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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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That’s the real reason there’s no viable business model for journalism. All this talk of ad blocker blockers and micropayments and DRM misses the point. To work for money is to work for money.

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