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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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5 days ago
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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6 days ago
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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6 days ago
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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11 days ago
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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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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15 days ago
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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16 days ago
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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18 days 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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19 days 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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23 days ago
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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6 weeks ago
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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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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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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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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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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6 weeks ago
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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6 weeks ago
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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6 weeks ago
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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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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7 weeks ago
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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7 weeks ago
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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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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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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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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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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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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7 weeks ago
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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7 weeks ago
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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7 weeks ago
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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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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7 weeks ago
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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7 weeks ago
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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7 weeks ago
'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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7 weeks ago
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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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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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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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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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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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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The Bill Gates Line
Two of the more famous military sayings are “Generals are always preparing to fight the last war”, and “Never interrupt your enemy while he is making a…
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A New Look Inside Theranos’ Dysfunctional Corporate Culture
Alan Beam was sitting in his office reviewing lab reports when Theranos CEO and founder Elizabeth Holmes poked her head in and asked him to follow her. She…
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The Two Crucial Filmmaking Elements Causing All Your Movie Feuds
Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War. Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2018 A Tale of Two Scenes Ever watched a film with a friend where you both have completely…
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9 weeks ago
Inside the crypto bro fest that took over New York City
Kirby Chicas quit his job as a General Electric account manager in Toronto a few months ago to chase a dream he’s had for years — to help start a revolution in…
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9 weeks ago
The Promise of Vaping and the Rise of Juul
“Smoking is gross,” a high schooler said. “Juuling is really what’s up.” Photograph by Elizabeth Renstrom for The New Yorker If I get addicted to vaping, I…
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9 weeks ago
the information apocalypse
Mon Feb 19, 2018 My friend Aviv was recently the subject of a popular Buzzfeedarticle about the possibility of an impending “information apocalypse”. tl;dr:…
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february 2018
Why Decentralization Matters – AVC
As you can see, I am not writing this presidents day weekend. I explained why on friday . Instead I’ve been posting things that I found worth sharing with all…
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february 2018
Code Review. 7 Mistakes You May Be Making
Code review can really change the quality of your code. There’s one condition - you must do it properly to fulfill its potential. Let’s list the most common…
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february 2018
Black Panther’s Right Thing
1. TRASH In the pantheon of great American films, I put Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing right at the very top of the list. I’ve talked about why in detail…
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february 2018
Toxic VC and the marginal-dollar problem
Eric Paley Contributor Eric Paley is a managing partner at Founder Collective . More posts by this contributor: The plague of rationalization Learning to…
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february 2018
An opinionated guide to Haskell in 2018
An opinionated guide to Haskell in 2018 2018-02-10 ⦿ haskell For me, this month marks the end of an era in my life: as of February 2018, I am no longer employed…
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february 2018
Inoreader - The content reader for power users who want to save time.
We use cookies to enhance your Inoreader experience. By using our website, you agree to our use of cookies. Learn more or . Inoreader iOS App Android App…
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february 2018
New Apps for 2018
You can download my wallpaper here . The new year is always an opportunity for me to take some time off work and better understand how I use technology and,…
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february 2018
Eric's Archived Thoughts: Declining Complexity in CSS
At the end of last week, I posted this picture to Twitter and Facebook, and on Twitter it kind of took off. On the left: the 2nd and 3rd editions of “CSS: The…
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february 2018
Is There a Smarter Way to Think About Sexual Assault on Campus?
In 2015, Columbia launched SHIFT , an unprecedented, wide-ranging study of the sexual behavior of undergraduates. Illustration by Chloe Scheffe If I were asked…
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february 2018
The Great Crime Decline
Poor and vulnerable communities have benefitted the most from the drop in crime. Illustration by Eiko Ojala Big events go by unseen while we sweat the smaller…
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february 2018
The White Darkness: A Journey Across Antarctica
A Reporter At Large February 12 & 19, 2018 The White Darkness A solitary journey across Antarctica. I. Mortal Danger T he man felt like a speck in the frozen…
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february 2018
Why Paper Jams Persist
For printer engineers, solving paper jams is “the ultimate challenge,” combining physics, chemistry, and programming. Illustration by Daniel Savage Building 111…
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february 2018
Jerry Fodor’s Enduring Critique of Neo-Darwinism
Fodor, who died last month, thought that the neo-Darwinists had confused the loyalty oath of modernity with blind adherence to the fallacy known as “natural…
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