October 21, 2015

Confusion About Fannie, Freddie, and Homeownership at the Washington Post. No exaggeration: a high school student could do better econ than the Washington Post.

For every 105-point increase in an individual’s credit score there is a 32% drop in the likelihood of them separating from their partner. Fact, but the rest of the article has serious issues.

Just as defenders find their feet, lawmakers move to outlaw security research entirely. Because that’ll make things WAY more secure.

For Offenders Who Can’t Pay, It’s a Pint of Blood or Jail Time.

8 Things We Learned About Racial And Gender Wage Inequality In The Restaurant Industry.

The obesity paradox: Why Coke is promoting a theory that being fat won’t hurt your health. Well, it’s pretty fucking obvious why. That so many people buy it is what’s mystifying.

October 20, 2015

Emotional abuse of children can be just as harmful as physical abuse, a new study finds.

How Inequality Shapes Our Lives.

LA Times Says Climate Not to Blame for More Wildfires. They’re Wrong.

Behavioural economics has some similarities to the state of astronomy in 1500 – it is still at the collection of deviation stage. There aren’t 165 human biases. There are 165 deviations from the wrong model.

The Republican Calendar, also known as the French Revolutionary Calendar, was an interesting one. It consisted of 12 months of 30 days plus an additional 5 (or 6 in a leap year) days at the end that were not counted as part of any month.

Life on Earth may have begun 300m years earlier than previously thought.

Researchers find 256 iOS apps that collect users’ personal info.

The Lack of Historic Knowledge Is so Frustrating. This lack is omnipresent in every field, not just tech.

October 19, 2015

1Password Leaks Your Data. If you store your data in the cloud, it’ll eventually and inevitably not be your data.

Gender dynamics in a technical field.

Brain scans suggest schizophrenia is not one disease. Of course it’s not.

How a Hacked Virus Is Bringing Us Closer to Artificial Photosynthesis.

The Lifespan of a Thought Experiment: Do We Still Need the Trolley Problem? Perhaps not, but thought experiments are extremely, incalculably valuable.

Obesity and self-reported vs. actual caloric intake. Unsurprisingly, hugely divergent.

Texas can deny birth certificates to US-born children of undocumented immigrants.

The Lonely Death of George Bell.

Why Corporations Love State-Level Regulation, Part the Millionth.

The Scientists Who Pee Plutonium.

Consumer culture and the capitalist mindset have taught us to substitute acts of personal consumption (or enlightenment) for organized political resistance.

October 18, 2015

Tesla, Apple, and the ‘secretly terrible’ engineer conundrum.

Glacier was once Yosemite’s largest; now it’s almost gone.

Power is.

Different Brain Regions are Infected with Fungi in Alzheimer’s Disease.

Soviet PCs.

Photos of the sunset with the sun replaced with other stars.

How to Protect Yourself from NSA Attacks on 1024-bit DH.

No Kids Allowed.

How Amazon’s Monster Erotica Book Ban Shaped CloudFlare’s Censorship Stance.

Office fashion or “capitalist burqa.” About D.C., but applies everywhere.

October 17, 2015

Facebook Is Draining Your iPhone Battery Because It’s Tracking Your Location. If you’re dumb enough to install the Facebook app on your phone, you get what you deserve.

Modern life is rubbish? Sleep is just the same as ever, say scientists. Have always doubted the “screens are killing us!” bullshit.

Our Deadened, Carbon-Soaked Seas.

Avoid premature optimization.

What’s That Sound? It’s Tough to Tell.


We fail to recognize non-violent actions that have horrid consequences as serious. Laying off thousands of people has serious consequences for those people–consequences that are much more serious than having some clothes shredded.

Sauce-Spatter Analysis Allows Investigators To Reconstruct Horrific, Grisly Consumption Of Meatball Sub.

Our Vanishing Flowers.

It’s incredible that we’ve built a society that relies on women in the labor force yet makes no discernible effort to deal with this problem.

L’horloge ne reste pas muette lorsque vous vous déshabillez.

Cops are asking Ancestry.com and 23andMe for their customers’ DNA.

October 16, 2015

People being shot by toddlers on a weekly basis in the US. Well, it’s obviously time to ban toddlers, then.

Adobe confirms major Flash vulnerability, and the only way to protect yourself is to uninstall Flash. What shit software.

Windows 10 upgrades are being forced on some users.

Suburbanites are becoming the new face of homelessness in America.

Phones for the people.

Reddit’s ‘bullies’ pushed me to fight my weight gain.

Started on 1 July 2014, the ‘500-year experiment’ will monitor bacterial dormancy over century timescales, providing scientists – present and future – with a unique portal into this little-known world.

Biggest Isn’t Best in Nature.

Capitalism is a coercive economic system that creates persistent patterns of economic deprivation.

States of Mind: Ann Veronica Janssens’ yellowbluepink.

To Work, Open Offices Need To Be A Little Less Open.

October 15, 2015

Gustav Klimt Paintings Come to Life.

Advanced ambulance care increases mortality.

Quit chasing “passionate millennial males”: Their tastes shouldn’t dictate what we read and hear. Pitchfork sucks. Always has, probably always will.

As vari­ous NoSQL databases matured, a curi­ous thing hap­pened to their APIs: they star­ted look­ing more like SQL. This is be­cause SQL is a pre­tty di­rect im­plemen­ta­tion of re­lation­al set theo­ry, and math is hard to fool.

The Most Mysterious Star in Our Galaxy.

Limits to computation.

Why I speak out against Islamism.

Users of Google’s voice-control features such as OK Google are probably aware that the company stores the voice recordings it receives when they talk to it.

The remarkable thing that happens to poor kids when you give their parents a little money.

High-Deductible Health Plans Don’t Seem to Encourage Price Shopping.

If You’re Not Paranoid About Privacy, You’re Crazy.

October 14, 2015

Army Ranger School has a groundbreaking new graduate: Lisa Jaster, 37, engineer and mother.

There’s No DRM in JPEG—Let’s Keep It That Way. The future of the web is cable television, but even less interesting.

How scientists fool themselves – and how they can stop.

How Tasteless Suburbs Become Beloved Urban Neighborhoods.

Her Code Got Humans on the Moon—And Invented Software Itself. Also another unheralded contribution of the space program to human advancement.

Self-tiling tile set.

How Tom Wolfe Became … Tom Wolfe. The first time I recall realizing that writing about true events didn’t have to be godawful boring was during reading The Right Stuff.

Meet A Generation That Has Grown Up Free From Mass Shootings.


The Lost Canals of Venice of America.

October 13, 2015

The Myth of the ‘Autistic Shooter.’

The Year We Obsessed Over Identity.

How do make-up artists create sweat in the movies? Still photos often use olive oil, as it looks natural, stays in place and is non-toxic.

Right-Wing Urban Outfitters Now Asking Employees to Work for Free.

Millennials Should Emphasize the Moral Dimension of Climate Change.

Why the Words for ‘Mom’ and ‘Dad’ Sound So Similar in So Many Languages.

Leaked docs reveal TPP will force ISPs to hand over copyright infringers’ identities.

Microsoft Re-Issues Windows 7 Updates Forcing Windows 10 Upgrade, Enabling Data Collection.

My Long, Exhausting Summer Of Street Harassment Is Over.

October 12, 2015

Not a Perfect Fit syndrome and Poisonous Internal Solutions.

It’s Getting Harder To Move Beyond A Minimum-Wage Job.

Emma Rowena Gatewood, better known as Grandma Gatewood was an extreme hiker and ultra-light hiking pioneer who was the first woman to hike the Appalachian Trail from Mount Oglethorpe in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine solo, and in one season.

Indy woman uses medieval combat training, sword to stop intruder. Knew a woman in Seattle with real katana training and experience, kept a katana behind the seat of her truck.

Long-term weight loss maintenance.

Deforestation and Drought.

Slavoj Žižek on Obama, Bernie, sex and democracy: “That’s the reality of global capitalism. Everyone is violating the rules.”

October 11, 2015

The TPP is going to prohibit people from checking devices to see if they work as advertised. Because of this, the “Internet of Things” could be left in a state of chronic device ecosystem insecurity.

America wants you to suffer: The staggering ways we punish our college graduates.

Why is it so hard to give Taylor Swift credit for 1989? The more I listen to Swift’s music, the more I like it. Ryan Adams fucking sucks, though.

Universal Basic Income.

In Colorado, a ‘rental crisis’ forces workers into the woods. This will be increasingly common all over, and soon.