Juicero […] was also just one of a whole constellation of companies that now operate under an ingenious model: take some banal product that has been sold forever at low margins, attach the disposable part to a proprietary system that pretends to improve it but really just locks pepole into a particular vendor, add a touch screen manufactured by Chinese tweens, call it “Smart,” and sell it to schlubby dads too indebted to buy a midlife crisis car and too unattractive to have an affair. Freddie deBoer: The three hot trends in Silicon Valley horseshit

28.04.2017 • Permalink

I’ve seen this all over the web today: “A white supremacist sucker-punching a woman in the street today is the embodiment of Donald Trump’s America.”1 I agree – it’s not pretty, and it’s only going to get worse. On the other hand – and I do hate to point it out – two months ago, people were laughing their asses off at neo-nazi dandy Dick Spencer getting sucker-punched in the street2. I detest what the man stands for, but once you condone violence, acting outraged later rings … hollow.


  1. https://twitter.com/mikel_jollett/status/853418835881336832 
  2. Possibly by one of his own, it should be noted. 
16.04.2017 • Permalink

It’s just dusty in here, that’s all.

14.04.2017 • Permalink

I get the worry that computers far more intelligent than any human will kill us all; more, though, should be concerned about the imminent creation of a world that makes huge swathes of people redundant. How many will care if artificial intelligence destroys life if it has already destroyed meaning? Ben Thompson, Stratechery

09.04.2017 • Permalink