Today's threads (a thread)
Inside: McKinsey and Providence colluded to force poor patients into destitution; and more!
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* Cultural Capture by Chokepoint Capitalism (This Machine Kills)
* Billionaires As Policy Failure Factories (Macro N Cheese)
* Where’s My Privacy? (Where's My Jetpack)
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* Discussing "Adventure Capitalism" with Raymond Craib, Skylight Books (LA), Sept 29
* Regulating the Online Public Sphere: From Decentralized Networks to Public Regulation, Oct 3
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Yesterday's threads: Billionaire grifters hate her; and more!
#1yrago The Scholars of Night: John M Ford was a goddamned WIZARD https://pluralistic.net/2021/09/26/mike-ford-rides-again/#cold-war-zeitgeist
#5yrsago Trump DoJ nominee Jon Adler loves Scientology’s bogus, occasionally lethal “detox” program https://www.wired.com/story/doj-nominee-jon-adler-heroes-health-fund/
#5yrsago Deloitte got comprehensively hacked in March and didn’t tell anyone https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/sep/25/deloitte-hit-by-cyber-attack-revealing-clients-secret-emails
#5yrsago RIP Kit Reed, brilliant giant of science fiction https://www.facebook.com/EllenDatlow/posts/10155117324377075
#5yrsago Deluded billionaire gives UC Irvine $200M to study homeopathy and “alternative” therapies https://skepchick.org/2017/09/uc-irvine-gets-200-million-teach-homeopathy/
#5yrsago Tinder stores a scary amount of information about what you do, including your Facebook history https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/sep/26/tinder-personal-data-dating-app-messages-hacked-sold
#5yrsago Equifax CEO Richard Smith is finally resigning https://consumerist.com/2017/09/26/equifax-ceo-resigns-following-massive-data-breach/
#5yrsago America’s worst patent judge gets a scorching language lesson from the appeals court https://www.techdirt.com/2017/09/25/appeals-court-tells-patent-trolls-favorite-judge-he-cant-just-ignore-supreme-court-to-keep-patent-cases-texas/
#10yrsago Cyclists are safe and courteous, and your disdain for them is grounded in cognitive bias https://slate.com/technology/2012/09/cyclists-are-annoying-why-you-think-theyre-a-menace-on-two-wheels.html
#10yrsago 64,000 drug-bust samples in Mass. were processed by a dirty lab tech who tampered with them, altered weight, faked positive tests for illegal substances https://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/2012/sep/14/mass_crime_lab_scandal_threatens
#10yrsago David Byrne and St Vincent performing each others’ songs together https://pitchfork.com/news/47868-watch-david-byrne-and-st-vincent-perform-each-others-songs/
#10yrsago Laptop rental companies reach cash-free, pointless settlement with toothless FTC for taking secret naked pictures of customers having sex, harvesting medical records and banking passwords and more https://www.wired.com/2012/09/laptop-rental-spyware-scandal/
#10yrsago EU working group produces the stupidest set of proposed Internet rules in the entire history of the human race https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/09/proposed-eu-plan-to-stop-terrorist-sites-even-more-ridiculous-than-thought/
#10yrsago Debunking the NYT feature on the wastefulness of data-centers https://web.archive.org/web/20120926000823/http://blog.diegodoval.com/2012/09/23/a-lot-of-lead-bullets-a-response-to-the-new-york-times-article-on-data-center-efficiency/
#10yrsago Preservation Hall 50th Anniversary Collection: four discs of New Orleans jazz with guest appearances from Tom Waits, Pete Seeger, Del McCoury and others https://memex.craphound.com/2012/09/25/preservation-hall-50th-anniversary-collection-four-discs-of-new-orleans-jazz-with-guest-appearances-from-tom-waits-pete-seeger-del-mccoury-and-others/
#10yrsago Study: Republican state voting laws “will disenfranchise 10,000,000 Hispanic US citizens” https://web.archive.org/web/20120924083449/https://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/24/us-usa-campaign-hispanics-idUSBRE88N01I20120924
#15yrsago Amazon creates gigantic DRM-free music store! https://web.archive.org/web/20071221112504/https://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/index.jsp?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20070925005710&newsLang=en
#10yrsago Guerrilla Grafters covertly add fruit-tree branches to ornamental trees https://web.archive.org/web/20120921003410/http://www.resilientcommunities.com/personal-biochar-kilns-portable-factories-diy-septic-cleaning-and-guerrilla-grafting/
#10yrsago UK government spent millions arming and training Congolese and Sudanese soldiers https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2012/sep/25/uk-millions-training-oppressive-regimes
#20yrsago Haunted Mansion movie inches forward https://web.archive.org/web/20021201081611/http://disney.go.com/disneypictures/hauntedmansion/index.html
#15yrsago Chinese MMO bans in-game gender-bending https://web.archive.org/web/20071012015208/http://www.pacificepoch.com/newsstories/106627_0_5_0_M/
#15yrsago Harvard lawyers shred Harvard Coop’s claim that book prices are “property” https://web.archive.org/web/20071104003854/https://www.thecrimson.com/article.aspx?ref=519661
#15yrsago Donald Duck foiled a patent application https://www.iusmentis.com/patents/priorart/donaldduck/?ph
Hey look at this
* Framework’s new Chromebook is upgradable and customizable https://www.theverge.com/2022/9/21/23363862/framework-laptop-chromebook-edition-laptop-design-specs-price-release
* 20 Mechanical Principles combined in a Useless Lego Machine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1-YeqGynlw (h/t Boing Boing)
* Five Walled Gardens: Why Browsers are Essential to the Internet and How Operating Systems Are Holding Them Back https://research.mozilla.org/browser-competition/ (h/t Tech Crunch)