October 6, 2015

The World Has Gone Crazy Over Ad Blocking. I’ve been using some form of ad blocking since 1996 or so.

Pre-emption: How and Why Rail Companies Are Above The Law.

The Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement Is A Disaster For Climate Change. Poorly-written headline, but the TPP is just outright disastrous in every way.

Fish Can Recognize Faces, a Surprisingly Human Skill.

The Era Of Automatic Facial Recognition And Surveillance Is Here.

Study Finds Humans Are Worse Than Radiation For Chernobyl Animals.

Elon Musk’s sleight of hand. People criticize Musk, but his company is doing the coolest things in the world right now.

Denier vs Skeptic.

The Most Important Thing, and It’s Almost a Secret. Climate change will make this quite temporary, alas.

October 5, 2015

Blue whales eat up to around 3628 kg (4 tons) of krill daily.

Our Right to an Attorney Is in Jeopardy.

Utility-scale solar costs down by half in last five years alone.

Scientists to nudge asteroid off course as practice for protecting the Earth.

October 4, 2015

Island boulders reveal ancient mega-tsunami.

Rise of the Synthesizer: How an Electronics Whiz Kid Gave the 1980s Its Signature Sound.

Why is it so hard to convince people to care about privacy? Because humanity is too dumb to survive long-term, mainly.

The hidden inequality of who dies in car crashes.

Another brick in the wall.

Of all the major conservative parties in the democratic world, the Republican Party stands alone in its denial of the legitimacy of climate science. Good ol’ American exceptionalism.

Comcast’s brilliant plan to make you accept data caps: Refuse to admit they’re data caps.

October 3, 2015

Cogent CEO: After Net Neutrality Rules, Interconnection Congestion Has Magically Disappeared.

All about -ass.


Population genetic differentiation of height and body mass index across Europe.

People talk about an individual’s genome as if it was a single consistent entity—but it isn’t. Every one of us actually contains a cosmopolitan melting pot of different genomes.

Ellen Page.

Eric Schmidt of Google suggests…never do anything that you don’t want made public. But sometimes there’s no way to know ahead of time what is going to be bad.

For Corporations, Sticks, Not Carrots.

October 2, 2015

Share of Americans in labor force shrinks to 38-year low. Not just retirements, either. Not by far.

Irrealis mood.

A refugee riot puts a German town on edge.

New ‘Anti-Abortion Pill’ Kills Mother, Leaves Fetus Alive.

Gun violence in America, in 17 maps and charts.

People’s ability to recognize faces is genetically distinct.

Could “Probiotic Epidemics” Influence Evolution?

October 1, 2015

Effectiveness of Talk Therapy Is Overstated, a Study Says. AKA “paying for a friend.”

A major advance in computational complexity reveals deep connections between the classes of problems that computers can — and can’t — possibly do.

Indiana GOP’s House Leader resigns after texting sexually explicit video of himself cheating on wife to everyone on his “Contacts” list.

A Linguist Explains the Grammar of Shipping.

Interview with Amy Finkelstein.

Dormant Virus Wakes Up In Some Patients With Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Organizing Principles. Cliff A’s comment is also great, and answers something I’d been trying to figure out.

September 30, 2015

Life is very large. Under the right circumstances, you, too, could fall in love with a toaster.

Shark culling and overfishing may be contributing to climate change. Eliminating top predators destroys ecosystems.

New test detects all the viruses that infect people, animals.

It’s sleazy, it’s totally illegal, and yet it could become the future of retirement.

Historians Admit To Inventing Ancient Greeks.

Bioweapons … for dummies?

September 29, 2015

Longer fasts might help with weight loss but Americans eat all day long.

UN Again Ignores Population Growth.

Reversing the Tide: Cities and Countries Are Rebelling Against Water Privatization, and Winning.

Pull Your Own Weight: Resisting the modern obesity industrial complex.

If you ask German engineers to do something impossible without cheating….

We can’t get out of the bedroom now. Her history is 100% correct, btw.

Crazy American Obesity in Four Graphics. But it’s all “genetic” and “inevitable.” Bullshit.

When Schools Overlook Introverts. As the focus on group work and collaboration increases, classrooms are neglecting the needs of students who work better in quiet settings.

The Real Price of Oil.

September 28, 2015

Signs of Liquid Water Found on Surface of Mars.

GUYS in Movies vs. Real Life. Pretty much, except the small % of frat-type idiots.

Why Students Hate School Lunches. What you eat doesn’t matter much. How much you eat matters far, far more.

New York Cops Are Jailing Handymen For Carrying This Common Pocketknife. And yet we can’t seem to do a thing about guns.

Bees’ tongues are getting shorter because climate change.

The Season of the Witch.

Why time is a feminist issue.

Are you reading another YA novel?

“Food doesn’t all look the same and it shouldn’t”: It’s shocking how much “ugly” food we throw away.

September 27, 2015

If you go back and read Orwell, you’ll notice that Oceania was actually quite good at data security. Our own Thought Police is a clown car operation with no checks or oversight, no ability to keep the most sensitive information safe, and no one behind the steering wheel.

Epistemic learned helplessness.

Hard, NOT Soft, Kill Switches.

Martin Shkreli Is Just a Tiny Part of a Huge Problem. Americans were outraged over his 5,000 percent price hike of a life-saving drug. They should see what Big Pharma has in store.

How do we get people to care about the environment? What if we’re asking the wrong question?

Microsoft stores a backup copy of your encryption key on your OneDrive account that they can give to the FBI or anyone else they deem worthy if it is in Microsoft’s interests. “Encryption.”

Veblen good.

September 26, 2015

No, e-book sales are not falling, despite what publishers say. Indies more than make up for the fake “decline.” Very poor NYT article.

How a $2.7 billion air-defense system became a ‘zombie’ program.

Dustin Yellin’s stupendous, life-sized glass-pane humanoids made from NatGeo clippings.

The “consensus” is sometimes wrong.

The states where women are most likely to be killed by men. The Southern states? Shocking. Oh wait, it’s totally not.

Ghost hunting.

The 40 Worst Movie Posters Ever. Those are bad, but I’ve seen worse.

The frog is known to have a mutualistic relationship with the burrowing tarantula Xenesthis immanis.

Amia Srinivasan reviews ‘Doing Good Better’ by William MacAskill.

September 25, 2015

VW’s Cheating Proves We Must Open Up the Internet of Things.

Consciousness in meme machines.

Logic Is No Match For Science.

Walled world.

Stat check: No, women couldn’t just “go somewhere else” if Planned Parenthood closed.

Katniss when she is 70.

These are the ways robots deceive us.

Investors Are Mining for Water, the Next Hot Commodity. Aye. I invested us in a water company eight years ago. $$$.

September 24, 2015

The false science of cryonics.

Meanwhile, at VW’s emissions testing center.

Bell inequality violation finally done right.

It Might Be Time to Rethink How We Do Emissions Testing.

Hillary’s Taylor Swift problem: What the fight over “authenticity” — in politics and in pop — is really about.

Melting permafrost could cause $43 trillion worth of economic damage. Not to mention mass death and near-extinction. There’s that.

Adventures in Very Recent Evolution. But humans are immune to evolution by, like, magic!

September 23, 2015

OPM Now Admits 5.6m Feds’ Fingerprints Were Stolen By Hackers. Good chance mine were in that pile.

Scientists have uncovered a new species of duck-billed dinosaur, a 30-footlong herbivore that endured months of winter darkness and probably experienced snow.

Welcome to the Speakularity, Where Everything You Say Is Transcribed and Searchable. Fight the future; I don’t want to believe.