An Open Letter to The Uber Board and Investors | NewCo Shift

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By now a staggering number of people recognize the name of Susan Fowler and have read some account of her experiences of sexism, sexual…

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Feb. 23rd, 2017 By now a staggering number of people recognize the name of Susan Fowler and have read some account of her experiences of sexism, sexual harassment and horrendous management at Uber. So what explains the silence of Uber’s investors? Continue reading “An Open Letter to The Uber Board and Investors”
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Chief digital officer steps down from White House job over background check | POLITICO

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The background check must be completed by White House staffers for positions that cover national security.
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👓 Physicists Uncover Geometric ‘Theory Space’ | Quanta Magazine

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A decades-old method called the “bootstrap” is enabling new discoveries about the geometry underlying all quantum theories.

In the 1960s, the charismatic physicist Geoffrey Chew espoused a radical vision of the universe, and with it, a new way of doing physics. Theorists of the era were struggling to find order in an unruly zoo of newfound particles. They wanted to know which ones were the fundamental building blocks of nature and which were composites. But Chew, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, argued against such a distinction. “Nature is as it is because this is the only possible nature consistent with itself,” he wrote at the time. He believed he could deduce nature’s laws solely from the demand that they be self-consistent. Continue reading “👓 Physicists Uncover Geometric ‘Theory Space’ | Quanta Magazine”

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Elon Musk Is Really Boring | Bloomberg

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The billionaire visionary is digging in on a tunnel project to skirt gridlock, but there’s a hole in his Trump-era business bet.

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Kenneth Arrow, Nobel-Winning Economist Whose Influence Spanned Decades, Dies at 95 | The New York Times

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Professor Arrow, one of the most brilliant minds in his field during the 20th century, became the youngest economist ever to earn a Nobel at the age of 51.

Kenneth J. Arrow, one of the most brilliant economic minds of the 20th century and, at 51, the youngest economist ever to win a Nobel, died on Tuesday at his home in Palo Alto, Calif. He was 95.

His son David confirmed the death.

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👓 Encouraging individual sovereignty and a healthy commons by Aral Balkan

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Mark Zuckerberg’s manifesto outlines his vision for a centralised global colony ruled by the Silicon Valley oligarchy. I say we must do the exact opposite and create a world with individual sovereignty and a healthy commons.

The verbiage here is a bit inflammatory and very radical sounding, but the overarching thesis is fairly sound. The people who are slowly, but surely building the IndieWeb give me a lot of hope that the unintended (by the people anyway) consequences that are unfolding can be relatively quickly remedied.

Marginalia

We are sharded beings; the sum total of our various aspects as contained within our biological beings as well as the myriad of technologies that we use to extend our biological abilities.

To some extent, this thesis could extend Cesar Hidalgo’s concept of the personbyte as in putting part of one’s self out onto the internet, one can, in some sense, contain more information than previously required.

Richard Dawkin’s concept of meme extends the idea a bit further in that an individual’s thoughts can infect others and spread with a variable contagion rate dependent on various variables.

I would suspect that though this does extend the idea of personbyte, there is still some limit to how large the size of a particular person’s sphere could expand.


While technological implants are certainly feasible, possible, and demonstrable, the main way in which we extend ourselves with technology today is not through implants but explants.


in a tiny number of hands.

or in a number of tiny hands, as the case can sometimes be.


The reason we find ourselves in this mess with ubiquitous surveillance, filter bubbles, and fake news (propaganda) is precisely due to the utter and complete destruction of the public sphere by an oligopoly of private infrastructure that poses as public space.

This is a whole new tragedy of the commons: people don’t know where the commons actually are anymore.

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Trump’s Mar-a-Lago trips cost taxpayers about $10M

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The president has been at his so-called “Winter White House” the past three weekends – 11 days of his first 33 days in office

Budget watchdogs are criticizing the cost of President Trump’s visits to Mar-a-Lago, his private club in Palm Beach, Florida. Mr. Trump has been at his so-called “Winter White House” the past three weekends. That’s 11 of his first 33 days in office. The travel has an estimated price tag of $10 million. Continue reading “Trump’s Mar-a-Lago trips cost taxpayers about $10M”

JUMP Math, a teaching method that’s proving there’s no such thing as a bad math student | Quartz

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"Mathematicians have big egos, so they haven’t told anyone that math is easy.”

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Income inequality linked to export “complexity” | MIT News

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The mix of products that countries export is a good predictor of income distribution, study finds.

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What could happen if you refuse to unlock your phone at the US border? | Ars Technica

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DHS says agents are in the right to ask for passwords, decryption help.

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Trump’s F-35 Calls Came With a Surprise: Rival CEO Was Listening | Bloomberg

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Kellyanne Conway Sparks Media Debate About Interviewing Trump Advisers | Fortune.com

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Some news programs have said they will no longer interview Kellyanne Conway because she isn't credible.

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Pulling the plug on @tumblr, and why is @feedly so hard to use?

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I’ve now unfollowed everyone on Tumblr. It’s been turning into a dust bowl for me, people I followed haven’t been posting in years. Since the ads made the app annoying for me to u…
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Ownership vs. Ownership

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A Snap is a universal Linux package that works on (just about) any distribution or device. Snaps are faster to install, easier to create, safer to run, and they update automatically and transactionally so the software is always fresh and never broken. What this means for a normal person is that a tiny computer the size of a Starbucks coffee could be shipped to them and run on their home network. This would then interface with another server they have running in "the cloud". Rather than SSH into a Linux machine and install a bunch of disparate software packages, fiddle with configuration settings, and rage at Apache misconfigurations, a person would instead type something like the following into the public web server: sudo snap install 10centuries

For those in the IndieWeb who want to take “own your data” to the highest level, 10centuries sounds like an interesting project.

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