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
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.
If Trump discovered that humans could fly if they hold their nose, close one eye and say “Shazam!” I’d want to know. Because that’s awesome. And I wouldn’t think worse of Trump for not knowing it before. Because this is new and amazing information. But learning that health care policy is complicated is a different kind of discovery. Trump and The Problem of Militant Ignorance
It’s just dusty in here, that’s all.
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
Donald Trump today is a cruel dolt turned into a raving madman by cable news and Breitbart.com. You could see the descent happen during the Obama era, in concert with the broader maddening of the GOP. The major difference between Trump and the other old white men who’ve been radicalized by the conservative press is that his was a strangely self-directed conversion, based on his desire to make himself known as a plausible Republican presidential candidate. The Long, Lucrative Right-wing Grift Is Blowing Up in the World’s Face
Foreigners who want to visit the U.S., even for a short trip, could be forced to disclose contacts on their mobile phones, social-media passwords and financial records, and to answer probing questions about their ideology, according to Trump administration officials conducting a review of vetting procedures.The administration also wants to subject more visa applicants to intense security reviews and have embassies spend more time interviewing each applicant. The changes could apply to people from all over
Oh well, who wants to visit the US anyway? (Source: WSJ)