Intel Hides Its Mistakes From The Man - MacRumors has a story that Intel hid the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities from the US Government until they were widely reported to the public. This entire affair is going to hurt the company for a long time regarding public trust, though their dominant market position likely means they won't face any consequences. I also bet that the NSA and CIA both had data about this vulnerability long before they went public and possibly even before Intel.
The Kardashians Are Bad For The Economy Now Too - Twitter is in the same boat as Snap here. If your service depends on the cult of celebrity to survive, you're vulnerable to their whims as a demographic. It is hilarious to think that basically—a teenage girl changing her mind erased the equivalent value of a small Nation's GDP. We truly live in the dumbest timeline.
The Science Of Dieting - Nutrition science, in general, is rife with bullshit. Trying to get in touch with what’s right and what’s graft requires serious time and research.
Neanderthal Art Reveals A Bigger Picture - This is probably the most gripping area of archeology right now. The timeline is changing quickly, and Neanderthals were more advanced than we thought. Europeans had Greece, Rome, and Egypt interspersed into their myths and histories. So they knew where to look during the earliest days of digging. Now they are finding things far off the map and revising the narrative drastically.
The Smartphone Transitions To Commodity - This was inevitable. All tech ends up reaching the point where it is good enough that people don't need a constant replacement cycle. The big PC giants found themselves scrambling as commodity hardware evaporated the ground beneath them. It should be interesting to see what Samsung, Apple, et al. all do once smartphones level out.
Tim Cook On Apple's Indentity - I am never sure if Cook's "aw shuck-"ness is genuine. He's a shrewd guy regardless and stays on message about Apple being a product company first. For a company that was credited with inventing the future for a decade and now maligned for being past its prime, Apple still tries to act like an underdog.
Gamifying Obedient Citizens - A social credit score is actually not that innovative, you do this subconsciously with people you know. Making it public and controlled by that state, and it's getting a little creepy. Being foul-mouthed, opinionated, and a bit of an asshole, I would be terrible at this game.
The MPAA and ESRB Are Liberal Conspiracies - It’s okay to take the position that the 2nd Amendment means there is a hard line about what can be done about shootings. It’s bullshit to try and deflect that because you can’t articulate that position. It's even worse to instead just regurgitate disproven platitudes. Not to mention that it's insane he pretends like we don't already have rating systems in place.
YouTube Videos To Help You Learn To Stop Listening to YouTube Videos - Hank and John Green's Crash Course channel is offering a new class in Media LIteracy. Probably one of the most important skills of our time, Media Literacy can help you learn how to read the news. Not just to separate Reuters from the Russian Bots, but also to help you understand the bias present in other's reporting, where sources come from, and generally how to be an informed news consumer.
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