The Persistent Myth of Insurmountable Tribalism Will Kill Us All | Hapgood
"I don’t know where our students will be in ten years or what they will believe. I know that views do harden, even over the course of college. But they come to us, right now, wanting to do better at this, feeling guilty that they’re not, overwhelmed by the effort to close that gap. The fact that we don’t take advantage of that desire, that class by class we are letting this urge of students to do better wither on the vine so that they can later be groomed and radicalized by God knows who — that is something we will all come to regret, no matter which tribe we belong to. A massive, massive waste of human desire and potential in the face of looming catastrophe.

The report tells us the students would like to do better. The students in our classes learn to do better, and enjoy doing better. I’m really not sure what we’re waiting for."
journalism  college  2018 
Composer's Sketchpad

A modern, mobile-centric take on music sequenc-
ing? An intuitive & interactive diary for comp-
osition? A melodic, painterly canvas for creat-
ive fiddling? A stage for microtonal & rhythmi-
c experimentation? Amazingly: all of the above!"
by ordt guy
music  app  tools  ios 
3 days ago
Thieves and Geeks: Russian and Chinese Hacking Communities
Russian groups: following the money, strict rules against attacking CIS, lots of cards and cryptoc to launder.
Chinese: more communal, hard to access outside China without language, more like traditional warez and porn groups
reference  report  2018  hacking  crime  community  culture 
3 days ago
FM snare drum - Plutiedev
Note this is how to do it in the YM chip for a Mega Drive /Genesis, but can still be a useful description of operator interaction.
music  howto  synthesizer  retrogaming  sega 
5 days ago
Latency, throughput, and port usage data for x86
"provides more than 200,000 pages with detailed latency, throughput, and port usage data for most x86 instructions on all generations of Intel's Core architecture (i.e., from Nehalem to Coffee Lake). While such data is important for understanding, predicting, and optimizing the performance of software running on these microarchitectures, most of it is not documented in Intel's official processor manuals."
hardware  intel  performance  reference  x86 
5 days ago
The next career step for Senior Software Engineers (that isn’t management) | Lobsters
"As a lawyer, what’s the ‘next career step’ for people that have been working for 10 years as lawyers? It is of course to work for another 35 years as a lawyer and then retire, possibly becoming a partner in a law firm at some point.

If you want to make more money that you make as an employee, you need to not be an employee. It’s pretty simple. Call it management, call it whatever you want. But fundamentally as an employee you cannot make any more than you generate in revenue for whatever company you work for, and realistically you’ll be making much less because otherwise they won’t generate any profit. If you want to make more money that you can generate in ‘value’ per hour, or even anywhere near that amount, you’re going to need to start extracting profits from the work of others. Distasteful, I know, but that’s what you want."
career  comment  business  lobsters 
6 days ago
No Joke — Real Life
"It would suit liberal and conservative disavowals of antifa tactics if irony poisoning were really the problem at hand. Condemning irony is the same as insisting that sunlight is the best disinfectant for fascism. As Vicky Osterweil noted in this publication, “feckless liberals abdicate power in the hopes that it will somehow ‘reveal’ the true nature of fascism — think of Democrats relying on Trump to finally demonstrate his unfitness to rule rather than organizing an actual opposition — fascism consolidates representations of that unfitness as opportunities to demonstrate loyalty and belonging.” Behind the so-called irony of Pepe and Kek, there is no pure discursive sphere to be revealed, where fascism and race hate have no place to hide. I suppose there’s some irony — a tired, well worn irony — in the media suggesting that the problem with racist fascism under Trump is that it’s all too obscure."
gg  psychology  fascism  2018  internet 
7 days ago
The Suffocation of Democracy | by Christopher R. Browning | The New York Review of Books
"No matter how and when the Trump presidency ends, the specter of illiberalism will continue to haunt American politics. A highly politicized judiciary will remain, in which close Supreme Court decisions will be viewed by many as of dubious legitimacy, and future judicial appointments will be fiercely contested. The racial division, cultural conflict, and political polarization Trump has encouraged and intensified will be difficult to heal. Gerrymandering, voter suppression, and uncontrolled campaign spending will continue to result in elections skewed in an unrepresentative and undemocratic direction. Growing income disparity will be extremely difficult to halt, much less reverse."
politics  history  authoritarianism  2018  democracy  us 
8 days ago
Supreme Court Makes It Harder for Tribal North Dakotans to Vote – Mother Jones
"Tweet from @gwheele1: The USPS only gives Tribal residents PO boxes. Only residents with street addresses can vote. The Supreme Court just cut off voting rights to Native Americans in ND."
from:motherjones  voting  us  politics  2018 
8 days ago
Armchair Investigators at Front of British Inquiry Into Spy Poisoning - The New York Times
Bellingcat in the UK: "“This is a new frontier in terms of internet activism, or internet research,” said Jonathan Eyal, associate director of the Royal United Services Institute, a security and defense policy group. “What you witnessed in the House of Parliament is a blurring of distinctions: States are increasingly losing their monopoly over spying. Now it belongs to anyone who has the brains, the spunk and the technological ability.”"
intelligence  investigation  article  2018  from:nytimes 
8 days ago
Pando: The War Nerd: Why is the F-35 Like an Albanian Mushroom?
"Look at the U.S. political scene, especially its defense procurement, from the Albanian angle and it makes horrible sense. Why do those congress-bastards scream so loudly at the thought of poor people buying shrimp, but pass DoD appropriations by huge margins, even though there’ve been thousands of stories about the worthlessness of flagship programs like the F-35? Because the money for those programs stays out of the hands of the nobodies, safely circulating only within the elite, the dividend class."
military  corruption  2018  politics  this_is_fine  from:warnerd 
9 days ago
Elites like Amazon’s Jeff Bezos think they’re being philanthropic. But they could do so much more. - Recode
Winners Take All author

"And I said, you know, “What did you understand by having to cater and dance around these people’s needs in the Valley?” And what he basically explained to me was they really want to help people, as long as, as you say, they’re driving the ship. The help is voluntary. It’s not the government compelling them to give money for programs the government decides about. It’s them deciding where their money goes. They like to feel useful. They like to feel involved.

- Yeah.

Which basically is in our ...

- And not insulted.

But can I tell you what those are the values of? Those are the values of a feudal culture.

- Yep.

This is feudal giving, right? I mean, to go back to where we started, when I used to travel to India as a child, the thing that strikes you is all these affluent families, they all have servants. And they all tell you, “Oh, our servant is just like family to us.” The problem is the servant sleeps on the floor.

- And they’re the servant.

And they’re the servant. They sleep on the floor. There’s no restrictions on their hours. They’re not subject to any labor laws. Their passport is usually kept in a lock and key somewhere, which is the definition of human trafficking. That they’re given just a plate of rice every day, and there’s this ...

You know, when their roof caves in in the state of Bihar or Madhya Pradesh, you’ll send $300 or $400 for them to repair their roof and it’s very generous. There’s a lot of generosity in that world. There’s not a lot of justice. And what no one thinks in that world to do is to say, “Gosh, we shouldn’t be living in this equation that we’re living in.” "
capitalism  interview  transcript  silicon_valley  philanthropy  2018 
10 days ago
QPDF: A Content-Preserving PDF Transformation System
"It could have been called something like pdf-to-pdf. It also provides many useful capabilities to developers of PDF-producing software or for people who just want to look at the innards of a PDF file to learn more about how they work.

QPDF is capable of creating linearized (also known as web-optimized) files and encrypted files. It is also capable of converting PDF files with object streams (also known as compressed objects) to files with no compressed objects or to generate object streams from files that don't have them (or even those that already do). QPDF also supports a special mode designed to allow you to edit the content of PDF files in a text editor."
pdf  tools  software 
11 days ago
Supply Chain Security Speculation – the grugq – Medium
(for )
@thegrugq: "For me, Bloomberg’s article could go either way. The logic of backdooring the BMC makes a lot of sense. Whether it happened in this case — given all the categorical denials — I have no idea.

The real takeaway from this is that IPMI is a raging tire fire, BMCs are Satan spawn, and never ever expose IPMI interfaces to the Internet. Unless you want hackers, because thats how you get hackers."
13 days ago
Russia Is Exploiting American White Supremacy Over and Over Again
"Whatever else Russia achieved in 2016, it demonstrated that despite a generation of grueling foreign war, white supremacy is the only true existential threat America faces."
information_warfare  racism  us  2018 
13 days ago
The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies - Bloomberg
Remember kids, supply chains matter
(Reread to find if it was connecting to Intel me/and for how chips got into servers via bribes)
(Current: Lots of pushback from entities involved, unsure level of accuracy) suggests it might have been the BMC/IPMI, so not a ME-level attack, and if this is overblown to dump supermicro stock
china  security  hardware  espionage  from:bloomberg 
14 days ago
Positive Technologies - learn and secure : Intel ME Manufacturing Mode: obscured dangers and their relationship to Apple MacBook vulnerability CVE-2018-4251
"Our research shows that Intel ME has a Manufacturing Mode problem, and that even giant manufacturers such as Apple are not immune to configuration mistakes on Intel platforms. Worse still, there is no public information on the topic, leaving end users in the dark about weaknesses that could result in data theft, persistent irremovable rootkits, and even "bricking" of hardware.
We also suspect that the ability to reset ME without resetting the main CPU may lead to yet additional security issues, due to the states of the BIOS/UEFI and ME falling out of sync.
intel_me  intel  x86  security  2018 
15 days ago
Chris Granger on Twitter: "As programmers we tend to focus on the idea of adding functionality, but in our user research we found relatively few people wanted that. They were just trying to get an answer of some kind and then consistently communicate that
'As programmers we tend to focus on the idea of adding functionality, but in our user research we found relatively few people wanted that. They were just trying to get an answer of some kind and then consistently communicate that answer to themselves or someone else."
piperesearch  tweets  programming 
18 days ago
"Knotation is a concrete syntax for RDF datasets with strong support for OWL. It combines the best features of:

Turtle: prefixed names, subject stanzas, multiline strings, comments
JSON-LD: labels, default datatypes, contexts
Manchester: human-readable OWL expressions
YAML: lightweight line-based syntax
Knotation is still in early development. Several planned features have not yet been implemented."
science  semanticweb  rdf  language 
20 days ago
Gary Bernhardt on Twitter: "PSA: In CSS, `transform: scale(2)` scales all three dimensions, including z. That makes the element taller than its nominal z-index. If it scrolls "under" an element that's `position: fixed` etc., it will poke out through the e
"PSA: In CSS, `transform: scale(2)` scales all three dimensions, including z. That makes the element taller than its nominal z-index. If it scrolls "under" an element that's `position: fixed` etc., it will poke out through the element. Solution: `transform: scale(2) scale(2) 0`."
css  tips  webdev 
20 days ago
When journalists report social media as public opinion
"Journalists should be careful when using social media posts to report what the public thinks, and should tell readers how the data was collected."
journalism  socialmedia  tips 
20 days ago
Meet the Community Keeping Obsolete Supercomputers Alive - Motherboard
Note that the title means "SGI", but it's still amazing. Unexpected: there is no emulation, so every machine is precious.
sgi  retrocomputing  from:motherboard  2018  hardware 
20 days ago
Foreign Labor Certification Data Center. You can look up rates and apply them to local labor as well!
labor  data_source  reference  employment  us 
20 days ago
Brett Kavanaugh Is A Man The Right Can Get Behind
"So it’s fine to point out that things are different, now, if only on their surface; it’s fine to chart out, if you wish, the moral and intellectual decay whereby the American right eventually dropped all its pretenses and became, straight out, the Neener Neener Neener You Can’t Stop Us movement; it’s fine to observe that this happening subsequent to America’s first non-white president and first non-male major-party presidential nominee is no coincidence at all, but very specifically a vengeful tantrum by a shrinking class of wounded bullies eager to reassert by force and at all costs their hold on society’s controls.

But first, the thing to do is to describe it accurately. When they eventually ram Kavanaugh through, and they will, it won’t be despite all of this. It will be because of it."
2018  conservatism  this_is_fine  politics 
20 days ago
The Startup That Offers to Inject People With "Young Blood" Is Opening Its First Clinic
"But as far as young blood is concerned – and its alleged potential to fight ageing – the science remains unclear.

"There's just no clinical evidence [that the treatment will be beneficial], and you're basically abusing people's trust and the public excitement around this," Stanford University neuroscientist Tony Wyss-Coray, who led a 2014 study of young plasma in mice, recently told Science magazine.

Karmazin is still optimistic. He got the idea for his company as a medical student at Stanford and an intern at the National Institute on Ageing, where he watched dozens of traditional blood transfusions performed safely."
(So of course Thiel and the others will line up, just like Guccione did in the 90s for treatments that did fuck-all, except now they're coming for the youth)
health  grim_meathook_future  2018 
22 days ago
Facebook Is Giving Advertisers Access to Your Shadow Contact Information
"They found that when a user gives Facebook a phone number for two-factor authentication or in order to receive alerts about new log-ins to a user’s account, that phone number became targetable by an advertiser within a couple of weeks. So users who want their accounts to be more secure are forced to make a privacy trade-off and allow advertisers to more easily find them on the social network. When asked about this, a Facebook spokesperson said that “we use the information people provide to offer a more personalized experience, including showing more relevant ads.” She said users bothered by this can set up two-factor authentication without using their phone numbers; Facebook stopped making a phone number mandatory for two-factor authentication four months ago."
(Todo: check FB advertiser pref page mentioned)
facebook  surveillance_economy  advertising  2018 
22 days ago
How Triplebyte solved its office Wi-Fi problems - Triplebyte Blog
General networking tips of all kinds.
But do note the HN discussion, which has other tips and a rebuttal against using consumer gear for a large office:
wifi  hardware  networking  ethernet  dns  tips 
22 days ago
From Democracy to Technocracy - Shelly Palmer
@bruces: Trying to figure out what would happen if the Stacks simply buy the US Congress, which they could certainly afford without much trouble
stacks  politics  us  technocracy  2018 
22 days ago
Big Tech Is Fighting to Change Washington's Pioneering Rules on Election Ad Transparency - Slog - The Stranger
"Among other things, the tech lobby's proposed changes would erase language in state code that requires companies like Google and Facebook to actually know when they've sold a political ad aiming to influence Washington's elections."
"Few of these issues will be easy to resolve to universal satisfaction, and the [WA Public Disclosure Committee]-as the Internet Association notes in its letter—will have to wrestle with all of this in the context of the overworked agency's "limited funding."

But Washington has long been a leader on election transparency and pretty much everyone involved seems to agree that it's important to democracy that the current rules—if they do need revising—be revised carefully and with the public good foremost in mind."
wa_state  politics  from:stranger  2018 
22 days ago
Helm by Matt Tytel
"Helm runs in GNU/Linux, Mac OSX and Windows.

Run Helm as a standalone synthesizer or as an LV2, VST, VST3 or AU plugin."
(noted as one of the best OSS synths)
audio  music  synthesizers  software  tools  vst 
23 days ago
Obxd Synthesizer
"Emulation of famous OB-X, OB-Xa and OB-8 synths. While not copying originals, some of the features were taken to a better point. Continuous blendable multimode filter (HP-Notch(BP)-HP in 12 dB mode and 4-1 pole in 24 dB mode). VAM button is last played note allocation mode. 32 and 64 bit versions included."
(this might be just a VST plugin, not a standalone synth)
vst  audio  synthesizers  tools  software 
23 days ago
dexed FM multi plaform/multi format plugin, version 0.9.4
"a multi platform, multi format plugin synth that is closely modeled on the Yamaha DX7. Dexed is also a midi cartridge librarian/manager for the DX7."
synthesizers  music  tools  software  audio 
23 days ago
Comics Come To Life – When Mangaka Work In Anime – Sakuga Blog
Planet With

"This has been a very pleasant rundown of professional mangaka working on anime, but it’s also important to understand that this isn’t the most common interaction between them and the anime industry. More often than not, when their paths cross it’s because their work will be adapted to anime in a very hands-off position for the original author, which is a situation that can get nasty. Though fans are often more overzealous about the purity of the source material than the authors themselves – do yourself a favor and never assume that they’re by default against changes in adaptations – there’s no denying that tensions sometimes arise."
animation  production  manga  anime  2018 
23 days ago
Edward Snowden on Twitter: "People are like, "what kind of power?" The power to always know everything about anyone, so that you can control the outcome of anything they try to do. Sound abstract? It's your stalker ex, but with a military."
@Snowden: "People are like, "what kind of power?" The power to always know everything about anyone, so that you can control the outcome of anything they try to do. Sound abstract? It's your stalker ex, but with a military."
tweet  surveillance_economy  surveillance  2018 
23 days ago
KEXP Exclusive Interview: Noel Brass, Jr. Searches for the Beautiful Unknown on "Broken Cloud Orchestra"
"Much like his music, Brass himself is a calming presence. He carries himself with a flair of old school tradition, dressed sharply in a tie and raincoat. But when he talks, you really start to get the feel for his astuteness to the world around him. His music often reflects imagery of the cosmos and far out, spacey ideas. Broken Cloud Orchestra is no exception. The term "head in the clouds" implies a certain aloofness, but Brass gives off the air of a dreamer without losing his footing and forgetting the inspiration right around him."
interview  music  jazz  afrofuturism  synthesizer  kexp  2017 
23 days ago
Face It, You Just Don’t Care About the News Anymore
"If, as Carey suggests, democracy is the same thing as journalism, it should not surprise us to see both in deep trouble these days. We can only save democracy by saving journalism — or vice versa."
journalism  entertainment  essay  2018  news 
23 days ago
Emily Grace Buck plz hire TTG devs! on Twitter: "That’s certainly how many of us heard it.Company actions reinforced that- if your content went over poorly at a review, even if you made *exactly* what was asked for... you’d be pulled off the project,
@emilybuckshot: "That’s certainly how many of us heard it.

Company actions reinforced that- if your content went over poorly at a review, even if you made *exactly* what was asked for... you’d be pulled off the project, replaced, maybe even fired.

You weren’t quality. Quality was in their DNA."
capitalism  gamedev  tweets  2018 
23 days ago
The Computational Beauty of Nature | The MIT Press
"shows many examples of emergent qualities of seemingly simple definitions, inspired by things you see in nature."
art  book  graphics  generative 
23 days ago
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