August 21, 2015

We are sacrificing the right to walk.

People Think Food Labelled “Organic” Tastes Better—Even If The Label Is Fake.

Windows 10 Chewing Through Broadband Usage Caps.

People who work 55 hours or more per week have a 33 percent greater risk of stroke and a 13 percent greater risk of coronary heart disease than those working standard hours.

Your Toner Is No Good Here: Region-Coding Ink Cartridges.


A Social History of Jell-O Salad: The Rise and Fall of an American Icon.

The Online Privacy Lie Is Unraveling.

We’re Only Beginning To Understand Why Humans Have a Skewed Sex Ratio.

Canaries in the coal mine: a cross-species analysis of the plurality of obesity epidemics.

The Plight of the Pigeon.

August 20, 2015

What Makes American Men So Dangerous?

The Mathematician’s Lament.

Ezra Klein says Amazon’s office workers are too privileged to merit much sympathy. Here’s why that’s a big mistake.

Pacific Northwest on Track for Warmest Summer on Record.

Who do you think received more cash from Yale’s endowment last year: Yale students, or the private equity fund managers hired to invest the university’s money? It’s not even close.

Cost of not acting on climate change $44 trillion. And extinction. Shouldn’t “extinction” be in there somewhere?

The thousands of nuclear bombs exploded on Earth.

Financial experts may have gotten this wrong for years. Many “scientific” approaches utterly fail because they do not take psychology into account.

13 strange changes made to movies during production.

August 19, 2015

Windows 10 Doesn’t Work.

True, true. And yet one you can change; one you cannot.

Psychosis and Violence Aren’t Strongly Linked.

Neuro-synaptic architecture.

For all its revolutionary rhetoric, Amazon is just an outsize example of what plagues our entire approach to work.

Trucker Safety and You.

The Times article [about Amazon] struck such a nerve because it not only confirmed the stereotype that corporate culture is cold and unforgiving—it summed up the experiences of workers in nearly every industry, not just tech.

Common Knowledge and Aumann’s Agreement Theorem.

Sanxingdui: China’s lost civilization revises history.

Why Does Tap Water Go Stale Overnight?

Everything You’ve Heard About Chastity Belts Is a Lie.

How New Genes Arise from Scratch.

Jeff Bezos Assures Amazon Employees That HR Working 100 Hours A Week To Address Their Complaints.

August 18, 2015

Republicans Against Retirement.

ALICE precisely compares light nuclei and antinuclei.

The Bologna Stone Was a Glowing Mystery for 400 Years.

A size 8 dress today is nearly the equivalent of a size 16 dress in 1958. And a size 8 dress of 1958 doesn’t even have a modern-day equivalent — the waist and bust measurements of a Mad Men-era 8 come in smaller than today’s size 00.

Dutch Cities to Experiment With UBI.

For 40 years, computer scientists looked for a solution that doesn’t exist.

Black holes hurl stars out of galaxy, after which they explode.

August 17, 2015

Leaked Documents Reveal AT&T’s ‘Extreme Willingness’ to Help With NSA Spying.

Obese drivers at greater risk for fatal injury in car crashes.

Google’s attempt to sanitize the internet continues apace.

A Refugee Crisis in Calais is an Example of a World Wide Problem.

Tweaks to make Firefox suck less.

Anyone who thought tablets would replace more-capable computers was a moron, and the data shows this.

The True Purpose of Microsoft Solitaire, Minesweeper, and FreeCell.

Piracy gave me a future.

Cultural Heritage Below the Water Line.

Why Social Security Is a Success, in Four Charts.

The subtle sounds that English speakers have trouble catching.

August 16, 2015

The religious right isn’t going away: Why proclamations of its decline are a dangerous myth.

Cool photo.

How Snobbery Helped Take The Spice Out Of European Cooking.

About 95 percent of the relationship between intelligence and longevity is explained by genetic influences on both traits, researchers reported July 26 in the International Journal of Epidemiology.

How Wall Street’s Bankers Stayed Out of Jail.

Irisin, a hormone released during physical exercise, has been confirmed to exist in humans, according to a mass-spectrometry study. Irisin can induce the browning of white fat, turning the fat from inert to metabolically active.

The World of Hidden Technology Underground.

How to Ensure You Don’t Hire Anyone.

August 15, 2015

Comcast VP: 300GB data cap is “business policy,” not technical necessity.

Happy birthday Social Security.

A sanitation worker lifts about 18,000 pounds of garbage a day, the city estimates.

Renting in America Has Never Been This Expensive.

It turns out parenthood is worse than divorce, unemployment — even the death of a partner.

Today, nothing you do, no precaution you take, no long or random string of characters can stop a truly dedicated and devious individual from cracking your account. The age of the password has come to an end.

By 2100, Earth Will Have an Entirely Different Ocean.

Robots evolve faster when you kill them. Shh, Ava, don’t listen to that.

Time for a divorce.

Dying California forests offer a glimpse into climate change. Luckily I’ll be dead when it all starts really going to hell. Good luck, ya’ll!

New rash of malvertising attacks threatens millions of Web surfers. If you ain’t ad blocking, you gonna get got.

August 14, 2015

Who really threw the first brick at Stonewall.

Pandora’s Breeches: Women, Science & Power in the Enlightenment: Patricia Fara.

On rhetoric and strategy in social justice and leftist spaces.

All of which means Windows 10 has the right to install whatever it wants on your system without notice and to read and disclose all your personal information and files when it sees fit – even with files you place in private folders.

The Management Engine is a giant backdoor, allowing full access to your entire system for malicious adversaries.

Labor Shortage? Have You Tried Paying More?

Samsung unveils 2.5-inch 16TB SSD: The world’s largest hard drive.

Why Sesame Street’s Move to HBO Is Both Great and Extremely Depressing.

David Foster Wallace was not a bro: Let’s not paint the writer with the same brush as his fans. Kind of the anti-bro, actually.

August 13, 2015

Even when told not to, Windows 10 just can’t stop talking to Microsoft. What a jacked-up piece of capybara crap.

Here’s the Next Crisis “Nobody Saw Coming.”

The Real Housewives of Ancient Egypt Had 8-Foot-Long Prenups.

Posting a listing for a job for which only ‘‘rock stars’’ need apply casts an H.R. manager as a kind of corporate Malcolm McLaren; that nobody is looking for a front-end developer who is addicted to heroin or who bites the heads off doves in conference rooms goes without saying.

“Eating addiction”, rather than “food addiction”, better captures addictive-like eating behavior.

Sex does matter: Key molecular process in brain is different in males and females. And now a billion people will take this completely out of context.

‘Beyond Unacceptable’: Judge OKs Uranium Mine at Grand Canyon.

Man caves. What exactly are you hiding from?

Octopus’ sophistication driven by hundreds of previously unknown genes.

Luxury and the Consumption of Labor.

August 12, 2015

Lenovo is now using rootkit-like techniques to install their software on CLEAN Windows installs, by having the BIOS overwrite windows system files on bootup.

Living Wage Calculator.

The Hamburger Menu Doesn’t Work. (I know I’ve posted this before. The fucks I give number in the high nones.)

It is creating a culture in which everyone must think twice before speaking up, lest they face charges of insensitivity, aggression, or worse.

So the magic Free Market Fairy will keep our food and drugs safe.

How yuppies hacked the hacker ethos.

Don’t Hit Send: Angry Emails Just Make You Angrier.

Carnot cycle.

If passion is a job requirement, says the writer Miya Tokumitsu, employees have little room to complain about mistreatment at work.

U.S.A., Land of Limitations.

August 11, 2015

Mark Hughes’s analysis of Ex Machina.