March 31, 2016
Liberal critics like Paul Krugman argue that Sanders’s economic platform is unrealistic. They are dead wrong. I am not a Bernie supporter, but his econ plan is pretty conventional and solid.
Scientists have identified a new universal facial expression called the ‘Not Face.’ My expression 95% of the time.
So Far: Unfriendly AI Edition. Unfriendly AI is a real threat, but not as much as global climate change.
The People Moving Back Into Big American Cities Are Mostly Rich White People. Major US cities are ridiculously expensive; I could have a mansion in the country (30 miles out of town, too long to commute), or shack in the city for same price.
March 30, 2016
Stop trying to make Bernie disappear: While the establishment pretends nothing has changed, Sanders continues to win big. No chance for the nom, never did, but media does not like him one bit.
These “modern” designs are about hiding as much as possible till as late as possible – so that you need to have several successive context switches to gain wider access to less used (in the opinions of the UI author) programs and features. They’re all downgrades from the previous designs that were well studied and sampled with real users before enforcing them on the masses.
Republicans offer tax cuts and deregulation, as if everyone in America were going to become an entrepreneur. Democrats offer free college tuition and paid maternity leave, as if these things were a great benefit to people who don’t have the ability, preparation or inclination to sit through four years of college, and as a result, can’t find a decent job from which to take their leave.
There Are More Officers Than Counselors In The Largest Public School Districts. So now it’s just the prison to prison pipeline.
What would it be like to stop treating women as a voting niche, and gave men that treatment instead? Shockingly, women are just as varied and just as much individuals as men.
Supergirl is a better Superman story than Batman v Superman. And Melissa Benoist is the perfect Supergirl, too.
The extreme pressure and temperature deep within Uranus may break up the methane molecules, with the carbon atoms condensing into crystals of diamond that rain down through the mantle like hailstones. Diamond rain: rock band of the 80s or real phenomenon in this solar system? Why not both!
March 29, 2016
Story of a self-reliant Gen-Xer’s first time home purchase. Damn, glad I do not live in California — great climate, everything else terrible.
Experience: I was swallowed by a hippo. That story had me hippo-notized.
Why Learning To Code Won’t Save Your Job. This was always terrible, stupid advice.
What thirty years of technology looks like: the early high-school years. But nothing has changed! Everything is exactly the same as it was in 1292!
March 28, 2016
We’re About to Start Seeing More Early Deaths From Diabetes. But HAES! *foot falls off* HAES! *leg falls off* HAe-*dies of sepsis*
March 27, 2016
Energy forecasters consistently underestimate wind and solar. A critic explains why that’s a problem. Yep. 10-15 years ago, conventional scientific “wisdom” was that wind/solar would never work anywhere.
For decades now the EU has had an absolutely suicidal policy on immigration or, should I maybe say, no real policy at all, unless you consider “let them all in” a policy. Yes, US has millions of immigrants — difference is, their values/cultures not much different.
March 26, 2016
The Story Behind GM’s Celebrated ‘Damsels of Design.’ GM was more progressive (for a bit) in 1958 than many tech companies today. Jesus.
The Choice Is Not Between TPP or No Trade. False dichotomies are very powerful. Even the smartest people are often snookered by them.
Make elites compete: Why the 1% earn so much and what to do about it. Parts of Myth 1 are highly misleading bordering on dishonest. Exercise left for the reader. Actually this whole thing is pretty much crap.
March 25, 2016
Trump Gives Displaced IT Workers Attention, and He’s Not Alone. US IT industry being hollowed out from the bottom up, just like manufacturing was.
Our aerosol emissions are blocking a third of the climate warming. When your fuck-ups are preventing other fuck-ups from fucking everything up, you have done fucked up.
Sexual Harassment Cases Tarnish Berkeley’s Image as a Center of Social Activism. Prob as much sexual harassment on left as right.
Design and synthesis of a minimal bacterial genome. Conventional wisdom is that science/tech has stagnated. CW is, as usual, completely wrong.