- # 46450 pts - Scout: kellyalysiaThe Guardian | 9/10/20 | 19 min5 reads2 comments8.8The Guardian9/10/20|19 min5 reads8.8jeff1 day ago
Great read! Also extremely relevant to Readup:
Instead, as they skimmed the internet in that state of constant distraction that we all recognise, they were carried away with their emotions and their partisanship. The good news is that simply pausing for a moment to reflect was all it took to filter out a lot of the misinformation. It doesn’t take much; we can all do it. All we need to do is acquire the habit of stopping to think.
You've got to have good brakes when you're moving at the speed of light!
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- # 152334 pts - Scout: jeffSquare, Inc.’s Federal Comment Letter Regarding FinCEN’s Proposed Rulemaking on Requirements for Certain Transactions Involving Convertible Virtual Currency or Digital Assetssquareup.com | 29 min1 read1 comment9.0squareup.com29 min1 read9.0jeff2 days ago
Super interesting read if you're into Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies (or retail banking regulation). I fully support Square's position but I think their mother/daughter gifting analogy is a little shaky.
For example, under this Proposal — if a Square customer’s mother gifts her daughter $4,000 in physical cash and the daughter deposits those funds in a bank, the bank would have no obligation to collect information on the customer’s mother. Under the Proposal, if this same transaction were completed in cryptocurrency, the bank would have to reach beyond its customer relationship and intrude upon the mother’s private information in order for the daughter to successfully deposit and freely access her gift.
If Square is acting as the custodian of the daughter's cryptocurrency wallet, wouldn't a closer analogy have the mother attempting to go to the daughter's bank and anonymously deposit the $4,000 into her daughter's account? I'm pretty sure that wouldn't fly.
- AOTD on 1/20/21 - Scout: mariusjeff2 days ago
Great article! Love the overall breakdown and there's nothing I disagree with but I would add a few things:
Crunch is not productive — it is an emergency effort to compensate for the lack of real productivity that is achieved through good planning and sharp focus.
That's for sure at least partially true but sometimes you're going to have to crunch and I think it's very valuable to be able to hit a few speed bumps in the ultra-regimented routine, run some environment/body/mind short-term deficits and be able to recover quickly and gracefully.
Split big tasks into small ones, so nothing looks overwhelming and daily progress is visible
I mean, yeah! If only it were that easy. I feel like sometimes that's 99% of the actual work. Seeing it as a bullet point feels a bit like "Draw the rest of the fucking owl."
- AOTD on 1/16/21 - Scout: Jessicajeff5 days ago
In the tradition of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson, Berry also began writing about his surroundings. But unlike Thoreau and Emerson, who were simply visitors to the natural environments they wrote about, Pollan says that Berry was actually engaged with nature: “He wasn’t just a spectator. He was a farmer.”
It says a lot that he returned to Kentucky so soon after graduating college and has been practicing what he's been preaching for over 50 years.
- AOTD on 1/8/21 - Scout: SEnkeyjeff1 week ago
Really inspiring article! I found the counter-arguments compelling and was curious about the person who initially criticized the author. Here's the third result Google returned: https://twitter.com/arthur_affect/status/1347119992462970880
Goes to show what embracing the dark side will do to your soul over time. Count me with the rationalists!
- Update (1/8/2021):
Tweet was removed. Here's the archive: https://web.archive.org/web/20210107225836/https://twitter.com/arthur_affect/status/1347119992462970880
- Update (1/8/2021):
- # 63689 pts - Scout: jeffRead the letter: Vice President Mike Pence tells Congress he won't interfere in Electoral College vote countmadison.com | Associated Press | 1/7/21 | 7 min6 reads4 comments9.3madison.comAssociated Press|1/7/21|7 min6 reads9.3
I really appreciate the historical and judicial references here. It's reassuring in a way to be reminded that our system of government has had to deal with contested elections before and that despite all the toxic partisanship the overwhelming majority of those in congress are committed to upholding the Constitution in this instance at least.
- # 23362 pts - Scout: jeff20 months in, 2K hours spent and 200K € lost. A story about resilience and the sunk cost fallacy | The StartupMedium | Sébastien Dubois. | 1/4/21 | 20 min1 read1 comment9.0MediumSébastien Dubois.|1/4/21|20 min1 read9.0
Damn, I feel for the author. I know that ever-present "code quality" impulse/obsession and it was tough to see the train going down the wrong track from the beginning, especially since he did a good job of conveying the emotional struggle. It's always difficult to strike the balance between quality and speed when you're building something but I'd say this guy seems to be a rather extreme example of perfect being the enemy of done.
The tough part is that someone could definitely accuse me of the same thing with Readup for refusing to use "app platforms" like Firebase or Heroku but at least I'm posting this comment on a product that I shipped. In fact I remember when you could comment but there were no replies, no markdown/formatting, no comment links, no ability to edit or delete. The commenting experience still isn't perfect, especially within articles, and it probably never will be but if we waited to check all those boxes we might never have shipped anything at all.
- AOTD on 1/6/21 - Scout: deephdave
I think it would be difficult to pack any more wisdom and good advice into a three minute article. I feel like it applies to programming as well. It's often hard to find the motivation to type out a bunch of code you know isn't quite right and will have to be reworked almost immediately but it's way better than trying to brute-force it all in your head.
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- AOTD on 12/30/20 - Scout: deephdavejeff3 weeks ago
The personal spying stuff is super creepy. It's almost hard to believe the ambush scene described at the beginning really happened it seems so absurd. It's also crazy that the bulk data dumps are for sale on the open internet. Don't even have to bother with the dark web! Reminds me of the early days when there were sketchy web sites that hosted pirated MP3 files out in the open before everyone moved to P2P.
- AOTD on 12/26/20 - Scout: Ruchita_GanurkarWIRED | Daniel Engber | 1/26/16 | 30 min11 reads8 comments10WIREDDaniel Engber|1/26/16|30 min11 reads10
- # 172138 pts - Scout: SEnkey
I couldn't agree with the author more and I think these are extremely important points to get across. In fact I was saying much the same thing seven months ago!
Maybe I'm overly sensitive because of the pandemic, but I think it should be even more clear now than ever that facts, science and data aren't the be-all and end-all of policy making.
Unfortunately I feel like the problem has only gotten worse since then.
Also related: One of my favorite YouTubers just put out a great video on the issue of Scientism - The Problem with the 'Yay Science!' Crowd
- AOTD on 12/27/20 - Scout: Lachlan
- # 19299 pts - Scout: jeffHuffPost Highline | AP | 12/22/20 | 4 min5 reads3 comments9.7HuffPost HighlineAP|12/22/20|4 min5 reads9.7
This is seriously depressing. It almost makes it worse that there seems to be broad bipartisan disgust for the process. I'm curious what a proposed solution would look like or if any other country has found a way to solve or at least mitigate the issue of legislation that is impossibly complex and bundled together.
I feel like a "single issue" rule would be hard to define and enforce but it would at least provide some kind of check against an obviously dysfunctional system. Come to think of it that sounds like it would make a great constitutional amendment. They're usually short and to the point.
- AOTD on 12/18/20 - Scout: SEnkeyVox | Sean Illing | 12/10/20 | 13 min10 reads7 comments8.8VoxSean Illing|12/10/20|13 min10 reads8.8
Yikes! Fun read but unfortunately not too surprising to see how the experiment turned out. If I had to put myself in a political box I'd call myself a libertarian but definitely with a lowercase "L" for many of the reasons highlighted in the article. I'm squarely in the purple quadrant according to the Political Compass but I really think there needs to be an additional z-axis for indicating where you are for different levels of government. There are entire departments of the federal government that I'd like to see done away with but I'm a big fan of local libraries.
There's also the whole social aspect of libertarianism which wasn't even really touched on in the article. I'm much more dogmatic when it comes to supporting policies that allow consenting adults to do whatever they want as long as they're not directly harming anyone else but laws governing drugs, prostitution, gambling, alcohol, etc. are usually not implemented at the local level so there unfortunately wasn't much they could have done in Grafton on that front.
- AOTD on 12/11/20 - Scout: deephdave
- AOTD on 12/9/20 - Scout: billforbes.com | Angel Au-Yeung | 12/4/20 | 16 min20 reads7 comments9.8forbes.comAngel Au-Yeung|12/4/20|16 min20 reads9.8
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- AOTD on 11/19/20 - Scout: Alexa
Interesting backstory and look at who's currently thriving on the platform. It doesn't strike me as much of a surprise that the most popular/successful writers are people who already had huge followings elsewhere given that Substack is just providing a SaaS solution for a business model that was already proven to be successful for people like Ben Thompson.
- Bloomberg | Mark Gurman | 11/18/20 | 6 min2 reads3 comments8.5BloombergMark Gurman|11/18/20|6 min2 reads8.5
Git is definitely hard but I don't know how it could be made much easier without sacrificing some of its best features like the ability to work offline and maintain a complete historical record of all changes. In addition to the CLI which I only use when I need to work myself out of a pickle I also use 3 different GUI interfaces (VSCode, the GitLens extension and GitHub Desktop) which all make certain operations easier but can't do everything themselves.
- # 37512 pts - Scout: jeffHuffPost Highline | Kate Morgan | 11/9/20 | 5 min12 reads12 comments9.5HuffPost HighlineKate Morgan|11/9/20|5 min12 reads9.5
- AOTD on 11/13/20 - Scout: SEnkey
Really excellent article! The author totally nails it. I love the emphasis on the benefits of learning outdoors which is something I've never heard of before. The pause on mandatory testing is another great idea. Experimentation is needed. The road we are heading down is a dark one.
One of the many ironies of contemporary education is that as we learn more about the importance of emotional connection and face-to-face communication in early brain development, we seem ever more invested in technological quick fixes—“self-monitored” math lessons on iPads and the like—that take young children away from the adults charged with teaching them. What parents are seeing on Zoom is not a radical departure from what goes on in regular pre‑K and elementary-school classrooms, but rather a virtual extension of that.
- AOTD on 11/12/20 - Scout: billWIRED | Nicholas Thompson | 11/2/20 | 18 min25 reads7 comments9.2WIREDNicholas Thompson|11/2/20|18 min25 reads9.2
- AOTD on 11/4/20 - Scout: SEnkeyPOLITICO | Tim Alberta | 10/30/20 | 49 min6 reads4 comments10POLITICOTim Alberta|10/30/20|49 min6 reads10
Excellent insights into the current state of voting in America. Maricopa County's mail voting system sounds pretty ideal. I think even without Trump a dip in confidence would have been inevitable given that many changes to voting procedures were made relatively quickly in response to the pandemic so I'm optimistic that it will recover.
- POLITICO | Sabrina Rodriguez | 11/4/20 | 6 min4 reads2 comments9.0POLITICOSabrina Rodriguez|11/4/20|6 min4 reads9.0
Wow. A strong "red wave" in a county where more than half of the residents are born outside the US. Lots of talk about Trump's messaging but not much about the Democratic Party primary and debates which seemed like a competition to see how far left each candidate could go. It's not surprising to me that Biden couldn't shake the "socialist" label.
Grenier’s poll showed that relatively new arrivals from Cuba who immigrated to the United States starting in 2010 were registering Republican over Democrat by a whopping 76 percent to 5 percent.
I would never have guessed the numbers were this far apart.
- AOTD on 11/6/20 - Scout: temi
- blog.readup.com | Jeff Camera | 11/2/20 | 27 min212 reads17 comments9.7blog.readup.comJeff Camera|11/2/20|27 min212 reads9.7
- AOTD on 11/5/20 - Scout: jeffThe New York Times Company | ALEXANDRA ALTER | 5/23/20 | 20 min9 reads8 comments9.5The New York Times CompanyALEXANDRA ALTER|5/23/20|20 min9 reads9.5
This is seriously fascinating stuff. I had never even heard of the Omegaverse until watching Lindsay Ellis's video on the subject last night. It's crazy and awesome that there are such big markets for such bizarre content. It's also pretty disheartening to hear about instances of content creators using DMCA takedowns to attack their peers. After Ellis posted that video Cain's lawyer went after her as well and tried to get it taken down!
- AOTD on 11/1/20 - Scout: Ruchita_Ganurkar
- AOTD on 10/30/20 - Scout: jeff
I really like this analysis. It's almost boring in a good way and contains plenty of valuable references and reminders.
This is not an indictment of capitalism, government, or technology. They never satisfy—not because they are malevolent, but rather because they cannot. This poses a real dilemma, not just for society, but for each of us as individuals.
- The New York Times Company | SABRINA TAVERNISE, ROBERT GEBELOFF | 10/26/20 | 9 min9 reads3 comments9.7The New York Times CompanySABRINA TAVERNISE, ROBERT GEBELOFF|10/26/20|9 min9 reads9.7
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