Sunday, September 11, 2016

The Bonfires of Memories: Internet comments, before the internet

Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life... Via AM 

 I’ve always been attracted to the more revolutionary changes. I don’t know why. Because they’re harder. They’re much more stressful emotionally. And you usually go through a period where everybody tells you that you’ve completely failed 
~ Steve Jobs 

The age of rock'n'roll began in May 1964, when Louis Armstrong's "Hello, Dolly!" fell from the top of the pop chart. Now it's over. Only nostalgia remains Trends 

This trendy article is published via the Passcode – Modern field guide to security and privacy from The Christian Science Monitor”: The cypherpunk revolution-How the tech vanguard turned public-key cryptography into one of the most potent political ideas of the 21st century, by Thomas Rid

What Happens in the Brain When We Misremember Scientific American. Wait, what?

Saving the 78s

British stag party who took selfies with a SEX DOLL at Ground Zero on the eve of the 15th anniversary of 9/11 ‘all work on Wall Street’ Daily Mail

THE FALLING MAN: Do you remember this photograph? In the United States, people have taken pains to banish it from the record of September 11, 2001
Americans Are More Worried About Terrorism Than They Were After 9/11. After 9/11, we were pretty sure we had a competent 
government that wanted to protect us. Now, not so much

Suddenly, Lauer is garbage, no better—in the eyes of the mainstream media—than some basement-dwelling right-wing blogger 
His sin? He allowed Trump to speak during the candidate forum, and didn’t press the Republican presidential nominee on his answers to the liking of   the liberal media. This morning, I detailed the extent of the hate being spewed against Lauer by his colleagues in the mainstream media
"The Yiddish phrase 'Tracht gut, vet zein gut!' translates to 'Think good, and it will be good!'" So begins today's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in a case captioned In re Tracht Gut, LLC. 
And it’s not letting up. The New York Times editorial board wrote on Friday that moderators should do more than ask questions and let candidates answer—they should engage in rigorous (probably NYT-approved) fact checking.

Apple’s Newest Product Isn’t a Phone or Watch, It’s a Lifestyle. Motherboard. Really? Can I have my MagSafe connector back, then? Because my lifestyle includes tripping over power cords.

Saving the next French Revolution Eye on Social Mood: Stock Market Bubble Will Pop, Social Mood Will Get Extremely Ugly MishTalk 

Liberal MP recounts father's suicide to call for greater community awareness

In the four years that Ayanna Chisholm has worked collecting tolls out of tiny glass booths at the Holland Tunnel and elsewhere in New Jersey, there have been several constants. There are familiar commuters, malfunctioning toll arms, occasional scofflaws — and an incessant barrage of come-ons, sexual comments, lecherous stares and crude gestures from male motorists.
Some of Ms. Chisholm’s colleagues say they have been subjected to drivers exposing themselves. The fusillade is especially menacing because it is inescapable, the workers confined to small hutches on the highway. Like other women in her profession, Ms. Chisholm, who works for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, has learned to wear little makeup, crack her booth’s window open as little as possible, and drop change into waiting hands to avoid drivers who try to stroke her palm.
 Blogging at Sunday Brunch 

At least if you’re in Britain or Europe: “Mid-century design classics, such as Jozef Imrich bed, Charles Eames chairs, Eileen Gray tables and Arco lamps are set to rocket in price [in Britain and Europe], following EU regulations which came into force this week that extend the copyright on furniture from 25 years to 70 years after the death of a designer.” Low-cost knockoffs of Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chair, for example, will be banned until 2039, 70 years after his 1969 death. [The Guardian] Alex Tabarrok has some thoughts on why consumers might rightly be seen as getting the short end, and notes this (via Daily Mail): “Companies which publish design books may have to get numerous licences to reproduce photos because designs have come under copyright.”
 Internet comments, before the internet , and of course the same was true decades ago.  No one from New Jersey should be surprised at how most internet comments have turned out
vulture_bird_194314 Democracy vs. Epistocracy WaPo

Intelligent Technology Hal Varian, IMF
The many lives of John le Carré, in his own words.  Guardian

One in the series of NPR articlesSeptember 11 Legacy: One Endless War Against Many Radical Enemies The U.S. went to war after Sept. 11 and has now been fighting for 15 years, the longest unbroken period in its history. Despite disappointing results, there’s broad consensus it should continue

Bonfire of perfect cup coffee with the chez Antipodean-Irish Faul:  You can’t really show your face in Colombia if you haven’t read this book - One Hundred Years of Solitude  by Gabriel García Márquez. Marquez tells the story of a village over the course of a hundred years. You follow a family, there are revolutions, the railroad. Magical realism is a term to describe the genre of which it is the most famed example. Surreal and beautifully strange things happen to the people in the book, time bends and repeats. Their world perplexes and folds in on our world, and thus reminds us of the true weirdness and cruelty and wonder of our world that so often gets left out of descriptions of reality. Only by getting a bit magical, you might say, can you truly evoke the strangeness of reality.

Return to Sender: Hacker who exposed Clinton email sentenced; Romania wants him back Fox News. More juicy details than in other accounts

 Albert Einstein remarked that “an academic career, in which a person is forced to produce scientific writings in great amounts, creates a danger of intellectual superficiality” (13); the physicist Peter Higgs felt that he could not replicate his discovery of 1964 in today’s academic climate (14); and the neurophysiologist David Hubel observed that the climate that nurtured his remarkable 25-year collaboration with Torsten Wiesel, which began in the late 1950s and revealed the basic properties of the visual cortex, had all but disappeared by the early 1980s, replaced by intense competition for grants and pressure to publish ( and ref. 15). Looking back on the collaboration, he noted that “it was possible to take more long-shots without becoming panic stricken if things didn’t work out brilliantly in the first few months” (16)  Selfies of Less

You are here to learn the subtle science and exact art of taxation,” he began. He spoke in barely more than a whisper, but they caught every word – like Professor McGonagall, Snape had the gift of keeping a class silent without effort. “As there is little foolish argument by anology here, many of you will hardly believe this is law. I don’t expect you will really understand the beauty of a reverse triangular merger, the delicate power of sublime tax logic as it creeps through human veins, bewitching the mind, ensnaring the senses…I can teach you how to shelter income, invert corporations, even avoid taxes at death – if you aren’t as big a bunch of dunderheads as I usually have to teach Snape on Taxes

Taxing the RichNew York Times: Today’s Inequality Could Easily Become Tomorrow’s Catastrophe, by Robert Schiller (Yale):

Economic inequality is already a concern, but it could become a nightmare in the decades ahead, and I fear that we are not well equipped to deal with it.

Truly extreme gaps in income and wealth could arise from many causes. Consider just a few: Innovations in robotics and artificial intelligence, which are already making many jobs uncompetitive, could lead us into a world in which basic work with decent pay becomes impossible to find. An environmental disaster like global warming, pollution or disease could sharply reduce the ability of people of ordinary means to live in specific regions or entire countries.

Future wars using ever more highly destructive technology, including chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear weapons, could devastate vast populations. And it’s not out of the question that dire political changes, like the rise of racist or otherwise exclusionary social structures, could have terribly damaging consequences for less privileged people.

Exclusive: How Elizabeth Holmes’s House of Cards Came Tumbling Down

Via NextGov – “The “internet of things” refers to a group of technology so vast the term is beginning to lose meaning. The internet of things hints at a vision of a ubiquitous network of electronics: refrigerators pinging their owners’ smartphones if they’ve run out of eggs, wearable devices that can detect the tell-tale vibrations of nuclear testing, and cars slowing down based on proximity to other cars. The future of the internet of things is a rich web of sensors constantly amassing more data. Increasing interconnectivity might help consumers—who doesn’t want their washer-dryer to text them when their clothes are done?—but could also create new risks. The most granular data about individual consumers, down to their thermostat settings, might be available to hackers who can infiltrate the wireless networks that connect hundreds of devices, or even the devices themselves. As the cyber and physical worlds become intertwined, intruders could also control tangible objects—remotely turning off someone’s lights, or worse, disabling the power grid.  So, who governs the internet of things? Who ensures connected and self-driving cars don’t put their passengers in danger, that security cameras don’t relay video feeds of their users to third parties, or that data collected from billions of consumer devices can be used without compromising personal information?…”