November 6, 2017

Jang Yeong-sil.

Why Flood Insurance in the U.S. Is Broke and Broken.

November 5, 2017

Now, Silicon Valley Is Totally Cool With a Bill That Could Ruin the Internet.

Automated Driving in Its Social, Historical and Cultural Contexts.

In America’s sandwiches, the story of a nation.

How much employees are paid at Google, Uber, and Facebook, and more.

Why mid-century cookbooks had such awful food.

How Corporations Create a Culture of Impunity for Sexual Harassers.

Most Women in Prison Are Victims of Domestic Violence. That’s Nothing New.

Americans, I have some bad news for you: You have the worst quality of life in the developed world – by a wide margin. This is true.

November 4, 2017

Why Do We Still Commute?

Hot Zones.

We Should Ban Cars From Big Cities. Seriously. Only works if mass transit is much improved. Chances of that? Slim to none. At least the article bothers to discuss this, unlike most fantasy-based ones.

Hilton Paid a $700K Fine For 2015 Breach; Under GDPR, It Would Be $420 Million.

Is the Retreat from Marriage Due to Cheap Sex, Men’s Waning Job Prospects, or Both?

White House Announces Obamacare Exchange Now Only Accessible From Single Kiosk In Remote Iowa Cornfield.

The Concept of the Weekend Is Dying.


We are certainly not all sitting around doing nothing waiting for a handful of programmers on a mail list to make us perform a ridiculous act of security theater for our blog posts written in 2002.

Toxic experts.

November 3, 2017

Against an Increasingly User-Hostile Web.

Defense Department: The War On Terror Has Cost $250 Million A Day For 16 Years.

Big Telecom Spent $200,000 to Try to Prevent a Colorado Town From Even Talking About a City-Run Internet.

Who owns a tip? Trump may shift it to restaurant owners.

The Randomness of Language Evolution.

This is why tech NEEDS the humanities. (Title courtesy of Emily Lakdawalla.)

The Philosophers’ Anger.

Equifax Reopens Salary Lookup Service. So I need to get the company I consult for part-time to report my yearly salary to this as a million dollars/annum.

USS McCain collision ultimately caused by UI confusion.

The Myth of High Youth Unemployment in France.

Current Digital Security Resources.

DNAinfo and Gothamist Are Shut Down After Vote to Unionize.

November 2, 2017

Scott Pruitt Declares War on Air Pollution Science. In stacking EPA advisory boards with skeptics, he’s laying the groundwork to gut regulations that protect Americans from polluted air. Make Air Pollution Great Again.

In Praise of Public Libraries.

How natural is numeracy?

It’s mathematically impossible to beat aging, scientists say. Suspect those scientists are very wrong, since not all animals really age (e.g. lobsters, some fish, naked mole rat). Garbage science.

Revisiting the Greenbelt Towns, a Forgotten 1930s Attempt at American Utopia.

Female Librarians on Horseback Delivering Books in the 1930s.

Talking about journalism’s class problem.

November 1, 2017

CBS sues man for copyright over screenshots of 59-year-old TV show.

Women Aren’t Ruining Food.

Why the “Best Places to Live” Usually Aren’t.

Don’t Trust Jeff Bezos — or Rahm Emanuel. The Amazon sweepstakes is about cities valuing tech profiteers more than their residents.

It is impossible to understand politics in this country without watching Fox News on occasion.

The Moon’s Giordano Bruno crater through many eyes.

Finally, RIAA Front Group Admits That Forcing YouTube To Police Site Doesn’t Work Well.

This Tiny Star Hosts a Planet Nearly the Size of Jupiter.

Europe’s borders didn’t just open. It was a plan.