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From USENET to Facebook: The second time as farce
Mark Zuckerberg just can’t stop apologizing for Facebook’s messes. As Zeynep Tufekci points out, 2018 isn’t the first time Zuckerberg has said “we blew it, we’ll do better.” Apology has been a roughly biennial occurrence since Facebook’s earliest days.

So, the question we face is simple: how do we bring this sad history to an endpoint that isn’t farce? The third time around, should there be one, it isn’t even farce; it’s just stupidity. We don’t have to accept future apologies, whether they come from Zuck or some other network magnate, as inevitable.
2018  opinion  analysis  data-freedom  surveillance  capitalism 
9 hours ago by bignose
Facebook beats in Q1 and boosts daily user growth to 1.45B amidst backlash | TechCrunch
- basically people don't care if Facebook invades their privacy or usurps their government. All of that is a mere bagatelle
facebook  analysis  totwitter 
13 hours ago by renaissancechambara
dataexplore — Linux software in the Snap Store
"DataExplore is an open source desktop application for data analysis and plotting intended for use in both research and education. The primary goal is to let users explore their tables interactively without any prior programming knowledge and make interesting plots as they do this. A variety of table analysis tools are provided. One advantage is the ability to load and work with relatively large tables as compared to spreadsheets. The focus is on data manipulation rather than data entry though cell editing and row/column changes are supported."
data  analysis  tools  linux 
14 hours ago by kevinrood
A French billionaire is being investigated for bribing African officials for lucrative contracts | Quartz
- this surprised me. France has used businesses like Total and Elf with the likes of Jacques Foccart to keep a relationship and control in the Francophone. Why are they turning on Bollore now? Especially odd when you think about how China is pushing western interests out of the continent
france  business  analysis  policy  totwitter 
21 hours ago by renaissancechambara
I’m building a robot boyfriend—and you can, too — Quartz
> I’ve now realized that Gabriel2052 is an act of self-investment and a protest against quiet and demure female sexuality. Through building him, I am finding love, contentment, and inspiration from inside myself. Through struggling with a project that feels at times like a mixture of bravado, foolishness, and entitled tech-industry optimism, I find opportunities to confront deeply intimate ideals I’ve long held about love, lovelessness, and solitude.
robotics  robots  sex  intimacy  affection  design  engineering  psychology  narcissism  analysis  fascinating  pygmalion 
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