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The new Mastodon logo looks a bit like a fist with brass knuckles.

I like it.✊

Speculation: If apps can access this using an API call (it is not clear that they can), I could think of a lot of mischief they could get up to, well beyond the "facebook suggested the guy at the deli counter as a friend" level and more like "I'm being blackmailed by a honeypot porn site"

I guess now all those folks who claimed to receive emails and other solicitations from companies after visiting a company website can no longer be dismissed as paranoid or technologically under-informed.

via :

US telcos appear to be selling non-anonymized access to consumer telephone data

>"Want to see something crazy? Open this link on your phone with WiFi turned off:

What you should see is your home address, phone number, cell phone contract details, and — depending on what kind of cell phone towers you’re currently connected to — a latitude and longitude describing the current location of your cell phone."

Undesirable substitution effects from ridesharing?

>"However, this study finds that while some portion of individuals increase their transit use (an increase in commuter rail use), the net effect across the entire population is an overall reduction in public transit use and a shift towards lower occupancy vehicles (i.e. more cars)."

Unpredictable consequences of social network s, pt. 5,678:

Facebook outs sex workers

General principle applies to anyone needing to maintain strict separation between identities

Interesting article contrasting O'Reilly's open-source paradigm with , and their respective philosophies:

The Meme Hustler

Here's How Breitbart And Milo Smuggled Nazi and White Nationalist Ideas Into The Mainstream
A cache of documents obtained by BuzzFeed News reveals the truth about Steve Bannon’s alt-right “killing machine.”

Pair with:
We Snuck into Seattle's Super Secret White Nationalist Convention

Includes an account of how alt-right/nrx are cultivating network of disaffected professionals to espouse/exclude in their professional realms.


From Wharton: Is the Rise of Contract Workers Killing Upward Mobility?

>>“Investors hate ‘employment’ because it seems like a fixed cost...Even though it is typically more expensive per hour to hire contractors, it shows up on different budgets. But it also reflects a general short-term view of strategy: Rather than getting really good at something, which requires investing in competencies, we are going instead to just find new opportunities quickly.”

Old and busted: using your browser to mine crypotocurrency
New hotness: using your browser to mine vibranium

Atari released more images and mockups of the Ataribox, on top of some juicy info.

‘Ataribox will be powered by an AMD customized processor, with Radeon Graphics technology. It'll run Linux, with a customized, easy-to-use user interface. This approach means that as well as being a great gaming device, Ataribox is also a full PC experience for the TV, bringing you streaming, applications, social, browsing, music, and more.’

Will Microsoft love Linux to death? Shuttleworth and Stallman on whether Windows 10 is free software's friend -

Dice RMS: "It certainly looks that way. But it won't be so easy to extinguish us, because our reasons for using and advancing free software are not limited to practical convenience," he said.

"We want freedom. As a way to use computers in freedom, Windows is a non-starter."

Bad idea of the day:
In a cyberpunk setting, counterculture fashion movements are based around mechanisms for fooling face/gait recognition that stopped working years earlier.

From The Atlantic:
The History of Sears Predicts Nearly Everything Is Doing
One hundred years ago, a retail giant that shipped millions of products by mail moved swiftly into the brick-and-mortar business, changing it forever. Is that happening again?

A new book explores the designer’s powerful influence on Hollywood sci-fi

The after the German election is like a seriously overpowered version of the McLaughlin Group.