• Keep Your Head Up: How Smartphone Addiction Kills Manners and Moods

    Adam Popescu: “Never be the first person in the group to whip out his phone,” Mr. Alford said. “Don’t be Patient Zero.” Good rule to live by.

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  • Uber, Lyft & the roads of hell

    Love this quote from Om Malik: As a passenger, sitting in back of an Uber X is like playing Russian Roulette with someone else pulling the trigger.

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  • “This Is Serious”: Facebook Begins Its Downward Spiral

    Nick Bilton: There’s another theory floating around as to why Facebook cares so much about the way it’s impacting the world, and it’s one that I happen to agree with. When Zuckerberg looks into his big-data crystal ball, he can see a troublesome trend occurring. A few years ago, for example, there wasn’t a single […]

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  • Maybe It’s Time To Regulate Gadgets And Apps Like Cigarettes

    Mark Sullivan: On Wednesday Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff said Facebook should be regulated like a tobacco product. “I think that you do it exactly the same way that you regulated the cigarette industry,” Benioff said on CNBC’s Squawk Alley. “Here’s a product: Cigarettes. They’re addictive, they’re not good for you,” Benioff said. For someone of […]

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  • How AI Could Help the Public Sector

    Emma Martinho-Truswell: When the work of public servants can be done in less time, a government might reduce its staff numbers, and return money saved to taxpayers — and I am sure that some governments will pursue that option. But it’s not necessarily the one I would recommend. Governments could instead choose to invest in […]

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  • Rucker 2.0

    Really nice update to the Rucker backpack. However, that’s not why I am posting about it — shit I didn’t even use my affiliate link on that. As part of the redesign, GORUCK filmed a 2 minute video, which can be found on the linked page, and it explains the Rucker redesign. But it actually […]

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  • It’s the (Democracy-Poisoning) Golden Age of Free Speech

    Zeynep Tufekci: It’s important to realize that, in using these dark posts, the Trump campaign wasn’t deviantly weaponizing an innocent tool. It was simply using Facebook exactly as it was designed to be used. The campaign did it cheaply, with Facebook staffers assisting right there in the office, as the tech company does for most […]

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  • 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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