How to Crash Systemd in One Tweet
As I've said before, the past decade has conclusively refuted the open source software quality hypothesis.
security  linux  free-software  systems  system-design 
8 hours ago
This is how fascism comes to America - The Washington Post
Hits hardest when cataloging the various craven ways that people who should oppose fascists instead find excuses to support them.
fascism  trump  united-states  republicans 
16 hours ago
Bald Eagles Eating Chickens at White Oak Farms — Raptor Attacks on Farm Animals
<<In a battle between a Bald Eagle and a chicken, the chicken is definitely the long shot.>>
agriculture  biology  animal-behavior 
16 hours ago
Girl Power, Sexism and that Viral Hillary Millennial Selfie Swarm - Reading The Pictures
I am old and out of touch enough now that when I first saw this, I thought the crowd had turned its back on Clinton to take photos of something else.
photography  culture  politics  semiotics  hillary-clinton  mobile-computing  selfies 
2 days ago
Cam girl site uses facial recognition to match users' photographs to performers - The Verge
<<Individuals can upload photographs of anyone's face — it could be a stranger, a celebrity, or an acquaintance — and MegaCams.me will use facial recognition tech to find an adult performer who looks similar.>>

It is rare that I am genuinely surprised by a use of computing technology.
computer-vision  pornography  unexpected-results 
4 days ago
Noahpinion: What do white Americans stand to lose?
The fact that Smith finds his final conclusion puzzling is evidence of how remote his basic emotional disposition is from most ordinary people. (See also Tyler Cowen's extraordinarily naive discounting of the theory that white racism is behind Trump's rise.)
white-people  racism  united-states  trump 
8 days ago
Everyday Finance Politics | Jacobin
“If we broke up the big banks tomorrow . . . would that end racism? Would that end sexism?”

Was Hillary actually going around saying this shit?
identity-politics  circular-firing-squad  leftism  hillary-clinton 
9 days ago
Global Economic Inequality - Our World In Data
But can graphs like this capture the takeoff & extreme stratification at the very top?
visualization  economics 
12 days ago
Seveneves, by Neal Stephenson (@Kindle)
Finished 2016-09-05. Riveting. Maybe Stephenson's best since _Cryptonomicon_; maybe better. Reading this was an uncommonly intense experience; the tension in the first half is almost unbearably relentless. I haven't scarfed down a book at this rate in ages.

Strongly recommended, in the right mood. For maximum impact, avoid summaries of the plot and don't look at the table of contents; just plunge in. (Warning: if your eyes glaze over reflexively while reading descriptions of orbital mechanics then you might struggle with this one a bit.)

Idea for an essay: contrast this with Robert Charles Wilson's _Spin_ as a window into the differing sensibilities of two great novels, by two of the greatest living science fiction writers, tackling similar subjects.
booklog  finished:2016  fiction  science-fiction 
23 days ago
The Orange Trees of Marrakesh: Ibn Khaldun and the Science of Man, by Stephen Frederic Dale (@Kindle)
Finished 2016-08-??. Almost exactly the book I've wanted to read about Ibn Khaldun and his world ever since I first heard about him.

Dale's primary thesis is that Khaldun's work is best understood through the lens of the tradition of Greco-Islamic philosophy from Aristotle to Ibn Rushd. Dale pushes this line pretty hard, and I haven't read Khaldun primary sources and I don't know enough about Khaldun scholarship to judge whether this is idiosyncratic axe-grinding or a contender for the mainstream view, but Dale makes a decent case. At any rate, the book is worth reading just for its portraits of the Greco-Islamic intellectual tradition and the society of North Africa in the Middle Ages.

Most educated English-speaking people know little or nothing about Ibn Khaldun, if they have even heard the name. A book like this was sorely needed. Recommended.
booklog  nonfiction  finished:2016  philosophy  history  middle-east  islam 
25 days ago
The Corporation Wars: Dissidence, by Ken MacLeod (@Kindle)
Finished 2016-09-02. Feels a bit spare and lightweight for a MacLeod novel but interesting enough that I'll probably read the next one.
booklog  finished:2016  science-fiction  space-opera 
25 days ago
The Revolutions, by Felix Gilman (@Kindle)
Finished 2016-08-??. Lovely and unique. Gilman has one of the most distinctive sensibilities in fantasy fiction today. Recommended.
booklog  finished:2016  fiction  fantasy-fiction  science-fiction 
25 days ago
What's the Alt-Right? - LA Times
<<In short, this new strain of reactionary thought goes beyond the garden-variety racial prejudice of yore — which certainly was bad enough — to a root-and-branch rejection of American 21st century values. The Alt-Right represents the first new philosophical competitor to liberalism, broadly defined, since the fall of Communism.>>
politics  united-states  conservatism  racism 
4 weeks ago
<<We introduce Flip Feng Shui (FFS), a new exploitation
vector which allows an attacker to induce bit flips over
arbitrary physical memory in a fully controlled way. FFS
relies on hardware bugs to induce bit flips over memory
and on the ability to surgically control the physical memory
layout to corrupt attacker-targeted data anywhere in
the software stack. We show FFS is possible today with
very few constraints on the target data, by implementing
an instance using the Rowhammer bug and memory
deduplication (an OS feature widely deployed in production).
Memory deduplication allows an attacker to
reverse-map any physical page into a virtual page she
owns as long as the page’s contents are known. Rowhammer,
in turn, allows an attacker to flip bits in controlled
(initially unknown) locations in the target page.>>
security  software  hardware 
6 weeks ago
Locke’s Folly | Jacobin
<<As this sorry history shows, Locke’s proviso is fundamentally at variance with the core doctrine of classical and neoclassical economics, that human needs and desires are unlimited while resources are invariably scarce. The idea of founding a defense of capitalism on a Lockean doctrine of just acquisition of property is inherently contradictory, pitting the role of the market in managing scarcity against a hypothetical origin story in which the absence of scarcity is critical.>>
philosophy  slavery  labor 
6 weeks ago
Baker-Miller Pink - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Baker-Miller Pink is a tone of pink claimed to reduce hostile, violent or aggressive behavior.
psychology  design  color  architecture-is-law 
6 weeks ago
Why parts of the Rust Belt need to die off, professor says - The Atlantic
Headline is bullshit inflammatory clickbait. Here is the real point of the article:

<<for most mid-sized post-industrial cities in the Midwest, the chance of growing within the next 20 years is slim, says Galen Newman, an assistant professor of landscape architecture and urban planning at Texas A&M. He and a colleague, Justin Hollander of Tufts University, are doing some of the only research on “smart decline”—a term that refers to the ways in which cities can plan around population loss and find ways to manage it (and maybe grow again one day).
. . .
If you're losing like Dayton, Ohio, which I think has lost 46 percent of its population since 1960 or something, I don't know that businesses are going to be beating down the door to be getting into Dayton, because there's not a lot of people there spending money in the local economy. We did some forecasting, and what we found is that they're going to be gaining about 5 percent more vacant land every five years. That's according to the predictions we made, and we haven't published that stuff yet.
. . .
We've developed a model to basically predict vacant land. There’s the GIS, the Geographic Information System, that spatially displays data. Now, people use one of its tools to predict vacant land, or predict land uses. So we looked and were like, "why aren't people using it to predict vacant land in all these shrinking cities?" So we developed a model. We used indicators of decreasing land value: low land value, proximity to railroad, proximity to major highways, rate of industry, rate of second industry, ethnicity, demographics.>>
urbanism  economics  geography 
9 weeks ago
They Promised Us Jet Packs. They Promised the Bosses Profit. - NYTimes.com
<<Kathy Cooper, an engineer who led the project, said of the goal, “I think we could meet it, but it would be more like 15 to 20 years.” That was too far away, which was why she recommended killing it.>>
research  business  google  technology-industry 
9 weeks ago
Pack Hunters of the Silicon Savannas - Hintjens.com
Exercise: apply "the singularity has already happened" to this. Hint: minus the curing-all-human-ills part, hasn't global capitalism already created these social apex predators?
futurism  game-theory  science-fiction  evolution  artificial-intelligence  social-organization  interspecies-cooperation 
9 weeks ago
How a Guy From a Montana Trailer Park Overturned 150 Years of Biology - The Atlantic
<< In the 150 years since Schwendener, biologists have tried in vain to grow lichens in laboratories. Whenever they artificially united the fungus and the alga, the two partners would never fully recreate their natural structures. It was as if something was missing—and Spribille might have discovered it.

He has shown that largest and most species-rich group of lichens are not alliances between two organisms, as every scientist since Schwendener has claimed. Instead, they’re alliances between three. All this time, a second type of fungus has been hiding in plain view.  >>
biology  history  interspecies-cooperation 
9 weeks ago
As I say: labor is actually six dimensions...
I question whether, within a primary hedonistic and individualistic ethos, such as is fostered by late capitalism, any component of these 6 factors week remain a competitive advantage for us. In particular, it seems quite likely to me that "smiles" will eventually be done more consistently and with greater fidelity to the recipient's emotional needs by machines.
economics  labor  futurism 
9 weeks ago
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