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How Hackable Is Your Car? Consult This Handy Chart | WIRED
LAST YEAR, WHEN hackers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek showed they could hijack the steering and brakes of a Ford Escape and a Toyota Prius with nothing but laptops connected to the cars, they raised two questions: Could hackers perform the same tricks wirelessly, or even over the Internet? And even more pressing: Is your specific car vulnerable, too?

If you own a Cadillac Escalade, a Jeep Cherokee or an Infiniti Q50, you may not like the answer.

In a talk today at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas—and an accompanying 92-page paper—Valasek and Miller will present the results of a broad analysis of dozens of different car makes and models, assessing the vehicles' schematics for the signs that hint at vulnerabilities to auto-focused hackers.
tech  cyber  security  cars  reference 
10 hours ago
9 Entrepreneurs Share Weird Ways They Manage Time Effectively — Timing Blog
"My second tip is to roll with the punches. One mistake I see people make all the time is trying to stick perfectly to this idealistic schedule that they’ve created. But life happens. Just because you’ve planned your entire day doesn’t mean that your day is entirely rigid. In fact, you may never have a day go exactly as you’ve planned it! But that’s ok. Former U.S. president Dwight Eisenhower once said, ‘plans are useless, but planning is everything.’ It’s the not the plan for your perfect day that helps you be more productive, it’s the thought you’ve given to directing your attention in the direction you want it to go."
productivity  procrastination  guide 
11 hours ago
How To Increase Your Willpower? Just 10 Simple But Powerful Tricks
7. Take on a willpower workout.

If you want to strengthen a muscle in your body, you use it. It’s the same for the metaphorical muscle of willpower: people who exercise their willpower frequently often have better self-control.

In Willpower, Tierney cites one study in which students were asked to watch their posture for a week. At the end of the week, those students performed better on self-control tasks — tasks that had nothing to do with sitting up straight — than students who had not been exercising control all week.

Other ideas for working out your willpower muscle include not using contractions when you speak, only speaking in complete sentences, saying no instead of nah or yes instead of yeah, or avoiding the use of profanities. “All these things require mental effort,” says Tierney, “And the more you do that, the more it builds up that muscle.”

Sleep, Meditate, Exercise
procrastination  life  guide  productivity 
14 hours ago
Optimize Your Life Using the Science Behind Building Habits — Timing Blog
What happens when you smoke a cigarette, or snort a line of cocaine? You get an instant rush of pleasure, even though you’re destroying your health in the process. Now compare that to trying to meditate for thirty minutes, assuming you don’t already have a meditation habit built. You’re twitchy, distracted, your mind wanders, you get bored… and you’re going to struggle even more on day two, because yesterday was so difficult. Yes, in the long-run meditation will start providing its own reward and you’ll find it easy to maintain — but that doesn’t help you start today.

So how do you hack your brain, and make yourself more productive? Does this mean you have to start smoking while you meditate? Thankfully, nothing so drastic. Develop a rewards based system, like something as simple as a square of dark chocolate after a workout, or a coffee with a friend. The danger here is choosing something that you won’t be able to switch off from. Playing 15 minutes of video games after 90 minutes of working, for example, won’t do the trick, as you’ll find yourself getting wrapped up in the very thing that’s meant to keep you focused in the long run. You’re going to find your timing goes out of the window, and you’ll wind up being even more frustrated with yourself.
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Does this mean we can eat all the cookies we want, and still be successful? Not quite. Like any muscle you’d work on in the gym, you need to flex your willpower in order for it not to wither away. Quite the opposite of the ego-depletion theory, in fact. The more you use your willpower, the more you’ll have. Kelly McGonigal, Stanford psychologist and author of The Willpower Instinct says: “Willpower is the ability to align yourself with the brain system that is thinking about long-term goals — that is thinking about big values rather than short-term needs or desires.” Which brings us back to habits. Create the habit of working towards the future, rather than the short term, and you’ll find your willpower becomes stronger.

It’s not just the habit of willpower itself that creates a stronger mindset, though. Studies have shown that lifestyle changes like meditation and a plant-based diet also result in greater willpower. Naturally, the more changes you successfully make to your daily routine, the easier you’ll find it to continue making them. For instance, a disciplined gym routine will help you in your work life, and vice versa.
guide  procrastination  apps  productivity 
14 hours ago
Procrastinator? How to Manage Your Time With Micro-Progress — Timing Blog
Why would something that should be so easy create such a feeling of success when it’s completed in hours?

The answer’s simple: you’re congratulating yourself on every little step, because it’s that hard. When we calibrate our brains to appreciate the many amazing things we do every day, we’re getting constant hits of dopamine, the happy hormone.

The dopamine has several results. We feel pleased with ourselves, and we also feel inspired to recreate the event for more. So if you’re feeling overwhelmed by a huge task, like creating a new website for your business, then breaking it down doesn’t just make it more manageable. It also means you’ll be getting a steady stream of dopamine that makes you feel good and makes you want to keep going.
guide  apps  procrastination  productivity 
14 hours ago
Russia’s Great Power Raiding Strategy
Raiding is the way by which Russia seeks to coerce the United States through a series of operations or campaigns that integrate indirect and direct approaches. Modern great power competition will thus return to forms of coercion and imposition reminiscent of the Middle Ages, but enacted with the technologies of today. Although raiding will be Moscow’s principal approach to competition, international brigandry may be the best term to describe elements of Russian behavior that the West considers to be “bad” or “malign.”
strategy  IR  politics 
17 hours ago
Bill Belichick turns back the clock for New England Patriots OTAs
Specifically, Belichick made Tuesday a wide-ranging history lesson on the roots of football, essentially creating an environment in which players were going back in time. That, of course, meant that there were leather helmets on the practice field, digital clocks covered up in the team meeting room, black-and-white recordings of old football plays shown, and a no-frills lunch menu that resembled what players in the 1930s and 1940s might have eaten (e.g., hamburgers and hot dogs rather than sushi).
sports  football 
3 days ago
Nationalism vs Patriotism - Reddit
Nationalism is actually the enemy of true patriotism, IMHO, because of its twisted and parasitically passive nature.

A nationalist believes their country is the best and that's that. It's just the best. Doesn't matter what the day-to-day life is like, doesn't matter what they've offered up, doesn't matter at all if no one else wants anything to do with your country; it's the best because it's the best. It demands nothing of you other than belief, and a desire to attack anyone who wants to pollute (aka immigrate to) your country or talk badly of it (aka insinuate it isn't perfect). If it's imperfect, it's because of pollution from outsiders, plain and simple.

True Patriotism, IMHO, is about being your best in order to honor the ideals of your country. It acknowledges the past and the horrors that have happened and seeks to ensure that those stains do not bleed into the future. The nationalist doesn't demand anything better of their country and this is poison to it. It negates improvement. It's already the best so how can it improve?

A patriot says, we are great but we need to work hard to be better.

The nationalist says, we are already the best, how dare you say we need to change?
politics 
3 days ago
"So what?" - What one tip changed your writing forever? - Quora
"So what?"

Those two words were scribbled at the bottom of a one page paper I wrote for a class in my PhD program. That's it. There was not one other mark on the page. All he said was, "So what?"

I went in to meet with my professor, who is a renowned policing scholar and unbelievably intelligent, yet extremely laid back and down to Earth. So although I was taken aback by his blunt comment, I was curious as to his point. He explained that although my paper was well written, he was left wondering how any of what I said mattered.

*cue shattering glass*

I re-read my paper and by golly, he was right. I explained the important parts but didn't explain why any of what I said was relevant. Suddenly, I started seeing, "So what?" in everything I read and wrote.

It completely changed the way I wrote. So what's my point here? The best advice I've gotten was to write with the purpose of answering, "So what?"

Every page, paragraph, sentence, and word should explain not just your point, but why it matters. If it doesn't, delete it or revise it.
writing  guide 
4 days ago
Download iOS Firmware for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple Watch and Apple TV.
Download current and previous versions of Apple's iOS Firmware and receive notifications when new firmwares are released.
apple  ios  dev 
4 days ago
Apple, Marzipan, Delight | Becky Hansmeyer
Here’s my theory: Apple is working on a significant design overhaul for iOS 13, and it will address many of the issues people currently have with Marzipan.

Why did macOS get Dark Mode before iOS? That’s weird, right? These days, macOS typically follows in iOS’s footsteps. On the other hand, why should Apple designers waste time creating “dark” versions of every UIKit control now when they’re just going to have to re-do it to match iOS 13’s new look?  
apple  ios  tech  design 
4 days ago
between a rock and a red place - Fredrik de Boer
Armed with powerlessness in the material plane, practitioners of this brand of politics concentrate almost all of their energies into the types of interpersonal politics that, for many, characterize left activism. You may not be able to slow global warming, but you can ruin the reputation of someone else in your bloc. You may not be able to fight imperialism, but you can fight amongst yourselves. When fighting capitalism, you feel useless; when hurting an individual person you may feel a certain rush. You may combine this with the natural human tendency to exclude others, the way that we define who’s in through reference to who’s out. The result is a toxic tendency to denounce rather than to include.
politics  strategy 
4 days ago
Most Personality Quizzes Are Junk Science. I Found One That Isn’t. | FiveThirtyEight
The most popular — used by the vast majority of scientists who study personality — is called the Big Five, a system that organizes personality around five broad clusters of traits: extroversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism and openness to experience.

You aren’t asked about hypothetical situations. You aren’t asked about which words you like best. You aren’t given five images of different sunsets and asked to pick which one best reveals your inner soul.
Those clusters were not randomly chosen. Instead, the categories stem from research that began in the 1920s and ‘30s, when researchers first theorized that you might be able to figure out the anatomy of a personality by studying the words we used to describe what people are like. But it wasn’t until the 1970s and ‘80s that scientists finally had enough computing power to test their hunches.
psychology  science 
7 days ago
SpaceX is eating Boeing and Lockheed Martin's launch money, contract data shows | Thinknum Media
According to data we track in the Thinknum Data Lab, the two legacy aerospace companies both experienced notable drops in contract value and frequency during the Fall months of 2016 and 2017. The August-November period was a relative ‘deadzone’ with only two spikes in contract value surpassing $2 billion. Meanwhile, SpaceX saw increased obligated government contract sums for the same seasonal periods, compared to preceding years.
space 
8 days ago
The Trump appointee making Silicon Valley sweat - POLITICO
Makan Delrahim might actually be doing good antitrust enforcement.
politics  policy  economics 
9 days ago
Santa’s Elves Live in … Schenectady?
Concerned, one kid wrote a letter to President John F. Kennedy, asking him to “please stop the Russians from bombing the North Pole because they will kill Santa Claus.” JFK replied: “I share your concern about the atmospheric testing of the Soviet Union, not only for the North Pole but for countries throughout the world; not only for Santa Claus but for people throughout the world. However, you must not worry about Santa Claus. I talked with him yesterday and he is fine. He will be making his rounds again this Christmas.”
funny 
9 days ago
Verizon will have a new CEO for its 5G future - The Verge
This is such an absurdly classic example of high-level boardroom politics. Lowell McAdam retires, replaced by the CTO Hans Vestberg, causing the VP of Operations John Stratton to retire. All three even have the classic corporate look nailed down to a T.
funny  tech  business 
12 days ago
Why We Forget Most of the Books We Read - The Atlantic
“Memory generally has a very intrinsic limitation,” says Faria Sana, an assistant professor of psychology at Athabasca University, in Canada. “It’s essentially a bottleneck.”

The “forgetting curve,” as it’s called, is steepest during the first 24 hours after you learn something. Exactly how much you forget, percentage-wise, varies, but unless you review the material, much of it slips down the drain after the first day, with more to follow in the days after, leaving you with a fraction of what you took in.

Presumably, memory has always been like this. But Jared Horvath, a research fellow at the University of Melbourne, says that the way people now consume information and entertainment has changed what type of memory we value—and it’s not the kind that helps you hold onto the plot of a movie you saw six months ago.
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Memories get reinforced the more you recall them, Horvath says. If you read a book all in one stretch—on an airplane, say—you’re just holding the story in your working memory that whole time. “You’re never actually reaccessing it,” he says.

Sana says that often when we read, there’s a false “feeling of fluency.” The information is flowing in, we’re understanding it, it seems like it is smoothly collating itself into a binder to be slotted onto the shelves of our brains. “But it actually doesn’t stick unless you put effort into it and concentrate and engage in certain strategies that will help you remember.”
memory  life 
12 days ago
Why do we forget most of what we read and watch? - Kottke.org
Do you remember the plots of books you read and movies you watch, even months later? I rarely do, so Julie Beck’s piece Why We Forget Most of the Books We Read really hit me square in the forehead this morning (even though I will likely forget having read it next week).
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One of the relatively few kottke.org posts I remember without having to hunt around for it (which is ironic, considering) is this one about Dick Cavett and compartmentalized memory. Cavett had a really hard time remembering who his guests were on past shows.

A worried Johnny Carson once admitted to me that he frequently couldn’t remember what was said on a show he had just finished taping. And, sometimes, who the guests were. It’s a strange thing, and one I haven’t quite figured out.

Johnny all but wiped his brow when I told him it happened to me too, and that a few days earlier I got home and it took me a good 10 minutes to be able to report with whom I had just done 90 minutes. (It was only Lucille Ball!) It’s an oddity peculiar to the live performer’s divided brain that needs exploring. It has to do with the fact that you — and the “you” that performs — are not identical.
memory  life 
12 days ago
Colin Burrow reviews ‘Homer’ translated by Peter Green · LRB 18 June 2015
One of the sensible things Arnold said about Homer was that a translation should ‘reproduce on the intelligent scholar, as nearly as possible, the general effect of Homer’. Setting aside the smug fiction (or is it an oxymoron?) of the ‘intelligent scholar’, this is a demanding but desirable goal for translators. It is a goal which, in respect of the Iliad’s narrative if not always of its poetic texture, Peter Green achieves. His main virtue, which is impossible to illustrate by selective quotation, is that he always makes it clear exactly what is happening in the poem and why. There are a few moments when some readers might reach for a dictionary to translate the translation (hands up who could identify a ‘barley groat’ or a ‘thole pin’ or who could draw a ‘gleaming baldric’). Once or twice he nods: his description of a lion struck in the chest as it leaps ‘and thus it’s its own courage that destroys it’ sounds like a mnemonic for distinguishing ‘its’ from ‘it’s’ rather than a line of Homer. But taken as a whole this is the best line-for-line translation of the poem I know. Green also provides a detailed plot summary and a glossary of places and people, which combines wry and perceptive observations about Homer’s characters with a mass of lightly worn historical scholarship. He is very much a historian, and describes the Iliad as ‘a wonderful compendium of cultural evidence from all periods of its evolution’, as though it were a versified archaeological site, layering civilised layer on Mycenaean foundations, rather than a poem so full of wonders and surprises that it more or less had to generate wave on wave of poetic and critical responses. But his historical knowledge and his desire to get things right only very occasionally weigh the poem down. Most of the time they result in a translation that is accurate without being pedantic, and vivid without being aggressively contemporary.
classics  literature  books  poetry 
12 days ago
A Basic Guide on Going Sockless This Summer : r/malefashionadvice
Or alternative title: Wear 'No-Show' Socks For Summer Ya Dingus
clothing  guide 
13 days ago
Ten guidelines for nurturing a thriving democracy by Bertrand Russell
1. Do not feel absolutely certain of anything.

2. Do not think it worthwhile to produce belief by concealing evidence, for the evidence is sure to come to light.

3. Never try to discourage thinking, for you are sure to succeed.

4. When you meet with opposition, even if it should be from your husband or your children, endeavor to overcome it by argument and not by authority, for a victory dependent upon authority is unreal and illusory.

5. Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be found.

6. Do not use power to suppress opinions you think pernicious, for if you do the opinions will suppress you.

7. Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.

8. Find more pleasure in intelligent dissent than in passive agreement, for, if you value intelligence as you should, the former implies a deeper agreement than the latter.

9. Be scrupulously truthful, even when truth is inconvenient, for it is more inconvenient when you try to conceal it.

10. Do not feel envious of the happiness of those who live in a fool’s paradise, for only a fool will think that it is happiness.
politics  life  guide 
14 days ago
The World Wants You to Think Like a Realist – Foreign Policy
For realists, power is the centerpiece of political life: Although other factors sometimes play a role, the key to understanding politics lies in focusing on who has power and what they are doing with it. The Athenians’ infamous warning to the Melians captures this perfectly: “The strong do what they can, and the weak suffer what they must.” Quentin Tarantino couldn’t have put it any better.

For realists, states are the key actors in the international system. There is no central authority that can protect states from one another, so each state must rely upon its own resources and strategies to survive. Security is a perennial concern — even for powerful states — and states tend to worry a lot about who is weaker or stronger and what power trends appear to be. Cooperation is far from impossible in such a world — indeed, at times cooperating with others is essential to survival — but it is always somewhat fragile. Realists maintain that states will react to threats first by trying to “pass the buck” (i.e., getting someone else to deal with the emerging danger), and if that fails, they will try to balance against the threat, either by seeking allies or by building up their own capabilities.
politics  strategy  IR 
14 days ago
Momotaro Jeans, Handmade in Kojima, Okayama, Japan
There’s an article in the WSJ about this company called “Japan Reinvents the Jean, for $2,000”
clothing 
15 days ago
They're right. If Palestinians in Gaza don't shoot, no one listens - Opinion - Gideon Levy | Haaretz.com
When they’re quiet, Israel and the world take no interest in their fate. Only the Qassam restores awareness of their disaster. When do we hear about Gaza in Israel? Only when Gaza is shooting. That’s why they have no choice but to shoot. That’s why their shooting is justified, even if it criminally harms innocent civilians, instills fear and terror in the residents of the south and is intolerable to Israel, and rightly so.
politics  israel 
15 days ago
How Good Things Age – Put This On
Some nice pairs of shoes pictured here from Crockett & Jones.
clothing 
16 days ago
The Best Way to Fold a Pocket Square – Put This On
If it’s a white linen square, you can use what’s known as the Presidential fold (sometimes called a square or TV fold). You know how to do this, but if not, there are online guides. Basically fold it so a small, quarter inch of fabric peeks out from the top of your pocket. This is the default for more formal or serious occasions, assuming you feel a pocket square would be appropriate.

The other way I picked up from one of my favorite style blogs, Tweed in the City (now unfortunately defunct). Here, you pick up a square by its center, then simply fold it over on itself. This creates a curve, which you tamp down into your pocket with the points facing down. It’s simple, tasteful, and fast. The pocket square never looks like’s exploding out your pocket. It doesn’t look like some kind of origami project. And best of all, it does what it’s supposed to do — add a bit of visual interest while seeming insouciant. See above for the how the square should look in the end; below for instructions.
clothing  guide 
16 days ago
The Liberating World of No-Show Socks – Put This On
We got an email the other day from a reader who wanted to know what kind of socks he should wear with shorts.  The simple answer to this question is: no socks.  Unless you’re in the British colonial military, a businessman in Bermuda, or a student at Princeton in the 60s, there’s really no excuse to wear socks with shorts.  It also happens to be notably hip at the moment to wear even dress shoes sans-socks in casual summer situations.
clothing  guide 
16 days ago
Guide to Going Sockless – Put This On
4. Know when you can go sockless: Never wear socks with shorts. Always wear socks in an office or business environment. Also know what types of shoes go best with a sockless look: boat shoes, loafers, mocassins, bucks, bluchers, chukkas, and anything made from canvas. Basically anything besides oxfords can be worn sockless.
clothing  guide 
16 days ago
Men's Chukka Boot | Ethically Made | Nisolo
"With a durable rubber outsole and hardy leather upper, the Chavito Chukka Boot is a rustic and unbeatably stylish wardrobe staple. The versatile men's chukka boot transitions easily between jeans and slacks, making it a no-nonsense shoe that will suit the needs of any man on the go."
clothing 
16 days ago
First Place — On the Shores of Bab-el-Mandeb: Assessing China’s First Overseas Military Base in Djibouti and  Chinese Grand Strategic Vision for the Horn of Africa and Indian Ocean | The Yale Review of International Studies
In addition to economics, Chinese policy toward Africa also includes security, political, and ideological dimensions.[41] After evacuating citizens en masse from Libya in 2011, China has become more committed to the “physical security of Chinese investments and nationals in Africa.”
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Given the maritime nature of the Chinese facility, the recent development in Djibouti is part of a Chinese grand strategic vision for the Indian Ocean as well. First, counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden is what the naval base primarily supports. This function gives the PLAN a convenient excuse to practice long-distance power projection across the Indian Ocean and fulfill its mission of far seas protection. China has been involved in the Gulf of Aden since 2008, and its sailors have already grown accustomed to operating in the far seas without the comfort and support of a terrestrial base. In other words, the new military facility must push the PLAN to the next level—whether this means more naval or even amphibious operations in the Horn of Africa region or expanding the scope of the PLAN’s coverage in the Indian Ocean, only time will tell. If China is successful in operating the facility in Djibouti and working out a new principle to replace, or at least revise, non-interference, then Djibouti may well be the first pearl among the littoral countries of the Indian Ocean. In 2014, an article by the Chinese Naval Research Institute listed the following seven places as candidates for a Chinese military outpost: Bay of Bengal; Sittwe, Myanmar; Gwadar, Pakistan; Djibouti; Seychelles; Hambantota, Sri Lanka; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.[73] The Chinese government ultimately picked Djibouti as the location for its first overseas military venture because of the reasons discussed in the previous section, but the other locations, all of which are on the shores of the Indian Ocean, could be next in line.
IR  china  military 
17 days ago
Beware The Man Of One Study | Slate Star Codex
So here’s why you should beware the man of one study.

If you go to your better class of alternative medicine websites, they don’t tell you “Studies are a logocentric phallocentric tool of Western medicine and the Big Pharma conspiracy.”

They tell you “medical science has proved that this drug is terrible, but ignorant doctors are pushing it on you anyway. Look, here’s a study by a reputable institution proving that the drug is not only ineffective, but harmful.”

And the study will exist, and the authors will be prestigious scientists, and it will probably be about as rigorous and well-done as any other study.
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So it’s not so much “beware the man of one study” as “beware the man of any number of studies less than a relatively complete and not-cherry-picked survey of the research”.
science 
17 days ago
Luxury Hangers for Men and Women from Kirby Allison's Hanger Project
The Hanger Project is the biggest online source for luxury hangers and garment care supplies, including almost every shoe care product you could possibly need. On their site, they have a bunch of tutorials for how to take care of your footwear, from washing suede to shining shell cordovan to deciding between wax and cream polish. And this week, they put up a new video on how to shine your shoes in ten minutes. The quality of good leather only really comes through when you take care of it, and The Hanger Project’s video leads you through the basics.
clothing 
17 days ago
https://www.politico.com/interactives/2018/china-trade-poll/
The vast majority of voters want President Donald Trump to focus on negotiating new trade agreements rather than imposing new tariffs, a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll says. The poll also shows that 67 percent of voters think Congress should follow suit.
politics  china 
18 days ago
World Report 2018: Qatar | Human Rights Watch
Qatar's human rights record improved in 2018.
[This is also a good example of clear writing.]
IR  politics 
19 days ago
What not to wear in the Knesset: Michelle Obama-style sleeveless dress stirs controversy - Haaretz - Israel News | Haaretz.com
Here’s the thing: those who criticize Zandberg’s clothing – might actually have a point if any real dress code or tradition of formal and respectful attire in the Knesset existed. As anyone familiar with the Knesset knows, clothing that its male members have worn over the years would hardly pass the test of good taste in many Western countries. The tradition of Ben-Gurion set is, well, schlumpy.
israel  politics  funny 
19 days ago
Hack Heaven by Stephen Glass
Made-up story from the nineties about the computer industry.
tech  history  media 
20 days ago
Ownership - cek.log
Owners don’t lick cookies. If they assert they are going to build something or deliver some result, they do it. The corollary of this is, owners are effective at managing their time and thus frugal at taking on new responsibility.
business  life  strategy 
20 days ago
The Weeknd: A Rising Starboy - WSJ
The most notable collaborators on Starboy are Daft Punk, whose last album, Random Access Memories, won five Grammys in 2014. Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, one half of the French electronic duo, and Tesfaye have friends in common and had bumped into each other at parties. But the mysterious musicians (who are almost never seen in public without their robot helmets and outfits) seldom work on music that’s not their own.

Tesfaye describes working with Daft Punk as an otherworldly experience. “Their studio is like a spaceship, there’s a lot of gear,” he says, “but the way they make music, the way they explain it, is very cinematic. It’s like they’re reading a page out of a novel—‘We want to make sure that at the end, it feels like the sun’s coming up, and maybe there’s a car chase.’ They can get technical, but it was interesting how they visualize making music.”

The remarkably spontaneous sessions yielded two songs on the album. While they were working on one track, Tesfaye overheard de Homem-Christo playing with a drum loop on his phone. Twenty minutes later, he had written “Starboy” to that unfinished beat. The song isn’t the sort of splashy disco number that a Daft Punk/Weeknd summit might suggest; it feels more like the robots meeting Tesfaye on his terms rather than the other way around.
music  people 
20 days ago
Here's what we know about China’s future space station — Quartz
China’s first space station will be made of three modules joined in a T shape, according to a handbook released Monday (May 28) (pdf, p.3) by China’s Manned Space Agency and the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs. The station will weigh some 66 metric tons (72 tons), which is around one-sixth of the International Space Station. When docked with manned spaceships and cargo vehicles, the station may reach around 100 metric tons (110 tons).
china  space  IR 
20 days ago
This Media Startup Is Beating the Competition With a Newsroom Run by Robots - Bloomberg
Yoneshige’s startup is an example of how millennial entrepreneurs are harnessing social media to create businesses that reimagine how a given industry should work. It’s also a case study in how Japan is finding ways to deal with one of its most pressing issues: a labor shortage that will only worsen as the population ages.

Tokyo-based JX Press has 24 staff with an average age of 29, two-thirds of which are engineers. The company has two main products: subscription-based breaking news service Fast Alert and a free mobile news application called NewsDigest.
tech  media 
20 days ago
Internet Trends: Smartphones and Internet Usage, Tech’s Takeover, The Small Business Revolution, Tech’s Deflationary Effect – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
That technology would dramatically impact every aspect of the economy was never really in doubt; what was off with the dot-com bubble was the timing. Moreover, the growth is only going to compound as tech companies plow their profits back into R&D:

[two great charts showing tech companies leading the entire market in R&D spending]
strategy  business  tech 
21 days ago
Why High-Tech Commoditization Is Accelerating
For tech companies that rely on sophisticated engineering, staying ahead of international competition seems to get harder every day. It used to be an article of faith that technology-intensive product manufacturers, automakers, or white goods makers could capitalize on their longstanding engineering and design leadership to cement their position worldwide. But that’s no longer the case. Today, young upstarts in many product segments, especially from China, can develop world-class design and production capabilities in a short period of time. In some cases, they are closing gaps with long-established incumbents and becoming market leaders within a decade.

POLICY THOUGHT: The ever-increasing competitiveness of the international market means that companies will be squeezed with regards to the treatment of their employees. If we want to make sure that employees' wellbeing remains a focus of American companies, the innovations that can only be developed by a thoughtful workforce must be protected.
tech  IR  politics  policy  china 
21 days ago
China's 'gale of creative destruction' - Axios
The background: China does steal intellectual property, and pressures U.S., German and other foreign companies to relinquish proprietary know-how in exchange for market access, Shih explains in a piece out today in MIT Sloan Management Review.

But he says Western companies are confronted with another challenge, and that's the commoditization of their most precious intellectual property, contained within sophisticated tools that often "took years or even a generation to develop."
tech  politics  IR 
21 days ago
Colin Burrow reviews ‘The Odyssey’ translated by Peter Green, ‘The Odyssey’ translated by Emily Wilson and ‘The Odyssey’ translated by Anthony Verity · LRB 26 April 2018
Throughout the magically poised final books of the poem it’s never clear whether or not Penelope suspects that the disguised travelling beggar who has come to her house is Odysseus. The delicacy with which Odysseus checks that his wife remains loyal, while she holds off acknowledging him in case he is even more of a trickster than he appears to be, makes Book 19 of The Odyssey one of the first and greatest pieces of psychological drama, in which no one – readers, characters, and perhaps even the author(s) – knows exactly where they stand. The key social virtue in this poem is wariness, holding a little back in case things are not what they seem. As the ghost of Agamemnon says to Odysseus during his descent to the underworld (in Wilson’s translation): ‘You must never treat your wife too well./Do not let her know everything you know./Tell her some things, hide others.’ Agamemnon, who was murdered by his wife’s lover on his return from Troy, provides a dark alternative to what Odysseus will experience when he gets home, and this doesn’t make the ghost an ideal marriage-guidance counsellor. But in this poem people do hide things: they seem to manoeuvre towards each other through a psychological version of the fog with which Athene repeatedly protects the wandering Odysseus.
books  classics  poetry 
22 days ago
How a Tiny Kansas Town Rebooted Its Struggling Hospital into a Health Care Jewel - POLITICO Magazine
Officials hired an innovative CEO who came up with a way to make their rural hospital appeal to talented young physicians who want to deliver babies in Third World countries. You can do that work right here in Kansas, Ben Anderson told his new recruits, by serving immigrants and refugees. Once the new doctors arrived, Anderson applied for grants to upgrade the hospital’s equipment and fly in a specialist to see women with high-risk pregnancies. The skilled doctors and luxurious birthing suites attracted immigrants from neighboring Garden City and wealthier patients from out of town, and the baby boom they created padded the hospital’s bottom line. KCH went from delivering 187 babies in 2014 to 327 in 2017. In the span of five years, Anderson has turned the hospital into the county’s largest employer, with a profitable maternity ward that draws patients from as much as two hours away for its superior care. “I think it’s a huge success story,” Kearny County Commissioner Shannon McCormick says. “When you’re alive and thriving and all your neighbors are not—you’re doing something good.”
politics  health 
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