Link. Great experience dump
Link. Rupert Murdoch’s legacy.
Link. Will they campaign for Dems? That is all that matters
Link. It will be a brutal grind with narrow wins and losses in which every vote is critical.
Link. NYT finds sympathy for wrong man on a doomed mission. Food poisoning too!
Link. Professional exonerators fight American injustice.
Link. Trump’s Wall would buy a lot of bike trails.
Link. Hawkings quote.
Link. Trillions overkill.
Link. Benefit surely varies by job.
Link. I like to think geek disgust with Apple software is having an effect.
Link. Buy after 2020.
Link. Trump amok
Link. Similar care, but we pay more for it.
Link. Tillerson crossed red line.
Link. Sun wakes kids too early.
Link. Irony of GOP running a managed economy
Link. Requires black nominee?
Link. Trump will remain silent
Link. “Foundation for a Smoke-Free World” is a Philip Morris front.
Link. My early Siri experience was she didn’t work at all
Link. The alt text is great.
Link. And no “10,000” human near-extinction bottleneck. Roaches of primate world not so easy to eliminate.
Link. Makes sense.
Link. Pesky infinities.
Link. Not including valued placebo effect. Better solutions needed
Link. China’s evidence-based intervention is harsh. Also effective.
Link. Sounds like a winner.
Link. Protein synthesis.
Link. Similar to Inuit?
Link. Odd but not bad.
Link. Some of my files would be a hard challenge.
Link. New to me, was introduced in 2017.
Link. Wish I’d known this years ago.
Link. WordPress is too complex for what I do. Still, proud I figured this out.
Link. I suspect is inevitably toxic to retina, perhaps related to lysosomal autophagy in low oxygen tissues. Most of us can handle 5 years of damage but no more. Can’t separate therapeutic benefit from toxicity.
Olds like me wonder “what happened?”
The current theory goes like this
1. In the 90s the Internet, especially Google, became ad-click funded. (The click is important. Not funded by dollars sold, funded by click.)
2. Slowly Google and others discovered that emotionally extreme material generated more clicks. Again, clicks, not necessarily sales. (We don’t know if this is because the material selects for ad-clickers or encourages ad-clicks. I’ve probably clicked 4 ads in my life.)
3. Ads on kitten videos and white-nationalism and “viral content” got more clicks.
4. The algorithms encoded this knowledge and began tailoring content based on interest “hints”.
Lately researchers have been quantifying this. They found emotionally engaging content drives more clicks, and it is easier to invent that content than it is to find it. So the mass web became a tool for disseminating false content.
The effect is so powerful non-researchers see it in simple YouTube tests, aided in this case by a disaffected Google engineer:
Basically the dark side of humanity is amplified by Pay-per-click advertising business models.
The good news is there are obvious fixes. The same fixes used for other addictive social harms like tobacco. Regulation and taxes. For example, tax click-based ad revenue heavily.
To know the enemy is to understand the fix.
Link. Porn follows similar model. Google found extremes attract compulsive viewing, more ad money. On the right – white nationalist, left HIV conspiracies.
Link. By his enemies we see his character
Link. Can gravity entangle?
Link. Draft Blogger only. Google is about to make vast numbers of Blogger blogs go dark so this better move over fast.
Link. One person’s ingot is another person’s car door.
Link. We are “our brothers keeper”.
Link. A problem for all humans, but a disabling problem for some special needs adults. There are legal implications.
Link. The last key electronic component goes tiny. Trillion dollar win?
Link. Esoteric similarities to Newtonian many-body problem.
Link. Will be grimly amusing to watch GOP’s acquiescence to Comrade Trump’s silence.
Link. I’m with team Carroll :-). But good discussion.
Link. I hope the Lake goes well.