This week has been stupid. Family troubles. Supreme Court troubles. Friend troubles. Time to turn it around.
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The most effective propaganda perpetrated by the right over the past 40 years has been creating a world so mind-numbingly shitty that even progressives can't imagine a brighter future anymore
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My thought on Neuralink implanting tech in human heads for the first time:
Brain implants are one of those technologies where the MTBF for the implant MUST exceed the MTBF of the implantee. And there must be lifetime after-sales support, Or else the execs who made the decision to pull support should go to prison for the rest of *their* lives.
⚠️ Update: Metrics show that internet connectivity has been partially restored in the #Gaza Strip after a two day telecoms blackout; overall service remains significantly below pre-war levels 📉
Wow. Searching for videos on YouTube about the new Doctor Who specials, and all that's coming up is videos about how Davies "ruined" Who with "wokeness".
Folks...if you think Davies' Doctor Who *just* got "woke", your brain has probably been scrambled.
Sorry that there are Black people, disabled people, and trans and gay people in your #DoctorWho. That must be rough for you. But seriously... you're surprised that Davies went all in for LGBT representation? Really? You've got to be kidding.
I just saw Trump referred to as the Manchurian Cantaloupe and I can't get it out of my mind.
Is Vlad even backing him this time? I've not seen the usual onslaught of misinfo, but maybe it's all on Twitter?
Big ❤️ for the Tech Dirt end of year post from @mmasnick. This is how you frame innovation.
“That’s the optimism: that with _some effort_ we can make sure that the good of technology outweighs the bad.”
This is great reporting.
In particular, it's shocking that a key pillar of Apple's brand--its commitment to security & its competence at such--was so blithely undermined by Apple's regional policy team, apparently in service of appeasing an angry Modi gov.
“A fix is long overdue for one of the most extensive, yet lesser-known surveillance risks of our age: the technical vulnerabilities at the heart of the world’s mobile communications networks..”
Ron Deibert and Gary Miller on the security deficiencies associated with cell phone “roaming.” https://www.lawfaremedia.org/article/when-you-roam-you-re-not-alone
AMC apologizes after civil rights leader says he was kicked out of screening https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/dec/28/amc-apology-william-barber-kicked-out-screening?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=mastodon - via @guardian
My friend laid there for 6 hours. Bleeding to death. While soldiers prevented anyone from helping him. 6 hours of torture. 6 hours of abject horror.
And who are the terrorists again? Who are the perpetrators of death and destruction? Who is inhumane?
"Elon Musk Is Reportedly Launching a New University in Texas"
Where have we seen this before? https://gizmodo.com/elon-musk-is-reportedly-launching-a-new-university-in-t-1851097464