"how nerds destroy the world" (pictures for sad children) Show more
> have i told you about
> how nerds destroy the world
> take conspicuous consumption as a lifestyle choice and combine it with early hardware adoption
> and you have great swaths of gadgetry out of stock because they're incrementally better than the last model
> then there are landfills full of functioning electronics
> wasted time, resources, money, etc.
> the best part is these things were never really necessary
Social Media Has Hijacked Our Brains and Threatens Global Democracy - Motherboard
globalinequality: Dutiful dirges of Davos
Toby Young's repugnant eugenics
My Life as a New York Times Reporter in the Shadow of the War on Terror
That Game on Your Phone May Be #Tracking What You’re Watching on TV | #privacy #smartphone https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/12/28/business/media/alphonso-app-tracking.html?referer=
Debt: the first 5000 years – David Graeber | La Página Definitiva
The great globalisation lie | Prospect Magazine - https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/magazine/the-great-globalisation-lie-economics-finance-trump-brexit
Google is Mandating Linux Kernel Versions in Android Oreo https://www.xda-developers.com/google-mandating-linux-kernel-versions-android-oreo/
The ABC of globalization (text for Le Monde) - http://glineq.blogspot.com.es/2017/12/the-abc-of-globalization.html?m=1
Disney now owns Star Wars, Marvel superheroes, Simpsons, the Alien franchise... How much of our popular culture do they own? And given their track record on copyright lobbying... Fuck
Person 1: How do I make <thing on a video or an audio file> on Linux?
Person 2: Just use ffmpeg.
Ffmpeg's manual: G̴̢̛̱͒̍͆̐̑̈́͒ͅI̵̝̬̲͕̔͒͗̓̽̔V̵̧̛͈͔̦͉̥̞͓͎̞̗͂͐͜E̸̥̳̠̱̲̟̩̅̓̂̂̈͑̐̀͊͑͆͠ ̸̖̣͔̥̆̅̓̍̐̔U̴̯̣͋P̵̨͚͉̥̳͋̌͋͌ ̶̭͙̤̣̯̉̂͗ͅẢ̷̢͓͇̳̹̼͚̘͗̽̈̋͌L̴̹̟͇͇̯̼͉̽̌́͌̚̕Ḽ̶̨̮͓͓̠͕͖͋͛͜ ̸̢̨̩̫̳̹͕̥̗̝̉̽̎͘H̴̢͓̫͍̞̋́͗̏͂̽̓̚O̸̝̫̲̱͘P̵̮̩̦͔̲͚̏̂͗̅̎̈̈́́̕͝E̶̛̻̳̳͎̩̹̠͈̒́̐͒̄̊̈́̆̑̚͘
- Google forces DRM into web standards to limit your access to content based on money, location, & software.
- Google now is blocking ALL YouTube content from competing platforms.
- But Google supports #NetNeutrality because "freedom".
In the Court of the Centrist King: Emmanuel Macron and Authoritarian Liberalism
We need groups people can belong to which *simply don't care* if you're white, black, male, female, rich, poor, etc.
Churches, clubs, sports groups, libraries used to be this sort of thing (or at least aspire to), but a lot of them have been eaten by the Internet or just the dynamics of the market; they sort economically 'upwards' by default.
Maybe people in such groups might still feel annoyed by how 'diverse' they are. I dunno.
But we need some new forms of belonging to counter racism.
By 'left' here I mean both the 'center left' of the Clinton and Blair and Silicon Valley 1990s-2000s, a slight skin of humanity over all-devouring markets.
The center has failed. It just has. The sooner we recognise this and get on with it, the better.
But I also mean the 'identity left' which - from the best of intentions - has set up multiple identity groups which you also can't belong to if you're white, male and middle-class, because not sufficiently 'marginalised' to apply.