My first picture book just came out! It's called Poesy the Monster Slayer and it's an epic tale of bedtime-refusal, toy-hacking and monster-hunting, illustrated by Matt Rockefeller. It's the monster book I dreamt of reading to my own daughter.

pluralistic.net/2020/07/14/poe

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My ebooks and audiobooks (from @torbooks, @HoZ_Books, @mcsweeneys, and others) are for sale all over the net, but I sell 'em too, and when you buy 'em from me, I earn twice as much and you get books with no DRM and no license "agreements."

craphound.com/shop/

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I have a (free) new book out! "How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism" is an anti-monopolist critique of Big Tech that connects the rise of conspiratorial thinking to the rise of tech monopolies and proposes a way to deal with both:

onezero.medium.com/how-to-dest

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Yesterday's threads: Comedic obituary poetry; Tom Lehrer in the public domain; Trustbusting is stimulus; Falsehoods programmers believe about time; and more!

mamot.fr/@pluralistic/10507348

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Today's threads (a thread).

Inside: IDing anonymized cops with facial recognition; ENDSARS; Companies target robots in disclosures; US border cruelty, powered by Google cloud; Free the law of Wisconsin; and more!

Archived at: pluralistic.net/2020/10/22/the

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Wisconsin's judges work with the state university system to produce standard "jury instructions" that are key to how the state's juries interpret the law when they deliberate. Judges then adapt these for each trial based on the facts of the case.

Jury instructions are produced at public expense, by public employees, including members of the judiciary in the course of their normal duties. By any reasonable standard, these should free and in the public domain.

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In 2018, 20,000 googlers walked off the job in a protest over the company's tolerance for (and rewards to) sexual predators.

theverge.com/2018/11/9/1807866

The walkout was the culmination of a long year of moral reckonings for Google workers, amid revelations that the company was secretly building AI tools to help the Pentagon's drone program and search tools to help the Chinese state suppress and spy on dissidents.

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To understand financialized snake-oil, you must understand Goodhart's Law: "Any measure can become a target." Goodhart's Law explains why something that works really well at the outset quickly turns into an arms-race with grifters.

For a recent example, think of Pagerank, the original secret sauce of Google Search. Larry Page had a key insight: a link from one web page to another page was an indicator of significance.

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