• Merino Wool Abrasion & GORUCK Bags – Everyday Wear

    A few people have asked me this question since I recommend both. I did some testing over at EDW.

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  • The Reviewer’s Fallacy

    Ben Yagoda, writing about why reviewers are often so off base: Here’s the heart of the problem: The set of critics’ and audiences’ interests do not perfectly overlap but rather form a Venn diagram. In the audience circle, the pressing question is, “Should I spend some number of the dollars I have to my name […]

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  • TwIM

    Great recommendation from @hisaac on this DM only Twitter app. I started using it this morning and it’s just what I needed: access to the only useable part of Twitter.

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  • Jack Dorsey Puts His Foot Down: Twitter Will Never Ban Trump

    Maya Kosoff: Regardless of whether its justification is sound, the fact remains that Twitter is beholden to Trump, and it will continue to make up rules that accommodate his erratic behavior.

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  • How Antivirus Software Can Be Turned Into a Tool for Spying

    That’s the kind of shit that would keep me up at night.

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  • Rise of the Robots

    Just finished this book, and while some elements feel a bit dated (it was published in 2015), it offers a good comprehensive look at what humans face at some point in the future as machines get better at doing things.

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  • The Best Outdoor Knife: Wirecutter Reviews

    This is a terrible guide from Wirecutter, and their top pick — hell most of their picks, are a waste of your money. Bad guide, even for “most people.” I’m not alone in thinking this either.

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  • The GORUCK GR3 First Look Preview

    I didn’t order one of these because it looks massive, but if you don’t like to pack light, and still want to fit it all in a bag. This is probably a good option. Either way, so,e interesting design choices in it.

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  • Reading Your Critics

    John Gruber: I feel like it keeps me on my toes to read the comments from people who don’t like Daring Fireball. I used to read every comment someone made in reference to my site, by way of seeing an incoming link in my analytics and heading over to the source. I’d still do that […]

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  • Confessions of a Digital Nazi Hunter

    Yair Rosenberg on Twitter shutting down he bot he co-created which pointed out neo-nazis who were impersonating other people: The real threat, apparently, was not these trolls — who today continue to roam the platform unchallenged — but our effort to combat them. Absurd.

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  • Alexa, Where Art Thou?

    MG Siegler talking about his comfort and like of Alexa devices, has this to say about Siri: Yes, I could ask Siri to do this as well. But, well, that’s not the relationship I have with Siri. Our relationship is more about pulling up random facts about a city when we’re out and about, walking […]

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  • iOS X

    John Gruber, in a footnote about the iPhone X gestures and navigation coming to iPads: As for how the iPhone X-style Face ID/no-home-button experience will work on iPad, it’s unclear to me whether Apple has already thought this all the way through. Why, for example, did Apple just this year introduce a new small-swipe-up-from-the-bottom gesture […]

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  • How Facebook’s Political Unit Enables the Dark Art of Digital Propaganda

    Vernon Silver, and Sarah Frier: Facebook has embedded itself in some of the globe’s most controversial political movements while resisting transparency. Since 2011, it has asked the U.S. Federal Election Commission for blanket exemptions from political advertising disclosure rules that could have helped it avoid the current crisis over Russian ad spending ahead of the […]

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  • The Evolution of an Accidental Meme

    In yesterday’s link I mentioned a poster I saw, this is the link to the story behind that. Thanks to Tony.

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  • Merry Last Christmas, Jack Dorsey.

    Mike Monteiro: Jack, and to an extent Twitter’s pet porg Biz Stone, have always believed that absolute free speech is the answer. They’re blind to the voices silenced by hate and intimidation. The voices that need to be protected. There’s this photo, in a children’s doctors office I saw once, where it said “equal”. The […]

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  • 5 Out of More Than 100: Ulysses 12.2 Now Available

    Rebekka: This has now been fixed, and here’s how we fixed it: We will now try to out-smart the operating system, by doing educated guesses on when, exactly, a user might not want to use Smart Punctuation at all. For example, we now auto-disable Smart Punctuation within code blocks, and we prioritize paragraph tags such […]

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  • Alteryx S3 leak leaves 120m American households exposed

    While we are on the topic of stupid: Default security settings for S3 buckets usually allow only authorised users to access the contents; however, UpGuard reports the bucket was configured via permission settings to allow any AWS “Authenticated Users” to download its stored data. What’s that mean you ask? Authenticated users are any user that […]

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  • Apple addresses why people are saying their iPhones with older batteries are running ‘slower’

    Basically, all kinds of stupid from both sides.

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  • Scientists wake up to coffee’s benefits

    Good news: Drinking three to four cups of coffee a day is associated with health benefits across a range of diseases and conditions.

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  • Zuckerberg Is Coming After Our Kids. This Worries Me

    Anita Ramasastry: Facebook says it will not advertise to children within the app or sell any data it collects to advertisers. There are also, at present, no in-app purchases offered. Note that they don’t say they won’t collect data at all, which would be something that people who wanted to protect kids would do. Just […]

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