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Friday, 20 April 2018

Democratic Party files lawsuit alleging Russia, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks conspired to disrupt the 2016 campaign

quote [ "During the 2016 presidential campaign, Russia launched an all-out assault on our democracy, and it found a willing and active partner in Donald Trump’s campaign," DNC Chairman Tom Perez said in a statement.

"This constituted an act of unprecedented treachery: the campaign of a nominee for President of the United States in league with a hostile foreign power to bolster its own chance to win the presidency." ]

Now that's how an opposition party behaves. "Unprecedented treachery", well put.
[SFW] [politics] [+7 Good]
[by hellboy@5:50pmGMT] [14 comments]

This Is What Happens When Bitcoin Miners Take Over Your Town

quote [ Eastern Washington had cheap power and tons of space. Then the suitcases of cash started arriving. ]

This is one of the things that drives me crazy about vapocurrencies. "Mining" is exchanging actual work, in the form of energy burned, in return for nothing of intrinsic value. That same energy could be used for lots of more useful things, including processing SETI or Kepler data (which has a very small but still far larger chance of yielding something of actual value), rather than doing nothing more than contributing to global warming and the entropy of the universe. At least the tulip bubble looked pretty and was useful, if nothing else, for fertilizer.

[SFW] [business] [+4 Interesting]
[by hellboy@5:46pmGMT] [14 comments]

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Christopher Steele, the Man Behind the Trump Dossier

quote [ How the ex-spy tried to warn the world about Trump’s ties to Russia. ]

This is a remarkable, extensive story on Steele and the timeline of the Russia investigation, which at this point is such a huge sprawling fustercluck it's hard to keep track of all the who's, what's, and when's. It's lengthy but well worth the read, the kind of long-form journalism that's rare these days but that The New Yorker and Jane Mayer excel at.

I still haven't found the part where she explains how Steele ended up in Florida or why he's dicking around with a low-bandwidth porn-sharing website, but I'm sure it looks bad.

[SFW] [politics] [+2 Good]
[by hellboy@1:39amGMT] [4 comments]

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Palantir has secretly been using New Orleans to test its predictive policing technology

quote [ Palantir deployed a predictive policing system in New Orleans that even city council members don’t know about. ]

Anything Peter Thiel touches is pretty much guaranteed to be evil, but I'm sure this will only be used for good.
[SFW] [crime & punishment] [+1 Interesting]
[by hellboy@3:55amGMT] [18 comments]

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Sex, Pong, And Pioneers: What Atari Was Really Like, According To Women Who Were There

quote [ Back in 1973, Steve Miller Band’s “The Joker” was blaring from the PA in a California warehouse as two dozen women in flared jeans assembled Pong circuit boards. The smell of corned beef and marijuana wafted down the manufacturing line. Orders for Atari’s landmark table tennis video game were still pouring in on the crisp October day when Elaine Shirley first giddily entered the warehouse to join the all-woman crew of Pong cabinet-stuffers. ]

Seems relevant to your interests.

Nolan Bushnell was supposed to receive an award for developing Pong and kicking off the whole video game market, but the award has been retracted due to a #NotNolan campaign based on comments he made about the freewheeling days at Atari in the early 70's.

[NSFW] [games] [+6 Interesting]
[by hellboy@10:53pmGMT] [5 comments]

This Mutant Crayfish Clones Itself, and It’s Taking Over Europe

quote [ Every marbled crayfish is a female clone. The population is exploding in Europe, but the species seems to have originated in the American Southeast. ]

Valentine's Day Special! Why does everything bad seem to originate in the American Southeast now? It's only a matter of time before males are obsolete (and by "matter of time" I mean, as soon as women figure out how to open jars on their own. Keep twisting those lids on super tight, men!)

Article in extended.

[SFW] [science & technology] [+4 Interesting]
[by hellboy@10:41pmGMT] [4 comments]

How to Turn a Red State Purple (Democrats Not Required)

quote [ A tiny group of political renegades is transforming one of the reddest states in the country through a surprising strategy: ignoring their own party. Could it work elsewhere? ]

This is how you fucking do it.
[SFW] [politics] [+10 Good]
[by hellboy@9:18amGMT] [19 comments]

Friday, 12 January 2018

3,500-Year-Old Greek Tomb Upends What We Thought We Knew About the Roots of Western Civilization

quote [ The recent discovery of the grave of an ancient soldier is challenging accepted wisdom among archaeologists ]

I love this stuff. There's so much we still don't know about the early days of human civilization, and so much we can never know. It's exciting when we discover new evidence that changes what we think we know and gives us a surprising glimpse into people who lived and died thousands of years ago, so alike us and so different.

Warning, rabbit hole ahead:

[SFW] [history] [+9 Interesting]
[by hellboy@1:00amGMT] [11 comments]

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

'Kernel memory leaking' Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign

quote [ A fundamental design flaw in Intel's processor chips has forced a significant redesign of the Linux and Windows kernels to defang the chip-level security bug. Other OSes will need an update, performance hits loom. ]


Affects pretty much all Intel CPUs going back a decade (Coffee Lake appears to be the only exception). MacOS will need a patch too, it's a hardware problem so I'm not sure why they called out Windows and Linux. This looks to be worse than the Pentium floating-point bug - there's no hardware fix, and the software fix will impose a 5-30% performance hit. And I just bought a new computer with a 10-core Xeon CPU. Think I'm going to keep it off the internet and avoid the patch, I need maximum horsepower.

[SFW] [science & technology] [+10 WTF]
[by hellboy@8:50amGMT] [51 comments]

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Fuck These Guys Dot Com

quote [ Have you ever been in an actual bodega? Have you noticed that “mom-and-pop” store is often a literal description of these places and not just a line on your pitch deck to a bunch of “angel investors” who drive Teslas and haven’t called their actual moms or pops in months? ]

Silicon Valley isn't a bunch of libertarians who've discovered European social values. It's a bunch of emotionally-stunted entitled jackasses who think being a grown-ass adult means no one ever tells you what to do. Or as someone once put it, "SF tech culture is focused on solving one problem: What is my mother no longer doing for me?"

[SFW] [business] [+3]
[by hellboy@11:11pmGMT] [11 comments]

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