Reflecting on one very, very strange year at Uber
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"As most of you know, I left Uber in December and joined Stripe in January. I've gotten a lot of questions over the past couple of months about why I left and what my time at Uber was like. It's a strange, fascinating, and slightly horrifying story that deserves to be told while it is still fresh in my mind, so here we go. "
How to be an American: Syrian refugees find a home in Trump country
15 days ago
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“I hated Muslims,” he said.
For years, Dutcher’s neighbors were meth addicts and rowdy alcoholics. Slobs. In June, a Syrian family who spoke no English moved in. Another family moved in after that, then another. Now there are six.
Soon enough, Dutcher said, empty bottles in the hallway were replaced with children’s bicycles. The loud arguments of a drug-addicted couple were replaced by the sounds of children’s laughter.
“The Muslims here were all about family and they just loved everyone,” Dutcher said. “I remember the people who lived here before; they took for granted everything this country gave them. These people, they really changed my heart.”
Through interpreters, he learned about the families’ stories of loss and fleeing war. It softened his stance on Islam and led him to question some of what Trump was saying. Around refugees, he never felt safer.
“I used to be afraid when the meth addicts were here,” he said. “Now I don’t even look to see who’s knocking on my door. I know it will be someone with a plate of food or a kid asking me to fix his bike.”
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A Plea for Responsible and Contextualized Reporting on User Security
4 weeks ago
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"Unfortunately, your story was the equivalent of putting “VACCINES KILL PEOPLE” in a blaring headline over a poorly contextualized piece. While it is true that in a few cases, vaccines kill people through rare and unfortunate side effects, they also save millions of lives.
You would have no problem understanding why “Vaccines Kill People” would be a problem headline for a story, especially given the context of anti-vaccination movements. But your series of stories on WhatsApp does the same disservice and perpetrates a similar public health threat against secure communications."
4 weeks ago
Stage Oddity: The Story of David Bowie’s Secret Final Project
5 weeks ago
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"When Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist Michael Cunningham got a call from someone claiming to be David Bowie, he thought it was a friend pulling a prank. He didn’t know he was about to be launched into a yearlong collaboration on a musical involving space aliens, mariachi bands, and an imaginary trove of unreleased songs by Bob Dylan. Here, for the first time, is the story of their unfinished show—and what it’s like to work alongside a bona fide pop genius."
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Still File - Skrekkøgle
7 weeks ago
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"'Still File' is a series of 4 photographs recreating computer renderings as physical scenes. The photos' artifacts, surroundings, camera settings and lighting has been shaped intending to resemble 3d graphics of different types."
7 weeks ago
Obituary: Gen. Leia Organa, Veteran of the Rebel Alliance
7 weeks ago
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"CORUSCANT – Resistance leaders have officially confirmed the death of Gen. Leia Organa, hero of the Galactic Civil War, who died of heart-related complications on Tuesday. She was 60 years old."
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Elf on the Shelf isn’t a real Christmas tradition – it’s a post-truth doll for a post-truth age | Stuart Heritage | Opinion | The Guardian
8 weeks ago
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all I want for Christmas is to stamp on Elf on the Shelf’s throat until it coughs up blood and dies.
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It’s Not Me, It’s You: My Break Up With China
12 weeks ago
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"It has been my dream for years to further spread Troma’s shit-disturbing, peace-loving reach...into other parts of the world, specifically China. A lifelong interest in China’s history and culture has led me to want to actually make a Troma movie there, in the Mandarin language no less. Decades have passed, though, since I first visited China and the things that have always stopped me from making a film there still hold true. In fact, I would say, things have only gotten progressively worse since then. It’s not the Chinese laws or logistics that keep the Chinese Troma movie from ever being made. Instead, it’s the Chinese oppression, elitism, and corruption that has long-existed in China, so the nation’s failure to neither cease nor amend these obscene failures fuels my rage."
12 weeks ago
Cleaning and optimizing a Windows computer safely
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"This is a guide to maintenance for Windows 7 and higher, that is helpful to go through on older machines or to try to fix general issues. Although this isn't a computer disinfection guide, it will remove many viruses and repair their damage. This is not strictly beginner-level.
All of these tasks have been performed by me or my scripts across tens, hundreds, or over a thousand computers. These are hard-won lessons. There is nothing unusually risky here, but I won't give you a warranty.
The ORDER of these steps is purposeful. For example - uninstalling some programs, running a temp file clean, and rebooting can leave them in a broken state."
H.264 is Magic
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H.264 is a video compression codec standard. It is ubiquitous - internet video, Blu-ray, phones, security cameras, drones, everything. Everything uses H.264 now.
H.264 is a remarkable piece of technology. It is the result of 30+ years of work with one single goal: To reduce the bandwidth required for transmission of full-motion video.
Technically, it is very interesting. This post will give insight into some of the details at a high level - I hope to not bore you too much with the intricacies.
Where’s the Love for Donkeys?
About 5,000 years ago, 10 donkeys were laid to rest in painstakingly constructed brick grave chambers at a site connected with one of the earliest Egyptian kings.
They were buried in a place of importance, “where the highest lords would be,” said Fiona Marshall, an archaeologist at Washington University in St. Louis who studies the domestication of donkeys. Because of their importance in trade across the Sahara, she said, donkeys had “superhigh status.”
Couple Encounters a Black Metal Band in Woods During Engagement Shoot
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"John Awesome and Nydia Hernandez were having a lovely engagement photo shoot in Holy Jim Canyon, California, when they encountered something unusual: a black metal band in the middle of the woods."
Barack Obama and Doris Kearns Goodwin: The Ultimate Exit Interview
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"As his two-term presidency draws to a close, Barack Obama is looking back—at the legacies of his predecessors, as well as his own—and forward, to the freedom of life after the White House. In a wide-ranging conversation with one of the nation’s foremost presidential historians, he talks about his ambitions, frustrations, and the decisions that still haunt him."
Oh, shit, git!
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"Git is hard: screwing up is easy, and figuring out how to fix your mistakes is fucking impossible. Git documentation has this chicken and egg problem where you can't search for how to get yourself out of a mess, unless you already know the name of the thing you need to know about in order to fix your problem.
So here are some bad situations I've gotten myself into, and how I eventually got myself out of them in plain english*."
Intel Mac Temperature Database
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"This site will help collect and show the temperatures of Apple Macintosh computers using the new processors by Intel. All new computers that haven't faced the trail of time will have problems and issues that can make users mad and furious. As with the new MacBook Pro machines where were, and still are, problems with heat dissipation. After scouting forums and help sites for information about what temperatures I can expect on a new MacBook, but that turned out to be harder and more scattered than I first imagined. That's the main motive behind this site and it didn't take too long to setup as I had the base code handy from another site"
DOOM (2016) - Graphics Study
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DOOM pioneered fundamental changes in game design and mechanics back in 1993, it was a world-wide phenomenon which propelled to fame iconic figures like John Carmack and John Romero…
23 years later, id Software now belongs to Zenimax, all the original founders are gone but it didn’t prevent the team at id from showing all its talent by delivering a great game.
The new DOOM is a perfect addition to the franchise, using the new id Tech 6 engine where ex-Crytek Tiago Sousa now assumes the role of lead renderer programmer after John Carmack’s departure.
Historically id Software is known for open-sourcing their engines after a few years, which often leads to nice remakes and breakdowns. Whether this will stand true with id Tech 6 remains to be seen but we don’t necessarily need the source code to appreciate the nice graphics techniques implemented in the engine.
The Five Toughest Pitchers I’ve Ever Faced
The Players’ Tribune asked me to name the five toughest pitchers I’ve ever faced. I don’t want this to be boring, so I’m going to mix it up a little bit and give you three legendary guys who are retired and two younger guys who have really impressed me recently.redsox mlb papi bigpapi baseball
From E.T. to Stranger Things, an Oral History of Kids Cursing On Screen
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"Director Joe Dante, Monster Squad actor Andrew Gower, Goonies actor Jeff Cohen and others look back at the decade when it meant something to keep the..."
The Rise and Fall of an All-American Catchphrase: 'Free, White, and 21'
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She was a young society woman. He was an enigmatic stranger. They’d just met at a speakeasy and as dusk set in were parked lakeside in his roadster to get better acquainted.
“You mind if we stay here a while,” he asked, “or must you go home?”
She pulled back, eyes wide, insulted.
“There are no musts in my life,” she said, “I’m free, white, and 21.”
What does it take to be the organist for the Boston Red Sox?
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"Josh Kantor has heard every hacky organ joke in the book. The organist for the Boston Red Sox since 2003, Kantor has spent dozens of nights (and some days) every year perched in a booth near the top of Fenway Park, whipping through both old stadium classics—“Take Me Out To The Ballgame,” a handful of Motown standards—and newer, more off-kilter tunes with aplomb. Kantor, who also works as a part-time librarian assistant at the Harvard Music Library, has become a bit of a fan favorite, taking requests from Red Sox faithful in the stands via Twitter and posting some of his takes to his YouTube account.
The A.V. Club talked to Kantor about his role within the Red Sox organization, his daily grind, and why he thinks that, even in the age of MP3s, baseball organists matter."
Text analysis of Trump's tweets confirms he writes only the (angrier) Android half
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"When Trump wishes the Olympic team good luck, he’s tweeting from his iPhone. When he’s insulting a rival, he’s usually tweeting from an Android. Is this an artifact showing which tweets are Trump’s own and which are by some handler?
There’s No Such Thing As A Protest Vote
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"Throwing away your vote on a message no one will hear, and which will change no outcome, is sometimes presented as ‘voting your conscience’, but that’s got it exactly backwards; your conscience is what keeps you from doing things that feel good to you but hurt other people. Citizens who vote for third-party candidates, write-in candidates, or nobody aren’t voting their conscience, they are voting their ego, unable to accept that a system they find personally disheartening actually applies to them.
The people advocating protest votes believe they deserve a choice that aligns closely with their political preferences. With 130 million voters, hundreds of issues, and just two candidates, this idea doesn’t even make mathematical sense, much less political sense. No matter who you are, voting isn’t about you. You are not promised a candidate you love, or even like, because no one is guaranteed that. Presidential voting is an exercise in distinguishing the lesser of two evils. Making that choice is all that’s asked of us, and all that’s on offer.
KING: To stop Donald Trump, I’ll be voting for Hillary Clinton
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"You can vote for Jill Stein. You can vote for Gary Johnson. You can write in Bernie. You can sit out and not vote. You can vote for Deez Nuts, but know this, because of the way our system is shaped right now, either Clinton or Trump will become President of the United States and your vote or no-vote will all play a role in who gets elected."
Privilege is what allows Sanders supporters to say they’ll “never” vote for Clinton
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"If you’re reviling Clinton for saying something racist and stupid in 1994 in favor of a crime bill that turned out to be a very bad idea, but you’re not reviling Sanders for actually using his political power to pass that very bad crime bill law, I want you to take a long, long think about why that is."
What Is American Cheese, Anyway?
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What's in American cheese? There's a lot of hysteria out there about it being "full of chemicals" and "not real cheese." This explainer helps set the record straight by discussing the ingredients, process, and regulations around those melty slices.
Here’s why Woody Allen is overrated
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"You probably have an opinion about Woody Allen.
It may even be a complicated opinion. Mine is. But it may not be the same as yours. Whether or not he’s the devil incarnate off screen I simply don’t feel I can say. But I can say this: He’s likely the most overrated film director working."
Lepton image compression: saving 22% losslessly from images at 15MB/s
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We are pleased to announce the open source release of Lepton, our new streaming image compression format, under the Apache license.
Lepton achieves a 22% savings reduction for existing JPEG images, by predicting coefficients in JPEG blocks and feeding those predictions as context into an arithmetic coder. Lepton preserves the original file bit-for-bit perfectly. It compresses JPEG files at a rate of 5 megabytes per second and decodes them back to the original bits at 15 megabytes per second, securely, deterministically, and in under 24 megabytes of memory.
On My Dad Harold Ramis and Passing the ‘Ghostbusters’ Torch to a New Generation of Fans
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I’ve had mixed feelings about the new Ghostbusters since the project was announced back in October 2014, just a few months after my dad, Harold Ramis, died.
New England's Greatest Contribution to the Hot Dog
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"One of the most lauded qualities of a good New York dog, the experts say, is its snap. But the cheap, dry, almost offensively flavorless buns that swaddle the dogs smother any chance of snappiness. For such a loud town, the hot dog is remarkably mute. I pinch off chunks of the bread to get a better dog-to-bun ratio, but less of a bad thing doesn't make it good, and the limp, gray kraut that real New Yorkers know to ask for, along with mustard, doesn't do it any favors, either. If you like eating insulation topped with old, wet cabbage, you'll love a New York hot dog."
This blind Apple engineer is transforming the tech world at only 22
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"Jordyn Carter is helping Apple design technology with the blind community in mind."
The Civil War that Could Doom the N.R.A.
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"As the tragic pattern of gun violence continues, federal gun laws remain unchanged, thanks to the hardball tactics of the National Rifle Association. But despite the organization’s $310 million in revenues, political clout, and five-million-plus membership, the N.R.A. does face a genuine threat to its future: a growing divide between its ferocious leadership and sportsman rank-and-file."
Faith No More Billy Gould Interview 2016.
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"Faith No More have been being “kind of stupid in a different way” for over three decades now. From the commercial highs of ‘The Real Thing’ to the avant-garde genius of ‘Angel Dust’ and the dark, end of days ‘Album Of The Year’, they’ve done things their way. About to delve back to their inception with the upcoming re-release of 1985 debut ‘We Care A Lot’, we caught up with founding bassist Billy Gould in the bar at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards in London, to discuss their remarkable career, and find out what the future might bring. "
How Not To Lose Friends To Parenthood
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There’s an idea that parallel universes exist simultaneously, and every possible outcome of every event in history is happening within them. If this is right, then somewhere in time and space, Dez Bryant made that catch, baby Donald Trump died of SIDS, 9/11 wasn’t an inside job and Rougned Odor still punched the shit out of Jose Bautista, but this time they were bipedal saber-toothed tigers.
The True Story Of The Fake Zombies, The Strangest Con In Rock History
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"In 1969, the Zombies had a huge hit single, despite having broken up two years earlier. To meet the unexpected demand, one promoter did the only sensible thing: Hire four kids from Texas to tour America pretending to be a defunct British psych-rock band."
My Father, Woody Allen, and the Danger of Questions Unasked (Guest Column)
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Tonight, the Cannes Film Festival kicks off with a new Woody Allen film. There will be press conferences and a red-carpet walk by my father and his wife (my sister). He'll have his stars at his side — Kristen Stewart, Blake Lively, Steve Carell, Jesse Eisenberg. They can trust that the press won't ask them the tough questions. It's not the time, it's not the place, it's just not done.
That kind of silence isn't just wrong. It's dangerous. It sends a message to victims that it's not worth the anguish of coming forward. It sends a message about who we are as a society, what we'll overlook, who we'll ignore, who matters and who doesn't.
Steve Albini talks to LISTEN: “I try to be an ally in feminism”
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"In this exclusive article for LISTEN, Evelyn Morris recounts a difficult story of sexual trauma and how it impacted her love for Shellac, before posing a series of incisive question to the band’s frontman, Steve Albini. Albini answers Evelyn’s questions in detail here, saying: “this is the first time I’ve been asked about these issues, specifically, and for that I thank you”."
‘Defying description': ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons on Prince the ‘sensational’ guitarist
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"Prince’s guitar-slinging skills were no secret. Whether at the Super Bowl, stealing a Rock Hall all-star jam or on his records, he could play it all. But to hear ZZ Top’s legendary frontman Billy Gibbons tell it, Prince wasn’t just a great guitar player. He was downright otherworldly."
Forget Apple vs. the FBI: WhatsApp Just Switched on Encryption for a Billion People
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"This morning, WhatsApp made the scope of the Apple-FBI encryption battle look kinda small."
ESPN Tried to Shame Cuba on Poverty and It Backfired Spectacularly
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"The caption read, "Meanwhile, next to the stadium in Havana..." — an apparent attempt to highlight the irony of the most powerful man in the world enjoying a game at a fancy ballpark while the ills of poverty sat right next door.
There was just one problem"
This man is killing me
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"Story about how Tom Hardy found a kitten while shooting Sweeney Todd in Romania (did he get cut from that or what? I dunno, that’s what the site says Edit: It was a BBC version). Prepare to die from the cuteness. No, I’m not cutting it. You should read it all.