July 31, 2014

Ayn Rand’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Nukes of Hazard.

Hobby Lobby alleged to have fired pregnant employee who requested time off to give birth.

The Health Benefits of Trees.

The four basic American reactions to record inequality.

This is the next Hobby Lobby.

July 30, 2014

Sprint Will Sell a $12 Wireless Plan that Only Connects to Facebook or Twitter.

Taking up space.

We should all feel comfortable embracing the fact that jobs are mostly terrible.

What Debate? Economists Agree the Stimulus Lifted the Economy.

July 29, 2014

Wall Street Has Raked In Almost A Billion Dollars Helping Companies Move Overseas To Dodge Taxes.

Markov Chains explained visually.

Study: 35 Percent in US Facing Debt Collectors.

The propagandists for the corporate powers that be have done a tremendous job of inculcating the faithful with a near religious conviction that all forms of government aid are sinful.

The Forgotten Murder Trial of the NRA’s Top Lawyer.

Empowering Femininity.

One Reason Women Fare Worse in Negotiations? People Lie to Them More.

Why NGOs can’t be trusted on GMOs.


Terraform. A little out of my area, but something I’ve been exploring more. Looks very useful.

Trigger warnings for misogynists.

If you use the Internet, you’re the subject of hundreds of experiments at any given time, on every site. That’s how websites work.

Docs vs. Glocks upheld: Florida pediatricians forbidden from asking patients about guns.

The world’s largest flea moved about a quarter-inch into the rubber tubing as my agitated husband, still grasping the mountain beaver, shouted, “Suck! Suck harder!”

July 28, 2014

My mistrust of men.

Detourned Literature: “The Last Ringbearer.”

This Is What Tech’s Ugly Gender Problem Really Looks Like.

Quantum bounce could make black holes explode.

Rolling Your Own CDN – Build A 3 Continent CDN For $25 In 1 Hour.

July 27, 2014

Modern shortages of “labor” are almost always a shortage of willingness to pay well, or a desire to avoid hiring the “wrong” kind of people.

Mike Kirby · Diary: Discharged · LRB 31 July 2014.

The Typical Household, Now Worth a Third Less.

July 26, 2014

How much should we worry about death?

On Misandry Being Real and Not Being Real.

Hundreds of Cities Are Wired With Fiber—But Telecom Lobbying Keeps It Unused.

The Rise of the American Taliban.

Decriminalising sex work would cut HIV infections by a third.

Corporations used to pay almost one-third of federal taxes. Now it’s one-tenth.

The ship that totally failed to change the world.

The Poor Don’t Need a Life Coach, They Need More Money.

The “we like sex” argument is a winning one, so why are so many people afraid to use it?

What this wireless networks researcher was telling me was that so long as information is being captured and stored in the unregulated way it’s being captured and stored now, with such little oversight and such little transparency, even if that information is in the hands of people you trust completely, it is still hackable by people you don’t trust at all.

July 25, 2014

Republicans love to see failure. It makes them feel like winners, even while they’re struggling to get by themselves, especially when they’re struggling to get by themselves. It doesn’t make them sympathetic. It makes them mean.

What Is Public?

You’re Much More Likely to Be Killed By Brain-Eating Parasites, Texting While Driving, Toddlers, Lightning, Falling Out of Bed, Alcoholism, Food Poisoning, a Financial Crash, Obesity, Medical Errors or “Autoerotic Asphyxiation” than by Terrorists.

Left in a vacant house by the former homeowners.

ISPs are spending less on their networks as they make more money off them.

DDR4 memory interface: Solving PCB design challenges.

Is One of the Most Popular Psychology Experiments Worthless?

The Extinct Pride of California.

Military device used on Detroit protest against Water Shutoffs.

July 24, 2014


Paletton – The Color Scheme Designer.

Pathogen Mishaps Rise as Regulators Stay Clear.

The U.S Has More Solar Workers Than Coal Miners.

While California sips its scarce water, Nestlé gulps.

Verizon Gets Snarky, But Basically Admits That It’s The One Clogging Its Networks On Purpose.

University administrators.

How Harry Potter shaped a generation.

I think it’s dangerous to leave the online freedom movement in the hands of young white men who primarily care about their freedom to access drugs, guns and porn.

The Happiest And Unhappiest Cities In America.

“The Time to Call for Diversity Is Now” for Arabian Nights Movies. Jennifer Lawrence is great, but Katniss Everdeen was NOT white.

The Vincennes’ downing of Iran Air Flight 655: The United States tried to cover up its own destruction of a passenger plane.

July 23, 2014

Software performance is… counterintuitive.

How to Renounce America and Still Be Called a Patriot. Her father is a senator, she’s a CEO, and her company is forsaking its U.S. citizenship.

Did the Banks Have to Commit Fraud?


The Line Between FBI Stings and Entrapment Has Not Blurred, It’s Gone.

Stanford researcher: Hallucinatory ‘voices’ shaped by local culture — in the United States, the voices are harsh and threatening; in Africa and India, they are more benign and playful.

World’s largest aquatic insect specimen found in China.

Coder livetweets sexist remarks allegedly made by IBM executives.

How companies use Canvas Fingerprinting to track you online.

Are the people who refuse to accept climate change ill-informed?

July 22, 2014

Right-wing obstruction could have been fought: An ineffective and gutless presidency’s legacy is failure.

The tech utopia nobody wants: why the world nerds are creating will be awful.

Dropbox is ‘Hostile to Privacy.’ I wouldn’t trust Dropbox with a gerbil’s vet records.

Ban neonicotinoids now – to avert another silent spring.

House Republicans Are Killing the Dream of Local High-Speed Fiber Internet.

​New Poll Reveals The U.S. Is Number One In Climate Change Denial. Because we — rather our rich — benefit from it the most….

How a battle for freedom was sold as an erotic adventure.

Margaret Atwood: Haunted by The Handmaid’s Tale.

July 21, 2014

Square one for managers.

Silicon Valley innovation: Venture capital is not the problem. (Yes, I am deliberately linking to the article’s 2nd page as the 1st is not worth reading.)

Why are so many parents being arrested?

The final demographic.

Undocumented iOS functions allow monitoring of personal data, expert says.

The Barbarism of ISIL, the Taliban and Wahhabism and collapse of hegemonic ideology.

Wireless Net Neutrality is being completely ignored.

Climate models on the mark, Australian-led research finds.

California’s job growth defies predictions after tax increases. That is, predictions from idiots.

How can you neglect a verb tense that lets you say things like “Had he but known”? How, indeed?

This Woman Has Been Confronting Her Catcallers — And Secretly Filming Their Reactions.

Computer Models Show What Exactly Would Happen To Earth After A Nuclear War.

July 20, 2014

Bill Maher’s sexist tweet: The so-called progressive makes light of domestic violence.

Robotic glove gives you extra fingers for grabbing.

Surprise: TWC wants to build a 1Gbps fiber network after Los Angeles threatens to build its own.

How is it anyone?

▶ If Men Were Women.

Amazon Wants You To Pay $120 For A Glorified Library Card.

Obama says he ended the ‘War on Drugs.’ Don’t believe him.