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iOS 12: The MacStories Review
Introduction Setup and Performance iPad Do Not Disturb, Notifications, and Screen Time Do Not Disturb Notifications Grouping Instant Tuning Provisional…
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Uber’s Bundles
With Uber, nothing is easy. Start with profitability, or the lack thereof: two weeks ago the company reported its quarterly “earnings”, 1 and once again the…
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Amazon Sign In
Hello, Timothy C Disney Please enter your password to continue There was a problem Please provide your email-address or mobile phone number Invalid email…
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The Peculiar Math That Could Underlie the Laws of Nature
In 2014, a graduate student at the University of Waterloo, Canada, named Cohl Furey rented a car and drove six hours south to Pennsylvania State University,…
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Thieves steal Sweden’s crown jewels and escape in a speed boat
The Swedish Royal Family’s crown jewels from the 17th century are seen in this handout photo distributed on Aug. 1, 2018. (Swedish Police/via Reuters) Sweden’s…
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A Spectre is Haunting Unicode
In 1978 Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade andIndustry established the encoding that would later be known as JIS X 0208, which stillserves as an important…
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How an Ex-Cop Rigged McDonald’s Monopoly Game and Stole Millions
Jerome Jacobson and his network of mobsters, psychics, strip club owners, and drug traffickers won almost every prize for 12 years, until the FBI launched…
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The Rub of Rough Sex
Chelsea G. Summers | Longreads | July 2018 | 15 minutes (3,801 words) This is a piece about abuse. This is a piece about kink and a piece about consent. This is…
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Forecasting a headline risk: NetSpectre – Starting Up Security – Medium
Understanding short term likelihood of an in-the-wild attack. When headline a risk comes around, it can sometimes lead to massive uncertainty and confused…
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Resistant protocols: How decentralization evolves – John Backus – Medium
Why do we build decentralized technologies? How do we predict what will be successful, what will get shutdown, and what will end up as a science experiment that…
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8 weeks ago
Booting Secure
Howdy, y’all. Long time 😄 So now the 2018 MacBook Pro exists. If you didn’t hear, it ships with Secure Boot. If you did hear, you might be freaking out about…
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The Conversations that Cryptocurrency Killed
Have you ever been in abusive relationship? All you can do is get the hell out, because convincing your abuser to treat you well is a lost cause. They are a…
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Meet the Anarchists Making Their Own Medicine
The first time I encountered Michael Laufer, he was throwing thousands of dollars worth of homemade medicine into a packed audience at Hackers on Planet Earth…
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How to see kung fu films
In this video, MoMA film curator La Frances Hui gives us a very quick and informative overview of what to look for when watching kung fu and martial arts films.…
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The accent gap: How Amazon’s and Google’s smart speakers leave certain voices behind
When Meghan Cruz says “Hey, Alexa,” her Amazon smart speaker bursts to life, offering the kind of helpful response she now expects from her automated assistant.…
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Gaming’s toxic men, explained
This story is not another attempt to chronicle the activities of racist and misogynist men who harass women and people of color on social media and in…
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Pointers Are Complicated, or: What's in a Byte?
Jul 24, 2018 • Internship, Rust • Permalink This summer, I am again working on Rust full-time, and again I will work (amongst other things) on a “memory model”…
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9 weeks ago
We Spent an Hour Talking to Hello Games About Everything ‘No Man’s Sky’
The launch of No Man’s Sky , one of the most anticipated games in recent memory, was rocky, at best. The infinite possibilities suggested by the game’s…
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9 weeks ago
Theresa May’s Impossible Choice
May’s task has been to quell a populist wave, not ride it. Her best hope has been to contain the damage on all sides. Illustration by Andrea Ventura The British…
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9 weeks ago
Russian operatives blasted 18,000 tweets ahead of a huge news day during the 2016 presidential campaign. Did they know what was coming?
This June 19, 2017, file photo shows fingers on laptop keyboard in North Andover, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File) On the eve of one of the newsiest days…
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How People Weave Online Information Into Pseudoknowledge - Joshua Introne, Irem Gokce Yildirim, Luca Iandoli, Julia DeCook, Shaima Elzeini, 2018
Introduction Section: Digital misinformation has been widely recognized as a significant and serious modern problem (). In a recent Pew Report (), roughly half…
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SSC Journal Club: Dissolving The Fermi Paradox
I’m late to posting this, but it’s important enough to be worth sharing anyway: Sandberg, Drexler, and Ord on Dissolving the Fermi Paradox . (You may recognize…
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Methodologies for measuring project health
A lot of people are interested in measuring the health and velocity of open source projects. After digging through the current research landscape, I’d like to…
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Can Economists and Humanists Ever Be Friends?
Those who seek to reduce behavior to laws would seem hopelessly at odds with those who are fascinated by our full particularity. Illustration by Tamara Shopsin…
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Riot's Approach to Anti-Cheat
Combating cheats is an ever-evolving arms race. The scope and complexity of cheat development grows every year along with the stakes in online gaming. The…
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The New Intelligence – World Positive
Modern AI and the fundamental undoing of the scientific method The days of traditional, human-driven problem solving — developing a hypothesis, uncovering…
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How a cabal of romance writers cashed in on Amazon Kindle Unlimited
On June 4th, a group of lawyers shuffled into a federal court in Manhattan to argue over two trademark registrations. The day’s hearing was the culmination of…
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The New Story of Humanity's Origins in Africa
An ancient human skull from Jebel Irhoud Ryan Somma / Flickr / Katie Martin / The Atlantic There is a decades-old origin story for our species, in which we…
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Sex, Beer, and Coding: Inside Facebook’s Wild Early Days in Palo Alto
Everyone who has seen The Social Network knows the story of Facebook’s founding. It was at Harvard in the spring semester of 2004. What people tend to forget,…
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The Haunting Doubts of Mr. Rogers and Paddington Bear
Fred Rogers on the set of his show Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood from the film, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Jim Judkis/Focus Features MY NEIGHBOR Television was an…
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11 weeks ago
Can meditation really make the world a better place? – Ute Kreplin | Aeon Essays
Among the promised psychological and physical benefits of meditation are the elimination or reduction of stress, anxiety and depression, as well as bipolar…
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C Is Not a Low-level Language - ACM Queue
The May/June issue of acmqueue is out now Programming Languages PDF April 30, 2018 Volume 16, issue 2 Your computer is not a fast PDP-11. David Chisnall In the…
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Order Out of Chaos: Patterns of Organization for Writing on the Job
Illustration by Dougal MacPherson A few years ago, a former boss of mine emailed me out of the blue and asked for a resource that would help him and his…
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Disposable America
MirageC / Getty A straw is a simple thing. It’s a tube, a conveyance mechanism for liquid. The defining characteristic of the straw is the emptiness inside it.…
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Survival of the Richest – Future Human – Medium
L ast year, I got invited to a super-deluxe private resort to deliver a keynote speech to what I assumed would be a hundred or so investment bankers. It was by…
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How to get away with financial fraud
‘G uys, you’ve got to hear this,” I said. I was sitting in front of my computer one day in July 2012, with one eye on a screen of share prices and the other on…
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The Rise of ``Worse is Better''
Previous: Lisp's Apparent Failures Up: Lisp's Apparent Failures Next: Good Lisp Programming is Hard I and just about every designer of Common Lisp and CLOS has…
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11 weeks ago
The Beautiful, Ugly, and Possessive Hearts of Star Wars
John Boyega as Finn and Daisy Ridley as Rey in Star Wars: The Last Jedi . Lucasfilm/Walt Disney Pictures THE TOWER I’ve never seen a popular conversation go as…
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12 weeks ago
When Truth Falls Apart
How do we restore consensus in an age so divorced from fact? Image: jimjarmo If I have recognized the spread in drug warnings and financial doublespeak, where…
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Use 'Find a Reddit' to Discover Even More Fascinating Things to Waste Away the Hours
Photo: Jerod Harris ( Getty Images ) Reddit, crazy as it can be at times, is a great time-waster—no argument there. And while it’s fun to browse /r/videos and…
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june 2018
The gospel of Elon Musk, according to his flock
Last year, hospitalized and bedridden for several months following a suicide attempt, Salina Marie Gomez turned on individual notifications for Elon Musk’s…
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june 2018
Finally, A Problem That Only Quantum Computers Will Ever Be Able to Solve | Quanta Magazine
Early on in the study of quantum computers, computer scientists posed a question whose answer, they knew, would reveal something deep about the power of these…
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june 2018
Inside the Crypto World's Biggest Scandal
One day in the spring of 2010, Kathleen McCaffrey, a sophomore at New York University, received an invitation from a stranger named Arthur Breitman. On the…
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june 2018
Big Tech Isn’t the Problem With Homelessness. It’s All of Us
The icons of downtown San Francisco are the same whether you’re looking at the buildings or at your phone. In the blocks around the undulating, metal-screened…
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june 2018
California Net Neutrality Bill Was 'Hijacked,' Lawmaker Says
Last month the California Senate passed what would be the country's toughest net neutrality protections , which go even further than the repealed Obama-era…
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june 2018
Programming the Cloud
Over the last 5 years while working at Microsoft and AWS I’ve frequently day-dreamed about the potential of a truly programmable cloud development platform. Of…
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june 2018
Friedrich Hayek: Libertarian Hero or Ideologue? - Evonomics
By Ulrich Witt The social philosophy of Friedrich A. Hayek finds a renewed attention these days in the political arena of the U.S. – not least also in Evonomics…
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june 2018
Europa Universalis IV: DLC Buying Guide
It’s almost hard to believe that Europa Universalis IV is approaching five years of age. Its thirteen expansions total up to $200 at full price if you’re just…
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june 2018
Shortcuts: A New Vision for Siri and iOS Automation
In my Future of Workflow article from last year (published soon after the news of Apple's acquisition ), I outlined some of the probable outcomes for the app.…
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june 2018
Looking for Life on a Flat Earth
Illustration by Robert Beatty On the last Sunday afternoon in March, Mike Hughes, a sixty-two-year-old limousine driver from Apple Valley, California,…
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june 2018
Donald Trump’s New World Order
Trump’s team appears unfazed by the feeling among Palestinians that they are being cast aside. Illustration by Javier Jaén On the afternoon of December 14,…
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june 2018
Anthony Bourdain, Suicide, and Grace
Anthony Bourdain. Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images He was a titan, a poet and a potty mouth. He had the acerbic wit of an Oscar Wilde protagonist and the…
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june 2018
What Happens When a Bad-Tempered, Distractible Doofus Runs an Empire?
During Kaiser Wilhelm II’s reign, the upper echelons of the German government began to unravel into a free-for-all, with officials wrangling against one…
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june 2018
Fat protocols aren't new: What blockchain can learn from p2p file sharing
Starting in 1999, we saw an explosion of p2p file sharing technology. We had Gnutella (the protocol behind Limewire), FastTrack (Kazaa), eDonkey, and…
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june 2018
Nanobarter
There have been over the years several plans and attempts to develop very fined grained markets online. There are several barriers to the success of such…
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june 2018
Ersatz Free Trials | Bitsplitting.org
On Monday Apple announced that they are officially supporting so-called “free trials” for non-subscription apps. The reaction has been a breathless celebration…
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june 2018
Silicon Inquiry
A few weeks ago, WIRED Magazine published an article subtitled Silicon Valley Techies Still Think They’re the Good Guys. They’re Not. The article described a…
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june 2018
The Cost of Developers
Yesterday saw three developer-related announcements, two from Apple, and one from Microsoft. The former came as part of Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers…
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june 2018
Intelligent Tracking Prevention 2.0
Today we’re happy to bring you Intelligent Tracking Prevention 2.0, or ITP 2.0. It builds upon ITP 1.0 , which we released last year, and ITP 1.1 , which was…
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june 2018
Facebook Gave Device Makers Deep Access to Data on Users and Friends
Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, at a Senate hearing in April. The company gave at least 60 phone and other device makers access to large amounts of…
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june 2018
How American Racism Influenced Hitler
Hitler, circa 1923. Five years later, he noted, approvingly, that white Americans had “gunned down . . . millions of redskins.” Photograph from Hulton-Deutsch…
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june 2018
How an Aspiring It-Girl Tricked New York’s Party People — and Its Biggest Banks
Photography by Sergio Corvacho Above, Anna Delvey. It started with money, as it so often does in New York. A crisp $100 bill slipped across the smooth surface…
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june 2018
Get to Know the Memes of the Alt-Right and Never Miss a Dog-Whistle Again
Memes and the alt-right go together like peanut butter and jelly that's been spread into the shape of a swastika. Internet memes are, by and large, the currency…
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june 2018
Roseanne’s Cancellation and the Danger of Dog Whistles
Roseanne Barr. Getty Images/Kaitlyn Flannagan for Observer When Roseanne first aired in 1988, the television landscape had a weird emphasis on escaping into the…
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june 2018
Cross-Origin Read Blocking (CORB)
This document outlines Cross-Origin Read Blocking (CORB), an algorithm by which dubious cross-origin resource loads may be identified and blocked by web…
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june 2018
What Spectre and Meltdown Mean For WebKit
Security researchers have recently uncovered security issues known as Meltdown and Spectre . These issues apply to all modern processors and allow attackers to…
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june 2018
We are all trapped in the “Feed”
Every afternoon, during lunch, I open up YouTube, and I find myself marveling at the sheer dumbness of its recommendations. Despite having all this viewing data…
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june 2018
A cartoon intro to DNS over HTTPS – Mozilla Hacks - the Web developer blog
Threats to users’ privacy and security are growing. At Mozilla, we closely track these threats. We believe we have a duty to do everything we can to protect…
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june 2018
The crooked timber of humanity
WannaCry, a computer virus that encrypts data and demands a ransom to unscramble it, hit thousands of computers in May, causing several hospitals in Britain to…
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june 2018
Productivity In Three Dimensions of OmniFocus - Inside OmniFocus
I’m a lucky guy. I have a wife of almost twelve years, three kids, a home, a car, and a job where I have the opportunity to serve client needs and support my…
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may 2018
Post-Spectre Threat Model Re-Think
Contributors: awhalley, creis, dcheng, jschuh, jyasskin, lukasza, mkwst, nasko, palmer, tsepez. Patches and corrections welcome! Last Updated: 29 May 2018…
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may 2018
Douglas Hofstadter - Person Paper on Purity in Language
A Person Paper on Purity in Language William Satire (alias Douglas R. Hofstadter) From MetamagicalThemas: Questing for the Essence of Mind and Pattern by…
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may 2018
How I Hacked Into One of the Most Popular Dating Websites
A story of poor backend security in midst of scandals and new regulations. Even though they promote smart dating by using science and machine learning, their…
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may 2018
The Game of The Generation – Deorbital
God of War has always been the game of the generation, a mirror in which we can see ourselves and our values, polished with a spit-shine and shot up to the top…
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may 2018
'I felt exposed online': how to disappear from the internet
Poof! All gone. ‘In a world where almost any action leaves some kind of digital footprint, there is no clear path back to the realm of the unknown.’Photograph:…
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may 2018
Second Life: Rethinking Myself Through Exercise, Mindfulness, and Gratitude
"There's something in your latest scan that we need to double check." Here's what I've learned about cancer as a survivor: even once you're past it, and despite…
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may 2018
Chasing the Pearl of Lao Tzu
Kristina Collantes L egend says the diver drowned retrieving the pearl. Trapped in a giant Tridacna clam, his body was brought to the surface by his fellow…
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may 2018
I was Jordan Peterson’s strongest supporter. Now I think he’s dangerous | The Star
Fri., May 25, 2018 Several years ago, Jordan Peterson told me he wanted to buy a church. This was long before he became known as “the most influential public…
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may 2018
Traumatic License: An Oral History of Action Park
Zandy Mangold In the summer of 1983, Action Park—a collection of water-themed amusement rides installed over a ski resort in the rural town of Vernon, New…
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may 2018
The Apple Watch has found a surprisingly useful home
When the Apple Watch launched in 2015, it wasn’t exactly clear who, or what, it was for . It was a phone accessory meant to curtail some of the notification…
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may 2018
Digital Capitalism’s War on Leisure
Last July, a paper by Mark Aguiar et al. made waves by attributing 23-46 percent of the 12 percent decline in work hours among predominantly low-skill males…
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may 2018
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