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.
Archive for July, 2019
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A new project looks at the race of on-duty police officers and civilians involved in 917 fatal shootings in 2015.
It may sound extreme, but it’s normal in the Netherlands.
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 […]
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 […]
America’s urban rebirth is missing something key—actual births.
Thanks for reading, I hope you found something interesting. For more info about the history and process behind the… https://t.co/ddoMX34xFj
These maps weren’t used just for navigation, either. When a fender detached from the lunar roving vehicle during Ap… https://t.co/IeRzn8F92K
Here’s a Lunar Orbit chart laying on The SURGEON console from the Apollo Mission Operations Control Room 2, recentl… https://t.co/zYys8UlkWd
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
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
Setting foot on the moon was a first for humankind, but like most travelers headed somewhere unfamiliar they used m… https://t.co/JEbB79MS43
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…
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The deep, distorted grooves of Stereolabâs 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.
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.
Far from the knotty time signatures and intricate textures of their later work, Stereolabâs debut album captures a shoegaze-besotted indie-pop band figuring out exactly who it wants to be.
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…
I interviewed Jony Ive twice: once in 2002, immediately after the launch of the âsunflowerâ iMac (which looked, at first glance, like an Anglepoise lamp with a screen) and then again in 2014, at theâ¦
Tracing the influence of a female producer who was wrongly written out of dance-music history.
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.
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.
The electronic strike zone made its long-awaited debut on Wednesday and the results were better than expected.
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.
The Quietus | Features | A Quietus Interview | A Long Term Effect: Tim Pope On Four Decades Of Work With The Cure
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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.
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 […]
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
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…
We don’t allow people to sell their kidneys. We shouldn’t let them sell the details of their lives, either.
“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.”
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.
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
Advertisers are increasingly turning to an invisible method that pulls together information about your device to pinpoint your identity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s a story of the collective dreams that circulate in society, connecting the Lamborghini Countach to Paris in 1968, Hua Hsu writes.
Two Stanford historians discuss how the United States’ Declaration of Independence became one of the pillars of American civic life.
Shortcuts to superpowers: What an emerging design pattern tells us about disruption | Inside Intercom
A new breed of product-focused companies are pushing boundaries and targeting customers higher up the market. Think of it as disruption from above.
Opinion: We've been assured that facial recognition technology is secure, reliable, and accurate. That's far from certain.
There’s a bug in the cache-trimming code I wrote.
How many squirrels live in New York City's Central Park? Finding the answer was surprisingly complicated.
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