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      Seems like pretty solid advice in this context!

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      One of the most horrifying diseases on the planet.

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      The description of the surgery is even more brutal than I had imagined. It's amazing what people will put themselves through to gain a few inches.

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      The New York Times CompanyMEGAN TWOHEY, GABRIEL J.X. DANCE12/9/2130 min
      The New York Times Company

      A corner of the internet that I was thankfully unaware of.

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      Interesting article about an industry and part of the country I knew nothing about.

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      WIREDBill Joy4/1/0064 min
      WIRED

      I read this as a sort of act of intellectual masochism. I think that transhumanists like Kurzweil are largely totally off-base but many of them are smart, accomplished people and there are parts of the conversation that are interesting.

      This piece is also interesting for its alarmist nature and age (published in 2000). Molecular electronics did not take over the world but we did just experience a pandemic that might have originated from a lab. Still, I don't think the fear-mongering is warranted and it seems to me that many people who excel at computer science fail to appreciate the extent to which our brains are distinct from computers.

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      The AtlanticWalter Kirn1/1/0545 min
      The Atlantic

      One of the best articles I've ever read. Delightfully paradoxical in the sense that the author so convincingly portrays himself as a total fraud with such exceptional writing that obviously proves otherwise. But perhaps I've just been duped as well. Can't recommend this one enough!

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      The New York Times CompanyDavid Brooks4/8/2218 min
      The New York Times Company

      I've got mixed feelings about this but it's an important conversation and a very worthwhile read.

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      Great writeup, though I wish there were some details about how they actually stole the Bitcoin. Wild story either way. Just watched a Razzlekhan music video and it was somehow even worse than I had imagined.

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      The New York Times CompanyJEREMY W. PETERS8/13/2210 min
      The New York Times Company

      This will be a super interesting case to watch. I'm a big fan of the First Amendment but it seems conceivable that Fox News might have crossed the line with this one.

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      Science of UsAlissa Walker8/9/2215 min
      Science of Us

      Vegas’s regional transportation agency recently rejected a popular light-rail proposal, citing the ever-distant promise of autonomous vehicles to relieve congestion...

      Incredibly disappointing and frustrating to read. It goes to show that marketing BS can have real-world negative consequences far beyond investors' wallets.

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      The AtlanticIan Bogost8/8/227 min
      The Atlantic

      I've got a crossover which is probably the most boring vehicle there is but having a six speed manual makes it a blast to drive. I'll definitely be mourning the loss of the stick shift. Electric cars at least have the snappy throttle response that you get with a manual transmission, but it's still not anywhere near as fun with only two pedals.

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      I've got mixed feelings about this. It's good to read that the SEC has acknowledged that Bitcoin is a commodity. I'd like to see continued innovation in the crypto space but at the same time I fail to see how many (maybe most?) other tokens aren't clearly securities.

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      Very interesting analysis. It seems that immigration will continue to be a huge advantage for the US with respect to post-industrialization population decline.

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      chicagotribune.comChicago Tribune6/1/974 min
      chicagotribune.com

      The ultimate 10. I remember hearing this on the radio in the form of the Baz Luhrmann song back when I was young enough to have rather been Rollerblading. Even still it certainly left an impression and really hits home reading it some 25 years later.

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      attentionsettings.comWelf von Hören11 min
      attentionsettings.com

      I really appreciate that the author is proposing actual concrete solutions instead of just complaining about the status quo but I don't understand the repeated conflation of Apple and the EU.

      Apple is a private company and can (and should be able to) do whatever they want with the App Store. Making any of these changes shouldn't require the EU's (or any other government body's) permission or mandate. I'm in favor of all the suggested changes but strongly opposed to any government involvement.

      Additionally, I think the threat of persuasive design as presented by the author is overblown. First off, you can in fact just leave. I believe that stating the obvious falsehood that you can't and making people feel helpless is counter-productive to the author's cause. Similarly it's entirely possible to continue using apps like Instagram and TikTok in a healthy manner merely by exerting self-control.

      Persuasive and manipulative design isn't limited to big tech companies. The EU and other nanny states can try all they want to cover the world in bubble wrap but there will always be sharp corners that people need to learn to look out for.

      I worry that coddling people, teaching them that they are powerless to simply look away from the feed, only serves to make us less resilient. We're all cursed with a natural impulse for instant gratification that we must learn to overcome. Take a look at the war on drugs and ask yourself if simply putting up barriers will stop people from getting what they want.

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      The New York Times CompanyJohn Herrman2/11/2020 min
      The New York Times Company

      Interesting look at what's going on behind the scenes. I always avoid all these strange brands, but then again maybe I'm a sucker for over-paying for a label. I'm sure that's true in some cases at least.

      One thing I'm definitely willing to pay a premium for is consistency and that's getting harder to find not only just on Amazon but even on some name-brand sites (looking at you nike.com). When I need a new pair of jeans it saves so much time to just grab a pair of 513's in my size instead of wading through a marketplace of random crap.

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      Common SenseWalter Kirn7/3/228 min
      Common Sense

      A fun read!

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      Dobbs also grants that contraception, etc., may be integral to a broader historical right — to privacy or autonomy. But abortion is not, says Dobbs, because it takes fetal life. Why is this doctrinally relevant? The idea, developed here, may be that privacy and autonomy guard a sphere over which the individual is sovereign, and which ends where harm to others begins: These rights cover acts that directly affect no one else, or just consenting adults (with one ultimately irrelevant exception). But abortion directly harms a non-consenting party — or rather, it’s rational, and so permissible, for states to think so.

      A worthwhile read that explains why the Dobbs decision might not lead to a cascade of other privacy-based decisions being overturned. We should probably start writing down some of these unwritten rights at any rate.

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      The AtlanticJennifer Senior6/6/2257 min
      The Atlantic

      Great writing. Really interesting piece.

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      The Daily BeastMatt Lewis6/14/226 min
      The Daily Beast

      The electoral beatings will continue until morale improves.

      A seriously sad state of affairs all around, indeed.

      I'd vote for Oprah.

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      DYNOMIGHTdynomight12/14/2110 min
      DYNOMIGHT

      It's fun to read about things you're not supposed to talk about.

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      Sam Harris33 min
      Sam Harris

      This was published back in early 2013 in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shooting and I think it's a very worthwhile read. I strongly agree with Harris's point of view. I want to live in a place where responsible adults are allowed to do dangerous things like buy alcohol, drive cars, fly planes, build swimming pools, take drugs, and own guns (maybe not all at once!). So while I'm strongly opposed to bans, I do support much more stringent regulation in the forms of licensing, registration, (re-)certification, training, increased liability, and the like.

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      blog.readup.comThor Galle5/22/226 min
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      Really great post, @thorgalle! This is certainly a bittersweet announcement and not the outcome that we had hoped for, but I am genuinely excited to help take Readup in this new (and in some ways old) direction.

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      City Journal4/18/229 min
      City Journal

      Wearing a mask may still give some people a sense of security, but they could breathe more easily if they’d face the facts.

      Every now and then I'll still see someone wearing a mask while walking alone outside. I'm all for people doing whatever they want but I think by now, with the benefit of hindsight, we should all be able to agree that mask mandates don't do anything to stop the spread of this virus.

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      Chicago Reader9/3/8755 min
      Chicago Reader

      A real life horror story. I almost never say this but this really is one of those articles that everyone should read. Really incredible journalism and writing. The levels of dysfunction and despair inflicted on those who lived in the Chicago Housing Authority projects is truly unimaginable.

      “You get desensitized by what goes on here every day,” the Janitor says. “It’s animalism over here—that’s the prevailing life condition of the people. Animalism—where you worry about those who are stronger and you care nothing about those who are weaker.”

      “When I first came here, I used to feel so sorry for the children that I almost would cry,” the Janitor says, “just to know the terror they see. But they’re so animalistic in their own right, in the games they play—I see little kids throwing bricks and bottles at each other, and this is their game. Now I get mad—’Goddamn these little bastards.'”

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      commented5 months ago
      thenewatlantis.com10 min
      thenewatlantis.com

      Just as hypocritical priests can doom a religion, experts doing politics in the guise of scientific rationality actually undermine it.

      This whole piece is absolutely brilliant. I wish more people took the time to consider this point of view rather than just blaming big tech and social media for the mess we find ourselves in.

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      commented5 months ago

      Great read! Solid analysis and I appreciate that the author actually took the time to spell out some thoughtful potential solutions instead of just harping on the problems.

      I like most of the suggestions but I think increasing the age restriction for online services would be a huge mistake. I think congress made the right call setting the age at 13. That's how old I was when I built my first computer. If you ban kids from legitimate social media sites you're effectively just forcing them over to places like 4chan.

      I also think our institutions bear at least as much responsibility for the erosion of trust as do social media services and viral mechanics.

      If we do not make major changes soon, then our institutions, our political system, and our society may collapse during the next major war, pandemic, financial meltdown, or constitutional crisis.

      The last major US war was Iraq which we were led into by the outright lies told to us by the Bush administration. Our public health leaders lied to us from the very start of the pandemic and conspired to suppress dissenting opinions and research into the origins of the virus. In the last financial meltdown the federal government bailed out the largest financial institutions which were responsible for the crisis in the first place while leaving individual homeowners out to dry.

      In short, our institutions are and always have been kind of a shit show. They may be better than many alternatives and I do think they're salvageable but let's not pretend people on social media are just freaking out about imaginary monsters that aren't rooted in at least some truth.

      Honestly with all the lies and injustices that we've been exposed to recently in rapid, high-definition, viral succession I'm surprised that things aren't even more chaotic. I'm also optimistic that the proliferation of social media is making it more difficult for corrupt cops, politicians, public officials, and business leaders to get away with their crimes and coverups.

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      Really interesting to see how regular citizens in some neighboring countries are directly aiding the Ukrainian military.

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      lynalden.com122 min
      lynalden.com

      A truly epic article! Very readable as well despite the length. Loved all the history and depth of discussion. This is a big, important topic and it deserves all the words. Highly recommended!

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      Really interesting interview! Definitely a worthwhile read.

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      luttig's learningsJohn Luttig1/30/2224 min
      luttig's learnings

      Really interesting read! I had no idea Azure was catching up to AWS so quickly. I've been all in on AWS for a while but I'll have to give Azure another look the next time I'm starting a new project.

      When I have a choice I usually go with Windows EC2 instances anyway and my main programming languages (C#, TypeScript, and PowerShell for scripting) as well as my favorite development environments (Visual Studio and VS Code) are all Microsoft inventions. I really like the way they've embraced open source in order to stay relevant and their developer ecosystem just keeps getting better and better.

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      scouted8 months ago

      A gripping read! High quality journalism on an extremely important topic. The scale of this catastrophe is just impossible to comprehend and the behavior of those trying to cover it up is unforgivable. As disheartening as much of this story is, it's reassuring to know that some individuals and groups, both inside and outside of the government, kept seeking the truth despite the overwhelming efforts to quash their efforts.

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      commented9 months ago
      The New YorkerNick Paumgarten10/28/2131 min
      The New Yorker

      An exceptionally good read! The "how to get it" part remains a mystery, of course, as does much of pinpointing what "it" even is, but the article does a great job of exploring individual pieces of the puzzle.

      Energy is both biochemical and psychophysical, vaguely delineated, widely misunderstood, elusive as grace. You know it when you got it, and even more when you don’t.

      I also loved Picard's juxtaposition of genomics and energy flows.

      “The way of the future is understanding personalized energy flows. The last ten years of personalized medicine has been taken over by genomics. The premise is that if you can sequence it you’ll know whether you’ll get sick or stay healthy. That’s where all the money goes. It’s a lucrative hypothesis, but it’s doomed to yield incomplete answers. The genome is static. Health is so dynamic.”

      Eat right and exercise, of course; but managing the charge/discharge cycles and fitting them in to daily work and life is still a huge challenge.

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      The CDC and botched COVID testing policy: Name a more iconic duo.

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      Reading about biofuels is always so frustrating. Ending these insane subsidies should be such an easy bipartisan issue.

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      The New YorkerD. T. Max12/3/2135 min
      The New Yorker

      Really great article! I could swear I read about this guy back in 2013 but he's definitely not the only one who has accidentally thrown away a fortune of Bitcoin. I can't believe how long his saga has dragged on for and the amount of pushback he's received from the city.

      It's crazy to think it all might have been avoided if he wasn't worried about the embarrassment he might face if he immediately went chasing after the hard drive at the dump. The advice from the guy who bought the two pizzas with 10,000 BTC is wise and I'm glad he's apparently at peace, but his coins are gone forever. I don't know how one could move on knowing that those ones and zeros might still be recoverable.

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      blog.readup.comJeff Camera12/10/2122 min
      blog.readup.com

      I just finished writing another technical blog post. If you think you might be interested in a deep dive into Readup's architecture check it out!