Blockchains Never Forget
Just three years ago, in 2014, I wrote a little short story set in a future where most work is organized around blockchains. That story was set sometime past…
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Tainted Leaks: Disinformation and Phishing With a Russian Nexus - The Citizen Lab
By: Adam Hulcoop, John Scott-Railton, Peter Tanchak, Matt Brooks, and Ron Deibert Read Citizen Lab Director Ron Deibert’s blog post on the report. “Every…
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3 days ago
Mark Zuckerberg’s Great American Road Trip
"To his critics, Mr. Zuckerberg’s road trip is a stunt and has taken on the trappings of a political campaign. His every pit stop — eating with a farming family in Ohio; feeding a baby calf at a farm in Wisconsin — has been artfully photographed and managed, and then posted to Mr. Zuckerberg’s Facebook page."
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4 days ago
There are bots. Look around.
“There are idiots. Look around.” So said economist Larry Summers in a paper challenging the idea of efficiency in financial markets, a cornerstone of American…
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How Facebook Sees the World
"Now all-powerful, Facebook has adopted the unilateral policing power of a state—a power that may one day control flow of information at the behest of government."
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The Revolution Won't Start Until We Talk About Our Salaries
"Even in an era where nearly everyone shares nearly everything, salary figures feel intimate, embarrassing, personal."
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The Revolution Won't Start Until We Talk About Our Salaries
How much money do you make? According to my income tax forms, I made a little over $30,000 in 2016. I'm a freelance writer, a gig that is unstable and probably…
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5 days ago
Second-Generation TensorFlow Processing Units, What are TPUs?, Groq
"for TensorFlow applications, Google’s cloud has an insurmountable cost advantage over any other cloud, thanks to TPUs. And, of course, Google itself benefits from TPUs’ fixed costs being spread more widely."
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The Man Who Made the Mistake of Trying to Help Wikileaks
When news broke recently that the US Justice Department is preparing criminal charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the story reverberated across…
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6 days ago
Why Did a Chinese Peroxide Company Pay $1 Billion for a Talking Cat?
Samo and Iza Login were Slovenian high school sweethearts who studied computer science in college and then decided, in 2009, to get into the business of apps.…
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6 days ago
Welcome to the Next Phase of the Facebook Backlash
Data mining is such a prosaic part of our online lives that it’s hard to sustain consumer interest in it, much less outrage. The modern condition means…
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6 days ago
Lost in the Digital Swamp, Link by Link
"we are all just a click away from slipping into the internet’s unthinking underbelly, grasping for answers in a slide show that never ends."
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The Trump Resistance Will Be Commercialized
"Brands that enter the fray aren’t so much “raising awareness” as they are jostling for their own messaging to be seen amid the rush of signals."
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How YouTube’s Shifting Algorithms Hurt Independent Media
"The architecture of the internet has tremendous influence over what is made, and what is seen; algorithms influence what content spreads further on Facebook and turns up on top of Google searches."
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Boring Google
"The profundity cannot be overstated: by bringing the power of search into the physical world, Google is effectively increasing the addressable market of searchable data by a massive amount, and all of that data gets added back into that virtuous cycle."
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6 days ago
Boring Google
"by bringing the power of search into the physical world, Google is effectively increasing the addressable market of searchable data by a massive amount, and all of that data gets added back into that virtuous cycle."
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Tulips, Myths, and Cryptocurrencies
"However, bubbles of irrationality and bubbles of timing are fundamentally different: one is based on something real (the latter), and one is not."
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Tulips, Myths, and Cryptocurrencies
Everyone knows about the Tulip Bubble, first documented by Charles Mackay in 1841 in his book Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds : In…
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Boring Google
My favorite part of keynotes is always the opening. That is the moment when the CEO comes on stage, not to introduce new products or features, but rather to…
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7 days ago
With a big Amazon streaming deal, Berkeley’s journalism program is building a new revenue stream
When it comes to video, it’s a seller’s market for content creators. Streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Video, and Hulu are locked in a race for content,…
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How YouTube’s Shifting Algorithms Hurt Independent Media
Brandon Blommaert At the age of 21, David Pakman started a little Massachusetts community radio talk program. While the young broadcaster got his show…
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The Trump Resistance Will Be Commercialized
An advertisement for Thinx underwear. Since the presidential election, the company has moved its branding from vaguely political to outright partisan. Thinx…
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7 days ago
Lost in the Digital Swamp, Link by Link
On content discovery widgets, you can find offerings you won’t get on established celebrity gossip sites: blatant lies. I was on my phone, reading an article…
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7 days ago
How The Skimm, a Shallow News Digest for Women, Is Creating a Legion of Ivanka Trumps
“There’s a lot of stuff in the world. It’s confusing.” Thinkstock For many concerned citizens of the world, the scariest part of Donald Trump’s election wasn’t…
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7 days ago
Second-Generation TensorFlow Processing Units, What are TPUs?, Groq
Good morning, A quick bit of follow-up to last Thursday’s Boring Google , specifically, I did want to reemphasize one point: Google’s Go-to-Market Problem still…
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7 days ago
A dying mother's plan: Buy a gun. Rent a hotel room. Kill her son
Valley Hotel in Rosemead where a terminally ill mother came to a fatal decision for her mentally ill son. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times) I: A desperate choice…
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7 days ago
Overcoming Bias : This is the Dream Time
"Our descendants will remember our era as the one where the human capacity to sincerely believe crazy non-adaptive things, and act on those beliefs, was dialed to the max."
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7 days ago
Getting High On Your Own Supply
"Everybody is influenced by the prevailing media environment and helps influence it in turn."
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7 days ago
Getting High On Your Own Supply
There’s a lot of debate over what Hillary did wrong in her campaign, and how the Democrats can change before 2018 or 2020.
Some of this revolves around policy…
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8 days ago
Overcoming Bias : Mormon Transhumanists
A standard trope of science fiction has religious groups using violence to stop a new technology. Perhaps because of this, many are surprised by the existence…
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8 days ago
Bail Out
Nobody likes that the US has the highest ( second-highest after Seychelles? ) incarceration rate in the world. But attempts to do something about it tend to…
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8 days ago
Polyamory Is Not Polygyny
[Content warning: polyamory, brief quote of weird Heartiste stuff] The objections I hear to polyamory tend to separate into two narratives sharing a common…
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8 days ago
Postmarketing Surveillance Is Good And Normal
I. Scientific American notes a recent study saying that a third of drugs approved by the FDA over the past ten years have since been recalled, been given new…
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8 days ago
The Poisoned Generation
Casey Billieson was fighting against the world. Hers was a charge carried by many mothers: moving mountains to make the best future for her two sons. But the…
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8 days ago
The Cost of Caring
"Emma imagined a chain of mothers parenting other mothers’ children around the globe."
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11 days ago
The Backchannel is the Message
"We can expect goalposts to be moved towards legislating values rather than conduct"
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11 days ago
The Backchannel is the Message
"The rulebook is the foot in the door, used to legitimize everything else."
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11 days ago
The Backchannel is the Message
"the language of compassion and tolerance can be seamlessly used to paper over destructive and vindictive personal agendas."
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11 days ago
The Backchannel is the Message
"it’s okay to break the rules to catch a witch."
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11 days ago
The Backchannel is the Message
"If you are unable to model why someone does something, you are left to ascribe to idiocy or malice what is, to them, actually a principled stance."
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11 days ago
The Backchannel is the Message
"Those focused on content seek to achieve satisfaction in the result, desiring correctness of values. Those focused on process seek to achieve consistency in the methodology, desiring fair application of rules."
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11 days ago
A Priest, a Guru, and a Nerd-King Walk Into a Conference Room…
"An operations person gets positive joy from working on exactly the right problem in exactly the wrong way."
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11 days ago
A Priest, a Guru, and a Nerd-King Walk Into a Conference Room…
"You take what seems like a law of nature and deny it or flip it upside-down and see how the universe would play out differently."
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11 days ago
A Priest, a Guru, and a Nerd-King Walk Into a Conference Room…
"The problem of governance arises wherever “move fast and break things” runs right into an older saying: “you broke it, you bought it”."
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11 days ago
When did shit go from "lets criticize ridiculous...
"The death blow came from over eager reactionary shitposters super excited to transform their ideals of philosophy into fashion."
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11 days ago
Snap’s Earnings, Seasonality Versus Maturity, Snap’s Missing Business
"Hardware may well figure into the Snap story in the long run, but only after — if — a real business can be built on what already exists."
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11 days ago
Snap’s Earnings, Seasonality Versus Maturity, Snap’s Missing Business
"At least Twitter built something of a viable business on its too small user base: Snap, at least as of now, failed to do even that."
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11 days ago
The Public Square Belongs to 4Chan
"Indeed, as public spaces devoted to free expression increasingly adopt the dynamics of the internet, they will be increasingly vexed by the very same issues that have plagued public spaces on the internet: trolling, violent threats, and hate speech."
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11 days ago
itch.io: "Open marketplaces can work"
Brendan Sinclair Senior Editor Tuesday 16th May 2017 Share this article Recommend For years now, it seems like any discussion of online gaming storefronts…
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12 days ago
When did shit go from "lets criticize ridiculous...
May 15 2017 alt right alternative right altright politics predictions Post has 29 notes By: Anonymous Question When did shit go from "lets criticize ridiculous…
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13 days ago
Below Deck
1486011600 February 2, 2017 Below Deck Filipinos make up nearly a third of all cruise ship workers. It’s a good job. Until it isn’t. By Lizzie Presser…
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13 days ago
A Priest, a Guru, and a Nerd-King Walk Into a Conference Room…
…The funny thing is it’s as though they are playing a game of Sardines, all trying to crowd into the corner of the room labeled “strategy”. But the other…
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In the Land of Missing Persons
T hey found what was left of him in the spring of 2014 . Firefighters battling a huge blaze on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula first spotted a boot in the dirt. Then…
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