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All cars to come with a location beacon

It says in the always-recommended Freedom to Tinker blog that The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is proposing a requirement that every car should broadcast a cleartext message specifying its exact position, speed, and heading ten times per … Continue reading

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Data donor cards

I propose we create a new category of consumer. The way we do that is by some of us announcing that we are, in fact, consumers of this new type. I propose that some number of us (myself included) proclaim … Continue reading

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Stingray devices and the seeming paucity of civilian countermeasures

Kevin Collier: This Is How Many Stingray Devices Exist in Trump’s America Surely there must be at least the theoretical possibility of a warchalking technique capable of differentiating spoofs from legit transponders. Are there still people who apply hacker ethic … Continue reading

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Post-autistic economics meets the competition ethic

There’s workplace accommodations for disabilities, but making extroversion (“excellent communication skills”) no longer a prerequisite for employability (in virtually any occupation) would be pulling the thread that unravels the whole fabric of capitalist society. That’s my pet hypothesis, anyway. I … Continue reading

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Quotebag #118

Gail Tverberg: Unfortunately, Adam Smith was right; there is an invisible hand guiding the economy. Mike Konczal: Those that would trade decommodification and worker power for basic income deserve neither. Stephanie: Choice is a fuzzy concept. TheAncientGeekAKA1Z: The obsession with … Continue reading

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Maybe I’m a high modernist

I became aware of the terminology “high modernist” by reading Scott Alexander’s review of Seeing Like a State by James Scott. Scott A: But the High Modernists were pawns in service of a deeper motive: the centralized state wanted the … Continue reading

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Effective altruism

I’ve largely reached the conclusion that the agenda of the effective altruism movement has a phase one which consists of gradually adding effectiveness to altruism, at some point to be followed by a phase two which will consist of gradually … Continue reading

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