Archive for July, 2019

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How Russian Antitrust Enforcers Defeated Google's Monopoly

Hi, Welcome to Big, a newsletter about the politics of monopoly. If you’d like to sign up, you can do so here. Or just read on… Today I’m going to write about what I think is a fascinating example of how antitrust enforcers can win in the most unlikely places. To set up the story, I’ll start with some conventional wisdom about enforcement. Most people in the antitrust world think that European antitrust agencies are strong and aggressive, in particular against big tech giants like Google, and that American enforcers are far more feeble.

https://mattstoller.substack.com/p/how-russian-antitrust-enforcers-defeated

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Let’s Talk Like We Used To

A few weeks ago someone commented on my new post, saying they had just stumbled across my blog, and that it was “very old school.” I took that as a compliment, and got to reminiscing about what old school blogging […]

https://www.raptitude.com/2019/07/lets-talk-like-we-used-to/

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Two Ways To Get Better At Something

For whatever reason, whenever I resolve to get good at something, I habitually take a “boot camp” sort of approach. I draw up a challenging regimen, to be followed by hell or high water—for 30 days or so. The regimen […]

https://www.raptitude.com/2019/06/two-ways-to-get-better-at-something/

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Thanks for reading, I hope you found something interesting. For more info about the history and process behind the… https://t.co/ddoMX34xFj

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These maps weren’t used just for navigation, either. When a fender detached from the lunar roving vehicle during Ap… https://t.co/IeRzn8F92K

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Here’s a Lunar Orbit chart laying on The SURGEON console from the Apollo Mission Operations Control Room 2, recentl… https://t.co/zYys8UlkWd

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The map data was sourced from photographs of the moon’s surface, first taken from Earth and later from Apollo lunar… https://t.co/CKHeKHOxkB

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These maps were produced by U.S.A.F. Aeronautical Chart and Information Center in St. Louis, Missouri, where my dad… https://t.co/ehP2fF7dPo

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Setting foot on the moon was a first for humankind, but like most travelers headed somewhere unfamiliar they used m… https://t.co/JEbB79MS43

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So today marks the 50th anniversary of the first crewed moon landing. I thought I’d take this opportunity to share a bit of family history…

https://twitter.com/34633/status/1152436699680714753

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Is a Boeing Bailout Taking Shape?

Hi, Welcome to Big, a newsletter about the politics of monopoly. If you’d like to sign up, you can do so here. Or just read on… Earlier this month, I discussed why Boeing’s 737 Max was such a disaster, looking in particular at the company’s merger with McDonnell Douglas. Boeing reported earnings

https://mattstoller.substack.com/p/is-a-boeing-bailout-taking-shape

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When Facebook's Bill Lumbergh Tries to Start a Currency

Hi, Welcome to Big, a newsletter about the politics of monopoly. If you’d like to sign up, you can do so here. Or just read on… Sorry for being absent for a few days, I’ve been working on two things. First, I finalized the last details of my book, Goliath: The Hundred Year War Between Monopoly Power and Democracy

https://mattstoller.substack.com/p/when-facebooks-bill-lumbergh-tries

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Aphex Twin: Selected Ambient Works Volume II Album Review | Pitchfork

Each Sunday, Pitchfork takes an in-depth look at a significant album from the past, and any record not in our archives is eligible. Today, we revisit an album that changed ambient music forever.

https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/aphex-twin-selected-ambient-works-volume-ii/

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Prince: Originals Album Review | Pitchfork

Hearing Prince sing these songs that he gave to other performers brings you close to the pulse of his artistry: transgressive, funky, sexy, a testament to his genius even in the form of demos.

https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/prince-originals/

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Stereolab: Emperor Tomato Ketchup Album Review | Pitchfork

Their fourth album revealed the band to be unparalleled pop architects. They were brilliant in the studio, crafting groovy, socialist call-to-actions with a sound from out of time and place.

https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/stereolab-emperor-tomato-ketchup/

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Stereolab: Mars Audiac Quintet Album Review | Pitchfork

Stereolab's third album, the hardest-rocking and most hypnotic music the band ever set to tape, is the closest they came to replicating the jet-engine roar of their live shows.

https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/stereolab-mars-audiac-quintet/

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Stereolab: Transient Random-Noise Bursts With Announcements Album Review | Pitchfork

The deep, distorted grooves of Stereolab’s second album mark the middle of their motorik period, an incantatory album with a darkly lit sound as if everyone played with their eyes closed.

https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/stereolab-transient-random-noise-bursts-with-announcements/

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Stereolab: Low Fi EP Album Review | Pitchfork

Issued just four months after their debut, the underrated 25-minute EP is a glorious distillation of their early sound, about harnessing the noise and directing it even if you can never hope to tame it.

https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/stereolab-low-fi-ep/

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Stereolab: Peng! Album Review | Pitchfork

Far from the knotty time signatures and intricate textures of their later work, Stereolab’s debut album captures a shoegaze-besotted indie-pop band figuring out exactly who it wants to be.

https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/stereolab-peng/

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Adactio: Journal—Trad time

From the west coast of Clare to the World Wide Web.

https://adactio.com/journal/15513

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What you think about landfill and recycling is probably totally wrong

My impression is that most people have an extremely inaccurate perception of the merits of recycling and throwing things away. Here’s what I believe to be the case, and where people are going wrong…

https://medium.com/@robertwiblin/what-you-think-about-landfill-and-recycling-is-probably-totally-wrong-3a6cf57049ce

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Jony Ive’s Mistakes: When Beautiful Design Is Bad Design

I interviewed Jony Ive twice: once in 2002, immediately after the launch of the “sunflower” iMac (which looked, at first glance, like an Anglepoise lamp with a screen) and then again in 2014, at the…

https://onezero.medium.com/jony-ives-errors-why-ugly-isn-t-always-bad-design-but-beautiful-sometimes-is-9c5fde886263

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CBP Can’t Detain Domestic Flight Passengers for Refusing Suspicionless ID Checks | American Civil Liberties Union

In February 2017, two U.S. CBP officers stood on a jet bridge at New York’s JFK Airport to meet Delta Flight 1583 as it taxied to the gate upon arrival from San Francisco. As passengers prepared to deplane, they were told by flight attendants — at the direction of the two officers — that all passengers would have to show identification documents to the officers in order to exit.

https://www.aclu.org/blog/national-security/cbp-cant-detain-domestic-flight-passengers-refusing-suspicionless-id-checks

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Where Are All the Bob Ross Paintings? We Found Them. - The New York Times

Bob Ross painted more than 1,000 landscapes for his television show — so why are they so hard to find? We solve one of the internet’s favorite little mysteries.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/12/arts/bob-ross-paintings-mystery.html

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It’s Mourning in America - The New York Times

Tracy Martin, head of the new Morbid Anatomy Museum, and Vince Clarke, the synth pop musician, live in a house that reflects both their passions.

https://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/10/greathomesanddestinations/its-mourning-in-america.html

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The Quietus | Features | A Quietus Interview | A Long Term Effect: Tim Pope On Four Decades Of Work With The Cure

A new rock music and pop culture website. Editorial independent music website offering news, reviews, features, interviews, videos and pictures

https://thequietus.com/articles/26761-tim-pope-interview-the-cure

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Sonic Devices in Philadelphia Parks Target Teens : NPR

Philadelphia parks officials have implemented a device called the Mosquito, which only people under age 25 can hear, in an effort to decrease loitering and vandalism late at night.

https://www.npr.org/2019/07/10/739908153/can-you-hear-it-sonic-devices-play-high-pitched-noises-to-repel-teens

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Apple has pushed a silent Mac update to remove hidden Zoom web server – TechCrunch

Apple has released a silent update for Mac users removing a vulnerable component in Zoom, the popular video conferencing app, which allowed websites to automatically add a user to a video call without their permission. The Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant told TechCrunch that the update — now released — removes the hidden web server, which […]

https://techcrunch.com/2019/07/10/apple-silent-update-zoom-app/

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The Slow Death of Hollywood

Hi, Welcome to Big, a newsletter about the politics of monopoly. If you’d like to sign up, you can do so here. First, housekeeping. I’m launching a new section of Big called “From the Mailbag,” which are emails from readers. The reason is that I got a bunch of interesting emails from ex-Boeing people after my

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Product Management Mental Models for Everyone - The Black Box of Product Management

Mental models are simple expressions of complex processes or relationships. These models are accumulated over time by an individual and used to make faster and better decisions. Here’s an example…

https://blackboxofpm.com/product-management-mental-models-for-everyone-31e7828cb50b

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Opinion | Selling Your Private Information Is a Terrible Idea - The New York Times

We don’t allow people to sell their kidneys. We shouldn’t let them sell the details of their lives, either.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/05/opinion/health-data-property-privacy.html

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The 3 Things Helen Keller Wished She Could See - The Atlantic

“It is human, perhaps, to appreciate little that which we have and to long for that which we have not, but it is a great pity that in the world of light the gift of sight is used only as a mere convenience rather than as a means of adding fullness to life.”

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1933/01/three-days-to-see/371679/

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DMV databases become part of unprecedented surveillance infrastructure

The FBI and ICE have turned state driver’s license databases into a facial-recognition gold mine, scanning through hundreds of millions of Americans’ photos without their knowledge or consent, newly released documents show.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/07/07/fbi-ice-find-state-drivers-license-photos-are-gold-mine-facial-recognition-searches/

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You have a set amount of "weirdness points". Spend them wisely. - LessWrong 2.0

I've heard of the concept of "weirdness points" many times before, but after a bit of searching I can't find a definitive post describing the concept, so I've decided to make one. As a disclaimer, I don't think the evidence backing this post is all that strong and I am skeptical, but I do think it's strong enough to be worth considering, and I'm probably going to make some minor life changes based on it. - Chances are that if you're reading this post, you're probably a bit weird in some way. No offense, of course. In fact, I actually mean it as a compliment. Weirdness is incredibly important. If people weren't willing to deviate from society and hold weird beliefs, we wouldn't have had the important social movements that ended slavery and pushed back against racism, that created democracy, that expanded social roles for women, and that made the world a better place in numerous other ways. Many things we take for granted now as why our current society as great were once...weird. Joseph Overton theorized thatpolicy develops through six stages [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overton_window]:unthinkable, thenradical, then acceptable, thensensible, thenpopular, thenactual policy.We could see this happen with many policies -- currently same-sex marriage is making its way from popular to actual policy, but not to long ago it was merely acceptable, and not too long before that it was pretty radical. Some good ideas are currently in theradicalrange. Effective altruism itself is such a collection of beliefs typical people would consider pretty radical. Many people think donating 3% of their income is a lot, let alone the 10% demand that Giving What We Can places, or the 50%+ that some people in the community do. And that's not all. Others would suggest thateveryone become vegetarian [/lw/i3s/why_eat_less_meat/], advocating foropen borders [http://www.openborders.info]and/oruniversal basic income [http://slatestarcodex.com/2013/12/08/a-something-sort-of-like-left-libert

https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/wkuDgmpxwbu2M2k3w/you-have-a-set-amount-of-weirdness-points-spend-them-wisely

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Exclusive: Britons abandon Facebook as usage plummets by more than a thirdÂ

The amount Brits are using Facebook has plunged by more than a third over the past 12 months, new research indicates, in sharp contrast to the company’s official statistics.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2019/07/06/exclusive-britons-abandon-facebook-usage-plummets-third/

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Johnny Marr tells us the next supergroup he'd like to form - NME

Johnny Marr has said that he thinks he will reunite with former Electronic bandmember Bernard Sumner to make more music – as well as revealing that he'd like to rope in the other members of New Order as well.

https://www.nme.com/news/music/johnny-marr-tells-us-next-supergroup-hed-like-form-2521180

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The Curious Mystical Text Behind Marianne Williamson’s Presidential Bid - The New York Times

The New Age author was drawn to an esoteric bible in the 1970s. It made her a self-help megastar. And now it has gone mainstream.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/05/nyregion/marianne-williamson.html

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Playing with Children: Should You, and If So, How? | Psychology Today

Parent-child play is ruined when either the parent or the child dominates. Fun occurs when there is no domination in either direction. Parent-child play is not as natural, nor as crucial for the child's development, as child-child play, but it can still be fun.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/freedom-learn/201409/playing-children-should-you-and-if-so-how

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How Posters Became Art | The New Yorker

It’s a story of the collective dreams that circulate in society, connecting the Lamborghini Countach to Paris in 1968, Hua Hsu writes.

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/07/08/how-posters-became-art

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When Americans forgot about the Declaration of Independence | Stanford News

Two Stanford historians discuss how the United States’ Declaration of Independence became one of the pillars of American civic life.

https://news.stanford.edu/2019/07/02/americans-forgot-declaration-independence/

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I Opted Out of Facial Recognition at the Airport—It Wasn't Easy | WIRED

Opinion: We've been assured that facial recognition technology is secure, reliable, and accurate. That's far from certain.

https://www.wired.com/story/opt-out-of-facial-recognition-at-the-airport/

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How Many Squirrels Are in NYC's Central Park? - CityLab

How many squirrels live in New York City's Central Park? Finding the answer was surprisingly complicated.

https://www.citylab.com/life/2019/06/squirrel-census-results-population-central-park-nyc/592162/

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The First Sony Walkman Was Released 40 Years Ago Today - Stereogum

On July 1 of 1979, Sony first began to sell the TPS-L2, first known as the Soundabout and soon rechristened the Walkman. This original Walkman wasn't the first

https://www.stereogum.com/2049762/the-first-sony-walkman-was-released-40-years-ago-today/

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doors and windows and what’s real | Derek Sivers

Derek Sivers: Like everyone, I live in a little house with many doors and windows.

https://sivers.org/dw