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The Age of Tech Is Over - The Atlantic
So the “tech is over” crowd and the “end of the beginning” crowd are, perhaps, telling the same story: Tech stocks have fallen, because the media mountain has been scaled. Now the largest tech companies aren’t standing at a pinnacle; they’re plotting on a plateau. The challenge of owning the entire life cycle of our spending habits—that’s the real summit. And it’s just up ahead.
#$#monopoly  #techpol  #t#state  %econ 
5 weeks ago
How ‘traditional masculinity’ hurts the men who believe in it most - The Washington Post
What’s difficult about the APA’s guidelines is that they ask us to wrestle with a complicated idea: that in a society in which gender roles have historically been rigid — and that rigidity has placed the lion’s share of power in the hands of one of the genders — it’s possible for the rulers to be harmed right along with the ruled. But that’s what bad systems do. They mess up everyone.

I thought about how hard it would be to accept that healing yourself might mean letting go of the very things you believed defined who you were.

Englar-Carlson, the California professor, worked on the APA guidelines for several years. When I talked to him, he kept repeating this point: He didn’t believe that men were bad, or even that many forms of masculinity were.

“A lot of men have the expectation that they need to be stoic, and independent, and take care of things on their own — and those can all be quite helpful tools,” Englar-Carlson says.

The trouble comes, though, when those are the only tools men believe they have: when they need help and are afraid to ask for it, when they’re experiencing emotions they can’t even name, much less express. And when they blame themselves for being unable to make those insufficient tools work, and the result is to lash out — or lash in — in violence.

5 weeks ago
Why '1984' and 'Animal Farm' Aren't Banned in China - The Atlantic
The different treatment of these texts and their titles helps illuminate the complicated reality of censorship in China. It’s less comprehensive, less boot-on-the-face—as Orwell might have put it—and quirkier than many Westerners imagine.


Here’s the rub: Monitors pay closer attention to material that might be consumed by the average person than to cultural products seen as highbrow and intended for educated groups. (An internet forum versus an old novel.) As a result, Chinese writers are watched more closely than foreign ones. (Liu Xiaobo versus Orwell.) Another rule of thumb is that more leeway is given to imaginative works about authoritarianism than ones that specifically engage with its manifestations in post-1949 China. (1984 versus a book on the Dalai Lama.)

#surveillance  #🇨🇳  #globalism  *books 
5 weeks ago
Kamala Harris Is Hard to Define Politically. Maybe That’s the Point. - The New York Times
Though rated as one of the most liberal members of the Senate, Ms. Harris speaks less about Wall Street corruption and economic populism than do Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, two fellow senators who are also looking to a 2020 matchup against Mr. Trump. Ms. Harris has built a devoted following because of her Senate committee interrogations of Trump administration officials, but she remains disliked by some criminal justice activists who say her policies as California attorney general and San Francisco district attorney helped increase the state’s prison population.
#us#dems  #us#2020 
6 weeks ago
Kamala Harris's 'The Truths We Hold': Review - The Atlantic
By this logic, it is tempting for some to view Harris’s marginalized identities as evidence enough of her progressive politics. Throughout The Truths We Hold, Harris fans this ideological beatification without deeply interrogating its roots or its consequences. For those already inclined to find her highly tweetable brand of #resistance rhetoric appealing, the memoir offers up palatably anti-establishment quotes for possible tote-bag screen-printing. If only it presented a holistic political foundation instead.
#us#2020  #us#dems  %🔥  %bookreview  #is#fem  #is  %contrarian  #discourse 
6 weeks ago
Jeff Bezos’s divorce, explained - Vox
the discussion of bezos’s divorce takes an interesting turn
Conscious uncoupling wasn’t new. Marriage and family therapist Katherine Woodward Thomas coined it a few years prior to the Paltrow-Martin split, inspired by her own divorce. That experience was “very beautiful and it was quite different from many dramatic breakups that I had had in the past,” she told the New York Times in 2014, and she began offering an online course to help others learn to consciously uncouple.

“I felt really thrilled that Gwyneth popularized the term,” she told the Times. “That’s my goal: to have that term out in the world and to really create a blueprint for people who aspire to a better way in ending their unions.”

Paltrow’s announcement was widely mocked, and in 2018, the actress told the Times’s Taffy Brodesser-Akner that the backlash surprised her. “What people heard, she thinks, was that even her divorce was going to be better than theirs,” Brodesser-Akner wrote. In fact, Paltrow said, “I was really saying we’re in a lot of pain, we failed at this; we’re going to try and do it in a different way.”

Despite the mockery that “conscious uncoupling” initially received, other celebrities have released optimistic divorce or breakup announcements in recent years. Anderson Cooper said in March 2018 that while he and his boyfriend had split up, “we remain the best of friends, and will continue to share much of our lives together”; meanwhile, billionaire Tom Steyer said in November that even though he and his wife were going to live apart, “Kathryn loves me, and I love Kathryn.”
?love  #xxi#sex  %law  #$#entertainment 
6 weeks ago
The Best Motherfucking Website
Seriously, you guys think that a fucking website doesn't need some styling?

You probably build websites using vim and feeling hardcore. You think your 4.99KB motherfuckingwebsite(.com) is going to get you some fucking award to put on your damn footer as a link. You think your fucking default font is gonna make your website run even on a toaster.

*theoryoffrontend  #t#web  !tech!humancomputing 
6 weeks ago
Les hommes vont-ils remplacer les robots? - Libération
un peu facile:
A rebours des grandes études, de l’université d’Oxford à celles de cabinets de conseil, comme l’Institut Roland Berger, qui quantifient les destructions d’emplois à venir, le chercheur déploie dans En attendant les robots une tout autre réalité : les algorithmes et les promesses de l’IA n’ont pas effacé la main de l’homme, et encore moins son doigt ! Derrière Uber, Facebook, Siri, derrière les milliards de recherches et requêtes des réseaux sociaux, des millions d’êtres humains à travers le monde créent, affinent, trient, corrigent. Et aident la machine à apprendre et à mieux fonctionner. Ces «millions de micro-tâcherons filtrent des vidéos, étiquettent des images, transcrivent des documents dont les machines ne sont pas capables de s’occuper», explique le chercheur. De «l’intelligence artificielle largement faite à la main», dit-il joliment. C’est ce qu’on appelle le «travail du clic». Notre imaginaire technologique est peuplé de blouses blanches et de types sympas en jean qui font tourner des start-up ? En fait, derrière chaque col blanc, œuvre une armée de cols bleus. Le grand bluff technologique !
#t#🤖  %bookreview  %contrarian  #techpol 
6 weeks ago
Houellebecq et Moix, les phallocrates démissionnaires - Libération
Et cette absence de honte finit de le déshonorer en le masculinisant encore. C’est un beau paradoxe. On peut l’aimer ainsi, cet homme, mais il faut le regarder en face. Dans ses rapports aux femmes, il ne se bat pas contre ses faiblesses ou ses peurs, ils ne cherchent pas non plus à réinventer une forme de virilité qui se passerait de violence mais chercherait l’aventure. L’homme dessiné par Houellebecq ou Moix se fout «d’en avoir ou pas». Il préfère conjurer l’angoisse de l’impuissance par le huis clos conjugal ou la sexualité conditionnée et codifiée – à l’exclusion de toute autre. Ce n’est pas sexy, ce n’est pas viril. C’est pourtant bien aujourd’hui ce dont une partie du genre masculin se prévaut.

Alors les filles, au lieu, en réponse, de vous désaper sur les réseaux sociaux, pourquoi ne pas rester froides et désinvoltes ? Et si vous vous sentez reléguées dans les marges du désir, tournez-vous donc vers la virilité et non vers la prestance phallique d’hommes de pouvoir démissionnaires, ça vous libérera de ceux qui ne peuvent pas vous baiser et le revendiquent. Ce n’est là rien d’autre qu’un aveu d’impuissance. La vie est ailleurs.
#xxi#sex  #sex  #gender  #xxi#masculinite  %words  %🔥 
6 weeks ago
Viktor Orbán’s Far-Right Vision for Europe | The New Yorker
a profile of orban in the eu:
The Princeton political scientist Jan-Werner Müller has written, “Certainly, elections will continue to be held in Hungary, Orbán’s opponents will be allowed to demonstrate in Budapest, critical voices will find a niche somewhere in the media. Power really changing hands, however, is increasingly unlikely.”

becauss migration, the opium of everything. but then she adds:
Orbán offered a critique of Western liberalism: he believed that the idea that one could do whatever one wanted as long as it didn’t infringe on the freedoms of others had resulted not in justice but in the strong dominating the weak. “The Hungarian nation is not simply a group of individuals but a community that must be organized,” he said. “And so, in this sense, the new state that we are constructing in Hungary is an illiberal state, a non-liberal state.”

Four years later, Orbán had refined his idea. “There is an alternative to liberal democracy: it is called Christian democracy,” he said at this summer’s gathering. “And we must show that the liberal élite can be replaced with a Christian-democratic élite.” Orbán offered some clarification. “Liberal democracy is in favor of multiculturalism, while Christian democracy gives priority to Christian culture,” he said. “Liberal democracy is pro-immigration, while Christian democracy is anti-immigration.”

if you bet your political future on christianity, you’re in for a disappointment.
#p#pop  #p#philo  #xxi#religion  #eu  %longform  #p#violence  #budgets  %law 
6 weeks ago
Everything Google Assistant at CES: new features, new devices, and a Trojan horse - The Verge
Beyond Android Auto, partners like Anker are making little lighter plug-ins that work with Google Assistant. A bigger deal, though, is that Google is going to bake Google Assistant into Google Maps. It may not be able to convince iPhone users to install the Google Assistant app, but it has a huge install base for Maps. Google says that Assistant in Maps will let you “share your ETA with friends and family, reply to text messages, play music and podcasts, and get information hands free.”

What’s next for Google Assistant? We’ll get more information about it coming to feature phones at Mobile World Congress this February. More importantly, Google says it’s committed to ensuring it works more elegantly with more devices, improving the setup process and the overall user experience. But like Amazon’s Dave Limp, Bronstein won’t cop to being in the middle of a platform war, per se. “It’s important to say this will not be a winner-take-all,” he argues.

Whether you think it’s a platform war or not, Google is definitely fighting on a dozen different fronts.
#t#assistants  #t#platform  #$#war  #t#consumer  #t#maps 
6 weeks ago
Abby Ellin 'Duped' Book Excerpt - One Woman's Story of Her Engagement to a Con Artist
The Commander and I were together only a year. And I was most certainly not one of those vulnerable women on Dr. Phil, draining my life savings for some guy I met online. Why was everyone blaming me?

Ah, but here’s the rub: I blamed me too. Why hadn’t I walked out at the first sign of craziness—which, if I were being honest with myself, I’d noticed the very first night at the Four Seasons? Oh, the usual reasons. Loneliness. Desire. Compromise. Love. Because he had a Big Life and seemed more upstanding than any man I’d ever known. No one really gets it unless they’ve been duped themselves. They don’t understand what it’s like to believe in someone and be utterly, completely mistaken. To discover that the person closest to you is actively working against you. One of the main reasons to be in a relationship is to have someone who’s got your back. That was a large part of the Commander’s appeal: He was on my team. Except, of course, he wasn’t.
#$#cons  ?love  %greatstory  %words  #is#fem 
6 weeks ago
The Owner of One of the Biggest Comedy Clubs in the Country Tells Us Why She Said No to Booking Louis CK
“On a personal level,” Curtis says, “I respect his comedy. I’ve come up with his comedy ... And I believe in second chances. Everybody makes mistakes. I’ve made so many myself.” But she has the strong perception, she says, that CK has not yet done the work to make amends. “From what I’ve heard from comedians in New York who have regularly seen him come into the Cellar and the other things I’ve read, I don’t think he’s in a place,” she says simply. “It seems like he thinks, ‘I did a fuckin’ year, fuck you, I’m coming back.’ That’s my speculation, though I don’t know. So I did say this, from my club, from me right now, it’s just not the right thing.”
#discourse  *comedy  #xxi#culture  #$#entertainment 
6 weeks ago
I Gave a Bounty Hunter $300. Then He Located Our Phone - Motherboard
The bounty hunter did this all without deploying a hacking tool or having any previous knowledge of the phone’s whereabouts. Instead, the tracking tool relies on real-time location data sold to bounty hunters that ultimately originated from the telcos themselves, including T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint, a Motherboard investigation has found. These surveillance capabilities are sometimes sold through word-of-mouth networks.

Whereas it’s common knowledge that law enforcement agencies can track phones with a warrant to service providers, IMSI catchers, or until recently via other companies that sell location data such as one called Securus, at least one company, called Microbilt, is selling phone geolocation services with little oversight to a spread of different private industries, ranging from car salesmen and property managers to bail bondsmen and bounty hunters, according to sources familiar with the company’s products and company documents obtained by Motherboard. Compounding that already highly questionable business practice, this spying capability is also being resold to others on the black market who are not licensed by the company to use it, including me, seemingly without Microbilt’s knowledge.
!tech!practicalprivacy  #t#👺  #t#oops  #t#cable  #surveillance  %journalism  !write!dystopia 
6 weeks ago
Poland’s transformation is a story worth telling – POLITICO
Looking at the numbers, there isn’t much question that the transformation that began in 1989 — when Poland became the first country in the world to ditch communism to recreate a market economy — has been the best time in the country's 1,000-year history.

The scale of what’s happened in Poland over the last 29 years is difficult to grasp unless you were there at the beginning, as I was.

However, that isn't a story that the current Law and Justice party government is keen to tell. It's more concerned with highlighting wartime bravery (and covering up wartime cravenness) than extolling something that really makes Poland stand out: Its long record of economic growth created by home-grown entrepreneurs and foreign investors lured to a country of hard-working people keen to get rich.

The scale of what’s happened in Poland over the last 29 years is difficult to grasp unless you were there at the beginning, as I was.
#eu  #p#pop  #xxi#nazi  %econ  #p#ir 
6 weeks ago
Slow Burn, Season 2
the whims of the clinton scandals. much better than season 2, despite not every source.m being here.
6 weeks ago
Ocasio-Cortez wants higher taxes on very rich Americans. Here’s how much money that could raise. - The Washington Post
about aoc’s tax proposals:
Other economists found similar results. Tedeschi, the former Obama economist, put the number at about $300 billion annually. Meanwhile, raising tax rates for the top 1 percent to 57 percent would raise about $1.7 trillion over a decade, while raising it to 83 percent would raise $3.8 trillion over that period, Tedeschi found.

“You can get a hell of a lot of a money from taxing the 1 percent,” said Edward Wolff, a tax expert at New York University.

#💸#taxes  #budgets  #$#ineq  %econ  %econ%behav  #$#cashstash  #elites  #swamp  #us#dems  #us#2020 
6 weeks ago
Restaurants Are Scrambling for Cheap Labor in 2019 - Bloomberg
restaurants are trying every way to recruit young folks without, you know, raising wages:
How desperate are fast-food operators to reach the right people? Instead of business cards, managers at Church’s Chicken outlets in October started handing out recruiting cards that say, “We are looking for great talent like you!” The cards include phone numbers and emails for cook and cashier prospects to get in touch.
#xxi#work  #$#labor  #$#ineq  #$#monopoly  %econ 
6 weeks ago
Two Cheers for Andrew Cuomo, Subway Savior
the L-train will not be shut down after all:
If this plan will work, it’s great news. But there’s an obvious question: If this plan will work, and if some engineering professors whose primary work isn’t on subway construction were able to come up with it in a matter of weeks, why didn’t anyone think of it earlier? Why did we spend three years planning for a 15-month shutdown that is, in retrospect, totally unnecessary? Is the Metropolitan Transportation Authority staffed by idiots?

I do not mean that as a rhetorical question.

We have learned over the last couple of years that the primary driver of increased subway delays is not overcrowding or deferred maintenance or budget cuts — it is a series of incompetent managerial decisions the MTA made, lowering speed limits without good cause and installing faulty sensors to enforce those limits, causing train operators to drive well below the posted limits to avoid tripping an errant emergency brake.

Andy Byford, who came to the MTA in 2017 from Toronto to run New York’s subway and bus system, has rolled out a program to fix the faulty sensors and raise speed limits where appropriate. Why didn’t anyone think of that earlier? Had the MTA been staffed by idiots? Quite possibly, yes.

#urban  #us#nycrash  %🔥  #p#bureaucracy  #budgets  #t#selfdriving 
7 weeks ago
Opinion | Is This the End of the Age of Apple? - The New York Times
Indeed. The last big innovation explosion — the proliferation of the smartphone — is clearly ending. There is no question that Apple was the center of that, with its app-centric, photo-forward and feature-laden phone that gave everyone the first platform for what was to create so many products and so much wealth. It was the debut of the iPhone in 2007 that spurred what some in tech call a “Cambrian explosion,” a reference to the era when the first complex animals appeared. There would be no Uber and Lyft without the iPhone (and later the Android version), no Tinder, no Spotify.
#$#nextcrash  #t#next  #t#oops  #t#beyondsv  #t#corp  %finance  #t#selfdriving 
7 weeks ago
New York’s plan to avoid the L train shutdown is innovative, high-tech, and untested in the US - The Verge
The news may come as a relief to some L train riders who were growing increasingly stressed about the impending shutdown. But the new repair plan, in which track work would take place on nights and weekends, may prove to be equally problematic considering it has never been attempted in a tunnel restoration project.

This is a “major, major breakthrough,” Cuomo said during a press conference. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority would use an innovative engineering design to keep the tunnel open and operational while it is repaired on nights and weekends, he said. “This is the shortest, best route to the rebuilding of the tunnel,” Cuomo added. The governor said he consulted with Elon Musk’s Tesla, as well as other “out-of-the-box” experts, in his effort to come up with a plan to avert the shutdown.
#us#nycrash  #urban  #h#future  #p#governance 
7 weeks ago
Sally Rooney Gets in Your Head | The New Yorker
an exceptional profile of an exceptional writer:
Rooney’s most dazzling argument, her riskiest proposition, is for a sort of transcendence through interdependence. At the end of “Conversations with Friends,” Frances decides to continue her relationship with Nick, despite its deficits. “You live through certain things before you understand them. You can’t always take the analytical position,” she asserts, abandoning herself to the generosity of trust. There is salvation, Rooney seems to be saying, in giving oneself over completely to another person. She is positing a world in which we might stop apologizing for apologizing, in which we might seek compromise and see vulnerability as a form of courage. We might stop protecting ourselves. We might love with bleeding, imperfect hearts. ♦
#xxi#sex  *lit  #xxi#lit  !write!dystopia  #$#ineq  #$#👺  %philosophy  #p#philo  ?love  #xxi#culture  %portrait  %itw  #eu  ~abortion  #gender 
7 weeks ago
on twitter: why SV works
not sure i agree though:
Why Silicon Valley works...

Two great descriptions:

1. "San Francisco is the Schelling point for high-openness, smart, energetic, optimistic people. Global Weird HQ."

2. "Silicon Valley is a stateless machine—failure is quickly forgotten, people move on and build new things."
#t#beyondsv  #t#fallofrome  #startup  #urban  #xxi#tech 
7 weeks ago
on hn: warby parker’s culture
comment about an article about warby parker’s culture:
I have so many problems with this article, and of course Warby Parker in general. First off, it seems they're going to commit the cardinal sin of every Silicon Valley company - completely ignoring anyone who isn't in the head office. Balloons on every desk - let's just ignore the vast majority of employees are sales staff who don't have desks.
#startup  #t#commerce  #$#workplace  #xxi#tech 
7 weeks ago
Curbs on A.I. Exports? Silicon Valley Fears Losing Its Edge - The New York Times
banning ai exports? hmmm
In November, the Commerce Department released a list of technologies, including artificial intelligence, that are under consideration for new export rules because of their importance to national security.

Technology experts worry that blocking the export of A.I. to other countries, or tying it up in red tape, will help A.I. industries flourish in those nations — China, in particular — and compete with American companies.

“The number of cases where exports can be sufficiently controlled are very, very, very small, and the chance of making an error is quite large,” said Jack Clark, head of policy at OpenAI, an artificial intelligence lab in San Francisco. “If this goes wrong, it could do real damage to the A.I. community.”
#t#ml  #p#ir  #p#tradewar  #🇨🇳  #us#trumpland  #techpol 
7 weeks ago
What a Student Loan 'Bubble' Bursting Might Look Like - VICE
Meanwhile, Persis Yu, a staff attorney at the National Consumer Law Center, presented an even more alarming possibility to me: That the student loan market may share a lot of characteristics with an economic bubble—except for the one where there is a possibility of relief. She was careful not to minimize the devastating emotional impact of needing to, say, walk away from your home. But short of fleeing abroad or going underground or something, you can't ever—ever—walk away from student debt. The idea that college might be massively overvalued amid a deluge of irreversible debt sets the stage for some kind of (potential) collapse to be more devastating.

"You're not going to see the entire market bottom out, I don't think, like we did in the foreclosure crisis, because you won't see everyone default and then the bank is left holding the bag," she said. "Here, everyone defaults and the government just takes their wages, tax refunds, or Social Security benefits."
#$#nextcrash  #us#educ  !write!dystopia  %😱 
7 weeks ago
‘Black Mirror’ Gives Power to the People - The New York Times
black mirror
What Netflix is really building is a voting machine. It’s simple to see how technology like this could be used during, for instance, debates by presidential candidates. Viewers would react to promises being made, with their reactions immediately relayed to the candidates.

“Black Mirror” anticipated this sort of possibility in its very first episode. In 2011, “The National Anthem” posed the question, What if a British politician were forced to follow the whims of the public in real time? He would end up having sex with a pig on live television, of course.

“Bandersnatch” as a show is entertaining, but as a glimpse of the near future of technology it is horrifying. It is the grimmest “Black Mirror” yet, which is saying something for a series that, for its “Metalhead” episode, took the Boston Dynamics robot dogs and put them in a scenario where they hunt and kill people.
“Whatever path you take, there’s darkness ahead,” observed David Slade, who directed both “Metalhead” and “Bandersnatch.”
*tv  ~infoviz  #$#entertainment  #creativeprocess  #writing  !write!dystopia 
7 weeks ago
on twitter: does econ make you sexist?
yes, it seems:
Economics students are more biased against women than students in other fields

now the question is why
%econ  %econ%behav  #is#fem  %policystats  #us#campus 
7 weeks ago
on twitter: thread: the decentralization delusion
a very good thread about the delusion of decentralization, which begins thus:
In 2018 the blockchain/decentralization story fell apart. For example, a study of 43 use cases found a 0% success rate.…

Let's talk about some mistaken assumptions about decentralization that led to the blockchain hype, and what we can learn from them.

follow up from the author (
OP here. A small clarification: there are some legitimate criticisms of the Register piece that I cited in the first tweet, but I merely cited it as an example of why I think the hype is calming down. The arguments I make are independent of that piece; the limitations I point out have always been there, rather than something new that happened in 2018.
I also wanted to add a couple of points that I didn't get to in the Twitter thread.
Economics. Blockchain technologists seem to overestimate the extent to which new insights in economics are needed to understand cryptocurrencies and blockchains, as opposed to applying basic principles from economics and game theory. For example, a recent paper shows that thinking about miners and attackers in terms of stock and flow exposes important limitations of the security of Proof of Work. [1] I learnt of many other such examples at a recent conference on the economics of blockchains. [2] So I think a lot of the "cryptoeconomics" hype is misplaced.
Privacy. It's often taken for granted that decentralized architectures will improve privacy. This seems obvious given everything we've learnt about Facebook, but a better way to think about it is that decentralized systems exchange one set of privacy problems with another. I coauthored a paper a few years ago skeptical of the "decentralization ==> privacy" story in the context of social networks [3], but I think many of the arguments in that paper apply to blockchain/dApps that are being built today.
#t#blockch  #t#beyondsv  #techpol  #$#monopoly  #t#state  %econ  #t#theory 
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