Posted on May 23rd, 2017
Here are some of the reads & comics I’ve found thought-provoking over the last week. Ranked in priority-reading order:One step closer to duress modes for software: 1Password introduces travel mode: https://blog.agilebits.com/2017/05/18/introducing-travel-mode-protect-your-data-when-crossing-borders/Susan J. Fowler takes on workplace discrimination in tech companies from an unusual-but-critically-important angle: https://www.susanjfowler.com/blog/2017/5/20/five-things-tech-companies-can-do-bet...
Posted on May 16th, 2017
Here are some of the reads & comics I’ve found thought-provoking over the last week. Ranked in priority-reading order:The Restorative Justice movement is key (see my recommendation of Changing Lenses) to a more just society. This detailed essay gets into some of the political considerations and implications: https://abolitionjournal.org/revolution-restorative-justice-anarchist-perspective/Related: Slate Star Codex talks about the tactic of focusing on Bail Reform: http://slatestarcodex.com/20...
Posted on May 9th, 2017
Waging Nonviolence discusses the tactics and principles of nonviolence: https://wagingnonviolence.org/feature/moral-nonviolence-healing-king/Major online companies are engaging in Internet colonialism: https://twitter.com/Pinboard/status/862990067073265664Poorly Drawn Lines reminds us of one of the troubles of immortality: https://www.poorlydrawnlines.com/comic/everyone-lives-forever/Reminder: task-switching and interruptions are very expensive: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/05/opinion/sunda...
Posted on May 4th, 2017
'Melinda Gates and Fei-Fei Li Want to Liberate AI from “Guys With Hoodies"’: https://backchannel.com/melinda-gates-and-fei-fei-li-want-to-liberate-ai-from-guys-with-hoodies-17f058889a4cEdited to add: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/26/opinion/sunday/artificial-intelligences-white-guy-problem.htmlSURJ has a really solid Values document: http://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/aboutExistential Comics had good twitter comments about biases: https://twitter.com/existentialcoms/status/86018857281...
Posted on April 18th, 2016
The New Inquiry ponders the “viral virus" and whether society benefits "from a world in which everyone is anxious about having anxiety".
Your first SMBC of this post:
In TV and movies, it is a common trope to track someone to an exact location using only their IP address, often even to a specific spot in a specific room! Naturally, you are skeptical of that, as you should be. This excellent story shows some of the really interesting things that happen with IP-to-physical-address mapping at...
Posted on March 11th, 2016
Caution: a heavy set of articles, today.
Indiana senate votes unanimously to allow Law Enforcement to withhold body cam and dash video, by default. You have to explicitly challenge each instance. Wanna guess how well those challenges will go? Consider this your reminder that outward-facing taxpayer-paid cameras are justice theater. (I think I’m coining that term for this context.)
Is it better to fight bad laws or the enforcement of them?
Which presidential candidate do you tru...
Posted on March 7th, 2016
When you spend a lot of your political efforts trying to scare people, they tend to get scared. Scared people tend to not be great long-term thinkers, and often sacrifice their values in the name of “safety and security". Read American Authoritarianism. Of course, this does not give a pass to the American authoritarian left, either, who have also spent political capital to incite fear and hate, but usually towards different (more “internal") targets.
What Makes Good Teams? Well, looks like...
Posted on February 16th, 2016
Really good article about Bernie Sanders, and more generally, voting: Don’t Change the Players, Change the Game.
This is why I want you to read Changing Lenses by Zehr:
"The simple fact of the matter is the criminal justice system is meant to punish, not protect. I don’t care about seeing him punished - I would rather he get better. And they’ve done nothing to protect me - it’s only made things worse and become another weapon in his arsenal, and the arsenal of the people out there way sca...
Posted on February 4th, 2016
Charles Blow reminds us White America is having a “nervous breakdown" over issues that have been thrust on others for a long time.
Good news on the overturn of false convictions. Now, let’s talk about how these can be avoided in the first place, and how we can fix or abolish the racist, classist, and horribly abusive prison system.
Kevin Carson gives a hearty “yes!" to alleged “research parasites".
'In other words, research parasites are people who do what they used to call “science."'
Posted on January 23rd, 2016
I like this tiny house design.
Brilliant satire from The Onion: Pentagon Holds Gala To Celebrate 25 Years Of Bombing Iraq
The “Have I been pwned" site has helped reduce the value of breach dumps (and thus, may be disencentivizing them). Troy Hunt asks for your help.
Want to be horrified when your phone vibrates? This app sends "a push notification every time the police kill someone in the United States."
Economic concerns trigger survival instincts and will often override our ethics...