Just one link today because what a fucking bummer.
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.
10 minutes of fire. Not a single pause. Dude is outrageous.
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.”
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.
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 – Futurity
The sequenced genome of the Tasmanian tiger reveals that the iconic Australian animal would have struggled to survive had it not gone extinct.
“I used to have 17 sugars in a cup of tea. If I had 18 it was too sweet for me.”
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.
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
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.
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.
‘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.
“It was a terrible kiss, shockingly bad; Margot had trouble believing that a grown man could possibly be so bad at kissing.”
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.
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”
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.
Cuphead artists illustrate the game’s five-year dev cycle
See what it took to make one of the year’s biggest hits
A Fake-News Warning From a Former Propagandist
Why readers shouldn’t underestimate the power of disinformation.
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?
But don’t get me wrong, Metal Gear Solid is a massive pile of wank as well, and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is probably the most polished game I’ve ever played.
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.”
Does this interpreting non-music into music genre have a name?
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.
I’ll still play this when it, maybe, perhaps, eventually drops on Xbone.
If you’ve been experience performance issues in Chrome 52 stable on a Mac, including black boxes rendering where content should be or any other strange OOM (out of memory) issues, you’re not alone.
This seems worryingly prescient.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 11, 2016
People questioning the headphone jack removal are absolutely on the wrong side of history: https://t.co/J8owtgfUyL
— Jeff Atwood (@codinghorror) June 22, 2016
Yeah coz Memory Stick™ was a runaway hit. https://t.co/GJ1KHcZSyU
— punyweakling (@punyweakling) June 23, 2016
@punyweakling Apple >>> Sony
— Jeff Atwood (@codinghorror) June 23, 2016
This is fair enough, but Apple also put the new magic mouse charger on it's underside. Not immune to hubris. https://t.co/ritiB3sarb
— punyweakling (@punyweakling) June 23, 2016