Sunday, 28 February 2021
Choose Boring Technology
Dan McKinley: "It is basically always the case that the long-term costs of keeping a system working reliably vastly exceed any inconveniences you encounter while building it."
There is No Republican Party
Jared Yates Sexton: "And, like any runaway train, there are only two possible outcomes as to what will happen."
Wednesday, 24 February 2021
Fry’s Electronics is shutting its doors for good
Matthew Keys: "If you’ve ever visited a Fry’s anytime in the past two to three years, none of this will come as a surprise."
Tuesday, 23 February 2021
Thursday, 18 February 2021
The Massive, Overlooked Potential of African DNA
Wired: "Last week, the NIH launched an initiative to update the human reference genome (about 70 percent of which belongs to one white man from Buffalo, New York) to more fully represent the genetic diversity of the human species."
Tuesday, 16 February 2021
The People the Suburbs Were Built for Are Gone
Shayla Love: "We really have made it almost a right to park as opposed to a right to housing. Cars have much more protection than people do."
Sunday, 14 February 2021
Appendix F - Personal observations on the reliability of the Shuttle
Richard Feynman: "we could properly ask 'What is the cause of management's fantastic faith in the machinery?'"
In The Eternal Inferno, Fiends Torment Ronald Coase With The Fate Of His Ideas
The Yorkshire Ranter: "As often happens, the first half of this insight was more successful than the second."
Saturday, 13 February 2021
USB naming convention is stupid, broken, and needs rebooting right now
Katie Wickens: "Certification of which spec you're getting is not mandatory for manufacturers."
Saturday, 6 February 2021
Everyday Covid mistakes we are all still making
Linda Geddes: "If you can smell someone’s garlic or alcohol breath, or cigarette smoke, you’re inhaling air carrying not just the smell of the garlic, alcohol or smoke, but any virus that’s leaving their nose or mouth if they’re infected"
Thursday, 4 February 2021
How Your Brain Tricks You Into Taking Risks During the Pandemic
Daniel Fishel: "There’s only one subset of the population that doesn’t experience optimism bias, Konnikova said — people suffering from depression. 'This is actually something that’s very psychologically protective,' she said. 'It ends up that seeing the world as it is makes you clinically depressed.'"