December 9, 2019

Fuck Mozilla and fuck the Firefox developers!

One instruction set computer.

Getting a good grade in a class on x is so different from learning a lot about x that you have to choose one or the other, and you can’t blame students if they choose grades.

John Wheeler’s H-bomb blues.

Victoria Falls dries to a trickle after worst drought in a century. One of southern Africa’s biggest tourist attractions has seen an unprecedented decline this dry season, fuelling climate change fears.

Mike Bloomberg doesn’t understand he is part of the problem. Bloomberg’s wealth, and our country’s collective inequality, are intrinsically connected. He doesn’t get it.

The median age of U.S. home buyers is now 47, according to the data compiled by Deutsche Bank. In 1981, the median age of American home buyers was 31.

Witness to BART killing describes horror aboard the moving train. Wow, Sophia Humphrey is a damn superhero.

The real threat from strangers is quite different from what most fear: one-third of all Americans killed by strangers are killed by police.

Where the Frauds Are All Legal. Welcome to the weird world of medical billing.

Skyhawk Down. A firsthand account of a 1965 ‘broken arrow’ and the loss of Lieutenant (j.g.) Douglas Webster, U.S. Navy.

Did the Industrial Revolution Require Land Clearances, Slavery, Genocide, and Empire?

Psychological Study Of “Moral Grandstanding” Helps Explain Why Social Media Is So Toxic.

Is our personality affected by the way we look? (Or the way we think we look?)

December 8, 2019

Fuck Mozilla and fuck the Firefox developers!

The truth is there were many things in the Obama administration that should have been scandals but weren’t.

Do House Democrats want Trump to win a 2nd term?

Etymological fallacy.

Boeing 307 Stratoliner.

What Is Neoliberalism?

The Existentialism Files: How the FBI Targeted Camus, and Then Sartre After the JFK Assassination.

Dark energy might not exist after all.

Jobs, Jobs Everywhere, But Most of Them Kind of Suck.

December 7, 2019

Fuck Mozilla and fuck the Firefox developers!

Clear backpacks, monitored emails: life for US students under constant surveillance.

Medicaid covers sick or dying children. But it takes ‘going to battle’ to get it.

What Worries me About “Hedonic Quality Adjustments.” An arcane device that impacts so much and papers over the struggles many Americans face in a world that is becoming increasingly unaffordable for them.

Kansas City becomes first major American city with universal fare-free public transit. Those godforsaken deplorable areas, making the non-deplorables look bad.

Here’s how much global carbon emission increased this year.

Buttigieg is wrong — free college should be free for all, including children of the rich.

Social media platforms leave 95% of reported fake accounts up, study finds.

Kamala Harris Campaign Just Wasn’t Good Enough.

The Champion Who Picked a Date to Die.

December 6, 2019

Fuck Mozilla and fuck the Firefox developers!

Apple’s Activation Lock Will Make It Very Difficult To Refurbish Macs.

Nearly 700,000 will lose food stamps with USDA work requirement change. The Trump administration’s rule change would limit states’ abilities to provide residents access to food stamps.

Why kids need recess more than ever. Can’t turn them into emotionless production robots with recess, though.

Administrative assistant jobs helped propel many women into the middle class. Now they’re disappearing.

White dwarf star covering itself with the atmosphere of a hot Neptune. First-of-its-kind system requires a rare combination of events.

Red Summer, 100 years later: 1919 was a yearlong litany of white brutality against black Americans.

Ten-Hour Time-Restricted Eating Reduces Weight, Blood Pressure, and Atherogenic Lipids in Patients with Metabolic Syndrome. And makes FA types angry: an additional benefit.

A Week in the Life of a McDonald’s Cashier.

December 5, 2019

Fuck Mozilla and fuck the Firefox developers!

Sleep helps memory, right? Not for eyewitnesses.

The findings document the existence of “harbinger zip codes.” If households in these zip codes adopt a new product, this is a signal that the new product will fail.

The world’s average temperature is rising faster than previously thought, headed for a gain that may be triple the goal set by almost 200 countries.

The fall of the Berlin Wall gave South Korea hope. Not anymore.

Kamala Harris Supporter Insists Her Inspiring Message Of Something Or Other Will Always Live On.

Tiny woodlands are more important than previously thought.

Reusable plastic shopping bags are making the problem worse.

Building a More Honest Internet. I miss the old, good internet.

Public Policy Implications of the Millennial Wealth Gap.

Hoag’s Object Is a Galaxy Within a Galaxy Within a Galaxy (and Nobody Knows Why). Alien engineering project.

Meritocracy emphasises the power of the individual to overcome obstacles, but the real story is quite a different one.

Gas giant composition not determined by host star.

Tron: Evolution SecuROM DRM expiration makes game unplayable 9 years after release. DRM is evil.

Did a million years of rain jump-start dinosaur evolution? An extended bout of warm wet weather 232 million years ago may have profoundly altered life on Earth.

December 4, 2019

Fuck Mozilla and fuck the Firefox developers!

How Life on Our Planet Made It Through Snowball Earth.

Tesla Has Found a Use for Lasers—Cleaning Glass. It’s never not the time to use lasers.

50 Years Ago, Sugar Industry Quietly Paid Scientists To Point Blame At Fat.

Is the ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Sequel Anything but Fan Service? Will not be reading that.

The Deep Sea.

December 3, 2019

Fuck Mozilla and fuck the Firefox developers!

Medieval Price List.

As news outlets were shutting down for Thanksgiving, the University of North Carolina quietly gave white nationalists $2.5m to settle a lawsuit that hadn’t even been filed.

Electro-optical device provides solution to faster computing memories and processors.

Better Things Aren’t Possible. Trump will win in 2020 if the Dems keep that up.

The suburbs are facing an absolute tidal wave of aging that is already threatening to overwhelm social services, but fixes are elusive because they mostly involve getting the aging people to change their lifelong assumptions.

The Corporate Media’s War Against Bernie Sanders Is Very Real.

Global levels of biodiversity could be lower than we think, new study warns.

Memory has been sculpted by evolutionary processes such as inclusive fitness.

John Barnett on Why He Won’t Fly on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Drag-reducing aerospike.

Battle of Biggest Zoom Lenses Ever. (Many of those are not zoom lenses, but rather prime lenses. Zoom lenses have to zoom, i.e., change from 200mm-500mm, etc.)

No, a rat study with marginal results does not prove that cell phones cause cancer, no matter what Mother Jones and Consumer Reports say.

Watch 4 Decades of Inequality Drive American Cities Apart.

How the all-hands meeting became a way for bosses to give you the finger.

We can solve homelessness if we want to.

Vulnerability in fully patched Android phones under active attack by bank thieves.

More Americans Say They Weigh 200 Lbs. or More This Decade. Goddamn.

December 2, 2019

Fuck Mozilla and fuck the Firefox developers!

America is not the land of the free but one of monopolies so predatory they imperil the nation.

Obama pines for the political era that created Trump in the first place.

Companies’ core earnings are more crazily distorted than investors realize, and that puts stocks at risk.

Animated representation of all the multi-planet systems discovered in the Milky Way galaxy by NASA Kepler Space Telescope as of October 30, 2018.

America’s White Saviors. White liberals are leading a ‘woke’ revolution that is transforming American politics and making Democrats increasingly uneasy with Jewish political power.

The myth of the undeserving poor. Poverty should be understood as a structural problem, not blamed on the choices of individuals.

Air travel shows what happens when we give companies ruinous power over us.

Seven years after Gone Girl, as the #MeToo movement reshapes power dynamics and remakes social norms, the Cool Guys are finally here—peacocking for feminism with all the same performative vigor.

Newcomb’s paradox.

Humans, he argues, are not nearly as intelligent as we think they are. Remove them from the culture and environment they have learned to operate in and they fail quickly.

How to pack a stereo signal in one record groove.

The Importance Of Making Everything Easier.

Climate tipping points — too risky to bet against.

If you want to save the world, veganism isn’t the answer.

A Brief History of Public Goods. There’s a dire need for a new definition of public goods.

Humans form social ties to individuals who are neither kin nor mates, and these ties tend to be with similar people. Here, we show that this similarity extends to genotypes.

December 1, 2019

Fuck Mozilla and fuck the Firefox developers!

Securitization and House Price Growth.