started. You just put something down. Because nothing is more terrifying than the blank page.”
Opinion | Obama’s Curious Cautiousness  

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“If you believe, as I do, that we should be able to reform the criminal justice system so that it’s not biased and treats everybody fairly, I guess you can use a snappy slogan like ‘Defund the police,’ but, you know, you lost a big audience the minute you say it, which makes it a lot less likely that you’re actually going to get the changes you want done.”
What The Polls Say About Georgia’s Senate Runoffs | FiveThirtyEight  

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But not all of the messaging is consistent, at least on the GOP side: Some pro-Trump figures who still (falsely) insist that last month’s presidential vote in Georgia was rigged are urging Republicans not to participate in an election they do not view as fair. While it seems unlikely that the message can compete with a nine-digit ad campaign to drive up turnout, there are signs that Republicans’ current lack of faith in the electoral process could keep some of them away from the ballot box. According to the SurveyUSA poll, just 16 percent of Republicans said they had “full confidence” that runoff votes will be counted accurately, although there’s no reason to think they won’t be. And among registered voters who backed Trump in November but said they aren’t likely to vote in the runoffs, 23 percent said the main reason they planned to stay home was that they believed the voting process was rigged.
Oil Analysts See Battle for Asian Market Ahead of Peak Demand  

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“A battle for market share lies ahead and OPEC+ does not plan to make life easy for U.S. shale,” the note said. “Entering a post-hydrocarbon world with large swaths of spare oil production capacity could be fiscally devastating to oil producers and OPEC will try to avoid it.”
A Trump Immigration Policy Is Leaving Families Hungry  

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The administration had also predicted the chilling effect. In the final rule, Kevin K. McAleenan, the acting homeland security secretary at the time, wrote that the policy might cause foreigners and American citizens in households with unauthorized immigrants “who may otherwise be eligible for public benefits” to drop out of the programs. The agency estimated that could save the federal government nearly $2.5 billion annually.
A lifetime of pain in 24 hours: A French ICU in the pandemic — AP Images Spotlight  

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Like all the caregivers at La Timone, Satta is completely dedicated during the greatest medical crisis of her generation. But she yearns for something less stressful once this is over, maybe helping to arrange organ transplants. Her husband works the night shift at the ICU and they have two children in preschool. Neighbors help out with the childcare gaps, which tend to be in the morning and late afternoon. She believes the promises of the government are empty. “They serve other interests than the comings and goings of a hospital. I’ve never seen that, either for the patients or the caregivers," she says when the mood has calmed. “With all of France’s capacity, all of France’s money ... they talk to us about savings — where does all that money go?”
Why Google Photos unlimited storage is going away  

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Google’s shift away from an ad-centric model isn’t entirely new. While advertising made up nearly 90% of the company’s revenues in 2015, that share has since fallen to 83.9% last year and 80.6% over the first nine months of 2020. Nonadvertising revenue comes from the apps and media people buy from the Google Play Store, sales of devices such as Pixel phones and Nest speakers, subscriptions to services such as YouTube TV, and Google’s enterprise business, which includes cloud computing services and business-class productivity tools.
The pop cultural obsession with Princess Diana’s innocence, explained - Vox  

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“The camera was Diana’s fatal attraction,” Brown writes. “It had created the image that had given her so much power, and she was addicted to its magic, even when it hurt. Her life’s obsession was how to control the genie she had released.” But the point of the story of the virgin sacrifice is that she is not allowed to control her own power. We treat her with profound suspicion the second we begin to suspect that she’s trying. We want her to be always as she was when we first saw her: vulnerable and open and possessed of a charisma she does not fully understand, such that her vulnerability is even more compounded. Such that she is easy prey for unscrupulous men.
「桜を見る会」懇親会 安倍前首相側 事前に費用一部負担認識か | 桜を見る会 | NHKニュース  

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Vatican Report Places Blame for McCarrick’s Ascent on John Paul II - The New York Times  

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“Pope John Paul II personally made the decision to appoint McCarrick,” the report says, despite receiving a letter in 1999 from Cardinal John O’Connor, then the archbishop of New York, that summed up allegations, some anonymous, that Mr. McCarrick had engaged in sexual conduct with another priest in 1987, that he had committed pedophilia and that he shared a bed with young adult men and seminarians.
How Fiscally Profligate is Delhi's AAP Government Really?  

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The Arvind Kejriwal government, when elected, was criticised for a having ‘populist’ agenda and providing basic welfare amenities for ‘free’. Critics also rightly raised concerns how this might cause a subsequent negative effect on the state’s fiscal balance sheet. However, for the period of 2013-14 to 2017-18, the percentage of public debt to GSDP (Gross State Domestic Product) for Delhi in fact reduced from 7.23% to 4.89% with no debt-aligned receipts being used to pay for the state’s revenue expenditure.
Balancing Epistemic Humility and Prior Knowledge - Insight  

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Third, we should have made it a priority to encourage people to recharge, psychologically, as much as possible over the summer. Instead, in a lot of places, we acted like we were still in the worst phase of the epidemic. Around the country, there were places where the virus wasn’t circulating much and the weather was suitable for outdoor activities. But people were not encouraged to let themselves breathe a bit. Even in places where case numbers in the summer were higher, we should have properly targeted the precautions.
100点は、求めない | 東日本大震災 | NHKニュース  

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India's Covid-19 Cases Drop. A Second Wave May Loom. - The New York Times  

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But doubts persist about the reasons for India’s drop, and some researchers say the results stem at least in part from a possible change in testing, though researchers say they do not have access to complete data to really know the big picture. The experts generally agree that the number of infections has far outstripped efforts to track them in India, like elsewhere, and that infections in the country could still get considerably worse.
Texas closes hundreds of polling sites, making it harder for minorities to vote | US news | The Guardian  

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The analysis finds that the 50 counties that gained the most Black and Latinx residents between 2012 and 2018 closed 542 polling sites, compared to just 34 closures in the 50 counties that have gained the fewest black and Latinx residents. This is despite the fact that the population in the former group of counties has risen by 2.5 million people, whereas in the latter category the total population has fallen by over 13,000.
Election results 2020: Donald Trump is attempting a coup - Vox  

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To say that America’s institutions did not wholly fail in the Trump era is not the same thing as saying they succeeded. They did not, and in particular, the Republican Party did not. It has failed dangerously, spectacularly. It has made clear that would-be autocrats have a path to power in the United States, and if they can walk far enough down that path, an entire political party will support them, and protect them. And it has been insulated from public fury by a political system that values land over people, and that lets partisan actors set election rules and draw district lines — and despite losing the presidency, the GOP still holds the power to tilt that system further in its direction in the coming years.
Election results 2020: Donald Trump is attempting a coup - Vox  

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This is, to borrow Hungarian sociologist Bálint Magyar’s framework, “an autocratic attempt.” That’s the stage in the transition toward autocracy in which the would-be autocrat is trying to sever his power from electoral check. If he’s successful, autocratic breakthrough follows, and then autocratic consolidation occurs. In this case, the would-be autocrat stands little chance of being successful. But he will not entirely fail, either. What Trump is trying to form is something akin to an autocracy-in-exile, an alternative America in which he is the rightful leader, and he — and the public he claims to represent — has been robbed of power by corrupt elites.
How Trump Changed America  | FiveThirtyEight  

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But Trump’s great insight was understanding and accepting that the GOP’s base didn’t care all that much about the party elite’s core ideology: taxes, small government, free trade. Rather, they connected with the cultural signifiers the party had so cleverly carved out: guns, political incorrectness, anti-abortion sentiment, etc. Trump won the GOP primaries by giving the people what they wanted. He blamed Mexicans for woes that were better attributed to the changing nature of the world economy, which left some places in America far behind, the result of complex decisions and electoral choices over decades. The GOP under Trump embraced the conspiracy theory as campaign rhetoric, reversed platform positions and generally abandoned its ideological core.
How Trump Changed America  | FiveThirtyEight  

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Once we get rolling, it’s relatively simple to reveal the ugly truths of the world — and to develop anger around them. It can be painful to realize your brother is a chauvinist, your cousin is bigoted toward religious people, or your mother is a racist. And that pain can drive us into the harbors of the like-minded. It’s harder to grapple with how to convince people to change the way they think about things, or to just go on letting them think what they think, not allowing their humanity to be defined by their worst beliefs. That’s a radical act of acceptance, and some might say a radical act of love. It’s not an easy thing. It might actually be the hardest thing.
Mall jobs down, warehouse jobs up: holiday shopping season looks different this year - Vox  

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Monga points to two indexes of consumer activity and attitudes as red lights for retail: the Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index (down nearly 20 percent since last December) and the savings rate (currently double the typical 6-8 percent range). Americans are, overall, wary and worried, and even those who are employed are holding onto a portion of their potential disposable income. The few bright spots, such as outdoor retailer REI, can’t overcome sharp drops in clothing purchases. This dismal holiday hiring season will just lock in structural shifts decimating retail, especially as warehouse operators adopt robotics and other means of increasing efficiency.
How elections are “called” before every vote is counted, explained - Vox  

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“The key variable in all this as tabulation nears completion is, how many votes are left?” Tranter says. “If you know how many votes are left you can determine if there are enough votes to move a second-place candidate into first place, and if there is not, then you can assume the current vote leader will win.” On Tranter’s team, there’s a unanimity rule: All three race call team members assigned to a particular race have to agree that it’s impossible for the trailing candidate to make up the difference in order to call that race. Is it possible they’ll miscall some races? Sure: They expect to call 500 to 600 close races on election night, and even a team with 99.8 percent accuracy would miss a race in that situation.
Ramblings from Jessie: For the Love of Pipes  

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When a user redirects the output of cat via a | to some other program, cat becomes so much more than what the original author intended. This is one of the most brilliant design patterns, in my opinion. For one, programs being simple and doing one thing well makes them easy to grok. The beautiful part, though, is the fact that in combination with a operator like | the program becomes one step in a much larger plan. The original author of cat does not even need to know about the larger plan. That is the beauty of the | it allows for solving problems by combining small, simple programs together.
Why You Can’t Rely on Election Forecasts  

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In 2020, it’s even harder to rely on polls or previous elections: On top of all the existing problems with surveys in an age of cellphones, push polls and mistrust, we’re in the middle of a pandemic. What do the unprecedented early voting numbers mean when polls don’t necessarily stop polling those who already voted? How do the early forecasts that run for many months before the election, and so are even more uncertain, affect those who vote early? Will the elderly, at great risk from the pandemic, avoid voting? How will voter suppression play out? Will Republicans end up flocking to the polls on Election Day? These are big unknowns that add great uncertainty to models, especially given the winner-takes-all setup in the Electoral College, where winning a state by as little as one-fourth of 1 percent can deliver all its electoral votes.
ビジネス特集 コンビニを変えるか 業界4位からの挑戦 | NHKニュース  

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日本 コンビニ    

コンビニは半世紀近くの時間をかけて日本の消費社会の柱となってきましたが、どのチェーンも同じようなサービスや商品をそろえることに心血を注いできた歴史でもあります。 その経営を屋台骨として支えてきたオーナーとの関係の見直しが始まったことは、それぞれのチェーンが、横並びの競争から、独自の特色を生かして進化する過渡期にあることの1つの現れなのかもしれません。
News Up 子どもはもう使わない?「あだ名」のメリット生かすには | 教育 | NHKニュース  

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8つの言語・方言が“消滅の危機” どうなる各地の方言 | NHKニュース  

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Elsevier Forces ISP to Block Access to Sci-Hub, ISP Blocks Elsevier as Well  

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Reed Elsevier has attempted to go the other way. In May, 2018 several German scientists resigned from the boards of different Elsevier journals as a last resort in the battle between Project DEAL and Elsevier. Project DEAL sought a nationwide licensing deal guaranteeing fair subscription fees and a conversion of all German-based publications to open access. In response, Elsevier – according to several open access advocates – tried to alter the definition of open access to suit its needs.
Republicans noncommittal as Trump pushes for pre-election Supreme Court vote - POLITICO  

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McConnell and Senate Republicans spent most of the day Monday rebutting charges of hypocrisy, given that they held up President Barack Obama’s nominee to fill Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat eight months before the 2016 election but are moving forward with Trump’s nominee less than six weeks before the 2020 election. Republicans say it’s different now because the GOP holds both the White House and the Senate, unlike in 2016 when Republicans controlled the Senate and Obama was in the White House.
How a Massive Bomb Came Together in Beirut’s Port - The New York Times  

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The port is the gateway for three-quarters of Lebanon’s imports and nearly half its exports. That trade, estimated at $15 billion a year before the economy began sinking last year, provides bountiful opportunities for corruption and the political parties have built rackets to each get their cut.
How a Massive Bomb Came Together in Beirut’s Port - The New York Times  

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The daily business of moving cargo in and out of the port, The Times found, requires a chain of kickbacks to multiple parties: to the customs inspector for allowing importers to skirt taxes, to the military and other security officers for not inspecting cargo, and to Ministry of Social Affairs officials for allowing transparently fraudulent claims — like that of a 3-month old child who was granted a disability exemption from tax on a luxury car.
Trump: Americans Who Died in War Are ‘Losers’ and ‘Suckers’ - The Atlantic  

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Trump has been, for the duration of his presidency, fixated on staging military parades, but only of a certain sort. In a 2018 White House planning meeting for such an event, Trump asked his staff not to include wounded veterans, on grounds that spectators would feel uncomfortable in the presence of amputees. “Nobody wants to see that,” he said.
レジ袋辞退率 大手コンビニ3社で70%超 有料化前と比べ大幅増 | 環境 | NHKニュース  

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Trying to Parent My Black Teenagers Through Protest and Pandemic - The New York Times  

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I remember when my son was being born and the midwife described labor: “On one side there are all the women who have not given birth, and on the other there are all the mothers welcoming you with love and open arms. And in the middle is a long dark path, that you and only you must walk alone.”
Beyond Revulsion; LAST EXIT TO BROOKLYN. By Hu­bert Selby Jr. 304 pp. New York: Grove Press. $5. - The New York Times  

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There are serious faults in Selby's stories. The degree of violence, the amount of blood and goae and semen, the sheer grotesqueness, sometimes nullifies or engulfs belief. Yet that the author is able to make one believe at all in this sordid, hopeless world is an extraordinary achievement. He does it by a vision of hell so stern that it cannot be chuckled or raged aside,and by a manner of writing which looks tricky but is not—is instead urgent and necessary to that vision.
A brief review of how Signal works  

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We don’t believe that trust is about trusting us with your data, but rather about trusting our engineering abilities and know-how to design software that keeps your data in your hands rather than ours or anyone else’s. In order to help build that trust, we’ve made all of our software open source so anyone can look at how we design and build things. There are no secrets in there, because we never have access to your secrets to begin with.
Over 10 agonizing days, a migrant walks 2000 kms home  

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Chouhan is mourning the tragedy. Yet he realizes that the poverty in his village, the hunger of his family, and the mounting debt from their medical treatment mean he must eventually return to the city to work. "When I left Bengaluru, I resolved never to return," he says. "The best I can do is wait for a few weeks to see if the lockdown is relaxed before heading out again for work."
8 Minutes and 46 Seconds: How George Floyd Was Killed in Police Custody [Video]  

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On May 25, Minneapolis police officers arrested George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, after a deli employee called 911, accusing him of buying cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill. Seventeen minutes after the first squad car arrived at the scene, Mr. Floyd was unconscious and pinned beneath three police officers, showing no signs of life.
China and India Brawl at 14,000 Feet Along the Border  

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Both countries run patrols along the disputed border, known as the Line of Actual Control, the precise location of which can be blurry. The packs of soldiers marching up and down the mountains are under strict orders not to shoot at each other, security analysts said, but that doesn’t stop them from throwing rocks. Or the occasional punch. Sometimes, big passing patrols collide. A few years ago, another Indo-China brawl broke out — and was captured on video — at the same mountain lake where some of the clashes happened this month.
東京五輪、21年に開催無理なら中止 IOC会長が意向 (写真=ロイター) :日本経済新聞  

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Modi must not extend lockdown. Economy won’t survive on ventilator for long  

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First, while the advice of the health establishment cannot be dismissed lightly, the political demands from states for extensions are partly self-serving. Politicians love a pandemic for many reasons, and the main one is that they get to play benevolent uncles to the masses by doling out this freebie or that. Additionally, a lockdown shifts unprecedented power to the bureaucracy and law enforcement agencies, which makes politicians feel safer on their political perches
Bye, Amazon  

written by Tim Bray. added about 2 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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May 1st was my last day as a VP and Distinguished Engineer at Amazon Web Services, after five years and five months of rewarding fun. I quit in dismay at Amazon firing whistleblowers who were making noise about warehouse employees frightened of Covid-19.
Move Fast & Roll Your Own Crypto: A Quick Look at the Confidentiality of Zoom Meetings - The Citizen Lab  

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Unfortunately for those hoping for privacy, the implementation of call security in Zoom may not match its exceptional usability. We determined that the Zoom app uses non-industry-standard cryptographic techniques with identifiable weaknesses. In addition, during multiple test calls in North America, we observed keys for encrypting and decrypting meetings transmitted to servers in Beijing, China. An app with easily-identifiable limitations in cryptography, security issues, and offshore servers located in China which handle meeting keys presents a clear target to reasonably well-resourced nation state attackers, including the People’s Republic of China.
Under Modi, India’s Press Is Not So Free Anymore - The New York Times  

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No TV channel has come under more pressure from Mr. Modi’s government than NDTV, an influential network that airs in English and Hindi. Mr. Modi’s grudge goes back to 2002, when he was chief minister of Gujarat State, and NDTV journalists reported that his government stood by while hundreds of Muslims were massacred in religiously driven violence.
Susan Fowler on the Aftermath of Speaking Out Against Uber | Time  

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Speaking up comes at great personal cost. Being a whistleblower is not easy. It is not glamorous or fun. It will terrify you and scare you and forever change your life in ways that will be beyond your control. But, despite all of this, shining a light in the darkness is the right thing to do. In some cases, like my own, it is the only way to leave the world better than you found it.
‘We’re in a Petri Dish’: How a Coronavirus Ravaged a Cruise Ship - The New York Times  

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Experts have questioned whether those passengers truly pose no risk to the general public. Some could develop symptoms later after having tested negative. Just two days after leaving the ship on Wednesday with a negative test result, a woman in her 60s developed a fever and tested positive for coronavirus on Saturday.
Opinion | Coronavirus Will Test Our New Way of Life - The New York Times  

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“It’s common when thinking about networks to talk about the trade-off between efficiency versus resilience,” Jon Stokes, a founder of Ars Technica and a deputy editor at The Prepared, an emergency preparedness site, told me recently. “Computers enable us to dial in the efficiency and complexity to insane degrees but we lose resilience in the system.”
A Psychiatrist and an Artist Walk Into a New York Bar | The New Yorker  

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Row 1 (from top): photographers: 1.4 times more common in N.Y.C.; fitness trainers: 1.4x; writers: 2.5x; taxi-drivers and chauffeurs: 1.3x; home health aides: 3.9x. Row 2: lawyers: 1.9x; laundry and dry-cleaning workers: 1.3x; refuse collectors: 1.3x; fine artists: 1.8x; jewellers: 2.8x. Row 3: bussers: 1.3x; crossing guards: 2.6x; architects: 1.7x; manicurists: 3.7x. Row 4: fashion designers: 5.9x; psychiatrists: 2.3x; financial analysts: 2.8x; bailiffs: 2.3x; art directors: 3.3x. Row 5: janitors and cleaners: 1.3x; hairdressers and cosmetologists: 1.2x; clergy: 1.6x; airline pilots and flight engineers: 1.7x; flight attendants: 2.0x.
Lack of testing kits, understaffed hospitals: COVID exposes India’s crumbling healthcare system  

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Even if testing is quickly expanded, there is an additional rub: errant private sector hospitals will turn away all pneumonia patients—COVID-19 or not, because they cannot test for the virus and they cannot risk infecting other patients. “I feel pretty certain pneumonia patients, even those without COVID-19, are going to suffer in the coming days,” Jain said. “The government can keep denying the extent of transmission but that’s not going to save the patients. Private hospitals will turn them away, just as they did with the Kalaburagi patient.”
The Pitfalls and the Potential of the New Minimalism | The New Yorker  

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The difference between profound and superficial minimalism may be a matter of conceptual inversion: the question is whether you accept diminishment in order to more efficiently assert your will or whether you assert your will in order to accept the unseen bounty of self-diminishment. This is also where the minimalism of ideas meets the minimalism of things—the latter argues that ridding yourself of possessions means ridding yourself of trouble and difficulty; the former suggests that the end point of stripping away excess is the realization that the world is more troubled, more difficult, more discomfiting, and also more wondrous and full of possibility than it seems.
The Strangeness of Grief | The New Yorker  

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The first symptom of grief that day was an inability to eat. It was new to me. It made my grief concrete, and it lasted all week, disappearing only after the cremation. One of the attendants at the crematorium, just before the coffin rolled away to be consumed, invited me to place my hand on the coffin. The rites of death were completely new to me; this was the comfort that many before me had instinctively sought. It didn’t work for me. The coffin was a coffin; below my hand, wood was wood.
The Strangeness of Grief  

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The months and years passed. Thirty years passed. I wrote many books; I became a writer. My serenity was like a permanent condition. I became more and more removed from that awful journey to London, and in the moments when I thought of it I didn’t think grief could come near me again. It was a poor way of thinking. We are never finished with grief. It is part of the fabric of living. It is always waiting to happen. Love makes memories and life precious; the grief that comes to us is proportionate to that love and is inescapable. This grief has its own exigencies. We can never tell beforehand for whom we will feel grief. I never thought, after all I had suffered for my father, that I would be laid low, and almost in the same way, by my younger brother. He was not close to me. He wished to appear to be making his own way. I had to let him go, and I got used to the distance.
Twitter-backed ShareChat acquires social commerce startup Elanic  

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“The Elanic team brings with them deep insights and expertise in understanding commerce trends and consumer preferences across India. ShareChat hopes to leverage this in areas of content delivery and social commerce and positively contribute to product advancement,” said the company in a statement.
感染確認の50代男性はJR相模原駅勤務 事務作業を担当  

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Where’s Xi? China’s Leader Commands Coronavirus Fight From Safe Heights  

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On Jan. 28, Mr. Xi met with the executive director of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and told Dr. Tedros that he “personally directed” the government’s response. Later reports in state media omitted the phrase, saying instead that Mr. Xi’s government was “collectively directing” the response. Since nothing about how Mr. Xi is portrayed in state media happens by accident, the tweak suggested a deliberate effort to emphasize shared responsibility.
Details of the Cloudflare outage on July 2, 2019  

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This particular change was to be deployed in “simulate” mode where real customer traffic passes through the rule but nothing is blocked. We use that mode to test the effectiveness of a rule and measure its false positive and false negative rate. But even in the simulate mode the rules actually need to execute and in this case the rule contained a regular expression that consumed excessive CPU.
The Field Guide to Tyranny | The New Yorker  

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Thousands are better than millions, certainly—though historically thousands have a way of leading to millions. If there is little comfort in numbers, there is even less in words. Auden’s noble picture, in which the poets fight the mute ogre, can’t survive the shock of history. The ogres, it turns out, are part of literary culture and always have been—they speak and write books and read other people’s books. If by protecting the integrity of language we mean upholding the belief that literary culture, or even just plain truth-telling, is in itself a bulwark, the facts don’t bear out the hypothesis. Literary culture is no remedy for totalitarianism. Ogres gonna ogre. Rhetoric is as liquid and useful for the worst as it is for the best. The humanities, unfortunately, belong to humanity.
28 women for every 100 men participate in the labor force in India and Pakistan  

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They then show that, while price matters, the effects are primarily driven by the (random) offer of a women-only car. So is this safety or is it stigma? They find that women's perception of safety substitutes for the need of a women-only car, suggesting that this is not just about attitudes ("women should not commute"): safety appears to weigh more than social norms in these women's decision to commute to work. Taken together, these studies highlight the potential of interventions to improve women's safety in public transit to have large impacts on women's LFP in these contexts.

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This is almost exactly the way the kafkatrap operates in religious and political argument. Real crimes – actual transgressions against flesh-and-blood individuals – are generally not specified. The aim of the kafkatrap is to produce a kind of free-floating guilt in the subject, a conviction of sinfulness that can be manipulated by the operator to make the subject say and do things that are convenient to the operator’s personal, political, or religious goals. Ideally, the subject will then internalize these demands, and then become complicit in the kafkatrapping of others.
A Twitter thread on Gun Control in India  

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For a civilian to obtain a firearm, a gun license is mandatory. Minimum age for applying for one is 21. The application form asks details about past criminal behavior. The process to get one can take months, even years.
Geoff Greer's site: Why Neovim is Better than Vim  

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Neovim’s development community is excellent. They respond to issues. They merge pull requests. They give quality feedback. And most importantly, they’re nice to newbies. In fact, they’re nice to everyone. The main dev team holds no enmity toward Bram Moolenaar. They recognize Vim’s failings, but they don’t feel the need to criticize it.
Christmas is a Sad Season for the Poor  

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A beatific light came into her face when she realized that she could give, that she could bring cheer, that she could put a healing finger on a case needier than hers, and—like Mrs. DePaul and Mrs. Weston, like Charlie himself and like Mrs. Deckker, when Mrs. Deckker was to think, subsequently, of the poor Shannons—first love, then charity, and then a sense of power drove her. “Now, you kids help me get all this stuff together. Hurry, hurry, hurry,” she said, for it was dark then, and she knew that we are bound, one to another, in licentious benevolence for only a single day, and that day was nearly over. She was tired, but she couldn’t rest, she couldn’t rest
Blood and Soil in Narendra Modi’s India | The New Yorker  

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For the R.S.S., the initiative in Ayodhya paid off spectacularly. Membership soared, and by 1996 the B.J.P. had become the largest party in parliament. During the dispute over Babri Masjid, Ashis Nandy, a prominent Indian intellectual, began a series of interviews with R.S.S. members. A trained psychologist, he wanted to study the mentality of the rising Hindu nationalists. One of those he met was Narendra Modi, who was then a little-known B.J.P. functionary. Nandy interviewed Modi for several hours, and came away shaken. His subject, Nandy told me, exhibited all the traits of an authoritarian personality: puritanical rigidity, a constricted emotional life, fear of his own passions, and an enormous ego that protected a gnawing insecurity. During the interview, Modi elaborated a fantastical theory of how India was the target of a global conspiracy, in which every Muslim in the country was likely complicit. “Modi was a fascist in every sense,” Nandy said. “I don’t mean this as a term of abuse. It’s a diagnostic category.”
Blood and Soil in Narendra Modi’s India | The New Yorker  

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In northern India, Hindu nationalists have whipped up panic around the idea that Muslim men are engaging in a secret campaign to seduce Hindu women into marriage and prostitution. As with the hysteria over cow killings, the furor takes form mostly on social media and platforms like WhatsApp, where rumors spread indiscriminately. The idea—known as “love jihad”—is rooted in an image of the oversexed Muslim male, fortified by beef and preying on desirable Hindu women. In many areas, any Muslim man seen with a Hindu woman risks being attacked. Two years ago, Yogi Adityanath, the B.J.P. Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, set up “anti-Romeo squads,” which harassed Muslim men believed to be trying to seduce Hindu women. The squads were abandoned after the gangs mistakenly beat up several Hindu men.
Blood and Soil in Narendra Modi’s India | The New Yorker  

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Muslim-Hindu harmony was central to the vision of India’s founders, Mohandas Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, who laid the foundation for a secular state. India is home to all the world’s major religions; Muslims constitute about fourteen per cent of the population. As the British Empire prepared to withdraw, in 1947, Muslims were so fearful of Hindu domination that they clamored for a separate state, which became Pakistan. The division of the subcontinent, known as Partition, inspired the largest migration in history, with tens of millions of Hindus and Muslims crossing the new borders. In the accompanying violence, as many as two million people died. Afterward, both Pakistanis and Indians harbored enduring grievances over the killings and the loss of ancestral land. Kashmir, on the border, became the site of a long-running proxy war.
Letter to a Young Haskell Enthusiast  

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Knowledge is not imposing. Knowledge is fun. Anyone, given time and inclination, can acquire it. Don’t only lecture, but continue to learn, because there is always much more than you know. (And if there wasn’t, wow, that would be depressing, because what would there be to learn next?) Learn to value all opinions, because they all come from experiences, and all those experiences have something to teach us. Dynamic typing advocates have brought us great leaps in JIT techniques. If you’re interested in certain numerical optimizations, you need to turn to work pioneered in C++ or Fortran.
My Time at Snap - Marko Tupper - Medium  

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When I got there I found John, the rest of this other manager’s team (which made sense, given that it was their team’s sprint planning meeting), and the other engineer working on the project with me. He briefly explained, before they got started, that John had decided to pull us into this meeting so we could plan the work on our project at the same time this other team he was involved with planned theirs, even though there was no overlap between the two groups.
Speaking Truth to Power: Reflections on My Career at Microsoft  

written by James Whittaker. added over 2 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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Truth is, Gates and Ballmer are creatures of an era that few, most especially their successor, want to see return. Both were consummate know-it-alls, convinced that no subject, no matter how subtle, was a match for their intellect. No expert’s analysis was ever more prescient than their own. No competitor could possibly match the insights of their superior strategic minds. They specialized in snap decisions and dominating their subordinates. But chalking up the shouting, on-the-spot firings, and alleged chair-throwing as simply “leader’s passion” misses a greater point: They perpetuated their toxic behavior by surrounding themselves almost exclusively with leaders who emulated that behavior.
China’s Cryptocurrency Plan Has a Powerful Partner: Big Brother  

written by Raymond Zhong. added over 2 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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“As long as you aren’t committing any crimes and you want to make purchases that you don’t want others to know about, we still want to protect this kind of privacy,” Mr. Mu, the deputy director of the central bank’s payments department, said in another recent online lecture on China’s cryptocurrency plans.
A Filmmaker Set Out to Understand the Japanese Right. Now He’s Being Sued.  

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In Japan, some audience members said the movie revealed information unavailable in their history textbooks. Tsubasa Hirose, a freelance copywriter, wrote on her movie-reviewing blog that she had always thought comfort women “treated people at the hospital, like nurses.” “I didn’t know anything,” she wrote, “and I wasn’t given any opportunity to.”
The mysterious death of Mr. Misery  

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The cover of his second, eponymous solo album, released in 1995, features a grainy image of bodies falling from a high building. Another, 1996's Either/Or, was named after a book by Kierkegaard, in which the philosopher posited that the aesthete would eventually find himself in a state of despair. As one tribute article wryly noted, you couldn't say that Smith didn't warn you.
What College Admissions Offices Really Want - The New York Times  

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The rise of predictive analytics in admissions and financial aid has had the effect of automating and turbocharging the pressures that enrollment managers have always felt. Colleges’ predictive models and the specific nature of their inputs may differ somewhat from one institution to another, but the output is always the same: Admit more rich kids. That’s the message that almost every enrollment manager hears each spring, either obliquely or explicitly, and it was certainly the pressure that Pérez felt each time he opened up the latest PDF from Hardwick Day.
California just passed a landmark law to regulate Uber and Lyft  

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As employees, gig workers would have a safety net for the first time ever. The changes from the law will also reportedly benefit the state of California, which estimates that it loses $7 billion in tax revenue each year from companies that misclassify employees. California has the largest state economy in the country and is home to the Silicon Valley tech industry — which means its lawmakers have outsize influence in national politics. The law could lead other states to take similar action.
India’s Restaurants Rebel Against Food’s Delivery Apps  

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“Sometimes with all the discounts, it’s cheaper for the customer to order online than cook at home,” said Anurag Katriar, who runs a group of European-style restaurants under the Indigo brand and heads the Mumbai chapter of the restaurant association. “For the aggregators, it’s the number of users and clicks that builds their value.”
This U.S. Warship Threatens Iran (From 600 Miles Away) - The New York Times  

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In short, the Navy has carried out the order of its commander in chief to counter Iran in the Middle East, but in the least provocative way. Just where to station the Lincoln — one of the country’s 11 nuclear-powered aircraft carriers — is a decision made by the Navy’s Fifth Fleet, which has its headquarters in Bahrain. The fear is that sending an aircraft carrier through the narrow Strait of Hormuz, right when Mr. Trump has turned up the heat on Tehran, could provoke exactly the kind of conflict the Pentagon wants to avoid. “Anytime a carrier moves close to shore, and especially into confined waters, the danger to the ship goes up significantly,”
How Uber Got Lost - The New York Times  

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But there’s growth, there’s growth at all costs, and then there’s Uber’s version of growth at all costs. By 2015, some company insiders believed Mr. Kalanick had an obsession with global expansion that crossed a line. He had tapped Ed Baker, a former Facebook executive, to increase South American ridership. In Brazil, Mr. Baker encouraged city managers in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro to amass as many riders and drivers as possible. To limit “friction,” Uber allowed riders to sign up without requiring them to provide identity beyond an email — easily faked — or a phone number. Most Brazilians used cash far more frequently than credit cards, which meant that after a long shift, a driver could be expected to be carrying a lot of money. Thieves and angry taxi cartels struck.
I Shared My Phone Number. I Learned I Shouldn’t Have.  

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All that Mr. Tezisci, the researcher, had to do was plug my number into White Pages Premium, an online database that charges $5 a month for access to public records. He then did a thorough web search and followed a data trail — linking my name and address to information in other online background-checking tools and public records — to track down more details.
CloudFlare dropping 8chan helps fight hate even if 8chan comes back  

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This may mark a shift comparable to the one that has affected social-media platforms like Facebook. There was a time when they insisted that they were neutral platforms and could not be responsible for policing hate speech in any way. That time is long gone; Facebook now employs 30,000 content moderators. But up until now there was a general agreement that hosting companies like CloudFlare, which did not publish content themselves, could remain neutral. Now that, too, can no longer be taken for granted.
Life in a City Without Water: Anxious, Exhausting and Sweaty  

written by Somini Sengupta. added almost 3 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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Forsake the washing machine, and hand wash everything with two carefully rationed buckets of water. To avoid a fight, fill only four pots when the water tanker arrives. Only once everyone has had their share should you consider going back for more.
‘Some Suburb of Hell’: America’s New Concentration Camp System  

written by Andrea Pitzer. added almost 3 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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Is it possible this growth in the camp system will be temporary and the improvised border camps will soon close? In theory, yes. But the longer they remain open, the less likely they are to vanish. When I visited the camps for Rohingya Muslims a year before the large-scale campaign of ethnic cleansing began, many observers appeared to be confusing the possible and the probable. It was possible that the party of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi would sweep into office in free elections and begin making changes. It was possible that full democracy would come to all the residents of Myanmar, even though the government had stripped the Rohingya of the last vestiges of their citizenship. These hopes proved to be misplaced. Once there are concentration camps, it is always probable that things will get worse.
‘Some Suburb of Hell’: America’s New Concentration Camp System  

written by Andrea Pitzer. added almost 3 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

us immigration camps history    

Without a significant government effort to reverse direction, conditions in every camp system tend to deteriorate over time. Governments rarely make that kind of effort on behalf of people they are willing to lock up without trial in the first place. And history shows that legislatures do not close camps against the will of an executive.
The Indian Diaspora’s Influence on the General Election  

written by Priyanka Mogul. added about 3 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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From the perspective of the Indian political parties, this diaspora support is crucial. While the NRIs’ financial and technical support is important, Sharma added, “In ideological terms, the NRI community has always been a placeholder for the success of the entrepreneurial Indian who has made it. An NRI is seen by many in India as a mark of success and influence. For an influential NRI to back a political party or candidate can become a very strong endorsement.
Tesla is the new Theranos  

written by Adventures In Capitalism. added about 3 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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The other salient fact was that most senior employees actually knew that something wasn’t quite right, but feared losing their jobs or getting sued if they did anything about it. Therefore, employee turnover was off the charts but no one was willing to risk their career by saying anything publicly. However, when Theranos started risking customers’ lives, the secret got out pretty fast. This is because most people are inherently ethical—especially when they know that their employer is doing something immoral, like releasing flawed lab results to sick patients. Eventually, some employees felt compelled to become whistle-blowers and started to reach out to journalists and regulators. This started a cascading event.
Jack Dorsey is the Gwyneth Paltrow of Silicon Valley  

written by Nellie Bowles. added about 3 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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Still, Mr. Dorsey finds time for himself. For 10 days a year, he sits in silence at a meditation retreat. Before getting dressed each morning, he experiments with using his home infrared sauna and then an ice bath, sometimes cycling through both several times before he leaves home. He walks five miles to work. He eats one meal a day and has said that on the weekends when he fasts from Friday to Saturday, “time slows down.”
The Productivity Myth  

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One problem is precedent. Traditional industries like manufacturing have concrete ways to measure efficiency. If you can produce more goods over time with fewer resources, you’ve increased your productivity. It’s a mindset that dates back to at least the Industrial Revolution, and it’s a tempting blueprint for any modern-day business.
English Voice of ISIS Comes Out of the Shadow  

written by Rukmini Callimachi. added about 3 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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A thin, diminutive man who occasionally broke into a grin during the hourslong conversation with The New York Times, Mr. Khalifa said he immigrated as a child from Saudi Arabia to Toronto, where he learned to speak much like a native Canadian. He said he had studied computer systems technology and worked for a contracting company before leaving for Syria — drawn to the battlefield by watching YouTube. Terrorism experts say it is hard to overstate the role his effortless English narration played in bringing the terrorist group’s propaganda to English speakers and luring some of them to its cause.
How Does Spotify Know You So Well?  

written by Sophia Ciocca. added about 3 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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Spotify doesn’t actually use a single revolutionary recommendation model. Instead, they mix together some of the best strategies used by other services to create their own uniquely powerful discovery engine.
In Defense of Our Sins  

written by Hanif Abdurraqib. added about 3 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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What works for me about Good Kid is the idea, when it’s all over, that you might live through your sins. Or you might not live through your sins, but you can be proud of what you carry to the grave.
5G: If you build it, we’ll fill it  

written by Benedict Evans. added about 3 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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Over time, video turned out to be one part of that, but not as a telco service billed by the second. Equally, the killer app for 5G is probably, well, ‘faster 4G’. Over time, that will mean new Snapchats and New YouTubes - new ways to fill the pipe that wouldn’t work today, and new entrepreneurs. It probably isn’t a revolution - or rather, it means that the revolution that’s been going on since 1995 or so keeps going for another decade or more, until we get to 6G.
Japan’s Working Mothers: Record Responsibilities, Little Help From Dads  

written by Motoko Rich. added over 3 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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Last year, when Daiwa House, a homebuilder, conducted a survey of 300 working couples, most of the respondents said that women completed close to 90 percent of the chores at home, many of them unacknowledged by their husbands. The results went viral on social media under the hashtag “namonaki kaji,” which roughly translates as “invisible house chores.”
Nothing Can Stop Google. DuckDuckGo Is Trying Anyway.  

written by Drew Millard. added over 3 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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This, in a nutshell, is DuckDuckGo’s proposition: “The big tech companies are taking advantage of you by selling your data. We won’t.” In effect, it’s an anti-sales sales pitch. DuckDuckGo is perhaps the most prominent in a number of small but rapidly growing firms attempting to make it big — or at least sustainable — by putting their customers’ privacy and security first. And unlike the previous generation of privacy products, such as Tor or SecureDrop, these services are easy to use and intuitive, and their user bases aren’t exclusively composed of political activists, security researchers, and paranoiacs.
Less is exponentially more  

written by Rob Pike. added over 3 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

golang programming philosophy    

We—Ken, Robert and myself—were C++ programmers when we designed a new language to solve the problems that we thought needed to be solved for the kind of software we wrote. It seems almost paradoxical that other C++ programmers don't seem to care. ... I believe that's a preposterous way to think about programming. What matters isn't the ancestor relations between things but what they can do for you.
Bill Gates talks with Ezra Klein about global progress in 2018 - Vox  

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Well, Africa, of course, is not nearly as poor as it was in the past. The number of kids in education, the childhood survival rate, there has been quite a bit of improvement there. But in Africa, the geography is tough. The disease burden is tough. The ecosystems are very, very different. Asia, Europe, and the United States, those Northern Hemisphere areas, they developed in terms of getting rid of disease, being able to have infrastructure for very efficient transport, and having more than enough food to feed the population. They got into a virtuous cycle of high education, high discovery, high innovation, and generally quite strong governance.
Opinion | Learning to Survive Without WeChat  

written by Audrey Jiajia Li. added over 3 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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I have tried to persuade people I know to switch to other messaging services that have end-to-end encryption — to no avail. Since most of their contacts are on WeChat and they are so reliant on its services, they see no reason to leave. Whenever I bring up privacy concerns, the usual response is, “If you have nothing to hide, why do you mind the government accessing your data?” Sadly, this echoes a statement by Robin Li, the chief executive of the Chinese search engine giant Baidu: If, he said, the Chinese people “are able to trade privacy for convenience, for safety, for efficiency, in a lot of cases they are willing to do that.”
Opinion | What a Drone Attack Says About Venezuela’s Future  

written by David Smilde. added over 3 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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The government’s crass manipulation and outright fraud in elections over the past two years have weakened the hand of opposition moderates and strengthened the long-term message of radicals: “you don’t remove dictators with votes.” But this idea is historically inaccurate. Pressure leading to a pact leading to a vote is the classic way to overcome authoritarian rule. It was through a plebiscite that the Chilean opposition defeated the dictator Augusto Pinochet in 1988. A year later, the Solidarity movement in Poland accepted a limited vote and stunned the government by sweeping the election, leading to its demise. And it was through negotiations, and a vote, that South Africa overcame apartheid.
How Record Heat Wreaked Havoc on Four Continents  

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Is it because of climate change? Scientists with the World Weather Attribution project concluded in a study released Friday that the likelihood of the heat wave currently baking Northern Europe is “more than two times higher today than if human activities had not altered climate.”
‘Play It Again, Issam’: In Casablanca, a Cafe Is Still a Cafe  

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Like many visitors here, Mr. Kelley was surprised to learn that Rick’s Café Américain never existed, except on a Hollywood movie lot, where the classic film starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman was made. It was 1942, the world was at war, and the eponymous city was occupied by the Axis powers. Rick’s was just the figment of a writer’s imagination.
‘Lopping,’ ‘Tips’ and the ‘Z-List’: Bias Lawsuit Explores Harvard’s Admissions Secrets  

written by Anemona Hartocollis, Amy Harmon and Mitch Smith. added over 3 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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But behind the curtain, Harvard’s much-feared admissions officers have a whole other set of boxes that few ambitious high school students and their parents know about — or could check even if they did. The officers speak a secret language — of “dockets,” “the lop list,” “tips,” “DE,” the “Z-list” and the “dean’s interest list” — and maintain a culling system in which factors like where applicants are from, whether their parents went to Harvard, how much money they have and how they fit the school’s goals for diversity may be just as important as scoring a perfect 1600 on the SAT.
If You’re a Pro-life Democrat … You Know You’re Standing Alone  

written by Jennifer Haberkorn. added over 3 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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In some ways, the Democrats for Life convention was similar to any other anti-abortion gathering: There were candles to honor aborted children; panelists generally (but not universally) knocked Planned Parenthood and physician-assisted suicide; and the whole conference had Christian, particularly Catholic, undertones. The main difference: Any mention of Donald Trump got, at minimum, an eye roll. Along with other non-Republican anti-abortion movements—such as Secular Pro-Life and Pro-Life Humanists—Democrats for Life likes to use the term “whole life” to describe their cause, a label that encompasses support for life from conception to natural death and everything in between, including child care, parental leave, health care and education. They argue that unlike Republican anti-abortion groups, they want to support children and their mothers once babies are outside the womb, too—even if that means they lead a lonely political existence.
Sex Abuse Report Lists a Beloved Pastor, and a Pennsylvania Church Reels - The New York Times  

written by Elizabeth Dias. added over 3 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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Some of the names on the list were no surprise, as some priests had faced public criminal proceedings and were removed from ministry. Other priests had been the subject of rumors. But many, like Father Crowley, had died before their actions were publicly revealed. As national anger has boiled over, and as the Vatican insisted to victims that Pope Francis was on their side and dioceses rolled out crisis communications playbooks, the families of Holy Angels have grappled with what to do.
Anatomy of a Crime: Sex, Hush Money and a Trump Fixer’s Guilty Plea  

written by Jim Rutenberg and Rebecca R. Ruiz. added over 3 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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“You could read horrible things about Hillary Clinton and wonderful things about Donald Trump, and people were exposed to this at many supermarkets,” said Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center and professor of communication at the Annenberg School for Communication. “You might say nobody reads the tabloids, but actually most of us do — through inadvertent exposure.”
Rape of Nanking: Japan's WWII apology to reopen old wounds with China  

written by Stephen McDonell. added over 3 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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Japan has officially apologised before – and it will do so again in the coming days – but this does not seem to be enough for China and the government will be closely analysing every word spoken by prime minister Shinzo Abe.
The Age That Women Have Babies: How a Gap Divides America  

written by QUOCTRUNG BUI and CLAIRE CAIN MILLER. added over 3 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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Women who have children young tend to live in areas that view family ties as paramount. Parents might be physically healthier because of their youth, and the children’s grandparents are younger and often live nearby. But parents are less likely to have significant savings or a college degree and career. Their pregnancies are more likely to be unintended, and three-quarters of first-time mothers under 25 are unmarried.
‘He’s Unraveling’: Why Cohen’s Betrayal Terrifies Trump  

written by Michael Kruse. added over 3 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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It’s a truth Trump knows well based on the life he’s lived. He was reared by a father who made millions of dollars by doing business with the Brooklyn Democratic machine. Practitioners of this cynical, self-serving strain of politics “knew how to buy and sell loyalty, a valued skill in the culture of the clubhouse that required a sense of timing. One had to know how to inspire loyalty in others, and how to give it to the bosses who could nurture your career. But a player in this game also had to know when to jump ship, abandoning career-long friendships suddenly, without emotion, and with a ready and usually petty alibi,” New York investigative reporters Jack Newfield and Wayne Barrett wrote in their 1988 book, City for Sale.
China’s Consumption Downgrade: Skip Avocados, Cocktails and Kids  

written by Li Yuan. added over 3 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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When asked whether she would consider having a second child, Li Keli, an accountant at an electronics maker in the southern city of Huizhou, said, “Absolutely not.” Her factory laid off two-thirds of its workers in June when the United States-China trade war escalated. Her monthly pay of $500 was cut by 10 percent. She used to take her son, 7, to visit nearby cities on weekends. Now she takes him to the playgrounds of big residential complexes because they’re free.
Burying ‘One Child’ Limits, China Pushes Women to Have More Babies - The New York Times  

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“To put it bluntly, the birth of a baby is not only a matter of the family itself, but also a state affair,” the official newspaper People’s Daily said in an editorial this week, prompting widespread criticism and debate online.
How social media took us from Tahrir Square to Donald Trump  

written by Zeynep Tufekci. added over 3 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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Security isn’t just about who has more Cray supercomputers and cryptography experts but about understanding how attention, information overload, and social bonding work in the digital era. This potent combination explains why, since the Arab Spring, authoritarianism and misinformation have thrived, and a free-flowing contest of ideas has not. Perhaps the simplest statement of the problem, though, is encapsulated in Facebook’s original mission statement (which the social network changed in 2017, after a backlash against its role in spreading misinformation). It was to make the world “more open and connected.” It turns out that this isn’t necessarily an unalloyed good. Open to what, and connected how? The need to ask those questions is perhaps the biggest lesson of all.
Lady Conference Speaker: 14 Travel Tips – Heidi Waterhouse  

written by Heidi Waterhouse. added over 3 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

business travel advice    

Be reasonable about your expenses, but not chintzy. This is not human travel, it is business travel. The value of business travel is that you arrive in a place capable of interacting with humans. ... There are a lot of other tips I have, but those seem like the most salient. Just keep in mind that you are worth shipping across the country carefully because you are a precious and hard-to-replace part of the company, and they want you to arrive undamaged, functional, and able to do good work.
Google and Mastercard Cut a Secret Ad Deal to Track Retail Sales  

written by Mark Bergen and Jennifer Surane . added over 3 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Mastercard Inc. brokered a business partnership during about four years of negotiations, according to four people with knowledge of the deal, three of whom worked on it directly. The alliance gave Google an unprecedented asset for measuring retail spending, part of the search giant’s strategy to fortify its primary business against onslaughts from Inc. and others.
The $40,000 Olive: How Entrepreneurs Can Spend Time Saving Money  

written by Moira Vetter. added over 3 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

startup advice    

This is particularly important if times are good. There’s an old adage that there are stumps and garbage at the bottom of a pond, but no one sees them when the water is rising. When the water—or the cash—starts to dry up, it makes it far more obvious where the problems are. Take time regularly, especially in good times, to look for areas to save and improve efficiencies.
The Castle Doctrine – ProjectVRM  

written by Doc Searls. added over 3 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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The Castle doctrine has been around a long time. Cicero (106–43 BCE) wrote, “What more sacred, what more strongly guarded by every holy feeling, than a man’s own home?” In Book 4, Chapter 16 of his Commentaries on the Laws of England, William Blackstone (1723–1780 CE) added, “And the law of England has so particular and tender a regard to the immunity of a man’s house, that it stiles it his castle, and will never suffer it to be violated with impunity: agreeing herein with the sentiments of ancient Rome…”
Doc Searls Weblog · Rethinking John Wanamaker  

written by Doc Searls. added over 3 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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Another false adtech assumption is that “big data” can “know us better than we know ourselves.” This is worse than wrong: it is delusional, and an insult to our sovereign humanity. All of us are not only different from each other, but from how we were ten minutes ago. To be fully human is to learn and change constantly. “I know this orbit of mine cannot be swept by a carpenter’s compass,” Whitman writes. “I do not trouble my spirit to vindicate itself or be understood… I was never measured, and never will be measured… The spotted hawk swoops by and accuses me. He complains of my gab and my loitering. I too am not a bit tamed. I too am untranslatable. I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world.”
Doc Searls Weblog · Rethinking John Wanamaker  

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advertising online-ads differences    

Again, while search ads are called ads, they’re really direct marketing. They are data-driven, want to get personal, and are looking for a direct response. Brand advertising is also data-driven, but the data is always in aggregate form, because the targets are populations, not individuals. Brand advertising doesn’t want to get personal. That would be too expensive, might creep people out, and isn’t the idea anyway, because brand advertising isn’t looking for a direct response. All it wants is to make an impression. Not a sale.
Opinion | Martina Navratilova: What Serena Got Wrong - The New York Times  

written by Martina Navratilova. added over 3 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

serena-willimas tennis racism sexism allegations    

To recap: The trouble began when early in the second set, Ms. Williams was given a warning for coaching. This one is on her coach: Patrick Mouratoglou was using both hands to motion to Ms. Williams to move forward and got called on it. While it is true that illegal coaching is quite common and that most coaches do it, it’s also true that despite what many commentators have said following Saturday’s events, they are called on it quite frequently and that most of the time, players just shrug it off and know that going forward, they and their coaches now need to behave, because the next infraction will cost them a point. The player is responsible for his or her coach’s conduct. And it is actually irrelevant whether the player saw or heard whatever instructions were given; either way, it is still an infraction.
Trash and burn: Singapore's waste problem | Reuters  

written by Gillian Murdoch. added over 3 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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The landfill “island,” a 350-hectare feat of engineering reclaimed from the sea, opened the day after the last of five mainland landfills closed in 1999. Every day it takes shipments of over 2,000 tonnes of ash — the charred remnants of 93 percent of Singapore’s rubbish, burnt at its four incinerators. The National Environment Agency (NEA) predicts a new multimillion dollar incinerator will be needed every five to seven years, and a new landfill like Pulau Semakau every 25 to 30 years. With nowhere to site another landfill, recycling, though not yet rolled out to the masses in condominiums or state Housing Development Board (HDB) skyscrapers, is no longer just nice to have, but a necessity, said Ong.
Review: Lang Lang, Classical Music’s Superstar, Returns Quietly  

written by Joshua Barone. added almost 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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I wish I could say the same for the rest of the concerto. Habits are hard to break, and Mr. Lang’s crept into the performance as the piece progressed. The second movement opens with a naïvely pure theme ripe for interpretation; instead, Mr. Lang infused it with drama, sinking heavily into the keys while playing a melody with the simplicity of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.”
Why is hiring broken? It starts at the whiteboard  

written by Quincy Larson. added almost 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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Whatever you do, don’t give up and go farm goats. Regardless of the stubborn hiring practices of big tech companies, the world needs a lot more good developers! So keep fighting the good fight.
How Crossing the Border Became a Crime  

written by Libby Watson. added almost 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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He believed the US “should absolutely bar from our shores all races which are not naturalizable under the law of the land and all individuals of all races who are physically, mentally, morally, and spiritually undesirable.” He advocated “selective immigration,” “so that America may not be a conglomeration of racial groups […] but a homogeneous race striving for the fulfillment of the ideals upon which this Government was founded.” He supported “scientific testing” of immigrants in their home countries. His was a purely eugenicist approach to immigration. And some of his rhetoric is shamefully reminiscent of modern Republican rhetoric on immigration: He described immigrants’ harrowing stories of persecution in Europe as “sob stories,” saying “these ‘sob stories’ and especially European propaganda with which the country has lately been flooded are simply designed to break down the 3 per cent restriction immigration law.”
Interview: The very, very private life of Ms Donna Tartt  

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Donna Tartt is that rare thing, the last private woman in the world of the selfie. Tartt is the author of The Secret History (1992), The Little Friend (2002) and has just published her third novel, The Goldfinch. She was raised in Mississippi and retains a strong southern accent and even stronger southern manners – friendly but formal.
Donna Tartt Talks, a Bit, About ‘The Goldfinch’  

written by Julie Bosman. added almost 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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The book, which took more than 10 years to write, is narrated by Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New York boy whose world is violently disrupted during a routine visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art with his much-adored mother. A terrorist bomb explodes, killing Theo’s mother and other innocents, including a man who, just before dying, implores Theo to take “The Goldfinch” out of the smoking wreckage of the museum. For nearly 800 pages, the book asks deep questions: whether it is possible to be good, what part love plays in our behavior and what in life is true and lasting. Writing in The New York Times, Michiko Kakutani said that the novel “pulls together all her remarkable storytelling talents into a rapturous, symphonic whole and reminds the reader of the immersive, stay-up-all-night pleasures of reading.”
Just How Much Power Do Your Electronics Use When They Are ‘Off’?  

written by Tatiana Schlossberg. added almost 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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Lots of traditional household appliances – things your grandmother owns – are also moving online, just like your grandmother. Light bulbs, ovens, refrigerators, coffee makers – even mattresses — can now connect to the Internet, so they also draw power all the time. Workhorse appliances like dishwashers or laundry machines have gotten much more efficient over time, but many models now have digital displays, which mean they always draw a little bit of power, too.
About That Sensationalist Bitcoin Electrical Consumption Story  

written by Tyler Durden. added almost 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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And so, um, bitcoin mining is a threat to the planet because it consumes less than 1% of all the electricity squandered by appliances and devices on stand-by? If we want to stop wasting so much energy, perhaps we should start by mandating near-zero stand-by power consumption for the hundreds of millions of devices which are not in use that are nonetheless sucking up electricity every second of every day.
The role of software in spacecraft accidents  

written by Adrian Coyler. added almost 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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The cultural and managerial flaws outlined above manifested themselves in technical deficiencies: (i) inadequate system and software engineering, (ii) inadequate review activities, (iii) ineffective system safety engineering, (iv) inadequate human factors engineering, and (v) flaws in the test and simulation environments.
The Elephant and The Rider  

written by Krish Ashok. added almost 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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Jonathan Haidt, in his book, “The Righteous Mind” describes 3 approaches to understanding how we process morality in our heads, and uses an “Elephant and Rider” metaphor to explain these. The elephant represents passion and intuition. Gut feelings, essentially. In addition to sitting in rooms, the elephant has a tendency to rush to judgement based on primal programming. The rider is usually a malnourished chap with a small stick trying to reason with the elephant.
Opinion | Capital Punishment Deserves a Quick Death  

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That’s a dispiriting take. The death penalty holdouts may be few and far between, but they are fiercely committed, and they won’t stop killing people unless they’re forced to. Relying on the vague idea of attrition absolves the court of its responsibility to be the ultimate arbiter and guardian of the Constitution — and specifically of the Eighth Amendment. The court has already relied on that provision to ban the execution of juvenile offenders, the intellectually disabled and those convicted of crimes against people other than murder.
Einstein the Anti-Racist? Not in His Travel Diaries  

written by Yonette Joseph and Tiffany May. added almost 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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While many may insist on dismissing the diary entries as merely reflecting the attitudes of the era, Mr. Rosenkranz told The Guardian, the xenophobia and prejudice they revealed had been far from universal. “That’s usually the reaction I get: ‘We have to understand, he was of the zeitgeist, part of the time,’” he said. “But I think I tried here and there to give a broader context. There were other views out there, more tolerant views.”
HRH Hayfa bint Abdullah Al Saud is the Vogue Arabia Cover Star for June 2018  

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“In our country, there are some conservatives who fear change. For many, it’s all they have known. Personally, I support these changes with great enthusiasm,” remarked HRH. “It is easy to comment on other people’s societies and think that your own society is superior, but the Western world must remember that each country is specific and unique. We have strengths and weaknesses but, invariably, it’s our culture, and it’s better to try to understand it than to judge it.”
FAQ on compassionate use of investigational vaccine for the Ebola virus disease outbreak in Congo  

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An investigational vaccine called rVSV-ZEBOV has shown to be highly protective against Ebola virus infection. The rVSV-ZEBOV vaccine was studied in several trials that involved more than 16,000 volunteers in Europe, Africa and the United States, and it was found to be safe and protective against the Ebola virus. The vaccine consists of a vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV), which is an animal virus that causes flulike illness in humans. The VSV has been genetically engineered to contain a protein from the Zaire Ebola virus so that it can provoke immune response to the Ebola virus.
Ebola outbreak 2018: we finally have a vaccine to test in the field  

written by Julia Belluz. added almost 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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Having the vaccine “doesn’t mean we don’t need to do all those other measures that are standard to an Ebola response,” said WHO spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic. “Having treatment centers, active case finding, contact tracing, having safe and dignified burials, having lab capacity.” So the vaccine is an exciting new technology — a potentially lifesaving one — but its success will hinge on decades-old public health strategies.
Five Days of Unrest That Shaped, and Haunted, Newark  

written by Rick Rojas and Khorri Atkinson. added almost 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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Even though we’re having all these programs to talk about the 50-year anniversary of this rebellion, there hasn’t been any real conversation in New Jersey. Most of those folks have left the city. There has been no conversation with those in the suburbs and those in the city to talk about what caused [the riots], which I think would lead to a deeper discussion about equality in America.
I Also Went to the Royal Wedding  

written by Caity Weaver. added almost 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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Through Windsor and on the video screens, they waved at the nameless hordes. They waved from their wrists, in quick, short strokes, as if scrubbing out a spot in the air; to wave any bigger would have burned through the muscle energy required to keep their arms in constant motion for the duration of the twenty minute procession. In less than a year — in fewer than six hours, if you peg it to live TV coverage — Ms. Markle had gone from essentially unknown to one of the most famous people on the planet. More than 100,000 people had traveled to Windsor to be in the vicinity of an invitation-only event of which she was the star; just shy of two billion were estimated to watch it on TV. She was at that precise moment in thoughts of, very conservatively, tens of millions of human beings. She and Prince Harry came bounding down the Long Walk. Everyone clambered for a second of eye contact, but their faces flew by so suddenly even a second was impossible to claim.
After an Indonesian Family’s Suicide Attack, a Quest for Answers  

written by Hannah Beech. added almost 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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As journalists, we try to understand — though not necessarily condone — the factors motivating a person’s actions. But no explanation can rationalize turning your own children into suicidal jihadists. Tita and I went to Surabaya looking for answers. Visiting the children’s school and home, talking to their friends and family, I realized that we would never know the truth.
In South Sudan, a Never-Ending Hunger Season Puts Millions in Danger  

written by MEGAN SPECIA and KASSIE BRACKEN. added almost 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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More than four years of civil war — most of this young country’s existence — have chased millions from their homes, leaving countless farms abandoned. The economy has been obliterated. Fighting has overcome some of the nation’s most productive land. Food prices are ruinously high. Even during harvest time in January, when food was most abundant, more than five million people — almost half the population — did not have enough to eat.
Why Google Went Offline Today and a Bit about How the Internet Works  

written by Tom Paseka. added almost 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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That was curious. Normally, we shouldn't be seeing an Indonesian ISP (Moratel) in the path to Google. I jumped on one of CloudFlare's routers to check what was going on. Meanwhile, others reports from around the globe on Twitter suggested we weren't the only ones seeing the problem.
Pakistan hijacks YouTube | Dyn Blog  

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Ultimately, though, the problem remains one of transitive trust. A provider can and should limit the advertisements it will accept from a customer. The mechanics can be arranged manually or can be configured using Routing Policy Specification Language (RPSL) to communicate the policy and drive configuration. In the case of Pakistan Telecom, they originate or transit fewer than 1000 prefixes.
Professional cheerleader Fired Over an Instagram Post  

written by Michael Barbaro and Bailey Davis. added almost 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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The firing of a professional cheerleader has drawn attention to an industry that seemed to be operating outside the #MeToo movement. But now, sports teams are being drawn into it.
I believe there are things that make this journey as a CEO lonelier  

written by Ryan Caldbeck. added almost 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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a quote from Howard Schultz I really like: “One of the fundamental aspects of leadership, I realized more and more, is the ability to instill confidence in others when you yourself are feeling insecure.”
Opinion | Elon Musk, the Donald of Silicon Valley - The New York Times  

written by Bret Stephens. added almost 4 years 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  

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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 almost 4 years 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 almost 4 years 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 almost 4 years 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  

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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 about 4 years 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  

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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 about 4 years 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 about 4 years 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 about 4 years 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 about 4 years 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 about 4 years 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 about 4 years 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 about 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

capitalism memes    

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 about 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

capitalism memes    

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 about 4 years 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 about 4 years 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 about 4 years 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 about 4 years 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.
Ilya Sukhar on Start-ups  

written by Ilya Sukhar. added about 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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All startups are chaotic shit-shows. As you get better, your chaos just takes different and more grandiose forms. Best founders get comfortable with this fast and relegate the resulting stress to a background process. The foreground process focuses on the best path forward given current situation rather than dwelling on the crazy shit that just happened. Don't be embarrassed. I guarantee that the founder that you idolize is dealing with some disaster of one form or another today.
Leaving a big company job for a startup can rejuvenate your career  

written by Jensen Harris. added about 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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Big companies are necessarily full of people whose primary job it is to carry information from one meeting to another, from one department to another. Middle managers and PMs, in particular, are often defined by this type of work. Startups don’t have this kind of “info pusher” job. They can’t afford to, and they’re not big enough to need it. Everyone is responsible for making something, building product, owning decisions, selling something, hustling. You can’t just show up at the meeting and “seem senior.” Big company folks sometimes flame out at startups because this kind of individual work is not what they actually want.
Japan’s Rent-a-Family Industry | The New Yorker  

written by Elif Batuman. added about 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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Two hours later, a smiling young woman knocked on the door, waited to be asked inside, took off her shoes, and gave me a form to sign. The form said that I agreed not to demand a sexual massage, and that if I was a man I would keep the hotel-room door ajar. Everything contributed to the dreamlike atmosphere: her soft voice and sure touch, the fact that I was lying on the bed, and the compactness of Tokyo hotel rooms, which meant that she periodically had to move things around to make enough room to stand. At some point, I realized that she was kneeling next to me on the bed. How strange that it was somehow O.K. for us to be in bed like this together. “Your shoulders are so hard!” she said, somehow releasing the muscles with her fingers. I felt full of love and gratitude, and thought about how the fact that I was paying her, which could have felt uncomfortable, was instead a source of joy and relief, because it meant that I didn’t have to think about anything at all. I could just relax. It felt like unconditional love—the kind you don’t get, or ask for, from people in your life, because they have needs, too, and you always have to take turns. I didn’t have to give her a massage or listen to her problems, because I had given her money, with which she could do anything she wanted: pay bills, buy an aquamarine coat, or even hire someone to give her a massage or listen to her problems. This hour, during which she paid attention to me and I didn’t pay attention to her, wasn’t going to be entered in a ledger where she could accumulate resentment toward me over the years. I didn’t have to feel guilty: that was what I was paying for.
Japan’s Rent-a-Family Industry | The New Yorker  

written by Elif Batuman. added about 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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In a sense, the idea of a rental partner, parent, or child is perhaps less strange than the idea that childcare and housework should be seen as the manifestations of an unpurchasable romantic love. Patriarchal capitalism has arguably had a vested interest in promoting the latter idea as a human universal: as the Marxist psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich pointed out, with women providing free housework and caregiving, capitalists could pay men less. There were other iniquities, too. As Gilman observed, when caregiving becomes the exclusive, unpaid purview of wives and mothers, then people without families don’t have access to it: “only married people and their immediate relatives have any right to live in comfort and health.”
Japan’s Rent-a-Family Industry  

written by Elif Batuman. added about 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

family kazoku japan rent-a-family    

Following the Meiji Restoration, in 1868, reformers united Japan under a “restored” emperor, and, after centuries of isolationism and feudal rule, set about turning the country into a modern bureaucratic military power. They drafted a new civil code, making provisions for what Westerners called “the family”—a concept that had no definite legal reality in Japan, and could not be expressed by any single Japanese word. A new word, kazoku, was coined, and a “family system” was drawn up, based on a long-standing form of domestic organization: the ie, or house. A product, in part, of Confucian principles, the ie was rigidly hierarchical. The head controlled all the property, and chose one member of the younger generation to succeed him—usually the eldest son, though sometimes a son-in-law or even an adopted son. Continuity of the house was more important than blood kinship. The other members could either stay in the ie, marry into a new one (daughters), or start subsidiary branches (sons). Nationalist ideology of the Meiji era represented Japan as one big family, with the emperor as the head of the main house and every other household as a subsidiary branch. “Familism” became central to the national identity, and was contrasted with the selfish individualism of the West.
Why Do So Many Judges Cite Jane Austen in Legal Decisions?  

written by Matthew Birkhold. added about 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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“What makes a relationship ‘romantic,’ let alone ‘significant’ in its romantic depth,” Judge Barrington D. Parker wrote for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, “can be the subject of endless debate that varies across generations, regions, and genders. For some, it would involve the exchange of gifts such as flowers or chocolates; for others, it would depend on acts of physical intimacy; and for still others, all of these elements could be present yet the relationship, without a promise of exclusivity, would not be ‘significant.’ The history of romance is replete with precisely these blurred lines and misunderstandings.” The judge’s claim is something we all know to be true. But how do you prove it? The opinion then directs the reader, “See, e.g.” Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park. From the judge’s own reading, Mansfield Park is legal proof that it is impossible to demarcate when a relationship becomes significant. What else but literature could make this point? And who, besides Jane Austen, could make it so convincingly?
Chief Brown on E69 of Criminal - Bad things happen to good people  

written by Chief Brown (with Phoebe Judge, The Criminal Podcast). added about 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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It devastated me, to my core. All of my belief systems, just. I didn't know what to believe. But I didn't understand as a 28 year old how bad things happen to good people. I did not understand that at *all*. And it didn't seem fair. I learned very much later that that's, that our faith or our goodness doesn't protect us from tragedy. I learned that much later, I did *not* know that at 28.
The Weeknd on Road to Release (MTV Short Documentary)  

written by Abel Tesfaye (Weeknd). added about 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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once I feel like the world knows me for anything else BUT my music, then I feel like I failed. I try to shy away from press because it's never about the art for them; and I totally respect that
Alonso on regrets at the Chinese GP 2016 pre-race-show  

written by Fernando Alonso. added about 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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No, no regrets. I never regret anything that I do. You learn with things, you grow up with things, and in the moment that I made all the choices and all the things, I thought in that moment that it was the right one. Once you are clear with yourself and happy with yourself in that moment, to see things later is a waste. Pointless, you know, there's nothing you can do. I am happy with everything.
Living and Dying on Airbnb – Matter  

written by Zak Stone. added about 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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Startups that redefine social and economic relations pop up in an instant. Lawsuits and regulations lag behind. While my family may be the first guests to speak out about a wrongful death at an Airbnb rental, it shouldn’t exactly come as a surprise. Staying with a stranger or inviting one into your home is an inherently dicey proposition. Hotel rooms are standardized for safety, monitored by staff, and often quite expensive. Airbnb rentals, on the other hand, are unregulated, eclectic, and affordable, and the safety standards are only slowly materializing. To be fair, Airbnb has always put basic safeguards in place, like user reviews. But its general approach to safety is consistent with Silicon Valley’s “build it first, mend it later” philosophy.
How Hacking Team Helped Italian Special Operations Group with BGP Routing Hijack  

written by Andree Toonk. added about 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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Conclusion As the supporting evidence from historical BGP data concludes, the information revealed in the Wikileaks documents is factual and the Italian ROS and Hacking Team did work with the Italian network AS31034 (Aruba S.p.A), to announce between Aug 16 and Aug 22. in order to regain access to their RAT clients. This finding further confirms the use of BGP for nefarious purposes similar to the one listed in our blog post earlier this year.
How a Self-Driving Uber Killed a Pedestrian in Arizona  

written by TROY GRIGGS and DAISUKE WAKABAYASHI. added about 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

uber technology self-driving deaths    

Earlier in the week, police officials said the driver was not impaired and had cooperated with authorities. The self-driving car, however, should have detected the woman crossing the road. Like many self-driving cars, Uber equips its vehicles with lidar sensors -- an acronym for light detection and ranging systems -- to help the car detect the world around it. One of the positive attributes of lidar is that it is supposed to work well at night when it is dark, detecting objects from hundreds of feet away.
‘We Are Ready to Die.’ Five North Korean Defectors Who Never Made It  

written by Jane Perlez and Su-Hyun Lee. added about 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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As the hours passed, Ms. Choi paced the little apartment. She thought about the call she received last spring from her sister, who lived near the Chinese border and had climbed a tree on the edge of her town to make the call without being caught. Make sure the plan goes well, her sister had said. Look after me on the journey. Most of all, Ms. Choi remembered her sister’s warning. She would kill herself rather than be sent back.
Edward Snowden: Poisoning people who are long out of their service is contemptible -  

written by Edward Snowden. added about 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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And look at the way the system works in your country, around you today, and ask if in fact the most powerful people in society are being held to the highest standards, or if you see cases where if the ordinary person breaks the smallest law, they're going to jail, but if the most powerful people in society are engaged in criminal activity on the grandest scales, they can simply apologize and face no consequences. If that is the case, think about what you can do to fix that. The first step is always to question if this is the way things should be, and if it's not, it's time to change it".
Why generosity turns to rage: A guide for advanced developers  

written by A Jesse. added about 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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If you joined a community with the intent to be helpful but on occasion find yourself flying into a rage, I have a method to prevent this. For me, it is the step when I ask myself, "Am I angry?" Knowing is most of the battle. Online, however, we can lose track of our emotions. It is well-established that one reason we are cruel on the internet is because, without seeing or hearing the other person, our natural empathy is not activated. But the other problem with the internet is that, when we use computers, we lose awareness of our bodies. I can be angry and type a sarcastic message without even knowing I am angry. I do not feel my heart pound and my neck grow tense. So, the most important step is to ask myself, "How do I feel?" If I am too angry to answer, I can usually walk away. ... If you can't say something nice, don't say nothing at all.
Andrej's advice for success  

written by Andrej Karpathy. added about 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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Undergrads tend to have tunnel vision about their classes. They want to get good grades, etc. The crucial fact to realize is that noone will care about your grades, unless they are bad. For example, I always used to say that the smartest student will get 85% in all of his courses. This way, you end up with somewhere around 4.0 score, but you did not over-study, and you did not under-study. Your time is a precious, limited resource. Get to a point where you don't screw up on a test and then switch your attention to much more important endeavors. What are they? Getting actual, real-world experience, working on real code base, projects or problems outside of silly course exercises is extremely imporant.
Can Facebook Be Fixed?  

written by Michael Barbaro and Kevin Roose. added about 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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I think there's a chance though that this becomes a real business issue for them. In a sense, their product is their users. Their business model is not to charge people for access to a website, it's to charge their advertisers for access to their users. And that, I think, puts them in a very different place compared to a company like Apple or Amazon that actually has a direct relationship to their customers.
15 Years Ago, I Helped Start a War That Hasn’t Ended  

written by Matt Uford. added about 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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Our company commander stressed that we should exact only as much harm as the mission required, but a tank is not a scalpel. When we drove across a field, newly planted crops flew skyward behind our vehicles in great roostertails of earth. When we provided supporting fire to an engineer detonating mines, we felled trees with our machine guns. Inside the tank, we hardly felt a bump when we crushed cars under our treads. We brought war everywhere we went.
Refusing to Stay Silent - Venezuela  

written by Leopoldo Lopez. added about 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

venezuela politics crisis    

Q: I am struggling to really understand Why is Leo doing this? Why is he continuing to talk to you? A: Ah, man, I wish I knew. I try to understand it. We talk about it. I don't think I can wrap my head fully around it. The honest truth is I wouldn't do it in his position. I think that part of the explanation for him is the despair of the country around him. The chaos in the country of Venezuela is profound. You have masses of starving people. Levels of crime and violence are very high, Caracas has the highest murder rate in the world. The exodus of refugees fleeing Venezuela is on a scale that the Western hemisphere has never seen before. It compares to the Syrian refugee crisis or the flight of the Rohingya to Bangladesh.
I Don’t Think I Can Do Anything to Fix It - The Daily (podcast)  

written by Tom Rooney. added about 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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That's like an AR-15. I think that you wouldn't be human if you didn't pause for a second and said what is the purpose of that gun? Especially one with the bump stock one. After Las Vegas, I really thought that the Bump stock thing would be a no-brainer. But nothing happened. It just disappeared. We should take all these shootings together and address these things to try to stop it from happening in the future again, and act on this, but we DON'T DO ANYTHING, because we are so worried about giving an inch. Or whatever the NRA's concern is, that if you give an inch, then we will want a mile. But I don't think that rational people believe that
Address to the Nation on 9-11-01  

written by George W Bush. added about 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

history speech resolve    

A great people has been moved to defend a great nation. Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve. America was targeted for attack because we're the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from shining. Today, our nation saw evil -- the very worst of human nature -- and we responded with the best of America. With the daring of our rescue workers, with the caring for strangers and neighbors who came to give blood and help in any way they could.
I have a dream  

written by Martin Luther King Jr. added about 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

epic history speech civil-rights    

You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive. Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair. I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream  

written by Martin Luther King Jr. added about 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

epic history speech civil-rights    

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today!
I have a dream  

written by Martin Luther King Jr. added about 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

epic history speech civil-rights    

There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights: "When will you be satisfied?" We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro's basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their selfhood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating "For Whites Only". We cannot be satisfied and we will not be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.
What Donald Trump Needs to Know About Bob Mueller and Jim Comey - POLITICO Magazine  

written by Garett Graff. added about 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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“His gift is that he’s decisive without being impulsive,” Comey told me several years back, recalling his years working alongside Mueller. “He’ll sit, listen, ask questions and make a decision. I didn’t realize at the time how rare that is in Washington.”
What Donald Trump Needs to Know About Bob Mueller and Jim Comey - POLITICO Magazine  

written by Garett Graff. added about 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

politics trump government mueller ethics philosophy    

The nation of the United States, Comey explained, was a country of laws, not men. Public officials swore oaths to the Constitution, not to the president. It’s the job of the lawyers, he explained, to remove the looming crisis from a decision and examine how it will look down the road. He then continued with words that echo more than a decade later and presage the weeks to come on Capitol Hill, where he will once again be in his element. “We know that our actions, and those of the agencies we support, will be held up in a quiet, dignified, well-lit room, where they can be viewed with the perfect, and brutally unfair, vision of hindsight,” he told the gathered NSA crowd. “We know they will be reviewed in hearing rooms or courtrooms where it is impossible to capture even a piece of the urgency and exigency felt during a crisis.”
Robert Mueller, Style Icon | The New Yorker  

written by Troy Patterson. added about 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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On the one hand, you have Trump’s onetime campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who, according to Mueller’s indictment, spent more than $1.3 million on clothes in the course of about six years, including peak-lapel suits of baronial slickness. On the other hand, you have a government lawyer with an ideally understated public image. An understatement is a statement nonetheless, and Mueller’s sartorial rhetoric encodes heroic values. He is armored in the good, clean, honest look of an extremely civil servant, unaffected and, therefore, inimitable.
Forensic Testimony: There's Your Expert  

written by Rick. added about 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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Now, in the real world, this would never count as making anyone an expert on these topics. Anthropologists study cultures, and subcultures. Sociologists, also, study groups of people. Psychologists, and psychiatrists—and to some extent (though not nearly to the same degree), social workers, family therapists, and people in related fields, with specialized training for it—study individuals with regards to their motivations, wishes, feelings. You can sit at the mall every day, all day, for decades, and you’re not necessarily going to be an expert on the cultures and subcultures of mall-goers, or on how groups of mall-goers structure their interactions, or on what motivates individuals who go to the mall, why and how they do what they do.
Why You Should Never Pay For Online Dating  

written by Christian Rudder. added about 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

okcupid love technology scam    

A major selling point for the big for-pay dating sites Match and eHarmony is how many millions of members they have, and they drop massive numbers in their press releases and in talks with reporters. Of course, there's a solid rationale to wanting your dating site to seem gigantic. When people look for love, they want as many options as possible. However, as I've shown above, the image these sites project is deceiving. So next time you hear Match or eHarmony talking about how huge they are, you should do like I do and think of Goliath—and how he probably bragged all the time about how much he could bench.
Andreessen Horowitz's Spin Master Built Silicon Valley As You Know It  

written by Jessi Hempel. added about 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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An operating partner at Andreessen Horowitz, Wennmachers is among the most skilled spin masters in Silicon Valley. She has a sixth sense for communications strategy, which has helped her educate the world about the revolution technology is powering. She knows how to create the memorable scene that will shape a story. She understands how to get ahead of bad news that’s about to break and when to push startup founders to take responsibility for their actions. She returns nearly every call within 30 minutes, be it from a blogger, portfolio company CEO, or New York Times reporter.
SSC Journal Club: Cipriani On Antidepressants  

written by Scott Alexander. added about 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

science medicine fuzzy statistics    

Venlafaxine and desvenlafaxine are basically the same drug, minus a bunch of BS from the pharma companies trying to convince that desvenlafaxine is a super-new-advanced version that you should spend twenty times as much money on. But venlafaxine is the fourth most efficacious drug in the analysis; desvenlafaxine is the second least efficacious drug. Why should this be? I have similar complaints about citalopram and escitalopram. Should we privilege common sense over empiricism and say Cipriani has done something wrong? Or should we privilege empiricism over common sense and conclude that the super-trivial differences between these chemicals have some outsized metabolic significance that makes a big clinical difference? Or should we just notice that the 95% confidence intervals of almost everything in the study (including these two) overlap, so really Cipriani isn’t claiming to know anything about anything and it’s not surprising if the data are wrong?
The Great Firewall of China  

written by Geremie R. Barme and Sang Ye. added about 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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In the People's Republic, coded communications are second nature, developed over years of mass surveillance, people reading other people's mail and diaries, tapping phones, and generally being inquisitive about your affairs. The idea that the walls have ears doesn't shock anyone. In conversation, for instance, com-ments about the weather often carry a political subtext. Low temperatures and storms indicate that the shit has hit the fan; extreme heat can mean that things are precarious for the individual, their company, or inside the government. The Chinese language's rich imagery and telegraphic allusions can make it hard for censors to discern subversive messages from poetic flights of fancy. Not that it stops them from trying.
Big data meets Big Brother as China moves to rate its citizens | WIRED UK  

written by Rachel Botsman. added about 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

privacy government technology surveillance china    

For instance, people with low ratings will have slower internet speeds; restricted access to restaurants, nightclubs or golf courses; and the removal of the right to travel freely abroad with, I quote, "restrictive control on consumption within holiday areas or travel businesses". Scores will influence a person's rental applications, their ability to get insurance or a loan and even social-security benefits. Citizens with low scores will not be hired by certain employers and will be forbidden from obtaining some jobs, including in the civil service, journalism and legal fields, where of course you must be deemed trustworthy. Low-rating citizens will also be restricted when it comes to enrolling themselves or their children in high-paying private schools. I am not fabricating this list of punishments. It's the reality Chinese citizens will face. As the government document states, the social credit system will "allow the trustworthy to roam everywhere under heaven while making it hard for the discredited to take a single step".
How Mark Duplass Learned to Go with His Instinct  

written by Mark Duplass. added about 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

movies philosophy learnings    

One day, when I was 24 and Jay was 28, I said Jay we are making a movie today. ... He goes, "We don't have a camera, we don't have lights, we don't have a first AD" and I said, "uh-uh, forget all this shit we learned in film school. Like, mom and dad's video camera" .. And that has set the tone for everything we are doing today. Which is, like, as much as possible, to trust that weird little voice inside of us.
Airlines Won’t Dare Use the Fastest Way to Board Planes | WIRED  

written by Alex Davies. added about 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

airlines travel business engineering    

“The reality of these airlines is that they offer different levels of boarding for different perks,” Rottler says. Those are vital tools for the airlines to do other important things, like make money off credit cards, reward frequent customers, and raise fares for benefits like early boarding. (Because if boarding can't be pleasant, you might as well make money by letting people game the system.)
Why India Doesn’t Need The Sanitary Napkin Revolution  

written by Sinu Joseph. added about 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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Yes, these are horror stories; because most of what is written about India and menstruation is not true. And it is on the basis of this false information, that decisions are being made for India. ... As I presented the contradictions that exist between the reality in India and what is spoken of, I was welcomed with applause by the audience of feminists and researchers, and avoided by the representatives from organizations who have built their identity (and finances) out of portraying India in poor light. One of the representatives of the large organizations asked me to “modulate” what I speak so that I can build allies!
Indo-Anglians: The newest and fastest-growing caste in India  

written by Sajith Pai. added about 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

india language change    

Some of these families, or at least parents in these English-speaking households, do make an attempt to speak their mother tongue as much as they speak in English. But even in these bilingual households, English still dominates. It takes an effort for the kids to speak in the Indian tongues, beyond a few simple phrases. English, on the other hand, comes naturally to them; the larger vocabulary they possess in English helping them express complex thoughts and propositions far easily.
The Secret Student Group That Stood Up to the Nazis  

written by Erin Blakemore. added about 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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On this day, 74 years ago, three young adults placed their heads beneath a guillotine and prepared to die. Their crime? Speaking out against the Nazis with graffiti and hand-printed pamphlets. Their names? Sophie Scholl, Hans Scholl and Christoph Probst. It was a violent end to a peaceful student movement known as the White Rose—one that used the power of language to resist the horrors of the Nazi regime. ... But the movement was doomed from the start. Anti-Nazi speech was carefully monitored and investigated by the Gestapo, and the danger of a denunciation was ever-present
The Eviction Epidemic | The New Yorker  

written by Matthew Desmond. added about 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

homelessness america government housing    

The day they had to be out was bitterly cold, but Arleen knew what would happen if she waited any longer to leave. Her first eviction had taken place sixteen years earlier, when she was twenty-two; she figured that she had rented twenty houses since turning eighteen. First, the landlord would summon the sheriff, who would arrive with a gun, a team of movers, and a judge’s order saying that her house was no longer hers. Then Arleen would be given two options: “truck” or “curb.” “Truck” meant that her things would be loaded into an eighteen-footer and checked into bonded storage. She could get everything back after paying three hundred and fifty dollars. Arleen didn’t have the money, so she would have opted for “curb,” which meant that the movers would pile everything onto the sidewalk: mattresses; a floor-model television;
When the only way to go free is to plead guilty  

written by Vox. added about 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

videos prison plea-bargain justice government system    

In 1987 police detectives used flimsy evidence to pin a burglary, rape and murder case on James Thompson and James Owens. They were both sentenced to life in prison. Then 20 years later, DNA evidence cleared each of them of the rape and unraveled the state’s theory of the crime. But instead of exonerating the two men, prosecutors dangled the prison keys, pushing them to plead guilty to the crime in exchange for immediate freedom. What prosecutors offered was a controversial deal called an Alford plea. Owens didn't take it and Thompson did. This changed the path of both of their lives.
Video Games Are Destroying the People Who Make Them - The New York Times  

written by Jason Schreier. added about 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

gaming software work technology    

Among video game developers, it’s called “crunch”: a sudden spike in work hours, as many as 20 a day, that can last for days or weeks on end. During this time, they sleep at work, limit bathroom breaks and cut out anything that pulls their attention away from their screens, including family and even food. Crunch makes the industry roll — but it’s taking a serious toll on its workers.
Formula for Love: How Long Should You Wait to Text Back?  

written by Aziz Ansari, Eric Klinenberg. added about 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

modern-love technology    

One of the most intriguing findings is that “reward uncertainty”—in which, for instance, animals cannot predict whether pushing a lever will get them food—can dramatically increase their interest in getting a reward, while also enhancing their dopamine levels so that they basically feel coked up. If a text back from someone is considered a “reward,” consider the fact that lab animals who get rewarded for pushing a lever every time will eventually slow down because they know that the next time they want a reward, it will be waiting for them. So basically, if you are the guy or girl who texts back immediately, you are taken for granted and ultimately lower your value as a reward. As a result, the person doesn’t feel as much of an urge to text you or, in the case of the lab animal, push the lever.
The WeWork Manifesto: First, Office Space. Next, the World  

written by David Gelles. added about 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

work technology office    

It can be tempting to dismiss WeWork as just another overvalued start-up that is high on its own rhetoric and flush with easy money from naïve investors. With little more than faddish interior design, free beer and an invitation to socialize with strangers, Mr. Neumann claims to have conjured up a whole new paradigm for white-collar workers — and for education — and vows that it can change the world. It’s the kind of utopian prattle that can come off as dangerously out of touch at a moment when a backlash against big tech is brewing. But if any of these potential pitfalls concern Mr. Neumann, he doesn’t show it.
Clay Shirky: How the Internet will (one day) transform government  

written by Clay Shirky. added about 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

ted-talks technology open-source git torvalds    

The open-source world has learned to deal with a flood of new, oftentimes divergent, ideas using hosting services like GitHub -- so why can’t governments? In this rousing talk Clay Shirky shows how democracies can take a lesson from the Internet, to be not just transparent but also to draw on the knowledge of all their citizens.
How to Build an Impossible Polyhedron  

written by Evelyn Lamb. added about 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

mathematics imperfection    

Mathematical near misses show the power and playfulness of the human touch in mathematics. Johnson, Kaplan, and others made their discoveries by trial and error—by exploring, like biologists trudging through the rainforest to look for new species. But with mathematics it can be easier to search systematically. For instance, Jim McNeill, a mathematical hobbyist who collects near misses on his website, and Robert Webb, a computer programmer, have developed software for creating and studying polyhedra. Near misses live in the murky boundary between idealistic, unyielding mathematics and our indulgent, practical senses. They invert the logic of approximation. Normally the real world is an imperfect shadow of the Platonic realm. The perfection of the underlying mathematics is lost under realizable conditions. But with near misses, the real world is the perfect shadow of an imperfect realm. An approximation is “a not-right estimate of a right answer,” Kaplan says, whereas “a near-miss is an exact representation of an almost-right answer.”
Why the White House Is Reading Greek History - POLITICO Magazine  

written by Michael Crowley. added over 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

trump politics government history    

The conservative military historian and Thucydides expert Victor Davis Hanson knows McMaster, Mattis and Bannon to varying degrees, and says they can apply useful lessons about the Peloponnesian War to a fracturing world. “I think their knowledge of Thucydides might remind them that the world works according to perceived self-interest, not necessarily idealism as expressed in the General Assembly of the U.N.,” Hanson says. “That does not mean they are cynical as much as they are not naive.” In recent months, both Mattis and McMaster have publicly cited Thucydides’ diagnosis of the three factors that drive nations to conflict. “People fight today for the same reasons Thucydides identified 2,500 years ago: fear, honor and interest,”
Facts about email (Twitter thread)  

written by E Hashman. added over 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

email technology facts    

Facts about email. 36 We need this because it's utterly trivial to spoof senders. Mail spec doesn't require specified info to match reality, so we verify it
The Effects of the Spectre and Meltdown Vulnerabilities - Schneier on Security  

written by Bruce Schneier. added over 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

security vulnerability 2018    

First, attacks against hardware, as opposed to software, will become more common. Last fall, vulnerabilities were discovered in Intel's Management Engine, a remote-administration feature on its microprocessors. Like Spectre and Meltdown, they affected how the chips operate. Looking for vulnerabilities on computer chips is new. Now that researchers know this is a fruitful area to explore, security researchers, foreign intelligence agencies, and criminals will be on the hunt.
Powerless Placebos | Slate Star Codex  

written by Scott Alexander. added over 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

perception placebos medicine metastudy    

Surfing Uncertainty had the the best explanation of the placebo effect I’ve seen. Perceiving the world directly at every moment is too computationally intensive, so instead the brain guesses what the the world is like and uses perception to check and correct its guesses. In a high-bandwidth system like vision, guesses are corrected very quickly and you end up very accurate (except for weird things like ignoring when the word “the” is twice in a row, like it’s been several times in this paragraph already without you noticing)
From Oil to Solar: Saudi Arabia Plots a Shift to Renewables - The New York Times  

written by Stanley Reed. added over 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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Saudis rely on air-conditioners for much of the year, and the scorching Arabian summer sends demand for power soaring. Much of that electricity today is generated at power plants fueled by oil. ... Had it been sold overseas, that crude could have added $47 million a day to government revenue, at current prices. Selling oil internationally is central to funding the Saudi budget. The terms of the Sakaka project’s auction required that developers pay the upfront cost of the solar farm, in return for payments for the power they supply to the grid. That would allow Saudi Arabia to continue focusing on producing and exporting oil while it makes the shift to cleaner power.
Muhammad Ali's biggest fights were outside the ring  

written by Muhammad Ali (vox). added over 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

essay videos    

Ali was a fighter and I don't think his muscles are really the part that we care about. And it's not the part that he cared most about either. "Boxing has just introduced me to the struggle, that my main fight is for freedom and inequality. Money don't really mean anything."
The Super Blue Blood Moon: Pictures From an Astronomical Hat Trick  

written by Various. added over 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

moon astronomy    

It’s not every morning that you get the opportunity to witness a triple lunar coincidence in the pre-dawn skies before you’ve even brewed your coffee. But on Wednesday morning in the United States, early morning skygazers were treated to what the internet has dubbed a “super blue blood moon.” (Many of you in Australia and eastern Asia got to see this during your Wednesday evening, in which case you might have needed to brew something strong to help you stay up).
A LessWrong Crypto Autopsy  

written by Scott Alexander. added over 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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Overall, if this was a test for us, I give the community a C and me personally an F. God arranged for the perfect opportunity to fall into our lap. We vaguely converged onto the right answer in an epistemic sense. And 3 - 15% of us, not including me, actually took advantage of it and got somewhat rich. Good work to everyone who succeeded. And for those of us who failed - well, the world is getting way too weird to expect there won't be similarly interesting challenges ahead in the future.
Maybe The Real Superintelligent AI Is Extremely Smart Computers | Slate Star Codex  

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Does that license some author to write that because he doesn’t feel like carbon dioxide should be able to warm the climate, any claims to the contrary must be Hollywood celebrities projecting their own moral inadequacies? If this sounds like a straw man to you, I challenge you to come up with any way it differs from what Chiang is doing with AI risk. You take a scientific controversy over whether there’s a major global risk. You ignore the science and focus instead on a subregion of California that seems unusually concerned with it. You point out some bad behavior of that subregion of California. You kabbalistically connect it to the risk in question. Then you conclude that people worried about the risk are just peddling science fiction. (wait, of course Chiang interprets this as people peddling science fiction. He’s a science fiction writer! More projection!)
Jack Dorsey On The Books That Helped Him Succeed  

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If you take away anything from this day, it’s that you are the future. You are the ones that have the ideas in your head. You’re the only ones that can actually build it for yourself. That is your task. You are building what you want to see in the world. You are making a bet with the world that it resonates with other people. Sometimes you’re going to win the bet. Sometimes you’re going to lose the bet. You put that loss on the shelf and you bring it back another day. It’s up to you to make that interpretation, to make that creation, and to paint what you want to see in the world.
Former Google Designer Says 1 Simple Trick Can Curb Your Smartphone Addiction  

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Ramsoy says a grayscale screen puts you more in control of your actions. Instead of a cacophony of colorful apps trying to outdo each other for your attention (and often succeeding), the grayscale equalizes everything you see on your screen. Nothing looks more attractive than the app next to it. You'll be more likely to use your phone mindfully and with better intention since you are no longer subconsciously being pulled in different directions by the apps themselves.
Trump’s Hard-Line Israel Position Exports U.S. Culture War Abroad  

written by Max Fisher. added over 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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A period of terrible violence known as the second intifada — in which Palestinian militants staged shocking terrorist attacks and Israeli military actions killed scores of civilians — resonated with Americans. Israeli leaders, seeking Washington’s support, encouraged Americans to see their conflicts as one and the same. Being tough on terrorism became a core conservative value that was expressed, in part, as support for Israel — specifically, as support for harsh Israeli policies toward the conflict. This also aligned with increasingly negative attitudes toward Muslims. And an atmosphere of us-versus-them politics equated supporting Israelis with opposing Palestinians.
Practically-A-Book Review: Luna Whitepaper | Slate Star Codex  

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But I really do hope Luna isn’t a scam. Because if it’s real, it represents everything good about Silicon Valley. Some people use Intellect to wrest a secret from Nature: an elegant reduction of the chaos of human interaction into comprehensible and exploitable principles. To test their prize they build a Sampo, a machine churning out a hundred varieties of human happiness – from loving marriages to ecstatic sex to just sitting on the couch cuddling on rainy days. They give it to the public gratis. In the process they all get super rich and donate the money to curing malaria, good compounding upon good.
Google Has Most of My Email Because It Has All of Yours  

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A few years ago, I was surprised to find out that my friend Peter Eckersley — a very privacy conscious person who is Technology Projects Director at the EFF — used Gmail. I asked him why he would willingly give Google copies of all his email. Peter pointed out that if all of your friends use Gmail, Google has your email anyway. Any time I email somebody who uses Gmail — and anytime they email me — Google has that email.
Episode 8: Interview with Ryan Dahl, Creator of Node.js - Mapping The Journey  

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Yeah, I think it’s… for a particular class of application, which is like, if you’re building a server, I can’t imagine using anything other than Go. That said, I think Node’s non-blocking paradigm worked out well for JavaScript, where you don’t have threads. And I think that a lot of the problems with kind of the call-back soup problem, where you have to jump into many anonymous functions to complete what you’re doing has been alleviated these days, with the async keyword, the async feature that’s in Javascript now. That said, I think Node is not the best system to build a massive server web. I would use Go for that. And honestly, that’s the reason why I left Node. It was the realization that: oh, actually, this is not the best server-side system ever.
Half Measures - 99% Invisible  

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Scientists at NASA began to pour over the data, looking for clues about what went wrong. They eventually discovered that a simple conversion error was to blame. NASA was using the metric system, the international standard, for its calculations. But one of their contractors was using U.S. Customary Units, which is the proper term for the American system of inches, pounds, and gallons. Years of planning and hundreds of millions of dollars were lost, all because someone did the right calculation but in the wrong units.
A Year of Google Maps & Apple Maps  

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Over the course of a year, Google quietly turned its map inside-out – transforming it from a road map into a place map. A year ago, the roads were the most prominent part of the map – the thing you noticed first. Now, the places are.
Why Norway is the best place in the world to be a writer  

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All published material in Norway is required by law to be deposited in the the National Library, and the library is currently digitizing everything in its collection. Everyone in the country will be able to view the material free online; for books under copyright, the patron will be able to access the text but not download it. So long as a new Norwegian book passes quality control, Arts Council Norway purchases 1,000 copies of it to distribute to libraries – or 1,550 copies if it's a children’s book. The purchasing scheme, I was told, keeps alive many small publishers that could not otherwise exist.
Why Saad Hariri Had That Strange Sojourn in Saudi Arabia  

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In Lebanon, Western diplomats and Lebanese officials said, the Saudis expected the resignation would be taken at face value and bring about a mass outpouring of popular support from Hezbollah’s opponents. Instead, Lebanon reacted with mass suspicion. No one took to the streets. And Lebanon’s president, Michel Aoun, a Hezbollah ally, refused to accept the resignation unless Mr. Hariri delivered it in person. After disappearing for hours, Mr. Hariri made his first known call to Mr. Aoun, who realized that the prime minister was not speaking freely. Lebanese officials began making the rounds to puzzled Western diplomats with an unusual message: We have reason to believe our prime minister has been detained.
Silicon Valley Is Turning Into Its Own Worst Fear  

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The fears of superintelligent AI are probably genuine on the part of the doomsayers. That doesn't mean they reflect a real threat; what they reflect is the inability of technologists to conceive of moderation as a virtue. Billionaires like Bill Gates and Elon Musk assume that a superintelligent AI will stop at nothing to achieve its goals because that's the attitude they adopted. (Of course, they saw nothing wrong with this strategy when they were the ones engaging in it; it’s only the possibility that someone else might be better at it than they were that gives them cause for concern.)
U.S. Vetoes U.N. Resolution Condemning Move on Jerusalem  

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Punctuating America’s increasing international isolation, the United Nations Security Council demanded on Monday that the Trump administration rescind its decisions to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to put the United States Embassy there. The demand, in a resolution that its backers knew would likely offend the United States, was vetoed by the American ambassador, Nikki R. Haley. She was alone.
Rocket Men: The Team Building North Korea's Nuclear Missile  

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In effect, Mr. Kim is insisting that these scientists take a bow. But even as he honors these men and celebrates their accomplishments, they remain bit players on the stage. Every scientist in North Korea, no matter how important, must credit Mr. Kim for his successes, just as the nation’s athletes never fail to cite him as inspiration for their achievements at the Olympics and other competitions.
The Jerusalem Issue, Explained  

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All of that points toward a future in which peace is less likely, a Palestinian state is less likely and Israel is one day forced to choose between the two core components of its national identity: Jewish and democratic. Either it asserts permanent control over Palestinians without granting them full rights — a sort of state that critics sometimes compare to apartheid South Africa — or it grants Palestinians full rights, establishing a pluralistic democracy that is no longer officially Jewish. Mr. Trump’s move likely edges Israelis and Palestinians closer to that future. But things were probably moving in that direction already.
Estonia, the Digital Republic  

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Today, the old fatuities of the nation-state are showing signs of crisis. Formerly imperialist powers have withered into nationalism (as in Brexit) and separatism (Scotland, Catalonia). New powers, such as the Islamic State, have redefined nationhood by ideological acculturation. It is possible to imagine a future in which nationality is determined not so much by where you live as by what you log on to.
How Much Food Do We Waste? Probably More Than You Think - The New York Times  

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Food waste is a glaring measure of inequality. In poor countries, most of the food waste is on the farm or on its way to market. In South Asia, for instance, half of all the cauliflower that’s grown is lost because there’s not enough refrigeration, according to Rosa Rolle, an expert on food waste and loss at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. Tomatoes get squished if they are packed into big sacks. In Southeast Asia, lettuce spoils on the way from farms to city supermarkets. Very little food in poor countries is thrown out by consumers. It’s too precious.
Ghostly Boats Carry North Korean Crews, Dead and Alive, to Japan  

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In the past two weeks, at least seven boats have arrived in Akita, all of them bearing signs that they came from North Korea. One of them carried eight live crew members to Yurihonjo, a medium-size port town in Akita, where they were kept in police custody for more than a week before being transferred to an immigration facility in Nagasaki last Saturday. Japan’s Immigration Bureau said the men would be returned to North Korea.
Why 2017 Feels Like a Media Apocalypse - The Atlantic  

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Whatever one wishes to call this media moment—a correction, a crash, an apocalypse— it is unevenly distributed. Doom is coming for companies that relied on an unlimited supply of VC money floating them until they cracked a nonexistent code to advertising. Something far less than doom is coming for companies that balanced cost and revenue while experimenting with various forms of direct advertising, events, subscriptions, and memberships. And something almost like success has come for companies that have used the instability of the 2017 news cycle to establish themselves as vital and irreplaceable.  

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It doesn’t sound like much. But se­ri­ous­ly, it’s like night and day. Does it sound a lit­tle te­dious? In truth, it is. But al­so, our tools have been get­ting bet­ter year over year; pro­gram­ming in 2017 is re­al­ly a lot more pleas­ant than it was 2007, 1997, or 1987. ... We’re not per­fec­t. But we’re re­al­ly a lot more grown-up than we used to be. And, re­lax: There’s no apoc­a­lypse on the hori­zon.  

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If the incarceration experience doesn’t break your spirit, it changes you in a way that you lose many fears. You begin to realize that your life is not ruled by your ego and ambition and that it can end any day at any time. So why worry? You learn that, just like on the street, there is life in prison, and random people get there based on the jeopardy of the system. The prisons are filled with people who crossed the law, as well as by those who were incidentally and circumstantially picked and crushed by somebody else’s agenda. On the other hand, as a vivid benefit, you become very much independent of material property and learn to appreciate very simple pleasures in life such as the sunlight and morning breeze  

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I work in an industry that idolizes unhealthy productivity; staying up all night pounding Red Bull and Adderall, crafting that next billion-dollar unicorn... I love my career as a software developer and open-source maintainer. It's exciting, creative, and challenging. When presented with my wife's health crisis, it became clear to me that the workaholic zeitgeist in the industry wasn't for me. I was letting my career overshadow other important things in my life: family, friends, personal health. I've been actively trying to correct this imbalance, replacing workaholic tendencies with: better scheduling, healthier living, and more self reflection about what's actually driving me to work.  

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Until then, Pepperdine had “essentially zero” quant investments, says Michael Nicks, its director of investments. “The narrative of fundamental investing is much more comfortable to digest,” he says. “Finding a company with good prospects makes sense, since we look for undervalued things in our daily lives, but quant strategies have nothing to do with our lives.”  

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The expectation was that information technology would flatten the so-called Allen Curve. But Ben Waber, a visiting scientist at MIT, recently found that it hasn’t. The communications tools that were supposed to erase distance, it turns out, are used largely among people who see one another face-to-face. In one study of software developers, Waber, working alongside researchers from IBM, found that workers in the same office traded an average of 38 communications about each potential trouble spot they confronted, versus roughly eight communications between workers in different locations.  

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The bug exploited by hackers was “known and could have been fixed and patched,” says Ted Schlein, general partner at venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a major technology investor. Mr. Schlein also is a former executive at cybersecurity firm Symantec Corp. “If you are the purveyor and keeper of that much sensitive information, it’s just terrible that you wouldn’t have the highest security standards,” he adds.  

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But hey, that was then! In 2017, there’s a whole new bar for tolerable conduct by the commander in chief. Our original guide cataloged several dozen examples. Almost five months later, it’s clear that an update is necessary. This expanded list is meant to ensure that Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and other congressional Republicans never forget what they now condone in a president.  

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One of the features of this is that it would feel wholly inappropriate for an underling to reply to their boss using the same fast terseness. So is the boss email also a power move, a way of asserting dominance? I doubt many bosses sit staring at their employees’ emails trying to figure out what “ok” really meant.  

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The most intriguing thing about this theory, if it's right, is that it explains not merely which kinds of discussions to avoid, but how to have better ideas. If people can't think clearly about anything that has become part of their identity, then all other things being equal, the best plan is to let as few things into your identity as possible.  

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The countries have a love-hate relationship. In the Korean War, the two newly formed Communist states forged a bond that Chairman Mao Zedong claimed was “as close as lips and teeth.” But Kim Il-sung, who was nearly killed by Chinese allies in the 1930s, feared that China would take over his country at the end of the war. Decades later, when the Soviet Union, its main benefactor, collapsed North Korea had nowhere to turn but China and felt betrayed when Beijing established ties with South Korea in 1992. China now accounts for more than 80 percent of North Korean trade, yet Kim Jong-un — channeling his grandfather’s resentment — openly defies Beijing, accelerating his nuclear-weapons program and even timing missile tests to embarrass President Xi Jinping. Until now, the calculus in Beijing has been guided by caution. Push North Korea too hard, the reasoning goes, and the resulting conflict or collapse could lead to millions of refugees pouring into China  

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“From what I can hear and see, Mr. Adani’s going to do nothing for this town,” Mr. Macdonald said, referring to Gautam Adani, the billionaire founder and chairman of the company. But others in the region are more hopeful. Mining accounts for as much as 7 percent of the Australian economy, and the northeastern state of Queensland, where the Galilee Basin lies, has suffered a downturn in recent years because of slowing demand for natural resources, especially from China. “I need jobs for Queenslanders,” said the state’s premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, of the Adani proposal.  

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Now tech companies are under fire for creating problems instead of solving them. At the top of the list is Russian interference in last year’s presidential election. Social media might have originally promised liberation, but it proved an even more useful tool for stoking anger. The manipulation was so efficient and so lacking in transparency that the companies themselves barely noticed it was happening. The election is far from the only area of concern. Tech companies have accrued a tremendous amount of power and influence. Amazon determines how people shop, Google how they acquire knowledge, Facebook how they communicate.  

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Mr. Rodriguez acknowledged in an interview that he has never been able to completely control the effects of his combat experiences, but said he did not know what caused him to hit the waiter. It is a blank. “All I can remember, honestly, is being handcuffed by the police,” he said. After his arrest, the Marine Corps forced him to retire. Freed from the pressures of his career, he entered an intensive program for substance abuse and PTSD. In the months since, he has tried to make peace with the fact that his dedication to his career was also its undoing.  

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The Axios deal struck me as less than ideal for a company claiming it wants to be transparent. Why not open up the floor? (In a statement on Facebook, the company’s vice president of policy and communications, Elliot Schrage, offered a crumb, saying that Facebook would start working with “other news outlets and independent groups wanting access to our executives.”) Then again, Ms. Sandberg was ready to share only so much. “Things happened on our platform that shouldn’t have happened,” she said, before dodging Mr. Allen’s question about whether Facebook noticed any overlap in those targeted by the Russian and Trump advertising campaigns.  

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Ms. Fowler smiles ruefully at the memory, during her first interview since she became instantly famous. As we sit in the Clift Hotel’s lobby cafe, decorated with black-and-white animal tiles, it’s startling to think that this is the woman who pierced the self-indulgent, adolescent Pleasure Island mentality of Silicon Valley, causing the stunning downfall of Travis “we call that ‘Boob-er’” Kalanick and starting a bonfire on creepy sexual behavior in Silicon Valley that, fueled by a report in The Times and cascading stories, spread to Hollywood and engulfed Harvey Weinstein and Amazon’s Roy Price.  

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Don’t bet against crypto assets in the long-run: as we approach the 10 year anniversary of the Bitcoin paper it is clear that they aren’t going anywhere and that decentralized applications may very well find an important place alongside all the other forms of organization we have come to take for granted.  

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I couldn’t escape the fact that the only thing keeping me from a small fortune was a simple number, one that I used to recall without effort and was now hidden in my brain, impervious to hypnotism, meditation, and self-scolding. I felt helpless. My daughters’ efforts to sneak up on me and say, “Quick, what’s the bitcoin password?” didn’t work. Some nights, before I went to sleep, I’d lie in bed and ask my brain to search itself for the PIN. I’d wake up with nothing. Every possible PIN I could imagine sounded no better or worse than any other. The bitcoin was growing in value, and it was getting further away from me. I imagined it as a treasure chest on a TRON-like grid, receding from view toward a dimly glowing horizon. I would die without ever finding it out.  

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Of course, if you consider Trump’s cohort to be not the rest of us but previous presidents, his viewing habits are unprecedented, according to the Atlantic, and so is the role television plays in how he discharges his duties. He is a man so consumed with media consumption that he monitors the appearances—and appearance—of members of Congress, complimenting or criticizing what they said and how they looked. As the Post has reported, everyone seeking to influence Trump, from members of Congress to foreign visitors, tries to get booked on cable as a way of delivering a message directly to him.  

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We are a nation of small and medium enterprises. There are certain characteristics inherent in these small and medium businesses. They tend to be less organised, more informal and use cash as the primary mode of transaction. The underlying economic policy objective in our country should be to find ways to help these small businesses become larger which will then help us reap the efficiencies of scale economies. But we need to be able to achieve these objectives without any disruption to these small enterprises in their current form.  

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This crisis was formative, and Trump survived because of family money, permissive banks that were tied to him as much as he was tied to them, the Houdini-esque work of a lender-mandated financial rescue artist and far more than his fair share of chutzpah. The close scrape with personal bankruptcy and business ruin didn’t chasten Trump. It did the opposite. “The fact that he got through it,” former Trump Organization Vice President Barbara Res said, “made him believe he could accomplish anything, conquer anything.” And he talked when he could about running for president. It was always a bluff. Until, of course, it wasn’t.  

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Trump looked down at Wollman Rink, the ice skating facility in Central Park, which the city had spent six years and $12 million trying unsuccessfully to renovate—and he decided in 1986 he should be the one to fix it. Mayor Ed Koch and the city accepted his offer, and he did repair the rink, in less than six months and some $800,000 under budget. In the end, Trump not only celebrated what he had done—he highlighted what the city had not. “I guess it says a lot about the city,” Trump said at the grand opening, “but I don’t have to say what it says.” He looked down in the mid-1980s, too, at his plot of land over on the West Side—on which he wanted to put six 76-story buildings, 8,000 apartments and the world’s tallest skyscraper. It never happened  

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Rather than for achieving his second career podium at the 2016 Chinese Grand Prix, the race would be remembered for an opening corner collision between the pair, ultimately christening Kvyat's infamous 'torpedo' reputation. "Madman" and "suicidal" were some of the other words used by Vettel to describe the Russian actions. A nightmare home race in Sochi followed. Kvyat finished outside of the points after colliding with Vettel twice in two corners and inadvertently ended up jeopardising teammate Ricciardo's race, with the Australian getting caught up in the melee.  

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Corporate giants like Apple and Microsoft know that they probably have the resources to fight through the troubles that SESTA would likely bring, even though the smaller guys don’t. They also know that Congress doesn’t know very much about technology and legislation like this is primarily designed to project an appearance of doing something about a problem. Congress needs to show it’s doing something, there’s a steady anti-tech drumbeat, and misguided regulations are looking more inevitable. In all likelihood, the Internet Alliance sees SESTA as a chance of showing politicians that it’s cooperating and hopefully legislators will get distracted by the next shiny object that comes along.  

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"There's a long line of research about social presence in VR that suggests that we tend to treat digital representations more or less as we would real people," Bailenson says. "In fact, even the mere belief that you are interacting with a real-time representation of another human makes you behave differently than you would if you were interacting with a computer algorithm." It may not be the "computer terminal" that Macrae described in his 1975 article, but could virtual reality make his vision of a large officeless workforce an actual reality?  

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Sexual harassment, say both Baek and Morillot, is rife. Morillot says that when she broached the subject of rape in the army with serving female soldiers, "most women said it happens to others". None said they had experienced it personally. Lee So Yeon also says that she was not raped during her time in the army between 1992 and 2001, but that many of her comrades were. "The company commander would stay in his room at the unit after hours and rape the female soldiers under his command. This would happen over and over without an end."  

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That said, notice the most glaring thing about Aadhaar’s design: it’s entirely top-down, funded by savings from eliminating fraud, and inherently designed to protect the benevolent state from bad actors such as minor officials and you. ... Can Aadhaar be destroyed? Unlikely. Institutions have a tendency to fight for their survival, and UIDAI has proven remarkably adept at it. ... But institutions also evolve. The horribly insecure edifice of the credit card, where anybody who has your number can take your money, has evolved a remarkable array of coping mechanisms, from fraud detection to liability protection, and is today the backbone of the global payments ecosystem.  

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I literally have the words “pick your brain” I have that as a Gmail filter, so if somebody emails me saying “I’d love to buy you lunch so I can pick your…” they’re filtered and they go immediately in the trash. Yeah I’m completely like, how I start meetings, I literally was running one last week and a woman stopped me and she works at one of the biggest publishers in the city, and she’s like “I want to have lunch with you and discuss with you this thing I’m building, I think you could be a really big part of it”. And I looked at her and I was like “What is it and what are the actionables”. And she was like “well lets sit down, and lets have a…” And I was like, I have three minutes right now, tell me what it is and tell me what you want from me. And she could not do that, she couldn’t do it. So there’s no fuckin’ way I’m giving this woman and hour of my time.  

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Coarse-grained parallelism makes better use of the hardware… but it doesn’t make the best use of it. When you split up these web pages across different cores, some of them don’t have work to do. So those cores will sit idle. At the same time, a new page being fired up on a new core takes just as long as it would if the CPU were single core.  

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“We are perpetually complaining about our audiences being old,” she said. “They are always dying but never quite die, because there will always be more old people,” she added, referring to a letter that Chopin wrote about one concert at which there were no young people in the audience because it was the start of hunting season. “Just as kids who initially like bubbly and graduate to fine wine, some people will graduate to the finer elements of classical music via YouTube,” she said.  

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technology scam email bots artificial-intelligence    

That’s the premise behind Re:scam, an email chatbot operated by New Zealand cybersecurity firm Netsafe. Next time you get a dodgy email in your inbox, says Netsafe, forward it on to [email protected], and a proxy email address will start replying to the scammer for you, doing its very utmost to waste their time. You can see a few sample dialogues in the video above, or check out a longer back-and-forth below. It looks infuriatingly effective.  

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tamil-nadu drought farmers crisis    

"We can't get enough water to quench our thirst, you can only wet your mouth and throat. I go without food on more days than I eat."  

written by Amanda Hess. added over 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

podcasts modern updation change    

Getting kids to listen in, though, is harder than it sounds. Podcast makers are trying to create an entirely new form — one that needs to train kids and parents to follow entirely new family traditions. Sticking a kid in front of the morning cartoons may carry a whiff of stigma now, but it’s just as easy as it ever was. Also, it’s free. Partly because children’s podcast creators are claiming the moral high ground on screen time, advertising is controversial for the medium. Pinna is charging $7.99 a month for its ad-free offerings. Whether parents will pay up remains to be seen.  

written by Clifford Stoll. added over 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

1995 internet beginnings funny    

Then there's cyberbusiness. We're promised instant catalog shopping—just point and click for great deals. We'll order airline tickets over the network, make restaurant reservations and negotiate sales contracts. Stores will become obselete. So how come my local mall does more business in an afternoon than the entire Internet handles in a month? Even if there were a trustworthy way to send money over the Internet—which there isn't—the network is missing a most essential ingredient of capitalism: salespeople.  

written by Jeff Dickey. added over 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

cli heroku technology golang ruby    

Ultimately we decided to flip this approach on its head. Rather than figure out an easy way to migrate plugin commands into the core, we made the CLI a collection of core plugins. In other words, a plugin could be developed on its own and installed as a “user plugin”, then when we wanted to deliver it to all users and have it come preinstalled, we simply declared it as a “core plugin”. No modifications to the plugin itself would be required.  

written by Zach Holman. added over 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

mental-health depression    

Some people get it, some people don’t. (And it turns out that very happy people might really never really understand.) I think a huge part of it is whether they’ve experienced it themselves, or, barring that, if they’ve ever had a close friend or partner go through this. It’s truly night and day between the two extremes, and you don’t always have to seek your best friends out and lean on them for support. Support comes from a lot of people; if you drop the ball, you might be surprised at who helps you pick it back up.  

written by James Somers. added over 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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Software is different. Just by editing the text in a file somewhere, the same hunk of silicon can become an autopilot or an inventory-control system. This flexibility is software’s miracle, and its curse. Because it can be changed cheaply, software is constantly changed; and because it’s unmoored from anything physical—a program that is a thousand times more complex than another takes up the same actual space—it tends to grow without bound. “The problem,” Leveson wrote in a book, “is that we are attempting to build systems that are beyond our ability to intellectually manage.”  

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technology economy investment venture-capitalist    

Or it could be something else. In any case, San Francisco's recent VC experience has been strikingly different from that of just about everywhere else, and the 2014-2017 rise and fall of VC investment there looks alarmingly similar (if not quite as precipitous on the downside) to that of 1999-2001. Again, that's just what the charts show -- I don't have a convincing substantive explanation for how San Francisco could go through a startup bubble and bust while VC investment in the rest of the nation and world chugs right along. But that does appear to be what's happening.  

written by Jonathan Kay. added over 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

canada usa economy taxes    

Canadians tend not to talk about making their country great again. Canada never was particularly great—at least not in the sense that Trump uses the word. Unlike Americans, Canadians haven’t been conditioned to see history in epic, revolutionary terms. For them, it’s more transactional: You pay your taxes, you get your government. That might not be chanted at any political rallies or printed on any baseball hats. But it works for Canada.  

written by Ben C Solomon. added over 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

bangladesh rohingya myanmar refugee-crisis    

With existing camps beyond their capacity, the Bangladeshi government is racing to convert an additional 2,000 acres of land into settlements for the new arrivals. But a report from a network of United Nations agencies warned that Rohingya refugees had already arrived at the site before adequate infrastructure and services had been set up. The local authorities have begun limiting Rohingya refugees to the camps, setting up police checkpoints to prevent them from leaving.  

written by Laura Mansnerus. added over 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

playboy hugh-hefner    

The Playboy Philosophy advocated freedom of speech in all its aspects, for which Mr. Hefner won civil liberties awards. He supported progressive social causes and lost some sponsors by inviting black guests to his televised parties at a time when much of the nation still had Jim Crow laws. ... When a New York Times interviewer later prodded him about the rewards of marriage, he replied, "Unfortunately, they come from other women." Meanwhile, to widespread snickering, he became a cheerleader for Viagra, telling a British journalist, "It is as close as anyone can imagine to the fountain of youth."  

written by Julien Vehent. added over 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

cryptography security tls https ciphers popular    

Perfect Forward Secrecy is all the rage, so evaluating its deployment is most interesting. I am actually triple checking my results to make sure that the percentage below, 75% of websites supporting PFS, is accurate, because it seems so large to me. Even more surprising, is the fact that 61% of tested websites, either prefer, or let the client prefer, a PFS key exchange (DHE or ECDHE) to other ciphers. ... As expected, the immense majority, 98%, of DHE keys are 1024 bits.  

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lithium batteries graphite china mobile technology environment    

Zhang and Yu live near a factory that produces graphite, a glittery substance that, while best known for filling pencils, has become an indispensable resource in the new millennium. It is an ingredient in lithium-ion batteries. ... The companies making those products promote the bright futuristic possibilities of the “clean” technology. But virtually all such batteries use graphite, and its cheap production in China, often under lax environmental controls, produces old-fashioned industrial pollution.  

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nietzsche philosophy racism america    

But misinterpretation isn’t the only reason white nationalists would appreciate Nietzsche, neo-Nazis today see in Nietzsche the philosopher of Nazi Germany, the philosopher that brought Hitler. But that has Nietzsche’s sister, which was a staunch anti-Semite, to blame for. Nietzsche’s sister was in charge of his estate after he died, and she and her husband, both Nazi sympathizers, rearranged Nietzsche’s notes and essays to produce the infamous, The Will to Power, the book that embraced Nazi ideology. This book made Nietzsche’s sister and her husband closer to Hitler.  

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bitcoin cryptography cryptocurrency china technology    

China Business Network, a financial and business news portal, said on Thursday that the authorities in Shanghai, where BTC China is registered, would close all Bitcoin exchanges within their jurisdiction by the end of the month; and the report piled on further uncertainty.  

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bitcoin cryptography cryptocurrency china technology    

After searching on the internet, he found that the Bitcoin price was rising quickly and that the farm was one of the biggest in the world. "I feel positive about the future of the industry," Mr. Bai said. But he is still confused what Bitcoin mining is. "We have coal mines," he said. "Now we have a Bitcoin mine. They are both mines. What’s their relationship?"  

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technology ai machine-learning    

If that doesn’t sound very satisfying, the experts don’t disagree. “At this point, AI is an aspirational term reflecting a goal,” Darrell says. What he means is that “AI” isn’t, technically speaking, a thing. It’s not in your phone. It isn’t going to eat the world or do anything to your job. It’s not even an “it” at all: It’s just a suitcase word  

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agriculture netherlands innovation technology    

From his perch 10 feet above the ground, he’s monitoring two drones—a driverless tractor roaming the fields and a quadcopter in the air—that provide detailed readings on soil chemistry, water content, nutrients, and growth, measuring the progress of every plant down to the individual potato. Van den Borne’s production numbers testify to the power of this “precision farming,” as it’s known. The global average yield of potatoes per acre is about nine tons. Van den Borne’s fields reliably produce more than 20.  

written by Jeffrey Gettleman. added over 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

india rains flooding mumbai climate-change    

By Wednesday, the city snapped back to normal. As is often the case when real disaster strikes, people seemed to band together. A light rain falling, two men zoomed across a bridge on a small motorcycle, the passenger wearing a yellow plastic rain jacket and the driver wearing yellow plastic pants, apparently from one set they had divided into two.  

written by Cathal McNaughton. added over 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

india rains flooding climate-change    

Northern India, one of the country’s poorest regions, has been ravaged by some of the worst monsoon storms in recent years. Local officials pointed to a highway overpass about 15 feet above the ground and said that for the first time in living memory the water had risen above the bridge.  

written by Tony Cenicola. added over 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

fashion nyc gender-equality equality    

I’ve had photographers say to me: “You’re so beautiful because you have such dark skin but you have such Caucasian features.” What is that supposed to mean? I’m only attractive because I have Eurocentric features? I’ve had people say to me: “You’re lucky because you kind of fit in between this white and black skin color.”  

written by John Lanchester. added over 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

facebook surveillance internet advertising    

What this means is that even more than it is in the advertising business, Facebook is in the surveillance business. Facebook, in fact, is the biggest surveillance-based enterprise in the history of mankind. It knows far, far more about you than the most intrusive government has ever known about its citizens. It’s amazing that people haven’t really understood this about the company.  

written by Nick Sullivan. added over 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

cryptography security tls https ciphers stream    

The new cipher suites are fast. As Adam Langley described, ChaCha20-Poly1305 is three times faster than AES-128-GCM on mobile devices. Spending less time on decryption means faster page rendering and better battery life. Although the cipher part of TLS may not be the biggest source of battery consumption (the handshake is more expensive (PDF)), spending fewer CPU cycles on encryption saves battery life, especially on large files.  

written by Seth Farbman. added over 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

spotify music streaming millenials    

In the growth of the company, it’s important. We want to have a stand-alone, high-quality, ad-supported service that allows people to engage with Spotify, with the music, at a much higher rate. We’re not in India. We’re brand-new in Japan, and there are many more markets like that. To be able to have a free consumer service that we can monetize and continue to invest in is enormous. So for the growth, to have that as a viable business model on its own is tremendous.  

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marriage usa america welfare unemployment sociology    

This model may seem to focus unduly on men’s economic prospects, compared to women’s, but that’s actually the point. Americans still on the whole expect men to provide, meaning their worth as partners is more closely tied to their income. In fact, what seems to be decisive in Autor, Dorn, and Hanson’s study is not really whether men’s incomes go up or down, but whether they go up or down relative to women’s  

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bias implicit cognitive harvard test survey online    

An online test to give you an estimate of what level of automatic preference you might have between two things, such as Gender and Career / Family or Light skinned vs. Dark skinned people  

written by Ujwala Uppaluri. added over 4 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

privacy india fundamental right supreme court    

Lumping everything into ‘personal liberty’ flips the relationship between individuals and the state on its head. In effect, it demands that persons injured by a privacy violation establish every single time that they have a right, rather than focussing on demanding explanations from the state in court.  

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security sha256 wordlist verification voice channel    

If you are working with security you may have encountered situations where you wanted to verify a hash “out of band”. This could be done in many ways. Secured secondary chat channels or https enabled websites. But sometimes this would be done verbally over the phone or to an audience. I'm pretty fascinated with the security model used to secure the private keys used to sign the root zone in DNS. They meet four times a year for a carefully scripted ceremony where they take out smart cards, HSMs and so on from safes locked in cages.  

written by Mat Hanon. added almost 5 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

security data recovery hack    

Previously, when I had the option for ease-of-use versus security, I always went the easy route. I stored my credit cards with the merchants I used for faster transactions. I didn't enable two-factor authentication on Google or Facebook. I never set up dedicated (and secret) e-mail accounts for password management. I take those steps now. But I also know that no matter what security measures I take, they can all be undone by factors beyond my control.  

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security hacking apple amazon two-factor privacy    

But let’s say he did know, and failed to stop it. Hell, for the sake of argument, let’s say he did it. Let’s say he pulled the trigger. The weird thing is, I’m not even especially angry at Phobia, or his partner in the attack. I’m mostly mad at myself. I’m mad as hell for not backing up my data. I’m sad, and shocked, and feel that I am ultimately to blame for that loss. But I’m also upset that this ecosystem that I’ve placed so much of my trust in has let me down so thoroughly. I’m angry that Amazon makes it so remarkably easy to allow someone into your account, which has obvious financial consequences. And then there’s Apple.  

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feminism pms periods women workplace    

I am an unabashed, proud feminist. But the social conditioning around menstruation in India is so entrenched that, in my younger years, if I suddenly needed to ask a colleague for a sanitary pad at work, I would carry it wrapped in a newspaper or office stationery.  

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politics trump usa russia covert actions intelligence    

If the fish didn’t take the bait, the Russians would always have had the option to weaponize the information later to embarrass the Trump team. In addition, if the Russians’ first objective was chaos and disruption, the best way to accomplish that would have been to have someone on the inside helping. It is unlikely that the Russians would not use all the traditional espionage tools available to them  

written by Yasmin Khan. added almost 5 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

india ww2 history britain army    

The war was fought for freedom, but Indian political demands were brushed aside in the 1940s, with nationalists enduring heavy-handed policing and imprisonment. The British state bungled food supply in its empire. In Britain, wartime food shortages caused hardship and great inconvenience; in India, they caused mass starvation. At least three million Bengalis died in a catastrophic famine in 1943, a famine that is almost never discussed. The famine’s causes were a byproduct of the war, but as Madhusree Mukerjee has proved in her book “Churchill’s Secret War,” the imperial state also failed to deliver relief. Many soldiers signed up as volunteers to fill their belly.  

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bitcoin blockchain currency cryptocurrency cryptography    

Bitcoin has just undergone a contentious "hard fork" that cleaved it into two separate entities for the first time in the cryptocurrency’s nearly nine-year history. In addition to the first version of bitcoin, there is now a new cryptocurrency called "bitcoin cash" that offers an eight-fold increase in transaction capacity.  

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internet stripe payment gateways startups silicon valley    

On a spring day, pop music plays in the white-orchid-lined lobby. Coffee tables are layered with eclectic reading material including the Paris Review and the Twelve Tomorrows sci-fi anthology. There’s an open floor plan—of course—and workers change desks every few months to meet new people. An algorithm will select a lunch buddy for you to dine with at communal benches. A placard on the bathroom door reads: “We believe that gender is non-binary. Please use the restroom that feels most comfortable to you.”  

written by Jenna Wortham. added almost 5 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

music internet soundcloud culture    

Even now, the site houses a large pool of musicians, many of them unsigned, who are part of international music cultures that largely do not exist anywhere else online. In a recent Times article, my colleague Jon Caramanica chronicled the rise of ‘‘SoundCloud rap,’’ a subgenre of rap released primarily on the streaming service that he described as ‘‘the most vital and disruptive new movement in hip-hop thanks to rebellious music, volcanic energy and occasional acts of malevolence.’’ As he noted, it rose as a rebuttal to the hyperproduced sound of artists like Drake.  

written by Clare Malone. added almost 5 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

internet america developed-country broadband access development    

Reverence for the past is not an uncommon feeling in Saguache. Various people over the course of my visit happily said that things were done differently in the county and in the valley as a whole. “We’re in a time warp but in a positive way,” Kevin Wilkins, executive director of the San Luis Valley Development Resources Group, told me. “This is one place that hasn’t been Californicated or Disney-fied.” Joan Mobley, the former town administrator of Center — population 2,000 — said that most people pay their utility bills in cash and in person every month. “They come in here and it’s not just time to pay bills, it’s to socialize.”  

written by James Wilson. added almost 5 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

india demonetisation digital currency transactions economy charts    

It is also interesting to look at data on cash withdrawals from ATMs to see whether any behavioural changes in the usage of cash is happened. Cash withdrawals, which dried up in November 2016 at Rs 850 billion, have seen a substantial jump in March 2017 to Rs 2,262 billion and to Rs 2,171 billion in April 2017. This should be compared with the pre-demonetisation months September 2016 & October 2016 where we witnessed withdrawals of Rs 2,223 billion & Rs 2,551 billion respectively. Though there is an overall cash crunch of around 20% in the economy, considering the year-to-year cash growth, people are merrily back to the use of cash as in the pre-demonetisation era.  

written by Simon Kemp. added almost 5 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

internet india usa facebook penetration    

Facebook has achieved impressive growth in both countries since the start of 2017, but these new figures suggest that active users in India are growing more than twice as fast as they are in the United States. Active users in India are up 27 percent in the past six months alone (+50 million), compared to growth of 12 percent (+26 million) in the United States over the same period (July 13, 2017)  

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reddit hannah humour photoshop    

Hannah microwaves butterflies in her spare time #LoveYourImperfections  

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interesting psychology french american culture    

Whatever the reason—the influence of a Protestant work ethic, or a desperate attempt to not appear classist—North Americans habitually start a conversation with strangers by asking what they do for a living. It’s one of many customs in which American cultural norms deviate from those of the UK and Europe. ... "They may just feel like: Look, it’s all I do 40 hours a week or more, it’s the last thing I want to talk about," Post Senning says.  

written by Anna Broadway. added almost 5 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

colors fashion pink infants history    

Paoletti says our great-great-great grandparents and their ancestors were more concerned about distinguishing children and babies from adults than boys from girls. "Pink and blue were suggested as interchangeable, gender-neutral nursery colors,' appearing together in many of the clothes and furnishings found in the baby's room"--similar to the hats hospitals often give to newborn.  

written by Noah Smith. added almost 5 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

research papers literature thought-pieces    

Just because a lot of papers have been written about something doesn't mean that anyone knows anything about it. There's no law of the Universe stating that a PDF with an abstract and a standard LaTeX font contains any new knowledge, any unique knowledge, or, in fact, any knowledge whatsoever. So the same is true of 100 such PDFs, or 1000.  

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bitcoin software money bubble economy    

But the question of what has driven up the price is important. Is this just a speculative mania, or is it evidence that bitcoin is taking on a more substantial role as a medium of exchange or a store of value? Put another way, is bitcoin like a tulip, gold or the dollar—or is it something else entirely?  

written by Joanna Klein. added almost 5 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

nature climate rivers china violence earth    

The precautionary purging at the Xiaolangdi Dam, which has occurred annually since 2002, is the latest high-tech attempt to prevent flooding and tame the Yellow River, which today threatens more than 80 million people. It carries sediment more concentrated than in any other river in the world — so much that tiny particles of sand and silt clog reservoirs, raise riverbeds, break levees and cause potentially catastrophic floods.  

written by Matt Haughey. added almost 5 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

sarcasm work software    

When Hacker News commenters say "I could build that app in a weekend!" I think of this chart of how Slack decides to send a notification. (an image consisting of the flow chart describing how Slack decides whether to send push notifications or not)  

written by Ellen Barry. added almost 5 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

internet india villages disparity    

The worst damage has been to Mr. Neti’s relationship with his wife, Sitabai, who comes from a far more remote village and is completely illiterate. She had taken to scrolling through images on her husband’s phone and, coming across a woman’s photograph, began calling numbers at random. She reached a senior district bureaucrat whose contacts he had programmed into the phone, and Mr. Neti had to beg the official’s forgiveness. After hanging up, he slapped her “four or five times,” he said.  

written by Kalie Zamierowski. added almost 5 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

alien covenant movies philosophy milton AI    

When he meets Walter, his “good twin,” he even asks Walter if he’d rather “serve in heaven or reign in hell,” a direct reference to Satan’s not so difficult internal conflict in Paradise Lost and a comment that underlines the importance of power in Alien Covenant, Milton’s Paradise Lost, and, in general, our Christian story of the fall and the rise of the arch-fiend.  

written by Scott Sherrill-Mix. added almost 5 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

bash linux terminal work software productivity    

This is pretty basic knowledge but I’ve helped a few people out recently that had been using Unix/Linux for a while and didn’t know and it sure helped me out when I figured it out. If you had asked me how many quotation marks were on a keyboard before I started doing Bash stuff I would have said two. (single quotes don't replace variables, double quotes allow replacing variables, backticks will run the command provided and paste it's output)  

written by Aren Li. added about 5 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

nodejs node work software    

When a Node.js application starts running, the V8 engine will run the application code you write. Objects in your application will keep a list of observers (functions registered to events). These observers will get notified when their respective events are emitted. When an event is emitted, its callback function will be enqueued into an event queue. As long as there are remaining events in the queue, the event loop will keep dequeuing events in the queue and putting them onto the call stack.  

written by Katie Benner. added about 5 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

technology slack computers software collaboration work productivity    

"There are people who will die, get divorced, have children with cancer," Mr. Butterfield said. "You really have to put yourself in their frames of mind. If we preoccupy these people for a minute longer than we have to, we’ll lose them." (Speaking about employees being devoted to using Slack and pushing their IT departments to pay for it)  

written by Neil Irwin. added about 5 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

work jobs work-life productivity    

The result of this is easy to see: Those specifically requesting a lighter workload, who were disproportionately women, suffered in their performance reviews; those who took a lighter workload more discreetly didn’t suffer. The maxim of “ask forgiveness, not permission” seemed to apply.  

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productivity work life work-life jobs    

But uncovering this story of successful employees managing family life by asking forgiveness rather than asking permission may in itself inspire others to strive for those “big jobs” instead of ruling them out. As more and more people who are happily navigating both career and family paths move into upper management, corporate cultures may change.  

written by Saikat Datta. added about 5 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

technology politics india aadhaar    

There is a need to engage in self evaluation and that is endemic to the need for privacy. Imagine having to constantly be under the gaze, where every action is minutely examined. With the right to self evaluation in private taken away, not only does society break down, it ends productivity, leading to chaos, Westin pointed out.  

written by Ingrid Burrington. added about 5 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

amazon aws internet computers technology    

The data center’s presence among sites of far more tangible, industrial exchange were a resonant reminder of the fact that Amazon has always been more logistics company than retail company. This is why in its early years Bezos aggressively poached new hires from America's original logistics-disguised-as-retail business, Walmart  

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writing gillian-flynn gone-girl    

Says Flynn, "I was playing with the idea of how hard it is in this day and age to have an authentic self. We become creatures that we've made up of different flotsam from pop culture."  

written by Sarah Mei. added about 5 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

technology uber work outlook    

Startup founders, by necessity, tend to be charismatic big personalities, and those sorts of folks have more impact on a culture in general. ... The bigger the company, the more you can see your collective impact, but the less you can see your personal impact. For me, personal impact motivates more than collective. Which is why after trying big co after college, I gravitated to smaller outfits. ... No strictly defined roles; no permission needed to try something new. No manager who knows anything about management; no HR department.  

written by Joe Keohane. added about 5 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

wired technology robots news    

Consider the election returns: In November 2012, it took four employees 25 hours to compile and post just a fraction of the election results manually. In November 2016, Heliograf created more than 500 articles, with little human intervention, that drew more than 500,000 clicks. (A drop in the bucket for the Post’s 1.1 billion pageviews that month, but it’s early days.)  

written by Samanth Subramanian. added about 5 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

american-politics trump    

At best, Boris’ English is halting and fractured—certainly not good enough to turn out five to 10 articles about Trump and Clinton every day for weeks on end. Fortunately for him, the election summoned forth the energies of countless alt-right websites in the US, which manufactured white-label falsehoods disguised as news on an industrial scale. Across the spectrum of right-wing media ... ideology beat back the truth  

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stories fun autobiographical lock-picking    

We couldn't fucking believe it. Not only did it work, it worked fast and reliably. Over and over, we took turns opening the lock on my door in continued disbelief. We didn't waste any more time, and quickly filed down the key for the keyway at the theater. We rode straight there, and ducked into the alleyway full of locked doors that we'd stared at longingly the night before. It took about eleven knocks with the cheese grater, kneeling up against the door and looking like the total sketch-balls we were, but the lock snapped open to our continued amazement.  

written by Moxie Marlinspike. added over 5 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

stories terrifying autobiographical compelling    

Strangely, I could feel myself drawn towards the temptation of giving up, even though I knew failure meant certain death. In hindsight, I think it's because the act of giving up feels so similar to the sensation of success, at least in a superficially immediate way. I had been imagining making it to the pier, and had pictured the sense of release that I'd experience when collapsing on dry land. Giving up bears a deceptive resemblance, in that it offers a similar sense of release which comes with letting go and ceasing to try. I had to remind myself that they're not the same.  

written by Moxie Marlinspike. added over 5 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

stories fun autobiographical    

It [the pink stool] was mounted on top of four 50ft steel polls extending down from each stool leg and sunk into the ground of my front yard. "Very funny," I thought, as I walked under the stool to drop my backpack on the front stoop. I walked back out to the yard and grabbed one of the polls to pull it out of the dirt, but it didn't budge. "What?" I thought as I kicked the dirt around the poll away to reveal that they had dug holes and poured cement in the yard to anchor the polls. The entire thing was cemented in and could not be pulled out.  

written by Shaun Walker. added over 5 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

stories security 20th-century    

He ignored his orders back in 1988, he says, because of his newborn daughter – choosing her over Gerlinde and Matthias. “If Chelsea had been a son, I don’t know if I’d have acted the same way. I have always thought women are better people.” ... “In a relationship between a parent and a child, the emotions must be seeded by the parent. There were never any hugs. That doesn’t make it right that I lied to her. It is not an excuse, but it’s an explanation.”  

written by Aravindan Neelakandan . added over 5 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

politics tamil-nadu india tsunami christianity conversion evangelicals    

Samanthapettai, near the temple town of Madurai, faced near devastation on the December 26 when massive tidal waves wiped it clean of homes and lives.Most of the 200 people here are homeless or displaced, battling to rebuild lives and locating lost family members besides facing risks of epidemic disease and trauma.Jubilant at seeing the relief trucks loaded with food, clothes and the much-needed medicines the villagers, many of who have not had a square meal in days, were shocked when the nuns asked them to convert before distributing biscuits and water.Heated arguments broke out as the locals forcibly tried to stop the relief trucks from leaving. The missionaries, who rushed into their cars on seeing television reporters and the cameras refusing to comment on the incident and managed to leave the village.  

written by Aravindan Neelakandan. added over 5 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

politics tamil-nadu jallikattu india    

In fact, this writer has been observing that the section ranging from so-called moderate Muslims to radical Islamists, has been advocating a separate Tamil/Dravidian identity while calling both the Hindu and Indian identity an artificial construct.  

written by Ruchir Sharma. added over 5 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

politics trump    

This inauguration [of Donald Trump] opens up a dangerous and uncertain new era for the United States. Even if President Trump acts only on ten percent of the most problematic of his campaign proposals, it will cause a momentous setback for human rights at home and abroad. The onus is now on elected officials and the public to demand respect for rights that the President-elect seems to have put in his crosshairs.  

written by Emily Parker. added over 5 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

politics facebook technology    

Would Americans buy that argument? Maybe not. Journalists would write scathing articles. Activists and social-media users would unleash derision. U.S. government officials might express concern. But people would keep using Facebook.  

written by Glenys Roberts (2009). added over 5 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

politics india    

Meanwhile, one of Nehru's own last letters, written ten years after their first meeting, sheds a little more light. 'Suddenly I realised (and perhaps you also did) that there was a deeper attachment between us, that some uncontrollable force, of which I was dimly aware, drew us to one another.  

written by Circle CI. added over 5 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES


So I just need to split my simple CRUD app into 12 microservices, each with their own APIs which call each others’ APIs but handle failure resiliently, put them into Docker containers, launch a fleet of 8 machines which are Docker hosts running CoreOS, “orchestrate” them using a small Kubernetes cluster running etcd, figure out the “open questions” of networking and storage, and then I continuously deliver multiple redundant copies of each microservice to my fleet. Is that it?  

written by Sarah Frier. added over 5 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

twitter acquisitions    

The best-case scenario, Slingerlend said, would be an acquisition by Disney. As Twitter becomes more of a media company, the two make for a good fit, he said. And Disney’s CEO, Bob Iger, has experience bringing a brand back to life.  

written by Danah Boyd. added over 5 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES


And the worst part about being a social scientist is understanding where others’ fears come from, understanding the power of those fears, and understanding the cost of those fears on the well-being of a society. And this is where I get angry because this is where control and power lies.  

written by xkcd. added over 5 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES


When people say the climate has changed before, these are the kind of changes they talk about  

written by Daniel Victor. added over 5 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES


“They want books to be available wherever they are,” Mr. Rainie said. “They’ll read an ebook on a crowded bus, curl up with a printed book when they feel like that, and go to bed with a tablet.”  

written by Justine Musk. added almost 6 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES


The world doesn't throw a billion dollars at a person because the person wants it or works so hard they feel they deserve it. (The world does not care what you want or deserve.) The world gives you money in exchange for something it perceives to be of equal or greater value: something that transforms an aspect of the culture, reworks a familiar story or introduces a new one, alters the way people think about the category and make use of it in daily life.  

written by Aaron Webber. added almost 6 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

money life future planning    

Use those disciplines: 10-10-10, pay no interest and earn interest, and only spend part of the money that your money makes when invested, and you will be in good shape. You’ll have a huge net worth as time moves forward, and you will learn to be a solid saver.  

written by Katherine. added almost 6 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES


Due diligence to not skip steps in learning how to create software. Most of us learned in reverse order, or didn’t care about compilers and algorithms until we feel a need to learn them. The “learn as you go” path is slower. Thus, people are reluctant to hire you even you’ve designed software that are good enough for years.  

written by Taylor Loren. added almost 6 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES


“Lb” is short for “like back,” and it acts as the motto of an unwritten teen code. Teens use Instagram very differently than adults and businesses do; they favor likes and comments over followers, and will frequently delete photos if they don’t get enough likes.  

written by David Graeber. added almost 6 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES


It’s as if they are being told “but you get to teach children! Or make cars! You get to have real jobs! And on top of that you have the nerve to also expect middle-class pensions and health care?”  

written by Philip Oltermann. added almost 6 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES


Making students listen to a teacher for 45 minutes and punishing them for collaborating on an exercise, Rasfeld says, was not only out of sync with the requirements of the modern world of work, but counterproductive. “Nothing motivates students more than when they discover the meaning behind a subject of their own accord.”  

written by Nick Farina. added almost 6 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES


There will always be new platforms and new paradigms to learn. The best we can do is to understand where each one came from, and to embrace the positives and overcome the negatives as quickly as possible so we can ship some awesome features before everything changes again.  

written by Dan Kim. added almost 6 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES


If you’re programming now, but don’t love the language you’re writing, I’d encourage you to try one that has a reputation for positive vibes: Ruby, Kotlin, Swift, or Coffeescript. And don’t just read the docs and do tutorials — pick one and try building something real.  

written by Dan Kim. added almost 6 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES


“Eat. Sleep. Code. Repeat.” was printed on everything. I’d seen the phrase before, but this time it burned into my brain, probably because it was being so actively marketed at a large conference. I literally let out an “ugh” when I saw it.  

written by DHH. added almost 6 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES


There’s a parallel to the highs and lows of working at an early startup. I thoroughly enjoyed building Basecamp together with three other people, but I’m also OK with the fact that I no longer have to wake up in the middle of the night to save a server. Enjoy the memories, but live in the present.  

written by Sumanth Raghavendra. added almost 6 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES


So a minimum guarantee paid upfront is also technically a room booking in itself! ... So we have a potential situation where Oyo could be selling zero rooms but could still tout a huge count for booked room nights because…they are buying the rooms!  

written by Dan Kim. added about 6 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES


All the headlines keep declaring that email is dead, but it absolutely isn’t. Let your ideas, genuine gratitude, and personality shine in an email. You might be surprised what it leads to.  

written by Rex Sorgatz. added about 6 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES


... unburdened by the angst of seeing a world outside the glass case they cannot know. When asked about their destiny, both Jaden and Katelyn see the future as the past, bundled up on the prairie, nurturing children who will farm the land of their parents’ parents’ parents.  

written by Daniel Eckler. added about 6 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES


it has arms, legs and a head — you can’t help but feel your gut shift when the hockey stick-wielding scientist pushes the robot to the ground. I even found myself developing a personality for Atlas when his box was repeatedly punched from his hands.  

written by DHH. added about 6 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES


Mondays, on the other hand, are always full of promise and freshness. Imagine all the great things this week might have to offer! Imagine finally cracking the hard problem that cooked your noodle last week. Monday is the day of optimism, before reality pummels the week and your spirit into submission.  

written by Jason Fried. added about 6 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES


Now, ultimately these are small things, but they didn’t feel small to me. A fresh breeze, some complimentary bottled water, an apple, pear, some grapes, a banana and a kiwi, and a little bag of extras on the way out. Surely less than $7 overall to the hotel. Of course it had nothing to do with the value of these things, it had all to do with the thought.  

written by Phil Libin. added about 6 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES


It’s happening again. The enabling technologies in 2016 are AI, NLP, ML, ubiquitous messaging, computer vision, speech, and serverless computing. All of these just recently crossed the “good enough” line and the resulting products are about to start improving exponentially. What are bots? ...  

written by Jerome, DHH. added about 6 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES


So basically he says that controllers should only use the default CRUD actions index, show, new, edit, create, update, destroy. Any other action would lead to the creation of a dedicated controller (which itself only has default CRUD actions).  

written by Christophe Limpalair. added about 6 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES


I had to write this article, because it almost feels like I have insider information that could give me an advantage over the majority of other applicants.  

written by Maciej Cegłowski. added about 6 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES


Let’s commit to the idea that as computers get faster, and as networks get faster, the web should also get faster.  

written by DHH. added about 6 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES


My favorite tool is the programming language Ruby. It is anything but simple. Thousands of methods across the standard library, so many keywords I can’t even tell you the number. Full of subtlety that directly relates to its wonder and delight.  

written by eevee. added about 6 years ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES


If you’re going to override or reimplement something that already exists, do some research on what the existing thing does first. You cannot possibly craft a good replacement without understanding the original. Ask around. Hell, just try pressing / before deciding to make it a shortcut.

Cutouts is an open source application. Code licensed under the MIT license. Copyright 2018 Siddharth Kannan