Daily Links

Just one link today because what a fucking bummer.

The death of the internet

The death of the internet

I have loved the internet — its promise, beauty, and potential — as I’ve loved the world. But the internet today is a place I do not recognize. Trump, Facebook, Twitter, and the serial abusers they all rely on have destroyed what it was, and now they’re working hard to kill it entirely. And when it dies, something bigger than a network dies — the “real world” goes with it. It’s half gone already.

theoutline.com/post/2558/death-of-the-internet-net-neutrality-donald-trump-alt-right-gamergate-facebook-twitter/

Daily Links

How a Dorm Room Minecraft Scam Brought Down the Internet

How a Dorm Room Minecraft Scam Brought Down the Internet

“They didn’t realize the power they were unleashing,” says FBI supervisory special agent Bill Walton. “This was the Manhattan Project.”

www.wired.com/story/mirai-botnet-minecraft-scam-brought-down-the-internet/

The Reddit Moderator Getting a PhD in Online Moderation

The Reddit Moderator Getting a PhD in Online Moderation

Kat Lo is studying the largely thankless job of unpaid content moderation so we can make open and safe online communities.

motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/a3jkd4/the-reddit-moderator-getting-a-phd-in-online-moderation/

This Is The Daily Stormer’s Playbook

This Is The Daily Stormer’s Playbook

“I once rewrote the lyrics of 50 Cent’s ‘In Da Club’ to make it about the migrant crisis.”

Scientists sequence extinct Tasmanian tiger’s genome

Scientists sequence extinct Tasmanian tiger’s genome – Futurity

The sequenced genome of the Tasmanian tiger reveals that the iconic Australian animal would have struggled to survive had it not gone extinct.

www.futurity.org/tasmanian-tiger-genome-1629182-2/

 

Daily Links

Police shoot more than twice as many Americans as previously understood

Police shoot more than twice as many Americans as previously understood

An exclusive analysis of data from the 50 largest local police departments in the United States shows that police shoot Americans more than twice as often as previously known.

news.vice.com/story/shot-by-cops/

The Father-Daughter Duo Who Found the Truth Behind a String of Century-Old Murders

The Father-Daughter Duo Who Found the Truth Behind a String of Century-Old Murders

‘The Man From the Train’ co-author Rachel McCarthy James on unraveling the identity of a long-ago serial killer

melmagazine.com/the-father-daughter-duo-who-found-the-truth-behind-a-string-of-century-old-murders-8f4725322e01/

The Dirty Secret of the Global Plan to Avert Climate Disaster

The Dirty Secret of the Global Plan to Avert Climate Disaster

The Paris agreement on climate change charts a narrow path to avoiding a global apocalypse. Just one problem: Its centerpiece is a technology that basically doesn’t yet exist.

www.wired.com/story/the-dirty-secret-of-the-worlds-plan-to-avert-climate-disaster/

Daily Links

In defense of drinking one dozen Diet Cokes a day

In defense of drinking one dozen Diet Cokes a day

“Nobody drinks that much Diet Coke in one fucking day. He [Trump] might be a serial killer,” wrote one Twitter user, the declaration garnering more than a thousand retweets.

quartzy.qz.com/1152498/in-defense-of-donald-trump-drinking-a-dozen-diet-cokes-a-day/

‘Star Wars’ Was Influenced By The Nazis — And It Fails To Hold Them Accountable

‘Star Wars’ Was Influenced By The Nazis — And It Fails To Hold Them Accountable

While Nazi-inspired aesthetics and plots provide “Star Wars” with a convenient shorthand for “evil,” the ideological core of Nazism’s evil is missing.

forward.com/culture/film-tv/389632/star-wars-nazi-influence-leni-riefenstahl-triumph-of-will/

“Cat Person”

“Cat Person”

“It was a terrible kiss, shockingly bad; Margot had trouble believing that a grown man could possibly be so bad at kissing.”

www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/12/11/cat-person

The 63-Year-Old Retiree Who Broke A Game Looking for The End of the World

The 63-Year-Old Retiree Who Broke A Game Looking for The End of the World

How one retiree’s obsession with ‘The Flame in the Flood’ encapsulates a lifetime of enjoying digital worlds.

waypoint.vice.com/en_us/article/z4y3v9/the-63-year-old-retiree-who-broke-a-game-looking-for-the-end-of-the-world/

Trump, Putin and the Pipelines to Nowhere – The Nearly Now

Trump, Putin and the Pipelines to Nowhere – The Nearly Now

You can’t understand what Trump’s doing to America without understanding the “Carbon Bubble”

thenearlynow.com/trump-putin-and-the-pipelines-to-nowhere-742d745ce8fd

Greenland shark is oldest living vertebrate and could be 512 years old, study finds

Greenland shark is oldest living vertebrate and could be 512 years old, study finds

If the data proves correct, the shark could have been alive before Galileo Galilei was convicted of heresy and before Dutch settlers made it to New York City.

www.newsweek.com/greenland-shark-longest-living-vertebrate-science-740965/

Daily Links

Cuphead artists illustrate the game’s five-year dev cycle

Cuphead artists illustrate the game’s five-year dev cycle

See what it took to make one of the year’s biggest hits

www.polygon.com/features/2017/12/7/16745144/cuphead-artists-illustrate-five-year-development-cycle/

A Fake-News Warning From a Former Propagandist

A Fake-News Warning From a Former Propagandist

Why readers shouldn’t underestimate the power of disinformation.

www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-02-27/a-fake-news-warning-from-a-former-propagandist?utm_content=view/

Do We Want to Live in Facebook’s Utopia?

Do We Want to Live in Facebook’s Utopia?

The company recently unveiled a range of tools meant to further “social good.” What happens when a single company tries to build a global infrastructure?

www.theringer.com/tech/2017/12/7/16743104/facebook-social-good-initiative/

Daily Links

Australian man uses snack bags as Faraday cage to block tracking by employer
Tom Colella used mylar snack bags to block GPS tracking via his employer-assigned personal digital assistant to go out to play a round of golf—more than 140 times—while he reported he was offsite performing repairs.

Meet the man who deactivated Trump’s Twitter account
“I didn’t do any crime or anything evil, but I feel like Pablo Escobar,” he said, “and slowly it’s getting really annoying.”

Steamed Hams

Does this interpreting non-music into music genre have a name?

Daily Links

The Complicated Legacy Of A Panda Who Was Really Good At Sex
Pan Pan saved his species by being really, really, ridiculously good at sex.

The Surprising Evolution of Dinosaur Drawings
Since the 1800s, paleoartists have tried to imagine what prehistoric creatures looked like—with wildly different results.

Scarlet Fever is Making a Comeback
Scarlet fever, a disease that struck fear into the heart of parents when cases surged in the days of yore, appears to be making an unexpected and puzzling comeback in parts of the world.

Get Hype, Get Derp

I’ll still play this when it, maybe, perhaps, eventually drops on Xbone.

Probably.

3.5mm