Uber Fires Former Google Engineer at Heart of Self-Driving Dispute
The ride-hailing service had acquired Anthony Levandowski’s company last year. He was accused of stealing product plans from his former employer.
As Computer Coding Classes Swell, So Does Cheating
Growing numbers of computer science students are getting caught plagiarizing code, either from classmates or from someplace on the web.
"College students have flooded into computer science courses across the country, recognizing them as an entree to coveted jobs at companies like Facebook and Google, not to mention the big prize: a start-up worth millions."
Which is the unfortunate reason why interviews often ask such basic questionsPosted on 2017-05-30T02:37:19+0000
A slogan ready for retirement
Double the education budget? We should demand 100pc literacy instead.
"Children in government schools say teachers arrive late, drink tea, make them massage their feet, ask them to buy them barfi, and leave early. At best, these schools are daycares. At worst, they expose children to physical and sexual abuse."Posted on 2017-05-29T16:42:49+0000
How I built a business that lets me live on the beach full time
That's not to say that I don't like working. I write software for a living, which is crazy fun in and of itself. If you'd have told little 14 year old Jason, writing games on his Commodore 64, that he'd one day have a job doing basically the same thing, he'd have been pretty stoked.
How to Sleep
Should you drink more coffee? Should you take melatonin? Can you train yourself to need less sleep? A physician’s guide to sleep in a stressful age.
"“They would insist that they were fine,” said Dinges, “but weren’t performing well at all, and the discrepancy was extreme.”
This finding has been replicated many times over the intervening decades, even as many professions continue to encourage and applaud sleep deprivation. In one study published in the journal Sleep, researchers kept people just slightly sleep deprived—allowing them only six hours to sleep each night—and watched the subjects’ performance on cognitive tests plummet. The crucial finding was that throughout their time in the study, the sixers thought they were functioning perfectly well."Posted on 2017-05-29T11:13:40+0000
2 'Heroes' Stabbed To Death Standing Up To Muslim Hate In Portland
Police arrested a 35-year-old man with white supremacist ties after the attack.
"Police said they were familiar with Christian but did not see him as a threat to public safety, adding that he suffered from mental illness. His mother told HuffPost that she didn’t believe he was mentally ill."
I wonder when America (and other parts of the world too) will finally have a proper public dialog about mental illness.Posted on 2017-05-28T19:41:14+0000
Amy Reed, Doctor Who Fought a Risky Medical Procedure, Dies at 44
Dr. Reed and her husband turned a personal calamity into a crusade to spare other women from the medical procedure that harmed her.
Enough with the microservices - Adam Drake
Don’t even consider microservices unless you have a system that’s too complex to manage as a monolith. The majority of software systems should be built as a single monolithic application. Do pay attention to good modularity within that monolith, but don’t try to separate it into separate services.
Did the Turkish President’s Security Detail Attack Protesters in Washington? What the Video Shows
We reviewed videos and photos to track the actions of 24 men, including armed members of the Turkish president’s security detail, who attacked protesters in Washington.
Read Mark Zuckerberg’s full commencement address at Harvard
Zuckerberg returned to his alma mater Thursday to encourage Harvard’s graduates to go save the world.
"So what are we waiting for? It's time for our generation-defining public works. How about stopping climate change before we destroy the planet and getting millions of people involved manufacturing and installing solar panels? How about curing all diseases and asking volunteers to track their health data and share their genomes? Today we spend 50x more treating people who are sick than we spend finding cures so people don’t get sick in the first place. That makes no sense. We can fix this. How about modernizing democracy so everyone can vote online, and personalizing education so everyone can learn?"Posted on 2017-05-26T00:50:13+0000
Manchester attack: Police not sharing information with US - BBC News
Theresa May will tell Donald Trump shared intelligence "must be secure" after US leaks about the Manchester bomb - as the Queen visits victims.
The largest Git repo on the planet
Everything you want to know about Visual Studio ALM and Farming
At Facebook we get things wrong – but we take our safety role seriously | Monika Bickert
Our reviewing of difficult posts and images is complex and challenging. We appreciate the Guardian revealing how tough it is to get the balance right
Alone on the Open Road: Truckers Feel Like ‘Throwaway People’
President Trump ignited a national discussion of blue-collar jobs. Truck driving, once a road to the middle class, is now low-paying, grinding, unhealthy work. We talked with drivers about why they do it.
How Anker is beating Apple and Samsung at their own accessory game
Inside the portable battery pack giant
"For the accessories market, which tends to piggyback off trends in mainstream consumer electronics, a true breakthrough is rare. But Anker found one in charging, based on the realization that while batteries may not be improving, charging time certainly was. According a study conducted last year by PhoneArena, it took more than two hours on average to charge a device to 100 percent in 2013. Today, it can be done in almost half the time."Posted on 2017-05-23T02:20:26+0000
U.S. top court tightens patent suit rules in blow to 'patent trolls'
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday tightened rules for where patent lawsuits can be filed in a decision that may make it harder for so-called patent "trolls" to launch sometimes dodgy patent cases in friendly courts, a major irritant for high-tech giants like Apple and Alphabet Inc's Google.
You should’ve asked
Here is the english version of my now famous “Fallait demander” ! Thanks Una from unadtranslation.com for the translation :)
Opinion | The Nazis as students of America’s worst racial atrocities
James Whitman outlines America’s racist influences on the Nazis’ treatment of Jews
"One foreign country in particular grabbed the Nazis’ interest because of its advanced and innovative system of legal racism.
The object of Nazi fascination? America.
“In the early twentieth century the United States was not just a country with racism,” writes Yale law professor James Whitman in his book “Hitler’s American Model.” “It was the leading racist jurisdiction — so much so that even Nazi Germany looked to America for inspiration.”"Posted on 2017-05-22T03:16:53+0000
Awkward 1:1s: The Art of Getting Honest Feedback – Mark Rabkin – Medium
If you’re not constantly getting honest, hard feedback on yourself, your growth will be slow. If you’re a manager, not knowing the truth…
The Physicist Who Denies Dark Matter - Issue 48: Chaos - Nautilus
He is one of those dark matter people,” Mordehai Milgrom said about a colleague stopping by his office at the Weizmann Institute…
On same weekend as record-breaking arms deal, Saudis announced $100 million donation to Ivanka fund
Over the weekend, Jared Kushner was credited with negotiating a $110 billion arms deal to the Saudis, the largest arms deal in U.S. history: The deal was finalized in part thanks to the direct involvement of Jared Kushner, the President's...
How Basic Performance Analysis Saved Us Millions - Heap Blog
This is the story of how I applied basic performance analysis techniques to find a small change that resulted in a 10x improvement in CPU use for our Postgres cluster and will save Heap millions of dollars over the next year. Indexing Data for Customer Analytics Heap is a customer analytics tool tha...
What happened to the radiation that was supposed to last thousands of years in Hiroshima (1945)?
Answer (1 of 6): If you were expecting Hiroshima to be uninhabitable for thousands of years, you are (understandably, given the deplorable state of science education) making a whole bunch of errors in your understanding of radiation. First of all, radiation isn’t magic death cooties. You are rad...
"Even after Fukushima, the total number of members of the Japanese public killed by the peaceful application of nuclear energy remains 0. Meanwhile, 20,000 Americans die each year due to lung cancer caused by radioactive radon, most of which is dug up and spewed out the smoke stacks of coal-fired power plants. If Japan abandons nuclear instead of upgrading to the newer safer designs now available, they will have to get their power at least partly from coal or natural gas. If they do that, for the first time since the bomb, radiation will start killing large numbers of Japanese.*
The point is, we don’t need to blindly fear nuclear energy. We need to respect it, understand it, and hold those who wield it to a high standard of public scrutiny. Ignorance is what we need to fear."Posted on 2017-05-21T18:35:38+0000
Seize the Hollywood Sign
The neighborhood below the landmark grew up with the city, but now LA must destroy Hollywoodland to save itself.
Amazing read on gentrification, NIMBYism, racism, and historical LA.
"When one of the people they’d been talking about walked in, these residents jeered and the city council staffer pointed at him and screamed like he was a child who had misbehaved. A young white man in a zip-up sweater, there with his wife, was nearly in tears as he stalked up to the man, hissed that this was his fault, and huffed out the glass door. There was a general consensus in the room that there should be more surveillance cameras to watch their neighborhood, and more poor people should be arrested, and overall the city wasn’t paying enough attention to their needs. The city council staffer kept calling the poor neighbors “the transients”; an outsider asked if she could use more respectful language and was shouted down."Posted on 2017-05-20T21:12:45+0000
Employers steal billions from workers’ paychecks each year: Survey data show millions of workers are paid less than the minimum wage, at significant cost to taxpayers and state economies
This report assesses the prevalence and magnitude of one form of wage theft—minimum wage violations (workers being paid at an effective hourly rate below the binding minimum wage)—in the 10 most populous U.S. states. We find that, in these states, 2.4 million workers lose $8 billion annually (an ave...
"Workers suffering minimum wage violations are underpaid an average of $64 per week, nearly one-quarter of their weekly earnings. This means that a victim who works year-round is losing, on average, $3,300 per year and receiving only $10,500 in annual wages."Posted on 2017-05-20T17:50:04+0000
44 engineering management lessons
— an open-source distributed database designed to help developers and operations teams work with unstructured data to build real-time applications.
Does Valve really own Dota? A jury will decide
Federal court case could hinge on 2004 forum post granting "open source" license.
Don't care much about the case but this line, whoa. "By 2005, lead development of Dota All-Stars had transferred to IceFrog (real name: Abdul Ismail)."
I think it's irresponsible to finally mention his namePosted on 2017-05-20T04:53:01+0000
Unemployment in the U.S. Is Falling, So Why Isn’t Pay Rising?
Joblessness in the U.S. has fallen sharply from its recession-era peak, but that hasn’t accelerated average hourly wage growth.
On "My Family's Slave" & Necessary Discussions - Girls Got Game
For a special opinion-editorial, GGG Admin Pam Punzalan shares a story, and writes out her thoughts on Alexander Tizon's "My Family's Slave".
Stevey's Blog Rants: The Universal Design Pattern
Isn't this what David West talks about in his book "Object Thinking" when he discusses an objects responsibility to "Descibe itself"?
My Family’s Slave
She lived with us for 56 years. She raised me and my siblings without pay. I was 11, a typical American kid, before I realized who she was.
This whole piece was incredibly moving. And also a reminder that slavery is still alive and well in many parts of the world.
If there's one thing you read this week, it should be this.Posted on 2017-05-16T23:59:36+0000
Exclusive: Bill Gates has a message for every college grad who wants to change the world
Gates shares must-read advice for the Class of 2017.
"In the early days of Microsoft, I believed that if you could write great code, you could also manage people well or run a marketing team or take on any other task. I was wrong about that. I had to learn to recognize and appreciate people's different talents. The sooner you can do this, if you don’t already, the richer your life will be."
Mostly targeted at all the engineers I know who devalue talent in other fields.Posted on 2017-05-16T16:07:06+0000
Not Hotdog - Product Hunt
Not Hotdog - An app that shows if your food is a hotdog 🌭. (iPhone, Funny, and Tech) Discover 2 alternatives like Hot Dog Pizza and Heads Up! Hot Dogs
I haven't seen the latest episode yet but now I really want to. Especially since it made it on ProductHunt.
"What would you say if I told you there is an app on the market that tell you if you have a hotdog or not a hotdog. It is very good and I don't want to work on it any more. You can hire someone else."Posted on 2017-05-15T22:24:34+0000
Hi, I read that you've dealt with with impostor...
duckswearhats said: Hi, I read that you've dealt with with impostor syndrome in the past, and I'm really struggling with that right now. I'm in a good place and my friends are going through a lot, and...
Don't tell people to turn off Windows Update, just don't
You know what really surprised me about this whole WannaCry ransomware problem? No, not how quickly it spread. Not the breadth of organisations it took offline either and no, not even that so many of them hadn't applied a critical patch that landed a couple of months earlier. It was
Exclusive: CPEC master plan revealed
Details from original documents laying out the CPEC long term plan are publicly disclosed for the first time.
"A full system of monitoring and surveillance will be built in cities from Peshawar to Karachi, with 24 hour video recordings on roads and busy marketplaces for law and order. A national fibreoptic backbone will be built for the country not only for internet traffic, but also terrestrial distribution of broadcast TV, which will cooperate with Chinese media in the “dissemination of Chinese culture”."Posted on 2017-05-15T15:32:40+0000
Signing Away the Right to Get a New Job
Noncompete clauses, once for top executives, are spreading across the labor landscape — making it tougher for Americans to get a raise.
The man trap
Traditional ideas of masculinity persist in the workplace, even though men are now expected to do more of the household chores – and work longer hours. Emily Bobrow investigates the trials of modern manhood
This is a fairly interesting read that covers a lot of topics, relating from societal expectations, marriage, working, to masculinity.
I don't agree with all of it but it's still worth a readPosted on 2017-05-14T18:50:31+0000
Why Korean companies are forcing their workers to go by English names
And that’s not even the part that makes them the most uneasy.
"The norm in South Korea is to call your colleagues or superiors not by their given names but by their positions. It’s the same for addressing your older friends or siblings, your teacher or any person on the street. So if your family name is Johnson and you were to be hired in a Korean company as a manager, your co-workers would call you “Johnson-boojang.” To get the attention of your older female friend, you would call for “eunni,” or “older sister.”"Posted on 2017-05-14T18:13:30+0000
Lessons scaling from 10 to 20 people
Ten person startups (or smaller) often have a lot of generalists. Everyone does a little of everything, which is what can make startups exciting. We had “support / office admin,” “product /...
At LA airport's new private terminal, the rich can watch normal people suffer
LAX’s mega-exclusive terminal has beds, massages, and an iPad to watch people slog through the main airport. But the manager denies it’s about inequality
"It is pricey. In addition to annual membership of $7,500, you pay $2,700 per domestic flight and $3,000 per international flight. The cost covers a group of up to four people. If you aren’t a member, you pay $3,500 for a domestic flight and $4,000 for international flight for a group of up to three people."Posted on 2017-05-13T23:28:20+0000
Why Are Economists Giving Piketty the Cold Shoulder?
‘Capital in the Twenty-First Century’ raised important questions about inequality that the Ivory Tower would rather ignore.
"This dearth of reaction to such a critical work is not healthy. It is as if the rapturous reception by the public increased the resentment among Piketty’s academic economist colleagues. As an appeal to the public to resolve, or at least have a say in, what the experts consider their own domain, Piketty appears to have questioned the very value of having a credentialed economics elite empowered to make policy in the name of the public interest but not answerable to public opinion. The economics elite, it seems, answered by stonewalling Capital in the Twenty-First Century, so it would not have the impact on economics research agendas that it merits."Posted on 2017-05-13T20:15:31+0000
Some Americans spend billions to get teeth whiter. Some wait in line to get them pulled.
You can work full time but not have the money to fix your teeth – visible reminders of the divide between rich and poor.
""I am trying to think that this is not demeaning,” she said as she cleared the chair for the next person in line. “But it is. It’s like a Third World country.”"Posted on 2017-05-13T19:01:17+0000
Rejection Letter - Charlie's Diary
I'd like to apologize in advance, but after consulting with my colleagues in other departments at Reality Publishing Corporation, I'm afraid we can't publish your book, "Zero Day: The story of MS17-010", as things stand. However, I'd like to add that it was a gripping read, very well written, and we...
A hilarious account of the recent cyber attack.
"We start with a shadowy US government agency, the NSA, systematically analyzing the software of the biggest American computer companies in search of vulnerabilities. So far, so plausible: this is one of the jobs of an intelligence and counter-espionage agency focussed on information technology. However, instead of helping Microsoft fix them, we are supposed to believe that the NSA hoard their knowledge of weaknesses in Microsoft Windows, a vitally important piece of their own nation's infrastructure, in case they'll come in handy againt some hypothetical future enemy. (I'm sorry, but this just won't wash; surely the good guys would prioritize protecting their own corporate infrastructure? But this is just the first of the many logical inconsistencies which riddle the back story and plot of "Zero Day".)"Posted on 2017-05-13T18:55:06+0000
China Tells Facebook to ‘Come Learn From Us’ on Censoring Content
Facebook’s recent difficulties with violent videos posted to the social network are giving it a taste of what it would be like to operate in China.
"The Chinese executives envy Facebook’s freedom to decide what content it polices and how. Censoring content is a life and death matter for their businesses."Posted on 2017-05-13T16:52:50+0000
How to Accidentally Stop a Global Cyber Attacks | MalwareTech
So finally I’ve found enough time between emails and Skype calls to write up on the crazy events which occurred over Friday, which was supposed to be part of my week off (I made it a total of 4 days without working, so there’s that). You’ve probably read about the WannaCrypt fiasco on several news s...
Dirty Game Development Tricks
One of Game Developer's most popular features was our "Dirty Coding Tricks" bit from 2009, where we got devs to open up about some of their ugly hacks -- and in 2013 we're back with nine new from-the-trenches stories, including a few unorthodox tricks from other dev disciplines besides programming.
SMBlog -- 12 May 2017
. The patch for the flaw exploited by this malware has been out for a while, but many companies haven't installed it. Naturally, this has prompted a lot of victim-blaming: they should have patched their systems. Yes, they should have, but many didn't. Why not? Because patching is
Guaranteed Minimum What?
I was on the road a while back and needed to stop to use the facilities. A chain restaurant on the side of the highway seemed like a reasonable spot. As I headed to the men’s room I noticed i…
Get started | Learning Music (Beta)
Explore the fundamentals of music via Ableton's interactive website. Experiment with beats, melody, harmony, basslines, and song structure in your web browser.
Silicon Valley: A Reality Check
The nation has spoken: weird useless $400 wi-fi enabled juicing company Juicero is the perfect symbol of Silicon Valley. So says the Washington Post: Juicero Shows What’s Wrong With Silicon V…
"When Capitol Hill screws up, tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis get killed.
When Wall Street screws up, the country is plunged into recession and poor families lose their homes.
When Silicon Valley screws up, people who want a pointless Wi-Fi enabled juicer get a pointless Wi-Fi enabled juicer. Which by all accounts makes pretty good juice."Posted on 2017-05-12T04:23:33+0000
Waymo’s lawsuit against Uber is going to trial, judge rules
Waymo's lawsuit against Uber, its competitor in the automated vehicle business, is going to trial. Judge William Alsup ruled that Uber could not force the..
B Horowitz (Ft. James Loftus, Jamie McGurk & Kristina Simmons) – Lecture 15: How to Manage
Lecture 15 of How to Start a Startup: How to Manage. The recommended readings for lecture 15: Ben Horowitz – “Making Yourself A CEO” Ben Horowitz – “A Good Place To Work” Ben
'It's Very Hard To Find a Good Man Here'
The disappearance of manufacturing and the rise of opioid abuse has hit men in the Rust Belt hard. That’s meant women are left to pick up the pieces.
"In a 2010 cover story in this magazine, Hanna Rosin predicted “The End of Men,” arguing that a post-industrial society, in which manual-labor jobs are disappearing and those requiring nurturing and communication skills are growing, is more suited to women than to men. At the time that Rosin was writing, women held more than half of managerial and professional jobs in the country, and their share was growing in fields like medicine and law. They earned nearly 60 percent of all bachelor’s degrees in the country, 60 percent of master’s degrees, and 42 percent of all MBAs. Women, she wrote, would soon be in the position that men once were: running more companies, supporting families, and sometimes, deciding not to seek a partner and going it alone."Posted on 2017-05-11T00:24:47+0000
To Combat its Housing Crisis, California Just Launched a Legal War on NIMBYs
A number of bills aim to crack down on developers and communities are getting in the way of the effort to build new housing.
I Made a Game in Rust
, and to the best of my knowledge, it is the first commercial game made in Rust to be released. It’s not the largest or most technically demanding of games, but I’m proud to have an existence proof for the viability of gamedev in Rust.
How Homeownership Became the Engine of American Inequality
An enormous entitlement in the tax code props up home prices — and overwhelmingly benefits the wealthy and the upper middle class.
Amazing and extremely sad read.
Also selfishly makes me wonder whether I should get in on this whole mortgage interest deduction thing.
"Racial exclusion was Roosevelt’s first concession to pass the New Deal; his second, to avoid a tax revolt, was to rely on regressive and largely hidden payroll taxes to fund generous social-welfare programs. A result, the historian Michelmore observes, is that we “never asked ordinary taxpayers to pay for the economic security many soon came to expect as a matter of right.” In providing millions of middle-class families stealth benefits, the American government rendered itself invisible to those families, who soon came to see their success as wholly self-made. We forgot because we were not meant to remember."Posted on 2017-05-10T00:29:36+0000
'Civilization' Creator Sid Meier: "I Didn't Expect to be a Game Designer"
With 35 years of game development behind him, Meier opens up about his inspirations, burnout and why his name is on the box
How to Trick People Into Saving Money
Inside Walmart’s curious, possibly ingenious effort to get customers to build up their savings accounts
"Young people didn’t buy them. Low-income adults did. The company started asking the people who called its service center why they were using the product, and the answer was usually that they didn’t have bank accounts. “That’s when I realized,” Streit says, “Wow, we’ve got the right product, but the wrong demographic.” The packaging was redesigned, and the renamed Green Dot started making new deals—including one with Walmart to create the MoneyCard, which debuted in 2007."Posted on 2017-05-09T00:24:27+0000
U.S. life expectancy varies by more than 20 years from county to county
The District of Columbia and Loudoun County have gains in longevity; eight Kentucky counties have the worst decreases.
For Chinese Home Buyers, Seattle Is the New Vancouver
Canadian city’s tax-policy changes appear to be driving overseas investors south
Good news for those who already have a house, bad for those who don't?
"Stella Guo, a third-year university student from China, and her family recently purchased two waterfront properties in Seattle for more than $5 million each. The family owns a Chinese development company and is also looking at building projects in the northwestern U.S.
Ms. Guo, who attends college in Arizona, said she doesn’t plan to live in Seattle full-time but wanted a place for her and her family to relax on vacation and was drawn to Seattle’s temperate climate,"Posted on 2017-05-08T03:15:24+0000
This guy took a Facebook project people hated, made them love it ... and catapulted into an incredible career
How Smyte founder Pete Hunt chased down the haters and helped turn React into a wildly popular Facebook technology.
On Campuses Far From China, Still Under Beijing’s Watchful Eye
A group for Chinese students has worked in tandem with Beijing to promote a pro-Chinese agenda and tamp down anti-Chinese speech on Western campuses.
To the Fulbright Class of 2017 – Asim Fayaz – Medium
This talk was delivered on April 29, 2017 in Oakland, California, to the Fulbright Class of 2017 shortly returning to Pakistan. I have…
ZeroTier | Connect All The Things
. Network controllers would flicker on and off, and eventually the whole service needed to be restarted across our cluster. 500 errors and timeouts were a thing.
Really interesting read on debugging.
"This was no ordinary memory leak. No unbalanced malloc/free or new/delete was this. No circular references with reference counting pointers. No queues not being emptied. No file descriptors being dropped. When we program we assume certain things. We assume that we live in an orderly universe that obeys physical laws.
We assume that the gods are sane."
Seven Reasons the Left Is Losing
Advice and constructive criticism from observers who believe that America would benefit from a healthier opposition to the governing coalition.
Tavis Ormandy on Twitter
“I think @natashenka and I just discovered the worst Windows remote code exec in recent memory. This is crazy bad. Report on the way. 🔥🔥🔥”
I wouldn't want to be the person having to respond to this...
as the MSFT .NET security guy responded: "As long as it's not .net. I have concert tickets this weekend."Posted on 2017-05-06T04:12:29+0000
'Scared for my life': Why are crime victims being jailed? - BBC News
A New Orleans district attorney is under fire for jailing victims of rape, domestic abuse and attempted murder.
"Mr Mitchell was a victim, not a suspect. His booking sheet showed that he'd been arrested on a material witness warrant - a controversial tool used to detain witnesses and victims who prosecutors fear won't show up to trial."
Apparently you can be arrested and put in jail so that they can be sure you testify in a trial. WTF*
*: I know you can be arrested for violating a subpoena, but this is different: this is pre-emptive.Posted on 2017-05-06T04:03:01+0000
Macron condemns 'massive' hacking attack as documents leaked - BBC News
The French presidential candidate says files have been leaked to damage him ahead of Sunday's vote.
"The Macron email dump came minutes before France's campaign blackout started at midnight. Candidates can't respond before polls open Sunday"
Whoa, whoever did this is really determined.Posted on 2017-05-06T03:54:53+0000
Language shapes how the brain perceives time | Lancaster University
Language has such a powerful effect, it can influence the way in which we experience time, according to a new study.
Exclusive: Uber faces criminal probe over software used to evade authorities
The U.S. Department of Justice has begun a criminal investigation into Uber Technologies Inc's use of a software tool that helped its drivers evade local transportation regulators, two sources familiar with the situation said.
Who Wins and Who Loses in the Latest G.O.P. Health Care Bill
The rich and healthy benefit, but poor and disabled people who use Medicaid could lose out.
"The bill eliminates two taxes on individuals earning more than $200,000 or couples earning more than $250,000: a 0.9 percent increase on the Medicare payroll tax, and a 3.8 percent tax on investment income."
At this point I'm not sure why they even say they're trying to make life better for the average americanPosted on 2017-05-04T21:20:58+0000
Weed will soon clobber beer sales, Wall Street says
Cowen believes rising cannabis use will hurt beer sales in the coming years.
How the Affordable Care Act Drove Down Personal Bankruptcy
Since the Affordable Care Act was introduced, the number of personal bankruptcies has dropped in half, a Consumer Reports analysis found.
Guy Finds StarCraft Source Code And Returns It To Blizzard, Gets Free Trip To BlizzCon
Last month, Reddit user Khemist49 made a truly unlikely find: a gold master source code disc of the original StarCraft. From 1998. At first, he didn’t know what to do with it. Ultimately, he sent it to Blizzard, who was very grateful to have it back.
Kumail Nanjiani’s Culture-Clash Comedy
His standup comedy and his new movie, “The Big Sick,” offer portrayals of secular Muslims that American audiences rarely see.
This is a great read. Also looking forward to the movie after hearing rad reviews and seeing the trailer.
"On “Silicon Valley,” for example, Nanjiani’s character fulfills some stereotypes and subverts others. He is unfashionable but insists on wearing a gold chain, for which he is roundly mocked; he’s a naturalized American citizen whose nemesis, a white coder from Canada, is an undocumented immigrant. “That chain idea came directly from Kumail’s life,” Alec Berg, a co-showrunner of “Silicon Valley,” told me. “So did the details of what it’s like to apply for an American visa. It’s such a luxury, when you’re trying to write a character that feels grounded in reality, to be able to avoid drawing on stereotypes and instead just take Kumail out to lunch and say, ‘Tell me about your life.’ ”"Posted on 2017-05-04T04:52:10+0000
There Is a Fake IDGod, and He Lives in China – MEL Magazine
In the age of the internet, the classic teen rite of passage has never been easier
"For Andy, though, the best part of his fake IDs, which he’d like to collect from all 50 states, is that he uses them for far more than just buying booze. They’re a way to enrich your life, he says. If a museum in Chicago is offering half-price admission for state residents, he’ll whip out his fake Illinois ID. If the Bronx Zoo is running a similar promotion, he’s got a New York one."Posted on 2017-05-03T23:11:15+0000
Supreme Court Rejects Guilty Until Proven Innocent, Says States Cannot Keep Money From The Innocent
Not only is this decision a win for due process, it could have major ramifications for government shakedown schemes nationwide.
Someone Hit the Internet with a Massive Google Doc Phishing Attack
PSA: don’t click on random Google Doc links.
You're not going to believe what I'm about to tell you - The Oatmeal
This is a comic about the backfire effect.
Orleans Parish prosecutors are using fake subpoenas to pressure witnesses to talk to them
The DA's office is sending notices labeled “subpoena” to witnesses, threatening jail time if the person ignores them. But they're not real subpoenas. An assistant district attorney says they’re meant to persuade people who may ignore a simple letter.
"“It is inappropriate for the District Attorney’s Office to falsely suggest that this document is a ‘subpoena,’” said Dane Ciolino, a Loyola law professor and legal ethics expert, “and to suggest that disregard of the document can be punishable by fine or imprisonment.”"Posted on 2017-05-02T19:23:28+0000
Why That Orange Is the New Black Leak Was Never Going to Pay Off
Putting an unreleased series on the Pirate Bay unless Netflix pays up? Good luck with that
"Consider that in 2011, BitTorrent accounted for 23 percent of daily internet traffic in North America, according to network-equipment company Sandvine. By last year, that number sat at under 5 percent. “There’s always going to be the floor of people that are always going to be torrenting,” says Sandvine spokesperson Dan Deeth. That group will surely enjoy whatever Piper’s up to in season five. But the idea that so small a cohort might prompt Netflix to negotiate with hackers seems absurd."Posted on 2017-05-02T18:53:04+0000
Women Are Dying Because Doctors Treat Us Like Men
For years, physicians have assumed they can treat both genders the same way. But it's costing women their lives.
"Only one in eight female heart-attack patients report feeling chest pain, the classic warning sign in men; instead, 71 percent of women have flu-like symptoms."
This is horrifying: I always assumed chest pain was like the One True Indicator for a heart attack. And the article gets even scarier later:
"The study on the interaction between flibanserin and alcohol was conducted on 25 human subjects—23 of whom were male— even though the drug is prescribed only to women."Posted on 2017-05-01T22:30:07+0000
Sent to Prison by a Software Program’s Secret Algorithms
Using artificial intelligence in judicial decisions sounds like science fiction, but it’s already happened in Wisconsin.
"There are good reasons to use data to ensure uniformity in sentencing. It is less clear that uniformity must come at the price of secrecy, particularly when the justification for secrecy is the protection of a private company’s profits. The government can surely develop its own algorithms and allow defense lawyers to evaluate them."Posted on 2017-05-01T20:34:47+0000
When bridges collapse: Are we underestimating the risk?
The United States is considering a $1 trillion budget proposal to update infrastructure, including its crumbling bridges. An obstacle to spending the money wisely is that the current means of assessing bridges may underestimate their vulnerability, according to a new study published in the Journal o...
How artificial wombs will change our ideas of gender, family and equality | Aarathi Prasad
Science has shown what’s possible with lamb foetuses. For humans this could revolutionise birth, solving inequalities and raising new ethical dilemmas
How Harvard Business School Has Reshaped American Capitalism
Duff McDonald’s “The Golden Passport” questions whether Harvard Business School is responsible for the global financial crash.
Snapchat is stifled by its un-algorithmic feed
Snapchat invented its best products by being the anti-Facebook. Its disappearing chats made visual communication quick and casual compared to Facebook's..
"But at that time, pre-Instagram Stories, Snapchat was flying high and didn’t need to fix what wasn’t broken. The game has changed since. Snapchat users might have asked for faster horses, but Instagram gave them the automobile. Snap needs to modernize. It can still be about living in the now even if that’s not what it shows first"Posted on 2017-05-01T04:19:59+0000