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The e-mail Larry Page should have written to James Damore

Created on: 15 August 2017 at 15:15 (Delivered after 1 seconds)<br>From: Larry Page <*********@google.com><br>To: James Damore <***********@hotmail.com><br>cc: …

This incredible tool lets you see how Facebook tracks you online

A browser extension shows you how Facebook infers what content you want to see based on your social media habits and behaviors.<p>Data Selfie is a free …

Social Media

Bobby Fisher Was a Genius and a Jerk

Days before he was due in Iceland for the world chess championship in 1972, Fischer was still concocting reasons not to go. Brad Darrach captured …

Get Kids Programming With 'Minecraft' Hour of Code

Reading Time: 3 minutes<p>Both my kids are huge <i>Minecraft</i> enthusiasts. So I was excited when I read that Code.org was partnering with Microsoft and …

Minecraft

Our Betrayal of Syrian and Iraqi Refugees

This week, David Bowers, the Democratic mayor of Roanoke, Virginia, invoked the internment of Japanese-Americans during the Second World War as justification for keeping out Iraqi and Syrian refugees. I wonder if the mayor (who later apologized to anyone he might have offended) would have paused …

EM Drive Developments - related to space flight applications - Thread 5

Author Topic: EM Drive Developments - related to space flight applications - Thread 5 (Read 916693 times)<p>Full Member<p>Posts: 199<p>Whereever you go, there …

The BBC Is Bringing a Beloved Book Series Back from the Dead

Your mileage may vary when it comes to the 2007 film <i>The Golden Compass</i>. But love it or hate it, fans of <i>His Dark Materials</i>, the <b>Philip Pullman</b> book series it was based on, had to have been disappointed that the underperforming franchise never made it past its first installment. We didn’t even get to …

Writing That Is Effortless to Read Takes Great Effort to Write

As for how to write well," writes Paul Graham, "here's the short version: Write a bad version 1 as fast as you can; rewrite it over and over; cut out everything unnecessary."<p>It's all too easy to follow his first piece of advice and then neglect to follow the rest.<p>The root of the problem lies in our …

Writing

Addiction

Can the Republican Party Survive Trump?

The GOP frontrunner’s surprising staying power has inspired soul-searching and agony among party elites.<p>What is happening to the Republican Party? I put that question to Lindsey Graham, the senator from South Carolina and basement-dwelling presidential candidate, who was getting ready to hold a …

Republicans

With Donald Trump's Rise, Fox News Reaps What It Sows

The cable news network that trained its audience to see media criticism of Republican politicians as evidence of bias is attacked for its coverage of Trump.<p>Fox News’ coverage of Donald Trump’s campaign has resembled the treatment that the real estate tycoon and reality TV star receives in “the …

Translation from one language to another is an act of shared humanity

I like the play of language. When I lived in China years ago, I learned enough Mandarin to travel alone, to buy train tickets, to get directions and to enjoy simple conversations with people who invariably asked where I was from, what I was doing in China and didn’t I miss my mother.<p>Small talk in …

Black Mirror Is Almost as Smart as a Good Sci-Fi Book

Author: Geek's Guide to the Galaxy. Geek's Guide to the Galaxy Culture<p>Date of Publication: 06.06.15.<p>Time of Publication: 7:00 am. 7:00 am<p>TV sci-fi …

A $7 Lightning cable that's Apple MFi Certified

I buy a lot of Lightning-to-USB cables because my kids lose theirs and then steal mine. At first, I bought the cheapest replacement cables I could …

The Gloriously Tacky Future of Music

PC Music is the Jeff Koons of the pop world, and might just transform it.<p>Remember Evanescence? You know, the nu-metal band of the early aughts with groaning guitars and overwrought goth-girl vocals, who in some circles became as easy a stand-in for the concept of “bad music” as Nickelback or The …

Calvin Harris

A different cluetrain

Right now, I'm chewing over the final edits on a rather political book. And I think, as it's a near future setting, I should jot down some axioms …

Political Science

Joy Division’s ‘Unknown Pleasures’ Cover: The Science Behind an Image

The mysterious cover of Joy Division‘s 1979 debut <i>Unknown Pleasures</i> – a black-and-white visualization of pulsar data that looked like digital mountain …

Let's put the future behind us - Charlie's Diary

As William Gibson remarked, the street finds its own uses for things: he might have chosen to generalize the observation by noting that if a thing is …

'So the Opposite of Addiction Is Not Sobriety. It Is Human Connection.'

Compelling piece by Johann Hari, author of a new book on the war against drugs:<p>The experiment is simple. Put a rat in a cage, alone, with two water …

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See it All With Samsung's SmartCam HD Pro

Reading Time: 3 minutes<p>I live in a working class neighborhood – certainly not some pristine gated subdivision, but equally far from the proverbial …

Israel's City Of David Problem

Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater on how Jerusalem's City of David archeology site is being used by settlers for political ends.<p>As a California-based rabbi …

Competitive Timed Tests Might Be Contributing to the Gender Gap in Math

New research suggests that removing time-limited competition from classroom learning could help girls improve their math performance.<p>When I was in the fifth grade, Fridays always meant math drills. Our teacher stood over us with a stopwatch in one hand and a gym whistle in the other. At the first …