January 30, 2018

Fuck Mozilla and fuck the Firefox developers.

March 24, 2018

Craigslist’s personals section was one of the last bastions of the old, weird, Wild West Web 1.0. I really miss the old web. The new web is cable television, but in many ways worse.

How One Houston Suburb Ended Up in a Reservoir.

What To Know About The Terrible Anti-Trafficking Bill That Forced Craigslist To Shut Down Its Personals Section.

Teenagers just aren’t unusually dangerous these days. If you chase one into a backyard and you see a glint in his hand, you probably don’t need to unload 20 rounds into his body as if you were trying to bring down a PCP-crazed rhinoceros.

In It Together.

The case against Facebook. It’s not just about privacy; its core function makes people lonely and sad.

The Pinkertons Still Never Sleep. The notorious union-busting agency has resurfaced in a telecommunications labor dispute, revealing how it has adapted to the 21st century.

We should thank Buffy for today’s ‘Golden Age’ of television. Tell me again, idiots, how Joss Whedon is an evil misogynist.

The obsolete English -k suffix.

Patients can’t afford life-saving medications under new health plan change.

March 23, 2018

The Resistance Needs Better Heroes.

A Pound of Flesh: The Criminalization of Private Debt.

The Workplace Is Killing People and Nobody Cares.

Could ETFs Fall Into a Liquidity Jam? The ETF industry is now worth more than $4 trillion, magnifying the risk if the funds run into difficulties. Risk is like energy. It can’t be eliminated, just moved somewhere else.

The Cambridge Analytica scandal is drawing attention to malicious data thieves and brokers. But every Facebook app—even the dumb, innocent ones—collected users’ personal data without even trying.

Five new ancient genomes tell us about Neanderthal tribes.

“Ice, Ice Baby” explained.

Three disheartening themes emerge from the current crop of books on Brexit: virtually no one writes honestly about how the UK got here, few can see a way out, and the EU itself faces a faltering future. Yep, no one writes honestly. Easier to blame the EVIL RACISTS rather than capitalism, huge societal changes, and declining living standards.

March 22, 2018

Cambridge Analytica, FaceBook And Inevitable Abuses That Inevitably Happen.

Research has shown that masculinity as it is socialized in the United States is a life-threatening condition, produced via aggressive policing in homosocial environments, characterized by violence and limited emotional expression, one popular solution for which is the salutary prescription of taking a wife.

A Visiting Star Jostled Our Solar System 70,000 Years Ago.

Welcome to Zucktown. Where Everything Is Just Zucky. In Menlo Park, Calif., Facebook is building a real community and testing the proposition: Do people love tech companies so much they will live inside them? If you listen closely, you can hear me gagging — no matter where you are.

David Reich Unearths Human History Etched in Bone.

What happens when an algorithm cuts your health care.

Sex workers would be endangered by Senate bill, advocates say. That is by design, realize.

I had to explain to a non-technical friend the significance of Google breaking HTTP in their browser. Since non-tech people are so easily hoodwinked about tech stuff, I wonder what sort of topics I am easily deceived about. Scary thought.

The Democrats’ Elitist Obsession With Qualifications. Having been passed over for jobs by people who were very much worse than I am because they had a fancy degree and I do not, this in particular hits home.

S.2155 Makes the Claim -Both Sides Are Corrupt- Hard to Argue Against.

March 21, 2018

Sociologists Examine Hackathons and See Exploitation.

Cambridge Analytica Is Shady. But Facebook Is Shadier.

No U.S. city even comes close to making the top 20 in this quality-of-life survey. Utterly unsurprising. In the Western world, the US generally has the most unlivable cities — though many of the cities on this list are only livable if you are affluent.

Centrists & capitalism.

Newly Sequenced Cockroach Genome Explains Why They Are So Goddamn Hard to Kill.

US electricity use drops, renewables push fossil fuels out of the mix. About 20 years ago, I was told that it was impossible that the economy could grow with decreasing electricity use. Another thing all those people were wrong about.

California Housing Problems Are Spilling Across Its Borders. Housing is far too expensive everywhere; California is just the tip of that spear.

March 20, 2018

In 2016, the United States spent nearly twice as much as 10 high-income countries on medical care and performed less well on many population health outcomes.

Stories about President Trump’s move on tariffs have focussed on the Midwest, but much of American steel is now made in smaller mills in the South.

The biggest solar parks in the world are now being built in India.

No one can pretend Facebook is just harmless fun any more.

The hunt for Toys R Us’ missing millions: Investigators probe a £580m loan moved to a tax haven just months before the store went bust.

How Did Our Default Ringtones Become So Grating?

March 19, 2018

Bills cracking down on sex work won’t help trafficking victims, but more housing will.

The formula widely agreed upon by conservation scientists is to keep half the land and half the sea of the planet as wild and protected from human intervention or activity as possible.

The Bleak View Of The World’s Problems (Or: They’re all going to have to die.)

The Devens Literacy Test.

‘Testilying’ — a Stubborn Police Problem.

Hyper-efficient gas engines, next-gen wind turbines, and more early-stage wonders.

The reality of living with a disability.

Booting the Multia.

March 18, 2018

One side effect of being young, female and sick: People won’t believe you.

The Weird World Inside a Pitcher Plant.

These Crickets Can’t Sing Anymore—But They’re Still Trying.

Double Movement.

Blockchain might just be the most over-hyped technology of all time.

The Rise and Fall of the American SRO.

Some of this hash plowed into Spirit Lake, a secluded mountain getaway that once hosted scout camps, summer cottages, and small resorts. The force of the cascading debris created a tsunami that sent water coursing some 850 feet up and over the surrounding slopes.

Toys ‘R’ Us Case Is Test of Private Equity in Age of Amazon. This piece is very generous with the aims of private equity. Generous as in “not even close.”

Federal court tosses out Obama-era rule requiring financial advisers to act in customers’ best interests.

Someone said on the thread yesterday that cities are the future. Well, duh. But cities can’t be everybody’s future; too much density isn’t good for anyone, and I for one don’t want to live in some slightly cleaner and less polluted version of Mexico City, or even Los Angeles. Hear, hear. If the future is everyone crammed into some Hong Kong-style highrise, I’d honestly rather be dead.


New research suggests a pretty straightforward way to bust gender stereotypes: Get men and women to work closely alongside each other. Offices are becoming more segregated from what I can tell.

When Truth and Reason Are No Longer Enough.

Complex Human Cultures Are Older Than Scientists Thought.

The crisis in modern masculinity.

March 17, 2018

To find suspects, police quietly turn to Google.

Time After Capitalism.

Pfizer CEO gets 61% pay raise—to $27.9 million—as drug prices continue to climb.

How do we define affordable housing?

The Intellectual We Deserve.

Why Gun Culture Is So Strong in Rural America.

Yale Study: Sad, Lonely Introverts Are Natural Born Social Psychologists. Introverts prone to melancholy are exceptionally good at accurately assessing truths about human social behavior, without formal training or tools.

A list of all the places that the sea already came for.

Scott Kelly’s medical monitoring has spawned some horrific press coverage.

March 16, 2018

EU wants to require platforms to filter uploaded content (including code). Really surprised this hasn’t happened everywhere already.

Study: Mapping Apps May Make Traffic Worse.

Anti-Union Media Conglomerate Experimenting With What Happens When You Keep Laying Off Workers.

Generational Disaster: Debt-Laden Millennials Set Back By $140,000 Vs Their Parents.

How Public Schools Became a Battleground in the Trump Era.

The heart of the Deep Space Network started beating on Christmas Eve 1963, when JPL confirmed their long-term intentions of sending missions into deep space.

March 15, 2018

Research hints at tipping point in the Atlantic’s currents.

Trump Was Right to Block Merger.

Many Drugs and Many Doctors Lead to Many Mistakes.

Jordan Peterson: Useful Idiot.

The Worsening Cosmic Ray Situation.

Physically Fit Women Were Almost 90% Less Likely to Get Dementia in 44-Year-Study.

#MeToo, Said the Shulamite.

We’re getting the relationship between video games and people all wrong.

Stephen Hawking’s final words to the internet: robots aren’t the problem, capitalism is.

This is not a time to calm down. Kids are fucking dead. Their friends are rightfully, and loudly, pissed about it.

2 “good guys with guns” accidentally fired them in schools on Tuesday.

How Amazon Became Corporate America’s Nightmare.

The Market Can’t Solve a Massacre. Our political rhetoric, like our moral imagination, uses the vocabulary and logic of the market, of assets and investments, of incentives and innovation. This is an excellent piece.

March 14, 2018

Autonomous Vehicles Require Socio-Political Acceptance—An Empirical and Philosophical Perspective on the Problem of Moral Decision Making.

Gina Haspel, Trump’s Pick for CIA Director, Ran a Black Site for Torture.

Don’t Mind Me, Just Charging.

Ideological Apparatus. Social movements seem doomed to reproduce the dominant societal ethos, even if nominally directly opposed to it. That so many do it so thoughtlessly is what bothers me.

A way that men abuse their power that especially white men in tech can identify with: when senior management expresses their opinion on implementation details. Yep. “Advice” always terrible, 10 years out of date, and extremely harmful to the entire project. Good analogy.

Taleb: “Best Thing For Society Is Bankruptcy Of Goldman Sachs.”

March 13, 2018

Why the Tiny Weight of Empty Space Is Such a Huge Mystery.

Reality Winner: The Cost of Mounting a Defense Arguing the Government Overclassifies.