December 31, 2013

I fought my ISP’s bad behavior and won.

Spared Winter Freeze, Florida’s Mangroves Are Marching North.


America’s hidden retirement crisis is racial.

The NSA has nearly complete backdoor access to Apple’s iPhone.

Consumer DNA tests aren’t so good.

The Risky Business of Paternity Leave.

December 30, 2013

Debt, no degree: Bills mount for ex-college students who never reached the finish line.

Why Are There So Many Female Terrorists in Russia?

Climate change by the numbers: The worst is yet to come.

Replacement age.

India’s Efforts to Aid Poor Worry Drug Makers.

I worked on the US drone program. The public should know what really goes on.

Why MacPaint’s Original Canvas was 416 Pixels Wide.

December 29, 2013

If you think that selfishness and cruelty are fantastic personal traits, you might be a libertarian.

Christmas In Two Nations Part One – We Are Two Nations: A Christmas Serial.

The Secret Life of Grief.

Why My Father Watches Fox News. This is really good.

Utility companies go to war against solar.

December 28, 2013

Head of railway in Lac-Mégantic disaster says he’s ‘also a victim.’

Tree hug.

The dead ballet.

About quidditch.

First They Came for the Ostjuden, But I Did Not Speak Up, Because I Was a Westjude. And Looking Back That Was Arguably a Mistake.

Unemployment benefits for 1.3 million expire today.

December 27, 2013

The Year We Broke the Internet.

Charles Pierce Poses Old Timey Questions About Civil Rights.

Linux memory overcommit.

2013 was a lost year for tech.

Fake Knee Surgery as Good as Real Procedure, Study Finds.

Boardinghouses: where the city was born.

December 26, 2013

Hype cycle.

How corporations are using the First Amendment to destroy government regulation.

High-PPI support in Windows 8.1: still not so great. Why my next computer will have OS X on it.

The Default Gender in Politics and Science.

McDonald’s Pulls McResource Website After Noticing It Suggests Employees Not Eat Fast Food.

The Birth of U.S. Music Recording.

Is the Safety Net Just Masking Tape?

Every day at a natural history museum….

Rietdijk–Putnam argument.

December 25, 2013

I’m Charlotte Church. And This Is How Women Are Routinely Demoralized by the Music Industry…. She has a point, but ratings are counterproductive and de facto censorship.

How to Turn Off Gmail’s Automatic Image Loading for Increased Privacy and Speedier Loading.

If It Quacks Like Rosa Parks….

Severe Ancient Droughts: A Warning to California.

On the issue of press freedom, Obama is the worst president. He has attempted to prosecute more journalists and sources than that of any other commander-in-chief and has established an abysmal record on Freedom of Information Act compliance.

Now the Kochs Are Coming After Your Solar Panels.

There’s No Way to Follow the Money.

A World Managed By Apps Is Closed For Those Without A Smartphone.

Home (and hungry) for the holidays: Families struggle to feed kids during school break.

Michael Pollan: How Smart Are Plants?

What’s wrong with assuming that programmers are male?

Objectifying Media – Their Effect on Gender Role Norms and Sexual Harassment of Women.

December 24, 2013

Criticising popular things: why is it so popular?

Iron Maiden makes millions by touring countries where their music is most pirated. Well, duh. Go where your most devoted fans are == $$. Update: Though this would work, turns out this particular story if false.

Film Studies 101: The 30 Camera Shots Every Film Fan Needs To Know.

The clone army.

Cameron’s internet filter goes far beyond porn – and that was always the plan.

December 23, 2013

Feminism has a right to anger.

10 Reasons That Long-Term Unemployment Is a National Catastrophe.

12 Maps of America From Before We Knew What It Looked Like.

Sun not a key driver of climate change.

December 22, 2013

Weird is Normal.

The origin of flowers: DNA of storied plant provides insight into the evolution of flowering plants.

Consolea corallicola.

The Great Escape, Featuring Candy.

Obamacare implementation as teachable moment.

Terrible. As is typical for Ezra Klein.

A Solar Boom So Successful, It’s Been Halted.

Why Your Name Matters.

We Went to the Amazon to Find Out What Makes These Weird Web-Tower Things.

Why do most programming languages only return a single value from a function?

December 21, 2013

Why Firefox 13 ‘load tabs on demand’ is bad UX. Fucking idiotic is what that is.

Teaching isn’t rocket science. It’s harder.

Using copyright to keep repair manuals secret.

Records melt in hottest year ever.

Eighty percent of scientific data are lost within two decades, disappearing into old email addresses and obsolete storage devices, a Canadian study indicated.

The Value of Content.

December 20, 2013

The economy is a program of the government. It is a subset of the things the government does.

It’s Us or Them.

December 19, 2013

Why Did “Wolf of Wall Street” Get a Pass From the MPAA, When Feminist Films Don’t?

Chief cable lobbyist: data caps were never about network congestion, always about profit.

The world has fresh water, but it’s full of poison.

RSA Key Extraction via Low-Bandwidth Acoustic Cryptanalysis.

December 18, 2013

New Disney Heroine’s Eyes Are Bigger Than Her Wrists.

Amazing Landforms Shaped By Animals.

Britain: Not Great for Women.

States with higher black turnout are more likely to restrict voting.

Undocumented Feature.

Elizabeth Warren measure would forbid employers from looking at job applicant’s credit history.

December 17, 2013

The Minimum Wage and McDonald’s Welfare.

How A Fish Unleashed Its Evolutionary Potential And Went Blind.

It’s Not OK That Your Employees Can’t Afford to Eat.

Just Delete Me | A directory of direct links to delete your account from web services.

The iPad Critics Were Right – Contextual Ceilings and The Mobile State of Mind.

Water seems to flow freely on Mars.

December 16, 2013

Women’s clothes are always part of someone’s revolution.

Inequality is rising so fast that over the past six years it has been as big a drag on ordinary American incomes as poor economic performance, even though those years include the worst economic slump since the 1930s.

Hyperemployment, or the Exhausting Work of the Technology User.

Electron Microscope Zooms In, Finds Life on Life on Life.

December 15, 2013

Sequence of Events in the Cockpit on Asiana Flight 214.