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Incentives Work - Barely Legally
I come back to this a lot, but Facebook used to have a team of employees responsible for vetting the stories promoted by its Trending Topics algorithm. via Pocket
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march 2018 by keithprime
Emails and Echo Chambers - Barely Legally
Lawyers, Guns & Money is one of my favorite blogs because you don’t spend a lot of time wondering what the premises of their posts are. Here’s one that I missed the first time around: The Russian Hacks Were Effective Because of Terrible Reporting Practices. via Pocket
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march 2018 by keithprime
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By federal law, there is no real database of guns kept by the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. This makes it kind of hard for police to figure out whose gun they just found at a crime scene. via Pocket
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march 2018 by keithprime
Spotting Fake News - Barely Legally
Charlie Warzel, for Buzzfeed News, asks a pretty simple question: Why Can Everyone Spot Fake News But The Tech Companies? Warzel begins by discussing the misinformation promoted by Google Search, Facebook, and YouTube in the aftermath of the Las Vegas mass shooting in October 2017. via Pocket
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march 2018 by keithprime
Mueller and Trump, The College Years - Barely Legally
The Washington Posts’s Marc Fisher and Sari Horwitz published a pair of profiles on two of the people at the center of the biggest political scandal in a generation, titled Mueller and Trump: Born to wealth, raised to lead. Then, sharply different choices. via Pocket
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february 2018 by keithprime
Lady Doritos, Spherical Cows, and Democracy - Barely Legally
The other day, I posted my 15,000th tweet since I first signed up for Twitter in July 2007. Back then, it was called Twttr, and there were no hashtags or @mentions conventions. The homepage was a live stream of every single tweet, and a loaf of bread cost only a nickel. via Pocket
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february 2018 by keithprime
Dog, Watch Thyself - Barely Legally
Here’s one from NPR that’s sad but not necessarily surprising. Trump Administration Plans To Defang Consumer Protection Watchdog: The CFPB is considered a powerful and independent watchdog. But many Republicans have wanted to shut it down since day one because they think it’s too powerful. via Pocket
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february 2018 by keithprime
No Business Like News Business - Barely Legally
After the 2016 election, one of the ways I dealt with my anxiety was trying to grapple with the extent to which I lived in a news bubble. It was pretty clear that I didn’t understand the world that a lot of other people lived in. A big part of other peoples’ bubble seemed to be Facebook. via Pocket
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january 2018 by keithprime
This Is Your Brain On Drugs - Barely Legally
Joshua Rothman for the New Yorker, reviews Kate Cole-Adams’s new book “Anesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness,” which—in addition to having a remarkably poetic subtitle—explores a variety of stories and studies on the weird stuff that happens when people go under via Pocket
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january 2018 by keithprime
The Bucket with No Bottom - Barely Legally
From the Washington Post’s Ellen McCarthy, a slice of life piece on one librarian’s life under a growing cloud of student debt. via Pocket
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january 2018 by keithprime
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Previously, on Barely Legally, I ran a lengthy blog post describing how to install and configure Jekyll on your server instead of using it on a desktop. This post describes how I publish blog posts from my iPhone. Honestly, setting up Jekyll is the tough part. The easy part is putting stuff online. via Pocket
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january 2018 by keithprime
The Rise of the Machine Callers - Barely Legally
Simon van Zuylen-Wood’s latest in the Washington Post is on How robo-call moguls outwitted the government and completely wrecked the Do Not Call list. via Pocket
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january 2018 by keithprime
Law School’s Out For Summer - Barely Legally
Paul Campos at Lawyers, Gun & Money suns up a series of recent developments in the law school crisis and the reform movement addressing it. He starts with the news that Valparaiso University Law School is shutting down: via Pocket
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december 2017 by keithprime
Algorithms Everywhere - Barely Legally
The Guardian just published an excerpt of Extracted from World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech by Franklin Foer titled Facebook’s war on free will. This bit, about the ubiquity of algorithms and the harms which this necessarily implies, really resonated with me: via Pocket
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september 2017 by keithprime
Staring Into the Abyss - Barely Legally
The New Yorker’s Daniel Penny recently reviewed Mark Bray’s Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook. If you’re like me, and you’ve only heard bits here and there about Antifa, this is a great primer on the international history and philosophy of these violent protestors. via Pocket
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august 2017 by keithprime
Bad Loans, Uber for - Barely Legally
Here’s something new I learned about Uber: they have a self-induced subprime auto loan crisis. Via WolfStreet: via Pocket
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august 2017 by keithprime
Populist Fallacies, Obamacare and - Barely Legally
It is not surprising that only this year did the Affordable Care Act become popular. The law’s unpopularity depended entirely on the existence of an imaginary alternative that was free of trade-offs. via Pocket
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august 2017 by keithprime

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