Nearly half of white Republicans say it bothers them to hear people speaking foreign languages [and other survey results] | Washington Post
Most Americans aren't particularly bothered by hearing foreign languages in public, but white Republicans stand out.
8 days ago
'Uber Was Supposed To Be Our Public Transit' [success means raising prices and capping number of rides] | City Lab
Innisfil, Ontario, decided to partially subsidize ride-hailing trips rather than pay for a public bus system. It worked so well that now they have to raise fares and cap rides.
12 days ago
Amazon's Dash Buttons Aren't Dead—They Will Haunt Us Forever | Wired
The plastic dongles did their job; they helped the online retail behemoth build a bridge to a future of frictionless, interface-free shopping.
19 days ago
Pro Tips for Shopping Safe on Amazon | Wired
Amazon is a mucky mess of ads, unknown sellers, misleading sales, and specious information. Defend your dollars with these shopping tips and tricks.
19 days ago
DNS over HTTPS is coming whether ISPs and governments like it or not | Sophos blog
DNS over HTTPS (DoH), backed by Google, Mozilla and Cloudflare, is about to make web surveillance a lot more difficult.
23 days ago
Big Companies Thought Insurance Covered a Cyberattack. They May Be Wrong. | New York Times
Citing a rarely used ‘war exemption,’ insurers say they aren’t responsible for the 2017 NotPetya attack.
4 weeks ago
Mermrender: RESTful rendering pipeline for generating sequence and UML diagrams using Mermaid for Markdown docs (Diagrams as a Service)
🧜‍♀️ RESTful rendering pipeline for generating sequence and UML diagrams using Mermaid for Markdown docs (Diagrams as a Service) - Schachte/
4 weeks ago
How to fight an outrageous medical bill, explained | Vox
Five patients tell us how they pushed back — and won.
6 weeks ago
This Fun Fact Will Change the Way You Watch the Movie Airplane! [its script is a direct desendent of a 1957 movie called "Zero Hour!"] | Paleofuture on Gizmodo
It’s no secret that the 1980 comedy movie Airplane! is a parody. But for some reason, I’ve spent my entire life believing that Airplane! was a broad parody of 1970s disaster movies. And while the movie clearly took inspiration from some of those films, it’s actually a very specific parody of a movie from 1957 called Zero Hour! Yes, with the exclamation point and everything.
8 weeks ago
What is the mysterious 'global Hum' – and is it simply noise pollution? | The Guardian
Up to 4% of people are said to hear a strange low-pitched noise known as the Hum, but no source has ever been found. City life is one possible cause
9 weeks ago
How the Internet Travels Across Oceans: ‘People think that data is in the cloud, but it’s not. It’s in the ocean.’ | The New York Times
Hundreds of thousands of miles of cable connect continents to support our insatiable demand for communication and entertainment. Companies have typically pooled their resources. Now Google is going its own way.
9 weeks ago
What I Learned About Security from Calling 35 Contact Centers | Twillo Blog
Twilio posts cloud communications trends, customer stories, and tips for building scaleable voice and SMS applications with Twilio's APIs.
10 weeks ago
This metal is powering today's technology—at what price? | National Geographic Magazine
As demand soars for powerful batteries, Bolivia dreams of striking it rich by tapping its huge lithium deposit. But will its people benefit?
january 2019
DPLA receives $1.5 million grant from Alfred P. Sloan Foundation ["to expand its efforts to provide an improved ebook experience for patrons through their libraries"] | DPLA
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is pleased to announce that the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded DPLA a $1.5 million grant. The grant will enable DPLA to expand its efforts to provide an improved ebook experience for libraries and their patrons, building on its cultural heritage aggregation program.
january 2019
the-book-of-secret-knowledge: A collection of awesome lists, manuals, blogs, hacks, one-liners, cli/web tools and more.
:dizzy: A collection of awesome lists, manuals, blogs, hacks, one-liners, cli/web tools and more. Especially for System and Network Administrators, DevOps, Pentesters or Security Researchers. - trimstray/
january 2019
How to think like a programmer — lessons in problem solving | Richard Reis on freeCodeCamp
You probably also wondered what does it mean, exactly, to think like a programmer? And how do you do it?? Unless you have a system, this is probably how you “solve” problems (which is what I did when…
december 2018
Apps Are Revealing Your Private Information To Facebook And You Probably Don't Know It | Buzz Feed News
provided developers with tools to build Facebook-compatible apps like Tinder, Grindr and Pregnancy+. Those apps have been quietly sending sensitive user data to Facebook.
december 2018
When the Internet Archive Forgets | Gizmodo
On the internet, there are certain institutions we have come to rely on daily to keep truth from becoming nebulous or elastic. Not necessarily in the way that something stupid like Verrit aspired to, but at least in confirming that you aren’t losing your mind, that an old post or article you remember reading did, in fact, actually exist. It can be as fleeting as using Google Cache to grab a quickly deleted tweet, but it can also be as involved as doing a deep dive of a now-dead site’s archive via the Wayback Machine. But what happens when an archive becomes less reliable, and arguably has legitimate reasons to bow to pressure and remove controversial archived material?
december 2018
Red for Stop, Grue for Go: How Language Turned Traffic Lights “Bleen” in Japan | 99% Invisible
The color spectrum can seem immutable — a fixed physical reality that is self-evident and unchanging. But the names we give colors in one language don’t always translate into others. And some linguists argue that our experience of reality itself is shaped by language, including: which colors get named and which names get most regularly used.
november 2018
Signal Has a Clever New Way to Shield Your Identity ['sealed sender' hides sender identity from Signal network] | Wired
"Sealed sender" gives the leading encrypted messaging app an important boost, hiding metadata around who sent a given message.
october 2018
Self-driving cars will have to decide who should live and who should die. Here’s who humans would kill | Washington Post
A massive experiment asked millions of people how self-driving cars should swerve -- or not -- in life-threatening moral dilemmas.
october 2018
The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies | Bloomberg
The attack by Chinese spies reached almost 30 U.S. companies, including Amazon and Apple, by compromising America’s technology supply chain, according to extensive interviews with government and corporate sources.
october 2018
Rocking Compression Mould for the Apple Lightening Cable | Thingiverse
This project brings industrial-quality production to your kitchen table! In the industry, they call it desktop manufacturing. At Sugru, we developed
september 2018
The Secret Drug Pricing System Middlemen Use to Rake in Millions | Bloomberg
Spread pricing, where pharmacy benefit managers like CVS mark up—sometimes dramatically—the difference between the amount they reimburse pharmacies for a drug and the amount they charge their clients.
september 2018
YouTube, Netflix Videos Found to Be Slowed by Wireless Carriers | Bloomberg
The largest U.S. telecom companies are slowing internet traffic to and from popular apps like YouTube and Netflix, according to new research from Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
september 2018
Why You Need a Physical Vault to Secure a Virtual Currency [and how Coinbase does it] | Wired
Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase stores its customers' bitcoin offline, using an elaborate process that breaks apart encryption codes and stores them on paper.
august 2018
Phone Numbers Were Never Meant as ID. Now We’re All At Risk | Wired
Your phone number was never meant to be your identity. Now that it effectively is, we're all at risk.
august 2018
Fusion: A Collaborative Robotic Telepresence Parasite That Lives on Your Back | IEEE Spectrum
A robot perched behind you can see what you see and control both your arms
august 2018
What Happened in the Dark: Puerto Rico's Year of Fighting for Power | Wired
More Americans rely on Puerto Rico's grid than on any other public electric utility. How one renegade plant worker led them through the shadows.
august 2018
Apple and Google Face Growing Revolt Over App Store ‘Tax’ | Bloomberg
A backlash against the app stores of Apple Inc. and Google is gaining steam, with a growing number of companies saying the tech giants are collecting too high a tax for connecting consumers to developers’ wares.
august 2018
The Untold Story of NotPetya, the Most Devastating Cyberattack in History | Wired
Crippled ports. Paralyzed corporations. Frozen government agencies. How a single piece of code crashed the world.
august 2018
Hackers Turned an Amazon Echo Into a Spy Bug | Wired
Researchers found they could turn the smart speakers into surveillance devices—if they could get their own attack tool on the same Wi-Fi.
august 2018
Advocates Say Paper Ballots Are Safest | Bloomberg Businessweek
They’re also the cheapest and fastest way to address vulnerable systems before the midterms.
august 2018
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