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How The United States Failed To See The Coronavirus Crisis Coming : NPR
The U.S. has reported far more cases of coronavirus than any other country. How did the country not see this coming as recently as late February? What went wrong with the messaging from the top?
crisis  currenthistory 
yesterday
The Robots Are Coming | Boston Review
In the overhyped age of deep learning, rumors of thinking robots are greatly exaggerated. Still, we cannot leave decisions about even this sort of AI in the hands of those who stand to profit from its use.
nerdstuff 
25 days ago
Book Review: The New Populism: Democracy Stares into the Abyss by Marco Revelli | LSE Review of Books
In The New Populism: Democracy Stares into the Abyss, Marco Revelli explores the definitions, historical development and electoral geography of populism across much of Europe and the United States,…
crisis  currenthistory  polsci 
28 days ago
The Deeply Dedicated State | The New York Review of Books | Daily
The State Department does not have a reputation for producing heroes. On the contrary, the department is commonly maligned in both elite and popular stereotypes as the stomping ground of drab, cautious bureaucrats. But President Trump and his inner circle have taken disregard for our career diplomats to a new level, one of outright trashing. Now, though, the disruption of the Trump–Giuliani “drug deal” is a crucial victory for diplomacy—and the American national interest. Ambassadors Yovanovitch and Taylor both championed the fight against corruption and strengthening of the rule of law in Ukraine. Ironically, their courageous actions have also helped thwart corruption and reinforce the rule of law in their homeland.
polsci 
7 weeks ago
Metadata: Your File's Hidden DNA and You
The files you use every day carry around a slew of hidden data that can be incredibly useful to you... or problematically revealing to others. But if you learn how to work with metadata, it can be very helpful in diagnosing problems with files, organizing or protecting data, and even removing information you don’t want revealed!
7 weeks ago
The Apps on My Phone Are Stalking Me - The New York Times
I discovered that we’re building a digital surveillance state much like the one in China.
privacy  security  splinternet 
8 weeks ago
Introduction to automation with Bash scripts | Opensource.com
Sysadmins, those of us who run and manage Linux computers most closely, have direct access to tools that help us work more efficiently. To help you use these tools to their maximum benefit to make your life easier, this series of articles explores using automation in the form of Bash shell scripts. It covers:
bash 
8 weeks ago
I, Cringely Looking back at Y2K from the Trump Era - I, Cringely
Y2K was Climate Change for an earlier era -- a very real global problem that was anticlimactic only because we took heroic efforts to handle it.
crisis  currenthistory 
9 weeks ago
The Apps on My Phone Are Stalking Me - The New York Times
I discovered that we’re building a digital surveillance state much like the one in China.
privacy  security  splinternet 
10 weeks ago
Trump impeachment trial: What to expect from Mitch McConnell - Vox
A Senate impeachment trial should be a solemn affair. It won’t be with McConnell at the helm.
polsci 
10 weeks ago
The Terrible Truth About Amazon Alexa and Privacy
This week, I read through a history of everything I’ve said to Alexa, and it felt a little bit like reading an old diary. Until I remembered that the things I’ve told Alexa in private are stored on an Amazon server and have possibly been read by an Amazon employee. This is all to make Alexa better, the company keeps saying. However, to many people, it’s not immediately obvious how humans interacting with your seemingly private voice commands is anything other than surveillance. Alexa, these people say, is a spy hiding in a wiretapping device.
security  privacy 
10 weeks ago
Getting Past Reagan by Simon Johnson - Project Syndicate
The question for the 2020 US election season seems straightforward: Should Americans continue with some version of the Reagan regime, which is likely to deliver consistently mediocre growth and extreme income inequality? But the real question is how to enact policies resisted by the oligarchy that the Reagan Revolution created.
polsci 
12 weeks ago
Keynes was wrong. Gen Z will have it worse. - MIT Technology Review
Instead of never-ending progress, today’s kids face a world on the edge of collapse. What next?
splinternet 
january 2020
Software disenchantment @ tonsky.me
Everything is going to hell and nobody seems to care
nerdstuff 
january 2020
This old promo video gives a glimpse into Metro’s early days – Greater Greater Washington
While some of us can’t imagine living without Metro, at one point in time not all that long ago it was brand new. This 1976 promotional video, via PlanItMetro, shows the system’s earliest days:
wmata  transit 
december 2019
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