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Karl Rove and a Pitch for a Nationwide 5G Network Tailor-Made for Trump’s 2020 Campaign | The New Yorker, May 2019
"The D.O.D. spectrum, which is set aside by the government for classified, unclassified, and emergency communications, blankets the country but is often unused. Rivada wants to monetize it—minute by minute, hour by hour, as needed, to telecom and other companies—and share the proceeds with the government. (If the military needs the airwaves, Rivada’s software would automatically bounce commercial users.)"

"If Rivada’s proposal were to be adopted, it would create a new asset class—bandwidth—that could be traded on the commodities market, like oil or soybeans. And it would make Rivada, which holds patents to run this market (a process known as dynamic spectrum arbitrage), an extremely lucrative company."

"... as Thomas Hazlett, a professor at Clemson University, who specializes in the information economy, told me, “Trump is a target of opportunity on this. Certainly, his predilections for overturning normal processes are known. The idea is that you have this kind of special project, and it goes against the liberalization trend at the F.C.C., and you tie it to national security and all these other issues. The political system would seem to be ripe for that.”"
NewYorker  5G  Rivada  DoD 
may 2019 by pierredv
A Celebrity Philosopher Explains the Populist Insurgency | The New Yorker
Via Pierre-Yves Saintoyant

"Peter Sloterdijk has spent decades railing against the pieties of liberal democracy. Now his ideas seem prophetic."

"Reverence for intellectual culture is waning in much of the world, but it remains strong in Germany. Sloterdijk’s books vie with soccer-star memoirs on the German best-seller lists. A late-night TV talk show that he co-hosted, “The Philosophical Quartet,” ran for a decade. He has written an opera libretto, published a bawdy epistolary novel lampooning the foundation that funds the country’s scientific research, and advised some of Europe’s leading politicians."
arts  politics  NewYorker  philosophy 
may 2019 by pierredv
The Terrifying Potential of the 5G Network | The New Yorker - apr 2019
"The future of wireless technology holds the promise of total connectivity. But it will also be especially susceptible to cyberattacks and surveillance."
NewYorker  5G  cybersecurity 
april 2019 by pierredv
Englishing the Iliad: Grading Four Rival Translations | The New Yorker, Oct 2011
This week in the magazine, Daniel Mendelsohn reviews a new version of Homer’s Iliad, translated by Stephen Mitchell.

Richard Lattimore
Robert Fagles
Stephen Mitchell
Alexander Pope
reviews  books  NewYorker  Homer  Iliad  translations 
october 2018 by pierredv
Entangled - The New Yorker - The poetry of Rae Armantrout - Dan Chiasson - 2010
"Like Ashbery’s “Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror,” “Versed” is the kind of crossover book that makes the border disappear. Ashbery and Armantrout do consciousness-depiction, and (since my consciousness is so different from yours) they can be hard to understand. But Ashbery often writes from the position of the slackened mind, billowing with whatever passes through it; Armantrout generally writes in tautened distress, even when she’s being funny. It’s the mind as problem-solving device, almost as calculator, though it is, of course, most drawn to problems that cannot be solved."
NewYorker  poetry  reviews 
december 2016 by pierredv
In the Heart of Trump Country - The New Yorker - Oct 2016
"Another important factor is immigration, but not for economic reasons. In West Virginia, there are practically no immigrants. But Trump has promoted the idea that someone who cares about the fate of people new to the country must care less about those who have been here longer—and this idea resonates among people who believe that the rest of the country doesn’t care about them at all, and doesn’t see them as kin. "

"Many people talk about a connection to the ground itself. West Virginia doesn’t look quite like any other place—hardly any flat land, because the densely wooded hills are crushed so close together there’s barely room for a road between them—and its confining closeness forms a kind of physical bond between people who find it familiar. "

"When Clinton talks about her family and her childhood, she describes a sense of deep rootedness in mainstream America. Obama, with his complicated background, doesn’t take roots for granted. ... Perhaps this is why Obama makes a point of saying that he understands that the desire for borders is not always, or only, racism but also a desire to belong to a group of people that is smaller and less cosmic than all mankind: in other words, to have a home. "

"After the old people died, he visited their graves, and he also visited the graves of the grandparents and the great-grandparents they had described to him. Some of these older graves were in small family cemeteries that were brambly and overgrown, because the people there had died so long ago that nobody remembered them, or if anyone did they were too old to climb up the mountain anymore. Many of those buried didn’t have proper headstones, only rocks with initials carved in them. He felt that the least he could do for the people whose stories meant so much to him was to care for their graves, so some days he would take tools and hike up to one of the half-hidden cemeteries and cut back the grass and the weeds, and straighten a headstone if there was one and it had fallen over, and leave flowers on the mounds. He liked doing it. It was peaceful there. "
NewYorker  geography  US  stories  people  politics 
october 2016 by pierredv
The Mistrust of Science - The New Yorker
via Dale Hatfield. Commencement address at the California Institute of Technology, on Friday, June 10th 2016
"The evidence is that rebutting bad science doesn’t work; in fact, it commonly backfires. Describing facts that contradict an unscientific belief actually spreads familiarity with the belief and strengthens the conviction of believers. "
"Rebutting bad science may not be effective, but asserting the true facts of good science is. And including the narrative that explains them is even better. You don’t focus on what’s wrong with the vaccine myths, for instance. Instead, you point out: giving children vaccines has proved far safer than not. "
NewYorker  psychology  scientific-method  Atul-Gawande  commencement  speech 
june 2016 by pierredv
The Man to Know in Ancient Rome - Seneca - The New Yorker Feb 2015
"How Seneca became Ancient Rome’s philosopher-fixer." The compromized and tawdry life "To the end, Seneca maintained his innocence, and he may even have been telling the truth. But, as no one knew better than he, truth was not the issue."
philosophy  Seneca  NewYorker  history  people  profile 
february 2015 by pierredv
Bayesian Statistics and what Nate Silver Gets Wrong : The New Yorker
The NewYorker offers a frequentist critique of Nate Silver via:stevecrowley,
Bayesian  newyorker  statistics 
january 2013 by pierredv
Finger Painting : The New Yorker
Jorge Colombo sketches using Brushes, an application for the iPhone
iphone  art  newyorker  illustration  animation 
june 2010 by pierredv
Annals of Innovation: How David Beats Goliath: Reporting & Essays: The New Yorker
"David’s victory over Goliath, in the Biblical account, is held to be an anomaly. It was not. Davids win all the time. The political scientist Ivan Arreguín-Toft recently looked at every war fought in the past two hundred years between strong and weak combatants. The Goliaths, he found, won in 71.5 per cent of the cases."
sport  strategy  commerce  newyorker 
may 2009 by pierredv

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