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      AeonCraig Wright1/26/2119 min
      Aeon

      Humble yet confident reflections on a course about geniuses and the concept “genius”. Great read! Elon Musk might fit the bill for genius as described at the end too.

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      The Elephant Mum7/15/218 min
      The Elephant Mum

      There’s a lot here! An honest reflective piece. I stumbled on this blog while looking for a “zero-waste” store in Helsinki for coffee beans. Cool that I can read someone’s relatable in-depth feelings on social media after checking out their in-depth review of a (now defunct) store. We really don’t need bite-sized feeds to find connection, but online writing can be so powerful.

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      Foundr4/25/2217 min
      Foundr

      Fair enough, this breakdown seems reasonable and recognizable. But I would question the relevance of some of the supporting statistics.

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      The AtlanticWalter Kirn1/1/0545 min
      The Atlantic

      His college years make for an eventful and dramatic story. I think I’m glad mine were more ordinary.

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      How the Helsinki transport agency makes its customers feel happy with dry and hard-hitting facts.

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      This is a laudable move! I can imagine it feels meaningful to work for a company that doesn’t enrich a few individuals, but rather funds a non-profit dedicated to climate action.

      I’m questioning whether globalized capitalism, in any form, can save the planet though. Patagonia will keep producing more, selling more, shipping more and it is this consumerism that is intertwined with climate change. If every big company would follow Patagonia’s lead, while they keep growing as they are, would the billions in climate funds help to offset the emissions caused by continued global consumerism? I can only hope.

      We need companies like Patagonia that are serious about ethical production, the repair & reuse economy, but without drastic lifestyle changes by most (comparatively) rich people, I’m doubtful whether we can reverse the emission trend.

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      Well-written story! Entertaining despite it leaving you guessing at actual story of the Bitfinex hack. It properly contextualizes the hack among other money heists, and how prosecutors chase crypto criminality.

      It’s fascinating how Bitcoin is both the most anonymous way to hold funds, yet also traceable in plain sight when those funds are being spent.

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      The New York Times CompanySARAH LYALL10/10/184 min
      The New York Times Company

      A short interview with this still mysterious man. Fun to see it popping back up a year after Deep posted it!

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

      This is a good read indeed, I've been thinking of it regularly in the past few weeks, and I've been wearing sunscreen!

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      I guess I’ve had some form of recycled water already, but just didn’t know it. As long as it’s tested to be safe and doesn’t taste too weird, I’m fine with it :) especially when it saves the environment!

      It would be interesting to see graph of the water sources distribution per country/city, I’ve seen those before for types of electricity sources and the compositions are vastly different.

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      Intending to watch soon! This article (written before the first episode aired last Sunday) gave interesting context about the prior activities of the directors, and the relation to the main GoT story.

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      Interesting to read this while touring the US, and seeing great examples of single-family housing zones myself!

      In terms of car dependence and walkability, faster electric bikes & scooters also open up a new avenue in the middle to live a little further from a downtown area while minimizing the negative effects of car transportation.

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      Good context for the other article in the AOTD regarding the nuclear fusion ignition breakthrough: it’s still technology for the second half of this century.

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      The AtlanticIan Bogost8/8/227 min
      The Atlantic

      I appreciate that knowing to drive a manual car well is rewarding in the sense that rollerblading or skateboarding is rewarding: your body has to precisely respond to complicated stimuli from experience. But I’m personally fine seeking those experiences elsewhere!

      I like adaptive cruise control and modern safety features on recent cars (lane centering etc.). Since I got my license five years ago, I haven’t owned a car and I also don’t intend to at the moment. But I’ve driven and rented a large range of cars, both manual and automatic: big vans, tiny hatchbacks, hybrid sedans, family cars, SUVs.

      Every time I enter back in a manual, it takes some getting used to. For an irregular driver like me, shifting properly is a mild attention drain, and the less attention I have to spend on operating the car, the better & safer I think.

      I’m now traveling through the US for the first time. I’m noticing a difference in the offering of rental car companies. In Finland, most cars available will still be manual, and automatic cars are rented for a small premium. In the US I haven’t seen a single manual car in listings. I wonder why!

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      I can see that a massively old population poses a decades-long issue, hopefully China can reach a new balance afterwards.

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      attentionsettings.comWelf von Hören11 min
      attentionsettings.com

      I love how Welf’s Attention Settings concept takes a serious stab at the persuasive tech issue with a comprehensive set of concrete, actionable interventions.

      Philosophizing on what Meta etc could do to make their product more respectful of attention is wishful thinking. This however is a plausible approach, with huge obstacles nonetheless.

      This concept doesn’t solve the root problem of misaligned incentives due to the advertising-based business model

      It doesn’t, and that is the largest obstacle. But if Apple/the EU could force big tech to give users control, as increasingly happens with “privacy” settings, then big tech will have to adapt to keep their revenue stream going: they have to ask money to compensate for enabled Attention Settings, or deny access to (parts of) apps otherwise.

      Such a regulated environment could lead into an “organic food for the rich, GMO food for the relative poor” type of situation. And regardless, it would hit big tech’s bottom line. But I think those are better problems to have than the status quo, where for-profit corporations steer attention in semi-essential public technologies, with all ensuing negative effects.

      Very large platforms like Facebook and TikTok represent the primary social environment for a whole generation of teenagers. Their current design is a serious threat to this generation’s mental health, yet opting out of the service entirely comes at great social cost and exclusion.

      People have to pay for cellular service, water and electricity. That one isn’t allowed to pay for social media on one’s terms is an extant failure of regulation.

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      This is impressive. We still have a 2009 iMac in daily use here, but it's stuck on an old OS. Which might lead to security issues. I've been looking into installing a modern Linux distro on it, or a hacked macOS upgrade. All those procedures come with caveats: certain hardware might not be supported anymore, or trying the installation will take time.

      Maybe the ease of these installs is worth the telemetry that ChromeOS will send to Google 👀

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      Damn… what’s worse is that these inhuman situations in trailers are not unprecedented. Google “Essex lorry deaths”, 39 suffocated when being smuggled from Belgium to the UK in 2019.

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      The Motley FoolHoward Smith6/24/211 min
      The Motley Fool

      So, the last dip was mainly caused by China. If a government can wipe out about 70% of global Bitcoin miners, then decentralization of the coin is limited in reality. China’s perspective on tech is interesting. Here’s a podcast explaining other types of control they do.

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      commented3 months ago

      Very impressive feat! I have to admit I’m also a little weirded out, I had no idea such transplantations were possible.

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      Interesting to say the least! Matter is scrapping social features and basically becoming Pocket 2.1; by making the article “Queue" their default tab, but being far more ambitious on the experience of article sourcing and organization.

      It's cool what they’re doing.

      But, I have concerns about Twitter not being an ideal "conversation layer of the internet", especially when it comes to commenting on articles. I'm also still wondering what their business model will be (maybe they are too?).

      Readup is very far from perfect and likely will never be the social reading layer of the internet, but this move might just have given Readup's niche more legitimacy.

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

      Interesting development; I read a long analysis here recently on how Biden was the “probably yes” option with Harris as the most likely alternative, this is decidedly rejecting both.

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

      Interesting development; I read a long analysis here recently on how Biden was the “probably yes” option with Harris as the most likely alternative, this is decidedly rejecting both.

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      DYNOMIGHTdynomight12/14/2110 min
      DYNOMIGHT

      Even more interesting are plans that work best if you yourself don’t understand them. For these, your best hope is that you inherit a culture that’s figured them out for you […]

      Interesting to reflect on.

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      httptoolkit.tech8 min
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      (this is a technical blog post) Helpful people on the internet are always nice! I was looking into GraphQL for a small project, and Apollo is indeed the first thing that pops up.

      I'm happy to have the habit of researching alternatives before diving into the most SEO’d solution. This small post shows how to get started with GraphQL with minimal dependencies, and Tim makes solid points on package maintenance in the JS ecosystem too.

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      crumplab.com58 min
      crumplab.com

      Enjoyable read! Maybe a bit long. The student that plagiarized the academic integrity pledge blew my mind.

      I think distance learning during the pandemic facilitated this behavior enormously, and made it cross the line of cheating.

      During my bachelor, student associations had (public!) wikis where students would dump the questions they remembered from exams. Those archives go years back, so you can see questions reoccur often. Just an example. There were even people who solved every single problem in a textbook and published them in Q&A form on Github: both are great test prep resources.

      Of course, the difference is that you can't copy-paste from these resources in a closed-book, paper-and-pen exam. If a professor reuses an exact set of memorizeable multiple-choice questions ever year, it's kind of on them that students seem more knowledgeable than they are. In the case of this article the cheating was obvious, because memorization was not even involved. But I think professors should expect students to refer to old exam questions as test prep, and I wouldn't directly consider that cheating.

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      Wow! That’s one Bandcamp newsletter email I’m happy I didn’t unsubscribe from.

      Fastfall is one of the first soundtracks I ever listened to independently of its game. I had it on repeat until years after its release. The same counts for Immerse that came two years later, I didn’t even bother playing the related game but just listened to the music. Both are among my all-time favorite electronic music albums!

      I looked up Lee (& Hitbox Team) several times over the years hoping for more music, but not much seemed to happen. There was also very little to find about him online, outside of his Bandcamp page & SoundCloud.

      Little did I know that Fastfall set off a collaboration & love story behind the scenes. How wonderful! I can’t wait to dive into that new 60-track album tomorrow.

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      Living in Helsinki we all saw this coming with the polls months back. Putin really reaps what he sows, and it’s sad.

      Finland has historically been a place where Russia and the West meet. Even literally: there were US-Russia summits in Helsinki in 1990 and 2018. And Finland used to be occupied by Sweden first and Russia later before becoming independent in 1917, contributing to shared histories with both. Putin changed Finland from a western country with relatively good Russia relations to a gap-filler in the NATO front.

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      BioSpace5/11/222 min
      BioSpace

      Sounds like good progress! I’m wondering: do at-risk babies grow out of this risk factor eventually? The name kind of implies it.

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      Tom's HardwareAvram Piltch5/30/204 min
      Tom's Hardware

      A name change in Linux not resulting from a feud. Nice 🙂

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      I’ve worked as a Flutter developer for several months now, and I’m impressed with the iOS/Android offering. It has a performance edge over web-based technologies (like React Native, and Ionic especially), but also has great tooling and convincing OS integrations.

      I see massive potential for Flutter in the desktop market. Electron has shown that devs want to share code between platforms (Slack, VSCode, …), but these apps always feel bulky and relatively slow because they all contain a web browser. Flutter can remove the web layer and get closer to raw system code while keeping the code-sharing.

      But mind you, I’ve found Flutter on web pretty slow and unintuitive: there they have to add an extra layer on top of the web. It also doesn’t feel right.

      Today we’re announcing the graduation of Flutter/Firebase integration to a fully-supported core part of the Firebase offering. We’re moving the source code and documentation into the main Firebase repo and site, and you can count on us evolving Firebase support for Flutter in lockstep with Android and iOS.

      Good! This FlutterFire / Firebase situation was… very messy.

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      protocolDavid Pierce12/21/2124 min
      protocol

      “I would have loved to have Instapaper or Pocket,” Mullenweg said when the topic of reading apps came up. He’s a Pocket user now, and loves the app, but it’s owned by Mozilla. Which, of course, brings up the idea of web browsers; if you want to preserve user agency and power on the internet, the browser is a place to start. “I would be very, very interested in Mozilla,” Mullenweg said. “Or maybe, like, a Brave.”

      Gulp.

      I read this as supplementary reading to Matt’s great podcast with Guy Raz at NPR. I recommend both!

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      A dry press release, but the concept released is really cool! It’s smart how they bypass the huge complexity and regulatory hurdles of autonomous vehicles by limiting the problem domain & risk: sidewalks, crossings, and no humans on board.

      I used to live in the campus area where they deployed it now. I’d probably still walk or bike the five minutes to the local convenience store most of the time, but I can see this system being useful in some cases.

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      I know someone who played Axie as a nearly full-time job. I was surprised this was even possible! I hope the hack didn't rush his livelihood now, but at the same time, the person who dives into Axie as an early adopter probably also quickly finds an alternative livelihood.

      It's sad that it is (or was) known as a "play-to-earn" game. This article aptly compares it to skill-based gambling.

      I suppose a crypto game economy that can support people's livelihoods is plausible, as long as it is driven by real, creative, in-game value production, and has transparent and stable market mechanics.

      As the article says, such a game would have to scale on an intrinsic "fun" factor rather than the prospect of making money. Otherwise, there is no real demand side in the market. Maybe Axie gets there before another game does!

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      Not Boring by Packy McCormickPacky McCormick3/21/2246 min
      Not Boring by Packy McCormick

      While this is a very long and unapologetic sales pitch of an investor in Ramp, I have to admit it convincingly presents the company as one that has found the potential to reframe & steer the whole of corporate spending with technology.

      I wonder what the long-term effects will be of such widespread control over transactions. Will there be the equivalent of filter bubbles in Google search?